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Bobservation No. 14

Fulking Village Christmas Party 2016

Christmas Party

This year the party is being held on Friday 18th December from 6:30pm in the Village Hall as usual (although it was once held in the former clubhouse at Preston Nomads).

We have tried all sorts of variations in the past, carol singing (no one listened!), having a kids’ party at the same time (pretty chaotic!), charging for entrance (someone had to be on the door!), dimming the lights (dangerous with mulled wine!) and finally ended up with what we do now: talk, nibble and drink!

Over the years it has become a wonderful way of introducing newcomers to the village to other villagers and getting them to see what a welcoming and hospitable village Fulking is. All villagers, their families, and former villagers are welcome and although the event is principally for adults, if you cannot get a babysitter, do bring the kids with you. Incidentally, the Shepherd & Dog is having a children’s Christmas party on 24th December at 4:00pm.

We gave up having an entrance fee some years ago (see above) but, if you are coming, please bring a plate of savoury eats with you. Wine both mulled and unmulled and soft drinks are supplied by the Fulking Social Committee and the cost is usually defrayed by having a Tombola, for which we need both adult and child prizes (drop them off at 13 Clappers Lane (Louise, 773) or Furzefield, Clappers Lane (Bob, 271). Help in passing wine and nibbles around is always appreciated, as is clearing up afterwards.

If you are free on the evening of December 18th, I do urge you to come along. I promise we will make you welcome and you will enjoy the company.

FPC Planning 6:30 2nd December 2015

Perching Sands Farm Cottage
The next FPC Planning Meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 6.30pm in the Village Hall when the following planning application will be discussed:-

SDNP/15/05672/HOUS Perching Sands Farm Cottage Edburton Road Fulking West Sussex BN5 9LS

Proposed single storey extension

Members of the Public and Press are invited to attend.

Members of the public are entitled to speak at the meeting for two minutes, by prior appointment with the Clerk (Mr Derek Blackhall, tel 01273 846186). No more than two speakers for each application and two against.

Derek Blackhall – Clerk to Fulking Parish Council
22 Kymer Gardens,
Keymer, Hassocks
West Sussex BN6 8QZ

Wreath DIY at Saddlescombe

Christmas Wreaths National Trust 2015
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in front of log burning stoves. Mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will be included.

Booking essential. Four sessions available: Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 10:00–12:00, 13:30–15:30; admission £5.00, all ages. More info here.

Market Garden at MSDC

Market Garden Clappers Lane Fulking at MSDC
The Planning Application SDNP/15/04159/FUL (application for one gypsy pitch at Market Garden, Clappers Lane, Fulking) has been recommended for permanent approval by Mid Sussex Planning and is to be decided at a formal meeting of the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Committee to be held at 7:00pm on Thursday 19th November at Council Chamber, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath. This recommendation is contrary to what the Parish Council had previously been advised. Anyone who is interested in the application may attend (click the map above for a PDF copy of the relevant document). If you need more information, please contact Derek Blackhall (

The PC will be attending the Committee meeting and will be speaking against the application, based on comments and feedback received at the PC planning meeting held on 9th September.

Kate Watson

Fulking Calendar Project

Collage of Fulking imagesThe Village Hall Group would like to produce a calendar for 2017, as a fund-raiser for the village hall.

We are inviting people to take seasonal photographs of Fulking and nearby Downland views over the next 12 months or so… Ideally, we would like to have a photo reflecting each month of the year.

The images need to be digital so that they can be sent via email. The aim would be to get the calendar produced by next December, so get snapping now for autumn and winter photos!.

Please email the photos (with a title) to Chris Gildersleeve

St. Andrew’s Day Quiz

St. Andrew's quiz
At 7:00pm for 7:30pm, November 27th — this is always a popular event and promises to be a fun evening held once again at the Preston Nomads Pavilion in Clappers Lane. Tickets at £7.50 per person (in teams of four people) include a ploughman’s platter. Bar & raffle. Usually sells out so book now.

Contact Jane on 07812-465-559 to book and to enter teams.

Jane Warne