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Appointment of our new Priest - in - Charge - posted 20 Feb 2018
Bishop Martin of Chichester has now formally appointed The Rev’d Debbie Smith to be the new Priest-in-Charge of Tillington, Duncton, and Upwaltham. She, and her husband Andrew who is also ordained but now retired, will be returning to England from New Zealand on April 23rd. They will stay with relatives in Wiltshire for a short time, and probably come to take up the post in Tillington in mid May. We, the churchwardens from All Hallows, Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s, are absolutely delighted by this appointment, and anticipate that she will bring great gifts to the three
parishes.
More information and a letter from her will be published in the next Three Parishes magazine due out in a week or so. Here are a couple of short extracts:
“Both Andrew and I are absolutely delighted and are looking forward to our return to live and work in the UK…..When we emigrated we anticipated staying here indefinitely, but this last six months we have both experienced a profound sense of God’s call to return. When we read the profile of the Parish we felt it was the right fit for us. Fortunately, those who interviewed me, and also met Andrew, agreed.
“Both Andrew and I are ordained Anglican priests, trained and ordained in the UK. Indeed, Andrew was ordained in Chichester and I was a Chichester ordinand. So, in many ways, it will be a homecoming. “We really value and appreciate Anglican worship, alongside exploring how Church and faith can be accessible to everyone. Prior to ordination I worked as a Nursing Sister in Gloucester and Leeds, followed by working as a counsellor for several dioceses and health authorities. Since ordination I have worked as both a hospital and prison chaplain, in Parish ministry and adult education. Currently I am Messy Church Advisor for New Zealand. This involves training and equipping leaders and teams, and running more informal inter-generational church that seeks to engage people of all ages and stages of faith… “ I love making home and showing hospitality, and am looking forward to making the
Rectory ‘manaakitanga’, a place of welcome and respect….”
There is more to read in the March magazine coming out next week.

Natwest Bank closure - posted 20 Feb 2018
The news that both the Petworth and Midhurst Natwest branches including the cash machines will close on 19th and 13th June respectively means that our local town will no longer have a high street bank presence.
If you are a regular user of the branch and its cash machine facility, here’s some ideas for alternative ways to bank:

Post Office
Many people don’t realise that you can access both your personal and business high street bank account (including Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Loyds, Natwest, Santander, Co-operative and Royal Bank of Scotland) at any of the 11,500 Post Offices throughout the UK.
The Post Office offer a free service to pay in (you need your paying in book), withdraw (you need your debit card) and collect cash.
Petworth Post Offices opening hours are: 9-5.30pm Monday – Friday (Mon closed for lunch 12-2) and 9-12.30 Saturday.

Debit card cashback
This is a service offered to retail customers whereby an amount is added to the total purchase price of a transaction paid by debit card and the customer receives the amount in cash along with the purchase.
The Co-op in Petworth offers this service with a minimum purchase of 1p and is open 7am – 10pm 7 days a week.

Online
Virtually all banks now offer this facility which is convenient and relatively straightforward. To start, visit your bank online and they will also be able to advise you on how to stay safe and secure when you bank online.

Mobile
Most banks now have a mobile app which you can download to use on your phone or tablet. To start, visit your bank online.

Telephone
If you don’t like using the internet, virtually all high street banks offer this service.

Setting up a Community Speed Watch (CSW) Group - posted 26 July 2017
Since discussing the busy A285 at the Village Meeting in May, a few residents have asked the Parish Council about CSW which is an initiative that allows local people to monitor vehicle speeds using speed detection devices.
The Parish Council have spoken to Sussex Police and they are keen to support a Duncton group and have agreed to loan us their speed calming equipment.
Our nearest CSW groups are Petworth and Halnaker but there are no groups monitoring the A285 in the Duncton area so it makes sense that a new Duncton CSW group is set up. Once registered the group will be able to book out the equipment and use as often or as little as they like.
Any vehicles recorded speeding as part of CSW is not enforceable, however Sussex Police will send warning letters to registered owners of any vehicles that meet the required threshold when driving over the set speed limit and if there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, enforcement and prosecution will follow.

Volunteers will need to:
· Take the compulsory eLearning course (approx. 30 mins) and pass a multiple choice quiz at the end. The course can be retaken as many times as are needed.
· Be trained in the practical use of the group's deployable equipment.
· Carry out speed monitoring as and when they can

Duncton Parish Council are happy to support and lead the initiative but it requires willing villagers to volunteer and become part of the group as without enough support from the village, the initiative can’t go ahead.
This is a practical step that we as a village can take to help reduce excessive speeding and we welcome your thoughts and for volunteers to put themselves forward. 

For further information or to volunteer, please contact: Jane Landstrom, Clerk, Duncton Parish Council
clerk@duncton.org / 01428 707318
www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk


DUNCTON VILLAGE MEETING 23 MAY: KEY POINTS - posted 6 June 2017
Thank you to those who attended the village meeting - we had circa 50 residents in attendance which is great.
Click here to read a quick synopsis of the meeting and useful follow up contact information.

Duncton View Point Clearance & Fly tipping - posted 16 February 2017
During the recent clearance at Duncton View Point, it was shocking and upsetting to see how much rubbish has been and still continues to be, dumped at the site.  To help with this, the Parish Council has installed a bin at the site and will pay for weekly ongoing collections. There is also new signage at the site and future plans to perhaps fence off the slope.
Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste and carries a prison sentence and high fines. Chichester District Council has an enforcement team and is working hard to bring fly tippers to justice. Residents can report fly tipping by going to http://www.chichester.gov.uk/flytipping
The Midhurst and Petworth Observer ran a story on the clearance project - see here and we took lots of photos

"What IF".....There is a Power Cut - posted 7 October 2016
Power companies have launched a new national power cut phone line 105 to help people contact their local electricity network company. Callers dialling the free 105 number will be put straight through to their local electricity network operator, avoiding potential confusion or people contacting the wrong organisation. Using the 105 number, electricity customers will be able to report or get information about power cuts and report damage to electricity power lines and substations.
Do you need extra support during a power cut or know someone who does?
This free of charge service provides support to vulnerable people during a power cut.
To find out more information, go to Scottish and Southern Electricity Network and the UK Power Network