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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The next County Local Committee (CLC) meeting is to be held on 26th June 2018. See also the Information page for further details.   

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The annual Parish meeting of Albourne electors will take place this year, on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and this is your chance to have your say about any local issues that affect you. Parish Councillors, and hopefully Albourne's Ward Councillors from both MSDC and WSCC will be present. Please see the Meeting Dates page for the Agenda. Please note that the minutes (in draft only) of the previous meeting held on 2nd May 2017, are also posted on that page. 

ANOTHER DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The Parish Council is pleased to say that it has resurrected the mobile freighter waste collection service provided by Mid Sussex District Council, for the benefit of Albourne residents. This will take place on Sunday, 29th July 2018 between 10.00 a.m and 12.00 p.m. for the collection of general waste. The freighter will be located at the Village Hall car park. Please see HERE for details as to what items cannot be collected. 

CASUAL VACANCY - Further to the previous posts on this page (now on the Archive page), we are pleased to announce that at the Parish Council meeting on 7th November 2017, John Drew was unanimously elected to serve as a co-opted Parish Councillor on Albourne Parish Council. We very much welcome John onto the Parish Council, and are glad that once again, the Parish Council is back up to its full complement of seven members.  

PLANNING - Further to the Parish Council meeting on 3rd October 2017, the Parish Council has lodged a detailed submission to Mid Sussex District Council in response to planning application DM/17/3784 - site of the former Hazeldens Nursery (outline application for an extra care development of up to 110 units). Please find the response HERE Update: Please note that the application was REFUSED by MSDC on 23rd March 2018. 

ANNUAL RETURN for 2016/17. The Parish Council has completed the Annual Return for the Parish Council's finances for the financial year 2016/17. The public are entitled to inspect the accounts, and so please now find HERE the statutory notice advertising such rights, along with the relevant pages of the Annual Return. The accounts have been audited by the internal auditor, and have now been submitted on to the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn, for the external audit to be carried out. Please let the Clerk know if you have any queries.

Please note that the Annual Return for 2016/17 has now been signed off by the external auditors, and by law, the Parish Council is obliged to publish a Notice of Completion of the Audit, along with sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Return. These can be found on the Transparency Code page (see the menu on the left), or on the Noticeboard outside the Village Hall, the Street, Albourne.


PLEASE HELP: The Parish Council is monitoring the use of the local roads, particularly the Henfield Road to find out the frequency of HGV lorry use early in the morning, or after hours in the evenings, i.e. before 7.00 a.m. and after 6.30 p.m. These are mainly delivery lorries going to the Firsland Park Industrial Estate or Winterpick Farm. If you live on any of the routes, and you are being disturbed, especially in the early mornings, by these vehicles, please could you log the date and time (and the name on the lorry if you can) and report this to The Parish Council can then keep a record of all the activity, and provide it in evidence in its continued efforts to have something done about this ongoing problem. Thank you.




Albourne, a small village with a population of about 600, is situated in the low Weald and Mid Sussex, just north of the South Downs. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The scattered village is rich in old and historical buildings. The old rectory and the original village school are in an idylic setting adjacent to Cutlers Brook, an alder-lined stream from which the village gets its name: 'Al' from alder and "bourne" - a small stream.

In the heart of the village is Woodbine Cottage, childhood home of James Starley, a pioneer maker and inventor of the differential gear used on early bicyles, whose success brought prosperity to the City of Coventry. For further information, please see the article HERE, which is reproduced with the kind permission of Sussex Living magazine. Both 'Gallops' and 'The Pound' are c17th century. The former, a timber-framed building, is perhaps the old building in the village, and the latter used to impound straying animals. Albourne Place, in Truslers Hill Lane, is a large mid-17th century former manor house where William Juxon, later Archbishop of Canterbury, lived following his imprisonment by Cromwell, reputedly for refusing to tell the secret of the last words of Charles 1 on the scaffold.


This website has been designed and constructed to provide what the Parish Council hope will be a valuable resource, especially to find out more about what is happening within the Council and the wider Albourne community.  As the site develops we hope it will become the local access point for information about the Parish Council and principal Local Authority Services and further advice on these services.  Our 'Useful Links' page contains a number of links to websites that will be of interest to a wide range of residents.
 We plan that it will be a further resource for community development and support through:

  • involving local people more in what is happening in the village;
  • improving communication;
  • engaging everyone in local issues, through providing you with more information.

All within the parish we hope will share views and create positive change in what might be a fast changing world for us in the coming years.

To find more information within the site, use the navigation buttons on the left hand side of each page.

We also intend through the website to help us increase our links with the community.  If you would like to advertise your event on the site, please contact us.

Parish Statistics

Population estimated 2012: 600
(information gathered from Mid Sussex District Council)