Mountfield news
Mountfield news

SW CONSTRUCTION: Peter writes: Everyone will be aware that Church Road is now closed outside Selton and Burs — i.e. between Hoath Farm and Hoath Hill. It will remain closed for the next four weeks, opening in time for the bonfire bash on the 28th (see below). There are a few details to note. The emergency services have been advised and have made special arrangements for the duration of the closure. The post boxes at Church House (opposite the pond) and Banks Cottages will not be collected at the usual time but will be collected by Dave the Post in the course of his deliveries. And last but not least, just as we thought we had every angle covered, someone — no names, no pack drill — (Alison Sarson) pointed out that the 27th is also polling day in Mountfield as we have a by-election to replace one of the councillors who resigned recently. There will be special arrangements for voters on the day. Election fever will be at, er, boiling point by then; so far we seem to have polling cards but no-one to vote for…Jim and I attended a liaison meeting with the folk from Southern Water and the contractors, MGjv, last week. Without tempting fate everything seems to be under control. The school bus is working well. Arrangements are in hand for rubbish collection during the other forthcoming road closures, particularly Hoath Hill (closed October 24th to November 18th). As far as possible, all businesses on Church Road and Kent Lane (Mountfield Lane) have been contacted, as have all the various clubs and groups who use the Village Hall. Caroline has been handling arrangements for the bonfire and that is firmly on course. There is still much to do, particularly looking ahead to the closure of Eatenden Lane and Riverhall Crossing (November 14th - March 10), but everyone is on the case.

SPOONANGEL: *Stop Press* For all crafty folk, tomorrow (Saturday 8th from 10.00 till 1.00, at Unit 41, Vine Hall Business Centre) sees Spoonangel’s end of season sale and pre-Christmas fair. Bargains will include fabrics from £1.00 per metre, bunting from £1.00, pure cotton Fat quarter bundles £6.00 (normally £12.00), kids’ sewing kits £3.00 and, going cheap, patchwork squares, fabric remnants, Christmas goodies and Christmas stockings, and more. Spoonangel is a Mountfield business which specialises in making bunting and other sundries. It was set up by Lindsay Farhall, initially in Banks Cottages, but now operating out of a couple of units at Vinehall Business Centre. Head down the A21, turn onto the Rye Road at Vinehall then immediately first left into the Business Centre. Last year we spoke to a couple of very happy craft workers in the village who’d gone along.

MOUNTFIELD FAMILY BONFIRE: As reported above, the Bonfire will be held in the usual place on the Bonfire Field on Friday October 28th. The gates will open at 6.00 pm and entry is £2.00 per head. Mountfield’s reputation for providing a family-friendly and family-safe bonfire event is well deserved so round up the family and friends. Soup, BBQ and refreshments and all the fun of the fair. In case of inclement weather, please check our live website, at www. which will be finally updated at 2.00 pm on the day. (Provisional back-up date is Friday 11th November but fingers crossed — we’re a lucky village!)

MOUNTFIELD CLUB: The Wayne Hardy Charity Night is on Saturday October 22nd. Also planned is a big break charity quiz night and a Children in Need auction of promises night on Friday November 18th. Also, watch this space for the Club’s first karaoke night. For more information regarding any events please contact Steve Smith on 07720 298971 or email

DIARY REMINDER: Mountfield Horticultural Society’s Annual General Meting which will be held on Saturday November 5th at 3.00 in Mountfield Village Hall. Tea and cake for all! We shall be there. (Cake, you see.)

FINALLY: As if road closures weren’t enough, we are still waiting to hear about The Result Of The Raffle from the Autumn Gathering as no-one has been in touch about our prizes. And we bought two tickets!

CONTACT: If you have anything for the Village Voice, we can be contacted on 880614 or via We always welcome contributions and feedback.

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