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The Devil’s Doggerel

The Devil's Doggerel
Following the spontaneous outburst of village enthusiasm that greeted our recent posting of contemporary topographic verse (Shepherd & Doggerel), a weightier piece by William Hamper dating back to the early nineteenth century has been added to the local history section. Nothing that includes words such as adown, cruciform, lightsome, luminary, wyght, and yclept, and a gratuitous line of Latin, employed for the rhyme, can be all bad. But it isn’t Coleridge. Rather, it is the kind of piece that a Victorian gentleman could commit to memory and then reproduce at Sussex wedding parties and other social occasions, with ribaldry and acclaim from a bibulous audience already well familiar with the plot (compare Rocky Horror sing-a-longs for a contemporary analogue). Read in that spirit, one can detect its merits.

Planning Meeting – Village Hall, 26th March, 7.40pm

Invitation to Planning Meeting

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a planning meeting of the Fulking Parish Council to be held at 7:40pm, on Monday 26th March 2018 at the Village Hall, The Street, Fulking. To discuss the following planning application:

New single storey living room extension to replace existing UPVc conservatory; demolition of existing garage; installation of new timber framed casement windows; first floor extension to rear and reconstruction of existing outdoor swimming pool.
Downside, Poynings Road, Fulking. BN5 9NB

Members of the Press & Public are welcome to attend.

By prior appointment with the Chairman, a maximum of 2 people may speak for up to 5 minutes each in favour, and a maximum of 2 people may also speak for up to 5 minutes each against the applications.

Miles Firth
Chairman, Fulking Parish Council

Conifer House, The Street, Fulking, Henfield, BN5 9LT, West Sussex
01273 857508

Saddlescombe Farm

Feeding lambs

Lambing Open Days — 24th, 25th, and 31st March plus 1st April 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm. No need to book — just turn up.

Please join us on our working farm for our annual lambing open days here at Saddlescombe. We open our gates for our visitors to see us at our busiest time and share with us the hustle and bustle of our farmyard during lambing. Our visitors will see newborn lambs and maybe a lamb being born, an amazing experience. We are keen to share the respect and care we give our sheep right the way through to when we sell them for meat. Our own delicious lamb burgers will be available for a tasty lunch plus vegetarian food and refreshments from the Wildflour Cafe here at Saddlescombe Farm. Tractor and trailer rides will be running subject to weather conditions. There will be activities running for children from the National Trust (bread making on the 24th March) RSPB (25th March and 1st April), Red Fox Forest School (24th and 25th March), also local butchers Garlic Wood will have a butchery stall selling Saddlescombe meat and other local produce to take home.

A coin found near Devil’s Dyke (some time ago)

Coin found near Devil's Dyke

  • Obverse — A head in profile to the right, the hair, face, nose, and eyes being formed by an extraordinary assemblage of curves
  • Reverse — A horse to the right similarly drawn; below, a boar.
  • Æ weight 90 grains.

This coin is one of a class belonging to and found very frequently in the Channel Islands. They resemble the Gaulish series more than the British, though they are not unfrequently found in England. The present example was discovered near the Dyke, and is of bronze.

[Excerpt from Ernest H. Willett 1879-80 The Ancient British Coins of Sussex, Lewes: Alexander Rivington, page 42.]

Local WWII history pamphlet available now

Derek Martin WSCT March 2018
Pat Nightingale and Ken Wilson-Wheeler have just published World War Two in Beeding and Bramber, the follow-up to their WWI book. Like the earlier volume, this profusely illustrated 43 page pamphlet covers Beeding, Bramber, Edburton, Fulking and Small Dole. The topics include evacuees, conscription, the Home Guard, air raids, farming, Canadian soldiers, casualties, the war memorials, and brief biographies of those who died including Flight Sergeant James William Lucas (son of Percy Lucas) and Chief Officer John A. Ridge, both of Fulking.

The pamphlet is available at Steyning Bookshop in Steyning High Street and at Beeding Newsagents in Upper Beeding High Street, price £6. It should soon also be available from Steyning Museum. The first (WWI) book remains available at £12. Both items can also be ordered direct from Pat on 01903-812847.