OPEN DAY & SPRING FAIR: in association with the Sussex Federation of Young Farmers, is at Plumpton College this Saturday (May 12) from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome to attend when the College campus will be open to see all departments, great main arena attractions, demonstrations, local food and wine tasting as well as a Craft & Trade Fair, Courses & Careers Advice, Children’s Activities, Farm Displays and Outdoor Activities. Entry for adults is £7.50 and under 16’s free. For tickets visit

LADIES DAY: at Plumpton Racecourse takes place this Sunday (May 13). Gates open at midday and advanced tickets, for £10, will be available until midnight of the May 12 at Entry for accompanied under 18’s is free. Details of the Best Dressed Competition (timings, judges and prizes) will be in the complimentary race card on the day. There will be a funfair in the picnic enclosure, live music, tipster talks and much more. The South East Pony Racing Finals follow the last race and are great to watch.

ZUMBA WITH LUCY: takes place every Wednesday at the Scout Hut from 7pm to 7.45pm. It is a fun, friendly class suitable for all abilities. Classes are £5 pay as you go with a weekly raffle to win a free class. No need to pre-book you can just arrive and join in. For more information contact Lucy at

FLOWER CLUB: meet, at the village hall, on Wednesday May 16 at 7.30pm. Visitors are most welcome at a cost of £3 at the door. There is always a raffle giving a chance to win one of the demonstrators’ arrangements. For more details call Gill Wells on 01273 890561.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK: 4.5 miles, on Sunday May 20 starts at 2.30pm. Meet at public car park bedside Onslow Arms, Loxwood (B2133, Map Ref: 042 311). Possible lunch at the Onslow Arms. For more details call Sue and Robin Akers on 01273 891701 or 07775423361.

FOUR MILE WALK; including Dumbrells Farm, Cobbs Mill, Pomper Lane and Malthouse Lane takes place on Saturday June 2. All are welcome to join members of the Footpath Society on this walk. Meet at Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, opposite the Sportsman Pub at the dead-end of road (Map Ref: 284 202) ready to start walking at 10.30am. For more details call Gerry and Brenda Arnold on 01444 241463 or Gerry on 07971732090(G) or Brenda on 07790218390

NEWICK & DISTRICT NADFAS: meet at the village hall on Tuesday June 12, at 2.15pm, and the subject will be ‘Food Art and History’ The lecturer Tasha Marks is the founder of AVM Curiosities and Exhibition Curator, with AVM standing for ‘Animal, Vegetable and Mineral’. It was founded by food historian Tasha Marks in 2011 the year after she graduated from Sussex University. AVM Curiosities has been exploring the relationship between art and the senses through a series of events and edible interventions. Confectionery is also one of her great passions. From ancient alabaster ruins crafted from sugar to a Victorian Afternoon Tea at the V&A the lecturer will take you on a delicious journey like no one else. The lecture will be accompanied by a superb digital presentation. The cost is £7 for non-members and if you need any further information please contact our membership Secretary Ann McNorvell 01825 721458 or newickdfas2017@gmail.

DOUGHTY’S: a leading supplier of fabrics including patchwork and quilting is holding their East Sussex Road Show at the village hall on Saturday June 9 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Entrance costs £1. This event is being organised by the St Peter & St James Hospice Support Group. There will be refreshments and a tombola.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: meet, at the village hall, on Wednesday June 13 at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. For more details about the group call Val Thompsett on 01273 891256.

JUMBLE SALE: takes place on Saturday June 23 at 2pm, at the village hall, to raise funds for Plumpton and East Chiltington Churches. There will be cakes, tombola, toys, books, clothes, bric-a-brac and much more. There will be lots to rummage through so do go along, you may well find a bargain. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated apart from videos as these no longer sell. Please take jumble to the hall from 9am to midday.

OPEN GARDENS: on Sunday June 24 will include a Photo Quiz on the trail between the gardens. The quiz will involve identifying village ‘landmarks’. All the ‘landmarks’ will be visible from the footpaths without the need to go onto other’s properties. The quiz will be open to all ages, with a small prize for completed entries. Thanks to all who have agreed to open their gardens, there are some new gardens on the trail this year as well as a mix of interesting gardens that have been open before. Entry to the Garden Trail and Photo Quiz, organised by the St Peter & St James Plumpton Support Group, costs £5, with under 14s free. The garden trail starts at the village hall (BN7 3BQ) and is open from 2pm to 5pm.There will be a tombola and refreshments, at the hall, where there is also ample parking and toilets. For more information contact 01273 891218 or 01273 891256.

‘PLUMPTON ROMAN VILLA: Giving Up Its Secrets’ is the title of a talk by David Rudling at the Stoneywish Visitor Centre, Spatham Lane, Ditchling, on Friday June 29. This will be the chance to learn the latest news of excavations at the Romano-British villa. The footings alone give a fascinating insight into the settlement and the lives of the people who made it their home. Entry costs £7.50 and includes an accompanying exhibition, coffee and a slice of cake. For more details visit

PLANT TABLE: is open again for the season at Brydon, Station Road, Plumpton Green. Please drop money through letter box. Donations of Plants always welcome. As Sally Huband is no longer running her plant stall she will be donating her plants to us throughout the season. Contact Alan on 01273 890414 or Gill on 01273 890055 for further information. Thanks to everyone for supporting the plant stall and their continued support of the Voluntary Driving Scheme.