Mountfield

Top billing this week has to go to Caroline Hollamby’s sponsored, 100 kilometre, night-time cycle ride round the streets of London in aid of the terrific charity, Tommy’s.

She did it!

After the weeks and months of training with her cycle buddy, Sue, Caroline woke up on Friday morning, the day before the big event, with a stinking cold, shivers and shakes, and a pounding head, . Having been forced to call in sick to work, somehow she got through and was ready in Crystal Palace for the 11.00 pm start. After that it was down to adrenalin and cameraderie. She tells of extraordinary experiences: traffic and London buses waiting while a pack of thirty or so charity riders went round Piccadilly Circus; meeting a self-propelled wheelchair user still only half way round as they were finishing; pedalling through Regents Park to lion roars as the zoo animals began to wake... They did the 100K in just under six, traffic-lightful, totally sleep-deprived, hours.

Including gift aid, Caroline and Sue have raised about £1,500. That’s a whole lotta money, but for the months and miles of preparation they’ve put in, it could be more. So, to add a fiver, go to virginmoneygiving.com/TourDeFriends or www.tommys.org.

Pete writes: “Last Sunday (June 8th), I led a band of intrepid walkers on the first of the “Through Time and Trees” walks in aid of All Saints, Mountfield. It was a glorious morning: the skies were blue, the sun was hot, we saw amazing sights and everyone had a great time.

“The walkers were a mix of Mountfieldians, old and new, and folk from the suburbs (mostly Robertsbridge). There are still places for the final walk on Sunday, June 22nd, at a mere £7.50 per head for three hours of fun and amazement. Bookings and enquiries to me or Jackie Spriggs on 01580 880 261.”

Final wishes of good luck to Mandy for Sunday’s (June 15th) Race For Life. Another reminder about Mandy’s Blooming Marvellous Tea Party — and poor Teddy — in aid of Marie Curie next week.

Congratulations to Kevin Gray who won the Club’s first table tennis tournament beating Jack Bromley in the final. Steve Smith & Alex Gray finished joint 3rd on the night. This Wednesday sees the snooker doubles final. More events will be announced soon.

On Saturday, June 21st, you can join Bruce Sargeant’s charity darts tournament at the Club. It will all get under way from about 2 .00. Entrance will be three quid a head, with full barbecue and all proceeds going to St Michael’s Hospice. To enter the tournament or for more details, call Bruce on 07858 710588.

John Parsons, formerly of this parish, writes: “As part of their 70th anniversary celebrations, the Sedlescombe & District Garden Society are holding a Gardener’s

Question Time on Friday 20th June. The celebrity panel will include Helen Yemm, gardening agony aunt for the Daily Telegraph; Edward Flint, head gardener at Tidebrook Manor, Wadhurst; and Barry Newman, chairman of the National Vegetable Society. The event will take place at Sedlescombe Village Hall from 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start. Tickets, which include refreshments, are priced at £5.00 for SDGS members and £7.50 for non-members and are available from the secretary, Sue Parsons on 01580 831996 or by email at suepar@hotmail.co.uk (Advanced booking would be appreciated in order to establish final numbers.) It promises to be a most educational and entertaining evening and is open to everyone in the neighbouring villages.”

The ESCC Planning Committee meeting at which the proposed sewage plant was to be considered has been cancelled. It will now go to committee on July 16th.

We are at 880614 (evenings) or mountfieldvv@hushmail.com.

Peter and Valerie Miles

mountfieldvv@hushmail.com