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Netherfield Breakaway Club - Barbara Valentine, local well known artist, was our guest speaker for February. What a delight she was! Her late husband was a marine artist, her daughter Juliette Dodd is also an artist and together they have set up Mountfield Community Arts with regular classes and workshops in the village hall. Barbara has a fascinating history with a career covering many aspects of art from watercolors’, oils, glass engraving and designing enamel boxes. Since 1989 Barbara’s obsession and profession has been with miniatures and her many exhibitions and talent have resulted in numerous awards including a first prize in the floral and botanical section in the Miniature Art Society of Florida in 2013. During her visit Barbara not only spoke about her painting but to our delight also sketched and painted five models in watercolors’, each one only taking 15 minutes or so! If anyone is interested in attending classes at Mountfield Village Hall please contact her on 0 1424 838264 or Juliette on 01424 424010

Subs were due, still at a very reasonable £16, with guests paying only £3. May and Sheila presided over the raffle. Teas and coffees were served and we said goodbye, thank you and good luck to Coral who has looked after us so well for some considerable time during our meetings at The White Hart, Netherfield.

Ann Gidlow, a member and local retired Head-teacher for 11 years at a special needs school gave a very interesting talk at our March meeting. We learnt about the many aspects of moderate, severe and multiple physical and mental disorders including Down’s syndrome and Autism and how the staff of 100 coped with 116 statemented pupils, far more boys than girls. A curriculum was followed as near as possible to main stream schooling, which included lots of music and sports. Ann not only had to run the school and recruit staff but also dealt with budgets and organised trips, transport and Sports and Open Days! Fortunately she had an excellent and dedicated staff team as all pupils took part in concerts and Sports’ Days. The Duchess of Gloucester was an enthusiastic supporter. There was an opportunity to ask questions and this gave us an insight into the immense amount of work, experience and knowledge required in the running of this type of school.

Our May outing Friary Gardens was discussed, members were reminded that for those who wished to have lunch before this would be at the Robert de Mortain on the Ridge followed by a tour and tea at the Gardens. It was proposed that we will have a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway in September including tea on board. Friends and family welcome. A deposit of £5 was agreed. We then enjoyed tea and the raffle was called.

Our April meeting will be on Thursday 24 NOT 17 as this is Maundy Thursday. We look forward to another member, Debbie Dann giving a talk on ‘Follies of Great Britain’. New members and friends are welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at The White Hart, Netherfield, courtesy of our genial host, Sean, where you will always be assured of a delicious meal from his varied and excellent menu – 01424 838382.

Netherfield Church - Services for Easter are: Today, Friday April 18 there will be a Good Friday Liturgy at noon in Mountfield. Easter Sunday there will be a Holy Communion at Mountfield at 9 am and at 10 am at Brightling. The final service on Sunday April 27 will be a Holy Communion at Netherfield at 10 am. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

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

WHITE HART - On the third Thursday of every month we hold a Quiz night for a local charity all are welcome , there is always a ‘special’ on offer for food.

The darts seasons are now coming to a close, and what a season for the Monday Dart team, their captain Maria Colvin led from start to finish, the team won the league and cup double, the ladies doubles, and runners up in the singles, well done. The Thursday’s league will soon be finishing with us holding the finals night here on the Saturday April 26, the finals of the darts and push penny will be played, and a free buffet will be provided, everyone is welcome. 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 April 25. To include your event or local Netherfield news please e mail me

Maria Standen

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