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This website provides information about the activities of the Parish Council in the villages of Singleton and Charlton - pretty villages situated in the Lavant Valley, a few miles north of Chichester in West Sussex.

All of our councillors are volunteers and are committed to representing their community. They:

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

We want to work closely with our community and encourage residents to get in touch with us and attend meetings. Please get in touch and join our mailing list, mailchimp

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South Downs News - June 2024

South Downs News - June 2024


June 2024
South Downs News - June 2024

June 2024

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PICTURE OF THE MONTH: Thank you to Anne Bostwick, who took this serene image of orchids and buttercups while on a walk near Lewes. Anne says: "My husband and I enjoy walking on the Downs which are literally on our doorstep. We always take a break and this time the view was extra special!"

If you have an amazing seasonal image, please do email us!

Vital ponds get new lease of life

Eight derelict dew ponds have been lovingly restored and are now thriving with new life, thanks to funding of over £90,000 from the South Downs National Park Trust.

After years of stagnation and dwindling water levels due to climate change, eight dew ponds across Sussex and Hampshire are once again providing a haven for scores of fauna and flora, including dragonflies, toads, frogs, pond skaters, water boatmen, yellowhammer, gypsywort and meadowsweet.

Work is due to startsoon on restoring a further two ponds, near Emsworth, that will help support populations of white turtle dove.

The turnaround has been made possible by the “Pounds for Ponds” initiative, which is looking to restore around 100 dew ponds across the South Downs National Park and was launched exactly one year ago. Find out more here.

Help wildlife and donate to "Pounds for Ponds"

New route for cyclists and walkers is completed

The western gateway to the National Park at Winchester has been improved with a new 750m off-road route for cyclists, equestrians and walkers.

Work has now been completed on the Chilcomb Link, giving people a much safer, wider and more enjoyable route away from the busy A31. Learn more here.

New biodiversity scheme launched for businesses

The fight against biodiversity loss took a huge step forward as the South Downs National Park announced a new nature recovery scheme for businesses of all sizes.

The South Downs becomes the first National Park in the UK to open up a formal scheme for voluntary biodiversity gain to the private sector – meaning that firms of any size across England can invest in high-ethic, effective nature recovery. Learn more.

Guardian gets a makeover!

“The Guardian of the South Downs” has been given a fresh lick of paint and is looking more impressive than ever.

Last month volunteers re-painted of The Long Man of Wilmington at the eastern tip of the National Park. Find out more here.

Sand martins bounce back

Sand martinsare being seen in record numbers at a wetland centre thanks to conservation work.

This spring the beautiful birds have been busy nest building at Arundel Wetland Centre, which has specialised nesting banks for the avians. Learn more.

In search of the adonis...

Self-confessed butterfly fanaticTim Squire, a ranger for the Eastern Downs around Brighton and Eastbourne, writes about his search for one iconic insect this spring.

Investing in future of building conservation

The National Park has been helping to support young people looking for new careers in building conservation.

Through our Sustainable Communities Fund, support has been given to the Sussex Heritage Trust to deliver “taster day” opportunities to try out building conservation crafts. Find out more.

Exhibition features stunning photos

A renowned London art gallery is hosting an exhibition of the winners of the National Park’s photography competition.

The Woolff Gallery, which is famous for its contemporary art displays, will be coming to The Barn, Froxfield, on the weekend of 22 and 23 June. Learn more.

What is conservation grazing in the Downs?

Sussex Grazed is a meat box scheme sourcing high quality, grass-fed animals from the South Downs and is focused on promoting sustainable food production. Laura Hockenhull, development officer for Sussex Grazed and Land Use Plus, explains what the often-misunderstood term of “conservation grazing” means.

Iconic South Downs walks for Sussex Day!

It's Sussex Day (and Father's Day) on 16 June, so we're sharing some great walks and ramblesin this historic county that makes up two thirds of the National Park.

Discover the wonders of Western Weald

Avid walker Malinka van der Gaauw, who founded Petersfield Walking Festival, writes about a new opportunity to explore a lesser known section of the National Park.

Win free day-out to amazing science centre!

Would you like to win a free family day-out this summer holiday to learn all about the natural wonders of us, our planet and the universe?

This summer Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is hosting “Fiesta”, an exciting children’s festival of curiosity with the theme of the Olympics and Paralympics!

You can adventure outside to enjoy interactive activities, perform on mini-stages and compete against your friends and family in the stunning backdrop of the National Park.
Inside the science centre, you will be able to enter the curious world of our bodies and discover the science of us.
Visitors can also try out the “Bug Olympics” and find out the answers to questions such as: Are you as fast as a dragonfly? Do you have the accuracy of a Bombardier Beetle? Are you as strong as an ant? You will be able to join forces with your friends and family to take on the bugs of the South Downs and beyond.
It wouldn’t be the Olympics without an epic opening ceremony, so you can have a go at creating the sounds of nature with musical instruments.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a superstar athlete at the Olympics and Paralympics?
The Science Theatre will be hosting a brand-new science show – “What Happens: Our Body and Exercise”. Exciting experiments and inspiring demos will bring this energetic topic to life in an exciting 20-minute live show.
Meanwhile, in the planetarium, there will be a live presenter-led show called Solar System Adventure.

We’ve teamed up with the science centre to offer a free family ticket, including the planetarium, for two adults and up to three children.
People signing up to the newsletter during June will be automatically entered into the draw. Those who are already signed up can email “1896” to before midnight on 30 June.

Sign up to the newsletter here and see competition T&Cs here.
The tickets will be valid up to and including 2 September.

