Welcome to Poynings Website
Poynings Third Pantomime Dick
The Long awaited Pantomime is well
You can get tickets at the Royal Oak
Strobe lights operate as part of the effects in this production.
LAMBS (Locals Against Mayfield Building
New farmers at
We (Camilla and Roly) have recently moved our young
family and sheep flock down from Oxfordshire to Saddlescombe Farm, owned by the National Trust. Our aim is to
run Saddlescombe Farm as a traditional sheep, beef and arable farm that produces the best quality meat through
high animal welfare, whilst protecting and enhancing the natural environment, and involving the local community
through farm visits and open days. In our spare time we will also be doing B&B!
To order one of our
delicious lamb, hogget or mutton meat boxes, or to join us and 'Be a shepherd of the day' - please call us on
01273 857062 or see our website www.camillaandroly.co.uk
We thought it was time we let you know what the
Better Connected project team has been up to.
Since West Sussex County Council signed a contract with
BT Telecommunications plc. in May this year, we have been hard at work planning how to deliver better,
faster broadband to more than 90% of the county.
Detailed network planning, survey and design is now
underway and a huge and complex programme of engineering work has begun.
The first areas to be surveyed have been identified and
surveyors and engineers will be seen out and about in the county exploring the network and verifying or
challenging assumptions about the potential locations where the necessary telecommunications
infrastructure can be built.
The work will include desktop and geographical surveys
as well as some preparatory work by engineers to ready the network to receive the new fibre cables. The
work will be carried out by BT’s local network business, Openreach.
This cannot be a ‘first come first served’ project. We
are carrying out expensive and complex engineering to benefit the most number of homes and businesses in
The areas selected for survey in phase one have been
identified as essential to build first in order to plot the grid for the rest of the infrastructure to
be built sequentially across the county. We expect surveys to take between six - nine months to complete
for each phase.
By Spring 2016 more than 300 new green cabinets will be
installed and upgrades made to 18 exchanges.
We expect to make the exciting announcement in Spring
next year of the first communities to benefit from the new broadband services, and the plans for rolling
out the technology to the rest of the county.
Better, faster broadband is now on its way!
Service. Harvest was actually 6 October, not November, ooops. the Remembrance service will be at
Poynings this year (not Newtimber on account of their building work) and this will be at 10am on Sunday
Thank you to the children from the nursery who have been collecting gifts for us to go to Martletts Hospice
Do come along with your children.
Work on the Church roof began
recently. Thank you so much to all who have given to help us with this. A special thank you to our own
Parish Council for their support.
It is now even easier to support the church on-line through 'My Donate'. Just go to www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/holytrinitychurchpoynings
The churchyard is looking very good
thanks to voluntary help from the Digby family!
We need a cleaner and have
decided to try to organise a rota of volunteers. If you can give an hour once every couple of months to
help keep the church in order, please let Caroline know on firstname.lastname@example.org
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY NUTRITIONAL THERAPY AT LOW COST?
We all know that diet
has a huge impact on our health but sorting the truth from the hype and working out what we should be
eating for our own individual needs, health goals and lifestyles can be difficult.
Now you can try personalised nutritional therapy at low or even no cost. Final-year students of the College of
Naturopathic Medicine are offering bookings at professionally supervised clinics between December 2013 and July
The clinics do not make a profit but only cover their cost, which enables the College to charge a fraction of
the usual fee. For £30 you will receive two consultations and a personal nutrition programme.
A few free places are available for those who are not earning or cannot afford the fee.
For more information or to book a place contact Justine Johnstone on 01273 857840 or email@example.com.
Sussex Police have added a new online reporting form for
residents to report something suspicious. Please see the link below.
A huge welcome back to all of you Happy Hookers after the summer
Why not make some of your Christmas pressies
this year? We will be back at the Royal Oak in Poynings, last Thursday of the month, 8pm for our monthly meet
up, so please do come along and join us. Doesn't have to be crochet - it can be knitting, sewing, card
making.....in fact anything.
So come along and indulge yourself with a
little hooky happiness time just for you ( oh and a few other like minded people) and join us for an evening of
knitting, nattering and a few drinkies thrown into the mix should you so wish! Everybody welcome, from
beginners to those who cascade creativity and confidence ( we know you are out there!)
Go on, spoil yourself just one evening a
month and grab some 'me' time. Learn something new, finish an old project or just pretend and catch up on the
gossip! See you there!,
They have recently
launched a website (in collaboration with their contractor, Balfour Beatty
Living Places) with the intention of giving you up-to-date information on the
services they provide in maintaining the public highway. I hope you will find the site useful and
I would encourage you to visit it. The site is open to everyone.
The website address is www.westsussexhighways.org
There is a lovely article about Frank
You may already be aware that we have a large group of travellers
in the District. They will be looking for areas of land where they can park their vans. We would ask that
you report any concerns about incursions to Sussex Police on 101 (non-emergency) 999 (emergency) or if on
District Council land please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01444
Holistic massage in the
Local resident Louise Begley has just started up her new
holistic massage business.
Please visit www.mypamperroom.co.uk for the full range of treatments or call
07980 554710 to book an appointment.
