WAR MEMORIAL: Further to last week’s piece, as we file this column (November 24), the Parish Council has not yet received clarification regarding the land and buildings of Mountfield and Whatlington School. In the meantime, however, the council has received expressions of concern regarding the state and future of the upper playground which was gifted to the school in 1922 expressly as a memorial to the men of the two parishes who lost their lives in the Great War. The British legion laid a wreath there at 11am on Armistice Day and this occasioned the questions about the increasingly dilapidated state of the memorial. The Parish Council is following this up urgently.

DEFIBRILLATORS: Mountfield Parish Council has installed the first of our defibrillators on the village hall to the left of the front door. You need no medical knowledge or training to use this defibrillator as it has been specifically designed for use by the general public.

No instructions are necessary; it’s as easy as this: 1) Ring 999 for an ambulance, this is the very first thing you do. 2) Remove the defibrillator from its cabinet. 3) Unzip the case. 4) Press the GREEN button. 5) Then follow the voice prompts. The defibrillator will talk you through everything you have to do, it has been specifically designed for use without written instructions and will also prompt you again to phone 999.

It is also important to note that the defibrillator will only work if a person is in cardiac arrest, as it actually analyses the heart condition. So if the person has fainted or is in collapse for any reason apart from cardiac arrest, the defibrillator will not activate.

Mike Dean of Bexhill and District First Responders will be at the Mountfield Christmas Gathering on December 12, to demonstrate the defibrillator and answer any questions you may have. Do go along and familiarise yourself and dispel any worries you may have about it.

A second device is due to be installed shortly opposite the Old Bakery (junction of Hoath Hill, Solomon’s Lane and Eatenden) on the grass verge that Hayley (Bowes Cottage) looks after so nicely for us. The post and mounting board have very kindly been made up and installed by British Gypsum.

CHRISTMAS GATHERING: We’ve already mentioned it in relation to the defibrillators but a reminder that the Mountfield Village Christmas Gathering will take place on December 12 from 10am till 2pm. There will be mince pies and mulled wine (courtesy of the Parish Council), tea and cake (courtesy of the usual church stalwarts), kids’ activities, carols, raffle, stalls for local producers and businesses, local volunteer and sports groups, updates on Southern Water’s plans for the grand works, meet your Parish Councillors and have your say (or find out the latest on the School site), the official launch of the Kids Film Club (see below), and the unveiling of the first of our new defibrillators. Above all go along for a good natter with neighbours. The event is organised by the Village Hall Committee. If you would like your business or club to be represented on the day, please contact Caroline (880111) or Amy (881282).

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Vicky Staley writes: Hurray! It’s nearly Christmas and time for the Mountfield Christmas party and this year it is a Winter Wonderland theme with snow and, of course, a special guest.

All children living in the Parish that are primary school age or younger are invited. The party is on Saturday December 12, 4pm to 6pm in the village hall. As ever, any children from outside the village but with strong Mountfield connections are invited too for a nominal contribution. We’ve lots of recent arrivals in the village, so do spread the word.

This is a free party provided and organised by the Village Hall Committee (with a little financial help from the Parish Council). Please feel free to forward this email to other friends living in the parish, the more the merrier. If possible, please RSVP by Tuesday December 8 either by email ( or phone Vicky on 01580 882147. We look forward to seeing you there!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: A new date for the diary. On December 16, from 5pm to 7pm in All Saints Church, Mountfield, Nana Tsiboe and The Global Unity Choir will perform a concert of Christmas songs from around the world. Nana Tsiboe is a master percussionist of international renown who has worked with such legends as Nina Simone, Paul McCartney, Fela Kuti and Marvin Gaye as well as recording in his own right. He toured the States at the height of the civil rights movement in the 60s before settling in the UK. Tickets are just £5 on the door and include a complimentary glass of wine and mince pie. All proceeds to the Church Restoration Fund. A fantastic way to kick off the Christmas season.

MOUNTFIELD CLUB: The Club’s Christmas raffle is being held on Wednesday December 23 on the same night as their Christmas bullseye night. Tickets for the raffle are £1 each and the Club are looking to anyone who might be kind enough to donate raffle prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will be going to charity and local good causes.

KIDS’ FILM CLUB: Advance notice of another new date. On Saturday December 19, 2pm in the village hall there will be a screening of Elf, the movie that inspired a hit Broadway musical. Popcorn, drinks, tea and coffee. Christmas jumper optional.

CONTACT: As ever, if you have anything for the Village Voice, we can be contacted on 880614 or via

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