Bobservation No. 51 — Christmas ..

Something of a strange Christmas without Graham’s Carol Service at St Andrews. I cannot understand, whatever the ramifications, why he had to leave in mid November. Surely another few weeks would have been the civilized way for him to bow out.

However, life goes on and the annual village Christmas party is in the village hall on Saturday 8th December from 6 till 8pm and by now you should have received an attractive invitation kindly donated by Ceri. The Social Committee have invited Graham, councillors from County, District and the neighbouring parish of Poynings.

Mulled, red and white wine, beer and soft drinks will be available as will savoury finger food brought by villagers. This evening is such a great chance for all of the villagers to get together. Children are most welcome. It is occasions like this that make Fulking such a vibrant community so please do come along even if you can only stay for a short time.

What a splendid Christmas present to be able to report that refurbishment is taking place of the run down properties in Stammers Hill. Congratulations and thanks to the freeholder and the lessee who is undertaking the work.

The Social Committee AGM will be held on Thurs Feb 7th at 8pm in the village hall. The financial Report for 2018 will be presented and the election of Chair and Treasurer will be subject to a vote by the Committee. All villagers are welcome and we are always looking for new members to assist with various activities including the Fair and Dog show on Sunday 28th July 2019.

A Bobservation reply…

Clipping of websiteBobservations are intended to ‘stir things up a bit’ as well as inform residents – here a comment on a recent observation-from-Bob, from Michael Trist, who knows a thing or two…

I was pleased to read Bobservation 47 (Village Demography), just as I am pleased to read all of the many and varied articles on this wonderful website.  I am moved to respond, in support of Bob’s latest words, as I have ‘been there, done that’ with the Social Committee and its predecessors over the years.

I too have lived in Fulking for 26 years and observed similar trends in demography etc.  I know what it’s like to juggle family life with little ones to care for (actually, just the one in my case), a career, and all the other many demands on our precious time.  Before my health started to take unpredictable twists and turns some years ago, I did manage to somehow cram in some time to run things like the Barn Dances (anyone remember the wonderful ‘Moves Afoot’ band?) in the marquee in North Town Field, and help out wherever I could with the various incarnations of the Village Fair that have existed over the years.

Bob refers to Fulking as a More…

A Bobservation reply…

Clipping of websiteBobservations are intended to ‘stir things up a bit’ as well as inform residents – here a comment on a recent observation-from-Bob, from Michael Trist, who knows a thing or two…

I was pleased to read Bobservation 47 (Village Demography), just as I am pleased to read all of the many and varied articles on this wonderful website.  I am moved to respond, in support of Bob’s latest words, as I have ‘been there, done that’ with the Social Committee and its predecessors over the years.

I too have lived in Fulking for 26 years and observed similar trends in demography etc.  I know what it’s like to juggle family life with little ones to care for (actually, just the one in my case), a career, and all the other many demands on our precious time.  Before my health started to take unpredictable twists and turns some years ago, I did manage to somehow cram in some time to run things like the Barn Dances (anyone remember the wonderful ‘Moves Afoot’ band?) in the marquee in North Town Field, and help out wherever I could with the various incarnations of the Village Fair that have existed over the years.

Bob refers to Fulking as a “delightful place”.  That phrase is worth pondering for a moment:
as well as living in a stunning location, we also have so much talent, energy, and love nestled in the homes of our community.  We just need to tap in to a little of that ‘social reservoir’ and garner a few hours a year from enough people to make our social events happen: it’s really not as onerous as you might imagine.  As Bob implies, the baton needs to be passed from those who have carried it for many years, on to those who have yet to take their turn.  Please step in and help to nurture the spirit of what has been built up over the last couple of decades (and well before that).  Watch this website for the dates of the meetings of the Social Committee, and come along to see how you can invest just a little of your time to reap very satisfying and enjoyable returns.

Finally, I cannot finish without paying tribute to Bob himself.  I hope he doesn’t mind me calling him a Village Veteran: he has steered so many events himself, generously contributed his adding-up skills as a retired accountant, and has thrown a seemingly endless amount of energy in to our community.  There are many other names I could mention (you know who you are) who have also given your time and energy, but Bob is at, or very near, the top of the list of when it comes to his relentless efforts to make Fulking a very special place to live.  Thank you Bob.

Harvest Festival & Picnic

Harvest Festival and Picnic
October 21st — 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.

We welcome all parishioners to this event. To order picnics (£6.50), phone Jane Warne on 07812-465-559 or email standrewsedburton@yahoo.co.uk.

Jane Warne