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Since Hurstpierpoint Society was founded in 1962, past achievements range from providing the occasional restful seat to influencing policy changes, such as making the centre of the village a conservation area, bringing with it tighter planning controls. Other activities include:

 

  • Supporting the move to extend the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the southern edge of the village.
  • Helping preserve the important Strategic Gap between Hurstpierpoint and its neighbours
  • Joining with other groups to achive the installation of a pedestrian crossing for shoppers, widening the pavements and supporting traffic calming
  • Creating a map of footpaths, thanks to sterling work by Prof Molly Mahood, which can be purchased at the Mint House, Burgess Hill help point or Parish Council offices for £3.

Mile post and finger posts restored!

 

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For generations, the old mile post in Hurstpierpoint High Street had told weary travellers the distance they still had to cover to the crossroads at Hassocks. And one day it just disappeared! It had slowly rotted away and was beyond repair. In this car-obsessed age you could argue mile posts are obsolete, but we felt it was part of the village's character - and our heritage. So we commissioned a company to make a new mile post, had it painted as before, and hopefully it will be there for hundreds more years.

 

There is a similar story behind two newly restored finger posts - one in the centre of the village and one at the top of Langton Lane.

 

These traditional sign post are no longer funded by West Sussex, but again we felt they were an important part of our village's history. The Society and Parish Council shared the cost of replacing both these visually appealling finger posts. As they should last for at least 50 years we believe it is money very well spent.

What's in a name?

 

Hurstpierpoint's roads and streets are characterised by a number of distinctive blue enamel signs. We are currently working on a programme of restoration and, where necessary, replacement.

 

The first to be revamped is the sign proclaiming West Town - an area today only found on older maps of the area. Look out for it appearing again soon on the wall of Treeps, just across the road from the White Horse pub.

Ladies Walk

 

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The northern boundary of the village is particularly vulnerable to the threat of development and to the erosion of the strategic gap between Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill. In 2001, we purchased a narrow strip of woodland which forms a natural buffer between open farmland and the developed part of the village. This dense copse creates a natural and stunning entrance to the village when viewed from the footpath, with all buildings hidden behind trees.

 

There is no public access to this land and it is now protected by a Designated Woodland Protection Order and being preserved as a natural habitat for wildlife. Coppiced logs are stacked on site to decay naturally, encouraging both animals and insects to take up residence. St George's Millennium Garden Trust maintains the land on our behalf.

What would you like us to do?

 

Much of what has been done in the village has come about by members making suggestions to the Society.

 

If you have ideas that you would like us to follow up please contact us.