On Saturday the 6th May at 4pm in the Rotunda, there will be a planning session to decide on the theme for this year's parish party, which will be on 24th June.
Over the years, we have had the soap box derby, wheelbarrow races around the field, a 1970s football match, traditional English fetes, a Greek Olympics... The evenings have ranged from the hilarious East Chiltington's Got Talent, to ceilidhs, dancing to local bands and a poetry competition - always with shared food.
Please do come along on the 6th with ideas and/or a willingness to get involved.
If you are unable to come along on but have ideas or something to offer, then do get in touch with us on the 'contact' tab above.
There will be a jumble sale on Saturday 6th May at Plumpton Village Hall from 2-4 pm. This is in support of the new Plumpton and East Chiltington Good Neighbours Scheme. Please help with the launch of this new service by donating jumble or cakes - or just by coming along.
Jumble to the hall on the day from 9.00 a.m. or call 07478 524152 or 07479 924576 to drop off before the day.
There will also be a volunteer meeting on Tuesday 25th April at 7pm in the small village hall.
We have just received the report from the Independent Counsel commissioned by ESCC to provide an opinion on the application for village green status for the Hollycroft Field.
He has found unequivocally in our favour!
ESCC will now consider this report and refer the decision to a Town and Village Green Panel, which will meet in June. Given the strong recommendation, we would expect that this Panel will confirm our application. We do not expect further objections from LDC, who have given a commitment that they will respect the verdict of ESCC.
This has been a very long process. The original application for Village Green Status was submitted back in December 2013, following a survey of the parish. There have delays, objections, new evidence and counter-evidence, and a protracted building of the case, which culminated in our final submission back in August 2016. Along the way, we learned quite a lot, both about the law and about the history of East Chiltington.
Lots of people have helped us get to this point. Thanks especially to:
Everyone who submitted the original evidence forms;
Barry Manville, Andy Manville and Sharon Vaisey who provided supplementary witness statements;
Saverio Kratli for helping with the digging and sifting of the evidence and for his incisive and forensic attention to detail;
Teresa Shopland for helping with the laborious task of preparing the final submission (all 150 or so pages of it);
All of the ECAG members who contributed funds to help pay for our barrister, Joe Newbigin;
The Environmental Law Foundation for facilitating access to Joe via its pro bono network;
And to our fantastic barrister Joe Newbigin, who has made all the difference between winning and losing. For a hugely reduced fee, he made a detailed – and clearly convincing – case of the evidence we provided. We are very grateful to Joe for all of his work.
The date for the 2017 Parish Party is Saturday 24th June.
On Saturday the 6th May at 4pm in the Rotunda, there will be a planning session to decide on the theme. Plenty of time to get thinking! What would you like to see? Would you like to be involved in organising? Would you even like to take the lead in organising?
Over the years, we have had the soap box derby, wheelbarrow races around the field, a 1970s football match, traditional English fetes, a Greek Olympics... The evenings have ranged from the hilarious East Chiltington's Got Talent, to ceilidhs, dancing to local bands and a poetry competition - always with a shared barbeque.
Save the date for the 24th June and please come along on the 6th May.
A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council, please see below for more information. If you would like an informal discussion about what is involved, then contact the Clerk or any Councillor via the links on Parish Council pages.