THROUGH TREES AND TIME: This is the title of the walk that Peter led last year, twice for DACS and twice for church funds. Last year’s were such fun and such a success that Pete will be repeating the walk on the mornings of Sunday April 26th and May 3rd. The walk covers woodland archæology, mediæval earthworks (including “the Castle”), other industrial remain, woodland crafts, botany including a rare plant population and an even rarer tree, foraging (with recipes provided, and more. The cost will be £7.50 per person with all proceeds going towards All Saints, Mountfield. Places are limited for both dates so first come, first served. To book, contact Pete as below.

BIG EASTER ART EXHIBITION: Barbara Valentine writes: “The Easter exhibition organised by St Michael’s Hospice at Pett village hall was a great success. Lots of enthusiastic visitors, lots of paintings sold, and a good time had by all, specially the 30 artists. My quick portraits raised £465, and will be more than that when the people who don’t carry cash have paid for their portraits by credit card on the phone to the Hospice. The sitters ranged from an eight week old baby, to a lady approaching a hundred. Only one dog, a beautiful golden retriever.”

REMINDERS: We reported last week on Sue O’Sullivan’s sponsored swimathon on the 19th in aid of Marie Curie. If you would like to sponsor Sue, go to where we see that one ‘friend’ has written that Sue swims like a fish and drinks like a fish. Not sure that’s right as it should surely be “swims like a fish but drinks like a newt”. Either way, great cause and worthy of support.

Also a reminder about the Parish Assembly at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 14th in the Village Hall. This is not a council meeting but an opportunity to audit and celebrate Mountfield as a village. It is also the last time that the members of the Parish Council will get together in their currently constituted form pending the results of the election on May 7th.

FINALLY: Every year, it’s interesting to see what particularly thrives and what doesn’t. There’s always at least one plant where we comment on the quantity and say things like “and growing where I’ve never seen it before”. And this year is an absolute bumper year for primroses. With primmies everywhere, the world can’t be all bad. As ever, if you have anything for the Village Voice, or want to book or discuss one of Pete’s walks, we can be contacted on 880614 or via

Peter and Valerie Miles