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The return of the Midhurst Green Volunteers

This morning saw the return of the Midhurst Green Volunteers to Easebourne, this time focusing on the footpath from the Bus Shelter at the end of Hollist Lane up towards Budgenor Lodge.

After an absence of several months, there was great support (as always) from the Midhurst team and this time 5 volunteers from Easebourne, including 1 first time helper!

Graham who leads the team is now putting together a schedule for the summer so we’ll know what future dates the team will be in Easebourne and we can hopefully attract some more new volunteers. As we’ve said before, if we can’t bring in our own village volunteers to help with our clean-ups and help in Midhurst too, then sadly this collaboration won’t continue.

Please consider coming along for future sessions, tell your neighbours, ask your friends and help make our community a tidier place! You only need to bring your own gloves, all other equipment is provided and social distancing can be maintained throughout the sessions.

The next session is Saturday 6th June, meeting at the corner of Hollist Lane again from 8am.

The return of the Midhurst Green Volunteers2020-05-30T11:44:44+01:00

The Green Volunteers are back!

The Midhurst Green Volunteers have been taking their first cautious steps back into the Community with a few sessions over the last week. They have selected specific locations where footpaths are wider or the area they are working in is open enough to allow them to distance themselves from each other.

The sessions have gone really well and there has been some really positive feedback from people who are grateful to see them back again!

We’re extra pleased to say that the team will be returning to Easebourne this coming Saturday 30th May! We will be meeting, at a distance of course, at the bottom of Hollist Lane near the bus shelter at 8.30am. The aim is to work northwards along the footpath to clear vegetation and widen the path. Volunteers will be spaced out along a section of the path and social distancing will be of paramount importance.

All tools are provide but you MUST bring your own garden gloves for obvious reasons. The session will be no longer than 2 hours and as an incentive to make it to the end they’ll be some cakes and cold drinks as a thank you and a reward!

If you can spare jut those 2 hours to help your community and get some safe, outdoor exercise at the same time, please get in touch to confirm your attendance. You can email grahampooley.gp@gmail.com and copy parishclerk@easebourne.org.

Many thanks and hope to see some village volunteers on the 30th!

The Green Volunteers are back!2020-05-24T17:09:22+01:00

The Roundhouse Roof!

The Parish Council team are busy watering the new Roundhouse sedum roof at the moment, which as you can imagine is not an easy task! However on the plus side, when you get up close to the sedum you really begin to appreciate how beautiful it is!

Once established, the sedum will be extremely low maintenance and it really helps The Roundhouse blend into our National Park surroundings!

 

The Roundhouse Roof!2020-05-20T13:57:01+01:00

Chichester District Council Meetings to be Streamed Live

Residents will be able to keep up-to-date with major Chichester District Council decisions when its public meetings start to be streamed live online this week.

Meetings were cancelled in March as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. A major upgrade has now been completed to online meeting software which will allow members of the public to watch planning meetings, Cabinet and Full Council meetings as they happen.

The first meeting to be conducted this way will be Full Council on Tuesday 19 May.

Members of the public can access meetings by visitinghttp://chichester.nucast.live/  where they will wait in a virtual ‘meeting room’ for a few moments before being admitted.

As well as watching them live, members of the public can also listen back to audio recordings of the meetings which can be accessed via the council’s website. These are available shortly after the meeting has finished.

Members of the public who would like to speak at a planning committee meeting need to register online at www.chichester.gov.uk/speakerform  by 5pm the day before the meeting is due to take place. Participants will be asked if they would like to provide a statement to be read out or whether they would prefer to address the committee virtually.

Anyone wishing to speak at any other public meeting is asked to contactdemocraticservices@chichester.gov.uk with their name, address and contact telephone number at least two working days before the meeting.

Dates, papers and links to audio recordings for Chichester District Council meetings can be found at https://chichester.moderngov.co.uk/Meetings

 

 

Chichester District Council Meetings to be Streamed Live2020-05-18T19:03:49+01:00

Groups in Easebourne Park

The Parish Council has had reports of large groups of teenagers gathering in the brand new Easebourne Park Roundhouse and the school car park at the end of last week, intimidating other Park visitors and leaving behind litter and cigarette ends.
Whilst the lockdown rules have been slightly eased and people can spend more time outside, social distancing is still crucial if we are to control Covid-19.  These incidents of failing to adhere to social distancing have been reported to the Police and we will be increasing the number of visits made by our security team as a result.

If you know any of those involved or see any future incidents of large groups, we would encourage you to report it immediately to our local security team, Protec, on 01730 810001. Their number can also be found on notices around the perimeter of the Park. They are based locally and can respond within minutes, 24/7. Please also follow up that report with an email if possible to parishclerk@easebourne.org
Not only is this not fair on everyone else who is observing social distancing to help stop the spread of Covid-19, but extra security patrols have a financial impact on the Parish and therefore reduce funds for what else we might be able to achieve in the Park.
Groups in Easebourne Park2020-05-17T11:46:27+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-05-16T07:33:16+01:00

Introducing The Roundhouse

Following community support in our Parish wide survey in January 2019, the Parish Council set about commissioning a ‘bandstand’ type of structure to be built in Easebourne Park. The concept was for it to be a place to meet up with friends, to hold events in or to shelter from the sun, or rain! Most importantly, a building that sat well within our National Park surroundings and that could be enjoyed by all for years to come.

