Issue No 41 May 2007
STATE REGISTERED CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST
Mrs ADRIANA ROZEK
BSc .Hons M.Ch.S. S.R.Ch.
Iver Medical Centre, High Street, IVER, SL0 9PJ
Tel: 01753 652754
Chiropody Clinic & Footcare Centre
1 B Oaklands Grove Authorised Stockist of
Tel: 020 8749 3456
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CHRISTMAS SERVICE IN DUBAI
Camels and donkeys, Arab robes and headdresses, and more than a hint of
extremely rich “wise men”– in some ways Christmas in Dubai felt rather
closer to the original event than murky England. But the service at Dubai’s
Anglican church was something else.
Sheena and I were in Dubai to stay with our son and his young family. On
Christmas morning we all set off for church. The first surprise was the
location. Well out of town, up a dirt road onto a patch of desert, in a block
together with several other Christian churches. It seems the Muslim rulers
had decided to corral the Christians well out of harm’s way. The large
Anglican church was squeezed between the Greek Orthodox to the right
and the Evangelicals to the left. The Methodists were there too and the
Pentecostalists. The Catholics were round the corner.
The surprises continued. The church sign proclaimed we were in the
Diocese of Cyprus. Then an obvious entrance faced us as we went up the
steps but the lone couple in front turned right and we duly followed them –
only to find they were off to the loos. Back to the main entrance and in we
went. Clutching service papers we found a pew. But they weren’t exactly
service papers after all. They were the words for a christening service. A
christening on Christmas Day? No, not a christening, six christenings.
The English vicar called out the names and the cast of Ben Hur went
forward – babies, parents, godparents, the sisters, the cousins and the
aunts. It emerged that two of the babies were no-shows: where’s Lucy?
Tristram? Not to worry, the other godparents were soon into their vows
and the fontwater became a veritable tsunami. The ceremony was just
concluding when a commotion at the back signalled the arrival of Tristram
and Lucy. We never did learn whether they received instant christenings
or were told same time same place next week.
It was meant to be a communion service. But no confession, no
intercessions, no prayer of humble access. No sermon either. Just another
carol and straight into the Eucharistic prayer. Then the queue to receive
the bread and wine. We assumed people in the front row would go up first
and we prepared to await our turn. No way, it was sauve qui peut. An
instant queue filled the aisle nearly to the rear door, led by those from
furthest back. We got there in the end. To receive real bread. And a real
sip of wine.
And so to O Come All Ye Faithful, normally the final hymn on Christmas
Day. But not in Dubai; instead, please be seated. It was time to say
goodbye to Gabriel. Gabriel? The archangel himself? Goodbye? It
transpired that this was the caretaker Gabriel, leaving to return to India.
But where was he? Another no-show? “What a performance” said the
vicar. “Amen”, said we to ourselves. Gabriel then arrived via some side
door, plus large family (godparents too?). The vicar thanked him for being
such an outstanding guardian of the church’s electrics/plumbing/leaking
roof and handed over an envelope stuffed full of cash.
But that was not yet that. Not by a long way even though things had been
going on for ten minutes over the hour and many children had grown
nearly as restive as their parents and grandparents. No, there was to be
more singing. A hymn? Not in the Anglican church in Dubai. Nor a carol.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is rather more secular than that, and the
Dubai version even more secular:
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
a 12-mile long tailback
11 belly dancers
10 abras[water taxis]crossing
9 Karama[fake] handbags
8 shoppers shopping
a 7-star hotel
6 Arab horses
5 diamond rings
3 gold souqs
2 desert camels
and a falcon in a palm tree
The eight shoppers shopping rather caught the spirit of things with
Mammon and Christ well and truly confused.
So it was as if we’d said goodbye to Christianity. And to Gabriel. Time to
say goodbye to the vicar? Not quite, Gabriel wished to say goodbye to us
- all five feet of him, nearly invisible behind the lectern, but more than
ready to exercise the right of reply. The service was now more than an
hour and a half old but he was not about to shortchange us. The minutes
came and went, as did “and finally” at least three times. The length of his
fond farewell was the inverse of his height.
He did stop in the end. And the service stopped. And so out into the sun,
and the desert, and the dirt road. Exhausted and not wholly uplifted. Past
a plaque recording that the church’s bit of desert had been “graciously
presented by the Ruler, Sheikh Makhtoum”, he of the six Arab horses – and
the falcon too no doubt.
ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION
During 2006 we held our usual Bridge Drives and the 11th Fulmer
Tennis Day which grows annually in popularity. We had 9 courts in
operation, with at least 6 players on each followed by the traditional
tennis lunch at the house of Susie Simkins. We were also tempted by
delicious cake and jewellery stalls.
In November we organised our first Quiz Night at the Memorial
Centre which proved to be a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by
all its 98 competitors. Julian Wilson from Iver was question-master
and tested our knowledge and wits in an amusing, light-hearted yet
challenging way. By popular demand we are arranging a repeat on
Saturday, November 24th this year, so please let us know if you
would like to take part.
December came full circle to our Annual Clay Shoot at Watersplash
Farm. We had a full complement of 40 guns and 70 to lunch and
mulled wine in the barn afterwards. The weather was perfect and we
had some new younger competitors for the novice cup.
As a committee we are very proud to have now raised around
£100,000 and would like to thank all those who have supported us in
attaining this sum. The RNLI, which has no Government funding,
costs around £120 million a year to run and during 2005 rescued
over 8,000 people. Apparently the number of people rescued from
being cut off by the tide, trapped on sandbanks and those on
inflatables, dingies and power boats is on the increase, though
surprisingly the busiest lifeboat station in the UK was Tower on the
HIGHWAYS HANG-UPS AND HIGHS
Speed Limit Review
For the last couple of years, there has been frequent publicity
concerning the proposed limits. There was a public consultation
period in April 2006. No objections had been raised. It seems that
some people had not been able to understand the implications until
intention became reality in January this year. There has been
confusion over the relevant national regulations for highways. On
reflection, it will be apparent that when a sign warns of a change in
the speed limit there must be notification when that restriction comes
to an end. This requirement is embodied in the regulations; thus
when Fulmer Common Road became limited to 40 mph, a sign had to
be erected where it did not apply. Cherry Tree Lane has been subject
to the national speed limit since the year dot, so it continued to be 60
mph. Nothing had changed. Of course, no regulation is going to
prevent idiots driving at top speed down a country lane, whatever
limit is in place. However, if they cause an accident they will be
prosecuted for driving without taking the road conditions into
account, as stated in the regulations. Likewise, anyone who tampers
with a road traffic sign will get a criminal record.
The Parish Council did write to the County to see whether an advisory
limit would be possible in Cherry Tree Lane. The response was that,
until a review is undertaken in about a year's time, there would be no
change. Those of you who read the Newsletter will know that the
County had hoped to introduce 'Quiet Lane' status for Alderbourne
Lane and Fulmer Lane, which would have included a 20 mph limit.
County had hoped that experience would show whether the scheme
should be extended. In the event, the Department for Transport gave
the thumbs down to the proposal.
Fulmer Road Gateway
The new gateway with a new parish sign affixed, set on a neat
gravelled base, was installed in October, on schedule. Together with
the extension of the 30 mph limit to that point, there are now clear
and not unattractive warnings for motorists. The bulbs planted by
parishioners add a nice touch.
Horse Warning Signs
These have been placed some distance either side of the Riding for
the Disabled access, in Framewood Road.
Delegated Budget 2007/08
Having submitted the proposals in May of 2006 it was a bit irksome
not to be told until January this year that they had been turned
down. This displeasure was made known to County, who allowed a
further two months for new submissions.
The Parish Council is continuing to press for proper repairs and re-
surfacing in Fulmer Lane, south of Alderbourne Manor. There is
reason to believe that this bid will be successful. In addition, now
that the cost of Vehicle Activated Signs is expected to be halved,
there ought to be a better chance of having them for reinforcing the
30 mph limit in the village and providing other warning messages.
However, the County are waiting for more evidence and have not
shown much enthusiasm, at this stage.
PINEWOOD FILM CLUB 7
Imagine a civilised private cinema,
set in a world famous film studios,
with just over 100 comfortable armchairs
a car park near the entrance,
its own private bar and a clientele you will identify with
Sounds good, doesn’t it??
For details of membership
Dee Knight 01753 656217
Highways and Pavements. Ring "Highways on Call" 0845 230 2882.
Dangerous defects should be attended to within 24 hours of
notification, although, in the first instance, the repair may only be
temporary. 'Dangerous' is defined as a carriageway pothole in excess
of 40 mm deep and 300 mm wide. A footway is deemed to be
dangerous if there is a trip hazard greater than 20 mm. If the work
is not deemed to be immediately necessary, it will be reviewed at the
next routine inspection of the area.
The deterioration in the contact service, as a result of trying to cover
too much before staff could cope, triggered off pressure to get it
right. There has been some improvement and County promise to get
the system fully up to scratch
Street Lighting. Ring Peter Kelly, our Parish Clerk, on 832112.
Remember to note the identifying number on the defective light
standard so that he can precisely inform the maintenance contractor.
Those of you who do as requested and remove the cap from plastic
bottles and then crush them, need read no further. Those of you
who persist in putting the cap back on and not crushing the bottle
cannot read, anyway. Likewise, metal cans and cardboard boxes
should be crushed before recycling.
This is the provisional title for the forthcoming history of Fulmer; sub-
titled, "An account of people and places in the Parish of Fulmer over
the years". So far, it consists of 34,000 words, covering 14 chapters
and amounting to 128 pages of A5 size. In addition there are 32
illustrations. More material may become available, but there is
already enough to make for a modest-sized publication. The Parish
Council has set up a small working party to deal with the
administration. Here are a few snippets:
Fulmer Chase was converted into a maternity home for wives of
serving officers, during World War II. Michael Davies was born there
in November 1941, his father was a gunnery officer in HMS Cossack
(the destroyer was famous, in 1940, for rescuing nearly 300 captured
British merchant seamen from the Altmark in a Norwegian fjord.
Cossack also took part in the sinking of the battleship Bismarck).
Only nine days prior to Michael's birth, HMS Cossack was sunk.
Initial reports stated that all the officers had been killed but
thankfully, his father had survived and was taken to a Gibraltar
hospital, from where he wrote to his wife, Peggy, expressing his
excitement at having a son. Michael provided the author with details
of the terms and conditions. For example, residence was charged at
four guineas (£4.20) per week, which included all necessary medical
attention. Presents to the staff and tips to the servants were not
permitted. Mothers-to-be were offered guidance on what to do
before admission, such as ensuring bowels were opened, daily, and
the taking of exercise by walking in the open air.
The minutes of the Parish Council, originally hand-written into books,
show the problems encountered.
1898 The parish pump had been put out of order by "the
mischievous act of a boy" and caused a great deal of inconvenience.
1899 Discussion on the building of a new bridge. It should be of
greater height than the present design in order to save children from
getting over the walls and falling into the stream. Additionally, it
would prevent "loafers and idlers" from lounging and sitting on top of
the walls, as was the custom.
Also in 1899, the Clerk was instructed to write to Fulmer Hall and
'Fulmer Gardens' to draw attention to the offensive 'affluvia' caused
by the removal of the contents of the cesspits and the discharge of
this sewage upon the properties. Alterations in the methods of
disposal were requested. (No complaints, since!)
1904 An allotment holder had refused to pay his rent, because
cattle had strayed onto his ground and caused damage. The Council
did not accept this excuse.
1915 Annoyance was being caused by the abuse of the urinal at the
Black Horse. The Clerk was to write to the brewers to have it moved
to the back yard.
1940 Complaints of smoking in air raid shelters were taken seriously.
Notices would be posted to warn smokers that they would be
STATE REGISTERED CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST
Mrs ADRIANA ROZEK
BSc .Hons M.Ch.S. S.R.Ch.
Iver Medical Centre, High Street, IVER, SL0 9PJ
Tel: 01753 652754
Chiropody Clinic & Footcare Centre
1 B Oaklands Grove Authorised Stockist of
Tel: 020 8749 3456
A LEGACY TO WITHHOLD
After 18 years of privileged membership in the everyday life of our 3
local villages, Teikyo lost a great friend with the death in July of Jim
Ireland CBE, JP, DL. Born leaders like Jim Ireland, cornerstones of
Society, men of “stature and integrity”, men who are unrelenting in
giving rather than obsequious in taking ……… men sadly, many argue,
who are no more.
Twenty-nine years a County Councillor, eight years Bucks County
Council Chairman and, of course, a great opposer of the abolition of
Grammar Schools the success of which established Buckinghamshire,
most of us would argue, as the Country’s leading Education
One hundred years ago, most children were denied education beyond
12 and the manufacturing magnates of Cadbury, Rowntree and the
sardonic mill-owners of the North, paternalistic and charitable,
‘provided’ for their Society. The introduction of the Health and
Education Acts in the 1940’s brought about radical change. The 60’s
Trilateral Educational System gave access to academic and vocational
excellence for children of economically poor parents which in time led
to opportunity and social mobility. A miraculous transformation
began to take place in the lives of people. We can’t all be equal but,
at least, everyone had opportunity. However, by the turn of the last
Century, the black clouds were fast-gathering. The obsessive and
blind vindictiveness against individual difference in academic ability
and selective schooling by those who pursued the dismantling of
access to academic excellence was gnawing away like a cancer;
adversaries of social progress, greedy to close the closet doors and
re-establish the perverse political slant of social inclusiveness,
abruptly put into reverse the progress of the post-war years; the
same evil that only one hundred years earlier had told us that girls
could not study maths and physics or teach PE! Mr Jim Knight, the
Schools Minister has said that the grammar schools harmed those
children left behind.” Following that logic, does he suggest that their
abolition solved the problem?
