Netherfield Horse Ride was enjoyed again this year and raised £310.00 towards the memorial seat. We were extremely lucky with the weather, the sun shone on the Saturday and kept dry on Sunday. As always thanks to Keith Datchelor (Beech Estate), Mick and Debbie (Ivyland Farm) and Mick Scott who worked tirelessly to set up the route, hopefully they will all be up for it again next year, as without them the ride could not happen! Work should start soon on the base for the village seat, it will be of brick design instead of concrete which will be more decorative.

Netherfield Church - A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Autumn Fair at the church. The weather at the start was awful yet people did turn out and soon the morning got going. Although it appeared somewhat slow the result belied this as we had as many through the door as at the Spring Fair. The atmosphere was so friendly and relaxed that the hours slipped by too quickly really and the raffle was a rushed affair at the end. All the stalls did well but most successful was the produce stall, a vast collection of baking and preserves, which had all gone by the end of the morning. The church mouse was named and has gone to a good home, the tombola saw a brisk trade as did the bric-a-brac. Books sold well and a collection of car and aero books have been whisked away by a specialist. The refreshments were much in demand as ever with people taking time out for a chat. Thank you to the ladies for their baking skills, generously given and to those who donated prizes and items for sale, also to everyone who helped set up and run it on the day. As I said appearances were deceptive as the brilliant sum of £420 was raised which is a jolly good reward for everyone’s efforts. Thank you.

This Sunday’s service is at Mountfield and is a joint Holy Communion and then we are back to Netherfield for Holy Communion on Sunday October 28. All services are at the usual time of 10am. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

Community Friends for Netherfield - Netherfield are now ready to launch Community Friends. This scheme will match all residents who would benefit from a “helping hand” - such as a lift for medical appointments, walking the dog, help with forms or small jobs in the house or garden - with volunteers willing to offer spare time and services. Everyone is welcome to the first meeting on Wednesday 24 October at 6.00pm at the Village Hall. Come and find out more and give your ideas as to how the scheme can best work for everyone in Netherfield. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Do contact me for more information, Val Smith, Rother Community Friends Development Officer, Tel: 01424 217259, Mobile: 07719102898, Email:

Remember to buy your national Lottery tickets in the shop.

Netherfield Village Hall bookings - Marrissa Stepanek 01424 838106, or call in at the village shop.

There are various groups meeting throughout the month including Boules, The Rover group, The Harley Davidson group, T.R.Cars and The Breakaway Club, if you would like to know more about any of the dates and times or the darts and football teams please give Sean a ring on 01424 838382. White Hart Boules Pitch. The pieste is free to use, any clubs please feel free to come and use the pieste, FOC any time except match days which are Saturday afternoons throughout the season.  We have a group of ladies and Gents that play amongst themselves Monday Lunchtimes.

THE MOBILE LIBRARY will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 on Friday October 26.

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MAria Standen, Swallow Farm