Bobservation 37: Migration, Dogs & Maps

Banner with estate agents logosMigration
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 bob.pamrowland@btinternet.com

House Map
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.

Bobservation No.35


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.