Steyning and District Community Partnership

Volunteers working to maintain and develop our community

What we Do

Under the control and guidance of a Management Committee, our sub groups can identify a need for a community project and work to together to help create something that improves our community for everybody. If you have an idea for a community project and / or wish to volunteer your services, please contact us via steyningsouthdowns@gmail.com.

Horsham District Council includes 7 Community Partnerships centred on market towns south of Horsham – Along with Steyning & District, these include Billingshurst, Pulborough, Storrington, Henfield, Southwater & Horsham Town

The Steyning District includes the villages of Ashurst, Bramber, Edburton, Small Dole, Upper Beeding & Wiston.

Action teams working within our sub committees seek grants from local and national providers to fund projects. Work to create the Steyning Community Action Plan was commenced in 2001 (updated in 2015 and called the Community Plan) by a number of Community groups, in conjunction with the Parish Council, and under the guidance of the Countryside Agency and Action in Rural Sussex. This involved the collection of data and a number of public consultations. This resulted in the identification of key project areas. A management committee was formed in 2004 to oversee all the work and to seek funding opportunities. This committee is made up of community-minded people together with representatives from the District and the County Councils. In May 2007 the Partnership became incorporated as a company Limited by Guarantee.

The aims of the Community Partnership are these: • Maintain and improve the local economy • Create a community and environment where people continue to be proud and happy to live • Develop a prosperous, safe and secure environment • Enable tourists, visitors and our residents to get the most from the countryside and heritage in and around the town.

Visitor and Tourism Committee

The Visitor & Tourism Committee is the largest  – and highly active – of the Partnership sub groups.  Actions completed since its creation include: MicroBiz – Promotion a fair for small businesses in the Steyning Centre 2006 and 2007. Leaflets to promote our district including: Explore Steyning, Steyning Town Trail, Steyning & District Map and Visit Steyning flyer. Steyning Festival – Initiated first Steyning Arts and Cultural Festival 2007. (Now an annual event organised by a separate group).  High Street Toilets/Bus Shelter – Involved in redevelopment plans with Parish Council. Fingerposts – Project to provide better visitor information signage in Steyning town centre. Working with Hidden Britain to design and publish 4 circular walks leaflets for Steyning and its neighbouring villages.  The Walk for All in Bramber.   Heritage Trails established to promote our area’s history.  Annual Food & Drink Festival.   Walking Festival.  Established Tourist Information Facility within Steyning Post Office. Created Visit Steyning website.  A Normans Tale in Bramber.  The construction of the Steyning Archway in Newmans Gardens Car Park highlighting the entrance to the twitten taking pedestrians to the High Street.  Really too many projects and events to list here, but this gives a flavour of those that have been completed.

Recent Projects

Get Involved

If you would like to be involved in helping to keep our local towns and villages thriving places to live and work, we’d love to hear from you.

Please get in touch via the Contact Us page