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PEACEFUL COUNTRYSIDE: And woodland walk (five miles) past Birch Grove, through Chelwood Gate and Danehill with the Footpath Society takes place this Saturday. All welcome just meet, ready to start at 10.30am, in Birch Grove Road (roadside parking) opposite Red Lion pub (Map Ref: 415 303). For more details call Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 0799071052.

MR STUBBS: Is the subject of the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday at 2.15pm. Horses I am sure are what springs immediately to mind when Stubbs is mentioned. However he also painted a great variety of other animals, especially exotic ones, which were very popular in the 18th Century. Queen Charlotte received the gift of a zebra that was kept in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and Stubbs was commissioned to paint the animal. He added a splendid jungle background which he obviously deemed more appropriate. However he was more challenged when it came to painting a kangaroo, he did not have a live one merely the skin which was stuffed to try and make it more realistic and that may explain why the resulting image looks a trifle awkward. The lecturer Carolyn Leder is an art historian and adviser to BBC television. 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.

FLOWER CLUB: Demonstration with the theme Through the Ages, is at the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The demonstrator will be Gaenor Circus. Visitors are most welcome at a cost of £2.50 at the door. There is always a raffle giving a chance to win one of the demonstrators’ arrangements.

CALLING EVERYONE: Who is keen on gardening, baking, floristry and handicrafts to visit the village hall between 10am and midday on Saturday February 18. All are welcome to go along and chat to members of the horticultural society about showing flowers, vegetables, wine, cookery and handicrafts and about membership. You will be given the chance to browse their show schedule and ask any questions you may have about the classes. At the same time you can enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee, and biscuits. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about and join the Horticultural Society or renew your membership and collect a show schedule. The cost for adults is £4 under 16’s free. Please support this society as membership and support is really needed to keep this, over 100 year old, Society going.

JUMBLE SALE: In aid of the horticultural society takes place at the village hall on Saturday February 18. 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 are sure to be lots of bargains, a tombola and refreshments.

TABLE TOP SALE: In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Saturday February 25, from 10am till 12.30pm, at the village hall. Entry costs £1 for over 14’s. There will be a wide variety of tables with interesting goodies for sale, refreshments and tombola. For more details call 01273 891256.

SEAFORD WALK: The Footpath Society has a leisurely (four mile) Sunday walk along the sea front on Sunday February 26. The walk will continue on to Lost Village, Splash Point (resting kittiwakes) Tidemills, then the Nature Reserve, Bishopstone and back along seafront. Meet at Splash Point, Seaford Head (Map Ref: 487 982), where there is free seafront parking, ready to start walking at 2pm. For more details call Jennie and Dave Langley on 01323 896831 or 07884006238.

FOOTPATH SOCIEY WALK: On Wednesday March 1 starts at 10.30am at Wivelsfield car park (Post Code: RH17 7QG).There is the opportunity of lunch at the Cock Inn. For more details call Diane Ellis on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

JUMBLE SALE DATES: There have been quite a few changes to the list I included last month as there are now no sales in April and May. If you have jumble to dispose of in addition to the sale mentioned above there are jumble sales on Saturdays March 4 (activity scheme), March 11 (tennis club), March 25 (Honeybees preschool), June 3 (junior football), June 24 (churches), July 8 (Women’s Institute), August 19 (St Peter and St James Support Group), September 2 (Pavilion), September 30 (Plumpton Primary School PTFA), October 14 (village hall) and October 28 (flower club). Donations of jumble will be much appreciated by all these organisations at the hall from 9am to midday.

ISFIELD WALK: (Five miles) meet members of the Footpath Society at Isfield Recreation Ground (Map Ref: 449 175) on Saturday March 11 at 10.30 am. The walk will include White Bridge, Agmonds Wood, Dallas Lane, Blunts Lane, Anchor Inn (for optional lunch) and north along river back to Isfield. For more details call Jo Taylor on 01273 890450 or 07870142108.

QUIZ NIGHT: In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Saturday April 22. If you would like tickets or more information call Sue Akers on 01273 891701.

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