Mountfield news
Mountfield news

SW CONSTRUCTION: Jim and I met with the contractors last week. Following the earlier delays in Church Road, there have been some minor adjustments to dates of operations and road closures. Hoath Hill should re-open today (December 2nd) Construction will then start on Monday (5th) to the part of Eatenden Lane north of the crossing, i.e. past Holly Lodge, the barn opposite, the Old Chapel and Duncan’s opposite all the way up to the junction with Hoath Hill and Solomon’s Lane. As ever, there will be pedestrian access. The intention is that the week ending Friday December 23rd will be something of a clear up week after which all operations will cease until January 3rd. Over the Christmas break, there will be no road closures at all.

We raised a couple of other issues. First, the Church Road sign is due to be replaced. Also, the water coming out of the manhole on New Cut was discussed. At present, the newly laid pipe is unsealed at either end so the water is probably using the pipe. The situation will be reviewed when the pipe is, as it were, plumbed in at both ends and sealed off from any ground water.

CHURCH MATTERS: On Saturday December 17th there will be the drawing of The Grand Raffle at a coffee morning in Mountfield Church, with fantastic prizes including champagne and wine, local pork and produce, christmas cake and pudding, mince pies, cakes and much more. Then, on the Sunday (December 18th) the Carol and Toy Service will commence at 10.00 am. Toys brought to this service will be given to a local children’s home in the area in time for Christmas. All denominations are welcome to the services in our Church.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: This is getting ever closer: Saturday December 10th in the Village Hall from 4.00 till 6.00. As ever, the event is open to all Mountfield children of primary school age or under and the grandchildren of anyone living in the parish are welcome in return for a small contribution. If you haven’t already, email or ring 01580 882147 to book places.

MOUNTFIELD VILLAGE HALL BIG SCREEN SOCIAL NIGHTS: Our film correspondent (Barry O’Sullivan) writes: “The Eddie the Eagle film was better than expected. The trailers portrayed Eddie as the archetypical English amateur twit but the film showed the courage needed to ski off a 90 metre jump and the determination to fight the prejudice of the sports establishment. Having said that, the classic British film stereotypes were wheeled out again: the plucky underdog, the pompous officials, the washed-up coach, the last chance fluke result, the triumph against the odds. It only needed Norman Wisdom in the role of Eddie and we would have been back in 1962 and all’s well with Britain. Well worth £5 — cup of tea and biscuits included!”

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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