Poynings Bonfire & Fireworks

Poynings fireworks
Join Poynings for their bonfire and fireworks at the Blacksmith Field (behind Forge Garage) on Saturday 3rd November. The procession will leave the Royal Oak at 6:25pm approximately. Lighting of the fire and fireworks will follow. Please give generously on the gate. If it follows the pattern of previous years, there will be some food and drink available but the Poynings authorities have yet to confirm that.

You can take material to the bonfire site, 9:00am–5:00pm, from now until November 1st. It must be taken to the bonfire site, not left on the Forge forecourt. Clean burning material only — wood, cardboard — but no tyres, plastic, metal, etc.

[Note from Poynings Parish Council: there has been some material dumped on the bonfire that isn’t suitable for burning, including builders waste and an old foam armchair. Any further incidents of unsuitable items being dumped will endanger the future of the event. Those who drop, throw down or otherwise deposit litter in the open air (even on private land) commit an offence.]

Reverend Tim Harford

Tim Harford Downland Benefice St. Andrew's Edburton
The Reverend Tim Harford is to be the new rector of the Downland Benefice (Poynings, Edburton, Newtimber and Pyecombe). His installation by the Bishop of Horsham will take place in Poynings church on Wednesday 28th November at 7:30pm and his first service will be family communion at Poynings on Sunday 2nd December at 10:00am, followed by holy communion at Edburton at 11:30am.

On the market

Two bed cottage in Poynings
There aren’t many two bedroom cottages in Fulking and Edburton and none have been on the market since Arcadia sold in the summer. There aren’t many in Poynings either but one of them has just become available, conveniently located between the Royal Oak and the Forge Garage.

Bob’s Café — First Visit

Bob's Cafe

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 Cafe

Bob’s Café opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00–5:00.