The gardens at Newtimber Place will be open as part of the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) on Sunday 15th April between 2:00pm and 5:30pm. The gardens are lovely at this time of year with stunning daffodils and beautiful fritillaries. Beautiful Grade I listed C16/C17 moated house (not open). Gardens and woods full of bulbs and wild flowers in spring. Herbaceous border and lawns. Moat flanked by water plants. Mature trees. Wild garden, ducks, chickens and fish. Tea and home made cakes in aid of the church. There are ducks, chickens and guinea fowl wandering around so dogs need to be kept on a lead. Admission £5.00, children free.
As Christmas approaches, our thoughts could be on those unfortunates who lack a roof over their heads, it is disturbing that at least three properties in the village are permanently unoccupied as well as one other that is used as a holiday home. The villagers concerned will know which houses I am referring to and I plead with them, in the spirit of Christmas, to rent or put their properties up for sale on the open market as soon as possible. If all the empty properties in Britain were occupied the housing crisis would be largely solved.
By now you will have received an invitation to the annual Fulking Village Christmas Party which is being held in the village hall on Friday 8th December from 6 till 8pm. The Social Committee puts a lot of work into this event believing it to be for the benefit of the village as a whole, giving newcomers the chance to meet longer established villagers and the latter to meet up with old friends and acquaintances. Entrance is free, as are the mulled wine, beers, soft drinks and a variety of other wines. All that you are asked to do is arrive with a plate, small or large, of savoury nibbles. Children are very welcome. Bring plenty of cash for the raffle!
Looking in BN5 magazine, I see a 2 page spread of a calendar of activities at the Shepherd & Dog during December which is, as I would expect, very exciting. In particular there is a kids’ party on 23 December from 4 till 6pm and activities for the young ones on several other dates. What a good way for parents to get a bit of peace! Look on the pub’s web-site.
Many thanks to Chris, Jen and Pam for resurrecting Pigeon Post on a quarterly (?) basis. They follow in the tradition of Nick and Jill, Richard, Aidan, John and Miles; the previous editors. My own opinion is that it is essential to have a medium including a hard copy by which the village can be kept informed of relevant local news.
Lastly I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and many thanks to my good friends on the Social Committee who generously give up their time to make this a really special village to live in. Fulking Fair will be on Sunday 29th July 2018. Please put it in your diary.
Pauline Findlay writes:
It would be lovely if you can join me and a few fellow artists for a glass of mulled wine at our Christmas Open House at Broadreeds, The Street, Fulking BN5 9LU.
We will be open on Friday 1st December from 5:00pm until 8:00pm and on Saturday 2nd December from 11:00am until 3:00pm, with refreshments in support of Macmillan (cakes, mulled wine, tea and coffee).
Gift vouchers available.
At the risk of being corrected over omissions I think that over the last seven years, the number of properties sold, for sale or for letting in Fulking has been interesting. A little research shows that the properties involved in migration of any sort were:
Arcadia, Badger Brook, Badgerwood House, Barn Cottage, The Cabbage Patch, 15,21,29 & 41 Clappers Lane, Customary Cottage, Downside, Four Acres, Furzefield, Hillbrook, Hillside, Kent Cottage, Little Down, The Old Bakehouse, Oldwood, The Paddock, Perching Barn, Perching Manor, Pippins, 2 Septima Cottages, 1 & 2 Southview Cottages, 3 Teapot Row, Thatchly, Timbers, West Dean, West Orchard, Yew Tree Cottage.
That is 32 out of 137 or 23% of properties either sold, let or offered for sale! I find this interesting because in a parish like Fulking there is an old world feeling of permanence of residence which obviously is incorrect. As for Furzefield I think the impossibility of finding a suitable property in Henfield to move to may scupper any hopes you may have of stopping future Bobservations!
Most recent emigrants are Clive and Kate both of whom we shall miss. Kate was a very good Chair of the Parish Council at a difficult time. Parking will be easier in the Street!
Fun Dog Show
It has been agreed to hold a fun dog show in the North Town Field as part of the fair on Sunday July 29th 2018. Is there someone who would like to take on the organisation of this lighthearted event with full support from the Social Committee? If you would like to discuss it give me call on 857271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have not already looked at the magnificent Fulking Village web-site I suggest you take the trouble to look at ‘About our village’ and scroll down to ‘House Map’. Every residence in the parish has been marked on the map and indeed so have properties adjacent to Fulking. What a lot of amazing information has been put at everyone’s disposal. Many thanks to Gerald, John and Miles for putting all this together.
October 15th — a traditional Harvest Festival Service at 11.00am will be followed by our ever popular harvest picnic lunch (which must be ordered in advance). The picnic will take place inside St. Andrew’s, or outside if the weather permits.
Amazing Harvest Hamper raffle. We welcome all parishioners to this event. To order picnics (£6.50), phone Jane Warne on 07812-465-559 or email email@example.com.
We have put Furzefield on the market because we are finding it very difficult to keep on top of the regular land maintenance which becomes more onerous with age creeping along (rapidly!) Needless to say, we had mixed feelings about doing this. Our main concern is that the incoming owners understand and protect the land in its natural state.
After twenty-five years of involvement with Fulking it is very hard to think of living anywhere else and the availability of suitable small bungalows with less land in the village is practically zero. Our estate agents have done a magnificent job of presenting the property in the best possible light and the response has exceeded all expectations, both theirs and ours.
The stress of having potential viewers, nine in the first eight days, would seem unimportant, but it is very demanding. It is interesting how many of them wanted to extend the property in one way or another. It seems to be out of fashion to buy the size of house you want.
The biggest problem is where we are going to go next and I suppose deep down there is an impractical hope that we will not sell and have to stay! Time will tell and in the meanwhile with your patience and support I would like to continue with Bobservations as long as we remain in Fulking. It was flattering that one of the potential buyers had taken the trouble to read all 34 of the Bobservations to get an idea of what happens in the village.
Another thing, the advertised meeting in the Village Hall to have villagers engage in a discussion about the future of Pigeon Post was poorly attended. It may be that very few villagers read Pigeon Post in which case it is quite possible that it will cease in its current paper version. I think this would be a shame but quite understand that it is time someone else picked up the editorial reins.
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.
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!