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Saturday 14th August

WHERE    War Memorial Playing Fields South Harting

WHEN       From 4.00pm

WHO        for all the residents of Harting Parish


Time for our community to come together again

Bring a picnic and bring your family.  Keep it simple and bring a blanket or bring your own table and chairs.   Meet up with your friends and neighbours and enjoy some food, music, and games.

cartoon of suasage and beer bottleFOOD

Food available to buy on site from Simply Hog Roast and Rita’s Pizza.  Ice-cream van will be on site too.

Bring your own alcohol and soft drinks. Teas & coffees available

Bring your own picnic.

cartoon of singing guitar


Live music from 4.00. 




cartoon image of children with faces paintedGiant Inflatable Football Darts

Face painting

Giant snakes and Ladders

Lawn Jenga

Giant Draughts


Harting Minibus will supply a free shuttle service from South, East and West Harting and Nyewood. 

See Picnic in the Park Bus timetable. 

If you live outside these areas please call 07783-185-907 to arrange a pick-up.

Parking will be extremely limited so please walk if you can or use the minibus.


Hot Weather – Stay Safe

cartoon image of sun with sunglasses and fan

The Met Office has updated the Level 3 – Heatwave Action Alert to end at 09:00 on Friday.

There is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 0600 on Tuesday and 0900 on Friday in parts of England

View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Please also note that the Met Office have issued a Yellow Thunderstorm Warning (Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) for today Tuesday 20th 13:00 to 23:59 which covers the North of Sussex. Please find the full warning at the Met Office website.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.

Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by using the RSPCA link below.


For more information go to:

Information supplied by West Sussex Emergency Management

Amazing Vaccine Milestone

Official figures released today, Thursday 27 May 2021, show that one million people in Sussex have now received their Covid-19 vaccination.
This incredible milestone has been reached just 24 weeks into the vaccination programme.
Today’s data shows that 1,028,925 people had had their first vaccination by Sunday 23 May, and of those 677,497 have also had their second.

A huge thank you to everyone in our local community who has been volunteering their time to help with the vaccination programme.

Save The Date for Parish Picnic in the Park


Way back at the beginning of the start of the pandemic the Parish Council Emergency Group recognised the enormity of the challenge facing us as individuals and as a community.  As a group we decided that a parish get together would be needed to mark the end of these most turbulent times. 

As lockdown ends and restrictions, hopefully, continue to lift, we are now putting those plans into action.  

We hope that the whole community will come together for a Picnic in the Park:

Saturday 14th August

WHERE    War Memorial Playing Fields

WHEN       After the Horticultural Society Summer Show

WHAT       Food – Music – and more

WHO        for all the residents of Harting Parish

Bring your families for a post lockdown get together and the chance for our community to come together.

More details to follow soon



Harting Annual Parish Meeting – May 20th 6.30pm

The holding of an Annual Parish Meeting is a legal requirement and must be held between 1 March and 31st May.  The meeting gives every parishioner the opportunity to ask questions, make points or observations and to get updated information on parish affairs.

Although some lockdown restrictions have lifted it has been decided to hold the meeting virtually on Zoom to enable more people to attend safely.  If you wish to attend please Contact Us

Once we are able to meet together in public normally an Extraordinary Parish Meeting will be held to enable more information to be made available and face to face discussion to take place

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Councillors and Officers of Harting Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

An online condolence book has been made available by Chichester District Council and an area by the West Door of Chichester Cathedral will be reserved for those who wish to leave flowers.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh condolence book

Lockdown – One Year On

A year ago the Parish Council Emergency Group (PCEG) was formed in the shadow of the first national lockdown. and the call for volunteers went out. In the days leading up to the 23rd we hastily put together newsletters and information, desperate to get printing done before businesses closed, and put out the call for volunteers. In little more than 10 days the PCEG had increased from 3 to 20 with a further 100 volunteering to help.

Thank you to all the ‘Buddies’ and everyone who has given their time, checked on their neighbours, friends or strangers, and offered to help.

One year on and it is a time to remember those we have lost and been unable to mourn and friends and family we have not been able to see. As the country makes it way slowly out of a world of restrictions we can begin to look forward, to make plans and to meet again. Lets continue to look out for each and look after each other.


Census Day 2021 was Sunday 21st March.  Every household should have completed their census form either online or by filling in and posting a paper version. It is a legal requirement for each household to complete the Census form.


Census Field Officer Visits

Field officers will commence house calls from 23rd March 2021.  They will be calling at houses from whom a completed census has not been received.    They will not be completing forms there and then with householders but will offer a wide range of support and advice. 

They will carry identification, observe social distancing and will never enter your home


Why is the Census important?

Taking part in the census is your chance to help make sure you and your community get the services you need for the next 10 years and beyond.

The information you give in the census helps provide the best picture of the needs of everyone in England and Wales.

Organisations such as local authorities and charities use this picture to plan and fund the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it’d be much more difficult to do this.


Need help completing the census form?

West Sussex Libraries are currently offering a telephone completion service.  Telephone 03302 223455 to book an appointment. They hope to offer an in person service at 15 libraries from 12 April, is Covid-19 restrictions allow.    Get help to complete the census

Telephone the national Census contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

Find out more about the census. 

Tree Planting underway in The Warren

Hazel tree leaf growth
Hazel tree growth

The re-planting of the The Warren is finally underway.  MJO Forestry will be planting approximately 2,900 tree and shrub saplings throughout The Warren with the work expected to continue for the rest of March 2021.

A range of native species will be planted including Beech, Field Maple, Whitebeam, Yew, Lime and Hawthorn.  The planting plan and species chosen will provide a mixed and hopefully healthy woodland that should thrive in this area and terrain.

See more information on the Replanting Plan.

It is great to see trees being planted in a week when we have seen more diseased trees removed from local woodlands due to the ravages of Ash Die-back.



An area will be left for a further 800 saplings to be planted by our volunteers at the end of 2021.  We hope that the planting days, re-scheduled due to restrictions on socialising and social distancing, will be great community events.

Find out How to get involved


Become a Harting Tree Champion

cartoon of hand holding tree saplingThe work doesn’t stop once the trees and shrubs are planted.  We need to look after the saplings and protect the natural regeneration of other wild plants and flowers.  

We are looking for volunteers to help look after The Warren for the coming months and years.

To join the team Contact Us