• Chithurst Bridge

    Chithurst Bridge

  • Chithurst Church

    Chithurst Church

  • Chithurst Monastery

    Chithurst Monastery

  • Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

    Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

  • Dumpford


  • Terwick Mill

    Terwick Mill

  • Trotton Common

    Trotton Common

  • Trotton Bridge

    Trotton Bridge

  • Trotton Church

    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.

Latest News

Brewers’ lifetime achievement award for chair of parish council

Brewers’ lifetime achievement award for chair of parish council

A "Lifetime achievement award" from the Society of independent brewers (SIBA) was announced this week for Carola Brown, the former owner of Ballards Brewery and current chairman of Trotton with Chithurst parish council.

Carola had been part of Ballards Brewery since it started in 1980 in what is now the Elsted Inn, where she was landlady. She took over the firm and moved the brewery to Nyewood in 1988, after the pub was sold to Tweazle Jones. Here it brewed and sold its well-known Ballards Mild, Best Bitter, Nyewood Gold, Wassail and other beers, as well as organising an annual beer walk (a local favourite 'pub crawl') until 2018, when Carola finally retired and sold the brands to Greyhound Brewery of West Chiltington. More »

Along the way, Carola did a 3-year stint as chair of the Society of Independent Brewers in the late 1990's, followed by a further 3 years as president. She was involved in many government and other public affairs campaigns on its behalf, including its long and successful campaign for the "Progressive Beer Duty" (also known as "Small breweries' relief"), which allows small breweries to pay less tax on their products and came into effect in 2002. The citation for this year's SIBA award says: "From all independent craft brewers, reflecting our immense gratitude for your outstanding contribution to the British beer industry". » Less

Posted: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:41 by Neil

Trotton PC objects to Severals sand quarry

The parish council has responded to the WSCC consultation on the Soft Sand Review of the adopted West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan. Our response is attached but, in summary, we objected strongly on the grounds that Trotton Bridge would suffer serious harm from the proposed extra 100-200 lorries per day the plan could require, and we agreed with other parish councils that there was insufficient evidence to justify this sort of proposal in the heart of the South Downs.

Posted: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:11 by Neil

Proposal to create walkway along A272 in Trotton

At the request of some residents, the village council is looking at the possibility of creating a walkway along the side of the A272 from Rother Lane to Terwick Lane. This would run along the edge of the field adjacent to Rother Lane and then along the verge as far as Old Rectory lane. From there to the other side of Trotton bridge would be a painted walkway on the edge of the road (which is mainly one-way for this stretch) but from the bridge to Terwick Lane would again be on the verge. More »

A preliminary meeting of all the landowners involved has been held and all of them agreed the proposal, on condition that the public right of way currently running through Old Rectory Lane was restored to its previous believed route across the field adjacent to Rother Lane. As WSCC is currently over-loaded with requests for new routes for rights of way, and is not accepting any more until the backlog is cleared, the village council is looking for any evidence of this former route, well remembered by local residents - ie to prove that a new right of way is not required.

UPDATE: This project has been cancelled as no evidence could be found that there was ever a public right of way across Hop Field. » Less

Posted: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:00 by Neil