Netherfield news
Netherfield news

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre: A free service brought to Battle. East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 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. The vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests. The mobile unit will be visiting Battle on Thursday 3rd November 2016, 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:

Netherfield Mobile Library: Ella and the library are visiting the green once again to distribute those volumes of wonderment that we all enjoy. Yes, the mobile library will be visiting Netherfield once again on 11 October 2016 between 13.00 and 13.20, in its usual place outside of Netherfield Stores.

I hope that some of you who use the library would perhaps like to share your impressions of the books you have been reading. So many genres that it could be nice if a brief description of your thoughts on what you have read could help someone else widen their experience. Please use the contact details at the end of Netherfield’s section

St John’s Church Netherfield: Our third reminder for this annual event to make sure you don’t miss out. The Church Autumn Fair will be taking place on Saturday 8th October, from 10-12. Lots of lovely stalls, selling cakes, jewelry, knitting, crafts, puzzles, bric-a-brac, books and plants. For those who like a flutter there will be a treasure hunt, tombola and a raffle with some great prizes. Refreshments will be available, so something for everyone especially the children. All are very welcome. The entire proceeds will go to the church, so please come and support us. Thank you. Gillian Slack.

Claverham Monday Badminton Club: Do you want to get fit? Do you like a racket sport? How about joining us for a game of badminton? The company is great and it spans all generations from 17 to 70. You can be a beginner or a champion. It is mainly doubles of any combination of the people who arrive on the night. There is no set pattern to the partnerships so you could be playing in one game with a County player and in the next with a novice. What you get is fun and fit. It starts at 20.00 (or 8.00 pm in old money) and goes on until 22.00 (or 10.00 pm). The cost is £5.00. That is £2.50 per hour for a good time. If you are interested ring Maurice 01424 838410 or email

Reflections on a garden: The nights are drawing in, the days are becoming changeable and dull. The bright sunshine is beginning to be a distant memory. Garden furniture needs attention and putting away. You try to relive the highs that the summer bestowed on us as you fold up the table and chairs and desperately try to find space in the garage for the annual storage difficulty. Should you sponge the table, coat the chairs in a protective sheen of weatherproofing? Decisions, decisions, decisions!

What is amazing is that we put ourselves through this ritual every year in order to facilitate our comfort for a few short months during the summer. Oh well, if you are a person who likes what a garden can provide then I know you will be with me on this one.

Our vegetable patch is sadly, virtually denuded of most of the produce it so faithfully provided from the beginning of the season. Chard, french beans, courgettes, potatoes, carrot and beetroot residues are now consigned to the compost of time to decompose through natural methods and provide our beds with that boost to their growing potential in three years time. Nothing gets wasted in the garden but does require commitment to make it work. All the gardeners among you will know where I am coming from, but for those who are thinking about it, do not be deterred by my lack-lustre descriptions of the joys of gardening.

More next week......

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