A couple of years ago we noted that, according to a then newish SDNPA website, Fulking was in the midst of a desolate area in which it was almost impossible to buy or eat local produce. Saddlescombe Farm provided a single exception — they were the only local food producers, valiantly raising sheep on sand. A recent check on the site suggests that the situation has changed — slightly. Rushfields now appears on the map, as does a remarkable B&B that somehow manages to coexist in both Poynings and Pyecombe (with the same postcode) — they serve English breakfasts (pigs from Coombes, presumably). Springs also makes an appearance (salmon from the Adur?). Still, it is reassuring to be able to infer from the SDNPA’s map that all of our neighbourhood gastropubs (Fox, Oak, Plough, Shepherd, Tottington) have been resolute in their resistance to the ‘local produce’ fad. Corned beef from Argentina still rules the menu.
Depending on the weather this year’s FULKING FAIR on Sunday 30th July from 12 till 5pm has all of the attractions necessary to make it one of the best yet. We might even repeat our 2014 Argus award of the ‘Best Community Event in Sussex’. Parking and admission are both free. The various attractions that your Social committee has brought together are:
- MUSIC will include various local bands including the highly successful ’Sold as Seen’, ‘What the Funk’, ‘Stone Dark Night’, Jack Woodhouse, Mr Motown, Dave Gee and the Pyecombe choir.
- FOOD: Punjabi Street Food, Rushfields’ pies, Fish Story fish & chips, Ellie’s Biscuits , Wilderness honey, Gourmet Nuts, Fudge & Cheese and Peggy’s Pantry. There will be Teas and Cakes in the village hall and garden (see below). Ice cream will be available in The Street and the field.
- CHILDRENS GAMES: Bouncy castle for those kids who will not sit still, Stocks to torture Dads, Pony Rides for budding equestrian stars, Bubble Pop to amaze everyone, Puppet show by the renowned Sheila Marshall, Coconut shy for bashful kids, Hook the Duck for young crooks, Smack the Rat for the blood thirsty and Tattoo Painting for extrovert kids.
- DRINKS: The Shepherd & Dog will be running a bar in the marquee which they have generously donated. There will be plenty of chairs and tables.
- DEMONSTRATIONS: HART, National Trust, Sussex Wildlife, Henfield Spinners and Knitters and Twineham Timber will all be there. Latest news is that Geoff Crane’s Burrell Traction Engine will be operating.
- STALLS including A Chip off the Block, Tropic Skin, Saxon Stickmakers, All That’s Wood, Indigo, Emma’s Jewellery, Decoupage Delights, Presence Decor, Iron Railway Vineyard and Bric a Brac.
- GAMES: Tug of War, including a challenge from Poynings, and two Tombolas including one for children. We need prizes for both of these; please be generous and deliver a bottle or other prize to Louise at 13 Clappers Lane or Bob at Furzefield.
CAKES!, CAKES!, CAKES!
Due to the success of ‘Teas’ in the village hall & garden last year The Teas Team have agreed to repeat the exercise! So, once again they are desperate for cakes. It is important to let Pam (271) or Tricia (255) know if you are able to donate a cake (last year you were all amazing!) so that they have some idea of how many they will receive. All cakes can be dropped off (not literally!) in the hall after 10.30 on the day or given to Pam or Tricia by prior arrangement.
CALL MY BLUFF
Not many tables unreserved for Friday 28 July at 7pm in the North Town Field. Places are £15 or £100 for a table of 8. Pay on the night but book through Bob (271) or Emily at the Shepherd & Dog.
Donations on the gate in aid of the Martlets Hospice and Brighton Festival Chorus.
As from today, there is a full daily bus service from the Dyke to central Brighton. Buses run (roughly) every 45 minutes and National Trust members can park up there for free. Here’s the timetable [PDF]. The service reverts to weekends only in mid-September.
Please join us at our traditional village fete in the rectory garden on June 10th from 2:00–4:30pm. This event helps fund the general upkeep of our beautiful Norman Church. There will be games and stalls for all ages — golf, toys, plants, cakes, books, a raffle and a tombola. Enjoy a scrumptious cream tea and watch the maypole dancing or puppet show with a glass of refreshing Pimms.
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.