A QUIET START: For all the alarms and excursions of the weather, it’s been a quiet start to the year. Except that some chancers broke into one of the storage containers up at the King George V Field. They are thought to have been looking for metal but there was nothing worth nicking so Tim just had to replace the padlock.

FILM CLUB LAUNCH: A final reminder that tonight (Friday 29th) sees the launch of the Mountfield Big Screen Film Club 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.

THE MESSENGER: There will be a meeting to discuss appointing new committee members for The Messenger on Tuesday 9th February at 7pm at Robert Chambers house. This is a particularly important meeting in view of Robert’s impending retirement from his roles looking after the distribution and advertising as well as acting as treasurer for so many years. If you are interested in attending, please drop Yve Puxty an email ( or, if you’re not an emailer, give her a call. Brightling doesn’t have a dedicated Village Voice, and Mountfield has lost those two hubs of conversation, the school gates and the village pub, so The Messenger is even more important as our parish pump.

MOUNTFIELD CLUB: The Club is hosting a St Michael’s Hospice charity quiz night on Thursday February 18th. There will be a £2.50 entry fee and all proceeds raised will be donated to St Michael’s Hospice. For more information please contact Steve Smith on 07720 298971.

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