Maria Standen, Swallow Farm

Netherfield Church - A busy and successful week for our Church. The talk by John Chater accompanied by cheese and wine was well attended with some 34 people seated in the social area of the church. The evening commenced with John relating incidents from his varied career in the ministry from Bath, Bristol, York, Bermondsey and Battle. It had amusing anecdotes, realistic (and some traumatic) moments, an insight into the somewhat disrupted family life because of moving around so much and latterly, the impact of a not so happy period in Battle. It was enlightening and perhaps a more personal insight than was expected. Thank you to John, for his effort in putting this together and for sharing aspects of his life with us. Duly entertained the cheese and wine was then quickly addressed and the evening continued in a most sociable manner. Everyone certainly enjoyed the event and I am pleased to say that it also raised some £200 for the Church. Thank you to all who supported it and to those who contributed to putting it on.

This event was followed on Saturday by the marriage of Stephen Coe and Rebecca Barden. Both living in Netherfield, it was a truly local affair. The church was full and the service was conducted by Father Christopher Channer. The theme of pink and white was very evident with the bride looking absolutely beautiful and the supporting cast equally smart. Everything went to plan, which is always a relief with any wedding, and to everyone’s delight the sun shone as they emerged from the Church for photographs. They left for a reception in Hurst Green, the bride’s original home. We wish them both every happiness in their future life.

On the Sunday we celebrated our Harvest Festival – cue change of decorations from pink and white to autumn colours - well done ladies for an excellent scene change in a short space of time. The displays looked wonderful. The service was again conducted by Father Christopher (who said retirement is a rest) and was a rather special one. It has been many years since an Evensong was held at Netherfield and this was deliberately chosen for our Festival and I have to thank our friends from Telham who provided the organist and led the singing. A full sung Evensong is, in my opinion, a service sadly being forgotten. Often, because it is a requirement to have a Holy Communion within the Benefice every Sunday, there is no opportunity to have any of the other services. I am glad everyone attending enjoyed it. The service was followed by our Harvest Supper in the Church. The guests sat at a long table stretching across the back of the Church and, aided by wine or juice, set to, to enjoy the food brought by all. The plan of each bringing a plate (with something on it of course), works very well. The plates are shuffled and then shared out, which shares the load of preparing for such a meal. Obviously puddings feature highly and the apple content is imperative, it being harvest. A superb few hours, the service and the supper, relaxed, yet lively with good friends and enjoyed by all. Thank you to everyone who contributed, in whatever way, to make it worthwhile.

Looking ahead now, our next service on Sunday October 6 is at Mountfield. Please note this is their Harvest Festival, will be at 3 pm and all are welcome. There is no service at 10 am.

Further ahead, on Saturday October 12 we are holding our Autumn Fair in the Church from 10 am until noon. Details are yet to be finalised but it will have all the usual stalls, produce, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, as new, and more. Water colour paintings, tombola, Netherfield School PTA will have a stall and the raffle. Some games for the children (and competitive adults) with refreshments available throughout. We would welcome your support so please make a note of the date. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

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

White Hart - On Thursday October 17 it is Quiz Night in aid of Netherfield Parish Church the charge is £2.50 per person up to a maximum of 6 players per team. Please come along and help raise money for a worthy cause. Food is served from 6pm and the special is sausage, chips & peas or Scampi & chips for only £6.00. Please check our websites for updates of upcoming events

On Thursdays the darts league has started again. White Hart B played the Queens Head and won 4-3 the games were won by Henry Mills. Lou Saunters, Sarah Hunter and Bob Lovick, in the push penny Mandy Saunters made her debut and won 2-0 there was also wins for Bob and Marie, they then won the ladies pairs and lost the mixed pairs and the men’s pairs.

On Thursday September 19 the White Hart B played Chequers, in the darts there were wins for Bob Lovick and Rick Warner, the team did also managed to win the mixed pairs and the ladies pairs. On Saturday October 12 we have a Robbie Williams Tribute Show, starts at 9pm, there will be a raffle with all proceeds going to cancer research please support.

On Thursday November 14 we are having an evening with John Hollins, ex footballer for Arsenal, Chelsea, Q.P.R. and England, he then became manager of Chelsea, Swansea and Crawley, all proceeds are being donated to Johns Hollins chosen charity Cancer research.

On Saturday the boules team won the knock out plate the team consists of Martin, Sylvie, and Morgan Pry, Paul Turner, Kevin and Tracy and Alex Spillett, Bacca Saunters and of course Polly.

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. Please all check our websites for updates of up coming events THE MOBILE LIBRARY will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 on Friday’s October 11 and 25.

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