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Maurice Holmes

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Netherfield Village Hall Committee: is holding a Jumble Sale at Netherfield Village Hall, Netherfield, TN33 9QB on Saturday 19th January starting at 10am. Clothes, bric a brac, toys, books etc - come and grab a bargain! 50p admission for children, adults free. Refreshments available. Queries call Jo 07888 657323.

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Netherfield Village Voice: A Happy New Year to all my readers and I hope that my short break from the rigors of penning this column did not spoil your enjoyment of the early 2019 festivities. As if they would! Through a half-closed eye I noticed that fellow bloggers from other villages, within the paper’s sphere of operations, did manage to meet the deadlines set by the paper over the holidays, which shows that they are made of sterner stuff than I. My only excuse is that through the other half-closed eye my computer appeared to disintegrate into a digital black hole. Anyway, Netherfield is on the map again and raring to go.

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Netherfield Village Voice: The completion of another year is almost upon us. The perception that it passes more quickly as you get older, maybe an incorrect assumption, but it does seem that it is always the lead up to Christmas. At the moment our national existence appears to be lurching from one turning-point to another and the perception of sleepy villages in the heart of the country being unaffected by by this turmoil is a misconception. However, Christmas allows us all, even for a short time to concentrate on what is important, the kids and their faces when they pull the paper off what Santa has delivered. Whether they be your own offspring or your grandchildren the look of joy and sometimes bewilderment at what they discover hidden in boxes, bags and wrapping makes it all woth while. So, I would just like to wish all my five readers, a very happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year..

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Netherfield Village Hall Library Service: As I write this update on Tuesday of this week it is just to let all our patrons, donors and those kind people holding onto books for the library, that my Good Lady and I are traveling to Crowborough, to select the shelving for the Hall. This will allow a greater selection of fiction and non-fiction to be made available and hopefully cure, or at least partially cure the acoustics problem in the Hall which makes everybody sound like Little Sir Echo. Christmas it seems cannot come too early for the Library or the Hall this year.

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Netherfield Breakaway Club: The November meeting took place on Thursday 15th with an excellent attendance of members and guests. Our guest speaker was Alan Marchant, an expert on pyrotechnics, ballistics and firearms and his subject was ‘Gunpowder, Treason and Plot - the re-enactment of the blowing up of the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes and his associates. Alan told us that the explosion would have been the biggest ever known on mainland England and a secret location was chosen for this event with a 35 mile exclusion zone and an exact replica of the original Houses of Parliament being constructed with all the members seated at a meeting, not knowing of the many barrels of gunpowder placed beneath them! The explosion was filmed and shown in slow motion and was a spectacular sight which amazed even the technicians who had planned this event! It was obvious that Guy Fawkes had over calculated the amount of gunpowder needed or was very determined to carry out his deed! There is also the story of the mystery woman who was Guy Fawkes’ mistress who ended up being bricked up behind a wall in a stately house, reputed to also be the mistress of one of the MPs - did she betray Guy Fawkes, sending him and his supporters to their deaths, only to be betrayed herself.....? Alan, also an inventor and author spoke about the different types of weapons used throughout the ages and had brought a selection of bullets and explained their uses and how firearms actually work. There were many trophies on display showing Alan’s prowess throughout his shooting career including teaching at Public Schools and running his own gun shop for over 30 years and Certificates of his inventions and adverts showing some of his products. He spoke of some amusing incidents including the story of a takings - a vast amount of £4,000 then - inside a decoy duck, as there were no banks open at the time, only to find after leaving his stall for a while that all the ducks had been sold ...! Aftr an appeal many ducks were returned but not the special one which has never been found - have you checked your ducks lately?! Alan was thanked for his enlightening and very interesting talk. Refreshments were enjoyed and the raffle drawn. Our December meeting will be a week early and the final social event of the year - the annual Christmas lunch at The Brickwall Hotel, Sedlescombe on Thursday 13 December, 12.30 pm. Members were informed that the January and February meetings will take place at the earllier time of 2.30pm reverting back to 3 pm in March. A varied and exciting programme is planned for 2019 and all meetings take place at the Emmanuel Centre, Marley Lane, Battle on the the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise notified. New members and guests are always welcome. The committee wishes all members a very happy Christmas and peaceful and healthy New Year and looks forward to seeing everyone in 2019. - Juliette Vane.

