In Memoriam: Some people work tirelessly within a village to try and make a difference. One such person was Simon Bishop. He was Manager at Ivyland Farm, Netherfield, and for many years worked for Plumpton College. Apart from his generous help within the local community, younger people benefited from his experience and the wise head on his shoulders. He always travelled to work at Plumpton in his Land Rover. The tragic accident five years ago, causing his demise may not have happened had he been in that vehicle. To show the high esteem in which he is held a “memorial bench” is being placed on the green area by the side of Netherfield Village stores, overlooking the the valley. It will be situated around the tree planted in this same plot, to remind everyone of his contribution to our village. The funding for the “bench” has come exclusively from the “netherfield Horse Ride” organised on an annual basis by Janette, from the Netherfield Village Stores. The circular concrete base on which the bench will sit, was laid last Saturday by Mark Strange. Mark’s normal trade is that of a wrought iron craftsman and a beautiful example of his workmanship is the “Netherfield Sign”, situated on the corner of the road by the village green where it joins the B2096. There is also a special mention for Mick Scott. It is not widely known that he physically sets-up the route for Janette every year through the Beech Estate. Mick is also the person responsible for donating the oak post underneath the “Netherfield Sign” as well as providing the two posts for the church notice-board. The bench was delivered on Thursday of this week and will be anchored securely to the base.

Netherfield Fun Ride: Last year approximately one hundred riders joined Janette for this annual September event. More information will be forthcoming in future editions of the “Observer” but it has already been decided that two worthy causes will benefit from their efforts. The first of these is “Colleen’s Tenderheart Charity”, and the second is the Netherfield Village Hall.

Battle Neighbourhood Plan : The second meeting of the forum will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 17 August at the Battle Almonry. The contingent from Nethefield will be there to put forward any views you may have. Please send your comments to

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