Plumpton news
Plumpton news

SPRING IS IN THE AIR: and so it is time again for Plumpton & District Horticultural Society to hold their Spring Flower Show. It will be in the village hall this Saturday (April 1) starting at 2pm. As well as displays of locally grown spring flowers and vegetables, crafts and cookery, there will be refreshments and a tombola. Taking part in the Show is open to everyone; members, children and non-members. Do take along your daffodils or primroses or other spring flowers to make it a colourful show. Last entries for those taking part are 9.30am and stewards will be on hand to help if you are a beginner and not sure what to do; entries only cost a few pence. All are welcome to view the exhibits in the afternoon from 2pm; entry costs 50p and is free for children. For more information or a schedule email or call Gill Stewart-Brown on 01273 890051.

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 will take place, at the village hall, shortly but it is likely due to the speaker’s (Dr David Rudling of the Sussex School of Archaeology) commitments that there will be a change of date from the one I mentioned last week (Wednesday April 26). When the new date it known I will include it in this column. At the talk 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 .

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.

EXTRA JUMBLE SALE: There is an extra sale, to those previously published, which will take place on Saturday May 6, at the village hall, in aid of the Good Neighbour Scheme. 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 will be lots of bargains, a tombola and refreshments.

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

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