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Walk, Tea, Cake!

st catherines hospiceRenowned for its tasty teas and scrummy cakes, the annual Balcombe Walk will put on its famous spread again this year – on Sunday 11th September. And you can have some. The one small proviso is that you first of all enjoy a wonderful country walk and raise sponsorship or make a donation to support St. Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley.

For the 26th year, the Haywards Heath Support Group for St. Catherine’s Hospice is proud to present the Balcombe Fundraising Walk, at Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP.

The Walk takes in some of the very best of the wonderful Sussex countryside, with fabulous views. You may want to take on the challenge of the full 12.5 mile circular route or you may set yourself a gentler target of 4, 6 or 9 miles; if you do that, we’ll send a chauffeur to get you back to Balcombe! Whatever your choice, you set your own pace and we’ll welcome your support. Afterwards you will have take and cake, and a certificate to mark your achievement on behalf of St Catherine’s.

If you’ve joined the Walk before, you’ll know what a great day you can have. If you haven’t, we want the chance to show you. Bring your family, your friends, your dogs on leads, and have a great day out.

Every day it costs St Catherine’s more than £17,000 to provide their free care to local people across Sussex and Surrey, so why not show your support by taking part in this year’s Balcombe Walk? Sign up today at or call the Events Team on 01293 447355. You can also sign up on the day itself and we hope to see lots of familiar and new faces there.

Downland Calendar 2017

Sunrise over the Downs - Miles Firth

Sunrise over the Downs – Miles Firth

The Downland Calendar 2017 is now well on the way. Our local sponsors have all been secured and we have selected 13 wonderful photos for the calendar [12 months plus the cover]. A very big thank you to all who submitted photos for this project.

Many beautiful photos were sent in but sadly some were not of sufficiently high resolution to be included, or didn’t make the final selection.

The calendar will be going to press before long to showcase the beauty of Fulking and our surroundings. We hope to launch what will be a very beautiful product sometime in September, in plenty of time to maximise sales. All proceeds from the calendar will go to help maintain the village hall.

Jen Green

Planning Meeting and Parish Council Meeting – 14th July 2016 7:30pm – Village Hall

Fulking Parish Council will hold a planning meeting, immediately followed by their quarterly meeting at 7:30 on Thursday July 14th 2016 in the Village Hall — agenda.

Location: The Croft The Street Fulking Henfield West Sussex BN5 9LX
Proposal: Single storey front extension to extend kitchen and replace conservatory with sun room.

Location: Clappers House, Clappers Lane, Fulking, Henfield West Sussex BN5 9NH
Proposal: A two storey extension to the west elevation

Clappers House extension

1. Chairman’s Welcome.
2. Apologies.
3. Declaration of Interest.
4. Approval of minutes 14th April 2016
5. Matters arising from the above minutes not on the agenda
6. Reports from MSDC Councillor Colin Trumble & WSCC Councillor Peter Griffiths
7. Comments from the floor.
8. Transparency funding update.
9. Clappers Lane drainage
10. Proposed parking measures West of Lady Brook Spring.
11. Dog waste bins.
12. Mailing list
13. Update to Mid Sussex Plan
14. Financial Matters (including Cheque List & Stubbs, Income & Expenditure to date, Budget vs actual, quarterly bank reconciliation).
15. Dates of meetings.

Members of the Press and Public are welcome to attend.

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

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Bobservation 21. Fulking Fair and Fun Day

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We have had a good response to a plea for volunteers for Saturday 30th July but, as ever, there is still a need for various types of help:

The Teas Team are desperate for cakes!   Please ring Tricia (255) or Pam (271) with your promise of a donation (which can be homemade or shop bought, they won’t tell!) and to arrange delivery.  Even if you are bringing your cake on the day it is still important to let them know what you are bringing.  Teas will be served in and outside the village hall (weather permitting).

Tombola prizes of any type are much needed and can be delivered to Louise at 13 Clappers Lane or call her on 773.

Childrens’ Games.  Here Angela needs help in supervising the events which include Bouncy Castle, Stocks, Hook the Duck and Coconut Shy. Volunteers will have time to enjoy the other events but relief helpers would be very welcome. Please give Angela a call on 122.

Parking controllers are needed to direct the traffic to the parking in Downside Meadow, allocate spaces in the meadow and control traffic through the village. If you can help on this one give me a call on 271.
So, please:

  • Come to the fair on Saturday July 30th from 1pm till 5pm and make it a really successful day.
  • Come to Call my Bluff at the Shepherd & Dog at 7pm on Friday 29th July. Tickets from the pub are £15 each and include superior nibbles and ten, yes ten! wines to quandary over. Bring your own food and drink if you wish.
  • Be as helpful as you can to visitors from outside the village and remember this is a Fulking village and Shepherd & Dog combined event.
  • Be as cooperative as possible where traffic is concerned. There will almost certainly be some disruption in The Street due to pedestrians moving from Downside Meadow to the North Town Field. Nothing will be gained by getting upset or abusive.

Assault [updated]

Crawley Police Station
Police are investigating an assault on a young woman on Sunday 19th June. She was in the local area (local enough for the police to come knocking on Fulking doors yesterday) from 9:30pm to 00:30am that day. If you spoke to her, or saw or heard anything that evening that might be relevant, please contact Sussex Police by email at, or telephone 101, quoting reference 1557 19/06/2016.

Sergeant Mike Butler
Crawley Police Station

Update July 2nd: there is much more information about this incident in The Argus.