Bobservation No. 62: Climate Change

Hollie and Ollie

Hollie & Ollie’s Wedding

Now that’s what a picture of a happy couple of newly weds should look like! Isn’t it lovely?

Climate Change

Many ghastly things are happening right now in our world but rising above them all is the planet-threatening event of Climate Change/Global Heating. It is easy to blame governments and oppositions for a dilatory attitude towards this, with some good reason, but it is incumbent on every one of us to act. Photovoltaic panels have become considerably cheaper to install and in spite of reduced feed-in tariffs have become cost-effective with the ever-rising cost of electricity. Solar water heating is also cheaper than it was and, in spite of our unpredictable weather, a highly efficient way to supply hot water. Certainly most short-haul journeys can be accomplished without the need to fly. If you have room in your garden then plant a tree. Perhaps when we get over what I can only describe as ‘the Eton mess’ we can concentrate on saving what there is left of the planet.

Fulking Social Committee

Dates for your diary:

Fulking Village Christmas party from 6:00pm until 8:00pm on Saturday 7th December in the village hall. You should be getting a card invitation soon, if not already. Drinks are free but please bring a plate of savoury nibbles. Hope to have a raffle of amazing prizes!

Fulking Fair 2020 will be held in the North Town Field on Sunday July 26th. Volunteers for nearly everything are needed. Please call me on 271 for information.

Bobservation No. 61

Nick Hughes in Fulking

Nick Hughes
Nick will be leaving us in October and I cannot begin to tell you how much the village and in particular the Social Committee and the Village Hall Action Group will miss him. He has been an enormous help in presenting the annual fair and quite honestly I do not see how we are going to manage without him. Leaving party in the Shepherd & Dog on Friday 4 October at 7.30pm, all welcome. Fingers crossed; he may come back soon!!

Climate Change
Well now! Greta Thunberg at 16 has delivered a message about how young people feel let down by politicians and by the rest of us in our disinterest in addressing climate change before the planet becomes uninhabitable. It would be good to think that as a village Fulking might take this challenge on board but it will need a very enthusiastic and imaginative leader if we are to achieve anything worthwhile. Is anyone concerned enough to offer to lead?

A perfect village wedding
It is not often that a wedding of villagers occurs here, but on September 7 Ollie Levett and Hollie Trist became Mr and Mrs Levett. The weather was perfect for a quite exceptional day. The couple looked stunning and the event was absolutely lovely and very ecologically friendly. How very lucky we were to be invited to such a memorable day. In villages like ours these occasions happen rarely and it would be nice to think that this wedding was the beginning of a new spirit of togetherness in Fulking. The newlyweds will possibly be moving to another Sussex village and that village’s gain will be our loss.  Here’s wishing them a very happy and healthy married life.

Unsolicited Testimonial
The other day I received a letter saying;  “I was lucky enough to have had a Sunday off to enjoy the very successful Fulking Fair. The atmosphere was perfect and my family and I spent the whole afternoon indulging ourselves in tea and cake, music and games. My brother was delighted to win £5 at the Hoopla!”

Fulking photographer wins major award

Hugo Healy The Sun 9 August 2019
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.

Bobservation No. 59: Fair Play

Three images of Fulking Fair 2019

At about 2pm on Sunday 28th July I stood in the middle of the North Town Field and realised that the Fulking Social Committee together with Allsorts Dog Rescue and quite a few helpers had created as near to a perfect village fair as you will find.

Perfect weather, exotic dancing, lovely dog show, a great selection of stalls, tombola and model steam engine, really enjoyable teas and food, exciting tug of war, fun kids games, wonderful music and a highly professional bar were all enjoyed by the many visitors. It was truly memorable.

Too early to announce the financial details but sufficient evidence to tell you that it was profitable and improves our reserves for village hall and North Town Field requirements. And I nearly forgot! Call my Bluff on the Friday was just as successful.

What a wonderful Fulking weekend! It will be quite a challenge to follow this up with a repeat performance next year.

Bobservation No. 58: Wildlife Gardening


Gardening for Wildlife

The global decline in wildlife should encourage us to try to redress this trend in our gardens. Accordingly we should break away from ‘tidy’ gardening and now do whatever we can to encourage wildlife . Our garden flower beds should be almost entirely stocked with shrubs and flowers that are bird, bee and butterfly friendly, and the number of bees of various types will improve a great deal and butterfly numbers will increase. Vegetable areas should incorporate wild flowers extensively to encourage bees. Wildlife can be helped by leaving unkempt areas wherever possible, for instance small piles of fallen wood, and we can introduce an insect ‘hotel’ perhaps based on unwanted pallets. All garden waste should be composted and bonfires should be unnecessary. Our efforts should include lawn mowing as little as possible and by trying to let clover, daisies, buttercups etc. increase on either side of  paths. Carbon footprints can be reduced by allowing saplings to flourish into mature trees.

The point I am making is that it is not terribly difficult to join the ecological revolution in an attempt, however small, to protect the world we are passing on to our children and grandchildren.

Fulking Fair

Just another reminder that Fulking Fair and Allsorts Fun Dog Show will be on Sunday 28 July. Please make every effort to encourage friends and family to come along. We have some great stalls, many in the Street, music, food, drink and games for everyone. The Social Committee have put a lot of hard work into making this a really enjoyable event and need your support. It would help if villagers could avoid driving in the Street from 12 till 5pm if at all possible.