Brightling Stoolball Club: Practice sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons, April 12, 19 and 26 at 2.30pm weather permitting at Netherfield Rec. New players over 12 years old are very welcome. Further info please call Janet on 01424 838401.

Netherfield Church: This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the service of Holy Communion will be at Mountfield starting at 10 am.

Services for April are different to the usual schedule because of Easter. This is the full month’s services. There is a Good Friday service on April 3 at 11 am at Mountfield, Easter Sunday, April 5 is at 10 am in Brightling: Sunday April 12 is a Holy Communion at Brightling at 10 am, Sunday April 19 a Holy Communion at Mountfield at 10 am and Sunday April 26 is a Holy Communion at Netherfield but starting at 11 am to accommodate a Diamond Wedding thanksgiving. Everyone is welcome to attend our services.

I am happy to report that our Spring Fair last Saturday was a great success. The morning was cold and somewhat breezy, but then it usually is breezy in Netherfield and thankfully the Easter Bunny was not put off by this. Neither were the children! The Easter Egg hunting around the churchyard went on in earnest and much chocolate was distributed as prizes. Many of the children were also seen munching on the Easter muffins available from the cake stall. Parents had to make do with tea or coffee but did not seem to mind! It was a really good morning with the church full of locals chatting and generally enjoying the stalls. There was not a lot left on many of them at the end and the morning concluded with the raffle. The objective of providing an entertaining morning and fun for the children was fully met and it raised some £460 towards the running of our church. Thanks are due to all those who came and supported the event and to the hard work of all those involved in putting it on. Well done. Paul Smith, Churchwarden.

AGE UK Easter Raffle: Tickets available in the shop, £1 per strip. Thank you in advance for supporting this important cause.

Shoe Bin: This is located outside the shop, please recycle all your unwanted shoes, boots and wellies.

Netherfield Post Office: we hold Euros in stock, all other currencies can be order for the next day. Health Lottery tickets also available 50p per ticket win up to £25000, £1 per ticket win up to £100000.

The Mobile Library: will be outside the shop from 12.45 to 13.05 on Tuesday April 14.

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