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NEW WINEGROWER SCHOLARSHIP: With the English wine industry in the South East growing in leaps and bounds, Sutton Winson, one of the UK’s leading independent insurance and risk management providers for the English wine industry, is launching a scholarship to support a student at Plumpton College. The College is a centre of excellence in wine education, training and research and full and part-time applicants for the Foundation Degree in Wine Production and the BSc (Hons) and MSc Viticulture & Oenology courses are eligible for this award. These undergraduate wine production degrees offer the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to establish a vineyard or winery business.

The successful applicant for this scholarship will need to demonstrate the ambition to establish a commercial vineyard in our region on completion of the course, and will receive £1,000 towards their university fees from Sutton Winson in their first year. Chris Foss, Head of the Wine Department at Plumpton says: “Wine production is a risky business, but it can be a very rewarding occupation. I’m delighted that Sutton Winson is encouraging new, dynamic entrepreneurs into our industry.” Terri Rayner, Account Executive at Sutton Winson, based in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, is developing a strong interest in the English wine industry. “We want to be part of this exciting new development in our region by supporting new entrants and finding out from existing producers how we can help them manage the risks inherent in the production of a wonderful product, English wine” she says. If you wish to apply for the Scholarship, contact Chris Foss on chris.foss@plumpton.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, July 8. For more information, contact Chris Foss, Head of Department, Plumpton College, at chris.foss@plumpton.ac.uk or 01273 892018 or Terri Rayner, Account Executive, Sutton Winson, at Terri.Rayner@swib.co.uk or 01444 251164 or 07967 560625.

JUMBLE SALE: in aid of the Women’s Institute takes place at the village hall this Saturday (July 9). Members and friends of the Women’s Institute help at jumble sales for village organisations throughout the year. If they have helped your group or society raise much needed funds and you would in turn like to support them they would welcome donations of jumble, tombola prizes, cakes and offers of help on the day. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am to midday and do go along at 2pm, there are sure to be lots of bargains.

PLUMPTON ROMAN VILLA: The villa site was first discovered in 1973 when a rectangular pattern of flint and chalk was noticed in one of the Agricultural College fields. Surface artefact collection and geophysics showed it to be the site of a small c.3rd – 4th century Roman villa. There are a range of Saturday Excavation Techniques for Beginners ‘taster’ days until Saturday July 30. Volunteering opportunities are also available. For more details call 01323 811785 or email info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or visit www.sussexarchaeology.org.

CUCKFIELD WALK: five miles, with the Footpath Society, is on Sunday July 17 starting at 2pm at the free car park, Broad Street, Cuckfield (Map Ref: 304 246). The walk heads across country through woodland and farmland via Deaks Lane, Ansty, to reach the sprawling Cuckfield Park where it follows a fenced path back to the Church. For more details call the walk leader June Denyer on 01444 471440 or 07889610183.

MEET: at Dormansland, Ford Manor road near The Plough (Map Ref: 406 427) on Saturday July 30 at 10 am for a 5 mile, field path and track, walk with the Footpath Society. For more details call Gill and Geoff Gamble on 01273 891218 or 07719540121.

LESLEY YOUNG: who has done so much to help Plumpton Primary School, as Executive Headteacher, and the young in Plumpton and surrounding villages as Head of Chailey School is retiring at the end of this academic year. Mrs Young was appointed in 2004 and one of Mrs Young’s landmark achievements was to consolidate the School’s work in maintaining its role as a specialist Language College and then to build a Humanities specialism with English as the lead subject all of which helped to deepen and broaden teacher expertise and resources. Under her leadership, the School has seen a rise in student academic standards while retaining a commitment to a broad curriculum. Mrs Young has determinedly promoted the School’s wish to ensure that students have a rounded education and are exposed to the joys of music, drama, art, design technology and sport. She has always been someone creative in her search for solutions, be they in pursuit of improving teaching and learning or enhancing the physical fabric of the school. Institutions inevitably suffer from wear-and-tear but she has been tireless in her work to see that the School’s environment is fit for purpose; when this is allied to her astute appointment of staff who can carry her vision forward; it is no wonder the School’s solid reputation has been more than maintained. However, that is not to concede to any complacency, as all students bring their challenges; though Chailey is a small School, Lesley Young has always been keen to stay abreast of educational developments and find ways of improving the curriculum for all students. Consequently, she has never shied away from taking difficult decisions and challenging them where she feels the students’ educational choices are being compromised. David Whelpton, Chair of Governors, has added: “Lesley is someone who has led from the front and her incredible energy and enthusiasm for making sure the students and staff all achieve more than they thought possible has been unstinting. While Chailey School has been her focus, she has also made an enormous contribution to education across our community working with primary and secondary schools to help them improve, and with colleagues at the County Council at a strategic level.” Lesley Young is highly regarded across East Sussex, having been a lynchpin in decision-making while serving on the Heads’ Forum. Her advice and guidance is sought by others on a regular basis and she is always willing to help, using the breadth and wealth of her experience. She has been called to act as mentor for new headteachers and, in 2015, her achievements were recognised in the Sussex Women in Business Awards. She will be sorely missed but leaves the School in a strong position, helping to ensure a smooth transition to the new Head, Mrs Helen Key, who has been Acting Head at Seaford Head School.

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