Andrew Ratcliffe, Whatlington

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church service on Sunday 3rd March will be Holy Communion at 8.30am. All welcome.

Sunday 10th March there will be an “all age service” at 10.30am where of course the theme will be around a special person in all our lives as it is also Mothers Day. A refreshing day in the middle of lent.

Mountfield & Whatlington school pupils went back to school following half term on Monday 25th Feb and they are looking forward to many festivities in the next term with Easter on the way and hopefully some warmer and drier weather!! There is some ongoing building work being done to upgrade the art/creative area in the school along with the reception class “play and learn” area which is being developed and evolved to provide a stimulating area for the children to develop skills. This is due to complete very soon so the inconvenience will not for long but worth it when finished.

News from Alex at The Royal Oak: Thank you to everyone that attended the St Michael’s Hospice Quiz last week and to Roger for being MC for the evening. We raised £70 for this very worthy local cause and all had a very enjoyable evening at the same time. The usual pub quiz resumes at 8pm each Thursday evening at The Royal Oak, entry is £1 per person, for teams of up to six, with the winning team having the chance to win the jackpot. Please call 01424 870492 if you would like to reserve a table for your team.

Tonight (Friday 1st March) is Film Club Night at The Royal Oak, when we will be showing the award winning Bond film “Skyfall” at 8pm in The Barn. Don’t forget to bring your membership money for this year, if you haven’t already! For further details about the Film club, please contact steve.messages@virgin.net.

The Village Hall Committee have organised another Jumble Sale on Saturday March 16th from 10am. There will be many bargains to be had, so put the date in your diary and get there early to snap up the best deals! If you would like to help set up the day before, or help on the day, please call Angie on 01424 870087. Jumble can be donated, please drop off at the pub, or call Angie to arrange collection.

It’s Rock n Roll Night at The Village Hall on Saturday 30th March from 8pm. This will be a great event, with live music and DJ, a bar, and supper is included all for just £10 per ticket - a great opportunity for the village to get-together. 50s fancy dress is a must, so get your dancing shoes on and practice your jive! Tickets available from The Royal Oak, or call Angie on 01424 870087.

Reminder of my email address for sending Whatlington information for this article A.Ratcliffe@btinternet.com