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Thousands of Pounds Raised for Local Foodbanks1st July 2020The Sussex Produce Company in Steyning said a big ‘Thank you!’ to its customers when they exceeded £3,000 in donations for the local foodbanks.
Let’s Plant Together!1st July 2020You can also join us in supporting the County Council (WSCC) 'Donate a Tree' scheme and have a tree planted on a verge near you, helping to choose the species.
Steyning Downland Scheme: Scarce Chaser1st July 2020For our exacting readers, male Scarce Chasers are very similar to Broad-bodied Chasers, but they have blue eyes instead of dark brown ones and dark patches near the base of the wings.
Steyning Downland Scheme: Cowslips and Primroses1st July 2020Readers with particularly retentive memories will recall that, back in 2016, a team of SDS volunteers propagated and planted thousands of Cowslips and Primroses onto the Steyning Downland. This mass planting effort was part of our 'big push' to attract the long-absent and nationally threatened Duke of Burgundy butterfly back to our Downs.
Steyning Community Orchard, the Virus and Wildlife1st July 2020In common with every other organisation, the Covid19 virus has forced the Steyning Community Orchardists to adapt to a different way of working. But as the lockdown has eased, we have begun to manage our Orchards again, but in a different way. No group working parties, no sharing of tools, no sharing packets of biscuits! But the watering, weeding, mulching, mending the protective cages, checking for pests etc, has continued.
Museum archives: Tenants of the Manor1st July 2020The last record of feudal obligations being insisted on in Steyning was in 1894. The owner of a cottage at Wyckham having died, his heirs were required to provide 'a heriot of a living beast' – though the owner did accept £9 in lieu in this instance.
2030 Vision Survey: Still time to share your hopes for the future1st July 2020Have you got 15 minutes to share your thoughts on what future you’d like to see for Steyning, Bramber and Beeding?
Give Your Stuff Away Day restarting1st July 2020This time we’re doing in on wheels!
Steyning Black Lives Matter Protest Rally1st July 2020A local Facebook Group: Stand Up To Racism - Steyning and Surrounding Villages has been set up, please join the group if you can.
SDS to start hauling dead Ash from the Horseshoe on Monday 29th June 202028th June 2020Starting on Monday 29th June, contractors working for the Steyning Downland Scheme (SDS) will begin hauling out hundreds of tonnes of dead Ash wood from the Horseshoe Woods, near Steyning.
Local Heroes!30th May 2020We asked our readers to share their stories about local heroes all doing their bit to help others in the community ! Here are some of their comments.
Steyning Community Orchard: Springtime Update30th May 2020Despite everything else going on in the world, the seasons continue on their cycle, and for those of you who have been able to get out and see it, this Spring has been spectacular.
Worthing head uses 150-year-old tree to help children with ‘lockdown resilience’.30th May 2020It is based on the poem Tree of Strength and is set against the video backdrop of an immense sycamore tree in his school’s grounds, now empty of children.
Local Age UK takes huge funding hit during pandemic - calls on Government support30th May 2020Age UK WSBH is calling on the Government to provide it and other Age UK brand partners across the country with assistance at this time via a grant.
Rebooting the 2030 Vision process.30th May 2020
Sompting Abbotts recalls VE evacuation and requisition 75 years ago30th May 2020Like hundreds of other stately and country homes across the country, Sompting Abbotts was taken over by the Army.
Do you want to be successful and Significant?30th May 2020In 2020 the world changed and so did we. We began to re-evaluate and re-order our priorities in response to Coronavirus, lockdowns and the 'new normal'.
Museum archives: Plagues and Pestilence30th May 2020The bubonic plague of 1348-1350, known as the Black Death, may have happened in a completely different world from today’s Coronavirus and been due to a bacterium rather than to a virus but it did have some things in common.
Dreaming of the Steyning Art Trail30th May 2020If only! Like art trails everywhere, we had to shelve our plans for the Steyning Art Trail this year. But we invite you to close your eyes and dream of Art Trails past and Art Trails still to come.
May 2020 Update from Community Hub Response1st May 2020It has been an amazing opportunity to see many community groups, local shops, churches and hundreds of volunteers come together to serve the local community. It is lovely to hear stories daily of neighbours being neighbourly and looking out for each other.
Steyning Area First Responders (SAFeR) – supporting the local community1st May 2020Over the dozen or so years, since the charity was established by Martin Leigh-Pollitt and Peter Firth, many residents in the Steyning and Upper Beeding area have received support in their time of need from Steyning Area First Responders (SAFeR). Often, this support has saved a life.
