Mar 15

Dick Whittington

At long last the DVD’s for Dick Whittington are available for only £5. All proceeds to The Church restoration fund.

I hope to put them in the Oak soon. Drop me a line if you want one.


Mar 15

Drumming & Percussion


Drumming & Percussion Group on Sunday 30th March

– with West Sussex Music tutor Steve Morley –

Poynings Village Hall from 2pm – 3.30pm

With a view to meeting on the last Sunday of each month, the emphasis will be on enlivening but relaxed music-making for adults using traditional West African djembe rhythms; no experience is necessary. £7/person.

A diverse range of percussion instruments will be provided but do bring your own drum if you have one. Hope to see you there!

Call Steve on 857590 for more information

Mar 14

Poynings Cricket Club Quiz


We have had a cancellation so there is now a space at our Poynings Cricket Club Quiz quiz on Saturday.

This is at Preston Nomads’ Pavilion, Fulking, at 7pm

Teams of six or less – raffle – food – bar


Please contact Les Lowin if you would like to join us.


Mar 10

Another Burglary

There was another burglary this morning in broad daylight at about 6.15am.

They climbed over a fence and stole an outboard motor from a shed.

One person did this as he was seen, he possibly had a car parked in the Forge Garage or on the road in the layby nearby.

Keep your sheds well locked!

Mar 10

Geoff Harris

Thank you very much for sending me news of Poynings. 

I was indeed saddened to read of the death of Geoff Harris whom I remember well from his smoked salmon days, in fact he was one of my first contacts in the salmon business in 1975. 
At the time I had left Poynings, settled in Paris and was a partner in a steel trading company.  One of our clients, from the trading Company Balfour Guthrie, in Vancouver asked for contacts with salmon smokers so I put them in contact with Geoff Harris. 
However, that year there was a lack of fish due to a fisherman’s strike, so Balfour didn’t contact him so he asked me to find him some salmon. That decided me to visit friends in Vancouver and whilst they were working I went out and met with the different fisheries with the result that one Company, Trans-Pacific Fish, gave me the agency for Europe.  This developed into many deep friendships and successful years of selling salmon. 

In the end I don’t think Geoff ever did buy salmon from me.

Please extend my sincere condolences to his family.

Thank you again
Best wishes
Eve Purdew
P.S. I was born and brought up in Toots Corner, Grange Farm Cottages and have many happy memories of Poynings


It’s interesting to see the turnover in a village over the years – when I was born in 1948 people had been living in Poynings for ever and I remember that  the people who owned the shop were referred to as the ‘newcomers’ – even though they had lived in the village for over twelve years at the time.   Everyone knew each other because of the close knit community, the cricket or the whist drives every Saturday in the original village hall.  We’re all spread out throughout the world now but our roots are still in Poynings. 
How many still live in the village from that time?

Best wishes
Eve Purdew

Mar 10

Safer in Sussex Community Fund

There’s still time to apply for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.

I was delighted to launch my Safer in Sussex Community Fund at the end of last year, which is a new initiative that will provide financial support to innovative local projects that aim to make our communities safer.

Applications will be considered on a quarterly basis and there’s still time to submit your bid before the first deadline on 31 March.

I welcome applications from all local groups and organisations that can demonstrate how they are tackling the issues in their area that support the priorities set out in my Police & Crime Plan. These include commissioning initiatives that tackle crime, reduce reoffending and address community priorities such as alcohol, drugs, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and road safety.

I want to help communities work together to come up with ways of tackling crime and disorder and I am keen to support projects that demonstrate strong partnership working. I will be working with local partners and agencies to ensure this support complements existing activity.

More information about the Fund and how to apply is available on my website:

I look forward to receiving your applications.

Best wishes,

Katy Bourne

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Mar 09

Parish Council Meeting

The next Poynings Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 11th March 2014 at 7pm in the Village Hall.



  1. Minutes


  2. Matters Arising
    1. Operation Watershed
    2. Trees on Cora’s Corner
    3. Footpath behind Pond Bey


  3. Expenditure for January and February


  4. Planning Applications


  1. Any Other Business


  2. Date of Next Meeting – AGM


Mar 05

Celtic traditional Folk

March 28th in Newtimber.

Concert of Celtic traditional folk, country, rock and gospel music by singer and songwriters Michael and Teenie Harcus from Westray in the Orkney Islands.

Held at St John the Evangelist Church, Church Lane, Newtimber, BN6 9BT on Friday 28 March at 7.30 pm.

Tickets include delicious Scottish themed canapes, drinks and other tempting delicacies.  Newtimber is well known for its warm welcome, good food, and now we have a toilet suitable for disabled use.

Adults £15 and under 18s £5.

All proceeds towards Church restoration.  Book now to ensure a seat.

Tickets from Shirley Murrell 01273 857353

or Lucy Dalrymple 01273 832009

Mar 05


I am available for baby sitting and pet sitting. I’m experienced in child care as I am currently in my 2nd and final year of college studying child development at a level 3 stage which has given me many opportunities to work with young children. I am experienced with animals as well as I have 6 six dogs and many chickens and 3 ducks. I have looked after cats before as well.

Mobile:    07794 544 390

Home:        01273 857 404

Email :

Mar 04

National Park Local Plan

Messsage from South Downs National Park

Following my email on 24/02/2014 I am writing with details of the National Park Local Plan Options Consultation Document and the Preliminary Draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule.  These two consultation documents will be out for public comment from Friday 28th February till Wednesday 30th April (23:59 hours). 

 The documents can be viewed online at: The link will take you to a screen where you will see both the local plan and the community infrastructure levy consultation documents. The webpage is quite self explanatory but there are basically three ways to comment:

 1.    You can view and comment online using our online consultation software.  PLEASE NOTE AN EMAIL WAS SENT TO ALL CLERKS ON FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY WITH LINKS TO THE ONLINE CONSULTATION SOFTWARE. THIS MAY APPEAR IN YOUR JUNK MAIL FILE, PLEASE CHECK, IF YOU HAVENT RECEIVED THIS LET ME KNOW AND I WILL ARRANGE FOR ANOTEHR EMAIL TO BE SENT. The link above will also take you to the same webpage where you can register by clicking register at the top of the page.

2.    You can download and read the consultation documents (local plan options and preliminary charging schedule) and make comment using our electronic comment form and email that back to us; or

3.    You can read the document and make your comments by writing to us in paper format

Once you click on either Local Plan Options Consultation or Community Infrastructure Levy you will be taken to the consultation page for that document, and will be presented with the three options above.

The SDNPA will also be running three Local Plan and CIL consultation workshops, where we will provide more background to this consultation programme and officers will also be available to answer any questions you have. At these workshops we will also be giving a simple presentation on how to use the online consultation software. There are still places left on all three workshops. You can book a place on one of the workshops below by contacting Please book places before 5pm Friday 7th March. The final agenda for each workshop will be circulated later this week.

Hampshire, 11th March 2014, East Meon Village Hall, 18.30 – 21.00

West Sussex, 12th March 2014, Leconfield Hall, Market Square, Petworth, 18.30 – 21.00

East Sussex, 21st March, Ditchling Village Hall, 12.30 – 3pm

If you are able to publish this important consultation on your parish webpage I would be very grateful. I have attached a copy of the public consultation poster which should provide all the text you require and you can use the link in this email so people can get straight to our webpage to make their comments.

Thanks again for all your support in assisting the South Downs National Park Authority in this important consultation. If you have any questions or need any assistance with providing feedback please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards


Chris Paterson

Strategy Lead – Communities

South Downs National Park Authority

Link to more details SDNPA Consultation

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