Billingshurst Community Partnership

Company No 5573204

A company limited by guarantee

Registered in England and Wales


Memorandum of understanding

Standing, left to right, David Hurst, Pulborough Community Partnership (CP); Les Ampstead, Pulborough CP; Ken Johnson, Billingshurst CP; Andy Castles, Storrington & Sullington CP; Denise Campbell, Billingshurst CP; Tony Jackson, Henfield CP; Patrick Perks Billingshurst CP;

Seated, left to right; Mary Crosbie, Horsham Town CP; Jane Apostolou, Horsham Town CP; Kate Rowbottom, Horsham District Council, Cabinet Member for Communities; Reina Alston, Steyning CP

The community partnerships in the rural towns of Horsham District have signed a memorandum of understanding with West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council. The final signatures were added at a meeting at Pulborough last Wednesday, 2nd September. The two-page memorandum was the result of negotiations with the two councils over many months.

“It places the relationship between the community partnerships and the two councils on an official level where everyone understands what is expected of the others” said Ken Johnson of Billingshurst CP who had led the negotiations.

“The community partnerships can help the council officers understand more about the communities they are trying to help,” said Les Ampstead from Pulborough. “Both they and the parish councils have a deep knowledge of the places they live in and that knowledge can save hard-pressed councils much time and money. Instead of employing a consultant, just come and ask the people on the ground.”

AGM Report

The Partnership held their AGM this year on the 4th September attended by 30 or so members and friends and enjoyed a social evening after the legalities had been dealt with.

Banks Sails

Our founder and past chairman Patrick Perks, who last year was awarded the BEM for services to the Community in the Queens Honours list, stood down as a Director of the Partnership. Patrick, who reached the age of 80 this July, felt it was time for “younger people” to “become more active” in the managing of the Partnership. He will however continue to take an active role in the Partnership’s youth project EYE amongst other “odd jobs!” The EYE project has now reached the stage of design where a planning application can be made. More on that to be announced later once planning is approved. In the meantime the current Chairs, Denise Campbell’s, report of the Partnership’s activities can be found here >>


EYE project gets underway

Following WSCC agreement in principle to use of land adjacent to the Weald School Campus the EYE, Education and Youth Enterprise, project enters a critical stage with the formal planning application submitted to Horsham Planners this month and work started on its Business Plan and Legal Entity registration.

More to follow once planning is approved

Horsham Well Being MOT

Welcome to Billingshurst

This website provides information about the town of Billingshurst as well as everything you need to know about the Billingshurst Community Partnership.

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General News

Billingshurst unemployed to benefit from new job club
The unemployed in Billingshurst and surrounding areas are set to benefit from the launch of a new job club thanks to Horsham District Council.

The Work Information and Support Hub (WISH) is a free job club to help unemployed people gain vital employability skills and knowledge that employers are seeking.

The club aims to provide friendly and practical advice on how to overcome concerns about finding work and will provide the opportunity to meet fellow job hunters in a relaxed atmosphere. WISH will provide a series of weekly sessions based locally, helping people with CV writing, applying for jobs and how to create a good impression at job interviews.
The Job Club is available to those who are long term unemployed, returning to work after a career break or have recently been made redundant.
Commenting on the initiative, Cllr Gordon Lindsay, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy said:
“This accessible programme aims to help unemployed people across all age groups get jobs and contribute to our growing economy. If you are looking for a job, I recommend that you sign up for the programme which will help you develop your job seeking skills.”

The WISH Job Club is another employment project organised and provided by Horsham District Council and is operated in partnership with Billingshurst Community Partnership and Horsham Job Centre Plus. It receives a start- up funding contribution from the Department of Work and Pensions and the Think Family Neighbourhood initiative will fund the running costs for this project.

If you are unemployed, living in the Billingshurst area and think that you could benefit from WISH, please call to find out more details on 07500 450458 or email
Contact: or call 01403 215571


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Sussex Green Living in Horsham are participating in the UK wide 2015 Wrappers to Riches recycling fundraising contest to see who can save the most used biscuit wrappers from landfill

29 April 2015: Sussex Green Living, a social enterprise based in Horsham is busy collecting as many used biscuit wrappers as they can whilst competing in the nationwide 2015 Wrappers to Riches recycling collection contest, in an effort to help both the local environment and the school itself. A combined £500 in charity prize donations will be awarded to the top twenty collectors across the country, so to help improve their collections and chances of being a winner, Sussex Green Living is calling for the support of people in Horsham.

The contest, which will run from Monday 2nd March 2015 at 9am to Sunday 31st May 2015 at 6pm, is part of a recycling fundraising scheme set up by McVitie’s and recycling experts TerraCycle called the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade. The scheme aims to reduce the billions of wrappers being sent to UK landfill as a result of most local councils being unable to recycle the mixed plastic packaging biscuit wrappers are comprised of. 

As well as working towards becoming the 2015 Wrappers to Riches winners, the fundraisers earn four TerraCycle points (normally two) for the weight of each biscuit wrapper of any brand they send in for recycling during the contest.  Each point can be redeemed for a 1 pence contribution for the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice. 

Local collection efforts in the 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest can also help to beat the overall total of 115,000 biscuit wrappers that were saved from UK landfill during the 2014 contest.

Carrie Cort from Sussex Green Living says: “We joined the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade in 2013 and so far we have saved 3,466 biscuit wrappers from landfill. We use the funds we generate through the TerraCycle recycling fundraising programmes to support William Penn Primary School in Billingshurst, WAKOOS and Horsham Matters.  

“We are asking the wider community of Horsham to support us by saving their biscuit wrappers for us to help boost our chances of becoming a 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest winner.  Simply drop your used biscuit wrappers back to one of our network of public drop off locations such as William Penn School in Coolham between the hours of 8.35 am and 3.15 pm Monday to Friday, or the Quaker Friends Meeting House on Worthing Road in Horsham where we have a 24/7 public collection point and we will send them in as part of our collections.  You can see a full list of our public drop off locations and the types of waste they can recycle at”

Pictured above: Mr Kear, Headmaster and Mrs Jackson, School Secretary with pupils from William Penn Primary School with some of the used biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill as part of the 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest.

Local people are asked to help Sussex Green Living in their attempts to save more biscuit wrappers from landfill by bringing them to their collection boxes at William Penn Primary School, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst in West Sussex between the hours of 8.35am and 3.15pm Monday to Friday, or the Quaker Friends Meeting House in Worthing Road in Horsham which is a 24/7 public collection point.  You can find a full list of the Sussex Green Living network of public drop off locations and they types of waste each will accept for recycling at