DOWNLAND WALK AND LUNCH: On Sunday the Footpath Society will gather at ESCC car park in Lewes (TQ409 099) at 10.30am ready for a nine mile hike to Kingston Ridge, then along the South Downs Way to Rodmell with an option to take lunch at the Abergavenny Army and then return to Lewe4s along the riverside. Ring 01273 477336 if you need to know more.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Lewes District Council has announced that the only public consultation that will take place on its decision to develop the two sites either side of Southdowns, Plumpton Green will be held at a midweek, daytime meeting in Peacehaven. That should prevent a lot of people from attending and raising silly objections.

GREAT RESULT: The recent jumble sale in aid of our local churches raised a fantastic total in excess of £1,000. St Michael’s church has also secured a government grant of £80,300 towards repairing the rood. However, red tape insists that fundraising activities for the balance cannot commence until a Case Officer has instructed the PCC on how to proceed. Any monies raised in the interim cannot be used for the project. Bureaucracy gone mad again?

WENDY KAILL BEQUEST: Parish council reviewed several suggestions from the working group reviewing how to utilise Wendy’s generous bequest for the benefit of the community with the accent on youth. The most favoured idea was a bandstand on the village green that could be used to provide music at village fetes and on other occasions. It could also provide a shelter for young people during inclement weather (they do already gather on the green and in the vicinity of the hall) and could further provide a shelter for young people waiting for the school bus, which is something previously requested. Further research, planning, costings etc., will be undertaken and this will include measures to ensure that any risk of nuisance or annoyance to neighbours will at the very least be minimised. The location would need to be carefully selected, but this would be a very visible site which should dissuade bad behaviour from the minority.

PROGRESS AT LAST: The parish council learned that at long last and after much procrastination, ESCC is taking action to mark out the bus stop south of the village shop. This will make it an offence to park there during the daytime when ‘buses are running and thus allow them to pull in and avoid obstructing traffic which is the purpose of a ‘bus layby. It is a busy little spot and the potential dangers and inconveniences are obvious.

PARKING ISSUES: I recently ranted on about inconsiderate and ignorant drivers. On Monday I travelled through Wivelsfield Green (yes, I had a visa) and witnessed a car parked totally across the pavement. All pedestrians, including those pushing buggies containing babies were forced to go out on to the road at great risk. Had there been any around, the police could have slapped a ticket on the car, but the chance of that happening these days is, to say the least, minimal. Whatever happened to brains, have they been outlawed by the EU? It does occur to me that folk must think that when they get a driver licence they are being issued with a licence to kill and are anxious to invoke the privilege.

LOCKED UP: Be aware that the London to Brighton Bike Ride takes place on Sunday. It raises large sums of money for the British Heart Foundation and other worthy causes, but it causes havoc in this part of the world on Fathers’ Day and a Sunday when many people wish to travel. You have been warned.

PARISH MAGAZINE: Anyone up in arms about the late delivery of this month’s mag should be aware that, following a slight production delay, the couriers collected it on June 4 for delivery the following day. There followed an unbelievable saga and it was finally delivered on June 12. Our gallant distribution team had it out on the road the very same day, but actual deliveries are by necessity staggered. Apart from the printer there is only one paid person involved in the chain (not me) and the mag is delivered totally free of charge, so please show some tolerance when things do not go according to plan.

YOUTH SPACE: Plumpton Youth Space meets in the sports pavilion next Friday (June 26) at 7pm. This is a facility for young people from Plumpton and East Chiltington to meet up, hang out together and have fun. At this meeting DJ Neel will be back for a hands-on DJ session. There will also be a chance for a game of pool, table tennis or darts plus Xbox and games and the tuckshop will be open. Membership fee is £5 for the year and the attendance sub just £1. Go to the Youthspace Facebook page to find out more. Many more activities that members have asked for are planned, so come on down.

BOWS AND ARROWS: That may sound a somewhat flippant term, but that is not so in Plumpton. We have a well established archery club (Plumpton Bowmen) that practices the art of bowmanship on a very regular basis. Have-a-go sessions are held on third Sundays between April and August from 11am to 12.30pm and beginners’ courses run in April and October. All ages are catered for. Find out more at or 07544 513044.

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