After one hundred years of struggle, one hundred years of Hope,
‘Jerusalem’ began to recede faster than it came into sight. The years
of levelling-up, seesawed into levelling-down mode. The defiant, sub
literate yob culture began to dominate our streets; a cult of vacant
hopelessness, fuelled by a flood of decrees that schools should not
attempt to impose middle class manners and elitist culture on
working class pupils, became reality; social divides that have become
so ugly, so deep, so unendurable. The tedious plethora of Acts
shoring-up Human Rights and Civil Liberties, the intrusion into
privacy, the cloak and dagger pursuit of suing each other, schools
with no teams, everything is too dangerous, competition has
collapsed, “where have all the fathers gone, long time …..”; and now
our psychologically obese youth are having their stomachs stapled by
our Big Brother Society. Is there any chance of rescue from this self-
defeating milieu and its imposed pressure to confirm to the ethos of
the Street. And, sadly, Schools that once deliberately led pupils
away from inward looking cultural poverty have become the pariahs.
But now we’re bottom of UNICEF’s League Table for child wellbeing,
at least, we can’t sink any further, or can we?
So what of the age that Jim has left behind and that outside of
Buckinghamshire. That excellent and outstanding journalist Janet
Daley cries out “How could anyone, even the most vindictively
purblind, sub Marxist ideologue in the educational establishment, fail
to see the ‘neighbourhood comprehensive school’ was going to be a
class ghetto” with all the problems therein. If you doubt her words,
muse for a moment on the north A40 south A40 divide; how can a
school that takes all its pupils from one homogenous area not end up
being socially (or religiously) monocultural, leading to children from
whatever social or religious background being deprived of never
meeting anyone who only 6 miles away had grown up with different
attitudes and experiences from their own. Schools, themselves, no
longer choose children; children choose schools or rather their
parents do with the result that ….. wait for it ……. informed, educated,
confident, successful parents will almost inevitably provide greater
opportunity for their children than those who do not! Selection in
another form, just as the Lottery will become.
And what of the New Ideologists? Anthony Seldon, the Prime
Minister’s biographer and Master of Wellington College has come-out
with the view that the 21st Century must be an era not only of
Schools being independent of the State, he also suggests that
parents should make contributions to fees. Means testing on all
Schools! James Tooley a Newcastle University Professor of Education
argues that fee-paying schools in the developing World are increasing
significantly. Mr Seldon’s view is that fee paying schools provide
many of the Country’s scientists, mathematicians and linguists
without charging the State a penny for it, so, in effect, he says that
these parents are not only paying twice, but that they are also paying
for the children of well-off parents whose children attend one of the
166 grammar schools or the burgeoning number of high-achieving
State schools ………… thus Mr Seldon’s principle that means testing
should be extended to the State sector: “three quarters of parents
with children at state schools might reasonably be expected to make
a contribution, if only a few pounds a term”.
So where exactly are we going? Do we really know? Where will the
new liberal elite with all their condescension and hauteur about
common folk and their vulgar prejudices lead us. But stop; look hard;
and you might start to believe that the real direction of tomorrow is
an undercurrent of excellent private schools offering places to bright
children (regardless of their parent’s means). Bright children from
poor homes to be given access to fine education; is this a great social
liberation, children lifted–out of the limitations of their backgrounds?
And should this come to fruition what might we call these wonderfully
enlightened educational institutions – how about, “grammar schools”.
To Jim and others like him, the word ‘aspiration’ meant academic self
improvement rather than just earning more money. His unrelenting,
unequivocal determination to counter the dismantling of access to
academic excellence for poorer children, was not in vain. He must,
already, be smiling wryly as he looks down, knowing that ‘the sword
did not wilt in his hand’ and that the status quo in Buckinghamshire’s
schools lives on, as will his long-held belief that the Right of access to
excellence and education should be denied to no-one.
A legacy rich in its provision.
WING COMMANDER JOHN THOMAS
UNEARTHED RELIC OF THE GREAT WAR
Fulmer Hill Cottages were built about 150 years ago by a local builder
as part of the Framewood Estate, and for most of 100 years the only
convenience would have been to draw water from a well. Much
domestic refuse was thrown on the adjacent Stoke Common, and
when clearing this site for what is now a stretch of bluebells – some
interesting objects were uncovered. Stoneware jars, various bottles,
etc were given to collectors of such items, but the most interesting
and fascinating object was the nosecap and fuse housing of a large
The conical nosepiece looks like lead but it is too hard and is an alloy,
a brass-tapered ring engraved Z.s.u.m.W.M., with makers mark and
year of manufacture 1917, a larger tapered ring of probably an
aluminium/alloy and engraved nos. 7 – 21 in five second intervals
and capable of adjustment to give delayed action. Dimension 4 1/2”
x 3”, weight 3lbs., of good quality bronze, and screwed with R H
Whitworth thread to secure into the casing. End of the piece is
tapered down to 1” and would have contained the method of fusing,
it is of the percussion cap pattern and likely to have been fitted to a
300kg. bomb. It is of German origin.
The bombing offensive against England by airships ceased in 1916,
but during the following year continued with Gotha aircraft both twin
and four engined types operating from airfields in Belgium. London
and the South-East would have been well within their range, but not
How did this interesting artefact get here? The answer may well
have lain with the Bailey family, sadly no longer with us. Generations
of this family were born and grew up in East London, dear old Annie
told delightful stories of life there well before the Great War, and they
were well acquainted with air raids in both World Wars. It could have
been picked up and kept as a souvenir, or old Harry may have
brought it back from France where he was serving in the trenches.
Bomb casings shatter upon impact but this piece shows no signs of
damage, perhaps it was a dud and failed to explode, subsequently
dismantled and the nosepiece given away as a keepsake.
Surviving the inter-war years and the World War II blitz upon the
East End, the family came to Fulmer, purchasing the three cottages,
probably 1948/49, the nosepiece later being thrown out on the
Common. It will be cleaned and polished, suitably mounted as a
curiosity of times past.
Following a tactful letter suggesting that one good allotment was a
far better show than two or three of the poorer allotment, the
secretary, who states that there is not slackening of demand, has
allocated four new tenants. Enthusiasm is always high at this time;
long may it continue and we improve our mark for the Best Kept
There has always been comment upon the lack of Fulmer entries into
the Annual Flower Show and when the explanation is tendered, there
is some degree of disbelief. It is simply a question of latitude.
Fulmer lies a fraction of a degree north, the sun taking slightly longer
to provide its blessing (that one is worthy of Ripley, Believe it or
Not), but for July entries, propagation of seed must start much earlier
in the year. Fulmer has plenty of stuff through August and
September but for good enough show entry, preparation must be well
on the way by Easter.
Our soil is far more acid than alkaline, this is certainly true of Plot No.
17 which does need a good spread of lime. Potatoes, especially
whites, were badly scarred with scab, parsnips with canker. Soft fruit
suffered from an attack of beetles, peas from birds and mice, and a
muntjac devoured the French beans, the rest of the crops being
Conclusion – like a curate’s egg, good in bits, or as the headmaster’s
term report states – “he should try harder”. However, it still is jolly
OLD BORE’S BIRD TABLE
I have been watching the curious antics of a green woodpecker on
the lawn (yes, I know that this by title is about a bird table but
readers of this feature over the past 20 years will know that whereas
the bird table is the focus of bird life at Huyton Fold, much goes on
elsewhere in the garden!). Most woodpeckers (and we are fortunate
in the number who come to us), apply themselves with considerable
single-mindedness to the leather jackets and ants but this one was
jumping around in a very skittish manner. Why? A day or two
before I was working towards dusk in the garden when a ‘honking’
above Penn Wood heralded the approach of a single Canada Goose.
This too was odd because, although we see flights of them on their
way to or from the Low Farm marshes, these are normally several at
any one time, flying in formation and a fine sight they make. But
why the single bird? And is the one large cock pheasant who has
been a regular visitor throughout the winter a survivor from those
Michael Taylor used to rear at the top end of Alderbourne Farm –
sometimes to the consternation of his late mother-in-law, Bonnie
Short, who had mixed feelings about their presence in her Alderford
These are some of the mysteries of local bird-life. But I recall that
that great detective, Sherlock Holmes, found the clue to the solution
of one of his cases not because a dog barked but because it did not
bark, and so one has to speculate on the losses as well as the gains
we have experienced in the 43 years we have lived in Fulmer. A
recent Birdwatch census would indicate that nationally the population
of tits, chaffinches, robins and magpies have been increasing and
from my observation I would add to that greenfinches, crows and
wood pigeons. But what of the losses?
When we first came here, at dusk woodcock would be ‘roding’ over us
with their shrill, unmistakeable whistle; bats flew out from the roof
where swallows nested. Owls, linnets, starlings, collar doves, bull
finches (though these could be a menace to blackcurrant, gooseberry
and forsythia buds, however beautiful their plumage) and song
thrushes were never rare. But this year I have not seen a single nut
hatch, mistle thrush or wagtail while the wrens and dunnocks have
been far less than usual and I never heard a single cuckoo last
Spring. Of the predators, the magpie continues to get a bad press
(though many commentators still question the scale of harm they
inflict on bird life) and there seem to have been fewer jays. The
sparrow hawk makes its occasional frightening swoop, but I have not
seen a kestrel. (I have, however, seen a buzzard, a red kite and
once surprisingly three parakeet flew overhead). Owls seem to be
staging a bit of a comeback and on late night dog-forays, I hear them
in the wood round Fulmer Hall and sometimes they are in our trees.
This winter the blackbirds ate the abundant crop of hollyberries as
the red wing did not appear. Commentators say that the mild Arctic
conditions resulted in many birds not embarking on their usual
migration to the warmer South. Some also say that the mild winter
here has meant that there has been plenty of food in the fields and
woods which has made birds less dependent upon what is put out by
bird lovers close to households. Maybe, but in our case the nut
cages, after a slow start, seem to have attracted more tits (except
perhaps my favourite, the long-tailed), greenfinches and robins than
ever and this thankfully includes the Great Spotted Woodpecker
whose spectacular beauty cheers the winter scene.
Are these recent losses temporary – in gardens 2006 is generally
acknowledged to have been a difficult year and this may have
reflected on some birds – or the indications of something rather more
permanent? It would be interesting, dear reader, to learn your views
on this, based on your own experience. But perhaps the greatest
local mystery of all – the absence of bird life on Stoke Common for
which there has never been a convincing explanation.
UPDATED ACTION PLAN
• Road and pavement conditions remain hazardous for motorists
and pedestrians in several parts of the Parish. Action – we
need to maintain constant pressure on Bucks CC Highways
Dept and individually to report any new problems immediately.
The delegated budget is to be used to make major repairs to
the road surface in Fulmer Lane near Alderbourne Manor.
• There is limited parking in the centre of the village where the
road is narrow and the traffic heavy during the rush hours.
Action – there are however few, if any, acceptable solutions to
• For parents taking their children to Fulmer Infant School,
crossing the road in the centre of the village can be dangerous.
Action – consideration continues to be given as to whether it
would be practical to construct a footbridge over the
Alderbourne opposite the school.
• Currently walkers on the Beeches Way have to walk on Stoke
Common Road when leaving Stoke Common until they reach
Windmill Road and this is potentially hazardous.
Action –continue to lobby Bucks CC to construct a footway
on the south side of the Common.
• Traffic speeding through the village remains a problem in spite
of the plethora of speed limit signs and there have been
accidents on the Pickeridge bend in Stoke Common Road and
there are no speed limits along this road.
Action – press BCC Highways to erect warning signs near the
bend in Stoke Common Road and impose speed limits on these
country lanes when they review the overall position in 12
• Following the construction of new houses in Fulmer Dell the
driveway, and public footpath, have not been restored as
promised by the Developers.
Action – Parish Council to write to BCC to urge that they write
to the Developer requiring the remedial work be done
• Following the re-development of the facilities at the King
George V Field in Fulmer, and the considerable success of the
football activities there, we have a severe parking problem,
principally on Sundays.
Action – an area adjacent to the Scout Hut and the Children’s
Play Area has been cleared and, with the agreement of the
SBDC Development Control Dept, it is intended that this area
should be utilized to park up to 40 cars on a Sunday, thereby
removing the need to park on the road outside the Recreation
• Despite the considerable private financial support over the last
few years, the FSCA need to achieve a more secure financial
Action – there is an urgent need to establish a regular and
significant stream of income: this should in part be achieved
by hiring the pavilion out for use as an infant school through
the week from September. The FSCA has developed a 5-Year
Plan in order to ensure that it will be properly financed over
• The arson attacks on the cricket square continue.
Action – various security measures have been put in place at
the Recreation Ground and the police regularly patrol the
area. Assuming the appointment of a General Manager, he
will become responsible for security and will work closely with
the local police.
• The team who masterminded the rebuilding of the pavilion and
the improvement of the facilities at the Recreation Ground
have done their work: Ian Trott came off the FSCA Executive
earlier last year and Andy Hall-Drinkwater will have left by the
time of the AGM in May.
Action – we are fortunate that Stephen Godfrey, as Chairman,
and Mark Hughes, as Treasurer, have agreed to take on these
responsibilities with Edward Guinness remaining our President
until the end of the Cricket Season. We continue to seek a
General Manager who will play a lead role in the next stage
of the development of the FSCA and in the ongoing
exploitation of the excellent facilities which we have and must
make the most of. The General Manager will need to have a
degree of authority in order to ensure that all those actions
required at the Recreation Ground are duly completed to
establish a viable and successful organisation.
• For some time it has been recognised that the structure of the
FSCA was creating or encouraging problems.
