Plumpton

OPEN DAY: Experience all courses in action and enjoy a great day out at the Plumpton College Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Equine displays, forestry demonstrations, a range of large and small animals, tractor/trailer rides, children’s activities, craft and trade fair, woodland walks, farm displays, local food and refreshments, dog grooming, falconry, machinery, sheep shearing, wine tasting and wine sales, plant sales, clay pigeon shooting, sport/outdoor activities and climbing wall, dog showing, metalsmithing/jewellery, gun dogs and terrier racing, floristry displays and competition, horticulture and hard landscaping and game and fishery management. Entry is £7.50 for adults (£5 seniors) with free entry for under 16s. You will also be able to get course and careers advice from specialist staff. The land based sector has identified a need for nearly 600,000 young people to enter the profession within the next ten years. The College is pleased to welcome more students than ever from non-farming backgrounds, as well as a higher percentage of female students and those with excellent academic qualifications. The College is keen to constantly evolve their resources to meet the needs of the rapidly changing sector and have introduced dynamic and exciting ways to teach within study programmes. A strong teaching staff with extensive international, research and industry expertise complements the student support offered to teaching and learning study programmes. Student provision includes accommodation on-campus, a range of bursaries and loans, subsided transport within Sussex, pastoral provision and a lively social calendar. They hope that you will go along, learn more about them and enjoy a great day out. For more details call 01273890454 or visit www.plumpton.ac.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Public consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan runs until June18. Copies of the plan will be available to download from the parish website (http://www.plumptonpc.co.uk/) and for reading at the following locations the Post Office, the Station, Half Moon, Plumpton Village Hall, All Saints’ Church and Annexe, the Fountain and the Plough. Public consultation events will be held at the village hall on Wednesday May 18 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Sunday June 12 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

FLOWER CLUB: The club meet on Wednesday, 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: On Sunday May 22 (4½ 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.

JUNE WALKS: With Plumpton Footpath Society, the first is on Wednesday June 1 starting at 10am at Kings Standing car park, Ashdown Forest (Map Ref: 473 301). The walk will include the Airman’s Grave, lunch at the Forester’s Arms and a steep climb back to Kings Standing. For more details call the walk leaders, Gill and Geoff Gamble, on 01273 891218 or 07719540121. The second is a four mile walk on Saturday June 4 starting at 10.30am at the free car park opposite Griffin Inn, Fletching. The walk will follow field paths, with several stiles, and relatively quiet stretches of country roads through peaceful countryside. For more details call the walk leaders Margaret Land and Ann Kelly on 01273 890125 or 01444 245031.

DOUGHTY’S: (Leading supplier of Patchwork and Quilting Materials) East Sussex Road Show is on Saturday June 4 from 10.30am to 2.30pm at the village hall. There will be a wide range of fabrics on sale at discount prices. Entrance costs £1 and refreshments will be available. All proceeds to St Peter and St James Hospice. Contact Sue Akers on 01273 891701 or sueakers@hotmail.com for more information.

TRAVELS IN RAJASTHAN: Is the subject of the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday June 14 starting at 2.15pm. Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, and Hindu was his first language, but at the age of five he was sent back to England for his education. Happily he was not considered clever enough for Oxford and so at the age of sixteen returned to India. There he started work as a journalist but he also found time to publish some poems and short stories alongside his reports. In 1988 he took the train across Rajasthan to Agra, Jodhpur and Udaipur, the City of Lakes and Palaces, recording and illustrating as he journeyed through. On his eventual return to England he found that he was already a well-known author. The speaker Elizabeth Merry is an experienced lecturer and will include many quotes from Kipling’s poems and books. Do go along and enjoy what should be a fascinating lecture with as usual superb digital illustrations. 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 ROMAN VILLA: The villa site was first discovered in 1973 when a rectangular pattern of flint and chalk was noticed in one of the Agricultural College fields. Surface artefact collection and geophysics showed it to be the site of a small c.3rd-4th century Roman villa. Further geophysics in 2014 carried out on behalf of the college revealed the chalk and flint walls of a ‘winged corridor’ villa, prior to an area being excavated over the last two summers revealing the wall foundations of several rooms. 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 info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk or visit www.sussexarchaeology.org .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 info@sussexarchaeology.co.uk).

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.

KELVIN SPEIRS RESIGNS: Regrettably, Kelvin Speirs has resigned from the parish council. Kelvin has been a committed and much valued member of the parish council and they are sorry to lose him. This, naturally, means there is now a vacancy for a parish councillor and if you are interested in serving our community please contact Damian Mooncie, the Parish Clerk, or any of the parish councillors. All the parish councillor’s details are at http://www.plumptonpc.co.uk/index.php; they would be very pleased to talk to you about what being a parish councillor involves.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Roof Appeal. Tomorrow, Saturday, between 10am and 4pm at the Parish Church at Plumpton College we will be holding a Sponsor a Tile day to raise money for the repairs to the roofs at the church. A tile costs £5. Please come and support us.

CHURCH SERVICES: Holy Communion will be celebrated at All Saints, Plumpton Green at 8.30am this Sunday, followed by a Sung Communion at 10.30am. At 6.30pm, if the weather is fine, we will be holding at open air Service at St Michael’s, Plumpton. All welcome.

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