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Experienced handyman needed to work on a new commercial build in Fulking. Must hold valid CSCS card with relevant experience in general carpentry duties. Starting as soon as possible with six weeks to on-going work. Click on the logo above to apply.

Newtimber Place Gardens

Newtimber Place NGS
The gardens at Newtimber Place will be open as part of the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) on Sunday 15th April between 2:00pm and 5:30pm. The gardens are lovely at this time of year with stunning daffodils and beautiful fritillaries. Beautiful Grade I listed C16/C17 moated house (not open). Gardens and woods full of bulbs and wild flowers in spring. Herbaceous border and lawns. Moat flanked by water plants. Mature trees. Wild garden, ducks, chickens and fish. Tea and home made cakes in aid of the church. There are ducks, chickens and guinea fowl wandering around so dogs need to be kept on a lead. Admission £5.00, children free.

Village Clean Up

Clappers Lane litter

Sunday 15th April 2018 from 10:30am

Please get involved in keeping the village tidy and free of rubbish. There are four meeting points:

  • Party 1 starts at the corner of Clappers/Holmbush Lanes and moves South;
  • Party 2 starts at the corner of The Street/Clappers Lane and moves North;
  • Party 3 starts at the Ram House by the Shepherd and Dog and moves up The Street;
  • Party 4 starts at The Deans in Poynings Road and moves towards The Street.

Take care of traffic and wear bright colours and please bring suitable gloves and bin liners to collect the rubbish. Dispose of collected rubbish in your own wheelie bins. If this time is not convenient choose your own time and do your bit. Perhaps ending up at the Shepherd & Dog for a well-earned pint! Any queries give me a call on 271.

Bob Rowland, on behalf of Fulking Social Committee.

Agenda for Ordinary Parish Council Meeting – 12th April 2018


Tel: 01273 846310   e-mail:
17 Ockley Way, Hassocks,
West Sussex,

Following the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and with regard to regulations on Access to Local Government Meetings, members of the public are advised that they have a right to film/record the meetings of Fulking Parish Council. Members of the public are also advised that by attending a meeting of Fulking Parish Council, they give their consent to being filmed/recorded by other members of the public, if such activity is taking place.

Please note that there will not be a separate planning meeting to discuss applications received, and these are included on the agenda below.


Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.

  1. Apologies for Absence.
  2. Declaration of Members’ Interests.
  3. Approve the Minutes of the Council Meeting of 4th January 2018 and the Planning Meetings of 8th February and 26th March 2018:  The minutes, subject to any amendments, to be approved and signed as a true record of the meeting.
  4. Reports from District and County Councillors.
  5. Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions:  To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.
  6. Planning Matters:  To comment on planning applications received from South Downs National Park.
    SDNP/18/01642/FUL – Erection of dwelling – Cannonberries, Poynings Road, Fulking, BN5 9NB
    Proposal: Erection of dwelling
  7. Planning Decisions from South Downs National Park:  To receive decisions on planning applications from
    Barn Cottage (SDNP/17/06007/FUL), Land at Cannonberries (SDNP/17/06019/FUL),
    Perching Farm Cottage (SDNP/18/00218/HOUS).
  8. Parking – Road Lines: To discuss yellow lines and parking in the Parish.
  9. Grit Bins and Winter Road Management Plan: To discuss the Winter Plan.
  10. General Data Protection Regulations: To discuss changing legislation in 2018.
  11. Reports from Outside Bodies.
  12. Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings.
  13. Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received.
  14. Financial Matters: To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure.

Date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting: Thursday 10th May 2018
Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 12th July 2018
Both to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Bobservation 42: April 2018

Church Matters
I understand that there is a rumour that the Church Commissioners, through the Diocese of Chichester, have instructed the Parochial Church Councils of Downland villages to  take immediate steps to dispose of the church buildings and land in Edburton, Poynings, Pyecombe and the Fulking Village Hall and Chapel. This is with a view to investing the proceeds of the sales in a new, modern building in Newtimber to replace the church there. This will mean a more functional place of worship being available for social activities and will incorporate a fifty seat cinema  as well as an Olympic sized swimming pool and indoor tennis court. With church congregations reducing year by year the Church Commissioners feel that this will redress the reduction and hopefully increase the numbers attending church for whatever reason. There will be a Public meeting at 6pm on Sunday 1 April 2018 to discuss the proposal at a venue to be decided.

Our bluebells at Furzefield should be good this year. Do please remember that all villagers, families and friends are welcome to wander around. Please ring 271 so we know when you are coming. It is important that the paths are respected (single file is best!), if you bring children please make sure they are kept under strict control and sorry; no dogs.

Fulking Fair
Les and Louise Nicholson, of Artisan Bakehouse, who will be bringing their baked goodies to the fair, have just won the ’Sussex Best Eating Experience of the year 2018’. Amber John will be bringing her ponies for pony rides in the field at the back of the Shepherd & Dog which is kindly being  provided by Aidan & Nicole. Allsorts Dog Rescue will be organizing a ‘Fun dog show’ in the middle of the North Town Field. Tina Ware, as the fair musical arranger, has The Shoreham All Stars already lined up, more musical acts available including Fulking village musicians and the Marta Scott dancers opening the proceedings through the village. This will be a really busy fair! Make sure you come on Sunday July 29.Louise Holman needs bottles (not necessarily alcohol) for the Tombola.

Downland Calendar 2019

09 September John Hazard
Due to popular demand and the success of the last calendar, Fulking villagers are putting together another photographic calendar to be published in 2019. The aims are to celebrate the beauty of our village and the South Downs, and to raise funds for Fulking Village Hall. So — please email your best photos of the following: Fulking and environs through the seasons, landscapes of the South Downs, scenic Downland villages, also wildlife, farming life, community life. The email address is You will be fully credited and receive a free copy of the calendar.

Photos should be landscape format [horizontal] if possible, and preferably of a minimum pixel dimension of 2500 x 1700. Deadline for photo submissions: May 31, 2018. Please get snapping and send in those submissions!

Jen Green (552)