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Netherfield Church - Our Spring Fair last Saturday was a huge success. Well attended, on a bright spring morning the church was busy from the start. All the stalls did a brisk trade and the produce was sold out before the end. A quiz for the children kept them entertained and the display of artwork depicting a child’s viewpoint of their mothers by Netherfield School pupils was an added attraction. Thanks as always, to all those who contributed, helped on the day and supported the event. An exceptional total of over £500 was raised for which we are grateful.

Services for April will depart from the normal schedule because of Easter Services. The Sunday April 6 will be an All Age Worship (non-Eucharist) at Mountfield, Sunday April 13 is Palm Sunday and will be a Holy Communion at Netherfield. On Friday April 18 there will be a Good Friday Liturgy at noon in Mountfield. Easter Sunday there will be a Holy Communion at Brightling and the final service on Sunday April 27 will be a Holy Communion at Netherfield. Services are at 10 am unless advertised as different. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

Ben Anson from Penhurst, who is 18 years old, is going to Honduras in the summer to work for a charity called Progressio which is part of the International Citizen Service. With both British and Honduran volunteers aged between 16 - 25 he will be working to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged communities. In May he will be running a half marathon around Bewl Water Reservoir and is looking for sponsorship, more details can be found here

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

White Hart - 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

Battle Fire Station - There is a website where an on line questionnaire can be completed which lodges your objections. Simply put, plan 2A is the one we want the councillors on the fire authority to vote for. That is the one that will not only maintain our station in Battle, but will enhance the manning levels, increasing our cover. The following is a list of other ways to object. You can make your voice heard by: Filling in the consultation questionnaire – Visiting #StandUp4Battle (Twitter) signing the local petition. Attend the Public meeting at The Memorial Hall on the Monday April 7 @ 19.30hrs. Contacting your local Fire Authority members: Councillor John Barnes, Conservative,, Councillor Stuart Earl, Independent,

The next meeting of the Battle Hard of Hearing Support Group will be held on Monday April 7 2014, from 2pm to 3.30pm at St Martins, Mount Street, Battle, TN33 0DR. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other hard of hearing people and to make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn from their personal experience of living with hearing loss. It’s also an ideal opportunity to learn some useful communication skills that will help to reduce the feeling of isolation. Free refreshments and raffle. All welcome so put a note in your diary.

The Mobile Library will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 on Friday’s April 11 & 25.

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Maria Standen

Swallow Farm