Netherfield news
Netherfield news

Netherfield Celebrations: Unfortunately, due to logistical problems the Netherfield Celebrations to be held at Darvel Down, had to be cancelled. I was unable to amend my report before it went to press. Luckily, Mountfield were running celebrations of their own and I hope that the flyers posted through everyone’s door in Netherfield enabled those stalwarts, who were prepared to brave the weather, to join in the celebrations.

Mountfield Village Hall Cinema: Just another small reminder that the latest blockbuster to hit the screen in Mountfield will be the acclaimed 2014 film “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumerbatch and Kiera Knightley. It is at the usual venue of Mountfield Village Hall. See you there.

Reflections on our Garden: Peering through the rain, interspersed with weakened sunshine, the pond is beginning to show its treasures. Yellow iris and bulbs on the heads of the lillies are now beginning to grace specific areas of the pond.

The green foliage of the Star flowers are starting to rise to the surface to begin their annual display of spikey protuberances, graced with a delicate white flower in their centre. We have been told these are quite a rare occurrence in domestic ponds these days, so it is immensely satisfying that they have chosen our little corner of East Sussex to display their wares.

The hostas are now fat and blousey around the pond, having survived this year’s onslaught of slugs and snails. Their striking greens of many different hues are just wonderful to behold. However, when you see the damage that can be effected by those slimy crawlers, you could wish for “the good old days” of harsh winters when the cold deterred all but the most robust of these pests to survive the cold and the snow.

The wind too has done its fair share of damage to the garden, divesting the trees of twigs and small branches that were struggling to survive. It does make good kindling though if kept to one side for a few months, so every cloud has a silver lining.

The demise of our leylandii in the rear of the garden is progressing at a pace. The mite that causes this devastation is, unfortunately, a regular visitor. Being organic does sometimes have its drawbacks but overall it is the way to go I believe. The trouble is finding a suitable alternative.

More next week

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.