Netherfield

Maria Standen, Swallow Farm

Netherfield Church – Last Saturday we held our Spring Fair in the church. Spring, oh no! The near blizzard conditions as we opened the doors did not bode well, however, very soon people began to arrive and the church began to buzz. This was such a relief to all those who had worked incredibly hard to set it all up and braved the weather to bring all the varied goods on offer to the church. There was a good variety of stalls plus the old favourites of books and bric-a-brac. The produce stall was made up mainly of preserves and cakes, as sadly few plants and seedlings have yet been produced, and these rapidly sold. The watercolours on display always attract attention and discussion, as many are of the local area. Jewellery, bird feeding and Easter goodies did well. The children were sadly restricted to doing their Easter Egg hunting inside the church as the weather was too cruel to have them searching outside but this didn’t seem to worry them. They also enjoyed ringing the rabbit which resulted in two Easter Eggs being won. The tombola, raffle and refreshments were kept busy throughout the morning. Yet again, the atmosphere was just what we wanted, friendly and cheerful, with everyone making the most of a warm drink and something to eat while chatting with their friends. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the fair, it was hard work and challenging in this harsh weather but everyone rose to the occasion, as did all those who supported the event by venturing out. Thank you to those who contributed to the prizes and to the White Hart and the Village Stores for their contributions. Definitely a success as it was enjoyed by all and still raised the staggering sum of £450.00, way above our expectations given the weather. Thank you again.

Services for Easter are a midday vigil at Mountfield today, Good Friday and the Sunday service will be a celebration of Easter with a Holy Communion at Netherfield at 10 am. The first Sunday in April will be a Family Service at Netherfield, also at 10 am. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

Netherfield Village Hall bookings - Marrissa Stepanek 01424 838106, or call in at the village shop.

White Hart - On Thursday April 18 there will be a Quiz Night in aid of Netherfield Parish Church the charge is £2.50 per person, up to a maximum of 6 players per team. Please come along and help raise money for a worthy cause. Food is served from 6pm and the special is sausage, chips & peas or Scampi & chips for only £6.00.

Last month we held our annual Quiz, this time it was for 100 cycle group. Many thanks to all who turned up and supported such worthy cause. We raised £135.00

On Tuesday the 16th April the stoolball are holding their Annual Meeting. ALL are welcome the meeting starts at 8pm sharp at The White Hart.

On Easter Sunday we are doing an Easter lunch special which includes an Easter Egg Hunt so book your family in for lunch and then sit back and enjoy whilst your children go egg hunting, suitable for the under 12’s.

On Thursday March 21 White Hart B played the Blackhorse in darts and won 5-2 with wins for Marie, Mandy, Colin, Rick and Andy, in the ladies pairs Mandy and Sarah lost 2-0, in the mixed pairs Marie and Rick won and in the men’s pairs Andy and Colin won. In the shove, the team lost 5 -0.

There are various groups meeting throughout the month including Boules, The Rover group, The Harley Davidson group, T.R.Cars and The Breakaway Club, if you would like to know more about any of the dates and times or the darts and football teams please give Sean a ring on 01424 838382. White Hart Boules Pitch. The pieste is free to use, any clubs please feel free to come and use the pieste, FOC any time except match days which are Saturday afternoons throughout the season. We have a group of ladies and Gents that play amongst themselves Monday Lunchtimes. Please all check our websites for updates of up coming events www.whitehartnetherfield.com.

The mobile library will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 on Friday’s April 12 & 26.

To include your event or local Netherfield news please e mail me maria.standen@tesco.net