Netherfield village voice

Netherfield Church - Unfortunately there was a mix up over the dates that Mountfield church will be closed – April rather than March, so the panic to re-schedule services was not necessary.

The services this month will be as the usual schedule and are as follows: This Sunday March 18, Mothering Sunday, is a joint service of Holy Communion at Mountfield and the final service on March 25 is another joint Holy Communion at Netherfield. All services are at 10 am and will be advertised here and on church notice boards. Looking ahead to April, I can confirm the first Sunday will not be a Family Service because it is Palm Sunday. This will be a joint Holy Communion with Mountfield at Netherfield. The next Sunday is Easter and this will be celebrated at Netherfield with Mountfield joining us. Services thereafter will all be at Netherfield while the building work is completed at Mountfield. I trust this is clear and again advise you check here each week or on notice boards at the churches.

I am very pleased to be able to now report that we have been successful in obtaining a grant for some of the cost of replacing our boiler. Before I give details, I have to give my thanks and that of the PCC, to Peter Sutton for his work in obtaining the funding. Peter has over the years been successful in getting huge sums of money for us by completing grant applications and once again he has been successful. Awards for All, part of the Big Lottery Fund, have been good enough to grant us £8,000 towards the cost of our new boiler. This is predominantly because we make use of the dedicated social area in the church for functions that are open to all in the area to take part in. This obviously is for the greater good of our community and not just for those who attend church services. It is a really significant result for us as it means that the grant, plus all the recent fund raising events, have paid for the work in full so a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our events. Our church is operational and solvent, a good position to be in early in the year. Paul Smith Church Warden.

DDARA - Youth Committee is holding an Open Evening on March 21 at the village hall. Following on from our October meeting we hope to discuss ideas for various events to be held throughout the year, including paint balling, kick boxing, youth football, Bodiam Castle visit, Olympic Torch event, Battle Carnival, Diamond Jubilee. Please come along and support us.

WHITE HART – There will be a Quiz Night on Wednesday March 21 with all proceeds going to a local charity, this quiz is going to be a music quiz based on new and old. Teams are 4-6 players at £2.50 per head there are prizes for all and will also includes an Easter raffle .To book a team please call Sean on 01424-838382   

There are various groups meeting throughout the month including Boules, The Rover group, The Harley Davidson group, T.R.Cars and The Breakaway Club, if you would like to know more about any of the dates and times or the darts and football teams please give Sean a ring on 01424 838382. White Hart Boules Pitch. The pieste is free to use, any clubs please feel free to come and use the pieste, FOC any time except match days which are Saturday afternoons throughout the season.  We have a group of ladies and Gents that play amongst themselves Monday Lunchtimes.

THE MOBILE LIBRARY will be outside the shop from 11.50 – 12.10 today Friday March 16 and on Friday March 30.

To include your event or local Netherfield news please e mail me

On Saturday March 24, there is a charity Table Top Sale at Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road, TN32 5DA in aid of the babies’ charity BLISS (for babies born too soon, too small, too sick). Selling everything from baby equipment to clothes, toys, books, DVDs, crockery, pictures, plants, CDs, stationery, jewellery and anything else you can think of that will fit on a table!  With a cake stall, refreshments, raffle and face painting there will be something for everyone and plenty of bargains to be had.  Please come along to support a very good cause.

Maria Standen, Swallow Farm