Mountfield

CHURCH WALKS: Peter writes: The first two dates for this walk have sold out so an extra date has been added on Sunday May 10th — first come, first served. I did the first of these last Sunday and, for the first time, we had less than kind weather. It was pretty raw and the mizzle was enough to warrant full waterproofs. It also made a nonsense of those points where I needed my specs; it was like trying to read through a shower curtain. Nonetheless they were a good bunch of enthusiastic and responsive walkers, full of testing questions, and several had high levels of expertise in certain areas so I also learned a few things too. The walk covers woodland archæology, mediæval earthworks (including “the Castle”), other industrial remains, historical evidence of woodland crafts, some botanising including a rare plant population and an even rarer tree, foraging (with recipes provided), and more. The cost is only £7.50 per person with all proceeds going to All Saints. By the time I hang up my walking stick at the end of the final walk, we should have raised over £250 for the church.

SWIMATHON: Talking of raising money, Sue O’Sullivan swam her full 2.5km in one hour and five minutes and raised a cool £440 for Marie Curie. To put this into context, her time is nearly an hour and half faster than Paula Radcliffe’s in the London Marathon.

CHURCH SERVICES: The schedule of services for the month is: May 3rd, All Age Worship at Netherfield; then Holy Communion at Brightling on the 10th, Mountfield on the 17th, Netherfield on the 24th and Nehterfield again on 31st. All services start at 10.00 am.

FINALLY: May Day arrives (together with Mad Monday on the A21). We are still wondering what to do with the raffle tickets we bought at the Jumble Sale. They are still pinned to the kitchen calendar. When do they mature? As ever, if you have anything for the Village Voice — including advice on the raffle tickets, we can be contacted on 880614 or via mountfieldvv@hushmail.com.