Plumpton news
Plumpton news

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN 2017: Consultation is taking place on the draft Plan until Monday July 31. The draft Neighbourhood Plan and a Consultation Response Form are available at and also at the Station, Village Shop, Church Annex, Half Moon, Fountain and The Plough. Please do complete and return the Consultation Response Form by one of the following methods: a) dropping into the box at Plumpton Post Office and Store, b) by email to, c) or by post to the Parish Clerk: Anita Emery, Plumpton Parish Council, Elm Cottage, Church Street, Hartfield TN7 4AG. In addition there will an open event on Sunday July 16 from 11am to 4pm at the village hall.

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.

CRICKET: Plumpton and East Chiltington CC play in two league games tomorrow, Saturday. The First XI are away to Heathfield Park and the Second XI are home, at the King George V Playing Fields, to Denton. Both games start at 1.30pm. For more information about the Cricket Cub contact Charlie Wycherley on 07912 935889 or at

SUMMER THEATRE: Thursday July 6 is the date for this summer’s play by The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company. This year The Rudes will give us a wonderful summer evening of fun and laughter with their new play, The Commercial Traveller. This is a story of girl meets boy, heartbreak and separation, extraordinary plans to bring them together and, of course, a very happy ending. Funny, romantic and moving, it demonstrates the gritty determination to overcome an apparently unassailable problem through absolute love. As always, the action takes place on Plumpton Village Green (if wet the village hall). If you are a Rudes fan then you won’t want to miss this year’s performance and if you have never seen The Rudes, well book your tickets and give yourself a treat. But hurry, there are only a few days left to book your tickets in advance. Last year the Rudes in Plumpton was a sell out so, if you can book in advance it’s a good idea. Tickets are still available from The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company’s website,, or for more information ring 01323 501260 or 01273 890508 or email prices are adult £16, senior £15, student £12, child £9 and family (two adults and two children) £40. The theatre site (the village green and if wet in the village hall) will open from 6pm for picnics with the show beginning promptly at 7.30pm. Go along dressed for an English summer and take low chairs or if you want a front row seat a blanket to sit on.

FINE ART SOCIETY: The Secret Art of the Passport’ is the subject of the Newick and District Decorative and Fine Art Society meeting at the village hall on Tuesday July 11 at 2.15pm. King Henry V of England was the first to introduce passports to help his subjects prove who they were in foreign lands. They were then a simple document as opposed to today’s extremely complicated piece of work. A modern passport can use thirty different materials, contain microchips and is packed with specialist and highly sophisticated visual features, all in the hope of outwitting a forger. The speaker is Martin Lloyd who previously worked for HM Immigration Service and has broadcast on local and national television and radio. Martin owns a significant collection of historical passports covering over three centuries. This lecture will, as usual, be accompanied by an excellent digital presentation. This is the last lecture of the season and will be preceded by the Group’s AGM. 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 July 12, at the village hall, at 7.30pm. The topic will be Titanic - The Ship That Never Sank and the speaker Tony Harris. The competition is a picture of a very rough sea. New members are always welcome. For more details about the group call Val Thompsett on 01273 891256.

BARCOMBE WALK: (Five miles) visiting the three villages of Barcombe takes place on Sunday July 16. Meet members of the Footpath Society at 10.30am at the car park in Barcombe (Map Ref: 421 158). For more details call Judy and John Lawrenson on 01273 472277 or 07815521068.

CHARMING WALK: (Four miles) along parts of the Worth Way around Maidenbower is on Saturday July 29 and organised by the Footpath Society. All are welcome to join them, just meet at Worth Church (Map Ref: 302 364) off B2036 between Balcombe and Pound Hill ready to start walking at 10.30am. There will be the possibility of lunch after. For more details call Gill and Geoff Gamble on 01273 891218 or 07719540121.

JUMBLE SALE: To raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Saturday August 19 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.

CONGRATULATIONS: To Adam Ketley who completed his first London to Brighton Bike Ride on Sunday June 18 (in temperatures of over thirty degrees). Adam would like to thank all those who sponsored him in the village shop or online.

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