Action – A new Ground Sharing Agreement, a new structure for
the FSCA and a Business Plan with clear and agreed objectives
have been put in place.
C WATER AND SEWERAGE
• Following work by the Highways Dept to clear ditches in Stoke
Common Road and install further drains in Windmill Road,
there has been a real reduction in run-off water. Action – the
position needs to be monitored: if re-development plans at
Fulmer Hall proceed then the position will need to be watched
till those developments are completed.
• There is some doubt whether the bore of the pipe from
Framewood Road down to the main sewerage system by the
hospital is sufficient to take what may be a significant increase
from the Fulmer Hall development.
Action – this potential problem must be brought up at the
planning stage of the development.
• The seepage of water outside Huyton Fold and at the top of
Windmill Road continues.
Action – the Water Board must be required to make the long
term repairs necessary.
• Many of the outlying properties in the Parish are still
dependent upon septic tanks or other local arrangements.
Action – no progress to report.
• Now that the graveyard at St James’s Fulmer is effectively
closed except for the burial of ashes, an appropriate
arrangement for the future is required.
Action – discussion with the Church staff at GX is required.
E VILLAGE HALL
• The Village Hall Committee is still looking for a Secretary for
Action – anyone who might be interested should talk to Pauline
Vahey, Chairperson of the Village Hall.
• The Disabilities Act requires that a disabled toilet is installed in
the Village Hall.
Action – It is hoped to have this work carried out in 2007.
F FULMER PLANT PARK
• The retail activities have been closed for sometime now and it
is important as to what is going to happen to this significant
site within the Green Belt.
Action – currently commercial gardening activities are operating
from the site but we need to continue to watch any
G ST JAMES’S CHURCH, FULMER
• Following the completion of the re-development of the church
site in Gerrards Cross and the overall growth in both the
Gerrards Cross congregations, the future of the church in
Fulmer, where the congregation is static but small and ageing,
is a concern.
Action – discussions with the Rector, Paul Williams, are needed
to address how the attendance in Fulmer can be increased.
• The Newsletter, The Gazetteer, The FSCA Newsletter and the
website, along with the occasional/annual meetings and other
activities play a valuable role, as does the New Residents’ PaCk,
but we need to build on these.
Action – the website needs to be used much more to promote
the parish and everything that is going on in the parish. A
revised Gazetteer is available with this Newsletter.
• Pauline Vahey oversees the distribution of the New Residents’
Pack and arranges visits.
Action – if you know of a newcomer moving into the Parish,
please advise Pauline.
• The archive material has been sent to Aylesbury.
Action – there will be more still to collect: if you have anything
that might be of interest then please speak to Edward
J HISTORY OF FULMER
• Michael Saxby has been making good progress and expects to
complete his work shortly.
Action – Focus now will move to production and publication
later in the year.
K BEST KEPT VILLAGE
• Having won the Gurney Cup in 2006 we need to ensure that
we can build upon this success.
Action –This year we will be competing against the other 2006
winners. We need to get more people involved ahead of the
judging in May - June and encourage householders to look
after their own gardens, hedges, etc.
L FULMER VOLUNTEERS
• The volunteers have been carrying out sterling work around
the parish for several years now but their numbers are down
to 6 or 7 on most mornings when they are out working in the
Action – new and younger volunteers willing to give up a
Saturday morning once very 5 or 6 weeks are required. This is
your chance to do a bit for the parish.
M FULMER HALL
• Dwyers’ plans for the development of the site have been
withdrawn but no doubt they will commence further
discussions with the Planning Dept prior to re-submitting a
planning application: if passed, we will endeavour to persuade
them to have regular meetings with village representatives
until the project is completed.
Action – approach Dwyers when the outcome of their Planning
Application is known.
An Action Plan needs to be kept up to date and this requires your
thoughts and suggestions. Please talk to me or any of the Parish
Councillors about any suggestions you may have.
BLACK HORSE LADIES’ SOCIETY
The Black Horse Ladies’ Society is a group of 22 local ladies that
meet regularly on Friday evenings for 9 holes of golf.
It all started in April of last year when a couple of ladies commented
that it would be nice to have a female version of the already existing
Black Horse Men’s Society. The ladies thought that a game of golf on
a Friday evening would be a great way to kick off the weekend. With
Kay’s (the landlady of the Black Horse) encouragement the society
was formed, and play commenced, and continued until the first
weeks in September when the dark evenings drew in.
This year from May for one Friday of each month the society will be
playing 18 holes. This is for those members of the society that are
lucky enough not to have to work on a Friday afternoon. These
games will be played at Gerrards Cross, Richings Park, Denham and
The Buckinghamshire. Members of the society are free to invite
friends or partners to these games.
The society will continue to play 9 holes on the other Friday evenings
at a local golf course.
Members seal the evening off by having a bite to eat with a glass of
wine or maybe 3 at the Black Horse!
If you are interested in becoming a member, meeting other local lady
golfers and generally having a thoroughly fun time please contact the
organiser Bridie Fitzpatrick (contact details below), or Kay at the
Black Horse. The society is always happy to welcome new members.
By the way, if the Black Horse men can get a team together this year
before the evenings close in, we will be more than happy to take you
on. Just name a date boys!
Tel: 01753 663557
BELL RINGING AT FULMER
Three hundred and ninety years have passed since Fulmer
villagers first heard three bells ring out from the Church Tower.
They and their ancestors had been used to hearing just one bell,
weighing 3½ cwt and dating from 1540, which had been brought
from the original building to be installed in the present Church
when it was consecrated in 1610. This bell, bearing the inscription
“Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis.”, is still rung as the treble (No.
1) in today’s peal of six.
The second and third bells, added in 1617, were made by Richard
Eldridge, probably in Wokingham. The lighter one, weighing 4½
cwt, bears the inscription: “Lord plead my cause.” 1617. R.E.
The other, weighing 5½ cwt, bears the inscription: “Our hope is
in the Lord.” 1617. R.E. These two became the No. 4 and No. 5
when three more were added - the No. 2 (3¾ cwt) in 1741, the
No. 3 (4¼ cwt) in 1884 and the No. 6 (7½ cwt) also in 1884.
Richard Eskrigge, whose name appears as Churchwarden on the
No. 2, was High Sheriff in 1741 and re-built Fulmer Place in 1742.
Also inscribed on this bell is “Thomas Lester of London made
The last two installed in 1884 were made by John Warner & Sons
(Spitalfields). On both appears the name of John Sprosen, the
village baker, one of the churchwardens at the time. The No. 6
bears the name of Henry Butterfield, Rector from 1841 to 1875,
and the inscription “I will sing of mercy and judgement.”: and
the No. 3 names Charles Joyce, Rector, August 23, 1875, followed
by the inscription “Rejoice with them that do rejoice and
weep with them that weep.”
The augmented ring of six bells was first heard at a dedication
Service on September 20, 1884, concluding with courses of
Grandsire and Stedman Doubles, and a 720 of Kent Treble Bob
Minor. Two years later Fulmer joined the Oxford Diocese Guild of
Bell Ringers, to which we still belong. We can just manage courses
of Grandsire and Plain Bob Doubles before the morning Service on
Sundays, but only with help from visiting ringers.
Thanks to the willingness of ringers from churches such as
Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, Cookham, Langley, Penn, Stoke
Poges and others to help us out, not only for services and weddings
but also for our regular Thursday evening practices, we can ring all
six bells on most occasions.
It is important that we retain Membership of the Guild because it
includes insurance for all ringing activities in the Tower, including
training. Presently, however, we have only three paid up
members. Two new ringers are making good progress, thanks to
the regular help of David McKenzie, who rings at Beaconsfield and
is the Ringing Master of the Guild’s East Berks and South Bucks
Branch to which we belong; but we do need more volunteers from
Fulmer to take up bell ringing.
Speaking as one who only started at retirement age I can say that
the challenge is more mentally than physically demanding - the
exercise is wonderful for clearing up any shoulder problems! I
suppose the ideal age to start would be about 12 or so when the
brain is amazingly receptive to programming of any kind, but
anyone over that age is welcome. We practice from 7.45 to 9.00
pm on Thursdays. The first half hour is set aside for newcomers
so come along then to try your hand at the ancient art.
Last year for lack of numbers we could not enter a team to take
part in the Branch’s annual Lorna Newton Bell Ringing knock-out
competition. This year we are joining forces with Chalfont St.
Peter to enter a team with three ringers each. We have been
drawn to ring in the first round against Beaconsfield, last year’s
winners. Oh well, it’s the participation that counts, not the
FULMER WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
At our September meeting we were treated to an inspirational talk by
Liz Williams whom the two St. James support as she works
translating the Bible for the people of Chad. She described her
work, emphasising the highlights and some of the problems she
faces. The climate is just one of the difficulties with which she has to
cope. Her translating and working with the people in this remote
area is invaluable.
Brian Weild called his talk to us “fate or coincidence” and it was
certainly not easy to determine whether the many events in Brian’s
life were pure coincidence or whether there was a thread of fate
running through them. It was amazing enough for Brian to learn, as
an adult, that he had a brother, but he then discovered that the two
brothers had been doing the same investigating work (only in
different countries) and that Brian had seen his brother on television
before he knew they were related. That and other “coincidences” had
us sitting on the edge of our seats. Strange that Brian and his
family decided to move to a small village called Fulmer, with no
special reason for doing so, only to discover many years later that
Brian’s brother had been evacuated to Fulmer and attended the
village school. All stranger than fiction – a personal detective story.
You would expect a Town Crier to have an impressively loud voice,
but Dick Smith, Town Crier of Beaconsfield, is altogether an
impressive character. He entered the hall dressed in his official
bright green regalia, complete with hand-bell (and no-one had a
camera!). It was a truly riveting afternoon, learning about the life of
a town crier, with numerous anecdotes and accounts of hilarious
incidents. The talk concluded with a deafening rendering of the
famous “O Yez” and ringing of the handbell.
In complete contrast, our next meeting provided the opportunity for
us to get to know Alice Monaghan, the new curate of the two St.
James. We all thoroughly enjoyed hearing about how Alice came to
faith and finally came to our parish. There was plenty of time over
tea for Alice to mingle and meet some of our older members who are
not able to get to church. Another really enjoyable afternoon.
Our Christmas party is always a great success, putting everyone into
party mode. It seems much longer ago than four months, but now
in March we’re already looking forward to our next social event - the
Easter Lunch. Our future programme is equally interesting and
varied and new members are always welcome to come and join us.
A copy of the programme can be picked up from the church or from
Ann Arthur (887636) or Fiona Trigg (890520).
REPORT TO FULMER PARISH COUNCIL ON STOKE
South Bucks District Council is proposing to transfer the freehold and
management of Stoke Common to the City of London Corporation.
Stoke Common was scheduled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
in 1972. This placed an increased burden on the Trustees at the
time, with little money available to carry out the necessary
The District Council purchased the common to safeguard the future of
the site and has maintained it to date. Sufficient funding is available
for the general management of Stoke Common and for some of the
objectives outlined in the Management Plan to be realised. However,
given the existing level of funding available, not all the objectives can
be delivered. More work could be undertaken on the common than is
possible with the current level of funding, should the transfer go
The City of London Corporation has expertise in management work
on similar sites, notably Burnham Beeches. The proposed transfer
to the Corporation would enable more of the objectives in the
Management Plan to be undertaken whilst still safeguarding the
The transfer is proposed for two main reasons:
a.) To ensure ongoing expert management of the heathland.
b.) To ensure long term financial support for the common
through additional funding opportunities.
The City of London Corporation owns and manages several similar
sites in and around London. These are all protected as publicly
accessible open space through the ‘City of London (Open Spaces) Act
1878’ which states that the owner ‘shall hold and administer the open
space in trust to allow the enjoyment by the public as an open
space.’ Once the transfer goes ahead, the common would be
dedicated under the provisions of this Act which would secure the
long term future of the common.
The benefits of the transfer of the common to the City of London
Corporation could enable more of the objectives in the management
plan to be met and a higher level of heathland restoration to be
achieved. The Corporation employs ecologists skilled and
experienced in the management of heathland who would be able to
help to secure the maintenance of Stoke Common to high standards.
Public access would be maintained as at present. Notification as a
‘Site of Special Scientific interest’ (SSSI) gives legal protection to
Stoke Common as one of the best sites for wildlife in England. This
legal protection of the site will not be changed by the transfer of
Support for the proposals
Stoke Poges Parish Council has given its full support to the transfer.
Natural England and Defra have been contacted and are supportive of
Background to the City of London Corporation and the future
of Stoke Common
The City of London provides local government services for the
financial and commercial heart of Britain, 'The Square Mile.' However
its responsibilities extend far beyond the City boundaries; it provides
and funds additional facilities for the benefit of the nation. This
includes over 10,000 acres of public open space including such
internationally renowned places as Burnham Beeches, Epping Forest
and Hampstead Heath. Many of the City's Open Spaces are sites of
Special Scientific Interest, National Nature Reserves or Special Areas
of Conservation (the latter being a European designation that reflects
international conservation importance.)
In the 1870's the City Of London was concerned that free access to
the open countryside was being threatened by landowners wanting to
enclose common land and by encroaching urban development. It
therefore embarked on an ambitious programme to protect
countryside in and around London. As a result, two Acts of
Parliament were passed in 1878: The Epping Forest Act and the
Open Spaces Act, which enabled the City to acquire these threatened
Open Spaces and protect them for the Nation 'in perpetuity'. So
revolutionary was the work for the City in this respect that the Open
Spaces Act was used by the National Trust as a template for their
own act Act of 1895. The City of London and the National Trust
remain two of the very few organisations that can provide this
'ultimate' level of protection to the countryside in the UK.
