Patching is a rural parish in the South Downs about 6km (4miles) north-west of Worthing. It extends from the A27 trunk road north up to the crest of the Downs at Sullington Hill. The parish is relatively long and narrow, being about 6 km from north to south, but never more than 2km wide (or about 4 mile x 1 mile). Settlement is focused in the village of Patching with some ribbon development out along France Lane, Coldharbour Lane, Arundel Road, and Selden Lane. There are outlying hamlets at Michelgrove and Myrtlegrove about 2km to the north of the village.
The 2011 census indicates a parish population of 259 (136 males and 123 females), living in 100 separate households. About 12% of the population are children aged 16 or less, 67.2% are in the working age groups up to the age of 64, with 20.8% in the older age groups.
As the Council of a very small Parish, with a very small budget, we are fortunate that the key local services are provided for us either by South Downs National Park Authority (responsible for planning matters), by Arun District Council (responsible for waste collection) or by West Sussex County Council (responsible for our highways and our subsidised bus services) or by agents directed, and funded, by these bodies.