Billingshurst Community Partnership


Company No 5573204

A company limited by guarantee

Registered in England and Wales

An Award Winning Team !

Billingshurst Community Partnership has collected numerous awards over the years for our work for the local community, culminating in the prestigious Queen's Award for the Voluntary Sector, the equivalent to an individual collecting an MBE

Billingshurst Community Partnership’s Village Champions 2011
Duke of Richmond and Denise Campbell

The Billingshurst Community Partnership has set up a host of activities for local teenagers and scooped this year's prestigious Richmond Award from Action in rural Sussex (AirS). As part of its work in the community the Billingshurst Community Partnership has organized a “Youth Projects Team, lead by Denise Campbell, which runs a weekly youth club at the village hall as well as a programme of activities from graffiti workshops to dance nights and youth band events.

Denise also encourages youngsters to volunteer their time for local businesses and community groups with the innovative YES project (Youth Enterprise Scheme). This now has a number of teenagers spending some four hours a week helping in the community, in exchange for credits for vouchers or day trips of their choice.

The Community Partnership received their award, from the Duke of Richmond, at a celebration event held in the village hall. The Richmond Award, launched in 2006, is designed to recognize the work of a community or an individual considered by AirS staff to have done the most to encourage and ensure that young people remain in their local community.

The Duke, who was President of AirS from 1973 to 2005 said: "Through the work of Action in rural Sussex, staff come across many examples of good work designed to make sure that rural villages can be places that young people want to stay and build their lives in,"

This award is a compliment to the Billingshurst Community Partnership in general and Denise and her youth team in particular and we were proud to receive it. Patrick Perks Chairman


The Billingshurst Community Partnership
from Billingshurst West Sussex has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.

Friday 30 September was chosen as the day for this prestigious award to be presented by HM The Queen’s Representative, Mrs Susan Pyper. After the citation had been read to the assembly by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mrs Brenda Large, Mrs Pyper presented the award stressing that she was standing in for The Queen and that special regard should be taken of this and that the Partnership should be proud to be one of the first Community Partnerships to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Mrs Pyper then handed a carved crystal obelisk to Mr Owen Davies Chairman of the Billingshurst Community Partnership.

Other distinguished guests included the High Sheriff Mr David Tupper, Deputy Lieutenants Mrs B Large and Mr D Ebdon, the Chairman of WSCC Mr Mike Coleman, Francis Maude MP, Chairman of Horsham District Council Cllr Claire Vickers and CEO Mr Tom Crowley.

Owen Davies, Chairman of The Billingshurst Community Partnership, in accepting the Award on their behalf, briefly mentioned the historical background from the creation of the Partnership during Patrick Perks Chairmanship of the Billingshurst Parish Council. The founding members included parish councillors, district and county councillors and members of local organisations. He emphasised that he could not name all those who had taken part to date over the last 10 years or so but he paid tribute to all the volunteers, past and present, who were responsible for, among many other projects, The Jubilee Fields Fishing Lake and Sports Complex, The Family and Children’s Centre and the Youth Projects and also the Luncheon Club for the Elderly. Other projects in the pipeline include the EYE (Education & Youth Enterprise) project and the economic welfare of Billingshurst.

Some 80 guests including current and past founding members, management members and directors as well as volunteers from the partnership’s many projects attended the presentation. Over the years of the existence of the Partnership it has raised over £500,000 in grants and has given some 50,000 hours of voluntary service to the community.
Queen's birthday honours list 2014: BEM

Patrick Perks, For services to the community in Billingshurst West Sussex. (Billingshurst, West Sussex)

Birthday Honours 2014: the Prime Minister's list
(Page 111)

Other Awards

'COMMENDED' Burnt Row Woods

Winners of the CPRE Sussex Countryside Awards were presented with plaques and certificates by Lady Caroline Egremont and Dr Peter Brandon (Chair of the Judging Panel) at an Awards Ceremony on the 26th May held at Braylsham Castle , Broad Oak. The fabulous home of Mr and Mrs John Mew.

We were awarded a Commendation for the Burnt Row Wood project and management.

Jubilee Fields Fishing Lake

Whilst the site was being inspected a wide range of species was found. The site won a commendation at the design awards, the judges comment was: ‘This Community Partnership scheme has provided Billinghurst with an important asset’.


Our Award from West Sussex County Council for
Jubilee Fields in 2007