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Trotton with Chithurst parish council

Serving the people of Trotton and Chithurst

Parish Clerk: Mr Neil Ryder
Steps, Trotton, West Sussex
GU31 5EP

Tel: 01730 207447

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    Chithurst Bridge

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    Chithurst Church

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    Chithurst Monastery

  • Image: Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

    Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

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    Terwick Mill

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    Trotton Common

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    Trotton Bridge

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    Trotton Church

Trotton with Chithurst is a civic parish a few miles West of Midhurst, in the heart of the picturesque South Downs National Park. In the 2001 census the parish covered 3 square miles and had 129 households with a total population of 328. It contains the two villages of Trotton and Chithurst, together with the hamlet of Dumpford and it straddles the A272 road and the Rother river. The parish council is the bottom layer of local government, but is run entirely by volunteers - 7 council members and a part-time clerk. It is financed by a "precept" collected with the rates by the district council, and amounting to roughly £1 per month for each resident. We have tried to include on this website a summary of the services we provide, with other local information and we hope you can find what you are looking for by browsing or searching the site; if not, please contact us.

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"Trotton saviour" dies aged 90

"Trotton saviour" dies aged 90

Trotton community mourns the loss of an "inspiring neighbour": Dr Priscilla Noble-Mathews

As the Midhurst Observer put it: "Much-loved Trotton villager Priscilla Noble-Mathews died in hospital on Saturday (September 2) after suffering a stroke in her garden."

The newspaper gave a brief tribute on 7th Sept but followed this up with a front-page story and a full page inside on 124th Sept. It is also worth looking at her web page as an author, which describes her thus: More »

"Priscilla Noble-Mathews is a semi-retired Medical Preactitioner practicing as a Locum for a General Medical Practice in West Sussex. Born in Hindhead, Surrey, England she was a Barrister before studying Medicine at the University of Southampton from where she graduated in 1976. She is a deeply committed Christian, a Roman Catholic, and, while still practicing Medicine, studied Theology, ,at St.John's Seminary, Wonersh, gaining a BTh (Hons) in 2007. She then gained a Master of Arts Degree in Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, in 2010. For over twenty years she was a Voluntary Immediate Care Doctor being called out to Trauma and Medical Emergencies, hence her interest in resuscitation and her search for a Theology to underpin the ethics associated with this."

Villagers from the Trotton community, at their annual village fete, paid tribute today to a much loved and revered neighbour, friend and inspiration.

Priscilla, described by the local rector, Revd Edward Doyle, as "one of life's real givers", always took an active part in the fete and was so disappointed that she could not take an active part this year, (having cracked her pelvis in a fall in July), that she commissioned a friend to make 40 yellow duck cup cakes for the 30th year of the fete's duck race!

Father Edward, in his stint as head of the Rother Valley churches group, says he recalls her giving him her book "A Search for a Theology of Resuscitation" – which he felt underlined her unusual blend of spiritual and ecumenical faith and leading-edge medical experience.

As one of the early specialists in SIMCAS (which provides specially trained and equipped doctors or nurses to serious road collisions and other major incidents in the South East 24 hours a day) she did her training and annual test in advanced driving with the police, helped to train local ambulance crews and wrote learned papers about airbags and many other innovations. She not only raced – by car or air ambulance – to many accidents all over the region up to the age of 85, but was always first on the scene for any local accidents. John Daborn, who lived on the sharp corner of the A272 in Trotton until this spring, says she was a "local saviour", always there well before the ambulance when motorcyclists came off their bikes on the corner outside his house. When his wife Joy fell from her horse on Trotton Common in 2011, their son got Priscilla there in minutes, and she recognised and treated her for a broken back and called in the air ambulance even before the paramedics reacted to the 999 call, which probably saved her from total paralysis.

Priscilla was even the key adviser on the scene in June this year – aged 90! - when local villagers, led by Charles Homan, used the village defibrillator to save the life of a Surrey policeman who collapsed and fell from his bike, not breathing and with no pulse.