A Time for Reflection - Update from Steyning Greening1st May 2020We are several weeks into the lockdown and it feels like life will never be the same again. At Greening Steyning, we are considering what our small part of the world might be like, and what we want to do differently once the Pandemic is over. Climate change has taken a back seat during this crisis, but it has not gone away. Many of the same strategies we are using to halt the spread of the virus will be needed to tackle the environmental crisis. Our hope is that we can maintain the momentum of collective action and solidarity to create a healthier, kinder and greener society
Update from Sussex Wildlife Trust, Peregrine Falcon: You say you want a revolution?1st May 2020Circling high in the blue skies above Sussex is one of the world’s deadliest predators. Peregrines are hunting above us. Scanning the avian traffic in the Sussex airspace, their incredible vision locks on to an unsuspecting bird passing below and the Peregrine instantly negotiates one of the most sophisticated aerial manoeuvres possible
Neighbour creates a ‘Sunshine Box’ outside Croft Meadow Care home1st May 2020A lady local resident has come up with a novel way for residents to show their support for staff and residents at Croft Meadow as the UK’s Coronavirus lockdown enters its fourth week, by launching a donation-box initiative
Steyning Medical Practice Update - May 20201st May 2020There have been a few reported cases of people, children especially, who have died because they have not been seen soon enough in their illness, due to them feeling they can't or shouldn't access necessary healthcare.
West Sussex Record Office History in the Making1st May 2020Celebrating our collections dating from 780AD to the present day. – Following the latest government advice, we are CLOSED until further notice. History in the Making: Help to play your part and add your story to the West Sussex Archives
Covid-19 and your pets1st May 2020The restrictions surrounding Covid-19 have meant big changes to all of us and how we live our daily lives. This has had a knock on effect for pet owners and has presented many questions and concerns about how we manage our pets, their welfare and what impacts there are. I thought it would be useful to put together some of the most common frequently asked questions. We also have a dedicated page on our website where FAQ’s are updated and if you have a question that you’d like answered, please don’t hesitate to get on touch and we’re happy to help out.
Museum Archives May 2020: Porkers, Spurs and other useful disagreements1st May 2020Past disagreements and disputes – mainly about land ownership and the like – are manna from heaven for the local historian. The court records were often carefully preserved in case the judgements were subsequently challenged. For us they offer interesting insights into Steyning’s past.
Video-conferencing Etiquette and Top Tips1st May 2020Meeting Etiquette. Whilst these tips are designed with videoconferencing in mind, they also apply to most meetings we lead.
Help raise funds for a local charity.1st May 2020In these unprecedented times the care team at St Barnabas House is doing everything possible to carry on during the coronavirus crisis, providing essential hospice care for people who really need it.
Message from Headteacher of Steyning Primary School1st May 2020Steyning C of E Primary School we are supporting children and families through a range contacts, both virtually and by phone.
Steyning for Trees1st May 2020For us humans, trees engender a feeling of wellbeing : something we are all very conscious of at this time.
Message from Headteacher of Upper Beeding Primary School1st May 2020A special mention has to go to our amazingly supportive parents who have done a fantastic job in encouraging the children to carry on with their learning in a variety of creative ways in such unfamiliar circumstances.
A Few Challenges: the Solutions21st April 2020Answers to the puzzle questions
Museum archives: William Prikkeloue and the missing archives.1st April 2020Despite the rich archive of documents which help to tell the story of Steyning there are plenty of gaps in the record. Some of the gaps are not at all surprising.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community Support: GIVING1st April 2020We need your help!
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community Support1st April 2020Community Hub Response Beeding, Bramber, Steyning. 19 Church Lane, Beeding, BN44 3HP
2030 Vision project: Postponing the Visioning Event.1st April 2020After consulting with the organising group we decided we should put the event on hold until the Autumn. There are several reasons:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community Support: If you are self-isolating, we can help.1st April 2020Your local Volunteer Hub is based at: 19 Church Lane, Beeding, BN44 3HP
Chestnut Tree House in Arundel: Tree-mendous!1st April 2020Squire’s donated 10 Silver Birch trees to Chestnut Tree House in Arundel.
Upper Beeding Primary School: KS1 Tractor visit1st April 2020Matt Gue and Neil Stokes from Huddlestone Farm in Steyning drove a huge tractor in to school to visit the children as part of their ‘On the Move’ Spring term topic.
Upper Beeding Primary School: KS1 Bicycle Experience1st April 2020The playground was turned into a road and the children had to follow the rules of the road, looking carefully at the road signs.
Steyning Stinger Marathon and Half Marathon.1st April 2020The Steyning Athletic Club ‘Steyning Stinger’ Marathon and Half Marathon took place on Sunday 1st March 2020.
Steyning C of E Primary School: Victorian Day1st April 2020Year 6 children at Steyning Primary School were given a true taste of Victorian school days, including strict discipline and working in silence.
Steyning for Trees: Our Good Friday Big Plant Up , planned for 10th April, has been postponed.1st April 2020We are still hoping to get the hedge trees planted at Abbey Road before then
A Few Challenges:1st April 2020Some slightly mathematical....
Vintage Years: Visit to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum and Lunch25th March 2020Wednesday 25th March - 09:45 - 16:30
Age UK Horsham District: Strictly Vintage Tea Dance21st March 2020
Horsham Chamber Choir: Northern Lights and and Southern Star21/03/202021st March 2020Saturday, 21st March 2020 - 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, Vicarage Lane, Steyning, BN44 3YQ
The Steyning Society: 'History in Comic Verse' by Geoff Hutchinson20th March 2020Friday 20th March - 19:30 - 21:00. The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning.
