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You are cordially invited to the Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council on Thursday 29th July 2021 at 7.30pm, to be held at the Village Hall. The meeting will consider the items set out below.
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.
21/053/OM. Apologies for Absence.
21/054/OM. Declaration of Members’ Interests.
21/055/OM. Approve the Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting of 15th April 2021.
21/056/OM. Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.
1) Speed Indicator Device
2) Village Signs
4) Finger Post
5) Market Gardens
21/057/OM. Reports from District and County Councillors.
21/058/OM. Code of Conduct Review 2021
21/059/OM. Financial Regulations Review 2021
21/060/OM. Village Hall Update
21/061/OM. Yellow Lines Update.
21/062/OM. Fulking Secondary School Allocations Update.
21/063/OM. Asset Inventory and Maintenance
21/064/OM. Reports from Outside Bodies.
21/065/OM. Information Items. To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings.
21/066/OM. Correspondence. To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received.
21/067/OM. Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure.
21/068/OM. To set a date for the next Ordinary Meeting in October 2021.
Wilding in Gardens
I have found wilding in our garden has given a remarkable increase in the range of insects, including bees, and an amazing variety of wild flowers (there are no weeds only wild flowers!). Instead of mowing all the grassed areas in straight lines we have created mown paths through the previously mown parts. The concept is not new but has been given a large boost by the success of wilding at Knepp Castle. Our vegetable plot has benefitted from allowing wild flowers to grow at the margins of vegetable beds by increasing the bee pollination rate. Obviously all this has to be kept proportionate to the space available but it is certainly worth giving it a try.
RSPCA fun dog show at Fulking Fair 2021
The centrepiece of this year’s fair will be the RSPCA fun dog show. Depending on what Covid regulations are in force it is the intention to hold the fair on Sunday 25 July from mid-day till 5pm. The Social Committee has once again proved to be a tremendous asset in preparing, manning and generally helping to make this all possible in a very difficult year, as have the hard core of village helpers. It is at times like this that I am reminded what a fantastic village we live in.
“Wolstonbury, a 90-acre farm at the foot of Wolstonbury Hill, planted its first vineyard in 2015 and now has nine acres of chalk vineyard growing Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.” [Click here for full the Yahoo report.]
Two week road closure for UK Power Networks for work taking place between Elmside and Perching Manor to install new High Voltage cables.
Proposed Start Date / Time Date: 21st June 2021 Time: 0800
Proposed End Date / Time Date: 2nd July 2021 Time: 1700
The restriction will be effective Day-time only from 0800 to 1800
Access maintained for emergency services, residents and pedestrians
Local’s diversion via Clappers Lane, Henfield Road, Horn Lane, Shoreham Road
Contact telephone number 03700 500792
This changing world
Jenny reminded me the other day of some of the really involved people who are no longer in the village. At the risk of omitting someone, in no particular order, Nick, Kate, Jo, Jim & Carolyn, Tony & Doris, Nick & Jill, Sarah, Harry & Charmayne, Ian and Jill, Adrian, Anthony, Alison, Tim, Annette, Holly & Ollie, Brian, Barry, Dave & Emily. I apologise for omissions! The point I am making is that since they left it has been harder and harder to get enthusiastic supporters of village events. Whenever the Coronavirus is controlled, life as we knew it will never be the same again. I hope that the acceptance with which people were prepared to put up with things will have been replaced by a more questioning attitude and a demand for a fairer more egalitarian society. Assuming this leads to material change, particularly in the NHS, it can only be a good thing so far as most of the population are concerned. Indeed, I think it is for villagers to do everything that they can legally to assist in bringing about such change.
RSPCA fun dog show at Fulking Fair
Subject to regulations concerning the virus and, of course, the weather we are on track for a really good fair on Sunday 25 July from noon till 5pm in the North Town Field. There will be live music, hot food, a bar, childrens’ games, teas and cakes and some interesting stalls. RSPCA will be taking part for the first time with a fun dog show from 12.30pm. National Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust will be there. We are still very short of helpers, for all manner of jobs, so if you would like to join us and help raise some funds for Fulking village needs, please get in touch. I am seriously concerned that if we do not get more offers of help the Fair will be in jeopardy.