Local businesses for Lockdown

At a time when we are urged to stay at home and only venture out for short journeys to obtain essential supplies, we are very fortunate to have a number of businesses in our own parish able to cater for most of our needs. Here is a reminder of our local traders and what they have to offer – ever since the initial March 2020 lockdown, they have remained open (when permitted by law) and operated under difficult conditions, following Covid-19 protocols while still providing excellent, friendly service so let’s all continue to give them the support they deserve!

Charlie’s Farm Shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, providing milk, a range of dairy products, bakery items, vegetables, frozen foods, deli, confectionary, beers and wines, on-site butchery and a large range of quality local produce. Pasteurised milk is literally on tap and will always be available. The mobile fish van visits on Thursdays. You can email or telephone ahead with an order, arrange a collection time and your shopping will be carried out to you/your car at the rear of the shop. Phone: 01798-303989. Website: – www.charliesfarmshop.co.uk

Turners Garage, now in their 101st year – offers the full range of facilities for motoring needs – forecourt service with petrol and diesel and a shop offering some everyday essentials plus snacks, confectionary, beverages etc. Vehicle servicing, repairs and MOTs available plus batteries, brakes, tyres, exhausts and Britpart Land Rover Parts. Coal and gas are also available. Open Monday to Friday. Phone 01798-831417. Email:  workshop@turnersgarage.org.uk Website:  www.turnersgarage.org.uk

In Ken and Diana’s shop at Cokes Farm you will find free range eggs, duck eggs, milk and some dairy produce along with some seasonal vegetables plus items of local produce and certain household products. Open daily. Phone: 01798-831475.

Tracy our postmistress visits Bury every Friday between 1.15pm and 3.30pm to deliver the normal Post Office services including paying in of cash and cheques along with cash withdrawals.

In accordance with current Lockdown rules, Nick has had to close the pub and restaurant for the time being. However, a take-away service is available on Friday and Saturday evenings offering fish and chips, cheeseburger and chips, Thai curry, steak and kidney pudding and on Sunday lunchtime roast of the day. To place an order please call 01798-831343.
Website: https://www.squireandhorsebury.co.uk/

Renowned Bury-based, Cordon Bleu chef Jane is currently overseeing a major kitchen refurbishment but will be operational again shortly and full details will follow in a subsequent update.

Annual Parish Photo Competition

We are delighted to open the Annual Bury Parish Photo Competition for entries!

Last year, Bury Parish Council launched the first ever annual parish photo competition and we had some amazing entries. The three winning photos were superb and are now displayed in the foyer of the Village Hall.

Entries are now open for the 2021 competition and we would like to invite all parishioners to submit their best photos of the Parish from 2020 for inclusion. Photos can have any subject, from nature to people or events, but the setting must be in the Parish. Lovely though they are, beach shots from Climping cannot be entered!

The prize is a certificate and having your image displayed in the Village Hall along with past winners.

To enter (there is no entry fee) please send your photo to the parish clerk, Mike Simpson at: clerkburyparishcouncil@gmail.com

All entries will be displayed on the Bury Parish Council website and the winners chosen by public vote. Closing date is 31/01/21. The winners will be announced on Saturday 15th February once the public voting has closed – good luck!

Squire & Horse takeaway

During lockdown the Squire and Horse will be providing a take-away service as follows: –

Friday and Saturday nights between 5.30 and 7.30pm – fish and chips (£8.90) and burger and chips (£9.95).

Sunday from 12 noon until 2.00pm – roast beef (£11.90), roast turkey (£11.50) and fish and chips (£8.90).

Call 01798 831343 to place an order.

Remembrance Sunday 2020: Your virtual ceremony

In a year like no other, vicar Father Peter Mallinson expected that this year’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Bury churchyard would have to be cancelled. In the event, the occasion received a last-minute reprieve and a small ceremony was indeed staged at 11am on Sunday, 8th November, after all.

However, anticipating the worst, Father Peter had already recorded a short ceremony to honour servicemen and women from Bury, West Burton, Hardham, Coldwaltham and Houghton.

This virtual service was filmed at Bury war memorial on Tuesday 3rd November, before the new lockdown restrictions went into place. Our thanks to the parishioners who took part – in both events.

For those many parishioners who, in these extraordinary circumstances, were unable to attend Sunday’s ceremony, here is the video Father Peter recorded earlier. Even when some of us cannot join together to commemorate the fallen, we will remember them…

You can view the Father Peter’s video below.

Bury Apple Day

Despite Covid-19 restrictions preventing us from staging Sunday’s Apple Pressing Day in the kind of carnival atmosphere we had envisaged, a number of residents attended, carrying various quantities and varieties of apples including a good collection from Pill Pond orchard.

People were most impressed by the scrater and press and the speed with which their apples were turned into many different flavours of apple juice, some of which was immediately consumed whilst enjoying the sunshine and peaceful surrounding of Bury Green. Some attendees even formed a volunteer force to pick apples from Gwen Squire’s garden, resulting in the production of enough juice to be preserved for use or sale at future village events.

We should like to say a huge vote of thanks to Chris Walker (a friend of Councillor Chris Daykin) for supplying all the equipment and managing the pressing of the apples. We all hope that in 2021 we can once again stage Apple Pressing Day as a proper event!

Pill Pond, West Burton, works

As part of our programme for the upkeep and maintenance of our public open spaces, work has just been completed at the Pill Pond in West Burton, involving de-silting of the pond to create a deeper area in the middle to encourage and preserve wildlife throughout the year, together with repair to cavities which had appeared in the embankment. We were able to finance these works with the aid of a grant from Operation Watershed, an  Active Communities Fund created by West Sussex County Council to enable groups to apply for funding to support projects that are important to their communities, to help prepare and protect against flooding and flood issues.

Apple Pressing Day

Following a hugely popular launch last year, we are intending to stage Apple Pressing Day again on Saturday 12th September. We will have the use of a very quick and efficient apple scratter and press so please bring your apples and bottles along and take home some wonderfully fresh apple juice. We would also hope to run a barbecue and bar although this will be subject to Covid-19 guidelines at that time. Further information will follow in due course.