Netherfield news
Netherfield news

St Johns Church Netherfield: The service at St. Johns Church Netherfield this Sunday, 24th July at 10.00 am. is a Holy Commnunion. Everyone is welcome to join us, especially in these troubled times.

In addition, this Friday is “Church” cleaning day. I can honestly say that we already have a great team in place, who do a wonderful job, but do need extra help at times. I am not saying it is easy work but it is for a terrific cause and the results are well worth the effort. The church is cool in the summer, so just right to escape this heatwave we have had all summer (I wish) and heated in the winter. The bonus is that we always end up with tea or coffee, cake and chat to make it enjoyable. So it’s Friday 22 July at 2.30pm. and please bring your own dustpan and brush to make you feel as though you are indoors!Gillian. Secretary PCC.

Mountfield Big Screen Social Nights: Yes it’s “Dad’s Army”that is showing on Friday July 22 at the Mountfield Village Hall as I mentioned last week. The modern version of that TV comedy that showed the best of British bumbling. The stars are Bill Nighy, Bill Paterson, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney, Sarah Lancashire and Catherine Zeta-Jones with a host of other recognisable faces to get you involved. As usual it is all about mayhem. What could be better to wile away an evening? There is a suggested £5 donation towards the hall floor refurbishment which includes complimentary refreshments and the film. Doors open at 7.30pm so why not join in the fun.

After this presentation and due to refurbishment of the Hall floor the premises will not be available to book between Saturday August 13 and September 1st. The Village Hall committee is sorry for this interruption to normal services and any inconvenience this may cause.

Reflections on a garden: Well everyone, by the time you read this column, our summer will have passed. Monday and Tuesday of this week were hot, windless and bright. Very bright in fact. You want to do the garden, but those three things are like a 20ft wall that you have to climb and you only have a footstool as a potential ladder to help you scale its height,

With the rain we have had though, the heat and sun is like a growth hormone to the world of plants. Dwarf beans become the natural equivalent of Godzilla’s legs and then “rust” appears on every leaf on every plant wherever you look.

Our mange tout, which if you did not know is French for “eat all”, have just about worn themselves out producing their “fruit” (vegetables if you prefer) for our delectation. Having coerced friends and strangers to take handfuls, due to the abundance, which has been harder work than growing them I think, they are finally beginning to look sad and spent. That is the mange tout not the friends and strangers.

Never mind, the carrot and beetroot tops look healthy so we can look forward to a carrot and beetroot mountain, restricting our entry indoors. An orange and red combination. Well at least it will be colourful.

Crocosmia Lucifer has come on this year like a spectacular weed. I say that in the nicest possible way, just that it is prolific, even though we did our best to reduce its prevalence. The many shades of Astilbe are still gracing the garden too, bordering the pond and strategically placed in various borders to add some local colour. Oh well. Off to tend to the grass which has appeared to defy logic and grow about 10ft in a week.

More next week....

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