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Dripping tap entails nine week road closure

Dogleg closure
The dog-leg that connects Poynings to the Saddlescombe Road is to be closed from Wednesday 11th January until .. Tuesday 17th March 2017 — according to the obvious nonsense circulated by Matt Davey, Director of Highways and Transport at WSCC.

Update 14th January: as of 5:00pm this afternoon, the road was open. That does not mean it will be open on Monday morning, though. Proceed cautiously.

Update 16th January: the road remains open, all contractor detritus removed.

Examination of The Mid Sussex Local Plan I

Five LAMBS, two shepherds
Both Nick Herbert MP and Sir Nicholas Soames MP will be attending the meeting in Haywards Heath this Friday, January 13th.

Sir Nicolas Soames recently noted in Parliament:

The hon. Friend the Minister knows of the infamous application by Mayfield Market Towns to build a completely unwanted new settlement to the south of my constituency and partially in the constituency of my right hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and South Downs [Nick Herbert]. It has been turned down time after time. No one wants it and it is not in any plan, yet the builders continue to chip away at the fabric, integrity and credibility of the plans.

The West Sussex County Times reports:

Robert Worsley, who refused to sell his 550 acres in Twineham to Mayfield Market Towns, is due to .. publicly challenge the developers over their refusal to accept that they cannot build on his land. He explained that he is so frustrated about the injustices of the planning system he wants to appeal directly to the Government’s planning inspector at the examination.

Updated 12th January.

Heat for Health

Heat for Health
Drop-in event at Fulking Village Hall, during the Family Coffee Morning from 10:00am–11.30am on Wednesday 18th January. Come and see us. Pick up your free room thermometer cards. Discuss with us energy efficiency measures and grants available – and the support provided by Heat for Health. [Probably your last chance — the scheme is ending this financial year.]

Sussex Countryside Awards 2017

Sussex Countryside Awards

Our near neighbours Sussex Prairies (Henfield) and the Sussex Produce Company (Steyning) have both won these awards in the recent past.

The Countryside Awards are open to any project or enterprise, large or small, completed between December 2010 and January 2017. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2017. Categories include Rural Enterprise, Environmental Education, New Sussex Landscapes, and The Making Places Design Award. Further information here.

Clappers Lane drainage? The demolition of Hillside? The permanent diversion of Public Path 4F? Coppicing at Pondtail Wood? New Timbers? The restoration of Lady Brook Fort?

Readers are encouraged to come up with (even) better local candidates for awards.

Tony Bradley-Hole, RIP

Tony Bradley-Hole
Tony’s brother, Christopher, notes that:

His first pub was The Lamb at Lewes. His subsequent success at The Royal Oak at Barcombe was recognised by the brewery, which asked him to take over the (at the time) run-down Shepherd & Dog at Fulking. With his outgoing and welcoming character and an inspiring menu, he rapidly turned this famous pub into the go-to destination just outside Brighton.

More here.

Tony Brooks writes:

From the mid 1970s until the 1990s, Tony Bradley-Hole took over the Shepherd and Dog. In 1978, at the time of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, a fancy dress parade for children took place along The Street in Fulking, finishing with a tea party for the entire village in the pub car park, hosted by the Bradley-Holes. Later that year the pub also organised a torchlight procession through the village which culminated in a bonfire and firework display, on what is today, the front lawn of Cannonberries on the Poynings Road. Similarly, for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, the pub offered breakfast to start the day. Villagers then went home to watch the ceremony on television and returned to the pub afterwards for food, drink and a celebration that lasted until midnight.

The Women’s Land Army — A Sussex Connection

The Women's Land Army

CHANGE: Ian Everest has had to postpone his talk to Henfield History Group originally scheduled for 8:00pm on Tuesday 10th January 2017 in the Free Church Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield until May this year. In his place, Professor Douglas Chamberlain, an eminent cardiologist who set up the first paramedic course in England, will give a talk on the History of Resuscitation.