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I have had an email from Ann-Marie asking for donations from the three parishes - Brightling, Mountfield and Netherfield, for the Lent Appeal for Battle Food Bank.  Donations can be brought to church services from 7th March (Mountfield) or left at Brightling Rectory.  This appeal will run until Easter 4th April.
The things that are most needed at the moment are

  • Milk - UHT or powdered.
  • Sugar - 500g
  • Orange/lemon squash
  • Tinned potatoes/instant mashed potato
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Ready made custard
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Jam
  • Peanut butter
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate treats
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Cans of soup
  • Tinned meat

Dear Parish Clerks

We are excited to send to you our latest Dark Skies education resource and we hope that you distribute this to your local facebook pages or websites.

High Weald Star Stories: Orion the Hunter - YouTube

People have looked up at the stars for thousands of years and seen pictures and stories. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has some of the darkest skies in the South East; now, light pollution threatens our wildlife and means we see fewer stars. Listen as our Education Officer Rachel tells the atmospheric story of Orion the Hunter, founded thousands of years ago in Greek mythology. You will hear the story of one of our most-loved constellations and learn how to help reduce light pollution, so we can all see the stories in the stars for centuries to come. Why not wrap up warm, stand outside and listen while looking up at the night sky?

Suitable for ages 7+ (references to hunting and death in Greek mythology).

This video is a KS2 resource from the High Weald Hero education programme:​. Learn more about the Dark Skies of the High Weald AONB at:

South Downs National Park is also running an exciting Dark Skies series of events Dark Skies Festival: Dark Skies Festival (

CPRE have also launched their Dark Skies count Dark skies - CPRE

Many thanks for your support.

Best wishes

Clerk to JAC, Grants & Team Support Officer
T:01424 723011

A Regenerative and Natural Health Landscape for future generations

High Weald AONB Unit
Advising on the management of one of England's Finest Landscapes
Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road, Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR



Can anyone help Mike Gillmer

Mike Gillmer's great, great grandfather married Benedicta Benge in All Saints Church in 1809 and he is interested in Mountfield's history and life at that time - see link above.
If you have any information, please contact me at - - and I will put you in touch with him.

Irene - Parish Clerk





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Click on the link below to see the email from Malcolm Johnston, Chief Executive at Rother District Council confirming Rother and Hastings have been moved up to Tier 3.

Click on this link to see details of the move up to Tier 3 from Malcolm Johnston, Chief Executive RDC

I learnt today that Colin died in the early hours this morning, he had been ill for some time.
He will be remembered with much love by the Mountfield community and neighbouring parishes, Colin seemed to know everyone.
He devoted his life to Mountfield - chairman of the parish council for many years and a founder member of Battle Area Community Transport.
People sometimes called him "Mr. Mountfield," he didn't like that too much, but it was always said with affection.
I remember his kindness and patience when I became Mountfield parish clerk - April 2010 - the time he spent with me telling me all about its history, problems and he was a continual source of support.
It is another sad day for Mountfield.
Irene - Parish Clerk