Bobservation No.36: Social Committee

Entrance to NTF on Fair DayThe results of this year’s fair were a very creditable profit of £1,450. This was assisted by the generosity of the Shepherd & Dog donating the net cost of the marquee and furnishings after allowing for the Call My Bluff net income.
The fair is organised by the Fulking Social Committee with the vital help of volunteers who are the backbone of the event. Full accounts of the fair are available from Nick Hughes the treasurer.
Dates for your diaries are:
Friday 8th December – Christmas Party in the village hall from 6pm, which I now know clashes with the village ladies pub night at the Shepherd & Dog but hopefully these ladies will be able to call in and say Merry Christmas on their way;
Friday 27th July 2018 – Call My Bluff in the marquee in the North Town Field and
Sunday 29 July 2018 – Fulking Fair also in the North Town Field from noon till 4pm.

The bottom line of all this is to get some more members of the Social Committee. It is only as onerous as you want it to be and you will be welcomed with enthusiasm. We meet about half a dozen times a year generally on a midweek evening at 8pm and have an Annual General Meeting which this time will be in the village hall at 7pm on Wednesday 31 January 2018.
The Social Committee is a great way for new arrivals and their families to meet other villagers and offer new ideas. Please give me a call on 271 or email me at bob.pamrowland@btinternet.com if you are interested in joining us.

Lastly I understand that Harry & Charmayne Diamond have sold Downside and will be leaving us after Christmas. They have been such an important part of the Social Committee and their generous loan of Downside Meadow has meant a big difference in being able to hold the annual fair. I am sure all villagers would want to wish them every happiness in their next home.

Bobservation 34: Village Pulls Together – Fulking Fair Report

Well! with your help, if you did, and without it, if you didn’t, we had a couple of very successful and enjoyable events with the Call my Bluff on Friday 28th July and the Fair on Sunday 30th July. Fortunately, the weather was kind. Financially both events resulted in a good surplus (details will follow). Regarding the Fair, it is interesting that ‘the best laid plans ..’ inasmuch as the scheduled Punjabi Street Food was nominated for the final of the British street food completion on the same day as the fair, the pony lady decided that the available space was not for her, the music guys had a wobble over insurance, Bubble Pop was booked elsewhere and Sussex Wildlife were understaffed and could not come.

It is a great learning curve that something as simple as a village fair requires so much input by quite a few dedicated people to make it successful. Heaven knows what it must be like organising the Chelsea Flower Show. I take my hat off to them! Having said all that, the team put together what was possibly the best Fair we have ever had.

Many thanks to all involved, you were terrific!  Great Teas (and cake donations — over £500 raised!), BBQ, Bar, Food, Music, Stalls, Tombola, Parking, Tug-of-War, Kids Games, Puppets, Steam engine and anything I have left out.

As for the Call my Bluff, the Shepherd & Dog changed their wine supplier a couple  of weeks before the event  which meant a last minute scramble to get wines for the quiz sorted and it turned out they were very good indeed. Dave and Emily, as usual, proved to be the backbone of the evening. Tania was a brilliant first timer on the top table and I enjoyed myself. Louise managed to get £300+ from raffle tickets and Pam washed up all the glasses afterwards. Thanks to everyone who came and proved that this can be a really successful evening without becoming the drunken mess that has sometimes happened in the past. It was one of the best we have had. Long may it continue!

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.


Bobservation No. 31

Bob's pinboard
This year Fulking Fair and the Call my Bluff evening will be held on the North Town Field. The Fair will be on Sunday 30th July from 12:00 noon until 5:00pm and Call my Bluff on Friday 28th July at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.

The Fair will have hot and cold food including fish & chips, Rushfields Pies and Punjabi Street Food. The Shepherd & Dog have kindly donated the hire of the marquee and will have a bar there during the fair. Live music will be provided by Sold as Seen and other local groups throughout the afternoon. There will be over thirty stalls with demonstrations, crafts, food and drinks. Children’s entertainment will include face painting, pony rides, bouncy castle, stocks, a puppet show, Bubble Pop and other games. Teas and cakes will be served in the Village Hall. Along the Street there will be a number of villager operated stalls including ice cream and burgers. Admission and parking will be free. The latest news is that there will be tug-of-war competitions including a response to a challenge from Poynings.

The Call my Bluff evening will consist of twelve tables of eight participants pondering over eight wines and sustaining themselves on superior nibbles. Places are £15 per head and the expert panel delivering the descriptions of the wines will include an aged parishioner and a well-known landlord. To reserve a table (or individual seats) please phone Emily at the Shepherd & Dog on 857382.

Both of these events are in aid of refurbishing the village hall and deserve your wholehearted support. The Fulking Social Committee have given a great deal of their time to the preparation of both days but still need helpers at the Fair itself. If you can spare a bit of time on the Sunday please give me a call (271) or email. We need you.

Lastly there will almost certainly be some disruption to the movement of traffic through the village on 30th July. Please do your best to assist by avoiding driving in the Street between 11:00am and 6:00pm. Apologies and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Parish Council Meeting – 12th January 2017 7:30pm – Village Hall

Fulking Parish Council will hold their quarterly meeting at 7:30 on Thursday January 12th 2017 in the Village Hall — agenda.

PARISH COUNCIL AGENDA
1. Chairman’s Welcome.
2. Apologies.
3. Declarations of Interest.
4. Approval of minutes 13th October 2016
5. Matters arising from the above minutes not on the agenda: (North Town Field trees)
6. Reports from MSDC Councillors & WSCC Councillor Peter Griffiths
7. Comments from the floor.
8. Development/Planning transfer to SDNPA feedback.
9. Ladybrook Spring maintenance update.
10. Neighbourhood Plan discussion
11. Drainage along Edburton Road update
12. Fulking Village Action Plan update & Procedure Revision
13. Increased traffic in Clappers Lane update.
14. Transparency funding update.
15. Clappers Lane drainage and Operation Watershed update.
16. Proposed parking measures West of Lady Brook Spring update.
17. Dog waste bins update.
18. Hillside bridle path drainage-flooding on Poynings Road & ‘the Deans’
19. SDNP Survey update
20. Brighton & Hove Land Sales.
21. Financial Matters (including Cheque List & Stubbs, Income & Expenditure to date, Budget v’s actual, quarterly bank reconciliation.
22. 2017/18 Precept.
23. Date of next meetings: 13th April, 13th July, and 12th October. APM/AGM 11th May 2017.

Members of the Press and Public are welcome to attend.

Derek Blackhall – Clerk to Fulking Parish Council
01273-846186
22 Kymer Gardens,
Keymer, Hassocks
West Sussex BN6 8QZ
parishclerk@fulking.net