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JUMBLE TIME: There will be a sale in the village hall tomorrow in aid of the new pavilion fund. Scrum down will be at 2pm and there will, of course, be cakes, tombola and refreshments available.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: There will be a meeting on Sunday in All Saints’ church annexe at 10.30am with a warm welcome for all.

BACK TO WORK: The parish council will meet on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. Open to the public as always.

RUDYARD KIPLING: He will be the subject of a talk at the WI meeting on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Visitors always welcome.

FANCY A CUPPA?: The ever popular Pop-in Parlour is open for business again on Tuesdays in All Saints’ church annexe from 11am. Enjoy a tea or coffee and maybe a snack or even some homemade soup. There is the added and important advantage of being able to chat to others, some of whom may be old friends and others who may become new ones. Every visitor receives a warm welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD: With the summer holidays drawing to a close, the social programme in the village is getting into full swing again. The Footpath Society has a walk planned for next Saturday and other things to look forward to include the Horticultural Society Autumn Show in the village hall at 2pm on Saturday next week. On Tuesday, September 15 there will be an opportunity to see the result of the site selection deliberations for the Neighbourhood Plan. This will be a drop-in session in the village hall between 3pm and 9pm. Not to be missed if you care about your village. The flower club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 16. Then follows a Harvest Lunch in All Saints’ church annexe on September 20; Plumpton Youthspace meets in the pavilion on September 25 and on September 26 there will be a Model Railway Show in the village hall. There will be a Harvest Festival in East Chiltington church on September 26 at 10.30am and on September 27 the tennis club will stage a men’s doubles tournament. There’s no need to get bored in Plumpton unless you couldn’t care less about your community.

DOG FOULING: Complaints are coming in again about inconsiderate dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets foul the footpaths, pavements, verges and so on. If you cannot be bothered to act responsibly in this respect then, in my view and that of many others, you are not fit to own a pet. Fouling of public areas is not only unpleasant but it poses a health hazard, particularly to children. I have heard reports from householders who constantly have to clear away dog mess even though there are special bins in which to place it within feet of the locations. You wouldn’t like it on your own doorstep, so why inflict it upon others? Such actions are punishable by fine.

APPLES AND PEARS: Nothing to do with Cockney rhyming slang and stairs, but if you anticipate a good crop of apples, pears or even grapes this year do bear in mind that the Village Action Plan fruit press will be back in action again on October 3, when folk will be able to take surplus fruit along to the village green and have it turned into delicious juice. That in itself makes an excellent and healthy drink, but the more adventurous may wish to convert it into something more potent and it does not take much imagination to think what that might be. Last year my apple tree bore but two fruits, but this year things are looking a lot better and part of my neighbour’s damson tree collapsed under the weight of the fruit so, following the recent heavy rainfall, we could be in for a good fruit harvest. By the way, this is another community project and it will cost nothing to take part.

USE IT OR LOSE IT: Well, we have lost it as far as one bus service is concerned. A service linking Ditchling, Plumpton and Burgess Hill was introduced earlier this year on Mondays and Wednesdays and extended to Tesco and B&Q in Burgess Hill. By all accounts there were too few passengers and the Monday service has already been withdrawn. If folk do not take advantage of the bus services within the village then more could be lost, thus leaving many people totally stranded. The Wednesday bus to Burgess Hill leaves Plumpton Green at 11.05am and returns from Church Road at 1.10pm. The Lewes to Haywards Heath route (166) is often little used and, although the service is not the best, it is better than nothing and needs to be used fully or ESCC will, I am sure, happily axe its already reduced subsidy. The last timetable change in respect of what was the 2.18pm bus to Haywards Heath reduced its usefulness and the times seem to relate more to the convenience of the operators rather than potential passengers. If bus operators were to learn joined up writing and co-ordinate services they might find that they could improve their turnover and make life easier for their passengers, who would be more enthusiastic on letting the bus take the strain.

THANKS: Whilst on the subject of buses, I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank the kind person who retrieved my lost bus pass and quickly handed it to ESCC, who promptly returned it.

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