Mycology on Wolstonbury Hill

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 nominated for CPRE award

Saddlescombe Farm award

Saddlescombe Farm is run by tenant farmers, Camilla and Rory Puzey who open their doors to the public for lambing weekends and educational visits throughout the year. They also offer a unique Shepherd for the Day experience and Green Gym sessions which encourage people to get fit by doing conservation work. The couple say the shepherding idea came from a friend. The idea quickly developed and now the farm holds a variety of shepherding experiences for individuals, couples and families — there are even corporate team building events which conclude with a Shepherding Challenge.

Small Dole Flower Show

Probably not grown in Small Dole
From 1:30pm–5:00pm on Saturday August 12th 2017 in the Mackley Sports Field. There will be a dog show, stalls from local charities and societies, amusements for children, music from the Patcham Silver Band and refreshments. The marquee will hold displays of oddly shaped vegetables, local produce, handicrafts, art, photography, cooking and flowers. The Bert & Vera Fish Cup will be awarded for the best dahlia exhibit.

Bobservation 34: Village Pulls Together – Fulking Fair Report

Well! with your help, if you did, and without it, if you didn’t, we had a couple of very successful and enjoyable events with the Call my Bluff on Friday 28th July and the Fair on Sunday 30th July. Fortunately, the weather was kind. Financially both events resulted in a good surplus (details will follow). Regarding the Fair, it is interesting that ‘the best laid plans ..’ inasmuch as the scheduled Punjabi Street Food was nominated for the final of the British street food completion on the same day as the fair, the pony lady decided that the available space was not for her, the music guys had a wobble over insurance, Bubble Pop was booked elsewhere and Sussex Wildlife were understaffed and could not come.

It is a great learning curve that something as simple as a village fair requires so much input by quite a few dedicated people to make it successful. Heaven knows what it must be like organising the Chelsea Flower Show. I take my hat off to them! Having said all that, the team put together what was possibly the best Fair we have ever had.

Many thanks to all involved, you were terrific!  Great Teas (and cake donations — over £500 raised!), BBQ, Bar, Food, Music, Stalls, Tombola, Parking, Tug-of-War, Kids Games, Puppets, Steam engine and anything I have left out.

As for the Call my Bluff, the Shepherd & Dog changed their wine supplier a couple  of weeks before the event  which meant a last minute scramble to get wines for the quiz sorted and it turned out they were very good indeed. Dave and Emily, as usual, proved to be the backbone of the evening. Tania was a brilliant first timer on the top table and I enjoyed myself. Louise managed to get £300+ from raffle tickets and Pam washed up all the glasses afterwards. Thanks to everyone who came and proved that this can be a really successful evening without becoming the drunken mess that has sometimes happened in the past. It was one of the best we have had. Long may it continue!