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Pass & Move Under 13s Next Match: For all you football supporters of the young stars of the future, the next match to be played at the Netherfield Village Hall Playing Field is on Sunday 2nd December against a team called Galaxy FC. I believe they are out of this world, The KO will be 10.00 and as usual there will be food available to munch as the crunch of the tackles adds to the excitement that these games inspire. See you there..

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Netherfield Village Hall Christmas Party: By the time you read this there will be three Saturdays to go until the Christmas Party at Netherfield Village Hall.. Food, drink, games, dancing and fun are all on the cards and the “sounds” are provide by Musical Mo and His Disco. You can do the Cha-Cha Slide, the twist or even the valeta if you can find the tune to match it. For those who don’t know what a valeta is it is a slow dance in waltz time. I had to look it up. The party is on 8th December from 7.30 till 11.30. Tickets are only £3.00 per person. However, family tickets are just £10.00. For large families that is a big saving. Tickets available at the Netherfield Village Shop or from Marrissa, Sam or Jo. See you there.

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Remembrance Sunday in Netherfield Village: On the 100th anniversary to mark the ending of the First World War, being 11th November 2018, together with honouring the contribution made by all in the Second World War, the village of Netherfield showed its respect in two important ways. At the time of the actual cessation of hostilities in the First World War – 11.00 in the morning – a wreath was laid in the centre of the village and a short dedication was read to the gathered residents. This was followed at 7.00 o’clock in the evening by a further address to a larger number of residents prior to the lighting of a beacon in the National “Battle’s Over” tribute. From our position on top of the hill a number of other beacons could be seen across the County. For those that were unable to attend I print the words used, prior to the lighting: “How do we honour and do justice to the fallen? It is now 100 years since the last gun was fired to herald the end of the First World War. To the many families around the globe who still feel the loss, this day is a poignant reminder that a conflict’s aftermath, in terms of emotional emptiness, is never truly satisfied or extinguished. The letters, photographs and memories from this period, for a great many the only legacy of their family member’s existence, represent a constant reminder that nothing remains the same or is left unscathed. Sacrifices are made which deeply affect subsequent generations and that is why we are here, to acknowledge and cherish all the participant’s contributions in this war to end all wars. An estimated nine million soldiers and seven million civilians died in the conflict, many buried unnamed. To forget would cast a shadow on what they gave in the cause of peace. We can only hope that its like will never happen again.” The village of Netherfield as a whole, would like to thank the following people for their contribution to these proceedings: Mark Strange for our fantastic beacon, which he also lit on the night; Tim and She Moon for the slider silhouettes and poppies; Jamie Winter for the “Last Post” music; Lucy, Kacey, Megan and Pari for their help and assistance in making the day a triumph; Janette Mcauley for providing Sausage rolls to the waiting crowd and opening the shop for hot drinks after the evening celebration.

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St John the Baptist Church: Remembrance Sunday 11th November - The Reverend Brian Llewellyn will be conducting the service at our church at 11.00 o’clock. The congregation will first gather outside at 10.45, beside the War Memorial and lay a wreath paying our respects to the soldiers who gave their lives in two world wars. Everyone is welcome to join us for a short while on this important day. Thanks Gillian.

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St John the Baptist Church: Our Autumn Fair last Saturday was our final fund-raising event for the year, unless someone has some very bright ideas! We made a grand total of £333. The wonderful selection of homemade cakes, jams and chutneys, are always very popular, as is the raffle and tombola. We would like to say thanks to everybody for all the generous donations. It is always good to raise money for our church, as we do have plans for next year. The report on the school handwriting competition will be dealt with by Emma or Richard Williams. The children’s talents in this area were on show in the church.

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Pass & Move Under 13s: On Sunday the 13th October S.C Pass+Move under 13’s continued their football season with their second home game at the Netherfield Playing Field with a fine 7-1 win Vs Eastbourne United, the team who play in the Sussex Sunday Youth League (Division 2) are made up of local children with both Alfie Weaver and Alfie Harris living in Netherfield along with a further 7 children who attend Claverham College and live in Battle and the surrounding areas have now played 4, won 4 league games and played 2 won 2 cup games.

