Bobservation 46: Village Happenings

Call My Bluff Fulking 2018
Call My Bluff
We have been doing a Call My Bluff evening for quite a few years now and the original formula seems to continue to be popular. On Friday 27th July the evening was as riotous as ever with some really obscure wines. Eight tables of eight contestants and the winning  table succeeded in spite of protests about skulduggery, which were ignored by the judges, one of whom was persuaded by the flattering limerick that won the tiebreak!. Once again many thanks to Dave and Emily from the Shepherd & Dog for all their generosity and hard work, Jackie for her knowledgeable performance, Michael for his complicated scoring, Jay and Louise for such a good raffle, Nick for everything and the few of you who helped clear up afterwards.

Fulking Fair
The Fair was cancelled due to incredibly unlucky stormy weather in the middle of a heat wave. This was most disappointing after all the hard work that had gone into all of the preparation. The Social Committee and helpers give up a lot of their spare time to create an annual event which has become a feature of the Sussex summer. Many thanks to all of them.

Allsorts Fun Dog Show
To try to salvage something from the cancellation of the Fair an Allsorts Fun Dog Show will now take place in the North Town Field on Sunday 5 August from midday till 4pm. Parking in Downside Meadow. Light refreshments and ice creams will be available and of course the Shepherd & Dog will be open as usual. If you have a dog PLEASE join us, if you don’t then borrow one!

Bob’s Community Café

Bob's Community Cafe
Bob’s Community Café at Poynings Recreation Ground is opening today, Monday 30th (11:00am–5:00pm). We also hope to be open on Wednesdays and Fridays (11:00am–5:00pm), each week. We will have indoor and outdoor seating and be selling espresso, teas, home-made cakes, fresh sandwiches, ices and more. This is intended as a ‘community hub’ to bring people together but it must be remembered that we still have to cover the substantial costs of insurance, rent, etc.

Sheila Marshall

The devil’s other pub

Inn at Devil's Dyke
Although it rarely features here, readers will be familiar with the Devil’s Dyke Hotel. You may even be able to see it from where you live. However, you may not have realized that there is another pub up there, a mere 634 yards (0.36 miles) away from the latter. But further information is scanty:

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There is a wooded area at the top of the Dyke — could this pub be in there somewhere?

Beginners’ Writing Course

Creative Writing 101

2:00–4:00pm on Fridays 20th, 27th July, 3rd, 10th August 2018
at the Community Cafe, Poynings sports field

Writing exercises and friendly support to kick start and develop your ideas — we all have a story to tell. Contact Sandra Slinger on 01273 857205 for more information and to secure your place.

Four weeks for £20.00. All contributions will be donated to the Poynings Community Cafe. Tea and cakes will be available for purchase.

Bobservation 45: Fulking Fair

Becoming quite an annual habit, Fulking Fair is again with us, this time on Sunday 29th July from midday until 5pm and Allsorts Dog Rescue are joining us from 12.30 until 3pm with a ’fun’ dog show.
The Fair will be opened by the Marta Scott dancers moving from the car park in Downside Meadow along the Street to the North Town Field at 12 noon. There will be an extensive array of stalls along the Street including Fish & chips outside the Old Post Office. Teas and excellent home made cakes can be had at the village hall.
Pony rides for children at the back of the Shepherd & Dog which itself will be open for business. Once again they have generously donated the marquee hire and will be running the bar in the North Town Field where there will be live music led by local group Sold as Seen supported by the Shoreham all stars and others.
A good range of hot and cold food including Rushfields pies, Artisan Bakehouse, French Revolution crepes, Doughnuts and Ice Creams.
Childrens’ games will have Puppet show, Tattoo painting, a Bouncy Castle, Stocks, Coconut Shy, Whack the Rat, Hook the Duck and more. Tombola for adults and one for children. Lots of craft and produce stalls and demonstrations. Tug of War competitions for all ages, sizes and whatever will follow the dog show.
There may be traffic hold ups in the Street and if possible it would be best if village drivers can avoid using the Street at all on that day. We put a lot of work into making this fair enjoyable so why not come and support us with your families and dog(s) and enjoy the day with us?

Footnote
Had a male Purple Emperor butterfly land on Pam’s shoulder today!