HELLO: I hope you were all able to get out and enjoy the Easter sun in between the gales and rain. The old countryfolk would have described this as “Blackthorn winter” – when the blackthorn is in flower the weather is usually very changeable, windy, wet and often cold.

PARISH COUNCIL: A fascinating website for those of you interested in looking at the types of traffic and its increase particularly along the A21 and other major routes was recommended by Councillor White www.uktrafficdata.info – where do all those extra cars and trucks which go south on the A21 disappear to?

At the parish Council meeting a number of grants were made to local organisations to help support the village these included the Village Hall Committee, Parish Church, Good Companions and Citizens Advice.

GOOD COMPANIONS: Members of The Good Companions enjoyed a delicious meal at The Bull a week ago. Many thanks to Kerri and her staff for accommodating us at such short notice. The group had booked to have lunch at The Abbey Hotel but because the hotel is undergoing major refurbishment there was a delay in opening the kitchen on time and our booking had to be cancelled.

On next get together is on Wednesday April 20th when we will again be dining at The Bull, where we were made so welcome recently. Our May monthly meeting will be a “Bring & Share” luncheon at Whatlington Village Hall.

May I take this opportunity of thanking Whatlington Parish Council for their generous grant which will go towards hiring the hall speakers etc.

PARISH CHURCH NEWS: Good Friday and Easter Services at Whatlington were well attended and enjoyed by all. Next Sunday’s service will be Communion at 9.30 am all welcome.

NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS IN MOUNTFIELD: WEALDEN WALK - The boundaries between Mountfield and Whatlington parishes have shifted a few time over the centuries and their fortunes have been very close throughout history. The late Fred Stace of Mountfield used to tell how his wife, Bet, who worked as a tweenie at Woodsdale (now called Ittington Manor), would come home saying that she’d worked in Mountfield in the morning but Whatlington in the afternoon, the boundary then passing through the middle of the house. Following the success the last two years, Peter Miles will be repeating his Wealden landscape walk on Sundays April 24th, May 1st and May 8th. The walk is based in Mountfield but is concerned with clues to why our local Wealden landscape looks as it does and so is directly relevant to the woods and fields of Whatlington. The walk covers old tracks and roads, woodland archaeology, medieval earthworks, quarries and minepits, woodland flowers including one rare plant, woodland crafts (and a rare tree), foraging and more. Duration about three hours, distance two miles, easy walking, entirely on private land which is not normally accessible, purpose serious but emphasis on fun. For more details or to book, contact Peter on 01580 880614 or mountfieldvv@hushmail.com.

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