Old Time Music Hall Singalong

Music Hall posters
To be held at St. Andrew’s on Friday 29th September at 7.30pm. The singing will be led by The Pyecombe Village Choir and tickets, priced at £10, include supper of bangers, beans and baked potatoes and a welcome drink. Numbers will be limited. To buy tickets, or for more details, please email StAndrewsEdburton@yahoo.co.uk, or phone 07812-465-559. Tickets available now.

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.

Umi Sinha Belonging

Umi Sinha 2015 Belonging
Over the hill in Brighton they have “The City Reads”. Now we have the “Downland Villages Read”. We will be holding a “meet the author” evening later this summer, as a fundraiser for local churches, but in the meantime we invite all villagers in Edburton, Fulking, Newtimber, Poynings and Pyecombe to read the book. Maybe if you are in a book group you could choose it as your next read. Belonging by Umi Sinha has been chosen for this inaugural event. It is partly set in a small Sussex village in a fold of the South Downs and I am sure that you will all recognise the locations it describes in Sussex. This fascinating book tells the interwoven story of three generations, from the time of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War, and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. This is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila Langdon’s story of exile to England, through her grandmother Cecily’s letters home from India, and through the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca. Umi was born in India and moved to England when she was fifteen and manages to bring the settings both in India and Sussex alive.

Get your copy now from Amazon or order through us to save on the postage by emailing downlandbenefice@icloud.com

Stephanie Anderson, Communications Officer, Downlands Benefice

Beauty and The Beast

Edmund Evans Beauty and the BeastIt’s what you have all been waiting for — following four sell-out years of panto fun at Poynings, the people of Poynings return in the New Year with the magical, magnificent tale of Beauty & The Beast. Join us for an exciting love story which will tickle your French fancy! This spectacular show has all the elements you’d expect from a traditional pantomime with loads of silliness to boot! Come and see the story unfold!

  • Friday 13th January 8:00pm, all tickets £8 Refreshments available to include a glass of wine
  • Saturday 14th January 3:00pm, adults £8, under-12s £3
  • Saturday 14th January 8:00pm, all tickets £8 Refreshments available to include a glass of wine
  • Sunday 15th January 3:00pm, adults £8, under-12s £3

Get your tickets by clicking on the image above or call in at the Royal Oak in Poynings, the best bargain of 2017. The tickets will be emailed to you. It is not automated so will not happen immediately, the Beast has large hooves and tends to chew the keyboard so it may take him a while to send them. The tickets do not reserve seats, first come first seated.