Tottington Wood

Tottington Wood botanical guide
The Tottington Woodlanders recently published their first book. It is both an informative reference guide to the prominent plants to be found in the wood as well as an interesting source of information about relevant plant facts and lore. Particular emphasis has been given to Ancient Woodland Indicator Species (AWIs). These are plants that do not propagate and spread readily, so their presence strongly suggests that a site has been woodland for a very long time. Tottington Wood is recognised as being a Semi-Natural Ancient Woodland.

The book is illustrated throughout with specially commissioned original colour photographs. Each entry in the floral section is laid out in the same way making it easy to quickly identify the plant. Every page gives details of the subject’s habitat, height and flowering season. The trees are addressed separately and dealt with in more detail.

The book is a 66 page professionally bound paperback with a wipe clean cover and can be obtained from Anne Daisy Bellis for £5.00 a copy.

New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year’s Resolutions for Fulking, Edburton and Poynings on Climate Change
At 7:00pm in Fulking Village Hall on Saturday 11th January

Over pot-luck snacks, join an 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.

To get the ball rolling, we will start by watching a couple of short David Attenborough videos on climate change. Then we’ll open the floor to consultation on what we can do, on the basis of which we will make new resolutions for 2020 and beyond. Bring pencil and paper and practical ideas.

Any ideas or questions please contact Samantha.

Agenda Ordinary Meeting 9th January 2020

Dear Residents, 

You are cordially invited to attend the Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council, at the Village Hall on Thursday 9th January 2020 at 7.30pm, the meeting will consider the items set out below. 

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk  

 Following the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and regarding regulations on Access to Local Government Meetings, members of the public are advised that they have a right to film/record the meetings of Fulking Parish Council. Members of the public are also advised that by attending a meeting of Fulking Parish Council, they give their consent to being filmed/recorded by other members of the public, if such activity is taking place. 

AGENDA 

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.  

20/001/OM.            Apologies for Absence. 

20/002/OM.            Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

20/003/OM.            Approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Planning Meeting of 10th October 2020. 

The minutes, subject to any amendments, to be approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. 

20/004/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.   

20/005/OM.             Winter Plan Update 

20/006/OM.             Operation Watershed Update 

20/007/PM.             Planning Matters   

To comment on planning applications received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/05563/LIS Refurbishment of barn to include replacement of existing conversion with new fit-out, doors and windows at Perching Barn Edburton Road Fulking BN5 9LR. 

20/008/PM.              Planning Applications Update. 

20/009/OM.             Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.  

1) Dark Night Skies 

3) Ram Pump Noticeboard 

4) Yellow Lines 

5) Fulking to Henfield Bridlepath 

20/010/OM.              Reports from Outside Bodies.   

        North Town Field  

20/011/OM.              Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 

20/012/OM.              2019 – 2020 Precept 

20/013/OM.              Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 

20/014/OM.              Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

20/015/OM.               To set a date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting: 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 11th April 2019 

Clappers Lane closure

Clappers Lane closed allegedly
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.]

Bobservation No. 64: New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions
The election is history and it is time to direct our energies to Climate Change and the Ecology. What is there that we as a village and as individuals can do about it? By changing our current lifestyles there are many things we can do to support and encourage the international stand taken by the youth of the world (Governments seem to be dragging their heels). Let us all try to make 2020 a cheerful, good and neighbourly year. New arrivals in the village have increased the input of ideas and I urge you to join in with us. The Annual General Meeting of the Fulking Social Committee will be held in the village hall on Friday 31 January at 7.30pm. Amongst matters on the agenda will be the election of officers and the annual Fulking Fair on Sunday 26 July 2020. Can I suggest a separate village meeting to discuss Climate Change and the Ecology?

Now here’s a resolution we can all fulfil… Let’s resolve to bring our bins in promptly once they’ve been emptied and smarten up our roads and lanes!

Christmas Party
What a successful Christmas party we had in the village hall on Saturday 7 December! Guests included the leader of Mid Sussex District Council, Colin Trumble, West Sussex Councillor Joy Dennis and Rev Tim Harford. Great decorations by Lee, very drinkable mulled wine created by Jen  assisted by Carolyn and an excellent raffle operated by Sheena & Michael. Our sincere thanks to raffle prize donors Camilla & Roly, Coles Auto, Rushfields, Shepherd & Dog, Springs, Swains and villagers.

Stranded on Mock Bridge

Stranded on Mock Bridge
Consonant with the season, the altruistic folk at Mayfield Market Towns have developed a new fairy tale for children in Horsham District — ‘Sustainable Urban Drainage’:

Mayfields .. includes a broad Sustainable Urban Drainage network, storing run off water during periods of very heavy rain and trickling it back into the river network, mimicking natural green field run off and helping to counter further issues downstream during heavy rainfall as witnessed over the past week.

Read the rest of the tale at the West Sussex County Times.

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

Carol Singing

Carol singing, this Friday at 5:00pm
We will be carol singing around Fulking on Friday 20th for The Clocktower Sanctuary again. We start at 5:00pm from my house, 37 Clappers Lane, and will finish at the Shepherd & Dog pub. Mulled wine will be available at the start and then again at the pub. Do come and join us if you can. Bring torches! [If it is pouring with rain we will sing on Monday 23rd at the same time.]

Tricia Robinson