Plumpton

Bluebell Walk: is this Friday (April 22), in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice, starts at the equestrian centre at Plumpton College. Meet at 6pm to be ready to start at 6.30pm for what will be a very interesting walk through Plumpton Woods led by Reg Lanaway. Please wear sensible footwear as paths could be muddy. The cost is £2 for adults and £1 for children or a donation. For more details contact Sue Akers on 01272 891701.

WOODY COUNTRYSIDE WALK (5½ miles) taking in Kingscote station on the Bluebell Railway with an optional lunch in West Hoathly takes place this Saturday (April 23) starting at 10am. Meet at West Hoathly, North Lane, south of the church (Map Ref: 364 326). For more details call the walk leaders, Gill and Geoff Gamble, on 01273 891218 or 07719540121.

ARDINGLY WALK: on Wednesday May 4 meet members of the Footpath Society at Ardingly Reservoir car park (Map Ref: 335 288) at 10.30am. The walk will include Lynwood Common, Bluebell Railway, Oddynes, Brook House, Ardingly College and the Church. There will be a lunch stop at The Royal Oak. For more details call the walk leader Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.

ANOTHER WALK: with the Footpath Society takes place on Saturday May 7 starting at 2pm. Meet at the car park Aythons Wood (Map Ref 533 365) for a 5½ mile walk including Harrisons Rocks, Motts Farm, Bullfinches Farm and Mottshill. For more details call the walk leader Diane Ellis on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

JUMBLE SALE: in aid of the Guides will be at the village hall on Saturday May 7. There will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along at 2pm; there are sure to be lots of bargains.

‘BETTY JOEL 1930’S INTERIOR DESIGN’: is the subject of the Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday May 10. Born Mary Stewart Lockart in Hong Kong, her father was the Colonial Secretary and one of the foremost authorities in Britain on Chinese affairs. She married David Joel in 1918 and on their return to England they began a manufacturing business although neither had any formal training. The business expanded rapidly and her clients included the Queen Mother, Churchill and Mountbatten. Betty sought to create pieces that were beautiful, practical and finely crafted. The lecturer Clive Stewart Lockart has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for 22 years, so this should be a particularly interesting lecture. Visitors are always welcome, £7 on the door with tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please contact Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

RESULTS OF HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Spring Show Congratulations to Ken Beard who won the SE England Daffodil Group Certificate for Best Exhibit, Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for Best Bloom, Powell Edwards Salver for best exhibit in classes 9-35 and Best Vegetable (Potatoes). The Dora Watson Trophy (1987) for best exhibit in amateur classes was won by Susan Parmenter, Beard & Cottingham Trophy (1986) for best exhibit in flower arranging classes Sue Akers, Winifred Awbery Challenge Trophy for the most points in the amateur section Malcolm Beard, Elves Family Trophy for the best exhibit in classes 19 & 44-49 Win Banks, Lucie Bracher Memorial Trophy (1982) for the most points in the section 5 Cookery classes, joint winners, Evelyn Botterill and Clare Pilfold, Balchin Family Challenge Cup for the most points in the children’s classes, joint winners, Amelie Pilfold and Emily Purdy, Committee Cup for the best wine exhibit Win Banks and the Mary Beard Trophy (2014) presented for the best exhibit in the cookery classes Clare Pilfold.

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