TALK: A talk entitled Life Above a Railway Tunnel (Clayton) by David Porter will take place at the Footpath Society meeting, at the village hall on Wednesday starting at 2pm for 2.30pm.

FOOTPATH SOCIETY: The next walk is on Sunday January 31; meet at the car park (Map Ref 356 064) off Falmer Road, Woodingdean at 10am for a six mile walk including Woodingdean and Medieval Drove Road, with undulating terrain and the possibility of lunch at Downs Hotel. Walk Leaders are Sue and Robin Akers on 01273 891701or 077542336.

JUMBLE SALE: In aid of the village hall takes place at the hall on Saturday January 30. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along at 2pm; with clothes at 20p each there are sure to be lots of bargains. Along with jumble there will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen.

WADDESDON MANOR: Is the subject of lecture at the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting on Tuesday February 9 at 2.15pm. In 1874 Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bought a lovely tract of land in the vale of Aylesbury. He wanted a country estate but not on traditional English lines, as he wanted a French Chateau. He employed a French architect, Gabrial-Hippolyte Destailleur to do just that. Destailleur submitted plans for a vast mansion with a ball room and winter garden but despite his protests ‘one always builds too small’ a new reduced version was eventually approved, a mistake which Rothschild was later to much regret. The house parties at Waddesdon were famous and guests included Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales. Guests enjoyed all the modern comforts of running water, central heating and electricity still very new inventions in those days. William Forrester, the lecturer, is an art historian and lectures in the London Galleries as well as giving TV and radio talks. Visitors are most welcome and the cost is £7 on the door and as always there will be a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please ring Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

FOUR MILE WALK: Including Old Airstrip, Chelwood Vachery, Forest Green and Braberry Ponds takes place on Saturday February 13. This is an interesting walk and all are welcome to join the Footpath Society. Just meet at 2pm at the Reservoir car park, A275 Ashdown Forest, Map Ref: 419 315. The walk leader is Diane Ellis who can be contacted on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

TABLE TOP SALE: In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice is on Saturday February 27 at the village hall and sellers can set up from 9am, with buyers welcome from 10am to 3pm. The cost is £10 per table in advance and £15 on the day. To book a table call Val on 01273 891256.

JUMBLE SALES: As usual there are a number of jumble sales this year at the village hall. For all those interested the dates are: February 20 (Horticultural Society), March 5 (Activity Scheme), March 19 (Tennis Club), April 16 (Churches), May 21 (Monday Group), June 11 (Junior Football), June 25 (Honeybees Preschool), July 9 (Women’s Institute), August 20 (St Peter & St James Hospice Support Group), October 8 (Village Hall) and October 29 (Flower Club). Also there are two sales provisionally booked for September which have yet to be confirmed. Jumble will be welcomed by all these organisations, just take it along to the hall on the morning of the sale from 9am.

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