The City remains just as committed to the protection of countryside
in and around London as it was over 100 years ago. The City also
purchases 'buffer land' when it is felt that it will help protect its
existing Open Spaces. The opportunity to accept the transfer of
Stoke Common is seen as a very positive one by the City. It
proposes that the site be managed by the team of countryside
managers at Burnham Beeches who have extensive expertise in
conservation and recreation management.
Once the transfer goes ahead, one of the very first tasks will be to
draw up a new management plan for Stoke Common and, building on
the experience at Burnham Beeches, it envisages that this will
involve the local community. In general terms The City of
London wishes to build upon the excellent work recently carried out
by the District Council and will ensure that the site continues to meet
both the needs of the local people who love and visit the site and the
legal requirement to ensure that the SSSI attains 'favourable
condition' status. The City proposes to work closely with the local
community to meet these aims and will encourage active
participation in the care of the site.
In terms of recreation management The City does not foresee any
need to attract additional visitors. The site is loved and used by local
people because it provides peace, tranquillity and a beautiful
environment in an otherwise very busy area. It is thought that
developments such as additional car parks and other high key
facilities would be inappropriate. The City will concentrate on
providing low key improvements including better site based
information and signage so that visits are enhanced for those who
already use the site. Staff will provide occasional guided walks and
low key events such with environmental themes. The City will work
closely with Bucks County Council and South Bucks District Council to
maintain Right Of Way across the site as well as the existing informal
Conservation management will see the continuation of grazing on the
site as this is the best method to achieve and maintain 'favourable
condition status' as heath land. The City hopes that members of the
local community will step forward to help manage the site perhaps as
'livestock watchers' or 'eyes and ears'. Both these schemes operate
successfully at Burnham Beeches where it also has a thriving local
volunteer group who enjoy getting fresh air and exercise whilst
helping it to deliver the site management plan.
In terms of finance the City will use its existing resources at Burnham
Beeches to meet the running costs as well as make use of external
grants. This approach should provide a greater level of investment in
the management and care of the site than is possible at present.
Contractors and volunteers will be utilised wherever possible to carry
out specialist and/or maintenance works wherever these skills
resources are unavailable at Burnham Beeches. In this manner the
City will be able to meet its objectives and deliver real improvements
for Stoke Common and its visitors.
The City’s Vision for Stoke Common can perhaps be summed up
thus: 'Stoke Common conserved and protected 'in perpetuity' as a
first class, sustainable public Open Space and site of national
Landscape Assistant, SBDC
Note: Andy Barnard, the Superintendent of Burnham Beeches
National Nature Reserve, attended the Fulmer Parish Council meeting
on 10 April and made a presentation to the Council Members. He
also confirmed that there would be a public meeting in Stoke Poges’
Village Hall on 5 May at 7pm to which all were invited - Editor
REVEREND PAUL BECOMES CANON PAUL
What’s in a name, or in this case, a title?
Back in January our Rector, Paul Williams was “installed” as an Honorary
Canon in Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. This does not mean that his
duties have changed, or that he is moving to Oxford!
The installation took place at a service of sung Evensong in the Cathedral
complete with their renowned choir. Our Cathedral is part of a unique
foundation, which makes it a College Chapel as well as the Cathedral
Church of the Diocese of Oxford. At that service Fulmer and “big” St
James’s were well represented in support of Paul, Sarah and their family.
Our former Rector, the Venerable Norman Russell was present in his
capacity as Archdeacon of Berkshire and many of us managed to chat with
him and others supporting the newly installed Canons.
Paul’s new title means that his contribution to Church life has been
recognised by his “bosses” in the church hierarchy. Although there is a
local grouping of churches (the “Deanery”) each Rector or Vicar is
responsible to his Bishop. For Gerrards Cross and Fulmer this means
through the Bishop of Buckingham to the Bishop of Oxford. Amongst other
things, Paul has been providing some training for clergy in the Diocese of
Just to confuse us there is a process called canonisation (or canonization)
which is nothing to do with making anyone a Canon in a cathedral!
Canonisation is the culmination of the process followed by the Roman
Catholic Church before any person is declared to be a Saint. The other day
I noticed a piece on the news about making the late Pope John Paul II a
saint. The article was about pressures being applied to speed up the
process. The formal process goes through a number of stages, normally
taking quite a number of years. When a “candidate” is nominated and
accepted as worthy of respect the first major step is complete
(Beatification). The person is then known as “blessed” e.g. Blessed Mother
Theresa. When all the necessary examination of evidence is completed and
the authorities are satisfied the candidate is named as a saint e.g. Saint
Joan of Arc.
Our Rector has not (yet) been canonised, but he is to be congratulated that
the authorities of the Diocese of Oxford have recognised his gifts and work
in the local and wider church.
What the dictionaries definitions say …
Canon – a law or rule
Canonical - according to the rules.
Canon – a member of the body of clergy serving a cathedral.
Minor canon - a “junior canon”.
Honorary canon – “one who holds the titular rank of canon but
without duties or emoluments”
Canonisation – to enrol in the canon or list of Saints.
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
In my report from the Parish Council in the last Newsletter I referred
to three particular issues which had dominated the previous six
months. The first of these was the proposed development at Fulmer
Hall where the developers, Dwyers, withdrew their initial planning
application and as yet, no re-submission has been sent to the
Planning Department at South Bucks District Council.
The second issue outlined the plan to introduce parking for up to 40
cars on a Sunday within the Recreation Ground in order to relieve the
parking and safety issues being experienced as a result of the
parking in Fulmer Common Road for the Sunday morning football.
Planning permission was granted in February and as soon as the
ground dries out, work will start to facilitate access to, and parking
in, the designated area. In time, and if necessary, it is hoped that
more permanent parking arrangements can be discussed and agreed
The third issue concerned the FSCA, its structure and its officers:
hopefully the structure has now been agreed and a new Ground
Sharing Agreement endorsed. By late summer this year we will have
said goodbye to the last of the triumvirate who masterminded the
planning and fund-raising which enabled the ground to be drained
and the new, and much improved, pavilion, to be constructed. Ian
Trott, Andy Hall-Drinkwater and Edward Guinness were the
inspiration behind all of this and we owe them a considerable debt.
By the time this is distributed we will have a new Chairman and a
new Treasurer at the FSCA along with a 5-year plan and we may
have made some progress in finding a General Manager.
All of the Parish Councillors will be standing for re-election in May and
I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support
and assistance over the last four years. My thanks also to our Parish
Clerk, Peter Kelly, who supports and guides the Council throughout
Michael Cooper has been our District Councillor for the last eight
years but is not standing at the May elections. Michael has
represented our interests during that period in a courteous and
consistent manner in spite of difficult health problems during the
period. We thank him for his support and wish him a very happy
retirement in our neighbouring village of Hedgerley.
The dates for our forthcoming meetings are:
15 May Annual Parish Council Meeting and Parish Council
22 May Annual Parish Meeting
` 26 June Parish Council Meeting
31 July Parish Council Meeting
4 Sept Parish Council Meeting
2 Oct Parish Council Meeting
30 Oct Parish Council Meeting
27 Nov Parish Council Meeting
All our Parish Council Meetings are preceded by a Public Quarter
Hour, it is your village, your Council, so do come and raise issues,
listen to debate and encourage your Parish Councillors. All Councils
draw strength and vitality from new members and a change in
Chairman and your Council is no different. If you would like to
contribute to the Community by assisting on the Parish Council, why
not come along for a meeting or two. We can, and would be happy,
to co-opt any parishioner who was interested.
Chairman, Parish Council
With your copy of the Newsletter you should have received an
updated Gazetteer. This can also be found on the Village Website –
www.fulmervillage.org: where changes or additions become
necessary or appropriate, you should contact Cherie Levi who will
attempt to keep the website up to date. Our thanks go to Cherie and
Edward Guinness for producing this, the 3rd edition of the Gazetteer.
In spite of rumours to the contrary, Brendan and Kay are remaining
at The Black Horse ensuring the warm welcome that we have all
grown used to and their considerable contribution to the life of our
community: and they are now operating a bed and breakfast
establishment next door to the Black Horse.
May brings with it the promise of summer and a host of dates for
your diaries: Fulmer Fun Day, Fulmer Day, the Best Kept Village
Competition, School holidays and warm summer weather with tennis
and cricket up at the Recreation Ground.
Monday, 7 May Fulmer Fun Day
Monday 28 May Wagon Wheels at the Black Horse
Sunday 24 June Community Service
Saturday 30 June Fulmer Day
Once again I appeal to each of you to play your part in the life of our
special village, however small, whatever involvement or help you can
give will enhance life in our delightful community. Why not think
about joining the tennis club or playing cricket for Fulmer or helping
with Fulmer Fun Day or Fulmer Day or joining the Volunteers or
helping with the Best Kept Village Competition or just socialising with
friends at the Black Horse. So many opportunities and most do not
require a great deal of time and can be both enjoyable and
May I conclude by wishing all our readers a warm, happy and fruitful
PLUGGING THE GAPS
“When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils”,
so wrote the poet, Wordsworth, exactly 200 years ago. And though
he would have had the Lake District rather than Fulmer in mind, it is
a joy that we too can share in his delight
“beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze”
to see the daffodil, more than the snowdrop, anemone or crocus is
the true harbinger of the Spring and Summer to come.
Our pleasure in this respect owes so much to the Fulmer
Conservation Volunteers, a group started by Phil Elliott and now
sustained with great perseverance by Richard Marshall and his team
of volunteers. They work together in a great variety of weather
conditions and have done so much to enhance the natural beauties of
the Village itself and those areas surrounding it. Few can deserve
more the lunch at the Black Horse after a morning’s hard and
devoted work, in the knowledge that their work each year contributes
so much to our successes in the Best Kept Village Competitions for
which we currently hold the Gurney Cup. The Conservation
Volunteers hold an honoured place in the new Fulmer Gazetteer
which is being distributed with this issue of the Newsletter under the
editorship of Cherie Levi and myself. Collating the information gives
one the opportunity for surveying the current strengths (or
weaknesses) of the 28 organisations it covers. In the ordinary way,
where weaknesses are identified, the Parish Council Action Plan
addresses them with a view to finding the remedy which will plug
that particular gap and it is not taken off the Agenda till the remedy
has been found.
It is inevitable that in a parish with a population of under 500 the
move from the area of one highly active individual or family can have
a seriously adverse effect on Clubs, Schools, Church organisations
and the like and it says much for the sustaining powers of those who
see Fulmer as the centre of their activities that within the past 30
years or so, few have folded – of those that have, the Women’s
Institute members have greatly strengthened the Women’s
Fellowship while the greater life expectancy of today meant that
many Evergreen helpers were older than the beneficiaries! But some
gaps are more difficult to plug than others. It is here that one hopes
that people, who find they have a bit more time on their hands or are
newcomers to Fulmer, can play a very vital part. Like the famous
Kitchener poster from World War I – “YOUR FULMER NEEDS YOU”.
Looking through the Gazetteer one recognises that some
organisations have remained strong and well-motivated throughout.
Where there have been ‘downs’, they have been seen as blips and
the gaps have been swiftly plugged especially where leadership is of
The School, for instance, went through a testing period when the
County seemed to forget that small can be beautiful if the standards
are high, but the resources of the body governing the school were
strong enough to organise a defence and it has won through.
The Bell Ringers felt the loss of David Hillier for some time but we still
have the bells ringing every Sunday; the Scouts and the Brownies are
constantly seeking new leaders and John Mundy agonizes over the
Allotments though all 17 are currently being worked to a greater, or
Fulmer Church, after the merger in 1986, seemed to be mainly
attracting a congregation of a ‘certain age’ without new strength
coming in but latterly it has been fortified at all levels and most
especially by the young people coming with infectious enthusiasm to
the Family Services and the Little Fishes (the new organ too is a
Moira Ellis continues to attract a full house at the Beehive and
Honeycomb Nursery while Neil Bates has so successfully taken over
the Best Kept Village Competitions that we have been able to add
another medallion to the standard in the Village Hall garden.
The Black Horse experienced a difficult time in the late summer and
autumn, but with the excellent new Bed and Breakfast amenity and
the outstanding night for the St Patrick’s Day Ball, the quizzes and
race night for the Breakthrough Charity, things have taken an upward
turn which is good news as our Community life owes so much to
Brendan and Kay.
Pauline Vahey and her team provided a very happy occasion to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Village Hall.
Brian Weild and Dee Knight have done much to improve
communication through the very important Neighbourhood Watch
Pam Downs and her many helpers continue to bring magic to Fulmer
Day at the end of June while the Family Activity Day at the Rec on
May Day Monday, grows in popularity.
Di Redfern and her colleagues at the Riding for the Disabled have 65
helpers training 100 riders per week and take award after award in
national and international championships.
Finally we are very fortunate our Parish Council under Ronnie Lamb’s
Chairmanship has an all round strength which serves us well. Both
Parish and District elections take place in May.
All this sounds well and deserves to be sustained. Where then are
the gaps? The Recreation Ground presents two contrasting faces:
the Youth Football Club has 180 members and growing while
achieving greater local recognition. The Cricket Club, on the other
hand, has recently suffered the loss of four senior members at the
same time as it has experienced three years of criminal vandalism to
the cricket square. This has had an inevitably detrimental affect on
playing membership. Fulmer Cricket Club has existed for 111 years
and the setting is the envy of many visiting Clubs. We must see that
it regains its old strengths. And there is a gap too with the Tennis
Club. Currently it has a nucleus of members (14) but it has no leader
and history shows that no enterprise can prosper without the
inspiration and co-ordinating powers of good leadership. There are
two good courts at the Rec and much tennis is played in our area – is
there not some enthusiast out there who is prepared to have a “go”?