Sign up NOW for Better
Improved broadband in West Sussex - nearly 7,000
registrations and counting!
More than 6,900 homes and businesses have now registered support for
better, faster broadband in the county.
66 people in Fulking have registered, only 28 in Poynings!
You can now find out how many registrations have been returned
from where you live. We’ve published the running totals by parish and
town council area and put them on our webpages.
Please tell your colleagues, friends and family about
signing up for better,
faster broadband if they haven’t already done so. They will not be committed to buying any new
services but will help us to make the case to telecommunications suppliers for their further
investment in the county.
Did you see
the rainbow during the summer, here is the best picture I've seen.
Taken by Robin Cook
Fed up with being ripped off by oil
Nigel Evans has formed an oil syndicate which buys every three
months in the summer and two months in the winter.
If you could email Nigel your full name, address and phone numbers, he can add them to his database. His
email address is Poyningsoil@gmail.com
Liz Dedman Seaton from Down Under is trying to find out if Norman
was a relative of hers. Her gtgtGrandmother, Jane Elizabeth Barber Dedman, was born in Poynings 180 years
ago and sailed to Australia aged 21. Could you let me know if you can
Su Jones is organising a
collection in memory of Norman. The plan is to raise funds for a
memorial bench at the Poynings Cricket Ground. There’s a collection jar in the Royal Oak and all
donations I am sure would be gratefully received.
Borrowing, Helping, Sharing
Paul Brewer has set up a great site to help locals
The idea is that people think about what they can offer or what they need.
- offering help or asking for help
- offering to lend things / asking to borrow things
- giving things away / asking for a freebie
People can add their email address or phone number or both and only people who follow the link can
Lots of people have already registered, have a look!
The Downs at Night
For those of you who like photography here is an amazing picture of
the Downs at 3.30 in the Morning (yes, that time does exist)! It was taken by Andy Coupland from his
garden in darkness with only the moon lending a
hand with a 60 second exposure.
Click here to see the Twilight zone!
Sheila has got
an updated fantastic collection of pictures just about Poynings here.
Put on the kettle, make and cup of coffee, put your feet up and enjoy
Want to know what's happening in September? click here to find out full details
Land for Smallholding
There are a growing number of people in the area, who have expressed an interest in organically raising their
own livestock on a small scale basis.
We are therefore looking for an initial 1 or 2 acres of land locally, with easy access, appropriate for farming
It is our dream to grow this into a 'River Cottage' style community based project involving any locals
interested in participating and learning about the grass roots aspects of smallholding.
Please contact Stephen or Lesley on 834610 if you have any land that may be appropriate or if you would just
like to add your details to the growing list of interested smallholders!
You may have seen Sheila suspiciously lurking by the
Pumpkin and if you weren't careful you may have ended up having you photo taken. Check here to see if you
ended up in the Pumpkin Heads rogue gallery.
Poynings is a small village hiding at the base of the Devils Dyke just north of Brighton and it has a
population of about 280.
Poynings has a 14th century cruciform Church and if you look at the front of the porch you will
see that it is made of flints so beautifully shaped that they fit together like bricks. There is some and has
magnificent 15th Century stained glass. It is known as one of the finest village medieval churches in Sussex. The
tower is 58 feet high, and accessed by probably the oldest wooden ladder in Sussex! In the Apex of the porch gable
you can just see a carved shield which isn't mentioned in any guide books. The arms are those of the Poynings
family. The brothers Thomas and Richard de Poynings built the church as it now stands in 1370. This coat of Arms
can also be seen on the village sign opposite the church at Cora's corner. Cora's memory lingers here with the
corner named after her and a walk, along which has a series of seats presented by the Emile Littler Foundation.
There is also a pub, playing field, cricket pitch (which is well maintained by trained sheep), school/village hall
and lots of interesting people.
South and uphill of Poynings is the Devil’s Dyke, a steep coombe, surmounted by an Iron Age fort
and provides superb views of the South Downs westwards across to Chanctonbury ring and northwards over the Weald. A
railway used to run here from Brighton until the late 1930's which was packed with hysterical day-trippers. A
raised bank by the row of cottages below the hotel was the end of the line. If you look carefully, you can still
find in the banks on either side of the Dyke, the footings of the structure which strung cable cars across the gulf
around the turn of the century. A hundred yards to the east of the restaurant car park there is a slab of concrete
for the funicular railway which shot down the steep slope to Poynings from 1897.
The Old School is now the village hall, and in the village centre nestles Glebe Cottage,
constructed from flint, with a slate roof and tiny windows.
This is a community site so please visit it often and don't forget to add your views on our
Forum. Especially the younger ones in the village (Must be over 1 month).
Even the wildlife are a bit strange!
I hope you will find this easy to use and will encourage more of you to give me some feedback,
information and gossip!!
I make no apologies to shamelessly plagiarizing Sheila's hard work on the Newsletter, and all the
Contact Colin at
On the left hand side you should see links to other parts of the site and some offsite links.
This site is listed in the British Towns and
Villages Encyclopaedia of Great Britain and we can be found in the entry for Poynings