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FESTIVE QUIZ NIGHT is at The Plough tonight (Thursday, December 17), starting at 8pm. Teams of up to 6 at £1.50 per person. To book a team please call 01273 890311.

CAROL SINGING takes place at The Plough on Friday, December 18, starting at 8pm, and all are welcome to join in this festive evening. For more details call Nicole on 01273 890311.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK on Saturday, December 19, starts at 2pm at Ashcombe, Plumpton Lane. It will be a 3½mile walk around Plumpton; with mince pies at Ashcombe afterwards. Non-walkers welcome for tea. For more details call Evelyn Botterill on 01273 890598 or 0774543412.

CHURCH SERVICES on Christmas Eve there will be the blessing of the Crib at in All Saints at 4pm, followed by the First Communion of Christmas at 8pm and Midnight Mass starting at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day Holy Communion will be taken at East Chiltington Church at 8.30am with Communion at All Saints being at 10am.

ALL EMPLOYERS PLUMPTON College has places on the January 2016 intake for Apprenticeship programmes in Veterinary Nursing, Agriculture, Animal Care, Butchery, Environmental Conservation, Floristry, Horse Care, Horticulture and Land Based Service Engineering. If you would like to request an application, information pack or advertise a vacancy please contact the Work Based Learning Team on 01273 892 030 or email wbl@plumpton.ac.uk.

JUMBLE SALE is at the village hall on Saturday January 2 at 2pm in aid of the Bowls Club. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along at 2pm; with clothes at 20p each there are sure to be lots of bargains. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. For more details call 01273 890826.

WALK AGAIN with the Footpath Society on Sunday January 3; meet at the Playing Fields (365 161) for a 2pm start. The walk will be 5 miles and include Stantons and Plumpton Place. For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL meet on Wednesday January 6 of at 7.30pm in All Saints, Plumpton Green for worship followed by a business meeting in the Church Annex.

NEW INFORMATION MORNING takes place on Saturday January 9 from 9am to12.30pm at Plumpton College. This is an opportunity to discuss course options with staff and have a short tour of the College. Further details can be obtained on 01273 890454 or at www.plumpton.ac.uk.

PANTOMIME is one of the things Plumpton does best and if you’ve never seen one I’d recommend going to this year’s production. It’s Cinderella and a script by resident writer John Fahey. Tickets sell fast, with the two performances on Sunday January 17 and then evening performances from Wednesday to Saturday along with a matinee performance that day. For tickets call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450.

FESTIVE FAIR Thanks to everybody who, in whatever way, supported the Festive Fair on November 28. The event was a great success and was well attended by “locals” and people from further afield.

The event raised in excess of £2,000 for St Peter and St James Hospice and the Support Group are sure the Hospice will have no trouble spending the money for the benefit of those using the facility, as it needs to raise £7,200 per day every day to enable it to give the best care possible. Although the Fair is well established in the village calendar this was the first time the Support group had organised it. They hope you liked the one or two changes they made; especially the raffle with tickets being delivered to every residence. This helped the raffle raise a magnificent profit just short of £1,000. A huge special thanks goes to those individuals, businesses and groups who donated raffle prizes and ingredients for the refreshments. Also a huge thank you goes to all the volunteers who helped with preparations for the Fair and assisted on the day; the Plumpton Support Group are very grateful for your continued support as without it they could not organise so many successful events for the Hospice.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, best wishes for the New Year and thank you for reading my column.

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