A further weakness at this time is the paucity of information about
the future of Fulmer Hall and the Pickeridge Estate. These two
important properties occupy a sizeable part of Fulmer Parish and their
future is a matter of concern to us all. Let us hope that we do not
have to experience the anxieties of Gerrards Cross residents over the
outcome of the Tesco site.
The new Gazetteer contains much local information but it tells much
of the life in a small but proud village community. Gaps in its variety
of bodies are bound to occur. Please consider how you can help to
plug them when they arise.
We were very pleased to have raised over £100 for the Home for
Retired Horses at Speen from selling Christmas Cards and Calendars
made by the Brownies at the Fulmer Christmas Fair and at the
Brownies Nativity Play and also from the sale of raffle tickets. We
also raised money through the generosity of the villagers of Fulmer
when we had our annual carol singing outing.
We started the term with 2 new brownies and our usual New Year
game of ‘find the pieces of Christmas cards’ and making the picture.
We spent the first part of the term on the Home Skills’ Badge and a
lot of this badge was completed at home. They had to clean two of
the following: window or mirror; basin or sink; a cupboard or drawer;
a pair of shoes or a car. They also had to make their bed for a week,
tidy drawers and vacuum their bedroom; know what clothes care
symbols mean; know how to wash, dry and iron and describe the
colour and shape of the buttons used by blind and visually impaired
people. Lay a table for a main meal, clear away and wash-up
everything. Make up a game about recycling. We hope the brownies
will continue to use these skills.
The brownies also celebrated Thinking Day (the joint birthday of Lord
and Lady Baden-Powell on 22 February), when guides all over the
work think of each other. We had our usual candle-lighting ceremony
and renewed our brownie promise. They also started to work for the
World Traveller Badge. They learnt in French the numbers 1 – 10,
and how to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you; how the traffic
moves on the other side of the road and how to cross safely and how
to tell which country a car comes from. They made a pretend
passport and learnt why they are necessary. We played a version of
Kim’s game with souvenirs from around the world and dressed a
member of their “6” for cold, wet or hot weather.
They played a lot of games, made cards for Valentine’s Day and
Mothering Sunday and cooked flapjacks. We ended the term with an
Easter Meeting when they hunted for little eggs with their initials on
them, made Easter cards, coloured Easter bookmarks and a fridge
We thank the parents for all their help.
If you know of anyone who would like to join the Brownies, please
call me on 01753 883138.
TAWNY, JEAN AND SUSAN BRASSEY-EDWARDS
Have you any idea why the Coot is called ‘queer’
Whilst a duck or a swan are quite straight
It seems quite absurd that this poor little bird
Should be labelled unkindly by fate,
The Coot lives its life as a husband or wife
Its time with its young ones is spent
It can swim it can run it can have lots of fun
So why in the world is it bent?
A play in One Act hard to follow; best read aloud.
Location: ‘The Black Horse’, Fulmer
Scene: A wild and woolly night on the outside; inside, the
lights twinkle, the fire crackles, the bon homies all
Our ‘hero’ is at the bar.
Fred (Soliquises) “Ponders End, that’s in North London but when I
dwell on life’s problems and do a bit of thinking I sit on my own
Ponders End eh? Do a bit of a Rodin”.
Todd (enters left) “Allo Fred, talkin’ to yerself about Rodin? That’s
that posh school near Brighton innit – where they finish off orl them
Sloane Rangers? Cor, I could finish one of them off right now. See
yer got a drink then! Me, I’m more in favour of Cheltenham, not the
races, you unerstan’ but them young Ladies who go to the Collage
there. Yeah, I know I should say Collige, but Collage is ‘ow those
well brought up birds say it”.
Fred “They call them ‘gels’, not birds, you oik”. (Aside) “He’s called
Todd because he’s always on his own – geddit? Except when he sees
me here with a drink in my hand – talk about fatal attraction”.
(Aloud) “Alright Todd, what are you going to have?”
Todd “Pint of Special Bitte – see I bin ter Germany, know a bit of the
Fred “Pint of Special Bitter Brendan please, thanks – how much!!!?”
Todd “Cheers, Fred. They say if yer look dahn deep in the beer yer
can see the work fru’ a glass darkly.”
Fred “You’re talking about the future and the only thing I can foretell
at the moment is that it’s going to cost me another pint”.
Todd (Lowering his voice) “’Ere, that bloke wot just served you; wot’s
he doing walkin’ abaht with that bird sitting on ‘is shoulder – cor this
special blew is a bit strong – I mean, if ‘e ‘ad a wooden leg, a crutch
an’ a cocked ‘at you could mistake ‘im for, woss ‘is name, Long John
Fred “Long John Silver”.
Todd “Wot’s a man with a wooden leg doin’ wearing long-johns – I
mean wot’s ‘e do wiv the spare leg – ‘ang it up at Christmas?”
Fred “Two more pints please”. (A lady approaches with two foaming
Todd “’Ere, your bloke looks different, sort of gorn orl pale and ‘is
‘airs cum dahn – is it the beer or wot?”
Fred “No – it’s your eyes, or the beer behind them, that’s Kay, the
lady of the house”.
Todd “Cor, I fought for a moment that it was ‘imself and that he was
a, wossitsname – a transtightvest, with the dress an’ orl”.
Fred “You mean a transvestite and he isn’t and she isn’t and that was
Todd “Funny place this – one’s got the bird and the other one is one”.
Fred “Don’t you get cheeky – she’s a very nice lady”.
Todd “There’s somefing familiar, abaht’er, lemme fink – I’ve got it; I
’eard she’d been ‘aving a good time on the side wiv a bloke called
Man…., Manny….. Mandela?”
Fred “No, no – you mean Nelson – the Admiral?”
Todd “Sounds like a pub”.
Fred “What does?”
Todd “The Admiral Nelson – anyway wot gives wiv this place? Ole
Nelson ‘e only ‘ad one eye and one arm, there’s a bloke behind the
bar ‘oo ‘asn’t got a wooden leg but a bird on ‘is shoulder and a bird
‘oo fancies Nelson and thinks she’s Enema.”
Fred “Emma – not enema – and her name isn’t Hamilton, she’s
Todd “Yer, sounds like she is”.
Fred “I am”.
Todd “You’ll get nicked”.
Fred “I am”.
Todd “You’ll get nicked!”
Fred “No way, I’ve brought me, my Pedal car – I say this beer is
stronger than I thought”.
Todd “Wot’s the use of that – the Pedal Car?”
Fred “S’easy – I’m too old to reach the pedals you see, so I just stick
my legs through the bottom of the car”.
Todd “Wot’s the point of that?”
Fred “So when old P.C. Plod tries to do me for drink-driving, I can tell
‘im to find ‘is own way ‘ome ‘cos I’m walking!”
Todd “I fink this beer’s getting to you sunshine”.
Fred (Aside) “’E could be right, I’m supposed to be the smart one –
I’m Grammar you see, but I’m dropping my aitches like a G X
Todd (Overhearing) “Sorright – s’long as you don’t drop them all over
the floor and make a mess, they won’t mind”.
Fred “Your right – the evening’s Jung”.
Fred “’s a friend of Freud”.
Todd “Two more pints quick, if you please whoever; they’re on Fred”.
Fred “Did you hear the one about the Eskimo?”
Todd “Not ‘Eskimo Nell’ – not ‘ere”.
Fred “No, no, an Eskimo feller”.
Todd “Your not s’posed to call them Eskimos no more, but Innits”.
Todd “Yer, its P.C., whatever that is”.
Fred “P.C. Innit? A Copper? I dunno – I just want to tell you the one
about the Eskimo – oh, I’ve got it, you mean ‘Innuit’”.
Todd “If you say so. This is thirsty work, wot aboht another pint?”
Fred “Two more pints please, Miriam”.
Todd “Oo’s Miriam?”
Fred “Dunno, but if she doesn’t like that name she’ll tell me what it
really is – called networking”.
Todd “Wot abaht your Eskimo friend?”
Fred “’E, he, ‘ad a Kayak”.
Todd “That’s wot they live in innit?”
Fred “Nah, no, they’re Igloo’s”.
Todd “No need to be rude about a feller you don’t even know”.
Fred (Patiently) “A kayak’s a kind of canoe and my Eskimo was
paddling his kayak along quite happily when he suddenly realised
he’d got cold feet”.
Todd “Y’mean, he got scared ‘cos ‘e realised ‘e couldn’t swim in all
that cold water?”
Fred “No, no – his feet were cold – see it was about twenty degrees
under the down”.
Todd “Makes you fink of brass monkeys”.
Fred “Anyway, our Eskimo thought, as they do, ‘allo, ‘allo, I’d better
do something about this”.
Todd “Wot, all in Eskimo?”
Fred “Yes. Anyway, being a good scout he found some bits of drift-
wood, rubbed his hands together until he’s got a good spark and lit a
little fire to keep his feet warm”.
Todd “Go on!”
Fred “That was fine, felt all nice and cosy – then all of a sudden the
kayak sank beneath him”.
Todd “Cor – well wot ‘appened?”
Fred “I don’t know what happened but it just goes to show that you
can’t have your kayak and ‘eat it!”
Todd “Two for the road landlord”.
(Black out – it’s yet another power failure)
EIGHT MONTHS LATER ……
Most of the boxes are unpacked, we usually remember to give our
new address and telephone number when asked and we can tell
passers-by how to get to the local garden centre, a couple of miles
up the road.
Can it really be eight months since we left Fulmer, at the end of
August 2006? Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes a
lifetime away. We miss the Fulmer community and all our friends but
we have been blessed with good neighbours and new friends here in
Kim, our younger daughter, continues to live with us in this big,
glorious house we have somehow, magically, come to call our home.
She is working in Mablethorpe, helping to establish and run a new
café on the seafront. A few weeks ago, in March, we had the spring
high tides – you may remember dire warnings on the television about
coastal flooding. Living in Fulmer, the thought of flooding is a mildly
interesting news item. Standing at the door of the tiny, newly-
renovated café with a north-easterly gale blowing and roaring waves
pounding and swooshing up the sea defences less than ten feet away,
Her dog, Gryphon, takes me for walks round the fields or along the
beach. My happy memories of many, many dog-walks on the
footpaths around Fulmer are gradually being supplemented by the
new delight of barefoot walks across wide sands – excellent exercise
for winter-softened feet, it works all the foot muscles into an agony
of fitness! Recent field walks have been accompanied by the glorious
music of skylarks, soaring under high-arching Lincolnshire skies to fill
the green-scented air with symphonies of birdsong. Gryph,
meanwhile, takes advantage of my momentary distraction. He
discovers the flattened and desiccated carcase of some poor bird,
rodent or rabbit, a casualty of last year’s harvest, unearthed by
recent ploughing for this year’s crop. It’s a Prize, to be chewed,
crunched, paraded and protected! Sometimes I’m not so sure about
the joys of nature – or the delights of dogs!
Bob is already establishing a reputation as the fount of all computer-
knowledge, installer of wireless networks, solver of all software
problems and resuscitator of apparently-lifeless computer equipment
of all kinds. The local church now has a website and he has a
growing fan-club of delighted clients.
He’s also now a full member of the local First Responders team in
Alford. They work 12-hour shifts and aim for 24/7 coverage – not
always possible, but they do their best. The First Responders car
initially caused a ripple of concern when it was parked in our drive –
neighbours thought it had come on an emergency call to one of us,
they didn’t realise it was here because Bob was on duty!
I’ve taken up the challenge of the parish magazine, the Group
Messenger, for Alford Group of Parishes. It comes out every two
months and my first deadline is May 15th, to have it on the doorsteps
and pew ends by May 29th. Fortunately there’s a hardworking team
of people who will be writing articles, compiling lists and dates,
sorting out all the advertising, organising distribution and generally
making sure all the essentials are covered.
I’ve also joined one or two clubs and committees – just like in
Fulmer, there’s a superb community in Alford and the more you take
an active part in the things that are happening, the more you realise
and appreciate the very strong bonds of friendship, acceptance and
To all our friends in and around Fulmer – we miss you, we wish you
were here, we would love to see you, please come and stay with us
or call in if you’re in the area. Our address is 14 East Street, Alford,
Lincolnshire LN13 9EQ, or telephone us on 01507 462135.
HILARY BARRETT and Family
FULMER PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Langley Corner House Detached dwelling and vehicular access Granted
Fulmer Common road
07/00585/FUL Amendment to planning permission o/s
Downings Two storey side extension o/s
Kennoway Part single storey/ part Granted
Hay Lane two storey rear extension
Low Meadows Single storey side and rear Refused
Dukes Valley extension
Fulmer Plant Park Change of use of land and Granted
Cherry Tree Lane buildings to form detached
dwelling and garage with
ancillary residential cartilage
and access facilities
White house Erection of replacement garage o/s
07/00146/FUL Two storey side /rear extension Granted
renewal of permission 2002
Alderford Cross Single storey side extension Refused
High Meadows Part two storey/part 1st floor o/s
Fulmer road part single storey front
07/00299/FUL extension incorporating dormer
Hunters End Replacement detached dwelling o/s
Penn Wood Amendment to planning permission Granted
Erection of replacement pool
Fulmer Rise changing room, with formation o/s
07/00660/FUL of subterranean games room.
