Plumpton news
Plumpton news

JUMBLE SALE: In aid of Honeybees Preschool takes place at the village hall tomorrow, Saturday. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am to midday and do go along at 2pm, 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.

OPEN GARDENS: In aid of St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. This year the support group are delighted that twelve gardens, within reasonable walking distance of the village hall, will be open. Tickets will be available from the village hall and participating gardens will be open in East View Fields, Station Road, West Gate and The Riddens; just look for the yellow and green balloons. Afternoon teas and plant sales will now be at Bryndon, Station Road. Entrance costs £5 for all the gardens or £1 for an individual garden, with entrance for children under 14 free. For more information call Gill on 01273 891218 or Terry on 01273 891256.

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 to 4th century Roman villa. The Sussex School of Archaeology have comprehensive five-day Excavation Training Courses that start each Monday and a range of Saturday Excavation Techniques for Beginners taster days until Saturday July 30. Volunteering opportunities are also available from £5 a day with a maximum charge of £50 for the season. For more details call 01323 811785 or email or visit

JULY WALKS: With the Footpath Society start with a walk on Saturday July 2 from Old Heathfield Church, roadside parking (Map Ref: 598 203) at 10am. It will be approximately 5 miles and include, undulating terrain, St Dunstan’s Wood, Callers Corner, Warbleton, Vines Cross, Nettlesworth Wood and Heathfield House. For more details call the walk leaders John Pretty on 01825 763923.

RUDE MECHANICALS: This year the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will be bringing a comedy thriller full of fun, laughter and intrigue to Plumpton on Thursday July 7. Weather permitting all will be revealed on the Village Green (and if wet in village hall). As usual, you can make a real evening of it by bringing a picnic (doors open at 6pm for picnickers) with Macbyrd starting at 7.30pm. Bring low chairs or blankets to sit on. Tickets are available directly from The Rudes at or 01323 501260 or locally from Kathy Baker at or 01273 890508.

JUMBLE SALE: In aid of the Women’s Institute takes place at the village hall on Saturday July 9. Members and friends of the Women’s Institute help at jumble sales for village organisations throughout the year. If they have helped your group or society raise much needed funds and you would in turn like to support them they would welcome donations of jumble, tombola prizes, cakes and offers of help on the day. Please take jumble donations to the hall from 9am to midday and do go along at 2pm, there are sure to be lots of bargains.

WALKS: Cuckfield walk of five miles, with the Footpath Society, is on Sunday July 17 starting at 2pm at the free car park, Broad Street, Cuckfield (Map Ref: 304 246). The walk heads across country through woodland and farmland via Deaks Lane, Ansty, to reach the sprawling Cuckfield Park where it follows a fenced path back to the church. For more details call the walk leader June Denyer on 01444 471440 or 07889610183. Meet at Dormansland, Ford Manor road near The Plough (Map Ref: 406 427) on Saturday July 30 at 10 am for a 5 mile, field path and track, walk with the Footpath Society. For more details call Gill and Geoff Gamble on 01273 891218 or 07719540121.

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