Henfield Theatre Company: The Stepmother.19th March 2020Thursday 19th March - 19:45 - 22:00. The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield,BN5 9DB
Steyning In Bloom: Annual fundraising quiz.18th March 2020Wednesday 18th March - The Steyning Centre, 19:00
Steyning Millennium Trust: Night at the Races.7th March 2020Saturday 7th March - 19:00 - 23:00. The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning
Cantatrice Voices: A Springtime Classical concert.7th March 2020Saturday 7th March, 16:00, St Andrew & St Cuthman Church, Steyning BN44 3YL Friday 20th March 11:45, St Pauls Church, Churchside, Chichester PO19 6FT Saturday 21 March, 16:00, St Nicholas Church, Church Lane, Worth RH10 7RT
Community Film Night: Screening - Downtown Abbey4th March 2020Wednesday 4th March - 19:30 - 22:00 The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft. Steyning
Steyning Museum Special Exhibits: Goal & Fares Please!1st March 2020'GOAL' A celebration of football in the Steyning area & 'Fares Please!' Steyning bus services
Gardening Journal: Plant of The Month – Crocus1st March 2020When you see a clump of crocus naturalised and well established in a lawn or meadow you can’t help but smile.
Cattle Rustling and the Vicar’s Turkeys1st March 2020It is not surprising that Steyning, as an agricultural community, suffered its fair share of crimes associated with the countryside.
Steyning Festival 2020: 20th – 25th May - Friends of Steyning Festival.1st March 2020Bookings to the public will open on Wednesday 22nd April 2020.
Sussex Clubs for Young People1st March 2020A safe and welcoming place for young people aged 9 -19, providing a variety of activities for young people to learn life skills and have fun
Steyning Community Orchard: New for 2020 - Apple Paintings.1st March 2020We were approached by local botanical artist, Sue Merrikin, who wondered if there was anything she could do to help the Community Orchard, by possibly donating a painting we could use for printing into cards.
Beavers back in Sussex1st March 2020After an absence of over 400 years, the beaver is coming back to Sussex.
Is it possible for less to be more?1st March 2020This is a follow-up on the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle article in the February Issue
Upper Beeding Primary School: KS1 Visit to Arundel Castle1st March 2020KS1 children enjoyed their visit to Arundel Castle as part of their Castles and Dragons topic this term.
Upper Beeding Primary School: Choir of the Year 2019 – Arun Young Musicians Festival1st March 2020The locality boys’ vocal group, ‘The BackBeatz’ was recently named ‘Choir of the Year’ at the Arun Young Musicians Festival.
Upper Beeding Primary School: KS1 Library Visit – Picture Books to Shout About! and Book Week at Upper Beeding1st March 2020At Upper Beeding Primary School we understand the importance of children reading for pleasure and enjoyment because we know that reading is fundamental to all learning
Book Reviews: March 20201st March 2020In March we have three heavyweights of British fiction with eagerly awaited new titles.
Green Drinks: Appreciating the Sussex landscape25th February 2020We have two speakers for this month's Green Drinks, both dedicated to helping the public preserve and enjoy the Sussex Landscape.
Steyning Downland WI: The Hidden History of Highdown Gardens17th February 2020Monday 17th February - 14:30 - 16:30 The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning
Vintage Years: February Lunch13th February 2020Thursday 13th February - 12:15 - 15:00 The Old Tollgate Hotel Bramber, West Sussex
The Art Society Steyning: Man and Animals in 'Art' a Lecture by Susie Harries10th February 2020Monday 10th February - 10:00 - 12:00 The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning
Community Film Night: Screening - The Keeper5th February 2020Wednesday 5th February - 19:30 - 22:00 The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft. Steyning
Vox Club pop choir for parents - Fridays just got fab again!4th February 2020Sick of singing nursery rhymes?? Vox Club is a relaxed choir for parents - reconnect to your voice and yourself. Your babies and small people are welcome to stay and play, breastfeed, sleep, or join in!
Steyning in Bloom Gardens1st February 2020This year we plan something different.
Steyning Downland Scheme: Ash Dieback1st February 2020Ash Dieback disease continues to rampage through the Horseshoe Woods, which are around 75% Ash.
Steyning Downland Scheme: Volunteer of the Year Award! Congratulations!1st February 2020Huge congratulations are in order for Mike Kelly and Jane Oxley, who are the winners of the much coveted SDS Volunteer of the Year Award!
Steyning Community Orchard News1st February 2020The Steyning Community Orchard (SCO) will be 6 years old this year and we are beginning to feel we are part of the Steyning scene.
Welcome to Steyning Festival 20201st February 2020We are ready and raring to go, with a slimmed down version, but with our usual packed programme of events, with something for everyone.
Help us create a zero carbon vision for 2030.1st February 2020Sir David Attenborough: 'It may sound frightening, but the scientific evidence is that, if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies'.
There might still be life in those old PV panels...1st February 2020Recently gifted with 2 very aged BP Model BPA 1233 Photovoltaic Generator 36 cell panes began a process to determine whether these were still able to produce any power.