Update from the Parish Council
On the 19 November, we formally co-opted three new councillors to Bury Parish Council bringing our number to five. We welcome Ed Rowsell, Hannah Rosalie and Karen Davis who have been helping the council over the last two months while we have been non-quorate. I must express our thanks to Rod Pearce who has now stepped down after several years of being a Councillor and John Labarte who have worked with me over the summer to keep the Parish Council operating since the resignation of the previous Chairman.
The elections for a new Parish Council will be taking place at the beginning of May next year, so we hope more Parishioners will consider becoming Councillors. Bury Parish Council requires nine Councillors to work effectively and to be truly democratic. Until May we will be working to take the Council forward on several fronts and hope that local interest and engagement in improving the facilities and environment of the Parish will grow. The Council welcomes new ideas for projects from residents and looks forwards to engaging more with the local community over the coming months.
Several Parish sub committees have been set up to progress the Council’s business and spread the workload whilst we wait for new Councillors to come on board.
At the last Parish Council meeting we started to review the management and maintenance plans for both the Village Hall and the Open Spaces and common land owned by the Council.
This year’s open spaces work plan has been implemented on schedule and savings were made as fewer grass cuts were required because of the hot summer. This has enabled us to programme additional works to improve the environment at the Wharf, Pill pond, Bury Green and the Recreation Ground over the winter period. Notably access will be improved to the Recreation Ground and the village hall car park will be repaired.
The Armistice Centenary remembrance at the war memorial was attended by over 100 people. It was heartening to see the active involvement of young people in the commemorations making poppies and placing them at the memorial, and the cubs leading the procession. It was a very special occasion bringing the community together to honour the lives lost in both the first and second world wars.
Bury Village Hall
The Village Hall is one of the key facilities in our village and is well loved by many of us. Improvements are planned throughout the hall in 2019, including the much overdue repairs to the car park and a full and thorough check of all essentials in the Hall. The Council has aspirations to refurbish the toilet facilities as a priority, followed by an ongoing programme to repair and renew and ensure that the Village Hall remains a wonderful place to visit and hire.
The Council also is keen to keep the hall available for Parish users as a priority, but we do have regular space available during weekday hours and so we are actively seeking further hirers for these periods If you're interested do contact the Village Hall Manager.
Finally, in 2019 we will be consulting widely and undertaking a feasibility study on whether the Parish would like a coffee shop created in the old Post Office area of the hall. We would more than welcome any volunteers who want to get involved in this work and everyone is welcome! If you'd like to help with the background research please let the Parish Clerk know and we'll be in touch.
Bury School receives good Ofsted Report
“A treasure-trove of exciting learning opportunities for pupils" Ofsted, Oct 2018
Bury CE Primary had a visit from Ofsted just before half term. Thomas Moore, Headteacher said, “The inspector spent two days with us, really getting to know the school and seeing all the fantastic learning opportunities going on, talking with parents, children and staff and spending lots of time in class and out in the woods. We had some fabulous feedback, including:
“Staff seize every opportunity to engage children in learning.”
“The school is a harmonious, happy community where respect and kindness prevail and where pupils become thoughtful, tolerant individuals.”
A particularly pleasing part of the process was the response to the Ofsted parent survey; 100% of parents said they would ‘recommend the school to a friend’.
It is little wonder our curriculum was so positively recognised; the school had just finished hosting Somerleyton Primary School from Suffolk for their first ever residential. Along with Somerleyton, Bury CE Primary was selected to be the first pair of schools as a National Park exchange visit. Our oldest children spent three days up in the Broads learning first-hand about the geography of the area before welcoming the children from Somerleyton back to us two weeks later and teaching them all about the geography and habitats of the South Downs. Just last week we had a visit from inspirational poet Rachel Long, who spent the morning with Buzzard Class (Years 5 and 6), leading a poetry workshop. This incredible opportunity was provided by The Arts Society West Sussex Young Arts to 8 local schools and we were delighted to welcome children from Fittleworth to join us. The children were all trying their best with the aim of becoming the Bury Poet Laureate and performing their poetry to a packed audience at the Petworth Literary Festival. Such is the quality of the writing being produced here at Bury that our Y5 and 6 teacher, Mrs Braun, was asked to present what she has been doing to other teachers across West Sussex at a recent English conference.
If you would like a snapshot of the school, please have a look at our website or have a look at our Twitter feed @BuryCEPrimary. Even better, if you would like to see our amazing school in action, then please get in touch; we will always welcome visitors to see the fantastic learning taking place here. Although our open day for prospective new parents has already taken place, we are always happy to show people around, you can always combine the visit with one to the onsite nursery, Little Birds.
Our school nativity will be held on Tuesday 11th December at 2.30pm and Thursday 13th December at 9.30am. All villagers are very welcome to either performance. Tickets are not required.
Sussex Police Survey
Sussex Police have started the biggest intake of new police officers for over a decade. This has been made possible by the increase in police precept of an average £12 for a band D property, and the PCC releasing £17 million from reserves. It means that over the next four years, Sussex will have 200 more police officers on the frontline than it does today.
Although residents are pleased to hear that local policing will be strengthened by these 200 extra officers, they are already indicating that they would like even more. That is why the PCC has opened a survey on her website to gauge potential support for raising more funding locally if the Government lifts the current cap on the police precept.
Please take a moment to make your views known on the link 'Sussex Police Survey' below.
The mobile Post Office Van will be in Bury outside the Village Hall between 11.00 - 12.00 on Mondays and Thursdays.
Christmas Last Posting Dates
Royal Mail UK Service
Tuesday 18th December
- 2nd Class
- Royal Mail Signed For 2nd® Class
Thursday 20th December
- 1st Class
- Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class
- Royal Mail Tracked 48®
For the full details visit:
The Mobile Library Service provided by West Sussex County Council visits Bury twice a month (excluding Bank Holidays) between 10.00 and 10.20 am.
It is located near The Squire & Horse.
The remaining schedule is:
Tuesday 11 December
Tuesday 8 January
Tuesday 22 January
Tuesday 5 February
Tuesday 19 February
Tuesday 5 March
Tuesday 19 March
Let’s Talk Panel
Chichester District Council would like to hear your views on a number of topics, to help them plan services for residents and businesses in the District. For more information and to sign up to join the panel, click below:
Nextdoor is an online service that enables communities to communicate among neighbours and build stronger neighbourhoods. A local group was established for Bury. Click on the link below to join.
On Nextdoor, members can:
- Share local recommendations (plumbers, electricians, babysitters, etc.)
- Sell or give away household items.
- Publicise local events.
- Exchange information about crime and safety issues.
- Find neighbours in the directory.
- View a neighbourhood map.
- Ask for advice.