CROSSING GATES: The dreadful saga continues with Network Rail now issuing threats to Lewe4s District Council and the Parish Council of closing the level crossing for prolonged periods if it does not get its own way and is permitted to change the gates to barriers. Over a period of many years locals have made it clear that they value the character of our station complex and wish to retain that character. It is understood that the gates and mechanism are old and need replacement and modernisation. Network Rail has been asked to replicate the gates using modern materials and mechanisms and it has said it would certainly be possible but refuses point blank to do it on the grounds of an additional cost and the fact that it would be non-standard within its operational structure. Safety is quoted, but many believe that leaving the track open to access by people and animals flies in the face of that argument. Instead, Network Rail has adopted a thuggish and bullying attitude, making clear all the way through that it intends to get its own way, or else… In my view the actions of Network Rail over a prolonged period has been disgraceful. The community is willing to co-operate and compromise, but Network Rail will have none of it and shows a total disregard for people and our heritage.

COME RACING: Sunday heralds the new racing season at Plumpton when it will be Family Day. This is a very popular meeting in the calendar and, between races, there will be lots of attractions and diversions to make it a great day out for the entire family. Naturally, there will also be some top class racing. The first race gets underway at 2.30pm.

HARVEST LUNCH: This now regular event will take place on Sunday in All Saints’ church annexe commencing at noon. All are welcome. The custom is to take along and share a meal, but don’t forget to take along your own liquid refreshment, too.

MODEL RAILWAYS: Do note that there will be the annual model railway show in the village hall next Saturday. Running from 10.30am until 4pm

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