Luna is missing

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 ( 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.


  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 or pop a note through her letterbox at number 11 in advance of the meeting.

Miles Firth and Linda Dyos

Bobservation No. 32: Farewell to Tony and Doris

Tony and Doris Brooks at Hillbrook May 2017

Tony and Doris Brooks outside Hillbrook in May 2017
Tony and Doris Brooks came to Fulking to live at Hillbrook in 1970 and built the existing bungalow themselves in 1975.They then successfully ran Hillbrook Nursery until 1998 when they retired.

In the 47 years they lived in Fulking they have been stalwarts of all village activity and will be much missed. Tony has been a councillor and chairman of the parish council as well as one of the driving forces of the Social Committee. His authorship of the two volumes of The Changing Times of Fulking and Edburton which he published in 2007 & 2015 is an historical gem so far as the village is concerned and remains the important source of village information. Incidentally the proceeds of the sale of this work were, most generously, donated to the St Andrews church restoration fund.

Personally, I have been fortunate to come into contact with Tony over village matters many times and his honest and direct approach has been a great asset. I regret to say that their departure virtually brings to the end the era of a particularly dedicated type of villager, many of the recent arrivals to the village do not seem to me to be as interested or committed to Fulking.

Please join me in wishing Tony and Doris much happiness in their new home in Hassocks. We shall miss them.

Call My Bluff

Wine Quiz
Call my Bluff wine quiz in the marquee in the North Town Field on the evening of Friday 28th July, 7:00 for 7:30pm. Free parking. Tables of eight participants at £15 per person to include superior wines and very tasty finger food. Prize for winning table. Contact Bob Rowland on 271 to reserve a table. Early booking essential to avoid disappointment.

Bobservation No. 29 – Spring at Furzefield

Collage of animals over bluebell wood

We have lived at Furzefield in Clappers Lane for 24 years and every year, as Spring approaches, it is a delight to see Crocus, Daffodil, Primrose and Snowdrop appearing.

Apart from the annual display of bluebells we have had the pleasure of living with many species of tree, including Oak, Hazel, Field Maple, Scots Pine, Spindle, Holly, Ash, Yew, Silver and Copper Birch.

The wild life has been extensive: mammals include Badger, Roe Deer, Grey Squirrel, Stoat, Weasel, Rabbit, Harvest and Field Mouse, Pigmy and Common Shrew, Bank Vole, Pipistrelle, Noctule and Serotine Bat. We have Common Lizard, Toad and Frog, Smooth Newt, Grass Snake, Glow-worm and Slowworm. Butterflies have numbered 27 different types including Purple Hairstreak and Clouded Yellow. Dragonflies are numerous.

Wild flora, as well as those already mentioned, Foxglove, Greater Stitchwort, Red Campion, Wood Anemone and Violet. One of the biggest attractions has been the birdlife, some 80 different species; the star turns being single sightings of Wryneck, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Kingfisher. I should add the Hummingbird Hawk Moths.

It has been our aim to preserve the wildlife and manage the flora and although this means quite a lot of effort, the results have been very rewarding. The badgers are always entertaining and there are good views most evenings, particularly as the days lengthen.

As for the bluebells, some years are better than others, 2016 being particularly good but even in a bad year the display and scent are pretty impressive. It has been our pleasure to have villagers, their families and friends wander around at bluebell time, usually end of April and beginning of May.