Old Time Music Hall Singalong

Music Hall posters
To be held at St. Andrew’s on Friday 29th September at 7.30pm. The singing will be led by The Pyecombe Village Choir and tickets, priced at £10, include supper of bangers, beans and baked potatoes and a welcome drink. Numbers will be limited. To buy tickets, or for more details, please email StAndrewsEdburton@yahoo.co.uk, or phone 07812-465-559.

Bobservation 34: Village Pulls Together – Fulking Fair Report

Well! with your help, if you did, and without it, if you didn’t, we had a couple of very successful and enjoyable events with the Call my Bluff on Friday 28th July and the Fair on Sunday 30th July. Fortunately, the weather was kind. Financially both events resulted in a good surplus (details will follow). Regarding the Fair, it is interesting that ‘the best laid plans ..’ inasmuch as the scheduled Punjabi Street Food was nominated for the final of the British street food completion on the same day as the fair, the pony lady decided that the available space was not for her, the music guys had a wobble over insurance, Bubble Pop was booked elsewhere and Sussex Wildlife were understaffed and could not come.

It is a great learning curve that something as simple as a village fair requires so much input by quite a few dedicated people to make it successful. Heaven knows what it must be like organising the Chelsea Flower Show. I take my hat off to them! Having said all that, the team put together what was possibly the best Fair we have ever had.

Many thanks to all involved, you were terrific!  Great Teas (and cake donations — over £500 raised!), BBQ, Bar, Food, Music, Stalls, Tombola, Parking, Tug-of-War, Kids Games, Puppets, Steam engine and anything I have left out.

As for the Call my Bluff, the Shepherd & Dog changed their wine supplier a couple  of weeks before the event  which meant a last minute scramble to get wines for the quiz sorted and it turned out they were very good indeed. Dave and Emily, as usual, proved to be the backbone of the evening. Tania was a brilliant first timer on the top table and I enjoyed myself. Louise managed to get £300+ from raffle tickets and Pam washed up all the glasses afterwards. Thanks to everyone who came and proved that this can be a really successful evening without becoming the drunken mess that has sometimes happened in the past. It was one of the best we have had. Long may it continue!

Footpaths needing attention

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Sue Philipson, our local Access Ranger, will be carrying out Public Rights of Ways inspections next month. Following these inspections, routine maintenance work will be organised.

If you know of any issues or work that needs doing, please contact West Sussex Public Rights of Way by the end of June via the following email address: prow@westsussex.gov.uk. Please copy in the Parish Council for our records (parishclerk@fulking.net).

Path numbers can be found on the West Sussex website and you may need to refer to the ‘How to use the iMap’ for this. Both the map and the guide can be found here: www.westsussex.gov.uk/imap.

Poynings Country Fete

Poynings Fete
Please join us at our traditional village fete in the rectory garden on June 10th from 2:00–4:30pm. This event helps fund the general upkeep of our beautiful Norman Church. There will be games and stalls for all ages — golf, toys, plants, cakes, books, a raffle and a tombola. Enjoy a scrumptious cream tea and watch the maypole dancing or puppet show with a glass of refreshing Pimms.

Sheila Marshall

Bobservation No. 32: Farewell to Tony and Doris

Tony and Doris Brooks at Hillbrook May 2017

Tony and Doris Brooks outside Hillbrook in May 2017
 
Tony and Doris Brooks came to Fulking to live at Hillbrook in 1970 and built the existing bungalow themselves in 1975.They then successfully ran Hillbrook Nursery until 1998 when they retired.

In the 47 years they lived in Fulking they have been stalwarts of all village activity and will be much missed. Tony has been a councillor and chairman of the parish council as well as one of the driving forces of the Social Committee. His authorship of the two volumes of The Changing Times of Fulking and Edburton which he published in 2007 & 2015 is an historical gem so far as the village is concerned and remains the important source of village information. Incidentally the proceeds of the sale of this work were, most generously, donated to the St Andrews church restoration fund.

Personally, I have been fortunate to come into contact with Tony over village matters many times and his honest and direct approach has been a great asset. I regret to say that their departure virtually brings to the end the era of a particularly dedicated type of villager, many of the recent arrivals to the village do not seem to me to be as interested or committed to Fulking.

Please join me in wishing Tony and Doris much happiness in their new home in Hassocks. We shall miss them.

Fulking Parish Council – Annual Meetings 11th May


ANNUAL MEETING of COUNCIL and ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
at Fulking Village Hall, Thursday 11th May 2017 at 7.30 pm

Agenda: Annual Meeting of Council
1. Chairman’s Welcome
2. Election of Chairman & Vice Chairman
3. Meeting Closed

Agenda: Annual Parish Meeting
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Approval of minutes APM 12/5/2016
3. Chairman’s report
4. Reports from District & County Councillors
5. Approval of 2015-16 Annual Return documents
6. Guest Speakers
Rob Ainslie, Development Manager, SDNPA
Paul Boichat, Senior Project Manager, BT Group
7. Date of next meeting
8. Meeting closed
Refreshments

The public and press are cordially invited to attend.

Derek Blackhall, Clerk to Fulking Parish Council
01273 846186, parishclerk@fulking.net
22 Kymer Gardens, Hassocks, W Sussex, BN6 8QZ