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The Lone Ranger leaves The Royal Oak at Poynings

We not work for pay. We work for justice.

Reassure worried sheep, round up rustled cattle and chase stolen quad bikes across the Downs — become a Sussex Equine Ranger:

Horse riders are being asked to help police fight the rising levels of rural crime by becoming horse rangers. The pilot areas are Bolney, Warninglid,Twineham, Hickstead, Albourne, Pyecombe, Poynings, Fulking, Hurspierpoint, Sayers Common and Hassocks. Crimes include theft of tractors, agricultural equipment, quad bikes and livestock .. equestrian equipment is featured in the top ten items most commonly targeted.

Application deadline August 10th. More information here.

Cattle on The Downs

Cow plus NT signRecently, villagers have become concerned about a number of incidents between residents and the cattle grazing on Fulking escarpment.  In July 2015 the Parish Council invited the National Trust to a meeting to discuss the situation. One of the suggestions was to use the website to exchange information on the cattle.

A new page has been set up to do just that.

If you have any comments or observations to add to the page, please email (headed “Cattle on the Downs”). The National Trust will also be adding their comments and responses. Read more…

The colour of cricket

Non-whites at Preston Nomads

Unexpected coloured clothing

The weather had been drizzly all morning and there was no play before lunch, but soon afterwards the players emerged. My second surprise of the day was to see them in coloured clothing whereas I was expecting day one of a three day championship game normally played in whites. .. I returned the following day in somewhat better weather to see proper cricket, in whites, get underway.
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‘Tell Us Once’ service launches in West Sussex


Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience.

There are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them, including informing what can feel like a never ending list of government departments and local authority services.

That’s why West Sussex County Council, in partnership with District and Borough Councils in West Sussex, is introducing the ‘Tell Us Once’ service in July.

‘Tell Us Once’ is a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) service which is offered during death registration appointments.

It’s a free service, which notifies several government and council agencies of the death. These include:

  • The DWP
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Identity and Passport Services
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and
  • Council services, such as Adults’ Services, Blue Badge, Children’s Services, Council Tax, Electoral Services

At registration, the Registrar will add the details of the deceased to the Tell Us Once national database.

You will then be given a unique reference number which will enable you to activate ‘Tell Us Once’ with a visit to the website or a single call, should you wish to take up this service.

For more information, please visit