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Hamsey is a rural Parish of 5 settlements, Cooksbridge, Old Cooksbridge, Offham, Hamsey, and Bevern Bridge. The parish covers 1144 hectares (2837 acres) and lies 3 miles (5km) north of the county town of Lewes. The position of Hamsey Parish places it at the heart of one of the most distinctive landscapes in England. Mount Harry forms the western boundary of Hamsey Parish, the Bevern stream the northern boundary and the River Ouse with a classic flood plain forms the eastern boundary. At the crest of the South Downs adjoining Landport Bottom there is the historic Offham Chalk Pit overlooking the funicular railway from which lime from the chalk kilns used to be loaded directly on to waiting barges below. These days most of the employment is based in Cooksbridge with farming in the surrounding areas. Each settlement has its own distinctive character. Cooksbridge is the largest settlement and geographically at the heart of the Parish. Home to Cooksbridge railway station, Beechwood village hall and Hamsey Community Primary School, Cooksbridge has the potential to be an even more effective hub for life in the parish. Hamsey sits almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian at zero degrees longitude.

Parish Council



View behind berries

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th May, 2024 at 6:30 PM


The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th May, 2024 at 7:15 PM

This meeting will be held at Beechwood Hall & Rural Park. Members of the public are welcome to attend; please see the agenda for more details.

Another view of the village hall

Agenda and Minutes

Hamsey Parish Council meets every other month on a Thursday evening. Details of the dates can be found on the website and on the noticeboards. All meetings are documented and you can find both the agendas and minutes of each meeting on this website.