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Pigeon rehomed

Pigeon Post rehomed at
Found in Clappers Lane, apparently en route to Knole House, and immediately adopted by the team from the website.

The new Pigeon will consist of two sides of A4 and be based on the website. It will appear on the first of each month. One side will consist of the calendar/diary of events for that month. We will depend on you to tell us about all the things that need to be included. Telepathy is insufficient. The other side will contain (i) routine Fulking items that pertain to the coming month — church and parish council matters, social committee matters, etc., and (ii) text contributed by readers — letters, rants, pleas, anything legal. Just send it in to the email address in the banner above. All Pigeon Post material will also appear on the website.

Aidan’s Pigeon Post

Aidan's Pigeon Post -- a tribute
Pigeon Post has come a long way since Nick and Jill Bremer put the idea together quite a few years ago. The biggest leap forward since then has been the contribution from the most recent editor, Aidan Walker. His imagination and artistic ability had made it a village newspaper to be envied by other villages. I, for one, am terribly sorry that an era has passed and that his format has had to be discontinued but I quite understand the reasons.

Many thanks, Aidan, for doing us proud.

Bob Rowland

The Secret Sussex Resistance

The Secret Sussex Resistance
A talk on the Sussex Auxiliary Units to be given by Stewart Angell, the country’s leading authority on the topic, at Ditchling Village Hall on Friday 10th October at 7:30pm. Booking is essential.

Auxiliary Units were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain’s last ditch line of defence during World War Two. They operated in a network of cells from hidden underground bases around the UK. [CART]

The Sussex Regional Headquarters was at Tottington Manor. Volunteers in Sussex, as elsewhere, were mostly local farmers. Small Dole had a unit based at Old Erringham Farm. If you have never previously heard of the Auxiliary Units but want to learn more, then the book to read is Stewart Angell’s (1996) The Secret Sussex Resistance, 1940-1944, Midhurst: Middleton Press (readily available).

Book Nook opening hours

Book Nook
During the winter months we will be changing our hours. For those of you who don’t know about this exciting venture we have transformed part of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, by the Village Hall in Fulking, into a bring and buy bookshop and have an ever changing selection of bargain books, CDs, DVDs, etc. for sale. All have been generously donated, and last year we raised over £500 from our sales.

Opening Hours from October 1st 2014

All Wednesdays 10:30am–12:00pm

One Sunday each month 11:00am–4:00pm (October 12th, November 9th, December 14th, January 11th, February 8th, March 8th)

We look forward to welcoming you.

Jane Warne

P.S. Book Nook now has a large ‘sale’ section of books at reduced prices.

The BBC to film Mayfield

Mayfield on The One Show
The BBC’s One Show is coming to the area this Monday evening/Tuesday morning to film a story on Mayfield, LAMBS, the local councils, the MPs and the land owners. Their schedule is unknown but LAMBS hopes to see the immediate area saturated with yellow ribbons to show how strong local opposition to Mayfield is.

St. Andrew’s Day Quiz

St Andrew's quiz
Advance notice: November 28th — this is always a popular event and promises to be a fun evening which will be held once again at the Nomad’s Pavilion in Clappers Lane. Tickets include a ploughman’s supper and sold out quickly last year — so let us know early if you would like to come.

Contact Chris on 01273-857322 or Jane on 07812-465-559 for more details and to enter teams.

Jane Warne


Black Range Rover
A new black Range Rover was stolen from Yew Tree Cottage last night. Contact the police now if you saw anything that might be relevant. And don’t leave your car keys on the kitchen table when you go to bed tonight.

Richard Corner (219) adds:

Did you see a black Range Rover, in convoy with a second car, between 10:00om on Thursday 25th and 6:00am on Friday 26th September? If so, please phone Sussex Police on the non-emergency number (101), reference 0251 of 26th September.

The car may be hidden in the countryside somewhere. It was FR11***, but the plates have probably been removed by now. If you see such a car, phone 101. If you happen to see anyone near it, then phone 999.

Nikki Frost adds:

[The burglars] entered the house through a small window taking phones, car, wallet and other bits while the whole family slept up stairs.