Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

  • Herstmonceux Castle

  • Herstmonceux Observatory - Science Centre

  • Chapel Row triangle - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall - WW1 Centenery Commemoration

  • Herstmonceux Village Entrance, Hailsham Road - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Castle - Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Cattle at dusk

  • Fields


  • Dig for Victory exhibit 2018

  • All Saints Herstmonceux
  • Cowbeech Village - conservation area

  • Herstmonceux Village Sign - Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee

Herstmonceux Parish

The Parish of Herstmonceux is located in the south-eastern area of Wealden District within East Sussex. It is situated around the main A271 road which runs between Ninfield and Bexhill in the east and some 4 miles east of Hailsham in the west. Predominantly rural in nature, the parish contains the settlements of Herstmonceux, Cowbeech and Windmill Hill. There are a wide range of services and facilities which serve the local community.

The Parish enjoys a strong farming community; a world-famous castle and Bader International Study Centre; a self-funded, self-sustaining, modern Village Hall; a Village Information Centre; an award winning Integrative Health Surgery and vibrant community spirit with many voluntary organisations that reach out to all members of the Parish, including the most vulnerable.

Herstmonceux Parish Council provides your local services. The Parish Council has a strong relationship with its community partners and continues to seek ways to improve Council's accessibility for residents to participate in decision making.

We strive to make Herstmonceux a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Herstmonceux Parish are very proud of their Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets out the business plan aims and objectives for improvements to community services and facilities and sustainable development for the period of 2017 - 2027.

Background information, policy detail and all documents of the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.

Latest News

Reopening of Herstmonceux Parish Council Public WC's

Herstmonceux Parish Council are very pleased to announce that the public WC's in the centre of Herstmonceux are opened again, for your convenience(!), as of Monday 19th August.

Originally closed by Wealden District Council, due to ongoing vandalism, the Parish Council have taken on a lease from Wealden to re-open this valuable community service. Please help to us to keep the facilities open by remaining vigilant to any trouble or vandalism and contact the parish clerk on 833312 or at Clerk@herstmonceuxparish.org.uk if you need to report any misuse.

Posted: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 09:00 by Clare Harrison

Parish Council Elections - May 2019

Parish Council Elections - May 2019

Parish Councillors make a positive difference in their community

Parish and Town Council elections took place on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Elections Information:

Herstmonceux Parish Council consists of :

Herstmonceux Castle – 8 seats

Herstmonceux Cowbeech – 1 seat

Herstmonceux Trolliloes – 2 seats

Herstmonceux Parish Councillors:

  • are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older

And: More »

  • are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for Herstmonceux Parish, OR
  • have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in Herstmonceux Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election, OR
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in Herstmonceux Parish, OR
  • You have lived in Herstmonceux Parish or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election

What do councillors do?

Councillors represent their local community to give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor allows you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community's needs. You would need to be able to give on average three hours a week for Council work, including attending meetings.

Find out more:

To learn more about the work of the Parish Council and the role of a Councillor, please contact the clerk – Clerk@herstmonceuxparish.org.uk / 01323 833312 or pop into the Parish Office on a Thursday Morning. Visit our website at https://www.herstmonceuxparish.org.uk/ and our facebook page at www.facebook.com/HerstmonceuxParishCouncil

For information specific to local elections go to http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Wealden/Council/Voting_and_Elections/Democracy_Forthcoming_Elections.aspx or for general information, visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections » Less

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:45 by Clare Harrison