Burpham and Wepham

A South Downs Community

Charitable organizations 

A number of charities help to run the different aspects of village Life

Burpham Village Hall and Recreation Ground

Burpham Village Hall & Recreation Ground is a Registered Charity no. 305349, established by the Duke of Norfolk, its governing document being a lease dated 13 September 1974. This requires the recreation ground, the village hall and the pavilion to be used as a place of recreation, sport and social intercourse for the benefit of residents and a Village Committee of Management (BVC) is required to be established.

This Committee of Management consists of up to seven Trustees, They submit accounts annually to the Charity Commissioners, and follow the CC guideline that trustees must act solely in their charity's best interests and not in the interests of any other individual or organisation, thus preserving the charity's independence. The current Chair is Paul Challen, who may be contacted on burphamandwepham@gmail.com BVC holds an AGM as soon as is practical after the tax year end, usually in June.

The BVC (which includes the Parish Meeting) meets quarterly, and upcoming meetings are published in the newsletter.  All are welcome to attend.

Warningcamp Relief in Sickness Charity 

Founded before the days of the NHS, the Trust - as we prefer to call it -  benefits  the residents of Burpham, Warningcamp, Poling and Lyminster,  represented by Trustees in each village.  We include Wepham and Crossbush, although these are not specified in the official Scheme.


We have made donations to local hospices serving these villages and made financial grants to individuals in special circumstances.  However, today most help is given for transport to surgeries, hospitals and  pharmacies using the  local taxi service.  There is no charge to the patient but an early request for  transport to the telephone number below would be appreciated.

The Charity also funds the Aid Call alarm system for those who would benefit from knowing 2 neighbours of the control system would help in the case of an emergency – no age limit.  Telephone numbers of 2 neighbours, or friends close by, must be provided.  A representative of Aid Call would call to assess the best place to site a telephone point and the range of reception. 

If you would like to have this service, or indeed have any questions on Warningcamp Relief in Sickness, please call any of:

Gill Baynes 01903 883667 (Burpham & Wepham)
Lorraine Read 01903 884942 (Poling)
Ann Bush 01903 882974 (Warningcamp)
Karen Dales 01903 882555 (Lyminster)

Friends of Burpham Church

The Friends of Burpham Church is a registered charity (No. 1103789) established in 2004 to raise funds to help maintain the structure of St. Mary the Virgin, Burpham, both as a place of worship and as a resource for the use of residents and visitors.  It is separate from the Parochial Parish Council, which runs the church and is responsible for its day-to-day upkeep.

Repair, maintenance, insurance, heating and lighting costs are about £6,000 per annum.  Even with a generous and relatively large congregation this is a challenge, and the burden needs to be spread as widely as possible amongst those who value the church. 
By becoming a Friend of Burpham Church you will be contributing to the upkeep.  Gift Aided donations or Gift Aided standing orders would be very much welcomed.  If you would like further information, please contact:
More information can be found on :  http://fbcburpham.org.uk/