Bobservation No. 90: Social Comment

Fulking Social Committee
It is possible that there are villagers who are either unaware of the Social Committee or of its purpose. It was formed in the late 1990s by Nick & Jill Bremer and since then has raised in excess of £20,000 by fund raising events such as the annual Fulking Fair. This has been mainly expended on support for work in the North Town Field, childrens’ play area and the village hall upkeep. Because these amenities are not owned by the District Council we have to finance their maintenance.  The Committee is an independent organisation with a constitution and all decisions are made through the Chair, currently Sally Brownie. Any decisions, financial or otherwise, made are subject to a democratic vote of the members. Whilst suggestions are always appreciated no other body has any control whatsoever over the Committee. All villagers are welcome to join subject to the approval of the existing members.

Auction of Promises
In support of fund raising the Social Committee will be holding an Auction of Promises in the village hall on Saturday 25 June. Final details are still in the hands of a select team of entrepreneurial experts . It would be great if anyone could offer a suitable Promise prize by getting in touch with Sally, Rosemary, Karen or me. The more exciting the better! One thing I can tell you; theatrical celebrity Richard Linford has very kindly agreed to be the auctioneer.

I am sure I am not alone in expressing my horror at the appalling and very unnecessary invasion of Ukraine. It is at times like this that we should all reflect on how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful village.

Perching Birds

The story of how a local farm changed its farming methods and the effect on birdlife

Henfield Birdwatch are organizing a talk on Friday 25th February at 7.30pm in the Garden Room of Henfield Hall. The event is free for members and £3.00 for non-members. Refreshments will be available.

Bobservation No. 89: Changes in Henfield

Changes in Henfield
Over the last 30 years the changes in Henfield have been remarkable. Some of these are; The Health Centre which has become Henfield Haven and moved from Hewitts to its present location, the petrol station was tiny, the Tea Gardens were a very good Indian Restaurant, Setyres was a used car lot, the RPS food & wineshop was a Winerack, there was a Building Society and four different bank branches one of which is now the Vet, none of the housing estate to the north west of the Health centre existed, two pubs have gone, the video shop is a thing of the past, the Chinese no longer sells fish & chips, both the gentleman’s outfitters and the electrical retailers have closed, the fishmonger has gone, the forge and blacksmith has moved from the high street, the art shop was a cook shop, car parks were free, the solicitors above what was Lloyds bank moved to Hassocks and the large building is still empty. I just thought it might bring back memories, hopefully pleasant!

Fulking Fair 2022
This year’s fair may well need to be supported very well if we are to raise funds relating to the village hall, details of which will be forthcoming from the Chair of the Parish Council, Mark Hind. There will need to be as many villagers taking part as possible helping to make it successful. We need helpers to do all sorts of jobs most of which are not at all onerous and generally very good fun. Please get in touch with me tel 271 or email and we can discuss what you might like to do.

Fulking Social Committee
I have now officiaIly handed over the Chair of the Social Committee to Sally Brownie who, in the short time she has been in Fulking, has shown an enthusiastic attitude that will well suit her for the post. She will provide much needed new ideas for the development of the social side of the village but will need your support.

Parish Council Meeting

You are cordially invited to the Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council on Thursday 13th January 2022 at 7.30pm to be held at Fulking Village Hall, the meeting will consider the items set out below. 

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk  

Please note Councillors are asked to undertake a Lateral Flow test before attending. Members of the public will be required to wear Face Masks and warm clothing is recommended as the windows will be open for ventilation. 


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.  

22/001/OM.            Apologies for Absence. 

22/002/OM.            Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

22/003/OM.            Approve the Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting of 8th October 2021 and extraordinary meetings 30th November 2021 and 16th December 2021. 

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

22/004/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.   

22/005/OM.            2022 – 2023 Precept 

22/006/OM.            Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting. 

  • Market Garden – Dogs Barking  

22/007/OM.            MSDC and SDNP representative – Councillor Gary Marsh 

22/008/OM             Ladybrook Spring   

22/009/OM             Clappers Lane Speed Limit request 

22/010/OM.            Ultrafast Broadband 

22/011/OM.            Village Hall 

22/012/OM.            Queens Platinum Jubilee – Green Canopy 

22/013/OM.           To discuss a suitable memory to Tony Brooks. 

22/014/OM.             Reports from Outside Bodies. 

