HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AGM and social evening is this Friday (November 20) at the village hall. Refreshments will be available and there will be a talk, set to music, given by Carole and Paul Nicholson entitled Into Africa. For more details call 01273 890070.

WALK four miles with the Footpath Society this Saturday (November 21); just meet at 10.30am at Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green (284 202). The walk will be and include Dumbrells Farm, Pookbourne Lane and Cobbs Mill. For more details call Gerry Arnold on 01444 241463 or 079971732090.

LADIES PAMPER and Christmas shopping evening, to raise funds for Honeybees preschool, is at the village hall this Saturday (November 21) from 7.30pm. There will be treatments including nails, facials and body wraps along with stalls selling hand-made and unique gifts, skincare and beauty products, jewellery, shabby chic and vintage items, cakes, home fragrance and much more. There will also be a bar, raffle and a silent auction for a family photo session with a local photographer. Tickets are £5 including a drink on arrival and are on sale from the village shop. Call 01273 890885 or 07780 008398 for more details.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8.30am and Evensong at 6.30pm. There will be Sung Communion at East Chiltington at 10.30am. In addition at All Saints there are daily services (Tuesday to Friday) at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am.

WILDLIFE AND HABITAT GROUP meet on Monday, November 23, at 7.30pm in the Church Annexe. The evening will start with an illustrated talk on dragonflies and damselflies by specialist Dave Chelmick. There will then be refreshments and the AGM. More details are available from Tony Hutson on 01273 890341.

POP-IN-PARLOUR is open on Tuesday, November 24, 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.

MOBILE LIBRARY will be at the village hall car park on Wednesday, November 25, between 1.45pm and 2.15pm.

FESTIVE FAIR organised by the St Peter and St James Hospice Plumpton Support Group takes place on Saturday November 28 from midday until 4pm at the village hall. Admission is free and you will find lots of stalls selling festive foods, crafts and Christmas gifts. Also games for the children, Father Christmas from 2pm, carol singing, a wine and water tombola, raffle and refreshments. Every household received two books of raffle tickets, with each ticket costing 50p, if you plan to buy some or all of these tickets please take the counterfoils, money and any unsold tickets to the Village Shop by Friday November 27.

GRAND QUIZ organised by the Tennis Club is, at the village hall, on Saturday November Saturday 28 with Simon Cox as this year’s quizmaster. The hall opens at 7pm for drinks and food is served at 7.30pm. Take your own plates and cutlery, there will be a licensed bar and raffle. Teams of 8 or make up a team on the night; tickets are by donation (£10 per person is suggested) are available on 07748 958971 or email

NOVEMBER RACEDAY at Plumpton Racecourse is on Monday November 30, with gates opening at 11.30am. There is an exciting and competitive programme of seven races; with the first race at 1.10pm. For advance tickets, at a discount, visit

HELP SAVE THE CHEETAH: Carole and Paul Nicholson are hosting an African themed evening on Tuesday December 1 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Carole will talk about her recent volunteering work in Namibia for the Cheetah Conservancy Fund. There will be a slideshow showing the landscapes and wildlife of Namibia, beer from Namibia, wine from South Africa, greeting cards, pictures and a raffle. Entry is £5 per person and all proceeds will go to CCF for the purchase of a camera trap and a mobile cheetah tracking device. To learn more call Carole on 01273 891725.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY walk on Wednesday December 2 starts at Wivelsfield Church car park at 10.15am and includes lunch at the Fox & Hounds. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.

LOST ON THE TITANIC is the subject of the talk at the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday December 8 at 2.15pm. The Great Omar, the most famous work of Sangorski and Sutcliffe, a bookbinding firm, contained over a thousand jewels and was the most elaborate and opulent binding ever created and sank with the Titanic. The lecturer Dominic Riley, is extremely knowledgeable of art history and bookbinding having studied at the London College of Printing, will tell the moving story of a young man who decided to recreate the binding. Visitors are always most welcome, the cost is £7 on the door with the chance to talk to the speaker. If more details call Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

LANDSCAPES OF STONEHENGE Environment is a seminar with Julian Richards (writer and presenter of Meet the Ancestors) on Saturday December 12 from 10am to 4pm at Plumpton College. The seminar will be four separate talks dealing with an aspect of Stonehenge from the earliest excavations in the 17th century to the most recent discoveries and theories about its purpose. Each talk will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions and engage in debate and the afternoon will finish with a final question and answer session. The cost is £40/£35 for Friends of Sussex School of Archaeology which includes morning and afternoon refreshments plus a two course lunch. Book a place at

PARISH MAGAZINE at the moment the delivery process involves 37 volunteers and more would be especially welcome; at this time particularly someone who could deliver magazines to the southern end of the parish. If you could assist call Christine on 01273 890854 or email

RAILWAY CROSSING UPDATE: Parish councillors met with Network Rail representatives and were shown the old crossing gate workings and the new signalling system; it was explained the mechanism is very fragile and lacks any back-up safety mechanism should any one part of it fail. So no contractor is willing even to attempt to repair it for continued use because of liability issues. Network Rail has submitted two new planning applications to Lewes District Council. The applications are identical; the first, to be heard late November/early December, would allow temporary replacement of the gates with barriers. The second, scheduled for January, would allow permanent replacement of the gates with the barriers. The Parish Council Planning Committee will meet towards the end of November to discuss the applications. Keep an eye on to learn the date of the meeting.

FLORISTRY STUDENTS at Plumpton College were judged winners at the New Covent Garden inter-college competition in London. Level 3 Diploma students Paige Smillie, Amy Vaughan (team leader), Jayne Longhurst and Helen Streeter expertise and passion were sufficient to win first place against fifteen colleges. The brief was to create an extravagant door wreath for a photo shoot for Country Living magazine. The students had an Apprentice- style challenge bartering to get the best price, while working to a tight budget and deadline. Working with these constraints they created a magnificent wreath, visit to see it.

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