Residents will have noticed that Clappers Lane has resumed its role as a tributary of the Adur. The river maintenance sensors have detected potholes beneath the water and WSCC has thus arranged for Balfour Beatty’s crack snorkel team to come and fill them on Monday 11th January between 9:30am and 15:00pm. Mooring and river through-traffic prohibited but resident access to houseboats, etc., retained.
The months of June and July have brought a quite exceptional display of growth in our garden at Furzefield.
We have, over the years, planted with bees and butterflies in mind and so far this summer we have recorded butterflies as follows: Brimstone, Comma, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Small Copper, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Small Tort, Small White, Speckled wood, Silver washed Fritillary, and Wall Brown.
As for birds we average about 29 species each week and I expect many of you will have joined us in getting exciting views of the Red Kite which is fast becoming a regular.
We have found that our insect visitors have greatly increased as a result of letting lawn grow longer to encourage clover etc. It has been a great summer in the ‘veg patch’ but it was quite an effort to keep watering adequately. The downside is a very annoying Roe Deer that keeps eating our rose buds!
The stretch of Clappers Lane shown above is likely to be closed for a working day this week. There’s a new water supply connection, a new mains electricity connection, and something else of an electrical nature. If you are in a car or a van, proceed as normal, in either direction, but be prepared to have to do a three point turn and retreat.
To undertake repairs to a leaking comm pipe in the carriageway and verge between Wellington House and Rosewood House with road closed signs to be in place either side of the closure at the nearest appropriate junctions from 06/01/2020 to 08/01/2020. Access maintained for emergency services, residents and pedestrians. [Note: these official alerts should be taken with a large pinch of halite.]
Attentive readers of this website will know that Hugo Healy, seen above in his garden at Oldwood, recently took a set of aerial photographs of Fulking Fair. But he is now much better known for winning the Agora Images #Aerial2019 competition and, as a result, having his work feature in both The Sun and The Mail in the last couple of days (make sure to check both links as they feature slightly different sets of photos). More of his work can be viewed on Instagram @hugohealy and you can reach him by email if you are interested in obtaining prints.
You are cordially invited to attend an extraordinary meeting of Fulking Parish Council on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 7:30pm, at The Village Hall, Fulking for the transaction of the business on the Agenda below.
Miles Firth — Chairman
Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.
- Apologies for absence.
- Declaration of members’ interests.
- Approve the minutes of the extraordinary meeting of 23rd April, 2019.
- Planning Matters: To comment on planning application received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/02644/HOUS, Single storey kitchen extension to rear of the house, with roof lantern, additional window and raised patio extending from the kitchen at 35 Clappers Lane Fulking BN5 9ND.
Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 11th july 2019 to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7:30pm.
Clerk – Fulking Parish Council
You may find it interesting, when the Government is trying to call Europe’s bluff, probably most unsuccessfully, to find that you have a chance to tip the scales and enjoy a successful evening at the annual Call My Bluff wine quiz on Friday 26th July at 7:00pm in the marquee that will then be located in the North Town Field. Four white and four red wines will be presented by our old friend Toby Peirce of Quaff, the Hove wine merchants, who will be assisted by a local halfwit and a surprise highly knowledgeable presenter. At £15 head and arranged in tables of 8 contestants this will be great value with good nibbles thrown in. Places are more limited than usual in what is a smaller marquee but this should increase the sense of competitive togetherness! Fortunately a knowledge of wine is not required and, indeed, may prove a handicap!
Do not hesitate or all the places may be reserved — early booking essential to avoid disappointment. Contact Bob on 271 or by email to reserve a table.