Pass & Move Under 13s: On Sunday the 13th October S.C Pass+Move under 13's continued their football season with their second home game at the Netherfield Playing Field with a fine 7-1 win Vs Eastbourne United, the team who play in the Sussex Sunday Youth League (Division 2) are made up of local children with both Alfie Weaver and Alfie Harris living in Netherfield along with a further 7 children who attend Claverham College and live in Battle and the surrounding areas have now played 4, won 4 league games and played 2 won 2 cup games.

Friday, 26th October 2018, 7:00 am

The win Vs Eastbourne United saw the team consolidate their position at the top of the table with Frankie Manning scoring 4, Marley Neill scoring 2 & Joe Beckett scoring 1 before a late consolation goal for the visitors. We have been really pleased with the agreement we have reached with the committee of the Hall and Playing Field and are continuing to invest and work hard to help improve the pitch and recreation ground as a whole.

We’d love to see residents coming along to watch our games and support the team as we endeavour to form a long term partnership with Netherfield Playing Field our home for many years to come. Marissa and Sam have been running the kitchen, selling tea/coffee, cakes and hot food, the atmosphere has been really positive and helped create a fantastic environment for both the home and away teams.

If you’d like more information on the team please go to and you can follow our results/progress online at

Our next home game is a friendly on Sun 22 Oct Vs Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers who play in Division 1, KO is 10.30, our run of home games is:

Sunday 4th November Vs ASC Strikers (this is the league cup & ASC are currently top of Division 1), 10.30KO

Sunday 11th November Vs Uckfield Grasshoppers, 10.00KO

Sunday 2nd December Vs Galaxy FC, 10.00KO

Sunday 20th January Vs Peacehaven Youth, 10.00KO

Sunday 27th January Vs Lewes FC Juniors Blacks, 10.00KO

Sunday 10th February Vs Premier United, 10.00KO

Whilst the light allows we will be running a community football for all session on a Friday, 5pm-6pm at the Netherfield Village Hall & Playing Filed which is open to all children in the village aged 4+.

Look forward to seeing you at a game soon.


John the Baptist Church: John Chater presented a quiz in the church last Tuesday 16th October. We had teams of 4. John had certainly found some interesting questions and it was great fun. We had a ploughman’s supper midway through the proceedings, served by David and Jackie Jones. The grand prize was a selection of wine. Reverend Ann-Marie was in the winning team, but the Woodentops, which included me, didn`t do too well, unfortunately coming last! It was all very enjoyable, so a big thank you to John Chater and friends. Thanks Gillian.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre: The Centre, as advised in last week’s paper is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a “no charge” mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. Our vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests.

The mobile unit will be visiting Battle on Thursday 1st November 2018, and will be in Market Square from 10.30am – 3.30pm.

The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: [email protected]

Netherfield Village Hall Library Service: It is great that people in both Netherfield and Battle are engaging with our plight and helping, not only to source bookcases but to spend the time and effort to pick them up. A remarkable lady called Katie, who lives on the fringes of Battle and Netherfield, contacted me by email and asked if there was still a need. Having assured her there was, the result of her labours was a very nice wooden bookcase which she delivered on Monday of this week to the Hall. Thank you.

Don’t forget, the Library is open on Wednesday between 2 and 4 o’clock. As usual there is a great choice of titles on offer and these are there just waiting for you, our customers, to come along and borrow and read at your leisure. Tell your friends too. It costs you nothing, as it is our free service we offer to our community. You can browse, sit, relax and read and enjoy a cup of tea at the same time. What could be better?

Claverham Monday Badminton Club: I think the cold snap kept some of our intrepid sports men and women away this week as our numbers were down to twelve. It is usually at this time of year when the weather changes and TV becomes a deluge of murder, mayhem and melodrama, that people want to engage in more sedate and genteel pastimes such as “shove-groat shilling”. The trouble is that the heyday of groats as a currency in our green and pleasant land has passed so they pick badminton instead. Chris, one of our relatively new players, did a Ben this week and sprawled across the floor after a simple shot went wrong. I hope this is a trend that will go out of fashion very soon.

More next week.....

Reflections on a garden: Twice this week a tall, grey stranger has visited our plot. From a distance the long, slender neck seems to go forever. Imperious, slant-eyed and menacing are just some of the adjectives that could describe the appearance of our visitor. Out trimmed leylandii provide the initial staging post for this fish-eating member of the Ardeidae family. The height of this platform gives an all-round vision to this erstwhile predator as he/she contemplates the likelihood of mealus interruptus, by a screaming human, waving his arms and shouting “gertcha” from an outlet looking onto the pond. Unfortunately, despite the regular happening of this series of events for both parties in this game, neither, it seems, is deterred from enacting the same scene on every occasion that it takes place.

The trees are almost all devoid of their leaves now and the job of collecting begins. Breezes swirl them around the plot further enhancing the drying-out process before composting begins. This natural source of a soil enhancer does take time to release its wonderful properties but the end result, when it crumbles in the hand and smells of woods and nature is worth all the effort. It is just helping nature’s natural path to rejuvenation but concentrating the end result in areas where help in harvests is needed. Bags of this wonder, started three to four years ago, have now reached their prime position and our vegetable plot has just been given a coating to let it mingle through the winter. This ensures that the soil is loamy, sweet-smelling and rejuvenated.

More next week.....

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