The Parish of Stoughton is a rural parish, fully encompassed within the South Downs National Park, it is the western most Parish in West Sussex, sitting on the southern slopes of the South Downs to the west of Chichester. The Parish includes the villages and hamlets of; Stoughton, Walderton, Dean Lane End, Forestside, Racton, Lordington, Stansted and Stubbermere.
The natural beauty and many areas of interest; from the ancient Yew Forest of Kingley Vale, to the historic beauty of Stansted, or the saxon Church of St Mary’s in Stoughton, attracts many visitors to the Parish throughout the year. There are two public houses The Barley Mow in Walderton and The Hare and Hounds in Stoughton that provide welcome watering holes for the weary walker. Stansted House is a hive of activity offering visitors everything from a Cream Tea in the Pavilion Tea Rooms set in the Victorian Walled Gardens to a ride on a miniature train, as well as many other attractions and events taking place throughout the year.
Public Transport is minimal but Stagecoach do operate the number 54 bus, which operates between Chichester and Petersfield, and can be accessed from the Walderton stop along the B2146.
There is always plenty going on in the Parish and events such as Lordington Lavender, the Hare and Hounds Beer Festival and of course the obligatory summer fete, which alternates between Home farm, Stoughton and Lordington House, attract a great many number of visitors regardless of the weather!
The Parish Council is proud to act as custodians to what we believe is simply the best Parish around!
Next Parish Council Meeting - On Monday 9th September 2019 at 7.30pm at the Forestside & Stansted Village Hall, Forestside
Please see the attached vacancy for the Bourne Electoral Division