Dates of Parish Council Meetings, which are held in the Pavilion, can be found in the diary under ‘What’s Happening’ or from the Arun District Council website. All parishioners are welcome to attend any of the meetings. It’s an opportunity for parishioners to gain an insight into how the Parish Council is run, projects they are supporting, planning applications and the finances of the council. There is usually a slot for parishioners to ask questions.
The Parish of Walberton comprises of three settlements – Walberton, Binsted and Fontwell- with around 870 dwellings and a population of 2175 recorded at the last census in 2011.
The following extract is from ‘A Century of Grass Roots Democracy in Walberton’ by D.J. Milburn M.B.E. a copy of which can be found here. GrassRootsDemocracyinWalberton_pdf
The First Parish Council
The Act of 1884 received the Royal Assent on 5th March, to come into effect on 17th December. The Act required that every parish in England and Wales must hold a meeting on the 4th December 1894, the sole duty of the meeting being to elect the new Parish Council. All adults, male or female, married or single were eligible for election as long as they had resided within the parish for 12 months or within 3 miles of it. This was unique in being the first time that women had been given a vote or were eligible to accept office at any level of government. Those elected were to come into office on 13th December on which date the first meeting was to be held. They were to hold office until March 1896 after which elections would be held annually.
The Parish Council is non-political and can have 9 elected representatives from the local population. They volunteer their time to represent the views of the local community and help deliver services to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in the community of Walberton, Binsted and Fontwell.
Current Parish Councillors
Suzanne Clark – Chairman. Suzi moved to Walberton in 1990 and was a partner in her business, working as an international events and meeting planner and travelling extensively throughout the world. She lives near the pond with her partner Mike, who took up woodworking on his retirement, and Border terrier Benson.
She has been on the Parish Council since 2010 and is chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
Suzi still enjoys travelling but whilst at home enjoys the garden, loves cooking, eating out, good wines and plays in the local crib league. email@example.com
Richard Strickland – Vice Chairman and Chair of Finance. Richard has lived with his wife, Jean, in Walberton since 2006, having previously lived in Malta, Canada, Brazil, Croatia, London, Brighton & France. A varied career included journalism, airline management and consulting. Latterly, he ran his own businesses: in turn a wine importer-wholesalers in East Sussex then a residential language school near Cognac that later became a guest house-gites complex with a wine ancillary.
Since returning to the UK, Richard worked for 9 years part-time as a TEFL host-tutor but has now decided to devote more time to local issues. He’s interested in almost everything from food & wine to sports and a dozen grandchildren; while golf is his principal pastime. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmund Camerer Cuss – Chair of Planning. Edmund is now almost completely retired from writing commercial property research and consultancy work. He has lived in West Sussex for over 30 years, moving to Fontwell itself in 2009.
He and his wife Mary have six children between them who still manage to be pleasurable burdens, along with five grandchildren. Mary does the flowers at St Mary the Virgin in Barnham, they both are regulars at Chichester Theatre, and enjoy pub grub, while Edmund’s lifelong recreation has been competitive sailing. He joined the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group & the Parish Council in 2015. email@example.com
Richard Moores – Richard has been fortunate enough to have worked in Walberton village since acquiring the Sims Williams business back in 1999. In that time he has helped many people move into the villages. Despite not living in Walberton, Richard feels like a local and has been treated as such by those lucky enough to live here. With a career in estate agency ever since leaving school, Richards’s passion and enthusiasm for property has not waned at all.
Away from Walberton, Richard lives in Worthing with his two sons and enjoys spending time with them, as well as travelling, cooking and eating out. firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Mitchell – Marc, 50 in 2017, has lived in Walberton with his wife, Claire, for 5 years, having previously been in Chichester for 10 years.
He first came to the South Coast from the Midlands in the mid 80’s to study Mathematical Physics at Portsmouth University. He has worked for 25 years in Sales and Marketing in the Pharmaceutical Industry. the last 20 years with Johnson & Johnson where he launches new and innovative medical treatments into the NHS.
Marc has many hobbies and interests, including golf, tennis, motor cars, he struggles with the guitar and saxophone, has recently joined the RSPB and enjoys watching and being around wildlife. He is also learning Italian at the moment. email@example.com
Claire Lewis – Claire moved from London and has lived in Walberton since 2013 with her husband, two children and her dog. Claire went to Manchester University and studied Geography & Archaeology but her love of planes and travel led her into aviation where she has worked for 20 years. Claire enjoys travelling the world and meeting interesting people but her favourite place is home and she is passionate about protecting the community and environment of the villages.
When Claire isn’t busy with family life or working she enjoys dog walking, socialising, photography, social media and reading. firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Rogers – Bob is a retired company director and has lived in Walberton since 1992. He graduated in Business from Brighton University in 1979 and had a career with a small number of SMEs within the Publishing and Book distribution industry. Bob now keeps occupied with two part time positions in the Charity and Property Services sectors.
Married to Dianne, who is a teacher at the Bishop Luffa School, they have three ‘grown up’ sons and 3 grandchildren. Bob is a qualified Cricket umpire, a spectator member of Worthing RFC and a BHA season ticket holder . He is a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the treasurer of Walberton Allotments association.
Sue Wallsgrove – Sue is married to Alec, they have 2 children and 3 Grandchildren and live in Fontwell, with their two dogs Dougie and Rolo. Sue used to work for West Sussex County Council and retired in 1994.
Sue is passionate about the three Villages that make up Walberton Parish and has lived in the area her whole life, attending Aldingbourne Primary School and St Philip Howard High School. She .is on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Her hobbies are reading, gardening and walking in the woods at Slindon with her dogs.
Angela English – Angela is a graphic designer who owns her own local design agency. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong for many years, and has been an art director for several top marketing design agencies.
She has lived locally since she was 11 and moved with her family to Walberton in 2008 and has an energetic young son.
When not working, she spends most of her time gardening, trout fishing, playing tennis and walking her 2 golden retrievers around the surrounding area.
Andy Peppler – Parish Clerk and the only employee of the Parish Council.
Andy has lived with his wife Gene in the Six Villages area for over 30 years. He joined Sussex Police following a gap year travelling, where he worked for 31 years, retiring as an inspector in 2006. He then worked as a civian investigation team supervisor unitl retiring January 2017. His grown up chidren live in Western Australia and Yapton.
Andy enjoys going to the gym, gardening and walks with their dog Florie. email@example.com