HAPPY NEW YEAR: We should start by wishing everyone a happy (and drier) New Year. Drier of course refers to the weather not readers’ drinking habits. As we type this, there is a broad band of deep brown water pouring past us down Rocks Hill with little water falls all along the bank out of Niplands field.

ART CLASSES: Mountfield Community Arts classes start soon for the Spring term. Juliette’s portrait classes start on the 12th January, every Tuesday morning from 10.00 till 12.30. Barbara’s painting classes are starting a week later, on the 19th and 20th of January,and she hopes that all the students are looking forward to getting back together as much as she is.

MOUNTFIELD CLUB: On Saturday January 16th, the Club will be holding the Fred Stace Memorial charity darts night starting for about 7.30pm. The event is a charity event with the raffle last year raising £400 for St Micheal’s hospice charity. The chosen charity this year will be the RNLI life boat charity — a cause close to Fred’s heart — with all proceeds raised on the evening going to them. Steve Sutton is arranging the event so if you would like any raffle tickets or would like to donate any raffle prizes please phone Steve on 07746. 640 555 or drop them into the Club.

IF WINTER COMES… There may seem that there is more rain than daylight at the moment but the bluebell shoots are through everywhere in the woods together with cuckoo pint, periwinkle, wild garlic, and more.

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