After a lot of discussion, applying for grants, obtaining planning consent and fine tuning the details, construction began in early March this year. Many of you may have seen it slowing taking shape. We’re incredibly lucky to have won enough funding and donations to make the whole project possible. Our sincere thanks go to The Cowdray Estate, Chichester District Council, The National Lottery and The Grange Association.

We had a plan for many things that could happen along the way, but never one that covered what we do during a Pandemic. However, after a short period of inactivity, our amazing local designers and contractors, Artizans of Wood, set about slowly completing the project whilst adhering to the Governments social distancing rules.

After some equally amazing groundworks by another local company, ACS limited, The Roundhouse is complete, we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and we hope you agree. It’s a beautiful structure that nestles perfectly into the Park.

Whilst equipment in Easebourne Park is still taped off in line with Government guidelines, the Park itself is accessible and is a great place to take your exercise during the ongoing Lockdown. If you’ve not already taken a closer look at The Roundhouse, wander up during your daily exercise!

We intend to hold a community event in the Park again later in the summer, subject to social distancing guidelines at the time, but when we are allowed to come together again as a community we will officially open The Roundhouse and have the biggest picnic Easebourne has ever seen!

Introducing The Roundhouse2020-05-14T11:00:26+01:00

West Sussex County Council – Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse

There is #NoExcuseForAbuse – support for victims of domestic abuse now available 7 days a week

Since the start of ‘lockdown’, West Sussex County Council’s WORTH Domestic Abuse Service has seen a 24% increase in reports of domestic abuse compared to this time last year.

As a result, enhancements have been made to services, support and provisions to ensure they’re able to meet this new level of demand whilst the country is in lockdown.

With this additional support, the WORTH service is now available seven days a week to support anyone who needs help:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm on 0330 222 8181
  • Weekends including Bank Holidays, 9am-5pm on 07834 968539
There is also a list of other support and resources available on the county council’s website for victims of domestic abuse and friends and family members who may want to help, but don’t know how. These include:
  • Local support for people being abused
  • Things you can do if you’re in an abusive relationship
  • The signs of an abusive relationship
  • Information for friends and family of people being abused
  • National support for people who are experiencing abuse
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure that any victim of domestic abuse doesn’t feel like they have to go through their situation alone. There is help out there and the WORTH team are dedicated to do whatever they can to help those individuals get out of their abusive situations in a safe manner.

“It is also really important to remember that domestic abuse doesn’t see gender, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It can happen to anyone at any time and in these strange times that we find ourselves in, I want to say loud and clear that there is #NoExcuseForAbuse.”

A male survivor of domestic abuse, who received support from WORTH services, said: “Domestic abuse happens to men – I know, because it happened to me.  The first person I spoke to at WORTH was a man and that actually helped me to feel less awkward about the situation, I was believed. Men need to know that if they are going through domestic abuse, they can get help, and that there is nothing to feel embarrassed about.”

If you or someone you know needs any help or support, you can visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/domesticabuse or call the WORTH Domestic Abuse Service directly.

West Sussex County Council – Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse2020-05-14T08:06:42+01:00

Latest Government advice regarding parks

In the Government announcement yesterday there was a slight relaxation of the lockdown rules on exercising and the use of outdoor spaces. Rules do not appear to have been relaxed for those in the community who are over 70 years old.
The understanding of the Parish Council is that it is now acceptable to exercise more than once a day and also enjoy open spaces for longer periods of time, BUT only with members of your household OR a maximum of ONE other person, whilst strictly observing existing social distancing rules.
So it’s now possible to spend more time within Easebourne Park, however please note that there has been no lifting of the restriction on the use of play equipment and so this remains out of action until there is further advice from the Government.
Latest Government advice regarding parks2020-05-11T20:13:47+01:00

Supporting our Bees in Easebourne Park!

Some of you may have noticed if you’re taking your daily exercise in Easebourne Park that a large section of grass between the zip-wire and the pond is being left uncut. This will be left to grow throughout May to help our bees!

The South Downs National Park Authority recently launched a major campaign to help reverse the decline of bees in the South East and create a haven for pollinators in the South Downs National Park. This includes creating wildflower corridors and leaving areas of grass uncut during this critical time of the year.

We already have a number of wildflower banks within the Park and hope to create more in the future.

You can find out more about the campaign here :

www.southdowns.gov.uk/major-campaign-launched-save-bees-pollinators/

Supporting our Bees in Easebourne Park!2020-05-08T16:04:39+01:00