JUMBLE SALE: In aid of the Guides is at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. There will be a tombola, refreshments, good as new items, bric-a-brac, books, toys, clothes and linen. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am and do go along at 2pm; there are sure to be lots of bargains.

WALK: With the Footpath Society takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and starts at 2pm. Meet at the car park map ref 533 365; the board at the entrance to the car park reads Forestry Commission Birchden Wood and is on Eridge Road. It is a pay and display car park and the cost is £4 per car. The 5.5 mile walk will include Harrisons Rocks, Motts Farm, Bullfinches Farm and Mottshill. For more details call the walk leader Diane Ellis on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

TALK: Betty Joel 1930’s Interior Design is the subject of the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meet at the village hall on Tuesday, at 2.15pm. Born Mary Stewart Lockart in Hong Kong, her father was the Colonial Secretary and one of the foremost authorities in Britain on Chinese affairs. She married David Joel in 1918 and on their return to England they began a manufacturing business although neither had any formal training. The business expanded rapidly and her clients included the Queen Mother, Churchill and Mountbatten. Betty sought to create pieces that were beautiful, practical and finely crafted. The lecturer Clive Stewart Lockart has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for 22 years, so this should be a particularly interesting lecture. Visitors are always welcome, £7 on the door with tea and biscuits afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker. If you require any further information please contact Marjorie Blunden on 01825 723250.

PLUMPTON COLLEGE: Open Day in association with the Sussex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, is on Saturday May 14 from 10am to 5pm. Entry is £7.50 an adult and free for all aged under 16 years. There will be course and careers advice and events for all the family including equine displays, forestry demonstrations, dog grooming, falconry, sheep shearing, range of large and small animals, dog showing, gun dogs and terrier racing, clay pigeon shooting, sport/outdoor activities, climbing wall, plant sales, floristry and sales, floristry displays and competition, flower festival, hard landscaping and horticulture, metalsmithing/jewellery, wine tasting, tractor/trailer rides, children’s activities, craft and trade fair, woodland walks, farm displays and local food and refreshments. For more details call 01273890454 or visit

FLOWER CLUB: The club will meet on Wednesday May 18 at 7.30pm, in the village hall and the demonstrator will be Pat Macdonald. There is always a raffle giving you the chance of winning one of the arrangements created by the demonstrator. Visitors and prospective members (£2.50 admission) are always welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: In aid of the Monday Group takes place at the village hall on Saturday May 21. 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.

WALK AGAIN: On Sunday May 22 (4.5 miles) through farmland and tracks, with fine views of South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. There is the possibility of a cream tea in Steyning afterwards. Meet at Fletcher’s Croft Car Park (free) in Vicarage Lane, opposite the church (Map Ref: 179 114) ready to start walking at 2pm. For more details call the walk leader Bernie Kempton on 01825 722649 or 07791247025.

PLUMPTON ROMAN VILLA: This year it is intended that further investigation will take place between Saturday June 18 and Saturday July 30, and those wishing to join in should register an interest with the Sussex School of Archaeology (SSA) at or visit .SSA’s popular and comprehensive five-day Excavation Training Courses start each Monday from June 20. They will also run a range of Saturday Excavation Techniques for Beginners taster days. Both courses provide an excellent start in field archaeology. Other one-day courses cover more specialist topics. Volunteering opportunities at Plumpton are available from £5 a day with a maximum charge of £50 for the season. Details of local accommodation/camping are available on request, and they are interested in receiving details of additional local B&B and camping opportunities (please phone 01273 843026 or email

OPEN GARDENS: In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Sunday June 26 from 2pm to 6pm. This year the Support Group are concentrating on the middle of the village with all the gardens being within reasonable walking distance of the village hall, where teas will be available. If you wish your garden to be included please contact Gill on 01273 891218 or Terry on 01273 891256.

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