PCP Events (scroll down for more things to do)
If you go down to the Brooks today you’re sure of a BIG surprise
Children will be excited to meet The Pulborough Giant who will show them some of his friends that live in the area. He talks in a proper Sussex accent because he’s lived here for ever. You can take your picture with him and immediately send it by email or put it on Facebook. There’s a quiz as well. Get all the questions right and you can collect a pin from the RSPB shop in the Pulborough Brooks reserve.
A FREE app is available for your iPhone or Android. Search for Pulborough WildArt Trail. This will guide you along the Trail and as you go you can call up the Giant at 11 different places.
The app is large (466MB) so ensure you have Wi-Fi access and allow four or five minutes to download and install. It needs a minimum of iPhone 5s or Android 5.1.
On the app there is a photo guide that tells about some of the wildlife in the area and you can find out much more about the history of the places you are walking through. Or you can use the map symbols and read the details at home before you go.
The Trail is marked along the way by impressive wild life designs by Sussex artist Steve Geliot. There are large designs at the beginning, middle and end, eight illustrations on the top of the finger posts and four large designs on lamp posts in Lower Street.
Start of WildArt Trail at station
Bat Attack WildArt Trail
The Trail takes you through the historic part of Pulborough and past the shops. You walk across 300 acres of the Wildbrooks and alongside the River Arun. You pass through quiet fields and walks where the loudest sounds are the birds.
On one of the viewpoints in Pulborough there’s a panorama to tell you what you can see in the distance – and how close interesting places are.
It all provides an open-air experience for the whole family. And it’s all free.
Download the leaflet here (pdf file 650KB). The original file has been reduced to load more quickly. Pick up a hard copy in Pulborough shops and rail station.
The Pulborough Giant also appears on Facebook.
The Trail is open all day, every day and you can reach it using Southern Rail, Compass bus 100 or Stagecoach bus 1 (check timetables). There is parking at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks and in Pulborough but some is chargeable. There is a café and shop at the RSPB and various cafes, pubs and eating places in Pulborough.
The Trail uses hard paths and pavements in Pulborough and grass fields and banks across the Wildbrooks and in the RSPB areas. There are kissing gates but no stiles. In winter the Wildbrooks – which are the floodplain of the River Arun – is often muddy and completely floods at times.
The intention is to increase the number of visitors to Pulborough to support the local economy, to encourage children to take an interest in local wildlife and to give residents a pride-in-place.
The Trail was developed from a Pulborough Community Partnership idea by various organisations and contractors (see below) and paid for by an EU grant organised through the Rural Payments Agency by Horsham District Council.
Main Contractors for the WildArt Trail:
The App – Spark Emerging Technology www.spark-lab.co.uk
Signage – Fitzpatrick Woolmer www.fwdp.co.uk
Artist – Steve Geliot www.stevegeliot.com
The Trail wouldn’t have happened without invaluable assistance from
Horsham District Council
RSPB Pulborough Brooks
Useful pocket-size leaflets, published by PCP, guide walkers around the village and further afield. There are Walks covering the Brooks, History and Woodlands plus the recently installed WildArt Trail.
They are available from the library and railway station or you can see and download them here.
History Walk (pdf file 1MB)
Woodland Walk (pdf file 1MB)
Brooks Walk (pdf file 1MB)
The largest event in the village year is the fun-filled Harvest Fair which is held at the end of September on the East Glebe Field near the Chequers Hotel.
It usually attracts crowds of 2-3,000 people and raises money for local causes. Loads to eat and drink, plenty to buy, competitions to enter and entertainment galore.
From the profits, donations are made to local organisations.
The next Harvest Fair was to be held in September 2020 but the precautions against Covid-19 made this impossible. We look forward to holding the event in 2021
Pulborough was famous for the Duck Race held on the river near Stopham Bridge.
This had a very successful resurrection in June 2018 at the Old Swan Bridge.
We have 3,500 small yellow plastic ducks all numbered. Each number is sold for £1 in preceding weeks and all those sold are tipped into the river in a series of heats culminating in a grand final.
There are also raft races and decorated floats plus many stands in the adjacent field.
The next Duck Race was to have been on Saturday 6th June 2020 but had to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
The weekend of 12/13 September 2020 is part of the national Heritage Open Days running over 11-20 September.
We are sorry we have had to cancel the Heritage Weekend as well because there is still too much uncertainty to make firm commitments.
It will be led in Pulborough by the Pulborough Society with the Community Partnership.
The concept is that there would be certain places open to the public and in them would be a slide show of the history of the immediate area and the opportunity for a tour. The venues will be the Masonic Hall, the Oddfellows, St Mary’s church and St Mary’s school.
There is a drop-in meeting most Monday mornings in the Library for a couple of hours where anyone is welcome to come in and chat and sometimes listen to speakers on interesting subjects.
There’s a 50p charge for a coffee and biscuit.
The government introduced Neighbourhood Plans to give local communities a say where development should take place and what type of development should be planned.
This is a Parish Council project in which the Partnership is, with other organisations, playing a major role to provide the village with some defence against developers planting houses wherever they wish.
It is nearing completion and should be out for consultation in summer 2020 heading for a public referendum later that year or early 2021.
Pulborough needs more really affordable housing for Pulborough people to staff the shops, care facilities, medical services, schools, etc. that make the village what it is.
Neither the government, local authorities nor developers have shown any inclination to provide such housing so the community will have to do it ourselves.
The Partnership has worked with the Parish Council and a Trust is being formed. See the CLT website here pulboroughclt.org/
An idea being developed from the Hub, plans are being worked on to have a regular drop-in close to the school where mothers dropping their children at school can come for a coffee and a chat in relaxing surroundings.
An exhibition to help older people find local services to help in later life originated in Storrington.
It was planned to be held on alternate years to Storrington but the Coronavirus has meant that plans for 2020 are on hold.
A listed building, the signal box at the station is no longer in use and a group are working to find possible uses.
If you have any ideas, please contact PCP