JUMBLE SALE: Honeybees Pre-school will hold a sale in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday) kicking off at 2pm. Bargains galore, cake stall, refreshments and time to relax afterwards and make the most of a social occasion in the village. If you have items to donate please take them to the hall during the morning.

WIMBLEDON IN PLUMPTON: Tomorrow (Saturday) Plumpton Tennis Club will hold a Wimbledon Summer Party at their newly refurbished club centre starting at 7pm and going on until late. On arrival there will be a complimentary glass of Pimms. From 8pm there will be a hog roast with salads etc., and a tasty vegetarian option. Then will follow a dessert which will have to include strawberries. Throughout the evening live bands will provide the music to complete the atmosphere. Ticket price is quoted at a guide donation of £30. Ring 07748 958971 or email

OPEN GARDEN: Ken Beard, that stalwart of the horticultural society, will open his garden to the public on Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Ken is well known for his continuous and multiple wins and Plumpton and other local shows, so visitors will be in for a treat. Admission will cost £3 but this will include tea and cake, plus the opportunity to get some gardening tips from Ken and other society members. There will also be plant sales and a raffle with proceeds going to the horticultural society, of course. Now where does he live, I hear you ask? Go to the southern entrance to the racecourse on the western side of Plumpton Lane and his is the second house up from there. If you cannot get there on foot park on the Ridge. Sorry about the short notice, but I only recently got the news.

BARBECUE CANCELLED: If you were looking forward to attending the forthcoming barbecue organised by the Scout Group and scheduled for July 3, then I am afraid you will be disappointed as it has been called off. This used to be a highlight of the Plumpton social calendar and it is sad that it will not be taking place.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: At the Steering Group’s last meeting many matters of protocol and detail were discussed to ensure that the plan has credence for the necessary practical influence over the future of our village. It is essential that everything is carried out efficiently, thoroughly, openly and effectively in accordance with the stipulated democratic procedures. The assessment of available development sites continues in earnest but at the end of the day there will definitely be some landowners/developers who will not be happy with the preferences that will be determined by the parish council. If one considers that the sites available could potentially support the building of several hundreds of homes it should be realised that the selection of sites suitable for the required minimum of 50 will not please people hoping to benefit from their landholdings. The Steering Group must therefore be certain that its procedures conform strictly to the guidelines laid down, otherwise they could be open to challenge and the whole procedure undermined. Meticulous attention to detail is essential to ensure that a practical, sensible outcome is achieved for the benefit of the entire village. At the end of the day some people will not be happy whatever sites are selected. That is inevitable, unfortunately, but the overall interests of the village must be recognised and respected. In their own minds there will be some winners and some losers but we are looking towards minimising any loss and maximising any possible gain.

LONDON BOUND: On Wednesday Footpath Society members and anyone wishing to join them will catch the 9.28am train from Plumpton station for the London Walk. This will include a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium, a walk along the Thames Footpath to Lambeth Bridge and a visit to the Imperial War Museum. If you need to know more simply ring 01273 890302.

SPORTS PAVILION: Bookings for this venue should now be directed to Jane Donovan on 07747 050903. She will also deal with bookings for the playing field facilities generally.

HERE AND GONE: At the end of the season a new Chief Executive was appointed at Plumpton Racecourse, but I gather she has already resigned for personal reasons. Sounds sad just as the course’s popularity seemed to be returning to its former glory.

ONLY THE LONELY: My fellow wrinklies will remember this pop song from bygone years, but in Plumpton there is no need to be lonely. Every Tuesday there is a chance to socialise at the Pop-in Parlour at All Saints’ church annexe from 11am. Here you can enjoy a cuppa of something, a bowl of homemade soup or a light snack and you can have a pleasant chat with old friends or strangers with whom may or may not become friends in the future. This is all part of village life where you can meet, socialise with others if you wish, but never walk alone. Don’t be shy, don’t be standoffish, just grasp the opportunity to mix and broaden your horizons. Absolutely everyone will receive a warm welcome and thus feel at home.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: The parish council sets a limited some of money aside each year to benefit local clubs, societies and other groups, but not individuals. Grants usually range from £50 to £250. Application forms can be downloaded from or contact the Parish Clerk at or 01444 441302.

ANOTHER GARDEN OPEN: The gardens and watermill at the Old Mill House, Plumpton Lane will be open on Sunday, July 5 between 2pm and 6pm. Apart from the 12 acres of grounds there will be tours of the working watermill and its products will be on sale together with plant sales. Admission is by advance booking only with tickets at £7.50 for adults, under 16s £2.50 to include afternoon tea. Tickets via 01273 891725 or 890070, or All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice. Advance booking is necessary to ensure that everyone gets tea! A great venue and a great cause, so come on down and enjoy.

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