Plumpton news
Plumpton news

JUMBLE SALE: in aid of Honeybees Preschool takes place at the village hall this Saturday (June 25). 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. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen.

OPEN GARDENS: in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice takes place this Sunday (June 26) from 2pm to 6pm. This year the Support Group are delighted that twelve gardens, within reasonable walking distance of the village hall, will be open. Tickets will be available from the village hall and participating gardens will be open in East View Fields, Station Road, West Gate and The Riddens; just look for the yellow and green balloons. Afternoon teas and plant sales will now be at ‘BRYNDON’, Station Road. Entrance costs £5 for all the gardens or £1 for an individual garden, with entrance for children under 14 free. For more information call Gill on 01273 891218 or Terry on 01273 891256.

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. The Sussex School of Archaeology have comprehensive 5-day Excavation Training Courses that start each Monday from 20th June and a range of Saturday Excavation Techniques for Beginners ‘taster’ days until Saturday July 30. Volunteering opportunities are also available from £5 a day with a maximum charge of £50 for the season. For more details call 01323 811785 or email or visit

JULY WALKS: with the Footpath Society start with a walk on Saturday July 2 from Old Heathfield Church, roadside parking (Map Ref: 598 203) at 10am. It will be approximately 5 miles and include, undulating terrain, St Dunstan’s Wood, Callers Corner, Warbleton, Vines Cross, Nettlesworth Wood and Heathfield House. For more details call the walk leaders John Pretty on 01825 763923.

RUDE MECHANICAL THEATRE COMPANY: This year they will be bringing a comedy thriller full of fun, laughter and intrigue to Plumpton on Thursday July 7. And this year also brings a return of the birds who so wowed audiences a few years back. 2016 is the year in which 16 of the characters in Macbyrd are birds including Inspector Seed, the detective pigeon. The play, set in 1940, has two linked stories one human which explore the changes to a small Sussex village threatened with invasion and the impact this has on the people and its social life - the WI, the cricket club, the theatre group. The other takes place in the skies above the village with a power struggle amongst the birds after the swan (a symbol of a certain kind of traditional Englishness and social structure) is murdered by the upstart raven Macbyrd. Pete Talbot, the writer and director, says of Macbyrd that there are echoes of a certain Shakespeare play. Macbyrd is told by the ‘gypsy magpies’ that his time has come and that ‘sleek birds, black against the sky’ will rule. In fact change to the village is because a momentous event is about to happen. ‘Ooman prejudice puts the death of the swan down to gypsies. Amongst the birds it’s the foreigner a rare Indian bush lark which has been swept in by storms. In this cauldron of change the play explores the values and heroism of living an ‘ordinary’ life in the community. The comedy is part the absurdity of the birds’ world and part a comedy of manners; in the ways of ‘country folk’, a bit of Foyle’s War, a slice of The Archers and a healthy dollop of The Rudes too. Weather permitting all will be revealed on the Village Green (and if wet in village hall). As usual, you can make a real evening of it by bringing a picnic (doors open at 6pm for picnickers) with Macbyrd starting at 7.30pm. Bring low chairs or blankets to sit on. Tickets are available directly from The Rudes at or 01323 501260 or locally from Kathy Baker at or 01273 890508. Tickets cost Adults (18+) £15, Seniors (60 + & retired) £14, Students (18+ in FT education) £12, Children £8, Families (2 adults + 2 children) £38. Join them for what promises to be a truly splendid summer evening of fun and entertainment.

JUMBLE SALE: in aid of the Women’s Institute takes place at the village hall on 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.

FREE TENNIS ALL DAY: Anyone for tennis? As Wimbledon is taking a break for the day (unless the schedule is interrupted by rain,) we are giving you the opportunity to pick up your racquet, or borrow one of ours on Sunday July 3 (11 – 4pm). Play tennis free throughout the day. Our coach will be on hand to offer taster sessions, advice and coaching tips. Take on the ball machine and see how many returns you can hit. We are running a special “tennis tots” session from 11am – 12 noon for 3 – 5 year olds.

There will be a wide array of homemade refreshments including sandwiches, cakes and drinks, to make sure you don’t run out of energy. Why not enjoy lunch or afternoon tea?

Book onto one of our Summer Camp Tennis Courses running in July and August.

The club is located beside the level crossing in Plumpton. Go through the wooden gate and follow the track beside the playing field to reach the tennis club. We are a not for profit organization, run by volunteers and committed to helping people enjoy our sport. We run after school club sessions in many local schools. Membership charges are amongst the lowest in the county and two children in the family get free membership if their parents join.

Special Offers on Open Day of 20% off membership. Hourly court hire is another option. We run courses tailored to all ages and standards, from 3years old to 70+years young. “Tennis Tots” (3-5 years old), “Rusty Racquets” and Saturday “Drop in” sessions are very popular. We have competitive “teams tennis”. You are assured of a very warm welcome.

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