JUMBLE SALE: to raise funds for the Honeybees Preschool is at the village hall this Saturday (March 25). Donations of jumble will be much appreciated; please take jumble to the hall from 9am to midday. The sale starts at 2pm; do go along as there are sure to be lots of bargains, along with a tombola and refreshments.
FOOTPATH SOCIETY: five mile walk, this Sunday (March 26), starts at 2pm at Red House Common car park (Map Ref: 392 217). The walk will include Grassington Farm, Mill Lane, Rotherfield Wood, Sheffield Bridge and Waspbourne Farm. For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825 72371 or 07990710521.
INJURED JOCKEYS’ FUND: Raceday at Plumpton Racecourse is on Monday March 27. Gates open at midday with the first race at 2pm and the last race at 5.05pm. Tickets can be purchased on the day for £18.
TALK, organised by the Footpath Society, is at the village hall on Wednesday March 29 at 2pm for 2.30pm. The speaker will be Ian Everest on the subject ‘Shepherds of the South Downs’.
BIRLING GAP: seven mile walk is on Wednesday April 5. Meet members of the Footpath Society at Birling Gap (Map Ref: 558 962) for a downland walk, with lunch at Beachy Head Inn, and return to Birling Gap along cliffs. For more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 0799071052.
CIRCULAR WALK: (4 to 4 ½ miles) followed by cream tea takes place on Saturday April 8. Meet members of the Footpath Society at 2 Strawlands Plumpton Green (Map Ref: 324 239) to start the walk at 2pm. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.
‘THE GLEAMING SPIRES OF LONDON’: is the subject of the Newick & District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday April 11 at 2.15pm. The lecturer for this month is Ian Swankie a professional tour guide and lecturer in London. Ian spent 25 years in London’s financial markets without ever looking out of his window at the wonderful city around him. Now he guides in both Tate Galleries as well as running his own tours. London boasts an extraordinary range of architecture and its history can be discovered through its buildings. Starting at the Norman Conquest and the White Tower and finishing over 900 years later with the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie and the Cheesegrater you will also be taken to some surprising private residences. Ian has a fascination for information that is quirky, absurd or humorous which is why people tend to remember his lectures and tours. The talk will as usual be accompanied by a superb digital presentation. Visitors are always most welcome, £7 on the door with tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please contact Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.
WOODINGDEAN: All are welcome to join members of the Footpath Society for a six mile walk across undulating terrain at Woodingdean, including the medieval drove road, on Sunday April 23. Meet ready to start the walk at 2pm at the car park off Falmer Road, Woodingdean (Map Ref: 356 064). For more details call Sue and Robin Akers on 01273 891701 or 07775423361.
ILLUSTRATED TALK: on the Plumpton Villa Excavations of 2016 takes place, at the village hall, on Wednesday April 26 from 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr David Rudling of the Sussex School of Archaeology. David will explain what is to happen at the Plumpton Villa site in 2017 and the opportunities for getting involved. Full details of the 2017 summer excavation, training courses and other events can be found at www.sussexarchaeology.org .
MEET FOR WALK AT DITCHLING BEACON: car park (Map Ref: 332 130) on Wednesday May 3 at 10.30am. The walk, with the Footpath Society, will be 6½ miles along the South Downs Way to Streat Hill Farm, down into Stanmer village (to a tea shop for lunch) and back through Stanmer Park to the Beacon. For more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 07791247025.
PLUMPTON COLLEGE OPEN DAY:, in association with the Sussex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, is on Saturday May 13 from 10am to 5pm. Entry is £7.50 and free for those aged under 16. Take the whole family along and enjoy demonstrations from students, loads of attractions, children’s activities, local food and crafts. For more details call 01273 890454 or visit www.plumpton.ac.uk.
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