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Steyning Saplings

The Outdoors Project Steyning Saplings
Birds, bugs and butterflies – these are just some of the creatures that a new nature group for 2 – 4 year olds will be learning about on the Steyning Downland Scheme from Easter. The aim is to run fun outdoor sessions, where parents and young children can explore and enjoy nature right in the heart of Steyning. The group will run on Tuesday mornings 10 -11.30am from 29th April to 27th May 2014. The cost is £25 for five sessions. To book a place email:

Fulking Parish Council — Annual Meeting Thursday 1st May 2014 at 7:30pm

Woodland Trust

  • Outgoing Chairman’s welcome
  • Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
  • Closing of the meeting

This is then followed by the Annual Parish meeting


  • Apologies for absence
  • Approval of minutes for May 2nd 2013
  • Chairman’s report
  • Reports from District and County Councillors
  • Speaker from the Woodland Trust: Sylvia Goddard
  • Date of next meeting
  • Closing of the meeting
  • Election of new North Town Field Trustees

The evening will be rounded off with refreshments.

Andrea Dickson, Clerk to Fulking Parish Council
01444 451 060 /

Too Much Too Soon

The New York Dolls 1974 Too Much Too Soon
The Country Landowners Association has been telling the Midhurst and Petworth Observer about their views on the South Downs National Park Authority’s looming Community Infrastructure Levy. Their enthusiasm is muted:

An unfair and unreasonable CIL system .. could stifle the rural economy and exacerbate the 
lack of rural housing in the area. We are concerned the SDNPA is planning to introduce this levy too soon and without demonstrating sufficient evidence for a genuine consultation. If the new charges are to be introduced, they must be planned and delivered through a thoughtful, transparent and evidenced process rather than a rush to raise money. The stated date for adoption of the South Downs Local Plan is 2017, but the CIL charges are proposed to start in 2015. At the proposed rates, the levy on developing a three-bedroom house of 150 square metres, for example, would add £30,000 to the development cost. If these charging rates are not developed with care and evidence, there could be a severe consequence on rural development ..

[Discographical footnote: it is the forty year anniversary of the release of Too Much Too Soon by the New York Dolls.]

Pyecombe Church to to Lewes Priory

Lewes Priory
The Sussex Express quotes Keith McKenna of Footprints of Sussex:

“We have found a lovely 10½-mile downland route between the two, avoiding the more obvious South Downs Way, and have arranged tea and cakes at the end and a coach to take us back to Pyecombe.”

Footprints is organising the walk in conjunction with Pyecombe Church. The local community has an ambitious project to improve facilities at the church for the many visitors who pass through the village on one of the walking trails.

The cost is £17.50 per person including the coach travel from Lewes to Pyecombe and tea and cake at the end of the walk. The walk is to start promptly at 10:00am from Pyecombe Church on 17th May. The booking form is here [PDF].

Saddlescombe Farm Open Day

Dew pond at Saddlescombe Farm
The National Trust writes:

Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templars. Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden. Displays and demonstrations of traditional work including; hurdle making, shepherding, carpenters’s workshop and more. This year we are delighted to introduce our new farmers Roly and Camilla — so watch out for newly born lambs and their sheep dog Belle. Tea and home-made cakes available.

Sunday 27th April, 10:30am–4:00pm, adult £5, child £3, family £13.