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Southwick Roman Villa

Uncovering the history  of Southwick's lost Roman villa
A talk by Jeffrey Leigh to Beeding & Bramber Local History Society at 7:45pm in Upper Beeding Village Hall on Wednesday 4th May.

The villa waa probably built in the first century AD, some 50 years after the Romans first arrived and was palatial in size, the second largest villa in Sussex. As such, it would have been the centre of a large and important estate. The site was lost until the 19th century when people found coins and pottery in what was then a market garden. The first excavation followed in 1845. The site was excavated again in the 1930s and then donated to the Sussex Archaeological Trust in 1932 by an anonymous benefactor. Subsequently, Manor Hall Road was driven through part of it. Nowadays, the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre has a permanent exhibition about the villa’s history and about the various efforts to excavate the site.

Grand Bric a Brac and Book Sale – Reminder

Fulking Village Hall bric-a-brac books
On the weekend April 23rd/24th (10:00am to 4:00pm each day) we are holding a grand Bric-a-Brac and Book sale in the village hall and this will be open on both Saturday and Sunday for loads of bargains. So .. if you are Spring cleaning and have saleable goods please think of us. All money raised will help towards the upkeep of our lovely church. Goods can be left either at Book Nook on Wednesday mornings or at the church anytime. Alternatively ring Chris on 01273-857322 or Linda on 01273-857032 who will arrange collection.

Jane Warne

North Town Field – Call for new trustees

trusteeThe Trustees of the North Town Field Trust wish to appoint two new trustees. This will be done by a vote of the villagers at the village Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday May 12th 2016. We are looking for people who want to be actively involved in the hands-on organisation of looking after the field.

Any resident of Fulking may nominate a person living within 5 miles of Fulking village hall to become a trustee subject to having that person’s agreement to be nominated.

In the event of more than two people being nominated then the appointees will be decided by written ballot. A majority of villagers present at the meeting must vote in in favour of the appointments.

Please send any such nominations to John Hazard, the Trust Secretary, at Laurel House in The Street or by email to By May 8th latest please.

Saddlescombe Farm Open Day

Dew pond at Saddlescombe Farm
The National Trust writes:

Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templars. Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden. Displays and demonstrations of traditional work including; hurdle making, shepherding, carpenters’ workshop and more. Tea and home-made cakes available.

Sunday 24th April, 10:30am–4:00pm, adult £5, child £2, family £13.