Parish Litter Pick – Saturday 18 March 2023
Its that time of year when we have a parish spring clean and have a community litter pick
Join us on Saturday 18th March, 9:30 am at Harting Community Hall.
All equipment and bags supplied.
Do as much or as little as you like. Everyone is welcome.
Please come and join us and experience parts of the parish you may never have seen before!
Contact Us to find out more
Parish Council Elections – 4 May 2023
Make a Difference, Become a Parish Councillor
Are you passionate about your community?
Then stand in the local elections in 2023.
Parish councils are the first tier of local government. Councillors typically live or work within their parish and are therefore well placed to understand local issues. They are the champions of their community and give residents a voice.
Being a councillor doesn’t have to take a lot of time, perhaps three hours a week on average. To find out more, including eligibility criteria, click on this link or contact Trish Walker, Clerk to the Parish Council, either by email email@example.com or by phone 01730 825201.
Nomination papers are available from Trish from 1 March 2023. Completed applications will need to be hand delivered to Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, Chichester by 4pm on 4 April 2023.
Parliamentary Boundary Changes
Although the consultation process has been taking place for nearly two years, many people are only now becoming aware that as a result a major change is proposed hereabouts -we are likely to become part of an extensive constituency called ‘Arundel and the South Downs’. Whatever the outcome, it will have no impact on the duties of Chichester District Council (eg bin emptying) and West Sussex County Council (highways maintenance). It will not affect our everyday life.
Every five years the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies are assessed, noting changes in the population and as necessary changing the area of the constituency to take account of this. The Boundary Commissioners are also obliged to take into consideration issues such as local ties, local government boundaries and geography in producing constituencies, as a result of this review, with electorates of between 69,724 and 77,062, 5% either side of the nominal figure. More than 2/3rds of the constituencies in England will experience some change.
Our inclusion in Chichester constituency hasn’t changed since 1974, when we were transferred to it from Horsham. In the past, the boundary change exercise tended to be a bit ‘flexible’ and as a result the electorates of some constituencies are currently well outside the average size. This tighter review aims to address this flexibility, and the initial proposals were published on 8th June 2021. Whilst it proposed us staying in Chichester constituency, half of the Manhood peninsula was allocated to Bognor constituency. There were howls of outrage from south of Chichester. This is probably the reason why the the areas of the three constituencies in the western part of West Sussex were then dramatically redrawn. It should be noted that these three constituencies have electorates on the high side, they being 77,985, 76,974 and 76,765. Only nine voters currently separate Chichester and the Arundel and South Downs constituencies; moving only Harting and Nyewood to Chichester would increase that electorate to over 78,000. Such an increase and change is unlikely to be given consideration, especially as that change would separate us from neighbouring parishes including those in Harting District Council ward. As it is we would remain with the parishes to the east of us that we have long had various associations with.
The Boundary Commission website provides a lot of information, including maps of the proposed constituencies. South East | Boundary Commission for England (independent.gov.uk)
Should you wish to comment you only have until 5th December.
ONE MINUTE SILENCE – Sunday 18 September 2022
A one-minute silence will be held at 8 pm on Sunday 18 September 2022, the day before the Queen’s Funeral.
The Prime Minister’s office said: “The silence can be marked privately at home on your own or with friends and neighbours, out on your doorstep or street, or at locally arranged community events and vigils .. The shared national moment of reflection is an opportunity for everyone across the UK to mark the death of Her Majesty and we will set out details of where the prime minister will mark it closer to that time.”
The book of condolence in the Parish Church will remain open until the close of the day on Tuesday 20 September.
Harting Film Night – Downton Abbey – A new Era
RESCHEDULED FROM 8th September
Tickets purchased for original September date remain valid.
The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa. Meanwhile, strapped for cash and faced with a leaking roof, Lady Mary decides to allow a film crew to use the Abbey as the setting for their latest picture. WHY SEE THIS FILM? Because it’s irresistible.
The doors and bar open at 7pm and the film commences at 7.30pm, with one interval when the bar will be open and ice creams sold. Whilst the maximum number of tickets for sale should hopefully accommodate everyone, tickets for £6 can be bought in advance from the Harting Stores or at the door (card or cash). Tickets purchased for original September date remain valid.
NEW STATE OF THE ART SOUND SYSTEM AND SCREENING
Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022
Harting Parish Council joins the Nation in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a statement the Chair of Harting Parish Council said: “It is with great sadness that the members of Harting Parish Council have been made aware of the death of the Queen. We are not aware that her late Majesty ever visited the Parish, but it is clear that Councillors looked upon her as the beacon of stability during good times and bad throughout her seventy year reign. Formal Council business has been suspended during the ten day official period of mourning as a mark of respect, though be assured we will still be addressing any day-to day issue that arises.”
Both the Parish Church and the Congregational Church are open for prayers at this time. A Book of Condolence will be placed in the Parish Church and all are welcome to sign this.