Hunston Over 60’s Christmas Tea

Hunston Over 60’s Christmas Tea held on Sunday 8 December was a tremendous success. Organised by five wonderful ladies from Merle Court: “Our Merle Court Five!” Sandra Stenning, Debbie Webb, Jean Fenwick, Rene Baker and Mal Paluba.

Seventy people attended and enjoyed a fabulous spread of savouries, cake, mince pies and more! The Merle Court Five bought all the food, made all the sandwiches and prepared everything. With an average age of 73 – they are quite something!

Christmas Carols were led by Senga Hornal, supported by four members of the All Sing Community Gospel Choir. Delighted to say everyone was in good voice!

Particular thanks are due to Margaret and Jack Maidment – Margaret was there for the whole day – who worked so hard to get everything ready. Joined by in the afternoon by Wendy Gray (the Elf), Chris Malby, Gill Kahler and Chris Harrison. Thanks to Tina Teyers for the beautiful table decorations and to Ann Green and Daphne Snelling for making cakes, along with the Christmas cake made by Sue Waite.

Not only did the Merle Court Five provide all the food, they also donated lucky dip presents for everyone (with a few donations as well).

Hunston should be proud of these wonderful ladies – their generosity and hard work – gave everyone a special Christmas Tea – thank you.

Thanks to Marie Tidswell for the photos

Power Cuts – Information

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at  It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail  or visit

Library Consultation

West Sussex County Council would like to make you aware of a public consultation currently running on proposed budget savings within the Library Service.

The public consultation closes on Wednesday 13 November. It asks people for their views on proposals to cease the mobile library service and to reduce the evening opening hours in the four main libraries (Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Worthing) by one hour, from 7pm to 6pm from April 2020.

West Sussex County Council is keen for as many library users as possible to take part in the consultation and share their thoughts on the proposals.

The consultation will help inform the decision, due to be taken in November by the Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities. The decision is one of a number of options being worked up to take forward in the 2020/21 budget to help meet the funding gap currently being faced by West Sussex County Council.

To find out more and to take part, visit the Have Your Say web page.

Chichester Half Marathon – 6 October 2019

NOTICE is hereby given that not less fourteen days from the date of this Notice West Sussex County Council intends to make an Order under Sections 16A and 16B of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended), the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in either direction along the following lengths of roads:-

Westgate –from Sherborne Road roundabout to Westgate roundabout
Avenue de Chartres – from the A259 roundabout to Westgate roundabout
Orchard Street – from Northgate roundabout to Westgate roundabout
West Street – from Westgate roundabout to South Street
Chapel Street from The Woolstaplers to West Street
South Street – from West Pallant to North Street
East Street – from Market Cross to East Walls
East Walls – the entire length
Priory Raod – from New Park Road to Priory Lane
Oaklands Way – from Northgate gyratory to New Park Road roundabout
Sherborne Road – from Westgate Road roundabout to Cathedral Way
New Road (Lavant Straight) westbound – from Goodwood Motor Circuit emergency access to Lower Road

The Order is necessary to facilitate the holding of the Chichester Half Marathon 2019.

The above-mentioned roads form the route to be taken by the competitors and will be closed for short periods of time on a rolling basis, starting with Westgate.

Pedestrian access to premises situated on or adjacent to the roads will be maintained.

The Order will be operative on 6th October 2019 from 0845 hours to 1230 hours.

The police will advise drivers of suitable alternative routes where necessary.

Any queries about the effect of the Order on traffic using the highway should be directed to West Sussex Council Contact Centre (01243) 642105.


New Assistant Clerk

The Parish Council extends a warm welcome to our new Assistant Clerk, Carole Olive.  Carole will be working in the Annexe alongside Carol (Our Parish Clerk) on a Wednesday and Friday Morning.  Carole has recently retired down to Pagham and has a background in Local Government, having previously been the Clerk to Ash Parish Council.

Vintage Fete – Thank you

Vintage fete Thank Yous




Neighbourhood Plan Survey results

Following the survey of residents of Hunston, the results are available via the link below.

We are now writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan, which will reflect the choice made by the survey respondents.

Question 8 showed a clear preference for Choice 1 (Farmfield Nurseries, Ridgeway Nursery, Hunston Village Dairy).

The Neighbourhood Plan team will now work up a proposal that reflects this outcome.

Thank you to everyone who attended the public meeting.  We aim to have the neighbourhood Plan at Regulation 14 stage by the end of October 2019.

Neighbourhood Plan Survey Results

Vacancy for an Assistant Clerk

Hunston Parish Council has a vacancy for an enthusiastic Assistant Clerk for 8 hours a week to assist the Clerk of the Council in their legal duties. Reporting to the Clerk of the Council you will assist by providing a clerical and administrative support service alongside the Clerk. The successful candidate will be confident and enjoy dealing with members of the public, as part of the local community.

Hours to be worked will be split over two days a week at the Annexe, Hunston Village Hall, Selsey Road, Hunston PO20 1AW. Some flexible working may be required to cover annual holiday and training courses.

The successful applicant will be qualified to at least GCSE level and must be fully proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), have good organisational skills and a good telephone manner. Local Government experience useful but not necessary as training will be given.

Salary, National Joint Council LC1 point 5/6 Salary Scale (£18,975 – £19,171) pro rata.

If you would like more details or an application form for the post, please

Contact the Parish Clerk, Carol Smith on 01243 789039 or via email

Hunston War Memorial Project

Hunston Wildlife Day – Friday 19th July 2019

Come and join your local wildlife charity for a celebration of local wildlife.  \to find out more please click on the link below.

Hunston Wildlife Day A4 poster FIN