Local doctor Andrew Bridger said that Priscilla had a sparkling reputation, not only for her more recent work with SIMCAS but also her time working at the King Edward IIV hospital before it closed in 2003 and, before that for her practice in Stenning, where she continued part-time after moving to Trotton to look after her Parkinsons-stricken partner.

Renowned bookbinder Maureen Dukes described Priscilla as a wonderful neighbour with immense patience, a true love for humanity, an incredible brain (she had degrees in law, medicine and theology) and an ability – and wish - to talk to people of all ages and persuasions at their own level. "Priscilla spent hours every week taking calls from people who depended on her, and I'm sure many were former patients and ex-parishioners, but she was no tame agony aunt – if you didn't follow her medical advice she'd give you what for in no uncertain terms!" said Maureen. "She certainly followed it herself: within a couple of weeks of being bed-bound with her cracked pelvis, she was taking what she called her daily tortoise walk – in great pain – to recover her fitness!" Another neighbour says "If you ever asked her how she felt, she always said 'joyful' but, even after her recent fall, when she was in such pain, she noticed if I was tired and started giving me advice - on my health and my lifestyle!"

Chairman of the local village council Carola Brown called her an inspiration to all of us, and was echoed by previous council chairman John Field who said she was "always there for all of us and a great contributor to any village event." » Less

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:13 by Neil Ryder

Conclusion of audit: 2017

Annual return for the year ended 31 March 2017

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The audit of accounts for Trotton With Chithurst Parish Council

for the year ended 31 March 2017

has been concluded and the accounts have been published.

The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of More »

Trotton with Chithurst parish council

1) On this website - see link below

2) Or by email request to the clerk (Neil Ryder) at:


3) Or at Steps, Trotton

(up track off A272 almost opposite Chithurst Lane)

between 09:00 and 12:00 weekdays

Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £1 for each copy of the Annual Return.

Announcement made by: Neil Ryder, clerk to the council

on 13th September 2017

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:29 by Neil Ryder

500 ducks dive from Trotton bridge for 30th annual duck race

500 ducks dive from Trotton bridge for 30th annual duck race

Trotton, 9th September 2017. With forecasts of rain available to ever more people, and despite coinciding with the Goodwood Revival and a local circus, the greatest event in the South Downs still managed to attract good numbers: nearly 500 ducks dived from the ancient Trotton Bridge, sponsored by visitors to this year's annual Trotton fete. After the usual race down the river Rother to spot the winning duck in our 30th annual race, victory went to a local lady who won £35, a rubber duck and a rosette – which she said was her first since her pony club days! The booby prize for the losing duck went to the grandson of the organiser – but, as it was a good bottle of whisky, his Dad pinched it! Sadly, the downpour (with accompanying thunder) caught everyone down by the river, so very few stayed to watch them all arrive at the finish post! More »

Held in the beautiful riverside grounds of Trotton Place, by kind permission of Tim Parker - who presented the prizes for the draw - the fete drew people from as far afield as Chichester, Southampton and Guildford as well as locals – probably drawn by the signs of "Caution: ducks training" on Trotton bridge for the previous two weeks. They were greeted by a spectacular display of bakery in the tea tent and home produce stall, a wonderful range of plants for sale, the usual tombola, bottle stall, bric-a-brac, and other stalls, plus a great area of children's games and activities around the locally-renowned doughnut tree (all you can eat for free if you don't drop or handle them!) One genius won both jars from the 'count the sweets' stall but no-one beat last year's record of nibbling eight doughnuts dangling from the tree!

The fete made more than £2,500 for Trotton's St George's church, helped by an increased involvement from the local community, following a recent agreement by the church and village on an 'amenity plan' to improve the church's facilities as a community centre. Rector of the local four churches Edward Doyle said: "The money helps, of course, but it's also lovely to see the whole community pulling together (ducks and all) to support this historic church."

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 14:00 by Neil Ryder