Netherfield Celebrations: Remember, all you party goers it is the Queen’s official 90th birthday very shortly and on Sunday 12 June Darvel Down are holding their own Queen’s Birthday Party Celebration.

There is a “tug-of-war” for the adults with a “bouncy castle” and a “children’s entertainer” for those who are young in age and in spirit. All the helpers and people involved would love you to donate food to make the day really special, so foie gras and caviar are always welcome. In addition, if you can give up some of your valuable time to assist on the day that would be fantastic.

Mountfield Village Hall Cinema: On Saturday June 18 the latest blockbuster to hit the screen in Mountfield will be the acclaimed 2014 film “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumerbatch and Kiera Knightley. The blurb which accompanies this thrilling movie indicates that “Behind every code is an enigma”.

During World War II , mathematician Alan Turing, who lived in Hastings, tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. He led a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, and was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, this film follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

It is well worth a view.

Reflections on our Garden: The pale blue wisteria flowers, which not only grace our garden but can be seen on many a front wall around the county, are finally dropping from their hanging lantern-like stems. The age of our plant, means this annual event closely resembles a carpet of blue snow as it reaches the climax of its “blooming” cycle. Puffs of wind catch the blossoms and swirl them around like a gathering of dancing fairies. The tendrils that this plant then sends out as the flowers fade, seem to rise faster and higher than the previous year’s.

As you look past this feast of pale blue in our garden the backdrop is a profusion of pink from an established Clematis “Montana”. The fence that it adorns edges our plot on its Western perimeter. Careful slotting of the wayward stems through the treillis that sits precariously on top of this light brown barrier, allows us to enjoy the copious flowers that it produces every year without fail throughout May and into the early part of June.

However, as we have mentioned before, we do like to maintain a place within the garden for wild varieties, to satisfy the hunger of the bees, butterflies and other insects which have made tour haven their home.

However, there is one “thug” that we would rather do without. Ground elder! It has established itself in one of our beds, and seems to reappear no matter the patience we employ in trying to rid ourselves of this scourge. We eat the early leaves (they are a great salad leaf) and dig up the roots and stems in every corner where they try to hide, but still they persist. A garden nightmare. Has anybody a sure fire remedy?

More next week......

Netherfield Mobile Library: The library is due again in Netherfield, outside the Village Stores on 7 June 2016, between 13.00 and 13.20. At this time of year the programmes on the television may not be to everyone’s taste. So why not visit the library grab a book and curl up on the sofa. You can then transport yourself to a world of dreams, adventure, history and life as it is. Ella would love to see you and discuss the merits or otherwise, of the latest crop of books to grace the shelves of the library. As we have mentioned before there are books to suit every taste including the children. You can also browse the current crop of books on So come along, make your choice and get lost in a book.

Contact: If you have any stories or articles of interest that will give our readership a reason to buy the paper please contact me on 07957588172 or via email at

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @BattleObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.