Bobservation 47: Village Demography

Village Demography

Over the last twenty six years since I first set my roots in the parish of Fulking the demography of the village has changed quite dramatically. Because of this it has become increasingly difficult to get more recent arrivals in the village involved or indeed even to attend village functions of any sort.

The Christmas Party, the Christmas Market, Seedling Sunday and the Call my Bluff evening have fewer attendances year on year. This makes it harder for the small band of enthusiasts to get events off the ground. I quite realise and sympathise with younger families with children to bring up, a living to earn and a household to maintain, which makes it difficult to find spare time to help out.

Maybe your input could get us to change direction or initiate new activities and events. The Social Committee would be delighted to hear from you with new ideas. Fulking is a delightful place and if we wish to keep it so I suggest your giving a few minutes thought to what we might do in going forward and perhaps coming along with your ideas.

If it is easier give me a ring on 271 or email me on bob.pamrowland@btinternet.com.  Please put Saturday 8th December in your diaries for the Christmas party in the village hall from 6 till 8pm.

Lastly let me disclaim any responsibility for Bob’s Cafe in Poynings; however good it may be. Great idea – well done Poynings!

Bobservation 46: Village Happenings

Call My Bluff Fulking 2018
Call My Bluff
We have been doing a Call My Bluff evening for quite a few years now and the original formula seems to continue to be popular. On Friday 27th July the evening was as riotous as ever with some really obscure wines. Eight tables of eight contestants and the winning  table succeeded in spite of protests about skulduggery, which were ignored by the judges, one of whom was persuaded by the flattering limerick that won the tiebreak!. Once again many thanks to Dave and Emily from the Shepherd & Dog for all their generosity and hard work, Jackie for her knowledgeable performance, Michael for his complicated scoring, Jay and Louise for such a good raffle, Nick for everything and the few of you who helped clear up afterwards.

Fulking Fair
The Fair was cancelled due to incredibly unlucky stormy weather in the middle of a heat wave. This was most disappointing after all the hard work that had gone into all of the preparation. The Social Committee and helpers give up a lot of their spare time to create an annual event which has become a feature of the Sussex summer. Many thanks to all of them.

Allsorts Fun Dog Show
To try to salvage something from the cancellation of the Fair an Allsorts Fun Dog Show will now take place in the North Town Field on Sunday 5 August from midday till 4pm. Parking in Downside Meadow. Light refreshments and ice creams will be available and of course the Shepherd & Dog will be open as usual. If you have a dog PLEASE join us, if you don’t then borrow one!

Games Evening (with Poynings)

trajectory prediction
Table Tennis: Friday 20th July, 7:30pm: if the weather is fine then this event will be held at the outdoor table tennis table next to Poynings playing field (bring other outdoor games if you like); if the weather is poor then it will be in Poynings Village Hall. Followed by a visit to the Royal Oak.

All welcome. Ring me, or email me, on the day with any queries (e.g., about the weather) — Jen Green (552).

Games Evening (with Poynings)

Poynings ping pong table
Table Tennis: Friday 29th June, 7:30pm: if the weather is fine then this event will be held at the outdoor table tennis table next to Poynings playing field (bring other outdoor games if you like); if the weather is poor then it will be in Fulking Village Hall. Followed by a visit to the nearest pub, as usual.

All welcome. Ring me, or email me, on the day with any queries (e.g., about the weather) — Jen Green (552).

Poynings Country Fete

Poynings Fete
Please join us at our traditional village fete in the (former) rectory garden on Saturday 9th June 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.

Cream Teas in Fulking on Saturday in aid of St Andrew’s

Cream teas
If you are out and about this coming Saturday (26th), please do come and visit us at Fulking Village Hall where we will be serving coffee and cake, and cream teas from 11:00am until 4:00pm. There will be bric-a-brac to browse through and Book Nook will also be open where we have had an influx of new books (more books always welcome).

Jane Warne