ROAD CLOSURE there is a temporary road closure at the Station Road Level Crossing and 10 metres either side of the crossing until 6am on Monday October 12. A copy of a letter from Network Rail, dated September 22, giving the reasons for the closure is on the Parish Council website (http://www.plumptonpc.co.uk/). The letter states the improvements ‘are a vital aspect of our strategy to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient railway fit for the 21st century. The works to be undertaken are safety critical works including alterations to signalling and track’. If you have any queries regarding these works do call Centurion Site Services (on behalf of Network Rail) on 01924 372957
GOOD FRUIT CROP? If you have a good crop of apples, pears or grapes and don’t want the produce to go to waste then go along to the village green this Saturday (October 3) from midday and you will be able to turn them into delicious juice. This event is instigated by the Village Action Plan and is open to all residents free of charge.
FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK a 5¾ mile level walk, including Downs Link path and the River Adur and the possibility of lunch in Henfield, takes place this Sunday (October 4). Meet at the car park Upper Station road, Henfield (205 163) for a 10am start. Call Sue and Robin Akers for more details on 01273 891701or 07775423361.
POP-IN-PARLOUR is open on Tuesday, October 6, 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.
SIX MILE WALK, with the Footpath Society, takes place on Wednesday, October 7. Do join them; meet at High Hurstwood Church (494 265) at 10.30am and enjoy Holders Farm, Sweet Haws, Poundgate and lunch at the Crow & Gate. Call Gerry and Brenda Arnold on 01444 241463 or 07971732090 for more details.
HAPPY CIRCLE Thursday meets on Thursday, October 8, at 2pm in All Saints’ Church Annexe for a quiz organised by Jo Balchin. All are welcome at this meeting; for more details call Dorothy Brook on 01273 890016.
QUIZ NIGHT takes place at The Plough on Thursday, October 8, starting at 8pm. Teams of up to 6 at £1.50 per person. For more details call Nicole on 01273 890311.
PLUMPTON COLLEGE Discover the opportunities for full-time, part-time, apprentices, training programmes, Further Education and Higher Education courses at an Information Morning at the College on Saturday October 10 from 9am to12.30pm. This is an informal occasion and no booking is needed; it’s an opportunity to meet course tutors, discuss careers and course options. There will be tours of the main College teaching and residential facilities on campus; along with help and advice on fees and funding. It’s also a chance to meet student ambassadors and get advice on student life.
JUMBLE SALE, to raise funds for the village hall, is at the hall on Saturday October 10 at 2pm. Jumble donations will be much appreciated at the hall from 9am. Do go along at 2pm if you are looking for a bargain; with clothing at 20p each there are sure to be lots. There will also be refreshments, books, cakes, good as new and a tombola.
ROTTINGDEAN TO THE MARINA is the 5 ½ mile walk with the Footpath Society on Sunday October 11. Meet members at Rottingdean car park, south of A259 and 100yds up hill (372 022) for a 10.30am start. The walk will include Beacon Hill, Roedean School, Underhill Path, Marina broad walk and an optional lunch at the Marina. For more details call Roger Readman on 01273 890389.
FREE SHORT MAT BOWLS taster session is at the village hall on Sunday October 11 from 9.30am to midday. All ages will be made welcome; just turn up on the day, give the game a try and meet members who will only be too pleased to show you the rules. Bowls will be provided; you just need your own flat shoes or slippers. The Club meets every Thursday evening at the village hall during the season (September till April) to practice. There would be the chance, as you progress, to play in friendly and league games. For more details call Malcolm Beard on 01273 890826.
THE FRICK COLLECTION is the subject of the talk which will be given by Hilary Williams at the Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting, at the village hall, on Tuesday October 13 at 2.15pm. The talk will take in the New York home of Henry Frick which houses one of the finest collections of European paintings in the United States; including several very large paintings by Turner and Constable. Hilary is an experienced lecturer as she lectures at the Wallace Collection and the British museum. Visitors are always welcome, the cost is £7 on the door with tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information call Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.
