Netherfield Post Office/Shop/Cafe: As with all projects requiring a substantial amount of alteration work to change the look and facilities on offer in a shop, it is sometimes difficult to predict precisely when the work will be finished. There is a hope from all those involved that sometime in January 2016 customers will be able to sip on a “latte” whilst eating a portion of gateaux or cake as it was once known. The cafe/coffee shop is one of the imaginative ideas put into being through joint ventures with Post Office Ltd and the Netherfield Village Shop to secure its future. It is no longer paid a retainer by the Post Office to provide all those services that we need in the village. So please “use it or lose it”. To help people make suggestions on how to make the shop and cafe more relevant to them there is a survey form available in store. Please complete and know that you could make a difference.

Home-made Cake Tasting: For those of you who can’t resist the delights of a portion of cake, gateaux or tart there is a tasting taking place in the Netherfield Village Shop, or maybe even the new cafe, on Friday 15 January 2016 from 2-4pm. This will decide what will be offered for sale in the new coffee shop once it is up and running. Can you resist the thought of sampling something creamy and naughty?

Netherfield Coffee Shop: Janette would like all her customers to suggest a name for the new coffee shop/cafe. A box is available in store for all those ideas that you wish to put forward. The winner will receive a bottle of wine so make sure your name and contact details are written on your entry.

New Year’s Eve Party: Party? Of course you want to party on New Year’s eve. You can Hip Hop, shake, rattle, roll, twist or anything else that takes your fancy in this special get together at the Netherfield Village Hall. Apart from the music there will be a licensed bar, a raflle and snacks. It is also FREE to get in. It has been organised by Anne Everton and all proceeds from the night will be used to fund the urgent repairs needed at the village hall. Raffle tickets at a £1 will be sold on the night but can be bought from the Netherfield Village Shop at any time. The draw will take place on the night.

Netherfield Mobile Library: The library is due again in Netherfield, outside the Village Stores on 22 December, between 13.00 and 13.20. For those who already enjoy the delights of taking out a book, this month new authors recommended for perusal can be found on Ella will be happy to see you in the bus and will chat to you about the ease of joining, if you are not already a member, or recommending a good read if you want to try something different. I would like to thank Ella and all the staff, on behalf of everybody, for the stirling job they all do and for their dedication to maintaining this fantastic service. Merry Christmas to you all.

Darvel Down & Area Resident’s Association: Unfortunately, due to a delay in receiving the minutes from the Secretary, I am unable to provide details of the Annual General Meeting that was held on 26 November 2015. I apologise to all the readers of this column for the delay.

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