Plumpton

GREAT RESULT: The open day at the Old Mill House gardens and mill raised a whopping £1,800 for St Peter and St James Hospice, despite the dodgy weather at the start of the day. Thanks to the Nicholsons and all those who took part and attended.

ANOTHER WINNER: Plumpton College has won more honours for its wines. This time it was a sparkling rose The Dean Blush which took the gold medal in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year competition. In addition it scooped the Bob Lindo trophy for the most outstanding sparkling rose and the President’s trop for the most outstanding production wine. But it did not end there as Cloudy Ridge 2014 got the silver medal, Cloudy Ridge white 2014 a bronze, Cloudy Ridge red 2014 a bronze and Morgan’s Reserve 2014 a bronze. There were 327 wines from 93 entrants Winemakers who studied at Plumpton are now making their mark in the UK and abroad including Australia, Canada, France and New Zealand.

AND YET ANOTHER: Plumpton railway station has scooped another award from Southern Rail. It is the 2015 best small/medium station category in the Stars and Tsars service quality awards scheme. Congratulations to the station bossman, Mick Newman and members of the Station Partnership team who work so hard to keep the station looking attractive.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Our local Sunday School will meet in All Saints’ church annexe on Sunday at 10.30am and all will be welcome, as always.

FANCY A WALK: If so, why not join up with the Footpath Society on Sunday. They will meet at Mayfield village car park (TQ587 269) at 2pm before setting off on a four mile trek to Cranesden Farm, cross the river Rother, Moat Hill Farm, Knowle Farm and return to the car park. There is an option of taking a drink in the pub if desired. If you want to know more simply ring 01273 890598.

FORTY YEARS OLD: Plumpton Bowmen, our village archery club, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and among the guests was May Law, widow of one of the founders and a great stalwart, Percy.

LEVEL CROSSING: At long last, after years of promises, Network Rail has lodged an application for Listing Building Consent to destroy our historical level crossing gates and replace them with those hideous and, in my view, potentially dangerous barriers. I view it as destruction of our heritage to cut costs and standardise everything. Details of the application can be seen at Lewes District Council planning department or by visiting http://www.lewes.gov.uk/planning/1139.asp. The application number is LW/15/0538. Comments, for or against, may be lodged by members of the public but the closing date is July 30. Network Rail held a drop-in session at the village hall on Monday to explain its proposals and it is estimated that over 70 people attended.

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS FAIR: There will be one at St Peter and St James Hospice on Sunday between 10.30am and 4pm. Well known TV experts will be on hand to value visitors’ treasures. There will be live entertainment, refreshments, a variety of stalls. Admission will cost just £1 and a donation for valuation of three items £5. Free parking.

SUMMER SHOW: A reminder that next Saturday (July 25) the horticultural society will hold its summer show in the village hall from 2pm. There will, I am sure, be a grand display of flowers, plants, flower arrangements and vegetables, plus cookery handicrafts, wine and there are always some interesting stalls about. Refreshments will be available to make this a real community event and there will be the inevitable tombola.

BUTTERFLY WALK: Chailey Commons Society will stage its popular Butterfly Walk on Saturday next (July 25) that will start at 2.15pm at Romany Ridge car park. Karen Pritty will lead a stroll around the common to seek out the many varieties of butterfly to which the heathland is home. This can provide a great family outing.

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