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Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council

The Parish Council has developed this website in order to provide information about the villages and the work of the Parish Council. We hope that it will provide a valuable source of information and will help you to become involved in a wide range of village activities. We welcome your comments and suggestions and are pleased to include news and information concerning the village and surrounding area. If you have any suggestions for additional information please let us know by emailing clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk.


Plaistow and Ifold Parish comprises the four villages of Plaistow, Ifold, Durfold Wood and Shillinglee, with a combined population of  1900 in the 2011 census, enjoying a picturesque location on the West Sussex border.


Please refer to our ‘What’s New?’ page to find out useful information and ways you can get involved in the community and make your voice heard.

The Parish Council wishes to thank all those who participated in the Act of Remembrance on the 11th November and the Beacon lighting and for making it a moving tribute to those men in our Parish who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.


Such events are not possible without the input of several people in the community; special thanks go out to our Beacon builders, Jamie King Wilson, Dave Jordan, Paul Jordan, Geoff Burrell and our youngest builder Oscar Virdee. Also, to the gatherers of bonfire building material Rupert Nathan and co. Further thanks are due to those who helped provide and serve food; Sallie Baker, Nicki Wells and Bridget Slater and her team and to Fred Goddard for cooking the sausages. Thank you to those who stayed to clear away so quickly.


Many thanks to the Vicar, Pauline Lucas and all our readers; in particular Sam Jenkinson and Barney Campling who, despite their youth, coped very well with the challenge of speaking to such a large crowd in the open air. And thank you to Wendy Lockwood for managing the Last Post so well.


Also, thanks to Dave Parker for loaning his war memorabilia and David Unwin who researched the information on the fallen and presented it so carefully. And those in the Youth Club who made commemorative lanterns. We have some lovely photos taken by Steve Frayers, all adding to the occasion.


Donations of bread rolls from the Paynes at Plaistow Stores and veggie burgers from Anne at the Sun Inn helped with our costs. As a community we raised £614 on the night, which will be split equally between The Army’s National Charity, Royal Naval Association, The Merchant Navy Association and RAF Benevolent Fund.


Many thanks


Sara Burrell

Chair, Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council





Public Rights of Way Routine Inspection and Maintenance.


Our local Access Ranger will be organising Public Rights of Way inspections to be carried out in early January. Following the inspection, routine maintenance work will be prioritised for delivery by WSCC’s contractor.

If you are aware of any problems on your Rights of Way please contact: prow@westsussex.gov.uk or call 01243 777620. If you would like to find the number for a path, please use the WSCC imap service. It is advisable to read ‘How to use the iMap’ before using it.

Wood White Butterfly Project


Public Meeting - Tuesday 15th January 2019, 7pm at Winterton Hall, Plaistow.

The national charity Butterfly Conservation is developing a project to help the Wood White butterfly. Not to be confused with the common ‘Cabbage Whites’, this delicate little white butterfly is only found in one location in South East England – the woods between Plaistow, Chiddingfold and Dunsfold. The next nearest colony of this rare butterfly is in Northamptonshire. Butterfly Conservation would like to work with local people to create flower-rich and nectar-rich banks and strips that will help this butterfly and will also attract all sorts of other butterflies and  bees. Butterfly identification and survey training will be offered. The project hopes to work with the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst to offer local people expert training and workshops in seed collection, sowing, plant-care and plug-planting so that even more butterfly habitat can be created.

Steve Wheatley, Butterfly Conservation’s Regional Manager, will give a brief introduction to the project and will be available to answer questions and share ideas. Please come along to find out how you can get involved.