THE TWITTEN: The path from Hoath Hill to the children’s playground has been a regular problem over the years, usually due to overgrown hedges. Recently though, the actual surface became a concern as it had become hollowed out like a section of the Cresta Run and getting a buggy along it — not easy at the best of times — had become impossible. We can only affect the Twitten up to a point of course as we can’t control the state of the path as it crosses the field. However, British Gypsum rode to the rescue once more and commissioned Thorne and Co to give it a bit of TLC. They did the work a couple of weekends ago and very splendid it is too. We went to have a look and it is dramatically different from how it has ever been in out time in Mountfield (nearly fifteen years — we nearly speak the language). Paul Last, who has been our liaison throughout, emailed this morning to say that the work consisted of a laid membrane covered in no less than seven tonnes of compacted surface stone. A very big thank you to British Gypsum for their generous community support.

FLOWER SHOW: Mountfield Horticultural Society’s Flower Show will take place on Saturday 25th July. Doors open at 2.30 with the prize giving due to start at around 4.15. Schedules of all the classes are available from Celia Morris at 9, Hoath Hill (880458) or Sue Kennedy at 13, Eatenden Lane (880310). New exhibitors are always welcome with classes for home grown, displays including bought flowers, cookery classes, children’s classes and photographic classes. If you haven’t already made a start, you’ll be too late to enter a set of four photographs for “the Four Seasons” but there are still “Single Bloom or Stem”, “Tree” and “Running Water”. There are classes for everyone, such as “A Planted Patio Pot”, so have a go. All the usual fun of the fair including teas, cakes and raffles.

And, talking of the Hort. Soc., there are still places on the annual outing on July 12th to Capel Manor Gardens — 60 themed gardens over a 30 acre site.

STRAWBERRY TEA: On July 25th, that part of the village is going to be the social centre of the universe as right next door to the Flower Show in the Village Hall, Mandy is holding her grand Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care. As we type this in glorious summer weather, a Strawberry Tea sounds perfection. And such a good cause.

VILLAGE BORES: Well, boar. It can now be reported that we had three rogue wild boar sauntering round the neighbourhood a few weeks ago. They were unintimidated by human presence and active in day time, both odd features. And they got around. There were sightings at The Banks, Taylor’s Cottage, Double Gates, behind the houses on Eatenden Lane and, rather alarmingly, on the verge of the London Road by Mine Road opposite the tip. We didn’t put anything in the Village Voice at the time as boar have a knack of attracting ‘local interest’, as you might say, but we have been a boar-free zone for about three weeks now.

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