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

  • Fields

    Fields

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall

  • Herstmonceux Castle

  • Herstmonceux Observatory - Science Centre

  • Chapel Row triangle - photo credit Steve Slade

  • 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

  • Dig for Victory exhibit 2018

  • All Saints Herstmonceux
  • Cowbeech Village - conservation area

  • Herstmonceux Village Sign - Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee

Census 2021

Ready, steady, census

The next census is almost upon us.

Households across England and Wales or Insert area will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors' surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Households across England and Wales or Insert area will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring. The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales.

Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary. Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

"The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities," Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. "It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP's and dentist's services. "No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them."

Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes

explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100

years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.

Herstmonceux Parish Council meetings during Covid-19

Herstmonceux Parish Council meetings may take place in person or via a video link, as according to updated Government guidance.

Please see the Agendas for information as to the venue or for a link if the meeting is to be held on line.

Agendas will be available on line and in the notice boards. The Agendas will be found on line in the usual place, Council Meetings pages of this website.

The link for agenda and all papers for Wealden District Council Planning Committee South can be found here.

Getting us through COVID-19
Local Community Volunteer Newsletters

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 5 December 2020 (PDF, 1.4 Mb)

    The fifth edition newsletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through restricted and isolation periods of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 4 July 2020 (PDF, 785 Kb)

    The fourth edition newsletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 3 May Bank Hol 2020 (PDF, 943 Kb)

    The third edition newsletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 2 MayDay 2020 (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

    The second edition newsletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 1 Easter 2020 (PDF, 254 Kb)

    The very first edition of the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

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

COVID Vaccinations Briefing - East Sussex

Issued by Sussex CCG - Updates on the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in East Sussex. Please see webpage for more information

Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 17:36 by Clare Harrison

Cuckmere Bus Service - Tier 4 Updates

CUCKMERE BUSES

Although we are nearly back to pre-covid levels of service, the outlook currently is uncertain. There will be further travel restrictions now that we have moved into Tier 4, where people must not leave their homes without reasonable excuse.

In preparing for this event we are planning to continue operating but with reduced service levels. All will depend upon the availability of our volunteer divers and the decisions taken by commercial operators. More »

We are keeping our website up-to-date (cuckmerebuses.org.uk) and have placed notices on our buses. We will continue to keep you updated. » Less

Posted: Tue, 29 Dec 2020 10:57 by Clare Harrison

Construction Works at the Rec

The construction works for the upgrading of the carpark and the laying of the new footpath are completed.

Unfortunately, rain has stopped play and the children's play park construction works are unable to be completed until the ground dries out enough to resume work.

Well despite the amount of rain not really reducing much, the Council and construction team are agreeing a date to resume work and get the playpark finished. Making good work to the rec will have to take place following completion of the project. The weather has not been ideal at all!

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:37 by Clare Harrison