07/00582/FUL Amendment to planning permission o/s
Oakley Single storey front, 1st floor
Hay Lane Side and single storey rear extension Granted
Webbs Cottage Retention of front boundary o/s
Windmill road wall and gate posts, railing and fence
07/00471/FUL NE boundary wall, rear garden
07/00574/LBC decking and covered area
Mandeville Cottage Pitched roof to side over o/s
Hawkswood Grove existing flat roof
Upton House Single storey side extension o/s
Fulmer Rise (Orangery)
3 Springfield Cottages Detached garage o/s
2 Church Row Cottages Repositioning of boundary not lawful
Hay Lane railings
St Benedicts Amendment to planning consent granted
Alderbourne arches Swimming pool and gym for certified
Hawkswood Lane existing dwelling lawful
Kingsmead Retention of roof extension Dismissed
104 Fulmer Road and three dormer windows
FROM YOUR FORMER DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
I write this in a strange situation. I am still your District Councillor as
I write but by the time you read it I shall no longer be. I have
decided not to stand for re-election for an amalgam of two reasons.
Chiefly because of my stroke, from which I have not recovered as
quickly or as completely as I had hoped. Also because of my age; I
feel that I am getting on and would be four years older still at the
end if I were to be re-elected and serve the full term. However, my
age is by no means the clincher. That would have been up to you to
help you decide who to choose as your next District Councillor.
If they ask me I shall tell my possible successors that it is Planning
applications that cause the most angst amongst the people of Fulmer
and Hedgerley. And yet they ought to be the most straightforward.
Nearly everything is determined by the Local Plan to which you – or
your predecessors – contributed many years ago by approving it. Of
course the Local Plan is local to the whole District, not just to our two
villages, and must be expressed in a way that is precise while being
readable. It is also subject to adjustment by the Government
through its PPGs (Planning Policy Guidelines) which are a means
mostly of reversing by Appeals the District decisions to reject. Two
such decisions (neither in Fulmer) relate to Tesco’s in Gerrards Cross
(a Conservative government PPG) and the MSA in Hedgerley (a
An SBDC officer may decide an application (through officer
delegation) or make a recommendation to the Planning Committee.
In both cases he or she should decide/recommend based on the Local
Plan as adjusted by PPGs (this may be by studying previous but
relevant Appeals). If the application is permitted that is an end to it;
if it is refused there is always the right of Appeal. In all cases it is
necessary to wait until the result is officially promulgated. Whatever
the officer may say or not say when on a site visit is irrelevant.
Before the decision – or recommendation – the officer’s conclusion is
vetted by his/her Team Leader. As a result the conclusion may
stand, or be reversed, or the officer may be told to investigate
Don’t forget rubbish. By contributing to the new, recyclable,
collections, Fulmer is contributing to the staving off of global warming
and to saving money. Fulmer is also a rather bigger village now than
when I arrived on the District scene. It is fortunate that the
opportunity arose to have the boundary between Fulmer and
Wexham redrawn so as to include those houses along Fulmer
Common Road which had been abruptly transferred to Wexham way
back in 1970 (or whenever). I shall remember to the end of my life
the quiet satisfaction – my version of excitement – which this gave
I have enjoyed my time as your District Councillor. Thank you very
much for choosing me in the first place all those years ago. I
sincerely hope that my successor will have the same affection for our
two villages that I have. It is marvellous to think how often one
village or the other has won the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village
competition. It is also fortunate that the two villages are in different
classes; if they were in the same class it would make the life of the
District Councillor much more difficult. My one regret is that there is
no Independent candidate standing to replace me. As a private
individual (as I shall be from 3rd May) I would feel happier with a
District Councillor who is unaffected by a political party and so can
concentrate on what is best for his/her constituency.
FOR GERRARDS CROSS AND FULMER F.C.
2 PEOPLE WANTED TO MAKE AND SERVE TEA, COFFEE,
BACON ROLLS ETC. EVERY SUNDAY MORNING IN THE
WINTER FROM 9.30 TO 12 NOON AT FULMER RECREATION
GOOD HOURLY RATE OF PAY.
Please telephone 01494 874079
CAR PARK MARSHAL
FOR GERRARDS CROSS AND FULMER F.C.
PERSON WITH SOUND COMMON SENSE REQUIRED TO
MARSHAL CAR PARKING AT FULMER RECREATION GROUND
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING DURING THE WINTER FROM 9.15
TO 11.45 AM
GOOD HOURLY RATE OF PAY.
Please telephone 01494 874079
GERRARDS CROSS AND FULMER FOOTBALL CLUB
Another successful season on and off the pitch is drawing to a close
with our Under 14’s Team winning their league and many others of
the eleven age groups having very successful seasons.
As previously announced we achieved Football Association Charter
Standard status last year and the Award will be presented to us at
the Majedski Stadium by the FA before the Premier League Game
between Reading and Fulham.
We are looking for new members for next season in the two youngest
age groups (under 6 and Under 7) and there is an invitation to make
contact with us elsewhere in the magazine.
The conditions of the pitches and especially the Training area have
suffered more than usual in the wet winter that has hopefully just
passed. We moved some training to the indoor area at the Teikyo
School and this was on the whole very well received – certainly by
We are hopeful of having an ancillary car park in use on Sunday
mornings for next football season so alleviating the unsatisfactory
and dangerous situation in Fulmer Common Road. The District
Council have given permission and provided a grant towards the
costs for which we are very grateful.
Finally I would like to thank everyone involved with the football club
for all their help throughout the year – parents, boys, girls and
especially the members of the Committee.
The AGM took place on Thursday April 26th at the Pavilion in King
FULMER VILLAGE HALL
Dominic Holland, author, actor and stand-up comedian, performed to
a packed audience at Fulmer Village Hall in March and signed copies
of his two comic novels. Dominic is a familiar face on television
having appeared on programmes such as Have I Got News for You
and the Stand Up Show.
The event was to raise funds, in this, the Village Hall’s 50th
anniversary year. The evening was a great success with Dominic
working very hard as it was initially a tough audience. There was
some good natured heckling, but he was helped by several audience
members, including TV celebrity and presenter Johnny Ball, Zoë’s
Dad. Black Labrador, Rajah also got in on the act thanks to local
resident Chaz Whittaker!
There was also a fascinating link across the generations as well.
Emily Bird, who was at the original opening of the Hall 50 years ago
and is pictured with Princess Alexandra, is the grandmother of the
current Hall Letting Secretary Karen Nelmes, who was helping out in
the Hall bar on the night.
The evening was staged to raise money to improve the disabled
facilities at the Hall and with more than 100 people attending the
total raised was just short of £800. So thanks go to everyone who
attended or helped out in any way.
The Village Hall Management Committee is still looking for a
Secretary. The role involves taking the minutes of the quarterly
meetings and handling the minimal correspondence received in the
meantime. If you could spare the time for the meetings and writing
the minutes you would really be appreciated. Please give any
committee member a call.
We have also produced a leaflet describing the Hall’s facilities and
details of hire which accompanies this Newsletter. We aim to keep
Fulmer Village Hall as one of the best available locally for those
special events, so please don’t hesitate to call Karen Nelmes, our
Lettings Secretary on 01753 662928 for further details. We look
forward to seeing you.
Chairman, Fulmer Village Hall Management
FULMER SPORTS’ & COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
I was appointed as Chairman in February this year so have not had much
time to get my feet under the table nor to get to grips with all that the
Association stands for. Hopefully, over the coming months I shall be able
to tell you more about the Association, share with you the vision that we
have for the Association and see that successfully carried out.
The Association looks after the King George’s Field and the pavilion which is
situated on Fulmer Common Road. If, by chance, you have never visited
then please do come up and see the facilities. There are three main clubs
within the Association; Cricket, Football and Tennis each of which runs
autonomously. There was a darts club but sadly that has been disbanded.
The Association receives income from the clubs, lettings, bonfire night and
donations. Principal expenditure is the upkeep and maintenance of the
grounds and the pavilion. It is the duty of the trustees to balance the
books each year.
Over the past four years a private benefactor has paid for the services of a
co-ordinator amongst whose tasks it was to look after the maintenance of
the site, obtain bookings and liaise between the three main clubs. This
funding has now come to an end and as we do not have sufficient income to
carry on with those services on a paid for basis we must alter the structure
of the FSCA and seek further revenues.
I am pleased to report that we have attended to the maintenance and
upkeep of the site and that we have in place a way that will ensure that
those important duties are carried out. Car parking on a Sunday has
always been a sensitive issue and as part of our efforts to reduce the
number of cars parking on the road we have received a grant of £1,000
from the Council to help with the costs and work to prepare an additional
parking area inside the ground. The work on this should commence soon.
As part of the search for new income we are seeking to house new activities
at the pavilion which to an extent would fall within the spirit of the King
George’s Fields. We have obtained permission to let the pavilion for the use
of a nursery school. We are also looking at the possibility of hiring the
pavilion to other low use and low maintenance tenants. At the time of
writing no contracts have been formalised.
The second part is to start the process of introducing occasional mid-week
20/20 cricket on a commercial basis. My intention is to provide a complete
package for this and we are beginning the process of getting all within the
various clubs to come on board. I see the venture as a way to introduce
new members to the cricket club and to open up the usage of the field to a
wider group of people. The eventual aim will be to have a league using one
artificial strip with paid umpires, hopefully drawn from the cricket club who
will act as our eyes and ears whilst the matches are taking place. I see this
as a revenue earner which will turn the whole club round. If anyone
reading this might be interested in organising or playing in a mid-week
20/20 game of cricket then I would like to hear from you. Given how long
it can take to get all the necessary approvals I do not envisage this idea to
be in full swing until 2008.
I should like to congratulate the football club for attaining FA Charter
Status. The presentation of the plaque was made at the Madejski Stadium,
Reading on Saturday 14 April. I wish the cricket and tennis clubs a
Finally, if there are any points raised above on which you require
clarification I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Beginners – learn to swim, teachers in the water to help!
• Stroke development classes for improvers
• Advanced stroke work, diving & turns for club level swimmers
• All swimmers work toward appropriate Amateur Swimming Assn Awards
• Weekly lessons – intensive holiday courses
• Qualified Coaches/Teachers
CALL MIRIAM ON 01628 667717
FULMER COMMUNITY TENNIS CLUB (FCTC)
The playing side of FCTC has continued to flourish at King George's
Field over the past few years and it is anticipated that this will
continue through the 2007 season.
During the month of April reminders will be posted to all those who
are currently members of FCTC until 30 April 2007, as well as to
those who joined in 2006 but did not renew last year, with details of
next years annual subscription and the benefits of joining FCTC. It is
anticipated that there will be a small increase this year for all
subscriptions whilst guest fees will remain at only £2.50 per guest
per session. At the beginning of May the padlock and keys will be
changed as usual; could current members please return their keys on
renewing membership? Thank you.
Anyone else interested in playing at FCTC, please contact Nicky
Barrett who will continue in the role of acting FCTC Representative for
FSCA until another local player who wishes to take on the
responsibility and develop the Club further can be found. Her contact
details are 01753 817971 or email@example.com. FCTC
details will also be made available at the courts.
Surely there must be someone who would be prepared to develop
The Tennis Club into a thriving Club – the football club alone almost
certainly has a large number of potential members – boys, sisters
and parents - Editor.
FULMER CRICKET CLUB
Tim Heald, author of ‘Village Cricket’ and a Fulmer resident as a boy during
the fifties and sixties, describes Fulmer Cricket Club as he knew it thus:
“I wouldn’t begin to pretend that Fulmer village cricket in those days was like
great music, fine wine or human beauty, but I came if not to love it, at least
to enjoy it very much. I remember nothing of the individual games, of
results, of scores, or even of individuals. What I hold in my mind is a picture
not unlike the one conjured up in the best of all cricket poems, the sad
lament of a Lancashire exile in the south of England who recalls my Hornby
and my Barlow long ago, long ago and the run-makers flickering to and fro,
to and fro. And the good news is that Fulmer Cricket Club is alive and well.”
Alive and well indeed, and looking forward to the start of the new season.
The ethos and nature of the club may not have changed very much from the
sixties. It is one of the few genuine village clubs remaining in the south east,
where cricket is still played socially and for the love of the game.
The club and the future of cricket in Fulmer can only survive and thrive,
however, if we can encourage both an ongoing supply of new players and as
much support as possible from the community. For the former we are
currently undertaking a recruitment drive to find new players, advertising in
nearby schools, businesses, leisure facilities, sports clubs and hostelries.
For the latter we are promoting a new form of club membership – the Friends
of Fulmer Cricket Club. For a £10 annual contribution you could join us on
match days and take advantage of the splendid facilities that the club enjoys
courtesy of the Fulmer Sports and Community Association. You would also
receive regular newsletters reporting on the club’s progress and invitations to
events such as the President’s weekend and the annual Awards Dinner.
If you are interested either in turning out for your local club, or in becoming
a Friend of Fulmer Cricket Club, please contact club secretary Andy Reid on
01753 663995 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Heald also wrote the authorised biography of Denis Compton, who lived
at Fulmer Place for a period during the sixties and seventies. Tim now lives in
Fowey in Cornwall and was recently elected President of Fowey Cricket Club.
Fulmer Cricket Club
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
2006 was a great year as we added another notch to our belt in the
Gurney Cup. This means that this year we will compete in the “cup
winners” cup, the Tindall Cup. We have managed to avoid our arch-
nemesis, Weston Underwood (who beat us in 2005) for two years on
the trot now as they were in the Tindall Cup last year and will be
back in the Gurney Cup this year.
But let’s not get complacent …. we’re competing with the crème de
la crème now and need to pull out all the stops.
On another note, due to personal commitments I have handed over
the reign of Best Kept Village coordinator to Darren Jones, who
moved into Grove Cottage, Windmill Road last year and is eager to
participate in community activities. There are, as always, warden
positions to fill in Allhusen Gardens and North Row and if you are able
to help please contact Darren on 664095 or email
I don’t know the exact dates of the judging period yet (Darren will let
you know) but it is usually from around the 3rd week of May for six
weeks. It only remains for me to wish the new coordinator and
wardens good luck for 2007. Just keep doing what you’re doing and
let’s bring another cup home to Fulmer.
