"protecting, preserving and improving the heritage and environment of Stanmer for the benefit of all"
Stanmer Park is located near Brighton, and consists of 5,000 hectares of wooded and open land. It is mainly open access for walking. The village, with its flint-knapped cottages, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the earls of Chichester.

Stanmer Preservation Society was founded in 1971 and is a charity committed to improving, protecting and preserving the village of Stanmer and its environment for the benefit of the public. In particular, we look after:

  • Stanmer Church
  • Stanmer Bookstall-Sunday afternoons
  • Wildlife in the park
  • Stanmer Rural Museum Collection and Archive
  • The Donkey Wheel

We also make representations at meetings and enquiries so that Stanmer may remain a place of recreation for the public to enjoy. We are always looking for volunteers to help with any of our activities. 

AGM Invitation

Dear Stanmer lover

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Stanmer Preservation Society to be held in Stanmer Church at 2.30 on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

This year Stanmer Park is facing greater changes than at any time since its purchase in 1947: including the HLF plans for the Walled Garden, controversial plans for a new road and car park; changes at Stanmer House, the Forge and the Tea Rooms; and the Council’s proposals to convert the Long Barn into offices and sell off two vacant plots for development in the heart of Stanmer Village.

But it's not all doom and gloom, there have been some positive developments including the creation of the Wildflower Conservation Society to ensure the long time survival and continuation of Johnny Gapper's wildflower seed bank. Also we now have our very own red telephone kiosk - ideas for future use welcome - and have a pretty good idea of how many species of bats are sharing our park, including brown long-eared in the church itself. 

Not only is the AGM our chance to update you on what has been happening over the past year, but it’s also your opportunity to talk to us and to think about how you could become more involved, perhaps by joining us on the Executive Committee, or as a Trustee or a volunteer. If you’re interested in applying for an executive role, you’ll need to let us know in advance – please see the details attached.

You will need to be a member to attend the AGM, so the doors will be open from 2.00 for you to join or renew your membership, listen to some live music and enjoy a slideshow (including images from a recently discovered box of slides from our Society’s archive) before the meeting itself starts at 2.30.

Membership renewals can also be made by cheque (payable to SPS) or cash addressed to:

Michael Shrimpton

11 Stanmer Village



Or by bank transfer to:



giving your surname as reference

£5 for individual membership and £5.50 for family

Membership runs from 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019


If you love Stanmer, please help us preserve it! 

Hoping to see you in the church next Saturday.


  • It’s a time of great potential change for Stanmer.  Plans for development are afoot. There has never been a more important time for those who love Stanmer to know what's going on, get involved and speak up. 
  • New car park and access road at T-junction The SPS is concerned that plans for a new road, passed in 2016 and about to be tick-boxed away, will cause harm to the rural character and setting of ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2019, 8:03 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Get into the Christmas spirit at Stanmer Church 15th & 16th December In Our Nature will be your chance to escape the Christmas crowds and enjoy some fresh air at Stanmer Park over the weekend of 15th & 16th December. Join us for ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2018, 4:31 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Launch of Stanmer Bat Watch, 7.00 Stanmer Church, Friday 10th August 2018. Would you like to volunteer to be a Bat Detectorist and help us locate Stanmer's resident bats. Do we still have brown long-eared bats in the belfry? Come ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 12:58 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society
  • Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park 22 July 2018. Stanmer's own Wild Flower Conservationist, Johnny Gapper, joined the South Downs National Park at their Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park on 22 July 2018. He and Lindy ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 12:54 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society
Showing posts 1 - 4 of 25. View more »