Plumpton

POSTPONED: The Jumble Sale which was to be at the village hall on Saturday October 31 aid of the youth group, Youth Space, has had to be postponed at least for the time being.

WALK: With the Footpath Society on Saturday; everyone is welcome to join them. The 4.5 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.

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

PLUMPTON ROMAN VILLA: And the Bridge Farm Roman Village 2015 Excavation Update are the topics for the talks on Monday, at 7.30pm at the Church Annexe. There will be two speakers David Millum, who will give an update on the Bridge Farm dig, and David Rudling who will talk about this year at Plumpton Villa. There is a suggested donation of £3 payable on the door with profits split between the Church and the excavation funds. Posters are up around the village and you will see they have a wonderful illustration of work at the villa by Plumpton’s resident artist Lyndsey Smith.

POP-IN-PARLOUR: Is open on Tuesday 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.

AT THE RACES: November Raceday takes place at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday November 2 with gates opening at 11.30am and the first race at 1.20pm. This day offers an exciting mix of competitive jump racing and will feature a free Jump Season Preview, from midday to 12.50pm, sponsored by At The Races to discuss the 2015/16 Jump season.This will take place in in the Chasers Bar, so make sure you get here early to hear about the horses to follow for the season ahead from those in the know. For more information visit plumptonracecourse.co.uk/.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY: Has a 6.5 mile walk on Wednesday November 4 starting at 10.30am at Barcombe Cross (the car park in middle of village) and members of the Society will make you most welcome should you wish to join them. The route will include Barcombe’s disused Railway, Holmans Bridge, Knowland Wood, Banks Farm and lunch at the Horns Lodge. For more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 07791247025.

MOBILE LIBRARY: Will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday November 4 between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL: Will meet on Wednesday November 4 at 7.30pm in All Saints; for worship followed by a business meeting in the Church Annex.

PLUMPTON COLLEGE: Has an Information Morning on Saturday November 7 from 9am to12.30pm where you can learn about the extensive range of opportunities available at the College. There are full time, part time, Further Education, Apprenticeship and Higher Education courses in addition to bespoke courses for employers. During the morning there will be course and careers advice, fees and funding information, the chance to meet student ambassadors to find out more about student life, also to meet course tutors and staff and have campus and departmental tours. This is an informal event; do just go along no booking is needed. To find out more call 01273 890454.

DRESSAGE: Indoor Unaffiliated Dressage takes place at Plumpton College on Saturday November 7. There are classes for different levels from Preliminary to Advanced Medium. Application forms are at www.plumpton.ac.uk and must be submitted by Wednesday October 28. For more details call 01273 890454 ext. 2331.

MILLENIUM WALK: On Sunday November 8 the Footpath Society will be undertaking this 2.5 mile walk at Nymans at Handcross. Meet at 2pm at Nymans carpark and take National Trust cards with you. Anyone who doesn’t have a card can do a shortened version of the walk. For more details call Jennie and Dave Langley on 01323 896831 or 07884006238.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the village hall on Tuesday November 10 at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: The WI have a talk by local history speaker Ian Everest on The Woman’s Land Army - A Sussex Connection at their meeting at the village hall on Wednesday, November 11at 7.30pm. Ian’s mother was one of the 80,000 Land Girls who worked on farms throughout the country during WW2. His talk includes some of her personal memories and a potted history of the role of women on farms during the two world wars. The competition (which is optional) is a filled roll for lunch. Visitors as always will be made especially welcome. To find out more before you visit call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

JUMBLE SALE: At the village hall on Saturday November 14 at 2pm in aid of the Flower Club. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along and see if you can pick up a bargain at 2pm. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen.

ST PETER AND ST JAMES HOSPICE: The Plumpton Support Group has this year raised, with your help, a magnificent £10,500 for the Hospice. Events have included the Open Garden at the Old Mill House, a Quiz Night, Jumble Sale and the sale of Patchwork material which were all very well supported. The next event is the Festive Fair, at the village hall, on Saturday November 28 from midday until 4pm. This is the first time the support group has organised this event which proved so successful for the Village Action Plan. There will be a raffle with magnificent prizes and every household in the village should, by now, have received two books of raffle tickets. The first prize is £100 and there are lots of other lovely prizes. Each raffle ticket costs 50pand it is hoped you will feel able to purchase some tickets. Please take the counterfoils, money and any unsold tickets to Karen and Kelvin at Fyndings, Station Road (next to Woodgate Meadow) or the Village Shop by Friday November 27. If you live outside the village and haven’t had the advantage of delivery do contact Terry on 01273 891256 to make arrangements for collection/delivery of tickets. Raffle tickets will also be available at the Fair.

SCARECROW COMPETITION: In aid of the churches, was won by Terry Thompsett. I am reliably informed that Reg Stone took a photograph of the winning scarecrow so it may be in print shortly.

CHURCH CHOIR: Meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in All Saints, Plumpton Green. The Choir are keen to welcome new members; if you would like more information before joining them do call the Rector on 890570.

CONGRATULATIONS: To all those who won the finals of the tennis club tournament; the winners were: Ladies Doubles, Sue Knight and Lynn Sinden; Men’s Doubles, Matthew Gilbert and Richard Valdez; Mixed Doubles, Carolyn Robinson and John Manley; Ladies Singles, Carolyn Robinson; Men’s Singles, Richard Valdez.

CONGRATULATIONS ALSO: Go to Charles Jennings, a student studying Countryside and Environment at Plumpton College, who won the South of England Agricultural Societies Top project in Further Education at Level 3 at the Ardingly Autumn Fair. Charles had written a project on Dormouse Conservation and after establishing a long-term dormouse monitoring project in one of the woodlands on the Plumpton College estate.

BUS SERVICE 166: Whilst the road is closed the 166 bus service cannot run to its normal timetable and route. It has been agreed that the through journeys to/from Haywards Heath would serve the section of route north of the railway line (turning at the Station) and that a special 166 shuttle service will run between Lewes and Plumpton College at the standard 166 bus times to link those at the southern end of the parish to/from Lewes and, indeed, provide access to Plumpton College. Network Rail have confirmed that they will fund the 166 shuttle bus for a period of three months, if required, which will take it to Friday January 8.

LEVEL CROSSING: The chair of the Parish Council, Paul Nicholson has written to Patrick McLoughlin MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, requesting urgent intervention and the full text of his letter is on the parish website at http://www.plumptonpc.co.uk/. The letter concludes ‘It is understood from a conversation that Mr Stone had with Maria Caulfield last week that Network Rail is proposing that it installs the new barriers and then applies for retrospective consent’. The parish website is regularly updated with developments and is well worth a visit.

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