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Netherfield Village Hall Jumble Sale: The weather held fine on Saturday last, although a little cold, but the queue for the first Jumble of the year, started to assemble just before 9.00 in the morning. As usual everybody seemed full of anticipation. Could there be a real bargain to be had, not only in the clothes line, but also hidden amongst the bric-a-brac? When I looked out of the window, just before 10.00, the trail of would-be purchasers was winding around a fair proportion of the car park, albeit in a very orderly fashion. At this point I would like to thank all those who contributed the items we had for sale, for without their donations the event would not be happening.

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St John the Baptist Church Netherfield: We are holding our Spring Fair at Netherfield church on Saturday 6th April from 10 am until noon. There will be all the traditional stalls, tombola, a raffle and an Easter Egg Hunt which is free and open to all ages. Tea and coffee with cakes plus the usual friendly atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you there. Thanks Gillian

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SERVICE DATES FOR BRIGHTLING MOUNTFIELD & NETHERFIELD: All services are held jointly for the whole benefice.

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Netherfield Village Hall Future Events: Netherfield Village Hall Jumble Sale on Saturday 6th April from 10am-11.30am at Netherfield Village Hall, Netherfield Road, TN33 9QB. Clothing, bric a brac, toys, books and much more – which will be on sale to everyone at bargain prices. 50p admission for adults, children free. Make a date in your diary!

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Robertsbridge & District Motor Enthusiasts Club: As a gentle reminder, the inaugural meeting of the club is being held on Tuesday 12th March at The Ostrich, Station Road, Robertsbridge commencing at 8.00pm. The Ostrich pub is directly opposite the rail station next to the level crossing. All motor car enthusiasts are welcome to attend. If you don’t own a Vintage or Classic motor car, but have an interest, then please come along and see what we are proposing.

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The Three Churches of Mountfield, Brightling and Netherfield Events: The following information has been provided by the Churches to hopefully enable everyone to successfully plan ahead for the month of March.

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A resident of Netherfield: There must be lots of people like me who are longing to get out in the garden, sort out the winters` mess (not yet over I know) and make plans for the winter ahead. I really enjoy walking around the Estate delivering the Messenger, looking at the gardens, from the astonishing petunias of the Netherfield Arms, plants for sale outside the Village Stores, to the simplest plot.

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Netherfield Breakaway Club: The first meeting of the year took place on Thursday 17th January when members and guests were welcomed back to the warm and comfortable Emmanuel Centre, Battle. Our guest speaker was Melvyn Nolan, retired Headmaster of a school in Zambia. Melvyn had been Headteacher of a school in Surrey for a number of years and, after the death of his Best Man aged only 49, followed a month later by his father having a serious stroke, Melvyn decided to take early retirement at 51 to go to Africa to continue to work with children in an educational environment through a recommendation by his local church. Zambia - formerly northern Rhodesia - had become independent in 1964 and although Melvyn had no idea where it was and the fact that there was a civil war going on on either side of the country at the time(!), he and his wife Wendy duly arrived in 1995 and stayed for over 6 years. All he knew was that the explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873) had discovered Victoria Falls and that he had married Mary Moffatt of Scotland, whose father was a missionary and the first person to write scripture in the local language - the national language of Zambia now fortunately being English - it was Melvyn’s task to promote and extend a school for the local children which had been founded by three local commercial farmers 7-8 years previously. A primary school was needed for the children of the local workers and staff and 34 pupils attended. There was plenty of land available and following the visit of an Education Inspector from Durham it was recommended that a boarding school be started. The school was 30 kms away from the nearest town and many buildings were added, equipment purchased and plenty of books.

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Netherfield Village Hall Coffee Morning: On 9th February, at the Netherfield Village Hall, between 10 and 12, the coffee morning will be here. I am sure that the wait will have been worth it. Stalls on the day will include one related to jewelry stall and one on sewing and embroidery. These are both local artisans who make what they have on offer and will willingly chat to you about their art and explain what it is all about. You can also make a purchase or two. Coffee and tea too with a piece of cake. What could be better?

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St. Johns Church, Netherfield: The Candlemass Service on Sunday 9th February starts at 10am. Everyone is welcome. However, due to illness and retirement, Marion, Madeline and I need a couple of volunteers to help us clean the church, male or female. We meet once a month, usually Friday mornings to perform this task. There is no heavy work. It is mainly dusting and tidying. We have a modern hoover to help, and are child friendly. We also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. There is a kitchen and toilet facilities. I can give anyone a lift from or near the estate. Thanks. Call me, Gillian, on 838825.

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Netherfield Village Hall Jumble Sale: What a day it was. The sun seemed to be shining on the Village Hall. If I say there were crowds, I mean there were crowds. I have never seen so many people waiting to enter the saleroom for that once in a lifetime bargain that was on offer. There were racks of DVDs for 25p each, portable seats in a metal container and clothes by the thousand. At the start, people were 4 deep around the bric-a-brac section looking for pots, pans and assorted goodies that people had donated. Quality Street chocolates were given away free, later on in the morning and coffee and tea was on offer to sustain dry throats, put into that position from shouting “how much”, as they held their bargain up high. We had people coming from as far away as Brighton and Lancing to buy something, in support of the Hall. All in all we raised nearly £400 for our efforts. Thank you everyone.

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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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