Bobservations are intended to ‘stir things up a bit’ as well as inform residents – here a comment on a recent observation-from-Bob, from Michael Trist, who knows a thing or two…
I was pleased to read Bobservation 47 (Village Demography), just as I am pleased to read all of the many and varied articles on this wonderful website. I am moved to respond, in support of Bob’s latest words, as I have ‘been there, done that’ with the Social Committee and its predecessors over the years.
I too have lived in Fulking for 26 years and observed similar trends in demography etc. I know what it’s like to juggle family life with little ones to care for (actually, just the one in my case), a career, and all the other many demands on our precious time. Before my health started to take unpredictable twists and turns some years ago, I did manage to somehow cram in some time to run things like the Barn Dances (anyone remember the wonderful ‘Moves Afoot’ band?) in the marquee in North Town Field, and help out wherever I could with the various incarnations of the Village Fair that have existed over the years.
Bob refers to Fulking as a “delightful place”. That phrase is worth pondering for a moment:
as well as living in a stunning location, we also have so much talent, energy, and love nestled in the homes of our community. We just need to tap in to a little of that ‘social reservoir’ and garner a few hours a year from enough people to make our social events happen: it’s really not as onerous as you might imagine. As Bob implies, the baton needs to be passed from those who have carried it for many years, on to those who have yet to take their turn. Please step in and help to nurture the spirit of what has been built up over the last couple of decades (and well before that). Watch this website for the dates of the meetings of the Social Committee, and come along to see how you can invest just a little of your time to reap very satisfying and enjoyable returns.
Finally, I cannot finish without paying tribute to Bob himself. I hope he doesn’t mind me calling him a Village Veteran: he has steered so many events himself, generously contributed his adding-up skills as a retired accountant, and has thrown a seemingly endless amount of energy in to our community. There are many other names I could mention (you know who you are) who have also given your time and energy, but Bob is at, or very near, the top of the list of when it comes to his relentless efforts to make Fulking a very special place to live. Thank you Bob.