Beer Festival in Kirdford

I have checked into the Foresters in Kirdford, where they are holding a beer festival this weekend.


You buy tokens at the bar, £1.70 per token, 2 tokens for a pint, 1 token for a half…

A selection of real ales, including, Pheasant Plucker, Dorset Knob, Old Bush Tail, Wallops Wood, Dark Star Festival and Swift One. There is also a selection of ciders to be had.

For the bar snacks, there is a pig roasting outside, what more could you want for a Saturday afternoon?

I think I will be here for the rest of the day (I have already bought 10 tokens)!




Kirdford Parish Neighbourhood Plan Meeting


Well there were more people in the Church than I have ever seen, so I assume this is now a subject close to a lot of people's heart. Adding another 100 houses to village will affect everyone, but that was not what the meeting was all about.

So the Government have bought in the Localism Act, this by all intents and purposes put the kibosh on our Community Lead Plan (that we, the village, had put two years work on) the new thing to have is a Parish Neighbourhood Plan, the team are two months away from completing the plan.

It became evident to me, that Chichester District Council are not our friends when it comes to deciding on what happens in our village. Don't get me wrong, there will be a need to expand the village, the building of homes is inevitable, but if we can get a Neighbourhood Plan ratified, it ties the hands of the Council in what, how and where these properties consist of.

Because Kirdford already has a CLP, we are ahead of the game, this has been recognised and we have been awarded a grant to produce the Neighbourhood Plan; this is where the Prince's Foundation comes in.
The Prince's Foundation are experts in community planning and helping communities formulate their own Neighbourhood Plans. They have planners, experts in highways, experts in social planning etc. – a very good organisation working alongside you.

The goal of today's meeting was to get the 'local's' view on what should go into the plan, this was done by doing various exercises around the church, highlighting what to keep around the village, where the opportunities for expansion are etc.

The Foundation will be working thought the night, then having a workshop with key stakeholders tomorrow with a view to producing a proposal for the village Wednesday night.

Once the plan has been formulated, by both our team together with the Prince's Foundation, there will be referendum, so that everyone in the Village can say yea or nea to the proposal, if it is approved, it will then be submitted to Chichester District Council, once this is done it is a legal document, giving the Council Planners a policy document on what they can and cannot approve about the developments in our Village. It is hoped that the Neighbourhood Plan can be submitted to CDC in spring 2013.

I think I have understood what came across this evening:
If we do nothing, Chichester has carte blanch to do whatever they like with our Village.
If we agree a Neighbourhood Plan, we, the Village, control how our beautiful home grows over the coming years.

The choice is yours.


Foresters Nutivity

This evening, something magical happened in Kirdford, a Nativity was put on at the Foresters Pub…
The montage was organised by Dave ‘Swadust’ Saunders, Karl and Gerard, and I was totally amazed at what they had put on.

First was a procession down the road and into the pub, Joseph and Mary, followed by the Shepherds, the surreal panto donkey and cow, Angels watched over the holy couple, then there were the 3 Kings leading REAL Lamas!

I was supposed to be photographing the event, and turning up at the house where everyone was to get changed, found that the back-end of the Donkey had not turned up, therefore the camera was pushed into Gerard’s hands and I donned the back-end of a panto horse.

Therefore I cannot really comment on what went on, as I spent most of the show, bent double, looking at the ground and trying to figure out which direction Nat (the front end) was going to go.

From talking to the audience afterwards, it seemed to be a great success, with the Lamas being cooed over, lanterns being launched on the green, the full story being played out by the locals, and a big firework to finish off the show – carols were sung, and money was raised for charity.  The show was finished off with a rendition of Lampoon’s ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’

Well done to everyone who put the effort into this show – it was brilliant and loved by everybody.

The Witching Night

Last night was Halloween in Kirdford, and I could not believe how many little deamons took to the streets to visit their terrors on the neighbourhood.
We had set up the pumpkin on the gatepost, put candles in the windows, and scary music drifting out from the front door, this seemed to attract the little monsters like moths to a lamp, and what great little monsters turned up, some great outfits, and some very polite children, it was almost a pleasure to be mugged of sweets by them.
By 7pm we were out of cup cakes and the sweetie barrel was empty, it was a dive into the cupboard to find extra sweets as the onslought kept coming, even the dog gave up barking when the doorbell rang, another half hour and we were totally out of provisions, they had even taken my secret ‘stash’ – I dowsed the lights, shut the curtains and hid behind the sofa – luckily the doorbell did not ring again.
We had made it through another Halloween!

Well done to all those who dressed up, a bigger well done to those parents who supervised their children – it was a great evening and I am sure the village enjoyed the festivities – until next year…

New Site – New Times

OK, after a few years of hosting the Kirdford.Net website via, I have decided to change it to a blog themed site, this way I can have the static pages about the village and transient changes to cover what is happening in the village.

Unfortunatly do not really support WordPress, the tool I want to use for the new site, therefore I am in discussions with them to move the domain name – these are not going too well at the moment – we shall see what happens.

Over the next few days/weeks, I will look to migrate the content to this site.