Amberley Society

Conserving and improving  Amberley, West Sussex

Thatched roof tops in Amberley by Grahame Joseph

Amberley Parish Council has been working hard to meet the required schedule for the Neighbourhood Plan. Joe Thompson kindly agreed to be co-opted on to the Amberley Society committee so that he could assist with drafting the important Housing and Design policies.

Amberley Parish Councillor Tim Simpson will be at our AGM to give a brief update and answer questions. By the time of the meeting it is hoped that the Plan will be at Pre-Submission stage when it will be ready to go out to the Parish for a six-week consultation period.

Parham Estate has, at this late stage, recently offered two parcels of land at Crossgates for use as possible sites for preferred housing. Site 2 can be disregarded as it falls outside of the Parish. Site 1 which is to the south west of the Sportsman pub, is being considered along with other sites already nominated. Further details about this proposal will be discussed at our AGM.   See Amberley Parish Council website

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Forthcoming  Events

Amberley Open Gardens will be held in June 2018


Feb Landfill at Washington – Chanctonbury Landfill Action Group (CLAG)

May   Walk on the Wildbrooks  -  Richard Robinson and Peter Daughtrey

Oct  Conservation of the Wey and Arun Canal  -  Michael Joseph, Wey & Arun Canal Trust


Feb  Amberley Millennium Map  - Grahame Joseph

May    Amberley Amble  -  Bob Hutchinson

Oct  South Downs Society  - David Sawyer


Feb  Chalk and Pepper  –  Richard Howell

July    Gurkha Bridge Party  -  Grahame Joseph

Oct Gliding on the Downs Centenary celebration  -  Craig Lowrie, South Down Gliding Club


Feb Wildbrooks, Wildlife and the Wider Landscape  -  Dr Tony Whitbread, CEO Sussex Wildlife Trust

May Amberley Stroll through History, circa 1850  -  Richard Howell

Oct The Long Gallery at Parham House  -  Joe Thompson


Feb Amberley Thatch and Thatching  -  Chris Tomkins

May Amberley Artists – Exhibition and Talk  -  Grahame Joseph, Jeremy Wood, Sheila Hale

Oct Amberley Postcards  -  Janet Kelly


Feb Flood Management in the Arun Valley (LTRAS) – Environment Agency

May  Summer Social Gathering – Tours of Wisteria Cottage and Garden  -  Grahame Joseph

Oct Amberley Stone  -  Roger Birch


Feb SDNPA – Nigel James & Simon Mockford

May  Amberley Geological Gander – Roger Birch

Oct Amberley Artist Felicia Lieven Bauwens – Julia Hett


Feb Launch of Amberley Society Website – Dee Alsey

May Plans for the Black Horse – Paul Smith

July Wildflower and Butterfly Walk – Peter Daughtrey

Oct Stories of an Amberley Signalman – Ted Cook


Feb A Wildlife Safari across Sussex  –  Michael Blencowe – Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT)

May Amberley Graveyard Tour -  Revd Alison Pattenden

Oct Aircraft Noise  -  Ian Hare – Pulborough Against Gatwick Noise & Emissions (PAGNE)


Feb Working with Bats  -  Amanda Millar – Chair of the Sussex Bat Group

July - Special Guided Tour of Parham House

October - 1933 Film shot in Amberley 'The Man fro Toronto' , plus a presentation by Southern Water.


February - Restoring Biodiversity to the Norfolk Estate - Peter Knight