Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 19th 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.
Curiosity took me to Bob’s Café in Poynings on my way back from Henfield on Wednesday. It is not in the old white van, as I had previously supposed. It is beyond the playing field car park, just through the gate, before the swings. The cafe is in a splendid well-furnished building with tables, benches, chairs, cushions, cake stands with home-made cakes, bone china cups for tea, and an expresso machine There are two rooms and plenty of additional seating outside when the weather permits. There are toilets and dog water bowls too.
I was there late afternoon and met several people coming and going. One man had come to see the impressive exhibition of well-framed black and white photographs taken by a Poynings resident. Another man came to leave a message before setting off soon to Vietnam. Two people went outside to play table tennis. And then a young woman came in with her smiling twelve month old boy in her arms. She had just moved into Poynings a week or two ago. I learned that Poynings still has allotments.
I even picked up some Fulking news about the closure of The Street on Monday evening. Apparently, a runaway car had straddled the road, completely blocking any way through. My informant had been in a car en route to Poynings after an evening in Lancing. They had no choice but to turn their car round and take a longer route back.
How do you meet new neighbours? Do you feel lonely? Do you just knock on a door? Well now there is Bob’s Café. Good luck to it. I had such a good time there — I shall go again and I hope other visitors from Fulking will enjoy it as much as I did.
Gill Milner, The Old Post Office
Bob’s Café opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00–5:00.
Pyecombe Village Choir will be singing songs from musicals in Fulking Village Hall on Saturday 1st September at 3:00pm, followed by tea and cake. Donations towards Fulking Village Hall. If you miss this event, they will be singing again on Sunday 2nd Sept at 6:00pm in Pyecombe Church in aid of The Marfan Syndrome Trust.
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.
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 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.