Barlavington Estate Tree Survey.

Please be aware that Barlavington Estates are currently carrying out their periodic survey for dangerous trees along all public roads and Rights of Way across the Barlavington Estate, which includes large parts of Coldwaltham Parish. They have advised that given the severity of Ash die-back in this area – it is likely that quite a few roadside and path-side trees may need to be felled over the next few months. Please bare this in mind when you are out walking or riding in the parish.

Two Parish Councillor Vacancy


If you would be interested in becoming a member of your local parish council, Please write to the Parish Clerk, enclosing a brief synopsis about yourself, your reason for wishing to be a Councillor, previous community/council work, or other skills you can bring to the council, career, interests, etc.

Please respond by Friday 7th June 2019.

Candidates will be invited to meet the Council at the meeting on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Police Advice for local residents

Be on the alert for bogus phone callers seeking your bank account details

Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after 35 cases of ‘courier fraud’ or attempts so far in May including six on one day.

But thanks to alert residents and bank staff, only six attempts succeeded. In several of the cases residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a ‘Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harrison’. There is no such officer. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested, and that there is an investigation ongoing.

The caller says that the resident must both supply their PIN and other card details over the phone, and hand the card or cards to a courier who would arrive at the door.

However, thanks to the alertness of residents, and in six cases thanks to the alertness of bank staff, only six of the 35 attempts were successful, with a total loss of £24,800 – the biggest single loss was £7,900. The oldest victim was 96 years old. 18 were in West Sussex, 16 in East Sussex, and one in Brighton.

PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; “Remember – no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don’t give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances!

For further advice on fraud prevention, and information on Operation Signature, the work done by Sussex Police to prevent fraud and support victims, also see the force website here.

Summer-Time Thefts

There have been a few thefts locally, in Pulborough, from insecure sheds and garages. The Police are asking residents to ensure that all outbuildings are locked and secured at all time. For more information and advice Please click on their link:

Help the Police keep Sussex safe

If you see or hear anything, or have any information about any incident, please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Annual Parish Meeting

Reminder that the Annual Parish Meeting is being held on Tuesday 23rd April, at 7.30pm in the School Hall, St James School Church Lane, Coldwaltham. This is an opportunity for Parishioners to hear the Annual Reports and to question Councillors on any matter of interest. Parishioners are invited to join Councillors from 7 pm for coffee and the meeting will commence at 7.30 pm prompt.

Road Closures in March

WSCC Highways have advised of two upcoming road closures:

Old London Road – 19th March 8.30 am until 21st March 5.00 pm for Southern Water to carry out some underground pipe work.
Waltham Park Road – 20th March 2019 between 9.30 am – 3.00 pm for pot hole repairs.

The full details of the closures and diversion are in these:

ROAD CLOSURE – Waltham Park Road

ROAD CLOSURE – Old London Road, Coldwaltham


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