Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 19th October from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Wear suitable clothing and bring lunch. Tea and cake will be served upon return to Saddlescombe. Supervised children are welcome. Booking essential. Click the image for more information.
Latest News of Local Interest
Fulking now has two new open access* notice boards located in the centre of the village. One is in the bus shelter and the other is inside the Village Hall to the immediate right of the main entrance door. Anyone can post anything on either board (or both). There are some common sense rules: the two that matter most are a size restriction to A4 or smaller, and a requirement that a posting or event date appear on the front of each item.
*These are in addition to the four notice boards that already exist in the village. Three are not open access since they are contained in locked glass-fronted cases. Two of them are in The Street outside the chapel, one for Fulking Parish Council business and the other for St. Andrew’s Parochial Parish Council matters. The third one is privately owned and can be found halfway up Clappers Lane at the entrance to Badgers Pond. There is a fourth small glass-fronted board for safety notices in the Village Hall, currently unlocked.
Scientific Reports (Nature) has just published the first national survey [PDF] of rural hedgehog populations in England and Wales. Residents with an interest in the local hedgehog and badger populations may want to take a look.
Curiosity took me to Bob’s Café in Poynings on my way back from Henfield on Wednesday. It is not in the old white van, as I had previously supposed. It is beyond the playing field car park, just through the gate, before the swings. The cafe is in a splendid well-furnished building with tables, benches, chairs, cushions, cake stands with home-made cakes, bone china cups for tea, and an expresso machine There are two rooms and plenty of additional seating outside when the weather permits. There are toilets and dog water bowls too.
I was there late afternoon and met several people coming and going. One man had come to see the impressive exhibition of well-framed black and white photographs taken by a Poynings resident. Another man came to leave a message before setting off soon to Vietnam. Two people went outside to play table tennis. And then a young woman came in with her smiling twelve month old boy in her arms. She had just moved into Poynings a week or two ago. I learned that Poynings still has allotments.
I even picked up some Fulking news about the closure of The Street on Monday evening. Apparently, a runaway car had straddled the road, completely blocking any way through. My informant had been in a car en route to Poynings after an evening in Lancing. They had no choice but to turn their car round and take a longer route back.
How do you meet new neighbours? Do you feel lonely? Do you just knock on a door? Well now there is Bob’s Café. Good luck to it. I had such a good time there — I shall go again and I hope other visitors from Fulking will enjoy it as much as I did.
Gill Milner, The Old Post Office
Bob’s Café opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00–5:00.
A site dating from the Late Iron Age to the later Roman period. The small farmstead and possible shrine is focused around a small copse of trees called Rocky Clump. The excavations have revealed numerous features including post holes, pits and some very large ditches which form a rectangular enclosure. Tours starting at Upper Lodge Car Park, Ditching Road, from 12:00–12:45 on both Saturdays, 8th and 15th September. Free admission, but you will need to book by 4:00pm on 5th September.