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 Tuesday and Wednesdays. 





PARISH PRIORITY STATEMENT - Draft for Consultation 


       Ditchling Parish Council Annual Grants 2023

The Parish Council has the sum of £2,000 in its 2023/24 budget allocated to grants. Applications will be considered at the December Parish Council Meeting to be held on the 11th December 2023 from 7.30pm in Ditchling Village Hall.

If your organisation would like to apply for a grant, please read the Parish Council Grants Policy our website. Application forms are available here too or you are welcome to apply to the Parish Clerk for an application form at parishoffice@ditchling-pc.gov.uk or by calling 01273 844733.

All applications are required to be received by the 1st December 2023 so the Council can consider applications at the December Parish Council Meeting before making a decision on allocation of funds available.

If you have any further queries in relation to an application, please contact the Parish Clerk.  

          Grant Application  



AIRS Report on 1-3 Ditchling Gardens

The Parish Council are exploring options for the use of 1-3 Ditchling Gardens. The initial report is available here.

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.