NEIL BATES (ex-BKV coordinator)
DARREN JONES (new BKV coordinator)
Footnote - Judging will last for 6 weeks from Monday, 21 may. The
Volunteers would appreciate your participation on any or all of the
following Saturday mornings :
28 April - 5 May - 12 May - and 19 May
From 9.15am to 12.30 : meeting at The Black Horse – see you there -
10 Big Reasons to Celebrate the Life of God’s
Church in Fulmer
One of the great strengths of the ministry of the two St James’s
(Gerrards Cross and Fulmer) is the partnership that unites seven
Sunday congregations in a shared mission to ‘Bring, Build, and Send’
for Christ. Each service draws people from across the communities of
Fulmer and Gerrards Cross – and many from beyond the
The size and scope of our ministry as a church means that newer
members of our community do not always discover straight away just
how rich and varied our life together really is.
Those of us who regularly experience the life of the church in Fulmer
will agree that this is a very precious part of the Christian community
in South Bucks. In fact, from a historical point of view, the life of the
two St James has its spiritual roots firmly in Fulmer.
The Sunday congregation that meets each week at 11.15am is one
expression of a very dynamic and spiritually engaging witness to
Christ within the village of Fulmer – and to the world beyond! In the
context of the wider life of the two St James, it may seem to some a
small enterprise. However, few will realise that for a village with
under 500 people, Fulmer has one of the largest congregations in the
diocese. This is worth celebrating!
So for those who know very little about the church in Fulmer here are
just 10 reasons to give thanks to God:
1. The People
A regular congregation of 50 or more people meet for worship
every Sunday at 11.15am. Young and old are made to feel very
welcome. More than half those attending the services in Fulmer
have joined in the past seven years.
2. New Faith
In our increasingly secular world the wider church often appears to
be an organisation in decline, but a significant number of people in
the village have come to a new or deeper faith in Christ over
recent years. Some now worship on a Sunday in Fulmer, others
attend one of our services in Gerrards Cross. The variety in our
Sunday worship makes it possible to draw people from all kinds of
backgrounds – including those who have no previous experience of
church. One of our dedicated Church Wardens in Fulmer, Ian
Trott, has spoken publicly on a number of occasions about coming
to a personal faith in Christ. He was baptised in the village two
There are many ways for children to engage in the life of the
church. On the first Sunday each month there is a special family
service at 11.15am – open to all ages, it brings the Christian hope
alive in a relevant and engaging format. On other Sundays there
is a dedicated children’s group that meets in Fulmer Infant School,
with a particular focus on 0-5’s, as well as other age specific
groups hosted in the Saint James Centre which are well attended
by children from the village. The mid-week Little Fishes (first
Wednesday of each month) is a very popular service for pre-school
aged children and their parents, and so for many ‘little ones’
Fulmer is the very first venue in which they encounter worship
4. Fulmer Women’s Fellowship
It’s not just the young that find their spiritual feet in Fulmer, there
is also a special ministry to women. Fulmer Women’s Fellowship is
hugely appreciated for the friendship and encouragement it
provides. Meeting each month in the Village Hall it is a particular
blessing to the very elderly who no longer find it easy to get to
5. Music in Worship
The worshipping life of the church on Sundays is greatly enhanced
by the musical talent that is a unique feature of the regular
11.15am service. Iain Ledingham, a senior teacher at the Royal
Academy of Music, is an outstanding organist and choirmaster. A
dedicated choir of up to 10 men and women provide a strong and
sensitive lead to the worship. This more traditional form of service
adds further beauty and inspiration to the whole breadth of
Sunday worship across the two St James.
5. Fulmer Prayer Gathering
In addition to the worship on Sundays (which also includes a quiet
Holy Communion service on the second Sunday each month at
8am) there is a monthly Prayer Gathering in Fulmer. Hosted by
Ian and Anne Trott, these informal meetings started over a year
ago, and have greatly contributed to the spiritual growth in the life
of the two St James. Fulmer Gardens House is the venue, and the
meeting (which begins with coffee!) is open to everyone, whether
you are someone who feels comfortable praying out loud or quietly
in your own heart
6. Pastoral Care
Alongside the staff team many in the village and congregation
contribute to the ministry of Pastoral care. Enid Marsh and Ann
Arthur have a dedicated role to respond to co-ordinate the
response when particular needs arise. Susan Brassey-Edwards
also manages the most active local volunteer taxi service for the
housebound and sick – in 2006 this amounted to more than 300
journeys to the doctors’ surgery or hospital.
7. Many Gifts
Many people use their gifts and give valuable time to serve the
ministry of the church in Fulmer. There are teams who clean the
church, and tend the churchyard, who set up the church for
services and provide a warm welcome at the door, who lead the
children’s groups, and arrange the flowers. We have a dedicated
band of ringers – which includes two new ringers who also attend
other services in Gerrards Cross. For the past 30 years Fulmer
Church has also been blessed by the ministry of its own Lay
Reader, John Hedley. John helps to lead most of the Sunday
services and provides a wonderful point of continuity alongside the
Very few will realise just how much the congregation in Fulmer
contribute to the leadership of the whole of the two St James’s.
The two Fulmer wardens, Diana Mann and Ian Trott are key
members of the St James Leadership Team. Others from Fulmer
have been instrumental in many of the ‘St James-wide’ ministries
– the Friendship Lunches, the Welcome Team in the Saint James
Centre, the Mission Committee, the financial management of the
church, the Alpha Course, Children’s ministry, leading services,
prayer ministry, and so on… Fulmer has provided significant
spiritual leadership that has helped facilitate the growth of the
ministry of the two St James’s.
9. Beautiful Building
What can one say about the church building? The church is about
people meeting in Jesus name, whatever the building happens to
look like. We are very thankful to God for the vision and skill of
those who built and later extended the present Fulmer Church. It
is a beautiful and inspiring setting for worship. In 2010 we will get
a special opportunity to thank God for this building as we
celebrate 400 years since it was dedicated by the Bishop of
Lincoln, whose diocese it was then a part of.
10. Our Great God
All the first 9 reasons would be worth nothing if it were not for the
God who calls us to be a part of his world-wide church. For more
than 600 years people have gathered in Fulmer to worship God
and to seek his will for their lives. By the Holy Spirit they have
been strengthened and inspired to bring the good news of Jesus
Christ to others.
Thank you God for your church in Fulmer.
FULMER INFANT SCHOOL
After two terms without any building work we have spent the Easter
holiday having new flooring fitted in Year 1 classroom – so once again
all the contents of a classroom were moved out and in again! We
have also replaced the old tired storage units with new ones. The
whole effort has been well worth while as all the rooms now have
matching furniture, flooring and carpet areas - which look great, and
will be much easier to keep clean.
The Easter term ended with a superb Easter Bonnet Parade – each
child had created a hat and a fascinating description of it – and the
occasion was magnificently and amusingly compèred by Mrs Harrod.
The afternoon was a real treat for the audience.
We received an ‘Excellent’ comment for the Health and Safety audit
in the Autumn and the governors expressed their gratitude to all
those involved for their hard work in achieving this rare accolade.
The Parents’ Association are to be thanked yet again for their
amazing support for the school – they have run a Quiz Night and an
Emerald Ball (on St Patrick’s Day) at the Black Horse which were both
extremely successful and we offer our continued thanks to Brendan
and Kay. Donations were made to the local branch of Riding for the
Disabled, for the purchase of a laptop computer, and to a Breast
A Valentine’s Disco and after school craft sessions were organised
and the parents also provided a candlelit Alderbourne Lane for the
children’s procession to the village church for the annual delightful
Christmas Nativity performances.
An Indulgence Evening took place at the end of April (a really
pleasurable session!) and the school has already started planning for
its contribution to Fulmer Day.
The children have worked hard to raise money for various charities
during the year. Two events were linked to the curriculum, one when
Year 2 held a ‘Readathon’ to support the Rain Forests and the other
when Year 1 ate a ‘Frugal Lunch’ to raise money for Children in Need.
Other events were Year 2’s Bring and Buy sale when the money was
divided between Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Red Cross (we had
been visited by a blind man and his dog earlier in the term), the
Harvest service collection went to Water Aid, the collections at the
Nativity performances were sent to Wexham Park Hospital’s children’s
ward to help revamp their rocking horse, and the Red Nose Day
money was sent to Comic Relief. So together with the donations
after the Emerald Ball we are trying to encourage the children to
think of the needs of others and to help them all.
Footsteps Training in basic road safety continues for Years 2 and 1
and by the time you read this we will have again taken part in the
next County Walk to School Week from 21-25 May. We are very
grateful for the support of several Fulmer residents, as well as
parents and governors for their help in providing marshals for the
danger points at the corner by the stud entrance and outside the
However the thorny issues of the speed of traffic through the village
and the danger of the corner by Alderbourne Lane are still being
considered by the School Travel Plan Working Group which has both
school and village representatives. Parking on the zig-zags outside
school and also at the end of the Lane near the junction with the
main road cause concern and we would like to thank the Parish
Council for their support in trying to solve these problems. We are
introducing a Parents’ Parking Promise to see if this will help – and
the children may even produce their own ‘parking tickets’ if this fails!
We’ll have to wait and see………………
Finally, our next major project is to revamp the outside area of the
school to provide space for curriculum support areas such as a
growing garden, a quiet space, wet/sun shelters and play areas.
The designs are currently on the back of the proverbial envelope, but
we are consulting other schools and experts for ideas and inspiration
and we hope to have some definite plans before the end of term.
We then hope to begin the work, in stages, during the next academic
year. The final effect should not only produce a much more
stimulating experience for the children but also enhance the
appearance of the playground – and help towards keeping the Best
Kept Village Award!
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COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT
This spring and summer the county council and the four district
councils in Buckinghamshire are starting to put the flesh on plans to
work more closely together. The Government invited bids last
autumn for councils to restructure. In Buckinghamshire we rejected
the option to go for a single “unitary” council in favour of enhancing
the current two-tier (district and county) arrangement. We were
suspicious of increasing centralisation such as we are seeing in the
health service, and favoured the retention of a close link to local
communities. We believe this will enable communities to better
influence the nature and extent of services they receive.
However, there are costs to the two-tier way of working. Firstly
there is more bureaucracy, but by the different councils combining
operations such as finance, personnel, and other back-office
functions, this additional cost can be minimised. A whole range of
joint working projects are being brought forward to save cost.
Secondly, the public is confused over who does what in local
government. For example, one authority cleans the roads, the other
empties the gullies. If you know who does which of these you are
one of a small minority! So the different councils have committed to
progressively presenting a single face to the community, and ironing
out the confusion caused by the different responsibilities.
Above and beyond this it is time to bring customer service in local
government into the 21st century. It is not just the question of who
does what; it is also improving the whole customer experience. One
of my most time-consuming tasks as a county councillor is following
up for residents on letters that haven’t been answered or phone
messages that didn’t get a response. That is just not good enough
and modern methods and technology need to be introduced to make
sure that residents receive service to the standard provided by top
private sector companies. We are more likely to achieve this as five
councils working together.
NEWS FROM SOUTH BUCKS RDA
Since our last input into the village news, life at South Bucks has
gone up yet another gear. Our outdoor arena, having served us for
almost 20 years, came to the end of its safe life! With the financial
help of the SITA Trust Enhancing Communities Programme and the
ERANDA Foundation we have been able to rebuild and re-surface the
arena; it now has a much more ‘helper’ friendly surface. That is good
for both the horses and those humans who have to do the miles of
walking required as leaders. The works for this major project took
place at the end of the summer, when the weather was fair and
weekday riding was minimal. As all major building projects have to
take place in school holidays, we also took the plunge to replace all
the skylights in the indoor arena as they had deteriorated too, the
difference was amazing, we now have a bright arena with no
scattered light, a great boon to our visually impaired riders, who had
always had difficulties with the variable light patterns produced by
the original lights. At a cost of £8,000 to replace the 72 skylights, we
are still looking for people and companies to sponsor a skylight.
During the week we are still busy providing therapeutic riding for
school aged children from Arbourvale School, the ARB at Ryvers
School, and Coteford School. The children are given the opportunity
to ride or interact with the horses as part of their education.
Under the guidance of our chief instructor and stable manager Clive
Milkins we now have a group of special independent disabled riders,
who have made the transition to sports riding; in their own right they
are now very determined athletes and the demands on them and
their families immense. They have been out competing all winter,
Ben Rodin has become the ‘restricted’ winter paralympic champion,
Toby Pawson, the winter paralympic Grade 3 champion, while Sophie
Christiansen, riding Martini Maybe obtained 3 firsts in Belgium and
Erin Orford riding Painted Affair was second in France representing
Two of our sports riders have been long listed for the Paralympic
World Championships in July. They will be travelling to Manheim
soon to compete and hopefully secure a shortlist place for the Worlds.
These sports riders are a great inspiration to our younger
independent and school riders, they see what to aim for and how
much dedication is needed.
South Bucks RDA Trustee
THE HISTORY OF THE PANAMA CANAL
The construction of the Panama Canal is one of the richest and
phenomenal sagas of United States’ history. It was here, at the
Isthmus of Panama, that the mighty forces of nature which had
defied mankind for centuries were conquered and harnessed.
The work of building the Canal commenced in January 1880 when the
project was formally inaugurated by the French Canal Company, under
the leadership of one Count Ferdinand de Lesseps of Suez Canal fame.
Nature’s obstacles, inadequate machinery, insecure financial
arrangements and dire health conditions of the Isthmus contributed to
the failure of the project in 1889. However, a new French Canal
Company was formed in 1894 and building work recommenced, albeit
on a modified scale, until 1904 when the Company’s rights were
purchased by the US Government for £40m. The actual building of the
Canal was bedevilled by three main problems, i.e., Engineering,
Sanitation and Organisation.
