Welcome to Ditchling Parish Council

Here you can find out how the parish council is serving the community, as we attempt to improve the quality of life in the parish, and work to represent the interests of its residents.

The site aims to provide our community with easy access to the minutes of council meetings and information about council initiatives, work and projects. The council is here to serve you and try to make a difference for the better.

The parish is about 10km long and 1.6 km wide with a population of just over 2,000 in around 880 dwellings. It is centred around Ditchling village which lies at the foot of the South Downs in the South Downs National Park. The ancient settlement stands around a crossroads, with Brighton to the south, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath to the north, Keymer and Hassocks to the west, and Lewes to the east. It is built on a spur of land between the Sussex Downs and the Sussex Weald. One of the highest points on the South Downs, Ditchling Beacon, overlooks the village.

The village is probably best known for its contribution to the early 20th century Arts and Crafts Movement and for being the home of the late Dame Vera Lynn. Eric Gill, the sculptor and typeface designer, and his apprentice Joseph Cribb came to Ditchling in 1907 and were soon followed by other craftspeople. In1921 the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic, a Roman Catholic community of artists and craftspeople, was founded a few miles north of Ditchling village on Ditchling Common, inspired by ideals of the medieval craft guilds. The legacy of the Guild led to the creation of the award-winning Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft, opened in 2013.

The clerk can be contacted at parishoffice@ditchling-pc.gov.uk or 01273 844733 during office hours on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays. 

Ditchling aerial shot

Ditchling Village Association

The Ditchling Village Association (DVA) co-ordinates the activities of the various clubs and societies in the village and promotes co-operation between all sections of the community.

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