Plumpton

IT’S JUMBLE TIME: The WI will hold a sale tomorrow (Saturday) in the village hall kicking off at 2pm. The ladies of the WI are experts when organising jumble sales so this is bound to be one of the best. There will, or course, be cakes and refreshments on sale alongside some stalls and there will be a tombola. Rush on down, enjoy the thrill of the chase then relax over a nice cuppa, gloat over your bargains and even enjoy a chat with some of your competitors or friends. If you have jumble to donate, please take it to the hall on the day from 9am.

LEVEL CROSSING LATEST: On Monday Network Rail will stage a drop-in session in the village hall between 7.30pm and 9pm to justify its determination to destroy part of our local heritage, namely the historical, Victorian station complex. The complex is listed as being of architectural interest and thus requires planning consent for alteration. However, Network Rail has as yet failed to submit a planning application, despite assurances over several years that it was ‘about to’. Nevertheless Network Rail has spent a large sum on money preparing for the changeover to what many consider both hideous and dangerous unmanned barriers that leave the line open to trespass. Not only that, but a date has been set in the autumn when the work will be completed. Of course, Network Rail will condescend to consult with the village on Monday about what, in my opinion, it considers a fait accompli. I urge everyone to go along, listen to whatever has to be said and voice an opinion and that opinion in a so-called democratic society must, of course, support as well as opposition to the proposal. If you care, whatever your view, do go along. The parish council will also be there to observe and listen.

LOUTS ABOUT: Reports of some pretty disgusting behaviour at the playing field have reached my ear. One is so disgusting as to be unprintable and whoever was responsible must be absolutely sick in the head. Another involves the removal and dumping of protective posts. Much of the work to keep the field operational is carried out by volunteers and it must be so disheartening for them to have their efforts ruined by the braindead. These are not acts of vandalism, they are not anti-social behaviour, they are downright criminal acts and it is such a pity that we, once again, have such scum within our community. Doubtless the parents of the offenders, if confronted, would deny that their offspring could possibly be guilty and if it was proven that they were would seek to blame the schools, society and everyone else but themselves. Too many parents seem to abrogate responsibility for their children and expect other people to adopt their parental duties. Harsh words? Look around. By the way, the age range of the miscreants could be quite wide. If you witness criminal behaviour in action do ring 999 and we will see how ‘responsive’ the police can be. If you have non urgent information ring 101 extension 563018. If you do not report it you cannot blame the police for doing nothing. If you report it and nothing is done, on the other hand, you will have cause for concern. Police resources are stretched but we have received assurances that adequate cover can be given.

LOOKING GREAT: Thanks to the efforts of the Station Partnership, sponsors and the Village Action Plan, Plumpton railway station has recently undergone a makeover. The band of volunteers has been hard at work restocking the planters, hanging baskets etc. The volunteers are unsubng heroes and sponsors include Blackberry Wood, CG Garden Design, Downard Consultancy, Half Moon pub and Hills of Plumpton. We are proud of our historic railway station and it is a pity that Network Rail does not share that view and is intent upon treating it with contempt in the interests of profit.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will meet on Tuesday in the village hall at 7.45pm. The meeting will be open to the public.

SWINGING 60s: Newick and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) will stage its last lecture of the season in Plumpton village hall on Tuesday at 2.15pm.The speaker will be Brian Slater who will look at the revolutionary golden age of the 1960s as seen through the lenses of such photographers as David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Lewis Morley, Tony Ray-Jones and Jane Brown. The speaker is well qualified and is described as engaging and amusing and one who seeks to entertain as well as inform his audiences. It looks as though the season could end on a high. Non-members are always welcome as long as they pay £7 at the door. At the end there is always a chance to talk to the speaker as well as discuss the presentation with others. For members the meeting will be preceded by the society’s AGM at 1.45pm.

NAUGHTY THEATRE BACK: The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company returns to Plumpton on Thursday. The latest production will take place on the village green commencing at 7.30pm but prior to that do feel free to have a picnic on the green with family and friends. The play is entitled The Comedy of Babi Babbett and is described as a farce, which should prove to be fun, judging by previous productions. The theme of the production was well described in the June edition of the Parish Magazine. Suffice it to say that the Independent on Sunday described the play as ‘Side-splitting hilarity leading to a shocking and explosive ending’. Tickets cost £13, seniors £12, students £10, children £7, families £33. To book ring 01323 501269, 01273 890508 or go to www.therudemachanicaltheatre.co.uk.

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