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Holy Trinity Open Meeting

Holy Trinity Poynings Church South Transept
Saturday 17th October, at 10:30am in the church. It is proposed to change the south transept so as to make it a more useful space for both community and church purposes. The plan is to make it warmer, to display the church’s heritage better and to provide a ‘tea-point’. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about what is proposed and to express your views. If you cannot come to the meeting but wish to know more and/or to comment, please contact Alan or Caroline Currer at The Rectory (857456).

St. Andrew’s Day Quiz

St Andrew's quiz
Advance notice: November 27th — 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 at £7.50 per person include a ploughman’s supper and sold out quickly last year — so let us know early if you would like to come.

Contact Jane on 07812-465-559 for more details and to enter teams.

Jane Warne

Harvest Festival & Picnic

Harvest Festival and Picnic
October 18th — a traditional Harvest Festival Service at 11.00am will be followed by our ever popular harvest picnic — bundles of harvest/ploughman’s food tied up in a knapsack and eaten inside or if fine in our grounds, allowing us to take a little ‘time out’ and relax and enjoy our surroundings.

Picnics (£6.50) should be ordered in advance — phone Jane on 07812-465-559.

Jane Warne

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Ukrainian with food parcel black and whiteLink For Hope’ deliver Christmas boxes to elderly people left alone and the destitute in Eastern Europe, including Syrian and Eastern Ukrainian refugees.

The fact that someone has thought of them, together with the useful items inside can bring considerable joy to those who have lost everything.

You can make up a shoebox for a family or for an elderly person – details on or leaflets from Sarah Rushton at Pyecombe Manor.  Call: 855 or email:

Please deliver your shoebox to Sarah (or phone her for collection) before 4th November to be in time for shipment.
Link for Hope also collects leftover foreign coins – so don’t forget those coins lurking in the drawer.

Poynings Apple Press Release [updated again]

The Poynings Apple Press

Apple Pressing, Sunday 11th October at Poynings Village Hall. Pressing starts at 11:30am. Have your apples pressed at 50p per litre. Bring containers or buy 1 litre bottles — 25p.

Best Apple Cake Competition. Entries 11:00am — 1:00pm Poynings Village Hall (£1.00 per entry). Judging 1:00pm — 2:00 pm (followed by trophy presentation). Open to Poynings, Fulking and Newtimber residents.

Music from ‘Sold As Seen’. Refreshments, Stalls, Apple Bobbing, Toffee Apples in aid of various charities and events.

Enquiries —

Sheila Marshall

From the Sussex Ox to the First Tractor

Sussex oxen at Exceat
Ian Everest talks to the Beeding & Bramber Local History Society on Wednesday October 7th at 7:45pm in the Village Hall, Upper Beeding.

Oxen were still in use at Chyngton and Exceat Farms in Seaford until the mid-1920s and were reckoned to have been in use on the Sussex Downs for over one thousand years before. The talk includes photographs of them at work in Seaford, Bishopstone, East Dean and Lewes, together with some of the more unusual non-agricultural work that they were used for. Following the demise of the oxen in Sussex, the talk looks at the evolution of farming to horses and steam power, the rioting when the threshing machines were introduced and the arrival of the first tractors.

[GJMG notes: I attended a different talk by this speaker in Henfield a couple of years ago. It remains the best local history talk I have heard. Ian Everest was brought up on one of the farms he discusses and he really knows his stuff. In addition, he is an excellent speaker with well organized material.]

Bobservation No. 12

The Dyke from Newtimber Hill

Newtimber Hill

Owned by the National Trust, Newtimber Hill is a delight for walkers at all times of the year. Access is from a number of points, the best known, and most accessible, is from the farm at Saddlescombe.

Over the year it is possible to see many varieties of wild flowers including bluebell, pyramid spotted and bee orchid, campion, hare bell, thyme and cowslip. The fauna includes roe deer, badger, fox, rabbit, weasel and stoat. Birdlife is abundant, the more interesting include buzzard, red kite, kestrel, swallow, house martin, yellowhammer, wryneck, spotted flycatcher, linnet, skylark, meadow pipit and redstart. Butterflies, including several different blues are often present.

Cattle graze here at certain times of year and walking a dog requires strict observance of the regulations, however, when there are no cattle it is a great joy to see a dog running free across the Downland. The views across the South Downs looking west towards Chanctonbury are some of the finest in Sussex. At times, cloud will envelope the top of the Downs giving a ‘tablecloth’ effect and if you are lucky enough to be walking above the cloud, it is a memorable sight.

How fortunate we residents of Fulking parish are to have such a treasure so near our village. At the end of your walk the ‘Hikers Rest’ offers very acceptable food, drinks and ice cream.

The National Trust do a splendid job maintaining this gem and it is up to us to respect and cherish it. One piece of advice, if your dog poops on the hill, either put  it in a polybag or leave it to be disbursed by the rain, never leave the polybag on the hill, take it home with you.

Parish Council Meeting – 8th October 2015 7:30pm – Village Hall

Fulking Parish Council will hold their quarterly meeting at 7:30 on Thursday October 8th in the Village Hall — agenda. 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