Steyning has strong connections with neighbouring parishes and holds regular cross-parish meetings to work together on projects that are beneficial to the whole community. The four neighbouring parishes are:
Wiston lies to the West of Steyning, and is a rural parish covering approximately 3,400 acres, owned in the main by the Wiston Estate. Although large in area, Wiston has a small population of about 200. Places of interest within the village include Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs, the 12th Century Buncton Chapel and Wiston House, the home of Wilton Park. We have a licenced team room and farm shop, recreation field, cricket ground and village hall with an open fire! There is an active social club organising several events each year including village barbecue, film nights, pumpkin competition and carol singing.
Upper Beeeding is a pretty village lying on the Adur river flood plain. Beeding in Bloom, a committee of local villagers, have entrered the village in local and national flower competitions and their success is apparent from the appearance of the village. Facilities within Upper Beeding include a sports hall, tennis court and playing fields. There is a village hall, where regular talks from the Beeding and Bramber Local History Society are held and where other social and leisure activities take place. Sites of local interest include Saltings Field, a wildlife conservation area with 13th-15th century salt making remnants and the Saxon parish church of St Peter’s. Also within the parish are the hamlets of Edburton (which is home to the 13th century of St Andrew’s), Small Dole and Tottington Woods13 acre community woodland and nature reserve run by local volunteers.
Visit the Upper Beeding Parish Council website at www.upperbeeding-pc.gov.uk. The Parish Council serves the communities of Upper Beeding, Small Dole and Edburton.
Bramber parish is a rural area in the lea of the South Downs, located inland from Shoreham-by-Sea and extending to some 1770 acres. Much of the land is actively farmed and ranges from flood plain to upland on the South Downs. There is a natural boundary to the East in the river Adur which separates the village from Upper Beeding. The southern side is wholly rural and joins farms in the parish of Coombes. Elsewhere the boundaries mingle with Steyning. Part of the parish falls within the newly created South Downs National Park.
Ashurst is a very small rural farming community. It has one main through road (the B2135), a 12th century parish church dedicated to St James, a Cof E aided primary school, the Fountain Inn, a vilage hall and recreation ground. The village has a population of 222 and 97 houses. Ashurst has a land area of 2493 acres. There are no street lights or shops.
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