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Sunflower Seed Competition to raise funds for the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee Event on Monday 4th June 2012 to be held opposite the shop, the event will also be a British Gypsum reunion.

Seeds are 50p each and are available at the shop, prize money of £10 will be awarded to the grower of the tallest sunflower.

Netherfield Church – This Sunday April 15 will be a joint Holy Communion to be celebrated at Mountfield. Thereafter all services will be held at Netherfield as Mountfield church will be closed for building works. It is expected to take four weeks to complete the work so Sunday April 22 and 29 will be Holy Communions at Netherfield. Sunday April 22 will also include a baptism and Sunday 29 is a service dedicated to the Christian Aid charity plus a blessing for two of our parishioners who are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in April. All the services are at 10 am except the noon vigil which is at 12 noon and please check here each week or on notice boards at the churches for our services.

Netherfield Church Annual Spring Fairs will be on Saturday April 21 at the church from 10 am until noon. There will be all the usual stalls of produce, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, a tombola, raffle, games and refreshments so please come along. If you would like to help or have a stall please contact me. Paul Smith Church Warden.

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.

THE MOBILE LIBRARY will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 on Friday’s April 13 & 27.

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

Rother Voluntary Action Community Friends Scheme – Please note change of delivery and collection dates. A Steering group has been set up to first of all survey everyone in the village to assess the level of need for the scheme and number of potential volunteers. Surveys will be hand-delivered on the May 8 and collected on the May 22 with results of the survey being sent out by the end of June. A Community Friends Scheme will link those residents who are in particular need with volunteers willing to help. Although it tends to be the elderly who make most use of the help available, it can benefit all in the community—those recovering from illness or accidents or people experiencing particular problems. Volunteers are encouraged to offer their services only for the time they can spare and for activities that they would feel happy and confident to carry out, which can include: Transport: to give people occasional lifts for which a recommended charge of 45 pence per mile is made to compensate the driver for fuel, wear and tear. Practical help such as shopping, collecting pensions and prescriptions. Occasional cooking is also in demand. Household repairs such as changing a light bulb, fixing a dripping tap, or hanging a picture where such volunteer skills are available. Gardening can include a one-off tidy up for a villager who is physically unable to manage it themselves. Befriending on a regular or occasional basis is an extremely welcome and worthwhile practice which can benefit not only the elderly and newly bereaved but also people new to the village. Letter writing and form filling can be a problem for people in many sectors of the community and help will be much appreciated. The Rother Community Friends Project Officer can provide help: assessing the level of need for the scheme, help raise a team of volunteers, help to set up a steering group to initially run the scheme, provide the set-up funding needed to pay for a mobile phone, insurance, CRB checks and other expenses, provide a toolkit of advice, guidelines and templates. Contact details: Val Smith, Community Friends, 01424 217259 /07719102898.

Maria Standen, Swallow Farm