The Parish has many opportunities for recreation with three recreation grounds, three football pitches, a cricket pitch, stoolball pitches, petanque piste, bowls club, rifle club, angling club and as gardening is considered a recreational activity, we have two allotment sites. See the list of organisations for details of contacts for the various activities.
Facilities within the Parish
Large recreation ground situated in the High Street. The site has two football pitches and a petanque piste. In the summer the ground is used for stoolball. There are also two playgrounds designed for age groups from 2 - 14 and a half basketball pitch.
For Pitch Bookings - Telephone 01444 401747
In addition, there is a District Council children's playground in West Park Road.
There is also a bowls club and a rifle club accessible from the High Street..
For contact details, see the list of organisations. click here for link
Finches Field Recreation Ground and Football Pitch, Old Brighton Road South. This is owned by the District Council - for bookings, contact 01444 458166
There is also a children's playground in Black Swan Close.
A small children's playground owned by the Parish Council at the top end of "The Street".
A recreation ground owned by the District Council and used mainly for cricket and stoolball. For bookings - contact 01444 458166.
There are also many walks around the Parish, links to sites giving details of these are shown below:
This link will give many walks as well as a walk around Furnace & Slaugham Ponds: - http://www.oart.org.uk/resources/index.htm
Reasons for cycling and walking
Still today, in spite of the many countryside TV programmes, books, DVD's etc, people do not know what is just around the corner, or in their own backyard.
Country walking and even more so, cycling is still a minor pursuit, these very forms of exercise are considered at the best primitive and the worst for the fanatics only, we probably know more about the hotels, foreign food and beaches, then we do of our own countryside.
So why walk and cycle? Because, it is healthy, it keeps are muscles and organs in trim, to gives us an opportunity to converse with like minded people, but more importantly, it enables us to see the beauty of nature around us.
In West Sussex we are blessed with some the most picturesque villages, woods and spectacular views of not only, the countryside, but of the sea as well.
Why not visit your local library, civic centre, village hall, tourist information office, all of these places have many leaflets, not only of the countryside walks, cycle paths, bridleways, but also the benefits of walking and cycling with a purpose.
There also some links below which you can explore to find out more about the wide variety of walking and cycling routes and opportunites.