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CRICKET: Plumpton and East Chiltington CC play in two league games tomorrow, Saturday. The First XI are away to Bells Yew Green and the Second XI are home to Keymer and Hassocks at King George V Playing Fields, Plumpton. Both games start at 1.30pm. On Sunday the club have a friendly game against Chailey, also at the playing fields at 2pm. For more information about the Cricket Cub contact Charlie Wycherley on 07912 935889 or at

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 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.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meet on Wednesday in the village hall at 7.30pm. The topic will be From Sheep to Knitting Wool and the speakers Peter and Carol Goodman. The competition is a hand knitted scarf. New members are always welcome. For more details about the group call Val Thompsett on 01273 891256.

COASTAL AND DOWNLAND WALK: From Roedean to Rottingdean village, (5 miles), following downland paths and tracks (with 6 stiles) takes place on Sunday June 18. Meet members of the Footpath Society at 2pm at the free car park at Roedean Bottom, at the junction of A259 and B2006, Map Ref: 347 032. For more details call June Denyer on 01444 471440 or 07889610183.

FLOWER CLUB: Meet at the village hall on Wednesday June 21 at 7.30pm. The demonstration will be Fabulous Flowers by Lucinda Knapman. 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.

JUMBLE SALE: To raise funds for Plumpton Churches is on Saturday June 24 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.

OPEN DAY: At the Old Mill House (Plumpton Lane, Plumpton) is on Sunday June 25 from 2pm to 6pm. The garden covers some 12 acres and is influenced by its waterside setting. There will be a chance to visit the working water mill and products from the mill will be on sale. There will also be plant sales, tombola, stalls and a Jazz Band. Entry costs £7.50 (£2.50 for children under 16) and includes afternoon tea. All ticket proceeds go to St Peter & St James Hospice. Entry is by advanced ticket sales only and can be purchased at the Village Shop or on 01273 891722 (email or 01273 890070 (email

SHORTGATE WALK: Join members of the Footpath Society for a largely level, circular walk (6 miles) with some stiles on Saturday July 1. Meet at lay-by by the Wok Inn (Map Ref: 494 151), Shortgate, ready to start walking at 10.30am. There will be the opportunity to have a picnic or lunch at the Roebuck Inn. For more details call John and Judy Lawrenson on 01273 472277.

SUMMER THEATRE: On Plumpton Village Green Although this year’s visit to Plumpton by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company is still a few weeks away it is not too soon to book your tickets for Thursday July 6. The play this year is, The Commercial Traveller; a story of girl meets boy, heartbreak and separation, extraordinary plans to bring them together and of course the very happy ending. Funny, romantic and moving, it demonstrates the gritty determination to overcome an apparently unassailable problem through absolute love. The theatre site is the village green (if wet in the village hall) and will open from 6pm for picnics with the show beginning promptly at 7.30pm. Bring low chairs or if you want a front row seat bring a blanket to sit. Come dressed for an English summer. Tickets are available from The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s website,, or for more information ring 01323 501260 or 01273 890508 or email Tickets prices are adult £16, senior £15, student £12, child £9 and family (two adults and two children) £40.

TERRY THOMPSETT: Well known to many in Plumpton, has recently completed a memory and information processing battery test for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. The Trust is a leading charity which ‘aims to provide the best quality neurobehavioural rehabilitation for people with complex and challenging needs after brain injury’. Terry tells me the Trust are looking for more volunteers to undertake the test; so if you are over 18 and have not experienced any form of brain injury or stroke the Trust would love to hear from you. The tests, which last about an hour, are currently taking place at Market Place, Burgess Hill, and you get £10 for your time. It does not hurt and you could be helping others in the future. To find out more and to sign up visit /brain-injury/research/bmipb/ or call Sarah Morris on 01444237294 or email

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