CIRCULAR WALK (7 miles) around Newick, with the Footpath Society, is this Saturday (August 29). All are welcome to join in this walk, just meet at Newick Primary School, Allington Lane, (414 209) ready to start at 10.30am. Take a picnic with you; for more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 07791247025.

CRICKET this Saturday sees Plumpton in two league games starting at 1.30pm. The Ist X1 are away to Buxted and the 2nd X1 have a game at home, at the King George V Playing Field, against Seaford. For more information call Kelvin Spiers on 01273 890785.

PLANT SALES Last chance, this Sunday morning, to acquire container grown plants, shrubs and trees that are being sold by Plumpton College. Top produce is assured; just visit the College glasshouses during the morning this Sunday.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Sung Communion at 10.30am. In addition there are daily services (Tuesday to Friday) at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am.

ROADWORKS Kerbing repairs are due to take place on St Helena Lane commencing on Tuesday, September 1. The work will take place between 7am and 5pm during which time St Helena Lane will be closed and a diversion route will be in place. The work is scheduled to take four days to complete however if the weather is bad the work may be delayed. If you have any questions regarding the works do call the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193.

POP-IN-PARLOUR is open on Tuesday, September 1, 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.

CROWLINK WALK (7½ miles) with the Footpath Society is on Wednesday, September 2. Everyone is welcome to join the walk, meet at Crowlink Car Park, N.T. off the A259, (just before East Dean) ready to start at 10.30am and take a picnic lunch with you. The walk will include Bramble Bottom, Ringwood Bottom, East Dean and Crowlink village. More details are available from Dave and Jennie Langley on 01323 896831or 07884006238.

MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, September 2, between 1.45pm and 2.15pm. Do use this service; it has books for adults and children, DVDs, audiobooks and reference materials. It also has a wheelchair lift so that everyone can use it.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL meets on Wednesday, September 2, in All Saints for worship at 7.30pm which will be followed by a business meeting in the Annex.

CHURCH CHOIR resumes practices on Thursday, September 3, at 7.30pm in All Saints and will be preparing for Harvest Festival. New members will receive a warm welcome; if you would like to know more, before joining the choir, do call the Rector on 01273 890570.

JUMBLE SALE in aid of the New Pavilion is, at the village hall, on Saturday September 5 at 2pm. There will be good quality jumble, books, refreshments and tombola. Jumble donations will be much appreciated at the hall from 9am.

HORSE RIDE in aid of the British Heart Foundation takes place on Sunday September 6. Alan Robinson will again be hosting the sponsored Heart of Sussex ride across his land at Plumpton Green. All riders need to fill out a registration form at and will start from St Helena Farm, Plumpton. Times will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with riders leaving from 9am to 1pm. The course is suitable for all level of rider and horse or pony. It is over ten miles of beautiful countryside, with an occasional road crossing, and combines a mixture of bridleways and private land and has some optional jumps. Entry costs Riders £23, on the day £28 (subject to availability), Leading Rein £10 and Dog Walkers £5. There will be rosettes for all riders and prizes will be awarded in the over 16’s, under 16’s and leading rein categories for the most sponsorship paid in on the day and the most overall sponsorship received by the organisers by Wednesday September 30. Also prizes for the rider, dog, horse and walker best dressed in red. Contact Elaine Higgins on 07855 931185 or at for more details.

PARISH COUNCIL meet at the Village Hall on Tuesday September 8 at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.

RUDYARD KIPLING is the topic for the Women’s Institute meeting on Wednesday 9 September 9 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Gary Enstone, a historic buildings conservator and House Manager at Batemans, will be the speaker. This promises to be a most interesting talk looking at Rudyard Kipling’s public face and private life, his success and family tragedy. The competition (which is optional) is a short poem about Sussex. Visitors as always will be made especially welcome. For more details call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.

HAPPY CIRCLE meets on Thursday September 1, at 2pm in All Saints’ Church Annexe. Please do join in this meeting; you can be sure of a warm welcome. For information regarding this group call Dorothy Brook on 01273 890016.

WALK (4½ miles) on Saturday September 12, with the Footpath Society, starts at 10.30am at Old Station Close, Crawley Down (346 374). It will be an easy walk along track and field path. There is the chance of lunch at Crawley Down; for more details call Gill Gamble on 01273 891218 or 0771954012.

AUTUMN SHOW organised by the Horticultural Society is on Saturday September 12 at the village hall. All are welcome to enter exhibits in the show and a schedule detailing the vegetable, flower, craft and cookery classes is available from the membership secretary Mr T Parmenter at 18 Chapel Road, Plumpton Green or by calling 01273 891881. Alternatively email Annual membership costs just £4 so do join; there are sure to be some flowers in your garden that you could enter and if you haven’t exhibited before assistance will be given with the staging of your exhibit(s) on the Friday evening before the show, from 7pm until 8.30pm or on the day of the show from 8.30am.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION on the Housing Site Selection Proposals will be held on Tuesday September 15, in the village hall, from 3pm to 9pm. This is a drop in event giving you the chance to see the development sites that have been provisionally selected. Members of the Steering Group will assist with any questions you may have on the proposals and the visual displays. This is an opportunity to discuss and make your opinions on the proposals known as comments and feedback is actively sought by the Parish Council. All observations will be considered and be helpful in the preparation of the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

PLUMPTON YOUTHSPACE This Group for young people from Plumpton and East Chiltington is a successful initiative but recently the Secretary, John Moore, has stepped down due to his commitments. A new co-ordinator is required; but as there’s a great team helping to manage the group the task of secretary is not onerous and John will be there to assist with the handover and give back-up advice. If you have a little spare time, an interest in the wellbeing of young people, an ability for organisation and would like to part of an enthusiastic team contact Reg Stone on 01273 890722 or

HOUSE MARTIN survey 119 nests were located in the parish this year, at Plumpton College, around Ashurst, and Westgate. If you have or know of any nests that you think the Wildlife & Habitat Group may have missed please contact Tony Hutson at

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