Vaccine Update 9 February

The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to be rolled out across our communities.

The top line brief from this week is:

  • We are on course to meet the national target for offering the COVID-19 vaccination to the top four priority groups by mid-February
  • To date more than 374,670 vaccinations have been delivered across Sussex, including 362,581 first doses
  • All vaccination services are continuing to work this week to invite anyone in the first four priority groups who has not had their vaccination yet, and who wants it, for an appointment by next week
  • To ensure everyone has been offered the opportunity to have the jab, people age 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated and who would like to, are now able to contact the national booking service directly to arrange an appointment.
    People can go online – or call 119.

Vaccine Champion for Fishbourne

Hi, I am Lynda and have just been trained on a new role to offer support and information for anyone regarding the Covid Vaccines.

Vaccination Champions are part of an exciting new way of helping the NHS in Sussex communicate about the vaccine and dispel myths on the vaccine. Vaccination Champions play a key role in helping the NHS in Sussex raise awareness of the vaccine.

My role is to :
1. Get Vaccination messages to key groups and communities
2. Dispel myths on the vaccine
3. Help develop local targeted communications
4. Provide information on the Mass Vaccination Programme
5. Pick up on any concerns or problems, feeding them back to the NHS for resolution

I will not be trying to influence, persuade or encourage anyone to take the vaccine and am not trying to ‘drum up trade’ for the NHS. I am simply here to offer real information and provide a point of contact.

If you have any concerns or questions about the vaccines or the roll out, please get in touch by phone or email as follows and I will endeavour to answer your query as soon as possible.
Lynda Hunter mob; 07968 296759
I will be issuing regular updates on the Fishbourne Parish Council website, Facebook page and other media as appropriate.

Further information can be found here:

Vaccination scheme – Tangmere and Selsey now identified sites

The situation has moved on and now Tangmere has been added as a vaccination site.

All the latest information can be downloaded here>>>.

Vaccine rollout latest – 8 January 2021

Information from Chichester Alliance of Medical Practices (ChAMP) 05.01.21

We are pleased to advise that, subject to final site approval and the delivery to site of the vaccine itself, the Chichester Alliance of Medical Practices (ChAMP) will commence COVID Vaccination Clinics in the week commencing 11 January 2021, most likely starting midweek.

The first clinics will be held in The Selsey Centre, Manor Rd, Selsey, Chichester, PO20 0SE, which will be used to provide vaccinations to patients from all eight ChAMP Practices (Cathedral Medical Group, Langley House, Lavant Road, Parklands, Selsey, Southbourne Tangmere and Witterings). We hope to provide vaccinations from a second, more central, site in the next few weeks.

We realise that the Selsey location is not ideal for all patients but there were few options available that could accommodate the complex arrangements for the delivery of these vaccines; at least at this early stage, the ChAMP GP surgeries are not suitable.

The vaccination sites will be staffed by a mixture of local GP Practice staff, hospital staff and members of the public who have volunteered from the local community.

Full details now on local surgery sites:,59829.htm

A central ChAMP NHS Organisation will contact eligible patients directly to book them into the clinics. Please DO NOT contact your GP surgery as they will not be able to book you into this clinic.

Reduction in planned housing numbers for Fishbourne!

We have just received notification from CDC that our allocation for the revised Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan has been reduced from 250 to 40. Great news I’m sure you will agree!
However, we must make it clear that this is not yet the end of the story. It will probably be a year before the Local Plan process is completed and until then any applications will be dealt with under the Interim Policy Statement for Housing Development and the “presumption in favour” regulation in NPPF. The closer CDC get to the submission stage of their Local Plan (and we get to the final draft of our plan) the greater “planning weight” will be attached to our draft plans.
In the meantime, we will have to keep a close scrutiny on any applications from developers who will be keen to take advantage of the interim period.

Planning Meeting – 14 October 2020

There will be a special planning committee meeting on Wednesday 14 October at 7 pm to discuss and agree a response to the Bethwines Farm application 20/02303/FUL

This application is for 35 starter homes (1-3 bedrooms) on the field adjacent to Blackboy Lane and accessing Bethwines Close.

Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting via Zoom Meeting ID: 966 2053 2077

Gillian Keegan – Fishbourne news October 2020

Your MP – Gillian Keegan has recently visited Cornelius House in Fishbourne and attended a meeting about a potential cycle route on the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth. Here is what she had to say:

A couple of weeks ago I visited Cornelius House care home in Fishbourne to see how they were getting on and I’m pleased to report they are doing a brilliant job keeping their staff and residents safe under difficult circumstances. Every precaution is being put in place with staff tested weekly, and residents monthly, as well as being kept at a distance with their food now being brought to their rooms by staff in full PPE. Where residents require hospital treatment, they have minimal contact in hospital and are kept in total isolation and regularly tested on their return for a period of time.

On a separate note, I recently held a roundtable event to discuss the proposals to update the cycle route along the A259, known locally as the ‘Chemroute’. The event was attended by myself, local residents and councillors, as well as representatives from the Department of Transport, and Highways England who are the body tasked with taking this project forward. It is clear that the existing cycle route needs significant improvement to encourage more people to use it and make cycling locally safer. Moving forward the current plans are being revised in light of new guidance issued by the Government, and it is reassuring that there will be early engagement with local authorities and the wider community before this project is taken any further. I will keep you updated as progress is made.

Starting school in September 2021

The application process for children due to start school in September 2021 will begin on Monday 5 October 2020.

The key points are:

• Apply online at
• Applications can be made and will be considered as on time, between 5 October 2020 and 15 January 2021
• Special rules apply for house movers until 12 February 2021
• Further information for parents is available on WSCC website now
• Staff are available to support on 03330 142 903

Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on-time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school.

If you have any questions regarding the process please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Bailey Senior Admissions Officer.

Download the information leaflet here>>>

New Councillors needed!

Fishbourne Parish Council has two vacancies at the moment. Do you have an interest in local affairs and the spare time to join the council and make a difference.

Read our ‘Becoming a Parish Councillor’ page to find out more about the role or ring our Chairman Geoff Hand on 01243 781692 or Lucy Wright the Clerk on 01243 788563 for a chat.

Fishbourne Volunteer Squad completes 100th job!

The Fishbourne Volunteer Squad, set up when the lockdown came into force to help vulnerable residents of the village, has this week completed a hundred jobs. Anyone in the village who’s isolating at home can call a dedicated number to ask for help, with each job being taken by one of more than seventy volunteers.
The Chair of the FVS, Julie Barwell, said: “The success of the scheme shows what a great community spirit there is in Fishbourne. The volunteer support has been amazing; we have a dedicated crew manning the phone and jobs are typically allocated to a volunteer within minutes. Users are advised who will be completing their request and when to expect them to arrive. To have completed a hundred jobs in just a few weeks is a significant achievement”.
The Chief Organiser for FVS, Jak Dyer said: “Most of the jobs we’ve completed have been shopping for people who can’t leave their homes, and collecting prescriptions. But we also provide someone to chat to if people are feeling lonely, and we’ve even reunited a lost elderly cat with its owner”.
The Fishbourne Volunteer Squad is supported by the Parish Council, the Church, Fishbourne CE Primary School, the Friends of the school, and the Fishbourne Companions who are all represented on the organising committee. It has been awarded a grant from the Sussex Charities Foundation. Anyone in Fishbourne wanting help can phone 07377 231074 any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. All volunteers practise social distancing at all times.