Bobservation No. 51 — Christmas ..

Something of a strange Christmas without Graham’s Carol Service at St Andrews. I cannot understand, whatever the ramifications, why he had to leave in mid November. Surely another few weeks would have been the civilized way for him to bow out.

However, life goes on and the annual village Christmas party is in the village hall on Saturday 8th December from 6 till 8pm and by now you should have received an attractive invitation kindly donated by Ceri. The Social Committee have invited Graham, councillors from County, District and the neighbouring parish of Poynings.

Mulled, red and white wine, beer and soft drinks will be available as will savoury finger food brought by villagers. This evening is such a great chance for all of the villagers to get together. Children are most welcome. It is occasions like this that make Fulking such a vibrant community so please do come along even if you can only stay for a short time.

What a splendid Christmas present to be able to report that refurbishment is taking place of the run down properties in Stammers Hill. Congratulations and thanks to the freeholder and the lessee who is undertaking the work.

The Social Committee AGM will be held on Thurs Feb 7th at 8pm in the village hall. The financial Report for 2018 will be presented and the election of Chair and Treasurer will be subject to a vote by the Committee. All villagers are welcome and we are always looking for new members to assist with various activities including the Fair and Dog show on Sunday 28th July 2019.

A Bobservation reply…

Clipping of websiteBobservations are intended to ‘stir things up a bit’ as well as inform residents – here a comment on a recent observation-from-Bob, from Michael Trist, who knows a thing or two…

I was pleased to read Bobservation 47 (Village Demography), just as I am pleased to read all of the many and varied articles on this wonderful website.  I am moved to respond, in support of Bob’s latest words, as I have ‘been there, done that’ with the Social Committee and its predecessors over the years.

I too have lived in Fulking for 26 years and observed similar trends in demography etc.  I know what it’s like to juggle family life with little ones to care for (actually, just the one in my case), a career, and all the other many demands on our precious time.  Before my health started to take unpredictable twists and turns some years ago, I did manage to somehow cram in some time to run things like the Barn Dances (anyone remember the wonderful ‘Moves Afoot’ band?) in the marquee in North Town Field, and help out wherever I could with the various incarnations of the Village Fair that have existed over the years.

Bob refers to Fulking as a More…

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Riparian Responsibilities

Riparian Responsibilities

If you have a watercourse, ditch, stream, river or culvert on, or next to, your land, you are known as a ‘riparian owner’. Riparian owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of watercourses on their land to ensure that they are not a flood risk to other people or property. Well maintained watercourses can significantly benefit the local community by reducing flood risk and creating habitats for wildlife.

Under law, the riparian responsibilities for landowners are to:

  1. Ensure the flow of water is not obstructed or polluted;
  2. Maintain the bottom and sides of the watercourse (including managing any trees and vegetation growing on the banks);
  3. Remove any obstructions, such as rubbish, fallen branches or garden waste;
  4. Maintain any structures (such as trash screens, culverts, weirs and mill gates) on it.

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