Netherfield village voice

The funeral for Jim Lear who sadly passed away, will be held at Hastings Crematorium on 17th September, at 2pm, the wake will follow at Netherfield Village Hall.

There has been a collection by Jim’s friends around Darvel Down, the sum of £73.46 has been handed into the shop where there is a collection box which is still ongoing. If anyone would like to donate please pop into the shop. There are several ideas, after the flowers have been bought, as to what the surplus should be spent on to remember Jim, i.e. book of remembrance, if you have any views on this please let us know at the shop.

If you entered the sunflower competition can you please measure your flowers and hand this information to Marrissa or the shop, the winning height will then be verified and the winner announced.

WHITE HART On Thursday September 20 we are holding our monthly Quiz Night starting at 7.30pm and finishing at approximately 10pm. All proceeds raised go to Netherfield Village Church. Food is available from 5.30pm till 7.15pm we offer a special deal of Scampi or Fish & chips at only £5.00. It would be great to see some village locals attend and help raise money for their local church. To reserve a table call us 01424-838382.

Darvel Down and Area Residents’ Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, 27th September at the Netherfield Village Hall. Apart from having the opportunity to have your say and giving your suggestions, this will be an opportunity to see the improvements to the hall, including the new central heating.

The Netherfield Horse Ride takes place again this year on September 29 and 30. We are looking for donations and sponsorships this year to help with the insurance which is approximately £200.00 for the weekend. Money raised this year will go towards a memorial circular seat around Simon Bishop’s tree on the village green by the bus stop. Thank you, Janette - Netherfield Post Office.

Community Friends for Netherfield - An Open Meeting will be organised and Netherfield residents will be invited along to discuss the survey results and give their ideas on how the scheme will work best for them. The Community Friends scheme will match residents needing a “helping hand” with local volunteers willing to offer spare time and services. So watch this space for news about the scheme. Val Smith, Rother Community Friends Development Officer, Tel: 01424 217259 Mobile: 07719102898 Email:

WHITE HART The darts season is approaching again, anyone who wishes to play for their village team (I must add we play for fun and have a good night out!) come and see us, ask for Sean or Coral. The ladies only team play on Monday’s the mixed teams play on Thursday’s and Friday’s.

Netherfield Church – How lucky we were with the weather for our Treasure Hunt – a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon, perfect for the twelve cars that set out. Also perfect for the cream teas on their return. Congratulations to the winning team of Smith and Saunters family combination and to the Hodges as runners up. It was incredibly close with the majority of teams within a few points of each other but thankfully separated so the tie-break did not have to be used. The children enjoyed a further hunt in the garden (to enable the parents to recover over their teas) seeking hidden creatures. Well done to Eden and Seth for winning this one. It seemed to be a well received competition but we did get the usual stick over the ambiguity of some questions and discussion raged long and hard over the answers! It was good to see some new faces from as far away as St. Leonard’s and the usual stalwarts who support us so well. Thank you to everyone who contributed by making cakes and donating prizes and to the competitors for their support. The profit of £225 is a brilliant boost to church funds and was raised from entry fees, cream teas and competitions. Overall, a good afternoon, great fun and enjoyed by everyone.

Our service this Sunday is at Mountfield for our joint Holy Communion and on September 23 it is back to Netherfield for another joint Holy Communion. All services are at 10 am please check here each week or on notice boards at the churches for our services. The final service in September is our Harvest Festival at 11 am to be followed by a Harvest Lunch in the church.

I am pleased to report that the reorganisation of the Benefice has finally been ratified. A Pastoral Order made under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 whereby Dallington has been taken out of the existing benefice and from the September 1 will form part of the new benefice of Warbleton, Bodle Street Green and Dallington. This results in the creation of our new benefice of Brightling, Mountfield and Netherfield. Paul Smith. Churchwarden.

Netherfield Village Hall bookings - Marrissa Stepanek 01424 838106, or call in at the village shop.

White Hart - 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 September 14 and on Friday September 28.

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Maria Standen, Swallow Farm