Plumpton

JUMBLE SALE: In aid of the village hall takes place at the hall tomorrow, Saturday. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along at 2pm; with clothes at 20p each there are sure to be lots of bargains. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY WALK: On Sunday all are welcome to join them; just meet at the car park (Map Ref: 356 064) off Falmer Road, Woodingdean at 10am for a 6 mile walk. Walk leaders are Sue and Robin Akers on 01273 891701or 077542336.

WADDESDON MANOR: Is the subject of lecture at the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting on Tuesday February 9 at 2.15pm. The lecturer is William Forrester an art historian who lectures in the London Galleries as well as giving TV and radio talks. In 1874 Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bought a lovely tract of land in the Vale of Aylesbury and wanted a country estate but not on traditional English lines, as he wanted a French Chateau. He employed a French architect, Gabrial-Hippolyte Destailleur to do just that. The house parties at Waddesdon were famous and guests included Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales. Guests enjoyed all the modern comforts of running water, central heating and electricity still very new inventions in those days. Visitors are most welcome and the cost is £7 on the door and as always there will be a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please ring Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

FOUR MILE WALK: Including Old Airstrip, Chelwood Vachery, Forest Green and Braberry Ponds takes place on Saturday February 13. This is an interesting walk and all are welcome to join the Footpath Society. Just meet at 2pm at the Reservoir Car Park, A275 Ashdown Forest, map ref: 419 315. The walk leader is Diane Ellis who can be contacted on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

TABLE TOP SALE: In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice is on Saturday February 27 at the village hall and sellers can set up from 9am, with buyers welcome from 10am to 3pm. The cost is £10 per table in advance and £15 on the day. To book a table call Val on 01273 891256.

THANKS: Go to Dave Denny, the producer, and everyone who helped make Plumpton Pantomime Society’s production of Cinderella such a success. There is not room here to mention everyone involved as there was a huge cast and backstage crew, more than seventy members of the Society are mentioned in the programme and that doesn’t include all those who helped with front of house, bar and refreshments. A huge credit has to go to the writer John Fahey for an excellent script. The innuendos and comedic reference to people and societies in the village flowed throughout. It seems wrong to mention a few of the cast, but if I don’t that too seems wrong. David Rankin and Paul Kluge were a wonderful double act, as the ugly sisters Nausea and Septica. All the principal roles excelled Emma Symes as the fairy godmother, Annabel Saunders as Cinderella, Nancy Doyle as Dame Hardup, Peter Jones as Baron Hardup, Olivia Maheux as Prince Charming and Hannah Collins as Dandini. I make no apologies, as usual, for giving a special mention to Duncan Taylor-Jones, the director, whose energy and enthusiasm throughout as the character Buttons was infectious. Duncan’s ability to engage with all ages and his adlibbing was actively encouraged and enjoyed by a most appreciative audience. Thanks to you all for a very happy and memorable evening.

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