St Mary’s Church Bepton Spring Clean and Churchyard Work Party This Saturday Morning 9:30-12:30

You are welcome to come and join an informal group of volunteers this Saturday to help give a spring clean to the Church and the Church Yard area. Come and visit between 9:30am and 12:30pm. Home made refreshments provided.

Picture Credit Linda Sadler

Call Linda on 07766494007 for further details

Please join us if you can!

More Pictures of St Mary’s Church

West Sussex – Courier Fraud Free Webinar 15 March 2023

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Courier fraud is currently the highest reported fraud in West Sussex. Fraudsters contact victims by telephone claiming to be a police officer or bank official, duping individuals into handing over money or valuables to criminals posing as couriers. The fraudsters use a variety of different tactics, during the phone call they will convince the victim into handing over their card, valuables, or money to a courier who is sent directly to their home.

The West Sussex County Council Community Safety and Wellbeing Team are running a free to attend 1 hour webinar 15th March 10am-11am to raise vital awareness about this crime.

Direct web address to book:

A look back over the last 12 months at local crime figures for the designated area of Rogate, Stedham and Harting

On Bepton Parish Council website we have a crime map section (Under Neighborhood Watch heading tab) which provides police data on all crime across the country. Specifically Bepton comes under police district of Rogate, Stedham and Harting and over the last 12 months Bepton has suffered seven documented crimes. These were two burglary’s, one of criminal damage-arson, one of violence and sexual offence, one theft, one vehicle crime and one public order disturbance. For further information go to the webpage that will provide processing data on each documented crime.

An example of what you will find – Data for November 2022 – Rogate, Stedham and Harting

Proposal to Move Bepton Parish from Chichester to Arundel Parliamentary Constituency

The above map shows the new boundary proposal with the Parishes of Bepton, Elsted, S Harting, Trotton and Stedham changing constituency from Chichester to Arundel.

To Add Your Opinions/Objections to Boundary Commission

Parliamentary Boundary changes  

Although the consultation process has been taking place for nearly two years, many people are only now becoming aware that as a result a major change is proposed hereabouts  -we are likely to become part of an extensive constituency called ‘Arundel and the South Downs’. Whatever the outcome, it will have no impact on the duties of Chichester District Council (eg bin emptying) and West Sussex County Council (highways maintenance).  It will not affect our everyday life.  

Every five years the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies are assessed, noting changes in the population and as necessary changing the area of the constituency to take account of this.  The Boundary Commissioners are also obliged to take into consideration issues such as local ties, local government boundaries and geography in producing constituencies, as a result of this review, with  electorates of between 69,724 and 77,062, 5% either side of the nominal figure.  More than 2/3rds of the constituencies in England will experience some change. 

Our inclusion in Chichester constituency hasn’t changed since 1974, when we were transferred to it from Horsham.   In the past, the boundary change exercise tended to be a bit ‘flexible’ and as a result the electorates of some constituencies are currently well outside the average size.  This tighter review aims to address this flexibility, and the initial proposals were published on 8th June 2021. Whilst it proposed us staying in Chichester constituency, half of the Manhood peninsula was allocated to Bognor constituency. There were howls of outrage from south of Chichester.  This is probably the reason why the the areas of the three constituencies in the western part of West Sussex were then dramatically redrawn. It should be noted that these three constituencies have electorates on the high side, they being 77,985, 76,974 and 76,765.  Only nine voters currently separate Chichester and the Arundel and South Downs constituencies; moving only Harting and Nyewood to Chichester would increase that electorate to over 78,000.   Such an increase and change is unlikely to be given consideration, especially as that change would separate us from neighbouring parishes including those in Harting District Council ward.  As it is we would remain with the parishes to the east of us that we have long had various associations with.

 The Boundary Commission website provides a lot of information, including maps of the proposed constituencies.  Should you wish to comment you only have until 5th December.

Heightened Scams During Cost of Living Crisis

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Types of scams

Here are some of the scams that you’re likely to hear about – or may even be affected by – as peoples’ purse strings are tightened and increasing financial pressures. The list is by no means exhaustive, as fraudsters are highly adept at keeping abreast of unfortunate situations with very convincing and persuasive messages.

·  Texts purporting to be from ‘’ or the ‘DWP’ inviting applications or claims for cost-of-living payments. In fact, payments are made automatically so there’s no need to make such a claim.

·  Bogus emails, texts or calls claiming to be from the local council requesting bank or card details so that the £150 council tax rebate can be paid. Again, this is not necessary to receive the payment.

·  Fake messages about energy payments relief purporting to be from Ofgem, the energy regulator. Payments are actually being overseen not by Ofgem, but the Treasury.

·  Emails, texts, or calls claiming to be sent by energy suppliers offering switching deals, cheaper tariffs, discounts on prepayment meters or rebates.

·  WhatsApp scams where you receive a message from someone on a number you don’t recognise claiming to be a family member or friend, informing you they have changed their phone number. A short while later, they request money to solve ‘a problem which needs payment’ (made more believable by the cost-of-living crisis), also known as the ‘Friend in Need’ or ‘Mum and Dad’ scam.

·  Advertisements, emails, texts or social media posts offering either non-existent loans or those with incredibly high interest rates, to help you through a period of financial hardship.

·  An invitation to join ‘get rich quick’ schemes or jobs, with seemingly (so probably) impossible returns. These range from supposed high return pension and other investment schemes to being paid for the use of your bank account – the latter almost certainly resulting in money muling, a criminal offence in its own right.

·  A general increase in ‘traditional’ scams offering great deals on tickets, holidays, vehicles, consumer goods, fashion, and other things you purchase online. What you buy is either non-existent or not as advertised.

Protect yourself

·  Do your research: never send money to anyone you don’t know personally or buy anything you’re not entirely sure of.

·  Look out for spelling and grammatical errors in emails and texts, not being addressed by your name and poor layouts.

·  Never reveal personal or financial data including usernames, passwords, PINs, or ID numbers.

·  Don’t open email attachments or click on links in communications from unknown sources.

·  Make sure your antivirus software is up to date and run a scan before opening anything you’re suspicious of. Always update software, apps and operating systems when prompted, or set them to update automatically.

·  Think before you click: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

·  To check whether a website is likely to be legitimate or fraudulent, enter its address at

·  Access more local information via and national information via

Also a reminder of the upcoming scams awareness webinars relevant for both residents and professionals: 

·  Wednesday 23 November 2022 10.00am-11.30am. Reserve a space.

·  Tuesday 7 February 2023 2.00pm-3.30pm. Reserve a space.