Netherfield

Maria Standen, Swallow Farm

Sadly our regular bus service stopped at the end of December there will be a new limited service run by Battle Area Community Transport. This will be running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, there are also buses running to Eastbourne, Ashford, Tenterden, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells please call into the shop to pick up a timetable or contact Lyn on 01424 772001 Monday – Friday 9am to 12pm, bactoffice@tiscali.co.uk or check on line www.bact-online.co.uk.

Netherfield Church - Although it seems a long time ago now, I must give a brief mention of two services at Netherfield in the run up to Christmas that were particularly special. The School Carol Service was brilliant. It followed a similar format to previous years with the start featuring the violins followed by various readings and carols by the children. Adults were invited to join in some of the carols and with a church totally full, it was quite an experience. The performances were excellent and huge credit must go to the teachers who obviously encourage the children and invest significant time in this event. The number of supporting parents, grand-parents and friends was good to see and there really was only standing room as the service started. Well done to everyone involved especially the children. The Crib Service on Christmas Eve, again with the emphasis on our children, was yet another success. Each year one wonders if this service has run its course, however, the turnout was as good as ever and the children did us proud. They really do put on the whole service, the readings, prayers and introduce the carols. It is always a moving experience and such a delight on Christmas Eve to see the children so obviously enjoying it all with parents looking on, justifiably proud. Again, many thanks are due to those involved, to Emma Kersey for putting it together, to the parents for their time and support and most importantly to the children. Thank you for an excellent start to Christmas – well done. Now the remaining services for January are: This Sunday January 12 a Holy Communion at Brightling, Sunday January 19 a Holy Communion at Mountfield and Sunday January 26 a Holy Communion at Netherfield. All start at 10 am and you are most welcome to join us. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

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

WHITE HART - 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. On Thursday January 16 there will be a Quiz Night in aid of Netherfield Parish Church, the charge is £2.50 per person with a maximum of 6 players per team. Please come along and help raise money for a worthy cause. Food is served from 6pm with the special being sausage, chips & peas or Scampi & chips for only £6.00

THE MOBILE LIBRARY will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 Friday’s January 17 and 31.

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