Netherfield news
Netherfield news

Netherfield Breakaway Club: NEW VENUE: Due to the change of venue for the Netherfield Breakaway Club, and for those few members who come from the Netherfield area I have included this article once again so that we can make sure everyone is aware of what is happening. To make travelling, access, space and parking easier, especially for our group of ladies needing assistance, it has been decided to relocate to the Emmanuel Centre, Harrier Lane, Battle. There is a lift available and a large room with screen. The speaker for the November meeting on Thursday 17th will be local well known historian Geoff Hutchinson, speaking on Battle Abbey. If you wish to go to the group’s Christmas lunch at the Brickwall Hotel, you will need to contact Juliette Vane as soon as possible.

New members and guests are always welcome. Juliette

Mountfield Village Hall: Bonfire night. To be held on Friday 28 October at the Bonfire Field, Solomon’s Lane. Gates open at 6 pm and entry is just £2 per head. There will be soup, a BBQ and refreshments. In case of inclement weather, and I can’t believe that would happen in “Blighty” please check the Mountfield Village Hall website at

Mountfield Horticulture Society: Remember, the AGM for this esteemed society will be held on 5 November at 3pm in the Mountfield Village Hall. Go along and see the fireworks or stand well back and wait until the sparks have all passed..

St John Baptist Church: The church is already preparing for Santa’s Brunch on 3 December which is always popular. The church has a problem though. The resident Santa is going on holiday to prepare himself for the big rush, so a stand-in is needed for the day.on 3rd December At least that is the official line. I think Rudolph has been kicking off as he wants to be a “hoofer”. Sorry about the pun . For all those who are unused to this archaic terminology, it means a “dancer”. Anyway, I had heard that he, that is Rudolph, thinks he has been getting “sleighed” with his wages. He says he should have better rates because he “nose” he lights the way. So Papa Noel is having to go and tell Rudolph to get in his halter, stop sledging and pull his sleigh together, otherwise he is steaks. Any person who wants the job and also have a jolly good time, can get in touch with either Emma or Gillian, as they would be pleased to hear from you. We can’t let the children down. Telephone Gllian Slack 01424 838825.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre: The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity and is a free service brought to Battle. It works 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:

Claverham Monday Badminton Club: I don’t give up easily. We have had a new player, who was a “fella” so how about a “lady” this time. Just think you can see a lot of men with milk bottle legs in long shorts, chasing a shuttle and almost getting to it. Do you want to get fit? Do you like a racket sport? Then badminton is for you! The company is great and it spans all generations from 17 to 700. We think that is how old Roy is! 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: I have looked for the grass this past week in the garden, The branches are getting more and more exposed as time goes on, revealing the structure of this stately old monument in rural England, With all the horror stories up and down the country of ash die-back, it makes one appreciate how lucky you are when you have such an icon in your modest little patch of heaven.

This weekend the grapes are to be picked. They are juicy, sweet and ready to be turned into liquor for the gods. If only. Maybe one day we will be known as the Chateau Lafitte of Netherfield, but somehow I don’t think so.

We are still picking apples off the trees, including “cookers” which do make a terrific apple puree when mixed with a touch of orange essence and a lot of sugar. They are also good in that good old country stalwart, “apple pie”.

It is usually at this time of year that I also give our gravel drive and pathways their final weeding session. As we have indicated before, we don’t use chemicals, and the only way to keep on top of the weeds is to remove them individually by hand. The first couple of decades are the worst, I jest of course, it was a couple of years. Then, once you have set a pattern, you can see a green invader a mile off.

More next week......

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