What does the Society do?

Ditchling is a beautiful village of some 2,000 residents lying just to the north of the South Downs, but within the National Park, and is a designated Conservation Area. The Parish contains many listed historic buildings and a fine 13th Century church, with its recorded history going back to 765AD.  Ditchling, however,  is very much a living village, with shops, pubs and cafes and a number of small businesses. There are numerous associations and clubs, a primary school and sports facilities. 

The role of the Ditchling Society is to be a voice for this community, on one hand preserving our heritage and on the other, encouraging a sustainable future for both residents and commerce, so that the village can thrive and that life and services here provide for all, whether young or old.

Our aims and objectives are:                             

  • To provide a focal point for Ditchling residents, traders, other committees, societies and clubs, to raise issues and engage in formulating ideas .
  • To promote the facilities and the quality of life in the village.Wedding village web
  •  To promote the conservation of Ditchling village and surrounding area, promoting ethical and ecological management of the environment, to maintain the unique fabric of the village for future generations, in a progressive way.
  • To maintain a close watch on local and national government initiatives which impact the village and the surrounding environment. Debate these issues and make representations to the relevant authority expressing the views of the Society.
  • To ensure that the heritage of our village is conserved not destroyed and submit opinions to Lewes District Council, attend Parish Council meetings and contribute its opinions on planning applications and any other relevant matters.


The Ditchling Society exists to work on matters of concern to all the members of the community.  There is a small steering group but the Society’s success depends on the wider involvement of those in the village and parish.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.  You may wish simply to register your support by becoming a member, or perhaps you would like to help in a practical way with the issues we all face.  Please get in touch through our contact form.