Pigeon rehomed

Pigeon Post rehomed at fulking.net
Found in Clappers Lane, apparently en route to Knole House, and immediately adopted by the team from the website.

The new Pigeon will consist of two sides of A4 and be based on the website. It will appear on the first of each month. One side will consist of the calendar/diary of events for that month. We will depend on you to tell us about all the things that need to be included. Telepathy is insufficient. The other side will contain (i) routine Fulking items that pertain to the coming month — church and parish council matters, social committee matters, etc., and (ii) text contributed by readers — letters, rants, pleas, anything legal. Just send it in to the email address in the banner above. All Pigeon Post material will also appear on the website.

Village Action Plan Group Meeting

yourvillageneedsyouThe annual meeting of the Village Action Plan group is on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

The latest version of the plan can be found here on the website under ‘About Our Village’ or by clicking here.

Please do come along if you have any suggestions or additions for updating the plan that you think would benefit the future of the village.

Secretary, Village Action Plan Group

Fulking Parish Council – Budget 2014-2015

Fulking Parish Council set a budget of £7,303 for the current financial year at its meeting on 10th October 2013.

Parish Council budget covers items such as the grass cutting & maintenance of the playground at NTF, street lighting and repairs, public liability insurance, website hosting, cost of audits, subscriptions to local societies, as well as additional training for Councillors & Clerk and the Clerk’s salary.

The budget has remained the same as last year.

A full copy of the budget is available here.

Andrea Dickson
Clerk to Fulking Parish Council

Changes to the website

recursive screenshot of fulking.net
There are three main changes:

  • The calendar widget in the right sidebar has been removed and replaced with a large icon. If you click the icon you get to see the current month displayed in the central section of the page. The calendar widget was not working well with phones and tablets.
  • The various search options have been put together at the top of the left sidebar. Ordinary (Google-style) keyword search may not always deliver what you want or expect on fulking.net. Category search will sometimes provide you with a better result.
  • We have introduced a permanent slot for local adverts at the top of the right sidebar. The contents at any given time will be determined by importance and urgency. Thus you may see ‘Fulking Fair’ there for a week or two (it’s important), then something alerting you to an emergency closure of Clappers Lane (that’s urgent), then back to ‘Fulking Fair’ for a while.

Call for contributors

Call for contributors on children, business and farming
This website managed to deliver an average of just over a post a day during 2013. However, there are three areas of interest to many locals where our coverage has been very weak:

  • Children — there are many more in the village now than has normally been the case in recent years. We could usefully include a lot more news about their activities, their schools, their successes, their failures (okay, perhaps not), and their parenting.
  • Farming — we all live surrounded by farms. We walk the public footpaths through the fields. We can see the crops and animals. Occasionally we see a tractor doing what tractors do. But, for those residents who are not involved in the farming, that’s about it. Many would be interested in learning more. For example, the implications of changes in policy or regulation for farming in Fulking.
  • Local businesses — relative to the the size of the population, there are many hidden away in Fulking and the immediately adjacent villages. They expand and contract, introduce new products or services, employ new people, enlarge their premises, and so on. All of which is of potential interest to readers of this website.

Unassisted, we are unlikely to be able to improve our coverage of these three areas in 2014. If you think you could help with one of them, please get in touch with John.