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Lambing time and dogs

Sheep in this field

David, the farmer at Perching Manor Farm, would like to politely ask you that if you are walking with your dog in a field in which there are sheep then your dog should be on a lead. This is especially important at this time of year as there will be lambing and lambs. Notices have been posted on the field gates.

Ordinary Meeting Fulking Parish Council 15th April 2021

Dear All, 

You are cordially invited to the online Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council on Thursday 15th April 2021 at 7.30pm via Microsoft Teams, the meeting will consider the items set out below. 

If you would like to attend please email

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk  


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.  

21/029/OM.            Apologies for Absence. 

21/030/OM.            Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

21/031/OM.            Approve the Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting of 8th January 2021, Planning Meeting 4th February 2021Co-option Meeting 27th February 2021 and Extraordinary (Planning) Meeting 2nd March 2021 

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

21/032/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.   

21/033/OM.            Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.  

1) Ram Pump Noticeboard 

2) Speed Indicator Device 

3) Village Signs 

4) Village Gateway 

21/034/PM.            Fulking Secondary School Allocations                           

21/035/PM.            Planning Inspectorate Decision re Market Gardens     

21/036/OM.            Village Hall 

21/037/OM.             Yellow Lines 

21/038/OM.             Asset Inventory and Maintenance 

21/039/OM.              Reports from Outside Bodies. 

21/040/OM.             Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 

21/041/OM.              Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 

21/042/OM.              Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

21/043/OM.            To set a date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting:       May 2021 via Microsoft Teams. 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 22nd July 2021 



Bobservation No.79: Churches

St Andrews Church - Edburton
Downland Churches Re-allocation
Churchgoers will have noticed a reduction in the number of attendees at services. I understand that the Government, in its eternal wisdom or possibly lack of it, is proposing that a large number of rural churches are to have their use re-allocated. The detail, so far as the Downland churches are concerned, means that St John the Evangelist, Newtimber will continue as a Church of England place of worship; St Andrews, Edburton will be given over to an Islamic Mosque; Holy Trinity, Poynings will be a Masonic Temple and The Church of the Transfiguration, Pyecombe will be the new Downland humanist meeting point. Regrettably there is no known procedure to alter these re-allocations, which have been governed by the pandemic and a need to raise income for the Benefice of Chichester. It has been suggested that, within the current Covid restrictions, the intended day of re-allocation, Sunday 25 July 2021, be treated as a local day of celebration and food and entertainment be provided at a venue to be decided in Fulking. The RSPCA have offered to hold a dog show there on that date.  1.4.21

Our Lurcher bitch, Lola, passed away on 18 March and I cannot tell you what a big void this has created in our lives. She was a stray from Allsorts Dog Rescue when we were lucky enough to rehome her 11 years ago and since then had become an important member of the family. When she was younger she was a joy to watch gliding across the Downs and playing with other dogs. She was a great hunter. Recently she had aged a lot and we were not overly surprised to see her go. Only dog owners will appreciate how great the loss can be. We will be looking for a replacement for her and would appreciate anyone hearing of a bitch that needs a new home to get in touch on 271. It has been very touching how many locals have offered sympathy and help. Our thanks to all of you.

The really wet winter means that bluebells at Furzefield should be good this year and we would be delighted to have villagers have a wander round, from probably the last week in April. No dogs and children under strict control! Give us a ring on 271 if you are interested so we can comply with whatever Covid 19 restrictions are in place. Generally easy to see how they are coming on from Clappers Lane as you are passing.

New rat underpass proposed

Andrew Griffiths reports:

There are significant plans being put forward by RWE for the expansion of the Rampion offshore windfarm with an associated onshore cable corridor and a new electricity sub-station. The cable corridor in particular impacts upon this constituency as it cuts through the South Downs on its journey north to the national grid at Bolney.

A map of the existing Edburton rat underpass, aka ‘cable corridor’, can be found here.

Bobservation No:78 – Bird Watching & Zooming

Badly doctored image of zoom meeting with exotic birds in stead of peopleBird Watching
Fortunately, the restrictions imposed on us by Coronavirus have not interfered totally with the pleasures of bird watching. Be warned! this hobby is very addictive but probably one of the least expensive to enjoy. Whilst birding can be enjoyed just by looking out of the window, the only essential, other than waterproof clothing, is a reasonable pair of binoculars. I find a good bird identification guide is a great help, preferably pocket size. These days a great deal of information can be found on the internet and indeed, there is a good birdsong store on the village website for birds that have been seen or heard in Fulking over the last nearly thirty years. The two principal national organisations covering the hobby are RSPB and BTO. I find the latter (British Trust for Ornithology) good value and, in addition, BTO has a weekly birdwatch count reporting facility where your individual results are stored. Annual sub is £17, you get a free book and their very informative quarterly magazine; their email is In the last 29 years at Furzefield we have seen or heard 81 different species; the prima donna was a Wryneck outside the kitchen window! During this difficult pandemic I do urge you to consider spending a little time investigating birding. You won’t regret it.

Pandemic Zooming
In company with other villagers I am involved in several Zoom meetings. Having got over my initial horror at what it entails, I can understand that while Coronavirus limitations are placed upon us, it enables virtual social gatherings to take place. However, I look forward to the day when we can have live meetings again however long that is going to take. I cannot imagine what it would be like to hold a Zoom Village Fair! Hopefully Sunday 25 July will see the real thing however limited it may be.