Netherfield Church - The service this week, Sunday June 22 will be a Holy Communion at Netherfield and will be celebrating our Patronal Festival. The final Sunday of June will be an All Age Worship Pet Service at Mountfield. This will include the blessing of pets, large and small and will, weather permitting, be held in the churchyard so bring chairs or rugs with you. All services start at 10 am. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

On Sunday June 22, Peter Miles will be leading a Special Woodland Walk in Mountfield on behalf of church funds. The walk will be over some very special land that is normally completely inaccessible from any public footpaths. Peter will reveal the remains of a 13thC fortified manor house and other medieval earthworks, some extraordinary trees and rare wild plants, the remains of local mining from at least the 16thC, fascinating local field and wood names, a Tudor version of Spaghetti Junction and much more. Of particular interest is the well preserved section of the old Sow Trail, known locally as Sow Lane, by which iron was transported from Ashburnham and Penhurst furnaces to Robertsbridge ironworks. Places are £7.50 for adults, children go free (not recommended for under-10s) and dogs on leads welcome. The walk is only a couple of miles and generally easy walking. It will start from Mountfield Village Hall at 10.00 and last just under three hours. Peter is always a lively and informative guide. For more information or to book, call Peter on 01580 880614 or Jackie Spriggs on 01580 880261.

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.

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 today, Friday June 20.

As part of their 70th anniversary celebrations, the Sedlescombe & District Garden Society are holding a Gardener’s Question Time, today, Friday June 20. The celebrity panel will include Helen Yemm, gardening agony aunt for the Daily Telegraph; Edward Flint, head gardener at Tidebrook Manor, Wadhurst; and Barry Newman, Chairman of the National Vegetable Society. The event will take place at Sedlescombe Village Hall from 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start. Tickets, which include refreshments, are priced at £5.00 for SDGS members and £7.50 for non-members and are available from the secretary, Sue Parsons on 01580 831996 or by email at (Advanced booking would be appreciated in order to establish final numbers.) It promises to be a most educational and entertaining evening and is open to everyone in the neighbouring villages.

I’d love to hear from any local groups, clubs or individuals with any news on upcoming events or reports on past events they would like included in this column, Email:

Maria Standen

Swallow Farm