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Please note that Parish Council elections take place on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. The whole of the Parish Council (i.e. its full complement of seven members) comes up for election. If there are seven or less candidates who come forward, then members are automatically elected to office on an uncontested basis. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerk. PLEASE NOW SEE THE FORMAL NOTICE OF ELECTION HERE. Please note that MSDC is taking part in the Governments 2019 Local Elections Voter ID Pilot. There are a number of local authorities taking part in the Pilot, each with a different aspect of Voter Identification to trial. In the Mid Sussex pilot voters will need to bring their poll card with them as identification when they vote at polling stations on 2nd May. See the poster HERE. 

The next Central and South Mid Sussex County Local Committee is on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 at Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks, BN6 8LP. Please see the Information page. 

Here is a list of the 2018 Albourne Village Show raffle winners!! See HERE

ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL has completed the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2017/18. Please see the Transparency Code page for all the relevant documents and information.

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. 


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)