Public Houses reopen tomorrow

Boris and Natasha at the Shepherd and Dog
With respect to The Shepherd and Dog, The Argus reports:

The Bar Manager, Josh Harris, explained: “I’m not able to open with the same beer line-up that I’ve had before. I’ve got 18 lines for craft beer and it’s now become quite tricky to offer the same thing.” Following COVID-19 procedures, The Shepherd and Dog has implemented social distancing measures and all customers must pre-book with a maximum group size of six. Mr. Harris said: “One of the key things in the 43-page government dossier was the need for us to take and store the booking details of all of our customers which I think will come as quite a surprise. We are doing everything we can to make this pub safe and welcoming and utilise our great outdoor space to make it even better.”

Weekend opening hours are: Saturday 12-8pm and Sunday 12-8pm.

Downland Benefice Video Communion

I very much hope that you will be able to join our on-line Downland Benefice service of Holy Communion this Sunday, 19th April, 2020 at 10:30am. Please bring with you a small portion of bread and wine. To do so, from 10.15 a.m. on Sunday, please click here and follow the instructions that appear on your screen. Please let me know if there is anyone or anything you would like to be included in our prayers of intercession or in my private prayers for you.

Rev. Tim Harford

South Downs News, April issue

April 2020 South Downs Newsletter
SDNPA Chief Executive Trevor Beattie claims that “there are already signs that the lock-down has reinvigorated many people’s love of nature”, presumably analogous to the way in which going on the wagon reinvigorates a love of alcohol. He will surely be lobbying for regular lock-downs in future years. There’s a link (to a link (to a link ..)) to “a detailed map [that] has been created for people to find food, drink and other support services close to where they live” which turns out to be every bit as dire as earlier food-related cartographic efforts by the SDNPA (The South Downs Sahara in 2015, and The South Downs Sahara (update) in 2017). Food is unobtainable in Steyning, apparently.

On the positive side, page 10 features a photo of David Ellin and Annie Brown, though they are not quoted or identified, and page 12 advertises a 3-part Facebook video instruction series by an ‘animal behaviourist’ on walking the dog (the animal, not the Rufus Thomas song).

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.

Green Resolutions 2

HadCET

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].