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OPEN DAY: Plumpton College Open Day, in association with the Sussex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, takes place tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Entry is £7.50 and free for those aged under 16 years. Take the whole family along and enjoy demonstrations from students, loads of attractions, children’s activities, local food and crafts. For more information about the event call 01273 890454 or visit

OPEN WEEKEND: Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at Plumpton Tennis Club, located at the end of King George V Playing Fields. We are open from 11am to 4pm. Free play all day. Tennis for all ages, Tennis Tots 3 to 5 years, Beginners, Rusty Racquets and experienced players. We also run Cardio Tennis sessions. Special membership offer 10 percent discount on the day. A variety of home-made sandwiches, cakes and refreshments on offer.

CRICKET: Plumpton and East Chiltington CC play in two league games tomorrow, Saturday. The First XI are away to Ringmer and the Second XI home (King George V Playing Fields, Plumpton) to Ringmer Second XI. Both games start at 1.30pm.

LADIES DAY: Dress to impress at Ladies Day at Plumpton Racecourse on Sunday. Gates open at midday with the first of seven races at 2.15pm. In the racecard there will be an entry form for the Best Dressed Lady, Most Dapper Gent, Best Dressed Boy or Best Dressed Girl competitions. Take the completed form at the allotted time to the side of the stage for judging for the chance to win a prize.

FLOWER CLUB: Demonstration takes place at the village hall on Wednesday at 7pm. The demonstrator will be Janice Mason. Visitors are most welcome at a cost of £2.50 at the door. There is always a raffle giving a chance to win one of the demonstrators’ arrangements. To find out more about the Club call Gill Wells on 01273 890561.

JOIN A WALK: (4 miles) on Sunday May 21, with the Footpath Society, over Wiley’s Bridge along the river to Hamsey. Return towards Offham, crossing the railway line, through woodland before returning via the riverside walk to the car park. Meet at Phoenix Car Park, Lewes, (Map Ref 420 103) ready to start walking at 2pm. For more details call Sandy Washer on 07944187839.

PRIMARY SCHOOL: Starting school in September 2017? Are you still undecided on a school for September 2017? Plumpton Primary School is a fantastic community school which offers its children the opportunity to experience individualised care and learning in a beautiful, safe setting nestling beneath the South Downs. Under the executive leadership of an outstanding head teacher the school has recently federated with Barcombe CE and Hamsey Community Primary Schools. This offers children the same educational opportunities of a larger school, whilst maintaining a very individual, rural, small school ethos. From September 2017, Plumpton Primary School will be one of the only local primary schools to offer a discrete Reception class for a small group of children, with a dedicated class teacher and teaching assistant. For parents this means your child will be in a small class, be supported individually as they transition from nursery to school life, receive a primary education that encourages a lifetime love of learning and memories of a school life that will stay with them long after they leave. There’s still time to consider your child’s school place for September 2017 and Stewart James the Executive Head Teacher would love to show you around this fantastic school. You are invited to join the School’s Open Day on Thursday May 25 from 9.30am to 11.30am or 1.15pm to 2.30pm. Please call on 01273 890338 to register your interest in attending. If you cannot make the Open Day, do call and make an appointment for a separate visit.

JUMBLE SALE: To raise funds for the Junior Football is on Saturday June 3 at the village hall. Donations of jumble will be much appreciated; please take jumble to the hall from 9am to midday. The sale starts at 2pm; do go along as there are sure to be lots of bargains, tombola and refreshments.

WALK: Woods Mill car park (Map Ref: 218 137) is the starting point for the Footpath Society (4.5 miles) walk on Saturday June 3 at 2.30pm. The walk will include Downs Link, River Adur, Horton Wood and Small Dole. For more information call Diane Ellis on 01825 723716 or 07990710521.

DANEHILL CHURCH: (Map Ref: 402 275) on Wednesday June 7, is the place to meet members of the Footpath Society for a 6.25 mile walk starting at 10am. The walk will be over field and woodland paths with a stop for lunch. For more details call Gill and Geoff Gamble on 01273 891218 or 07719540121.

FINE ART SOCIETY: The Silver Thread is the subject of the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday June 13 at 2.15pm. This lecture will follow the intriguing story of seven generations of Kosovan filigree artisans. Filigree is an ancient art form dating as far back as 2500 BC. Silver, gold and other metals are entwined together to form beautiful designs. Even the most mundane of objects can be transformed using this almost magical technique. The speaker Elizabeth Gowing studied at Magdalen College Oxford and moved to Kosovo in 2006 to work with the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina co-founding The Ideas Partnership, a charity working on education and cultural heritage. It was chosen this year by Prime Minister Theresa May as one of the ‘Points of Light’ for volunteering around the world. Elizabeth is also the author of three books on Kosovo and speaks fluent Albanian. Visitors are always most welcome so do go along to this lecture; it really promises to be something special and will of course as usual be accompanied by a super digital presentation. The cost is £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.

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