Win a beautiful bee-inspired accessory!

In celebration of World Bee Day that took place recently, we’ve got six beautiful bee-themed accessories to give away, courtesy of Aspinal of London.

The renowned luxury brand has been supporting the South Downs National Park Trust as part of the “Bee Lines” initiative, which is looking to create a network of new wildflower “highways” to help pollinators move through the landscape.

Aspinal of London has produced a stunning bespoke bee-inspired collection – and £5 from the sale of each piece will be donated to the Trust to create new wildflower areas.

Nick Heasman, Countryside and Policy Manager at South Downs National Park Authority, who has been helping to lead the delivery of Bee Lines, said: “Every pound raised for Bee Lines really does make a difference and we’re delighted that Aspinal of London is launching this new fundraising drive to help pollinators bounce back. So far we’ve been able to create over 60 hectares of lush wildflower habitat and this new funding will help us plant even more. Bees are busy ecosystem engineers and, by pollinating flowers, they create food for other wildlife and, of course, humans. In fact, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depend on pollinators such as bees, beetles and butterflies.”

We have six exquisite key rings to give away for free to lucky winners – perfect for keys or handbags.

All new subscribers to the newsletter during June will go into the prize draw.

Those who are already signed up can answer this question to enter the prize draw: “How many eyes does a bee have?” and send the answer by midnight on 30 June to

Prizewinners will be picked at random. Good luck!

Things to do in June

Find other events and activities across the National Park and submit your own. Please remember booking may be necessary and do check full details with the venue.

  • Graffham Festival 2024 takes place from 14 to 23 June and is offering an action-packed line-up of events. Set in the heart of the South Downs between Midhurst and Petworth, there will be more than 25 events across 10 days, with something for all ages and all tastes – concerts, a floral celebration in the church, an artists’ studios trail, open gardens, films, a talk by arguably Britain’s top sculptor, painting and singing, cabaret, a revue, children’s activities and much more. Among the top music names booked are the Benedetti Foundation Ambassador String Quartet, Future Talent’s young musicians, top folk duo Noble Jacks and an American Songbook cabaret trio. The world of theatre is represented by Shake It Up Shakespeare, while internationally renowned sculptor Philip Jackson share secrets from his workshop.
  • Find out about the untold story behind world-famous modern art collector, patron, and self-described 'art addict' Peggy Guggenheim (pictured left), who was at the centre of the 20th-century art scene and lived at Yew Tree Cottage near Petersfield from 1934 to1939. “Peggy Guggenheim: Petersfield to Palazzo” opens on 15 June and runs until October at Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery.
  • The tranquil three-acre gardens of Fittleworth House will be open to the public on 12 and 19 June and then again on 10,17, and 24 July (2pm to 5pm). The house was built around 1720 from locally quarried stone as a home for the squire of the village. The stunning garden contains both formal and informal areas with much emphasis on wildlife and habitat creation.
  • Celebrate Father’s Day at Stansted House on 16 June and enjoy free admission from 1pm to 5pm for all Fathers. Enjoy a true upstairs, downstairs experience this Father’s Day as you visit the family seat of the Earls of Bessborough. Explore the stunning State Rooms, once used to entertain politicians, actors and royalty, and learn about Frederick and William Ponsonby’s experiences during the Battle of Waterloo in the Ponsonby Room. You can then journey downstairs to discover the extensive Servants Quarters, including the Butler’s Pantry and the Old Kitchen. For younger visitors, there will be a special trail around the House to enjoy.

Chichester District Council - District Dispatch

District Dispatch


June 2024
Chichester District Council

District Dispatch

As you will be aware, the General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July. Many changes have been made to the election process over the past couple of years and so it is important that you are aware of how this may affect you.

Voters now have to reapply for postal votes more regularly and people will be able to cast fewer proxy votes. Both postal and proxy voting allow people to cast ballots without going to a polling station in person.

Voters now have to reapply for a postal vote every three years. Previously, voters did not have to show ID if voting by post, but under the new rules, an online identity check has been introduced for all applications for all absentee voting — which covers both postal and proxy voting.

Proxy voting allows people to authorise someone else to vote on their behalf. The changes mean that there is now a limit to the amount of people someone can be a proxy for. You can act as a proxy for two people. If you vote on behalf of UK voters who live overseas, you can act as a proxy for up to four people (but only two of those can live in the UK).

If you wish to vote by post, you can now apply online deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June. You must also be registered to vote by 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June. If you visit the council offices or a polling station when handing in postal votes, you will need to sign a declaration form. Due to this, please do not leave them at our reception without signing the declaration form, or post them through our letterbox, because we will be unable to accept them. However, if you post your form back to us by Royal Mail – this is not required.

If you need someone to vote on your behalf, you can also apply online The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. You must apply for a proxy vote for every election.

I also want to remind you that if you are voting in person you will need to show photographic ID to vote. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers' licence; and, some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person's bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. The full list can be found Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. You must also have ID if you are voting on behalf of someone else.

If you don't have any of the accepted forms of ID, the deadline to apply for a free voter authority certificateis 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. Please or request a paper application form from our Elections Team by or call01243 521010. Please remember to supply a hard copy photo or electronic photo with your application. The team will assist you if you are unable to supply your own photo or need help applying.

On Thursday 4 July, polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm. If you’re not sure where to vote, then you can find your local polling station here: more information about the elections, please go Electoral Commission also has lots more information on voting and the elections, which can be found Following the election, you can also find the results at:

Best Wishes

Diane Shepherd

Chief Executive at Chichester District Council

Chichester District
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