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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 (our Wildlife Officer) displayed a large range of wild flowers for sale and answered questions from an enthusiastic public. 
This was the first such event and it was such a roaring success - petting lambs, butterfly nets (for identification only), storytelling in the shepherd's hut, spinning and natural dyeing displays, birds of prey - that we all hope it will become an annual event.
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Launch of Stanmer Bat Watch, 7.00 Stanmer Church, Friday 10th August 2018.

posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:50 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 12:58 PM ]

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 along and find out in the Church on Friday the 10th August.
We aim to survey bats every night until hibernation late October/early November.  
David King from Batbox will give an introductory talk about bats and their habitats and then we'll head out at dusk for some detecting...

Bat Picture
to the Stanmer Preservation Society.

Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park 22 July 2018.

posted Nov 17, 2017, 2:24 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 12:54 PM ]

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 (our Wildlife Officer) displayed a large range of wild flowers for sale and answered questions from an enthusiastic public. 
This was the first such event and it was such a roaring success - petting lambs, butterfly nets (for identification only), storytelling in the shepherd's hut, spinning and natural dyeing displays, birds of prey - that we all hope it will become an annual event.

Bat Picture

Join the Stanmer Park Big Tidy-up !!

posted Nov 11, 2017, 5:58 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society


What a lovely event it was!

posted Sep 17, 2017, 1:49 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society

The Donkey Wheel Well event last weekend was a great success! The flowers everywhere were gorgeous, the choirs brought glorious voices back into the church again, and we raised money for SPS and for WaterAid! Huge congratulations to all who gave so much of their time and energy.

Happening on Sunday 10 September!

posted Sep 8, 2017, 8:06 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

Don't forget his is happening at Stanmer this Sunday!

There will be a lovely line-up of events:
10.30am: A water blessing with Lynne Ridden in the Donkey Well House
11.00 and 12.30 - guided tours to the water catch 
1.00pm story telling  
1.30 - guided tour to the water catch 
2.30 - story telling  
3.00 - Steiner School Community Choir
3.30 - Acabellas will sing outside the Donkey Well House

Come and celebrate water in Stanmer Park! Discover the Donkey Wheel Well.

posted Aug 9, 2017, 1:17 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 1:20 PM ]

Sunday 10th September from 10am to 4pm – Sources, stories and songs of water in Stanmer Park ...

STOP PRESS!! Great news!

posted Aug 8, 2017, 10:36 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

Mike Holland has withdrawn his application for consent and agreed to reinstate the historic part of the Old Stable Block destroyed in his development.


Tim Slaney, Director of Planning for the South Downs National Park Authority, said:

"We are pleased that the applicant has withdrawn these applications and also advised us that they intend to restore that part of the listed building.

"We have asked the applicant to submit the necessary listed building application to allow this work to take place and encourage them to work closely with us to make sure that restoration is as accurate as possible.

"We take breaches of planning seriously and have advised that should the applicant fail to submit this application by the end of September we will look to take further enforcement action.”


This is an excellent result and SPS are delighted to have been a part of the work to achieve it.

Old Stable Block update!

posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:02 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 3:07 AM ]

As many of you will know, Stanmer Preservation Society has been opposing retrospective planning consent for part of the old Stable Block in Stanmer Park, which was developed by Mike Holland without due regard for the historic stabling and fittings, which was required by the original consent.

SPS has been assisting SDNPA by providing reference material that could enable the possible reinstatement of the historic fittings that were destroyed by the development.

We are heartened to report that the SDNPA planning officer’s recommendation to the forthcoming Planning Committee Meeting on 10 August 2017 supports our objectives in that it recommends refusal of planning consent, which is definitely a step in the right direction!

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PC_2017August10_Agenda-Item-12.pdf 

We're still looking for photos of the old Stable Block interior!

posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:14 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society

Do you have any photos like these? They could be invaluable to us in our fight to get the old stabling reinstated. If you have any information, photographs or memories about the stabling please let us know as soon as possible!



Wanted: photographs of the Stanmer Old Stable Block interior

posted Feb 18, 2017, 9:59 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society

SPS has won the chance to gather evidence to reconstruct the old stabling. Can you help?

When Mike Holland was finally granted planning permission for the conversion of the old stable block to dwellings in 2012 there was one part of the remaining stabling that was to be retained and not converted, as it was considered to have considerable historic value. In addition, an adjoining area was to be converted into a cycle store for the buildings. These were conditions of the permission. 

The stabling was considered so valuable as it was a very rare original example of a change in the way that horses were managed in the late 18thC, in that these were internal loose-boxes which effectively provided a chill-out zone for foaling mares, or horses such as heavy hunters who needed a recuperation period after unaccustomed strenuous exercise.

In spite of this, Mr Holland went ahead and converted this area of the Old Stable Block into a studio flat, and turned the planned cycle store into the kitchen and ensuite. He applied in August 2016 for retrospective permission for this work and a relocation of the proposed cycle store to the old boiler room (museum).

On Thursday 9th February SPS spoke at South Downs National Park Authority against this application, requesting that the committee postponed their decision until further information could be obtained about how this stabling and its fitting looked before conversion took place, with the aim of a possible re-construction, which is within their remit.

You will be pleased to know that the planning committee were prepared to support this request and SPS will be working with the planning officers to gather as much information as possible about the stabling, with a view to requiring Mr Holland to install a reconstruction of the old stabling destroyed during the conversion.

If you have any information, photographs or memories about the stabling please let us know as soon as possible!

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