The Engineering aspect involved excavating an unbelievably enormous
‘ditch’ (subsequently named The Gaillard Cut) through a mountain
range wide and deep enough to float the largest of ships, constructing
the largest earth dam ever built (the Gatun dam) nearly 1.5miles long
and almost 0.5 miles wide at its base; designing and building the most
massive canal locks ever conceived, constructing the biggest lock
gates ever swung and inventing and fabricating mechanical devices for
operating the waterway.
The Canal Zone is approximately 10 miles wide and covers an area of
553 square miles of rugged volcanic terrain and is located 9 degrees
above the Equator, thus it is very tropical.
The Canal is approximately 50 miles long and varies considerably in
width. The tidal variations are as much as 22’ on the Pacific side but
only 2’ on the Atlantic side. There are three sets of locks in the Canal.
On the Atlantic side at Cristobal is the Gatun Lock with three separate
chambers which lift vessels up 85’ to the level of the Gatun Lake. You
then transit through Gatun Lake and the mountainous Gaillard Cut to
the single chamber, Pedro Miguel Lock, which drops ships down 31’.
You then transit across Miraflores Lake to the two chamber Miraflores
Lock which drops ships down a further 54’ to the level of the Pacific
Ocean at Balboa. As you approach each Lock the ship gets hooked up
to electric locomotives or ‘mules’ as they are more commonly known
which tow the ship through the chambers and also serve to steady the
ship whilst it is lowered or raised in the chamber. Ships of average
size usually have three mules on the port side and three mules on the
starboard side but for the larger ships and warships ten mules are
used (five on either side).
The most interesting phenomena of the Panama Canal is the
geographical alignment of the Isthmus which is such that the Canal
runs from Northwest to Southeast, with the Canal’s Atlantic Ocean
entrance 33.5 miles North and 27 miles West of the Pacific Ocean
entrance. For this reason the sun rises over the Canal out of the
Pacific Ocean and sets in the Atlantic Ocean and ships transit the Canal
from North to South, rather than from East to West.
It is the most interesting, fascinating and awe-inspiring engineering
feat I have experienced in many transits of this famous Canal – each
one more fascinating then the previous because of the variety of ships
and sizes that one sees on each transit.
Gyn Anthony David, the son of Sarah-Jane and Justin Owen, now living
in High Wycombe but until recently at 4 Church Row, in Fulmer Church
on 24 December.
Melissa Jayne, daughter of Deborah Ann Valentino and Timothy Lowry
of the Parkway, Iver Heath, in Fulmer Church on 10 December.
Charles James, Ella Cecilia and Sophie Madeleine, son and twin
daughters of Angela Marie and Paul Culver of Iver Heath in Fulmer
Church on 7 January – surely the first triple christening in the annals
of Fulmer Church.
We wish great happiness in their future life together to:
Claire Holloway and Graham Mark Hunt, both of Moreland Drive,
Gerrards Cross who were married in Fulmer Church on 13 January.
We record with great sadness the death of Thomas Togher of Amistad,
Cherry Tree Lane.
BURIAL OF ASHES
Walter Mann at Fulmer Church on 16 April.
Our congratulations and best wishes to George Reid of 2 Bradbury
Gardens, Hay Lane, who celebrated his 96th birthday by attending
Morning Service in Fulmer Church on 1 April, accompanied by his son,
Those of us who were around Fulmer in the ‘70’s may well recall two
charming Americans, Martin and Peggy Martin, who during their time
in England became very active members of Fulmer Church during the
Rectorship of Bill Browne. Martin became the People’s Warden while
Peggy joined the team of Bellringers – I believe our late daughter,
Charlotte, was a member of that team too.
Martin died very suddenly in 1977, a great shock for us all. Peggy
went back to the States to be close to her family but her daughter,
Mary Moody, writing from Monument, Colorado, tells of her regret at
leaving and she always kept a small oil painting of Fulmer Church on
the wall of her living room for the remainder of her life.
Peggy, with Mary, returned to Fulmer seven years ago and were
thrilled by the welcome they received. Peggy shed the years and
joined the bellringers in their celebration. She died on 22 December
last at the age of 87. Her Memorial Service was at “Village at Skyline”
whereas Martin’s had been in Fulmer Church, conducted by Rev. Bill
Browne. They brought a small stone from Colorado, Martin’s
birthplace, to place under his gravestone.
In some ways Martin was a larger than life character, both in his build
and in his deep caring nature. We commuted into London on a
number of occasions and, Mary reminds me, he wore a three-piece
dark suit, white shirt and either a tie or braces with American flags.
Often he would be wearing his wool Stetson cowboy hat. He certainly
brightened the day!
Peggy and Martin were a great couple and we hope the family links
with Fulmer can be retained through Mary.
We welcome into the Fulmer Community:
Rachel Peet and Robert Perks who have come to live at 2 Fulmer Hill
Cottages, Windmill Road.
Parm and Harvey Khanghura with Lucca who have come to live at
Woodcroft, Fulmer Common Road
Ray and Gill Evans with Oliver, Lucinda and Jack who have come to
live at Heath Lodge, Fulmer Common Road. Gill writes about their
younger son – “Jack is 16 and goes to the Chalfont Community
College. He discovered ski racing at 9 years of age at Hillingdon Dry
Ski Slope where he competed on the dry slope, but within 2 years
was competing on snow. He was selected for the British Children’s
Ski Team at 11, where he competed all over Europe and is now in the
England Alpine Ski Team, where he is 1st year Junior 1.
He came second in the British Junior 1 Downhill and Super G
Championships at Easter in Meribel and is rated as one of the top 5
races of his age in the country. Unfortunately ski racing does not
come cheap and it has been an uphill struggle for us parents to find
the money for him to train and compete. If anyone knows of any
charities or companies that would be interested in sponsoring Jack,
please let us know. Any donations can go straight to the Skiers Trust
where he has a Bespoke Fund”
As summer approaches and we look forward to the longer days we would
like to remind you of the opportunities that this time of year opens up to
the burglar. Out come the gardening tools, windows are thrown open and
we spend more time outside. Garden sheds and garages become a popular
target for thieves. Here are a few timely reminders:
• Most break-ins occur at the back of properties so make access to rear
gardens difficult. Ensure back and side gates are fitted with good locks and
boundary fences are secure. Use trellising on the top of your fence as an
• Make sure ladders and other gardening equipment are put away and that
sheds and outbuildings are locked when not in use.
• If you are going away on holiday ask a neighbour to keep a watchful eye
on your property, so they can remove any mail or newspapers protruding
through the letterbox. If they are looking after pets or watering the plants
ask them if they would open and close curtains and switch on lights to
make the house look occupied. They may even be willing to mow your lawn.
Offer to do the same in return.
• Check that all windows are closed and doors locked before you leave
home and take care not to leave vulnerable doors and windows open if you
are in the garden.
• Make your home look occupied when you are out with the use of timer
switches to operate lights and a radio.
• Mark gardening equipment, ornaments and power tools with your post
code an house number.
Thames Valley Police Telephone Number
08458 505 505
Use this number to:
• Report a crime
• Contact a police officer - all police officers now have mobile phones so if
the officer is off duty you can leave a message for them to respond on their
• Contact your local police station
Brian Weild - Co-ordinator
Fulmer Neighbourhood Watch email@example.com
FULMER CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS (FCV)
So history repeats itself and I have overrun the deadline for submission for the
May Fulmer Newsletter which was Friday 20 April. It’s Sunday morning and I
have just received a phone call from Ronnie Lamb to chase me up. I’m not
proud to be late, but it gave me the opportunity (all part of the plan of course)
for a pleasant walk around the village and footpaths early on Saturday
morning. I nearly wrote ‘very pleasant’ walk, but I continue to be dismayed by
the amount of rubbish either dumped in heaps at the roadsides or discarded
along the footpaths.
Fulmer parish footpaths are in good condition and apart from a leaning
rhododendron on the Beeches Way in Fulmer Rise and some overhanging
branches on the way to King George’s Field, paths are clear of undergrowth and
easily accessible. I hope that we will have time to fix these minor things next
weekend that is 28 April, when we will mainly be working at the Alderbourne
stream in the village centre. On the Beeches Way along from Hay Lane there
have been some significant changes. One of the kissing gates has been
replaced with a ‘two-way opening bridle gate’ which I suppose can be opened
by someone on horseback. Most likely this has been done by one of the
landowners in conjunction with Bucks County Council Rights of Way, as there is
also some new fencing and two other gates giving similar access to adjacent
We have seen the best of the daffodils and I hope everybody has enjoyed
them. Now we have to live with them looking drab whilst they die back and
build their reserves for the next season. I don’t know if we will plant more this
autumn, but we may very well do so if Fulmer Parish council supports further
purchases of bulbs.
Planting brings something else to mind which I have thought to put in the
newsletter on previous occasions. I would like to put in a plea to gardeners
who are splitting or discarding plants, groundcover plants especially, to spare a
thought for parts of the village where some plants would enhance the
appearance. I think especially of the surround of the car park adjacent to the
hedge and road at the recreation ground at St George’s Fields. It’s a tough
environment in which to get plants established as we have already seen.
Courtesy of Fulmer Plant Park we have planted around 40 ground cover plants
a couple of years ago and though most have survived, they are fighting to
become visibly well established. So gardeners please bear us in mind before
consigning all of your discarded plants to the bonfire! This is not a request to
tip garden rubbish in and around the village as some others already do. I’m
also looking for a small quantity of bark mulch to scatter on the flower bed at
the entrance to the car park. Please give me a call if you think you have
Planting can contribute to our efforts towards the Best Kept Village. As I write I
am thinking also of what must be done for the Best Kept Village in the coming
weeks. Normally today is when we tidy up at the Alderbourne stream, but this
year I have delayed this until the end of April, specifically Saturday 28th.
Thereafter and likely on consecutive weekends we need to work in other parts
of the village to bring things up to scratch.
Earlier in 2007 we have already done further tidying work on the sides of Stoke
Common Road. We also planted some remaining daffodils at the junction of
Windmill Hill and Stoke Common Road and despite some disturbance of them
by contractors, the flowers have provided a nice splash of colour. On another
two weekends we have worked at King George’s Fields on the paths and flower
beds and will be back there before too long. We have also cleared some fallen
trees from the stream at the ford. I’d like to thank Valerie Foa and others for
planting some of the daffodils near to the ford as well.
Concerning the past year and the beginning of this one, I hope the residents of
Fulmer parish will join me once more to thank all who helped with all of the
work contributing to the footpaths and the village itself. The core group of FCV,
namely Colin G, Colin M, Willie, George, Don, Ronnie, Rosie and myself
increased by the addition of ‘young’ Royston. Sometimes the turnout is just 3
or 4 people, but by hard work during around 3 hours on a Saturday morning
these few people can make significant contributions to the appearance of
Fulmer. This year the turnout has once again fluctuated at around the same
number and the same individuals but we need more help as always. Thanks
again to Ronnie for continuing to spur us on and to Rosie for encouraging us
with coffee and biscuits during the mornings just when the will power begins to
ebb. Volunteers are not obliged to visit the Black Horse, but we usually have a
drink and relax there afterwards. Our work contributes to how Fulmer appears
to the many ramblers who pass through the village. Our main footpath is part
of the Beeches Way bringing ramblers from one direction through Fulmer Rise
Estate down to the centre of the village alongside the Alderbourne stream and
St James’s church then along Hay Lane up to Windsor Road. Ramblers can stop
off at the Black Horse just a stones-throw from the Alderbourne and continue
on their way well refreshed.
With the Best Kept Village under our belts once again for 2007, I hope that with
sufficient time and effort of all of the residents and of FCV we will keep Fulmer
village and parish well maintained and worthy of the accolade once more in
My contact number is 01753-663432 and Ronnie’s is 01753-662662, if you can
spare an hour or so to help.
DR RICHARD MARSHALL
If there is anyone who can join the volunteers we are meeting on 28
April and 5, 12 and 19 May outside The Black Horse at 9.15am – Editor.
Set out below are the vacancies that exist, or in some cases, are about
to occur. Our little community urgently needs volunteers to fill these
roles. If you are prepared to help please get in touch with myself or the
1st GX and Fulmer Scout Group Adult leaders or helpers
Mark Shaw 01753 883102
Bell Ringing Ringers needed urgently
Geoffrey Cooper 01753 644273
Best Kept Village Competition Wardens for Stoke Common Rd
Darren James 01753 664095
Brownies Helpers required
Susan Brassey-Edwards 01753 883183
Cricket Club One senior role and playing
Andy Reid 01753 663995 members
Football Club Press Officer, car park marshals
Tony Davidson 01494 874079 and tea ladies
Fulmer Conservation Volunteers Volunteers required
Richard Marshall 01753 663432
Fulmer Day Marshalls required
Alex Bates 01753 662300
Fulmer Newsletter Distributor and Editor required
Ronnie Lamb 01753 662662
Fulmer Parish Council Future Parish Councillors
Ronnie Lamb 01753 662662
FSCA Parish Representative Post
Edward Guinness 01753 663179 1 October
Fulmer Village Hall Secretary required
Pauline Vahey 01753 662289
Little Fishes Helpers for tea and clearing up
Judi Spratling 01753 883311
RDA Volunteer helpers
Clive Milkins 01753 662796
RNLI Committee Members
Sue Fagan 01753 662193
St James’s Church, Fulmer Churchyard maintenance
Joan Marshall 01753 885983
Tennis Club Organiser and playing
Stephen Godfrey 01753 882122 members