Bobservation No.35


We have put Furzefield on the market because we are finding it very difficult to keep on top of the regular land maintenance which becomes more onerous with age creeping along (rapidly!) Needless to say, we had mixed feelings about doing this. Our main concern is that the incoming owners understand and protect the land in its natural state.

After twenty-five years of involvement with Fulking it is very hard to think of living anywhere else and the availability of suitable small bungalows with less land in the village is practically zero. Our estate agents have done a magnificent job of presenting the property in the best possible light and the response has exceeded all expectations, both theirs and ours.

The stress of having potential viewers, nine in the first eight days, would seem unimportant, but it is very demanding. It is interesting how many of them wanted to extend the property in one way or another. It seems to be out of fashion to buy the size of house you want.

The biggest problem is where we are going to go next and I suppose deep down there is an impractical hope that we will not sell and have to stay! Time will tell and in the meanwhile with your patience and support I would like to continue with Bobservations as long as we remain in Fulking. It was flattering that one of the potential buyers had taken the trouble to read all 34 of the Bobservations to get an idea of what happens in the village.

Another thing, the advertised meeting in the Village Hall to have villagers engage in a discussion about the future of Pigeon Post was poorly attended. It may be that very few villagers read Pigeon Post in which case it is quite possible that it will cease in its current paper version. I think this would be a shame but quite understand that it is time someone else picked up the editorial reins.

Tombola

tombola
Fulking Fair is to have a bottle tombola and thus we need anything alcoholic (preferably), soft drinks, shampoo, ketchup, deodorant — basically anything new and unopened in a bottle. There will also be a kids’ tombola so sweets, toys, books, etc. will be welcome for that.

You can either drop stuff off at 13 Clappers Lane or call me on 773 and I will collect. All profits go directly to the Fulking village social fund.

Louise

Luna is missing

Luna
Luna is wearing a gold collar with her name and home (Oldwood, Clappers Lane) on the tag. If you see her, please call Karen Healy (karenmariehealy@icloud.com) on 07730 511503.

Luna has now returned home from her adventures and this post can be ignored.

Parish Council Meeting – 13th July 2017 7:30pm – Village Hall

Fulking Parish Council will hold their quarterly meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday July 13th 2017 in the Village Hall — agenda.

PARISH COUNCIL AGENDA

  1. Chairman’s Welcome.
  2. Apologies.
  3. Declarations of Interest.
  4. Approval of minutes of 6th March, 11th & 13th April, and 11th & 18th May, 2017
  5. Reports from MSDC Councillors & WSCC Councillor Joy Dennis
  6. Comments from the floor.

Matters arising from the above minutes not on the agenda: Ladybrook Spring maintenance update-Michael; Drainage along Edburton Road update-Michael; Hillside drainage-Miles; HGV sign update-Miles; Proposed parking measures West of Lady Brook Spring update-Mark; Preston Nomads entrance-Miles.

  1. Clappers Lane Update-Miles/Linda
  2. Operation Watershed update-Derek
  3. Transparency update-Derek
  4. Proposed annual review of procedures-Derek
  5. NTF insurance update-Miles
  6. Playground inspection/maintenance update-Derek
  7. Proposed 2018 meeting dates approval; 11th January, 12th April, 12th July, 11th October, AGM 3rd May-all
  8. Financial Matters (including Cheque List & Stubbs, Income & Expenditure to date, Budget v’s actual, quarterly bank reconciliation.
  9. Date of next meeting: 12th October, 2017.

Members of the Press and Public are welcome to attend.


Parking in Clappers Lane

Garages in Clappers Lane

Residents of Clappers Lane will hold a meeting in the Village Hall on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm to discuss parking at the southern end of Clappers Lane. All villagers are welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion. The aim of the meeting is to look for solutions to ease parking for those without off-road parking — specifically residents between 5 and 27 Clappers Lane.

Most of us are aware of a number of recent incidents because of too many cars parked along a very narrow stretch of Clappers Lane and very large vehicles travelling regularly along the lane causing obstructions and accidents. It has also had a knock-on effect for parking in The Street.

Do come along with comments and suggestions. If you can’t attend and want to contribute your ideas, please email Linda Dyos at linda.dyos@fulking.plus.com or pop a note through her letterbox at number 11 in advance of the meeting.

Miles Firth and Linda Dyos