Plumpton

PLUMPTON COLLEGE an Information Morning at the College is taking place at the College this Saturday (October 10) from 9am to12.30pm; no booking is needed. This is an opportunity to meet course tutors, discuss careers and course options. There will be tours of the main College teaching and residential facilities; along with help and advice on fees and funding. It’s also a chance to meet student ambassadors and get advice on student life.

JUMBLE SALE to raise funds for the maintenance of the village hall is at the hall this Saturday (October 10) at 2pm. Jumble donations will be much appreciated from 9am. Do go along at 2pm if you are looking for a bargain; with clothing at 20p each there are sure to be lots. There will also be refreshments, books, cakes, good as new and a tombola.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. At East Chiltington Church there will be Sung Communion at 10.30am. In addition at All Saints there are daily services (Tuesday to Friday) at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am.

FREE SHORT MAT BOWLS taster session is at the village hall this Sunday (October 11) from 9.30am to midday. All ages will be made welcome; just turn up and give the game a try; members will only be too pleased to show you the rules. Bowls will be provided; you just need to take flat shoes or slippers with you. The Club meets every Thursday evening at the village hall during the season (September till April) for practice. There will be the chance, as you progress, to play in friendly and league games. For more details call Malcolm Beard on 01273 890826.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY has a 5 ½ mile walk on Sunday (October 11) which starts at Rottingdean car park, south of A259 and 100yds up hill (372 022) at 10.30am The walk will include Beacon Hill, Roedean School, Underhill Path, Marina broad walk and an optional lunch at the Marina. For more details call Roger Readman on 01273 890389.

POP-IN-PARLOUR is open on Tuesday, October 13, at All Saints Church Annex, from 11am onwards for refreshments including lite-bites. Do go along for a chat and meet friends and make new ones.

THE FRICK COLLECTION is the subject of the talk which will be given by Hilary Williams at the Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting, at the village hall, on Tuesday, October 13 at 2.15pm. The talk will take in the New York home of Henry Frick which houses one of the finest collections of European paintings in the United States; including several very large paintings by Turner and Constable. Hilary is an experienced lecturer as she lectures at the Wallace Collection and the British museum. Visitors are always welcome, the cost is £7 on the door with tea and biscuits and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information call Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

PARISH COUNCIL meets at the Village Hall on Tuesday, October 13, at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, October 14, between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE AGM, with plate buffet, is at the village hall on Wednesday, October 1,4 at 7.30pm. The AGM will be followed by a talk on Breast Health. The competition (which is optional) is next year’s motto and suggestions for speakers & events. Visitors as always will be made especially welcome, to find out more before you visit call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY AGM takes place on Friday, October 16, at the Sports Pavilion; arrive at 7pm to be ready for the meeting to start at 7.30pm.

MEN’S LEAGUE game against The Green 4 takes place at the Tennis Club on Sunday October 18 at 10.30am. Spectators welcome.

MOORCROFT RACEHORSE WELFARE CENTRE is one of three British Horseracing Authority accredited racehorse rehabilitation centres in the UK and there will be a fundraising day is at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday October 19 with gates opening at 11.30am. The first race is at 2.30pm and admission for adults is £16, Senior Concessions (60+ with photo ID) £12 and children under 18 free. At 1.50pm twelve Shetland ponies will take part in the Shetland Pony Gold Cup which is supported by the Andy Stewart Charitable Foundation. Racegoers will get the opportunity to view the Shetland ponies parading beforehand and the tote kindly run a pool on the race. You can sponsor a Shetland pony, for £250, to run in your own colours and/or your chosen name. For more information about Shetland pony sponsorship email racing@plumptonracecourse.co.uk.

FLOWER CLUB meet at the village hall on Wednesday October 21 at 7.30pm. The topic for the evening is ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the demonstrator Angie Hyde will be vice chair of the Sussex Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. Entry is 50p charge for members and £2.50 for visitors; which include refreshments. There is always a raffle; the prizes being one of the five or six magnificent arrangements made by the demonstrator. To learn more call Gill Wells on 01273 890561.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets on Thursday October 22 at 2pm in All Saints’ Church Annexe when Mick Dennett will give another of his interesting audio visual shows; this time it will be about the Tower of London Poppies. If you are interested but would like to know more before attending call Dorothy Brook on 01273 890016.

PRIMARY SCHOOL would love to see members of the local community at their Open Afternoon on Thursday October 22 at 2.15pm. This will be a chance to have a look at the excellent work they have been doing. For more details call 01273 890338.

WALK again with the Footpath Society on Saturday October 24. The 4 ½ mile walk starts at 10.30am at Barcombe Mills car park (435 147) and includes Anchor Lane, Blunts Lane, White Bridge and Valley Way; with lunch at the Anchor Inn if you wish. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.

DOROTHY NORRIS, now aged 92, used to live at 1 Riddens Lane in the 1930s and early 1940s with siblings William and Marjorie. Dorothy would like to make contact with anyone who remembers her; her contact number is 07809534815.

STATION PARTNERSHIP are now planning the displays in the platform planters, for the winter, which is only possible with the generous support of sponsors. If you would be interested in supporting them this season the cost per planter is £35. If you wish, this can include an A4 size poster on your planter advertising your business or a dedication. For further details please contact David Richards on 01273 890267 or by email at david.robert.richards@gmail.com.

WILDLIFE & HABITAT GROUP welcomes new members. The Group was launched in 2004 initially as a group to survey wildlife habitats within the parish of Plumpton and East Chiltington and continued with wider-ranging objectives; to survey, monitor and map wildlife, conserve and manage local habitats and involve and advise local people in wildlife conservation. Membership offers visits to local areas of interest and wildlife walks; the Group has recently visited the Knepp rewilding project and enjoyed bird, butterfly and wildflower walks. Involvement in habitat management projects via local surveys which have included bats, house martins, ancient trees and ancient woods. Also the opportunity to borrow the Group’s wildlife cameras so as to take photos of night-time creatures that visit your garden. There’s also the chance to lobby on behalf of wildlife and their habitats at parish and local council level. The Group are at present active, within the Parish Neighbourhood Plan steering group, to ensure any housing development is sympathetic to wildlife and does not destroy important habitats. To join either visit http://plumptonwildlifegroup.weebly.com/ or complete the form in this month’s parish magazine and send it with the £5 membership fee to Catherine Jackson at 1 Strawlands, Plumpton Green BN7 3DB.

WOODLAND WALK at the recreation ground earlier in the year volunteers worked tirelessly in clearing brambles, beer cans and other rubbish from the west side of the Play Park. Since then a barkchipping path has been laid and the expertise of DG Landscapes enlisted. It is hoped with their help and the continued support of the community that a wasted patch of ground will be turned into a safe area for children to play. Future plans include creative mushroom seating, bulb planting, circular tree seat, wood carvings, wild flowers, willow walks, bat boxes and insect houses. The project is being funded by a grant won by the village from the Zero Heroes project that encouraged recycling. If you would like to be involved and can offer any help in the next round of clearing work please contact Clare Eastwood on 01273 890526.

LEVEL CROSSING UPDATE on September 30, in the evening, at the Lewes District Council planning meeting members unanimously rejected the listed building application to remove the listed railway gates at Plumpton level crossing. The committee concluded that there was insufficient information to justify their removal and the impact on an important heritage aspect outweighed their need for removal. The road, at the time of writing, remains closed and as advised on the Parish website (www.plumptonpc.co.uk/) Parish Councillors, District Councillor Sarah Osborne, County Councillor Jim Sheppard and Maria Caulfield MP are working hard on behalf of residents to get the road re-opened.

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