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    Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

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    Terwick Mill

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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.

Latest News

Council annual return now available

Our annual return for 2016-17 is now available here.

Between 12th June and 21st July, the public have the legal right to inspect the council's financial records and other information (although our clerk is always willing to answer any queries throughout the year). See the official notice by using the link below.

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:00 by Neil Ryder

Council agrees merger of "Bridge" with R&T News

The council has never had its own newsletter but has, for many years, co-operated with the local churches in producing and distributing the "Bridge" monthly newsletter. However, effective from January 2017, the council agreed to a proposal from the United Benefice of Rogate with Terwick and Trotton with Chithurst to merge The Bridge with the Rogate & Terwick News monthly magazine - which has been renamed R&T News (for Rogate & Trotton). The first issue was delivered free to all residents of the Trotton-with-Chithurst parish, as the February issue will be, but residents will be asked to pay £5 per annum from then on. As this will give the council a much more comprehensive community magazine, we very much hope all residents will agree to subscribe and we will do all we can to ensure that the magazine is good value.

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:10 by Neil Ryder

Council backs church community plan

Council backs church community plan

In discussions with the rector (Edward Doyle) of the United Benefice of Rogate with Terwick and Trotton with Chithurst, and with the churchwardens and treasurer of St George's Trotton, the parish council has agreed to back a new plan to enhance the facilities for using the Trotton and Chithurst churches for community use. Both are ancient churches and very special in different ways but, like many of England's churches, they are becoming a difficult load for individual
church congregations to bear. More »

The Church of England centrally does not provide funds for the maintenance of parish churches, but expects local congregations to do so (seeking grants when appropriate), as well as paying towards central C of E costs such as the training, remuneration and housing of parish priests. In the case Trotton with Chithurst, the presence of two Grade I listed churches puts an even heavier load on the small population.

Largely through the hard work of treasurer Nicholas Hall, funds have now been assured to replace the roof of Chithurst's St Mary's but he points out that there are countless smaller, but vital, other maintenance jobs for both churches within the parish that he has no funds to have done.

On the other hand, the parish council (which has no official connection with the church) had been discussing the lack of facilities in the parish for community events and meetings, and even whether it could find a piece of land and raise the money to build a small village hall. However, this was clearly not an immediate possibility and council chair Carola Brown says: "The appeal for funds to replace the roof at St Mary's did not initiate our discussions but it focussed our minds on an obvious option." As councillor Rosie Hodgson puts it: "I started my education in the CofE school at Rogate and Father Edward has been my vicar all my life. St George's and St Mary's are landmarks in our parish and are wonderful buildings that are suffering from much smaller rural and church populations. Churches in England were always centres of community life, and we'd like ours to regain that position."

After initial discussions identified a whole list of facilities that could make the churches much more suitable for community events, the council offered £1,000 to start the project, and will enter detailed discussions with the church leaders to agree a community plan and identify the facilities that it could justify funding. Parish councils are not allowed to fund church building and restoration work - as these are not legally classified as benefitting all parish residents - but they can fund work that improve community facilities. Further details will be released when plans are further advanced. In the meantime, councillor Rosie has agreed privately to stage a concert in aid of the roof fund for St Mary's and parish clerk Neil Ryder has arranged that, instead of paying him a salary, the council will pay £400 towards the upkeep of the churchyard at St George's which, he points out, is perhaps the most publicly visible property in the parish. » Less

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:42 by Neil Ryder