PARISH COUNCIL meets at the Village Hall on Tuesday October 13 at 7.45pm. Members of the public may attend and will be given an opportunity to make representations if they so wish.
MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, October 14 between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.
WOMEN’S INSTITUTE AGM, with plate buffet, is at the village hall on Wednesday, October 14 at 7.30pm. The AGM will be followed by a talk on Breast Health. The competition (which is optional) is next year’s motto and suggestions for speakers & events. Visitors as always will be made especially welcome, to find out more before you visit call Marilyn Nye on 01273 891323.
FOOTPATH SOCIETY AGM takes place on Friday October 16 at the Sports Pavilion; arrive at 7pm to be ready for the meeting to start at 7.30pm.
MEN’S LEAGUE game against The Green 4 takes place at the Tennis Club on Sunday October 18 at 10.30am. Spectators welcome.
MOORCROFT RACEHORSE WELFARE CENTRE is one of three British Horseracing Authority accredited racehorse rehabilitation centres in the UK. A fundraising Raceday is at Plumpton Racecourse on Monday October 19 with gates opening at 11.30am. The first race is at 2.30pm and admission for adults is £16, Senior Concessions (60+ with photo ID) £12 and children under 18 free. At 1.50pm twelve Shetland ponies will take part in the Shetland Pony Gold Cup which is supported by the Andy Stewart Charitable Foundation. Racegoers will get the opportunity to view the Shetland ponies parading beforehand and the tote kindly run a pool on the race. You can sponsor a Shetland pony, for £250, to run in your own colours and/or your chosen name. For more information about Shetland pony sponsorship email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLOWER CLUB meet at the village hall on Wednesday October 21 at 7.30pm. The topic for the evening is ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the demonstrator Angie Hyde is vice chair of the Sussex Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. Entry is 50p charge for members and £2.50 for visitors; which includes refreshments. There is always a raffle; the prizes being one of the five or six magnificent arrangements made by the demonstrator. To learn more call Gill Wells on 01273 890561.
CRICKET The club had just finished the most successful season in its history in terms of league cricket. The First XI finished third in Division 1 of the East Sussex Cricket League and the Second XI finished fourth in Division Five.
AUTUMN SHOW results National Vegetable Society Medal (best vegetable) Ken Beard, Royal Horticultural Society Certificates for best in show Malcolm Beard (fruit), Ken Beard (flower and vegetable) and Sue Akers (cookery). Homecraft Challenge Trophy (most points in the cookery section) Sue Akers and Clare Pilfold, President’s Challenge Cup (most points in children’s classes) Amber Botterill and Amelie Pilfold, Joan Harrison Floral Art Challenge Trophy Gill Wells, Tom Clarke Memorial Challenge Trophy 1987 (pot plant) and Beard Challenge Cup (home-made wine) Win Banks, Jack Smith Memorial Trophy (Fuchsia) Brian Stonestreet, Chairman’s (1972) Challenge Trophy (vase of flowers and two vegetables) and Committee 1979 Challenge Cup (four vegetables) Ken Beard, Eric Harrison Challenge Trophy (vase of flowers and a vegetable), Les Cottingham Memorial Trophy (collection of vegetables) and Amateur Collection Cup 1994 (three kinds of vegetables) Malcolm Beard, Westgate Family Challenge Trophy (1981) (preserve and two items made from same fruit) Mr & Mrs M Beard, Ellis Challenge Cup (three vases of dahlias) David Colgate and Pauline Robey Challenge Trophy (handicraft ) Rosalie Sinclair-Smith.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN The drop in session, at the village hall, to unveil the Steering Group’s recommendations for sites for development in the village attracted a lot of interest with more than 150 people attending. The Plan will now be sent to the District Council, for consideration by an inspector and public consultation will follow.
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