22/015/OM.             Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 

22/016/OM.              Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 

22/017/OM.              Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

22/018/OM.               To set a date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting:  

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 8th April 2022 

Bobservation No. 88: Handing on the Social Baton

Bob Rowland at Furzefield
A Happy and healthy New Year to all of you

At last old age has caught up with me and I am handing over the Chair of the Social Committee to Sally Brownie who will be terrific in the job. In nearly 28 years of involvement many memories come to mind: at the fair, the beagle cocking his leg on the lady drummer, the marquee blown down by the wind, the bar and band in another marquee while the rain poured down, Toon Ghose flying over as a salute, wellie throwing, the bubbles, the Argus award, Nigel jamming it with Aiden’s band, pony rides, gladiators, the owls, the bats, wonderful stallholders, alpacas on show, mud and rain, hot summer days, model steam engine, tasty food, Punch & Judy and puppets, tug of war, dog shows, dancers in the street,’ Sold as Seen’ and all the other musicians, £1000+ take on the gate in 2014. And other events such as ‘Fulking’s got talent’, Graham’s Carol Services at St Andrews, Call my Bluff and wine quizzes, the Caribbean evening, Barn Dancing, the Morrismen, historical lectures, Easter egg hunting, rounders, plays in the village hall and North Town Field, carol singing, Tricia’s yoga, the lady covered in chocolate at the Bremers, Dave & Em at the S&D and even more. All of this adds up to the marvellous time I have had living in Fulking. Do help Sally look after the amazing thing that has been created by such a small village.

Christmas party in the North Town Field
Thanks to Sally and Samantha for organising the very successful mulled wine and edibles in the North Town Field on the early evening of 11 December. An anonymous villager who had a direct contact with Father Christmas managed to get that very busy gentleman to attend to the amazement of some of the children and possibly adults as well!

Planning Meeting Thursday 16th December 2021

You are cordially invited to an Extraordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council, on Thursday 16th December 2021 at 7.00pm at the Village Hall where the meeting will consider the items set out below. 

Mark Hind – Chairman  

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. 


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.  

21/093/EM.          Apologies for Absence. 

21/094/EM.          Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

21/095/PM.          Planning matters 

Location: Pippins Poynings Road Fulking BN5 9NB  

Proposal: Single storey additions  

21/096/EM    2022/2023 Budget Planning 


Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 13th January 2022 


Bobservation No. 87: Village Times & Politicians

Collage for Bobervation 87

The Changing Times of Fulking & Edburton Vol 2 2007-2015 by Tony Brooks
Tony’s son Trevor has uncovered some 25 copies of this remarkable history that Tony created. He has requested that these be sold for a donation to be given to the Alzheimers Society. I do highly recommend this to villagers for a donation of £5 cash. Please give me a shout on 271 or email me if you would like a copy. If you know someone who has Vol 1 this would make a very nice stocking filler!

National Governance
Believe me this is an apolitical opinion. Over the course of my long life I have at various times supported and voted Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal and Social Democrat. I just feel so aggrieved at the attitude and performance of the current Government that I had to express my thoughts. I have seen countries governed by political clowns such as Mussolini, Berlasconi, Trump and Bolsonaro and it saddens me to see my own country falling into the same political cesspit. The awarding of peerages for personal favours and to chums has reached a ludicrous level and greatly diminished the standing of the House of Lords, not that it was ever particularly very high! I do hope that the electorate will take on board the criticisms by John Major about the appalling Owen Paterson scandal. As villagers we take part in the first rung of the ladder of democracy in appointing Parish Councillors and subsequently District and County Councillors and lastly Members of Parliament to represent us at the highest level. I do beg you, when the appropriate time comes, to cast your vote thoughtfully and with consideration for the immediate past. It is correct that Governments and Councils should be held to account for their performance while in office.

Christmas Party
It had been intended to have the usual village Christmas party in the village hall on Saturday 11th  December. The Fulking Social Committee decided not to go ahead with the event due to the difficulty of complying with basic Covid precautions. An outdoor event will be held in the North Town Field taking its place. Please do not relax your caution in fighting this pandemic.

Village Hall Meeting – Saturday 4th December 2021

Please help save our Village Hall

Public Meeting 10am Saturday 4th December 2021

You are all invited to attend a meeting being held in the Village Hall to discuss the future of this important community asset. As you may be aware the hall is owned by the Church but is currently managed under an informal arrangement by the Village Hall Action Group (VHAG). The Parish Council for some time has been keen to formalise an arrangement with the Church to secure the hall for use by the community.

Earlier this year the Church was considering the future of the hall and following close dialogue between the Church, the Parish Council and representatives of VHAG all parties are keen that we protect this asset for use by the community and secure it for future generations.

At the meeting we will share and discuss more details of our plan which is to create a Fulking Village Hall Trust and for them to purchase the land and hall from the Church.

Do please come along.

Mark Hind – Chairman Fulking Parish Council

Reverend Tim Harford – Rector Mid Downland Parish

Please note in order to minimise the risk of Covid-19 we are asking all attendees to wear masks whilst in the hall and to wear warm clothing as the windows and doors will be open for ventilation.