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Pass & Move at Netherfield Village Hall Playing Field: My good lady and I decided to see what all the talk was about regarding the football being played on a Sunday up at the Hall. Luckily for us, the weather was kind and the sun was shining as we walked towards this local hot-spot. A dad and his son had parked their car near the entrance to Plumpton College at Netherfield and as the lad was wearing orange footie gear we assumed they were on their way to the ground and that, unfortunately, it must be very busy from a parking point of view. In that assumption we were bang on the money, as the car park was jammed with vehicles of every shape and description.

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East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre: The Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests. The mobile unit will be visiting Battle on Thursday 1st November 2018, and will be in Market Square from 10.30am – 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

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Netherfield Village Hall Jumble Sale: It happens on Saturday 6 October 2018 between 10 and 12 and could be classed as the sale of the century. All are invited for the bargains that will be available and there could be that hidden antique that the Antiques Roadshow tells you is worth a fortune, for which you paid just 50p. See you there at the Netherfield Village Hall..

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Netherfield Village Hall Jumble Sale: If you have any Jumble you would like to donate our next full Sale will take place on 6 October 2018 between 10 and 12 am. We can arrange to collect or it can be taken to the Hall on the day before. All are invited for the bargains that will be available and there could be that hidden antique that the Antiques Roadshow tells you is worth a fortune for which you paid 50p. See you there..

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Netherfield Village Hall Refurbishment: How do you thank people and companies who donated their time, paint, brushes, rollers, T-shirts and a host of other materials, together with a deep-clean, free of charge to change the look and outlook of the Netherfield Village Hall. Without the generosity of Trade Paints Ltd, Hastings and Pass & Move, Football Coaching we would not have had the materials to do the work or the sponsorship for getting the inside of the building to a state where the fabulous five, who became the magnificent seven, could actually set about changing the image of this community asset. So, the Hall’s Committee, on behalf of all those who will benefit would like to say thank you to those two companies.

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Netherfield Village Hall Library Service: Our second week extended the number of people coming along to register their interest in our service. It is a positive step and indicates that there is a need for the type of reading matter that we offer; fiction, non-fiction, cookery, gardening, poetry, ballet and children’s books. Our range of DVDs, CDs and for those with a cassette player, talking books is also proving popular. You can browse, sit down and read and we will try and make it pleasurable with a cup of tea or coffee. We are still looking for more bookcases and books and would welcome any offers which we are happy to collect. We hope to offer a larger range of topics and genres as we progress and get more offers, so please bear with us. Details at the end of the column as to how to get in touch if you have some donations. Please take two minutes to inform us.

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Netherfield Village Post Office: What an amazing evening the 31st extravaganza turned out to be. The Cafe was packed with people, young and young at heart. A cross section of the community turned out to eat chilli and listen to the sounds of Hazel and her electrified acoustic guitar. In addition, people arrived who just wanted a drink and to be entertained for the evening. The songs were both big sellers and less well known numbers but Hazel managed the intricate chord changes with dexterity and aplomb with a voice that was gentle and responsive to the heady atmosphere. Janette and her team showed what it is to make the evening an all-round success and we can all look forward to the next night of music and food. Brilliant.

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Netherfield Village Post Office: As promised on Friday 31st August the Village Post Office & Cafe is holding a live music event with Hazel singing her heart out. Tickets are £7 and that includes a chilli. There will of course be drinks available and the Cafe and shop will be converted to hold all the people who want to come and be a part of this fantastic event. The show starts at 7.00pm and tickets are selling like hot cakes so don’t miss out. Please book in advance either ate the shop of by phoning Nichola or Janette

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All Day Tea and Cakes Event – Netherfield Village Post Office: As promised, here is the official report from the Village Post Office & Cafe: Netherfield Cafe raised £350 for MacMillan Cancer Support and St Michael’s Hospice. Wow! How did they do it? They held a coffee morning and BBQ, the first of many charity fund raisers that Netherfield Cafe will hold in the coming months. Villagers made 18 cakes that were sold alongside coffee and tea. There was also a bbq in the evening offering burgers, bacon and hot dogs.

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