Wreath DIY at Saddlescombe

Christmas Wreaths National Trust 2015
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in front of log burning stoves. Mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will be included.

Three sessions available: 18th–20th December 2016, from 10:00am–12:00 noon. Booking essential.

Poynings Bonfire & Fireworks

Poynings bonfire and fireworks
Join Poynings for their bonfire and fireworks at the Blacksmith Field (behind Forge Garage) on Saturday 4th November. The procession will leave the Royal Oak at 6:25pm approximately. Lighting of the fire and fireworks will follow. Please give generously on the gate. If it follows the pattern of previous years, there will be some food and drink available but the Poynings authorities have yet to confirm that.

You can take material to the bonfire 9:00am–5:00pm, October 17th–November 1st. It must be taken to the bonfire site, not left on the Forge forecourt. Clean burning material only — wood, cardboard — but no tyres, plastic, metal, etc.

Mycology on Wolstonbury Hill

Inedibilia
Friday 13th October 2017 from 9:30 to 15:00. The order of the day: 9:30am meet at Saddlescombe; 10:00am go out hunting for fungi in Wolstonbury woods and across open downland; 12:00 noon lunch, with glorious views across Sussex; 2:00pm return to Saddlescombe Farm for a cup of tea and cake in the new heated barn; 2:15pm go through our finds with expert mycologist, Martin Allison and look at some of the more interesting species under the microscope; 3:00pm finish. Booking essential.

Bake bread at Saddlescombe

Clay oven
Learn how to bake bread al fresco in a clay oven the old fashioned way this autumn:

  • Monday 9th October 2017
  • Monday 23rd October 2017
  • Monday 6th November 2017
  • Monday 20th November 2017
  • Monday 4th December 2017

We’ll be baking directly on the clay oven floor so there won’t be a tin or thermometer in sight. All ingredients to make the bread are provided, but feel to bring your own additions to eat it warm afterwards. Bring an apron. Children are welcome with adults. Please park opposite Saddlescombe Farm entrance, walk into the farm and follow sign opposite the pond. Details here. Booking essential.

Fungal Foray

The Devil's Dyke fungi hunt - part 1
Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 6th October from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Wear suitable clothing and bring lunch. Tea and cake will be served upon return to Saddlescombe. Supervised children are welcome. Booking essential. Click the image for more information.

Poynings Apple Day

The Poynings Apple Press
Sunday 17th September in Poynings Village Hall. Apple pressing starts at 11:30am. Have your own apples pressed at 50p per litre. Bring your own containers or buy one litre bottles at 25p each. Wash your apples beforehand or wash them on site.

Best Apple Crumble Competition: entries 11:00am–1:00pm in the Village Hall (£1.00 per entry); judging 1:00pm–2:00pm (followed by trophy presentation). Open to Poynings, Fulking and Newtimber residents.

Refreshments, stalls, apple bobbing, raffle prizes very welcome.

Sheila Marshall (01273 857482)

Saddlescombe Farm Heritage Open Day

Saddlescombe Farm postbox
Tours of the 17th century Threshing Barn, Tudor Scullery and Donkey Wheel. You can also venture further afield for tours on surrounding Newtimber Hill. Refreshments at the new Wild Flour cafe. Children and dogs welcome. Parking £2 — follow signposts near Devil’s Dyke on the day. Sunday 10th September 2017, 10:30am–3:30pm, free admission.