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Perching Sands Farmhouse

Perching Sands Farmhouse

This building originated as a triple tenement cottage housing farm labourers and was used as such until Terry Willis purchased it in 1986. He reduced the cottages to ground level, modified the footings and rebuilt them as one house using as many of the original bricks and other materials as could be salvaged. As construction progressed old beams, doors, door frames and floorboards, all largely made of oak, were incorporated into the new building. He even placed a stone bearing the date 1856 that had previously been part of the original cottages on the front wall, giving the house an air of authenticity. A large, well established pond on the south side of the building was reduced to about half its size by filling around its circumference with hard-core. This was done in such a way that it still retained the appearance of the original pond.

A public footpath extending from the north end of Perching Drove runs through the large, picturesque front garden and from the back garden there are the most wonderful views west, across the Sussex Weald, to the ridge of the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. Watching the sunset from there is a truly magnificent sight.

Passage adapted from Anthony R. Brooks (2008) The Changing Times of Fulking & Edburton. Chichester: RPM Print & Design, pages 189-190.

Stuff for hire

Stuff for hire

  • Tables x 6 (6’ x 2’ each) (wooden) — £4 each
  • New folding table £5
  • Gazebos x 4 (9’ x 9’ each) — £4 each
  • Crockery — chunky, but up to 80 dinner and side plates, bowls, cups & saucers — up to £10
  • Cutlery — up to 80 knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons, serving spoons and forks — up to £10
  • Supercars — no longer available

If you would like to hire anything please call Carolyn on 280.
All proceeds to Fulking Social Fund.

Pondtail Wood update

The remnants of Pondtail Wood
From poynings.net:

Stay vigilant this weekend – if you see trucks or Travellers entering Pondtail Wood, phone 999 immediately to inform the Police. Breaches of the Stop Notice should still be reported to Mike Airey as usual on 07884 165 867 or email airey2005@btinternet.com

From poynings.net:

Local people came out in force on 16th May, along with representatives from Sussex Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth, to protest against the illegal felling of Pondtail Wood on Muddleswood Road (opposite Singing Hills Golf Club) and the illegal bringing in of hardcore to create a hard surface entrance, decimating the woodland and doing so without a felling licence or planning permission. Pondtail Wood was purchased earlier this year and since then there has been extensive felling of the planted wood. It is a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) and is within the South Downs National Park. The trees that have been felled were mature and were of a pine variety. Local people raised concerns from mid-March and Mid Sussex District Council and South Downs National Park Authority were informed at that time. A ‘Temporary Stop Notice’ was issued on May 10th. The notices have been removed from the gate and work on the site appears to have continued. The South Downs National Park woodland is under threat if it cannot be protected. Local people want to see the destruction stopped and the woodland repaired and replanted. Further updates will be issued and a campaign on Facebook and Twitter is being set up. Mike Airey is collating information for SDNPA and other authorities. Any further activity that the authorities ought to know should be emailed to him at airey2005@btinternet.com or on 07884 165 867.

He gave me heroin

He gave me heroin
A new play by James Aden: Marion and Sadie chew the fat along with pills, gossip, tea & biscuits. A sweetly nostalgic and sometimes surreal piece about friendship, love, death, drugs and dementia. Honest and abstract this piece takes the audience on a journey that questions our memories and our views on the world today as seen from the eyes of someone whose thoughts may or may not be her own.

In Fulking Village Hall on Sunday 29 May 2016, doors open at 6:30pm, play starts at 7:00pm. Ticket price: £12.50 (plus booking fee) from the Box Office (01273 818266) or https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/252824.

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Downside, Fulking

Downside

Up to about 1934, Mr. W.H. Hudson owned the land on which Downside stands. It was later sold to Mr. Archie Mayler and his wife, who owned a large clothing store in Hove which specialised in school uniforms. Archie Mayler then had a house built on the site in the mid-1930s. Downside has extensive grounds associated with it, along with views to the south towards the Downs and to the north across the Sussex Weald.

Later, Archie Mayler’s son Jack and his wife Ursula took over the house. Jack Mayler was a Spitfire pilot during WWII and frequently flew low over Downside, dipping his wings to say hello. The Maylers subsequently sold the house to John and Barbara Williams who lived there for some years. It was then sold to Bernard and Jill Barker who converted the double garage to a “granny flat” and made several other alterations. They later sold it for business reasons to Graham and Yvonne Brooks, who added extensions to the rear of to the house and a tennis court. They also constructed a horseshoe shaped front drive with electric gates at the entrances for added security. In 2004 it was sold to the present owners who have completely re-landscaped the grounds, giving it a more spacious and open aspect.

Passage quoted from Anthony R. Brooks (2008) The Changing Times of Fulking & Edburton. Chichester: RPM Print & Design, page 139.