Burpham and Wepham

A South Downs Community

Who are we, and what do we do?

There are two main bodies concerned with the day-to-day running of Burpham and Wepham, the Burpham Parish Meeting (BPM),  and the Burpham Village Hall and Recreation Ground, a registered charity, whose governing management body is the Burpham Village Committee (BVC) . We can always do with extra members on the BVC, so if you'd like to get involved, then please contact us on burphamandwepham@gmail.com 

In addition, the Parochial Council is responsible for the upkeep of the  Church of St Mary's, and the vicar can be contacted on 07807 899199. 

Details of the Friends of Burpham Church, a separate charity which raises funds for the church,  can be found on this   website 
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Burpham Parish Meeting

The Parish meeting exists to discuss parish affairs and to conduct a number of statutory functions, such as (but not limited to) alteration of boundaries and rights of way, management of allotments, and appointment of trustees to parochial charities. It can also be an interested party in licensing applications, provide lighting for roads, and manage open spaces, include prosecuting others for encroachment. The Parish Meeting precepts the District Council for funds, and its use of those funds is audited and presented in annual Accounts. An AGM takes place between 1st March and 1st June each year.

The Chairman is Paul Challen, who can be contacted by the village mail, burphamandwepham@gmail.com

Privacy policy and access statement

The Parish Meeting holds no personal data in its own right, other than the names and emails of its officers. We do email council officials and others, but we do not hold an organized database of personal data. Names of officers may be published in the Accounts and Annual assembly minutes, and these are a matter of public record.  Minutes, including those of the Parish Meeting, can be seen here  

For Accounts, see below. 

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 a number of Trustee., 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.

This years' AGM is on 30th June. The BVC (which includes the Parish Meeting) meets quarterly. All are welcome to attend.

Our Privacy Policy can be seen  here


BURPHAM PARISH MEETING - NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT (Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 : Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. The audit of Accounts for Burpham Parish Meeting for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been concluded and the accounts have been published.

2. The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Burpham Parish Meeting on application to:

Valerie Belton, Treasurer, Backwoods, Wepham, Arundel, BN18 9RQ - between the hours of 09.00 and 17.00.

3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £3 for each copy of the Annual Return.

The consolidated balance sheets and record of income and expenditure for Burpham Village Hall and Recreation Ground can be seen on the Arun Council Website