Whilst mostly referred to as a Village, Sheet gained the status of Parish in 2012 following the endeavours of members of the then Sheet Village Association. The object of Sheet having its own Parish Council was to have more control over the local assets, such as the Village Hall, the Old Billiard Room, the Millennium Field, the Allotments, the Recreation Ground, the Village Green and Sheet Common. The aim was to manage Sheet’s assets in a better way by using Sheet’s money working for the benefit of Sheet’s residents. The Parish boundary map, with approximately 320 properties spanning both sides of the A272, is shown on the ‘Parish Council’ page.
The community of Sheet also enjoys the benefits of St. Mary Magdalen Church , The Queens Head pub, The Half Moon pub, Sheet Primary School, Stepping Stones pre-school, the Little School Day Nursery and Sheet Parish Allotments. Also in the village – The Winton Players who are based in The Outbuilding of Old Sheet House and The Lion & Unicorn Players who have their storage facility in The Old Billiard Room. See the ‘Useful Links’ page for more details of these organisations.
The landmark Village sign reveals a little about the origins of Sheet:
To mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 a Jubilee Committee was elected to review and recommend a suitable permanent memorial for Sheet to commemorate the Jubilee. They decided to proceed with a village sign. Mr. Harold Thompson, an artist and designer in glass employed by the Cathedral Works Organisation in Chichester was commissioned to design and paint the sign.
His design shows a fleece and two gold post horns in the top section of a blue background. These signify Sheet’s past association with the wool industry, and the fact that the A3 was one of the great coaching roads of the 9th Century. Below this was a stone coloured, full-width, nameplate with ‘SHEET’ in Roman capital letters and painted black. The lower section showed a waterwheel in motion, surrounded by stonework and foliage. This was a link with the growing hamlet of Sheet which originated near two water mills. The whole shield was surrounded by a black frame, painted in hard enamel and varnished. The sign was manufactured by the late Mr. Steven Pibworth, a resident of Sheet, at his Forge in Petersfield.
As a welcome to Sheet, the sign was originally situated at the top of Town Lane on the A3 but when that landscape changed with the building of the by-pass in 1990 the sign was in the way of the construction works, hence it was moved to the Village Green.