DACS: The Darwell Area Conservation Society (Est. July 2013) held its AGM last Sunday at Banks Farm. There was a really good turnout. The formal reports were kept to a crisp and business-like minimum, the questions and contributions were all constructive, with particularly valuable input from one of our District Councillors (Eleanor Kirby-Green), the plans for this year’s knees-ups were aired (more walks, a moth trapping breakfast and more) and the rest of the time was spent in a welter of neighbourly gossip. Right now, the High Weald AONB does not have a strong voice to speak up for it, apart from the local parish councils who do sterling work (particularly Brightling, Ashburnham & Penhurst and Mountfield), so it’s good to see the strength of support looking after our very special part of the AONB.

FILM CLUB LAUNCH: Thanks to one particular, anonymous, generous donor, Mountfield Village Hall Committee are proud owners of some pretty nifty audio-visual kit capable of projecting full length feature films. Until now, it has been used very successfully for the Kids’ Film Club but now the grown-up, the Mountfield Big Screen Film Club, version is set to launch on Friday January 29th with “O Brother Where Art Thou”.

Released in 2000, this warm comedy movie, headlined by George Clooney, quickly achieved cult status, not least because of its soundtrack. Modern artists like Alison Kraus and Emmylou Harris are mixed in with traditional southern states, cotton fields, mountain and early bluegrass singers and musicians. The Coen brothers directed, the musicians provided the soundtrack, Clooney and his co-stars provide the warmth and comedy, the Mountfield Club provide the bar, the Village Hall Committee provide the popcorn and snacks (seriously) — and all for five quid on the door. Doors open at 7.30.

NEXT WEEK: We will report on Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting, the possible loss of one of our Great Lakes (if you’ve not been along Church Lane recently, it has — at the time of writing — a magnificent lake right across the road at Church House) and, who knows, it might have stopped raining.

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