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Downland Benefice Churches Closed

Downland Benefice
You will of course be aware that the Prime Minister has said that places of worship are to be closed; I have been instructed by the Archbishops and our bishop that the buildings are to be locked. I have placed notices in each of our churches to that effect and, very sadly, the doors will remain locked for the time being. The Archbishops have also said that until further notice we may not conduct weddings or baptisms – so please remember in your thoughts and prayers those whose special days have been disrupted.

Rev. Tim Harford

Fulking COVID19 Resources

Fulking COVID19 Action Plan
The ‘About Our Village’ menu in the left sidebar of this website has a new menu item: ‘COVID19 Support’. At present it just contains a two page PDF (‘Fulking COVID19 Action Plan’) drafted by the Parish Council. However, it is intended to include other relevant material as it becomes available.

Green Resolutions 2 [updated]

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Green Resolutions for Edburton, Fulking, Poynings and Saddlescombe
on Climate Change

I hope you are all well and have had a chance to follow upon some of the resolutions we came up with in January? Spring is almost here and we thought it would be a good time to reflect on our progress to date and make new resolutions for the next few months. Please let me know if you would like to offer a short report or demonstration of anything you have followed up on since the last meeting, at the start of this one, so that I can add it to the agenda. Myriam very kindly took on the car pooling and website initiative and has sent through an early draft for us all to look at:
South Downs Eco-Communities
Do check it out and we can consult more on Sunday. It will be pot luck snacks. Look forward to seeing you there.

Any ideas or questions please contact Samantha.

Bobservation No. 66: Warming to the Clerk in the End…

Painting of The Parish Clerk - courtesy

Parish Clerk
I have known several Parish Clerks in the time I have been in Fulking and they have varied in efficiency and goodwill considerably, in particular one I can think of was diabolical!. However I think it is generally agreed that the present Clerk, Trevor Parsons, has outshone all his predecessors . A parish council relies very heavily on the professionalism of its clerk and over the last twenty or so years the demands on the clerk have steadily increased; in particular with knowledge of the law as it needs to be enacted. I hope you will all join me in saying thanks to Trevor for the service he provides.

Global warming
The next meeting of the Resolutions group is at 7pm on Sunday March 8th  in the village hall and I do encourage you to come and join us. Ably lead by Samantha we are in the throes of putting together Climate Change and ecological ideas for implementation in the villages of Fulking, Poynings and Newtimber.

Funereal matters
If you wish to save your next of kin a bob or two it is quite simple to donate your body to the London Anatomy Office (LAO) (0207 848 8042). Subject to certain circumstances the body will be donated to and used by the medical services involved (probably in Sussex) for research or teaching. This will obviate the need for a funeral which, these days, is quite expensive. The LAO are most helpful on the phone and will help you through the necessary forms. Just in case you are worried about missing the wake when I eventually go; well behaved villagers will be invited to a party instead (Any takers for Call my bluff?). Incidentally the oldest donated body yet was a gent of 107!

Green Resolutions 2


Green Resolutions for Fulking, Edburton and Poynings on Climate Change
At 7:00pm in Fulking Village Hall on Sunday 8th March

Over pot-luck snacks, join the second inter-village consultation on what we can each do individually and together locally to make a practical difference towards reducing our impact on the environment. Bring pencil and paper and practical ideas.

Any ideas or questions please contact Samantha.

Minutes of the first meeting: Environmental Impact and Green Resolutions 11th January 2020 [PDF].