Ninfield

Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close, Ninfield

Our PCSO Daryl Holter has been in touch. He would like to make all residents aware that sheds and heating oil are still being targeted by thieves in our area. Please be vigilant. If you see anything unusual please contact Daryl by calling 101.

Hooe Sports Football Club are playing Rock-A-Nore tomorrow, March 23 in the East Sussex Football League. Kick off is at 3pm at the Tilekiln. If you would like to keep track of the club’s progress you can online: www.pitchero.com/clubs/hooesportsfc.

You should have, by now, received your new Council Tax bill and seen that the precept for Ninfield has risen. The Parish Council set the precept for the village at their January meeting. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly and the budget was on village noticeboards throughout December and January, but no questions were raised to the council. The council wants to make sure that residents are aware of the reasons behind the increase and will be holding a series of Open Events for you to meet your councillors, find out more on where the precept is being spent and to discuss key issues in your village. They will be available:

March 23, 11-1pm, Methodist Hall and 1.30-2.30pm Potmans Lane.

1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Barn Dance with the Rampions tomorrow, March 23 at the Reid Hall, Boreham Street, 7.15-11pm. Tickets to include a buffet supper at a cost of: £8/adult, £3.50/child or £20/family (2 adults and up to 3 children). Soft and hot drinks will be available. Alcoholic drinks will need to be brought with you. There will also be a raffle and £1 roll to win a bottle of whiskey. For tickets and further information, please contact Kaa on 07908558721 / ninfieldkaa@googlemail.com.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Spring Show on Saturday March 23, 2.30pm at the Memorial Hall. There will be lots of flowers, photos, crafts and children’s entries, refreshments and a tombola. Schedules, which include entry forms to the many categories, are available from the Post Office.

Hooe parish Council are meeingint on March 25, 7.45pm at Hooe Village Hall. All Hooe residents are welcome to attend.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on March 30 at:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm - 2.35pm.

Ninfield, Millfield (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm - 3.25pm.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4pm.

If you have books, photos, newspaper articles, old Kellys or similar Directories, for the area, Ninfield Local History Group would like first choice before you throw them out! Anything related to Ninfield, they’d rather look after them than see them thrown away, so bear them in mind when de-cluttering or spring cleaning. Please contact Rod Ffoulkes: ken.ffoulkes@which.net /Tel: 893635.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday April 8, commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Jill Griffin with her demonstration entitled “Take me as I am”. All flower arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. Non-members are welcome with an entrance fee of £3.00 which includes refreshments. Should you require any further information regarding the group, or would like to join, please contact Susan on ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

The next meeting of the Hooe Open Group will be on Friday April 12. The invited speaker is the skipper of the new Eastbourne Jubilee life boat, who will illustrate it’s operation and the sophistication of its advanced design. As the next meeting will be near to Easter, members will be treated to Hot Cross Buns with their afternoon tea. The meeting will commence as usual at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. If you would like to receive details of the club’s future program, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Ninfield Bowls Club are holding an Open Day on April 14 from 2.30pm onwards. The club is located adjacent to the Kings Arms. If anyone is interested in bowls, please go along and have a “BOWL”. Who knows you might find that you enjoy it!. The group are all very friendly and they would love to see some more locals at this event and join them.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on April 15. Harry Townsend, formerly of Kew, will give a talk entitled “Kew through the Looking Glass”.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on April 18, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. It is their AGM followed by Brian Purdey on Sussex Customs and Cures. The group now have a website and facebook page for you to keep up to date with all what is going on with the group: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743. Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net.

Ninfield Clean Up Day - a Village-Wide litter picking, is on April 20, organised by Ninfield Village Society. Meet at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane at 10am. You are invited to help the Village Society to tidy YOUR part of our Village. Litter pickers, bags, Gloves, Hi-Viz Jackets will be supplied by Wealden District Council. Earn your reward of :Free Refreshments courtesy of Ninfield Parish Council. For more details contact:Martin Wood T:892895 or: Robin Goldsmith T:892778.

Businesses and residents of East Sussex are asked to urgently register their support for better broadband through the ‘Go e-sussex’ campaign. This campaign was launched by East Sussex County Council to provide evidence of public demand for faster broadband in the county. The call comes as East Sussex County Council’s project to install faster, more reliable broadband in the county moves into the procurement stage. This means that a private sector partner will soon be selected to install the infrastructure that is essential for providing a better broadband service. It is expected that a contract will be in place by late spring, with work beginning sometime at the end of the year. Jenny Devane, East Sussex County Council’s Engagement Manager for the Broadband project said: “Over 8,000 homes and businesses have registered their support through our ‘Go e-sussex’ campaign and we still need more. “The more registrations we receive, the more attractive we become for potential broadband providers. This will add weight to our negotiations and will help us to ensure that we get the best possible value from the public funding that has been allocated to this project. “It only takes a few moments to register at our website www.goesussex.co.uk so please join thousands of others and ensure the county’s future is a superfast one. “Registering your interest does not mean you will have to subscribe to the service when it’s launched, but saying “Yes to superfast broadband” will directly help everyone in East Sussex receive faster, more reliable broadband.” Enhancing the digital provision will make East Sussex a far more accessible place to live and work. It will mean having a fast, reliable internet service regardless of where you live; the ability to access online services quickly and easily, being able to work from home without worrying about losing your connection to your colleagues and clients. It will attract new business into the county and boost the local economy. Visit www.goesussex.co.uk to complete the online registration form (or phone 01273 335991 if you require a paper copy). The website also features information and news updates about the project and general information about broadband.

Ninfield Carnival will be on Saturday July 13. The theme of the Carnival is ‘James Bond’ (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Preparations are already underway to organise the Carnival. The Committee has a committed core of people organising the day, but they are keen to welcome any new members, especially people to give up an hour or so of their time on the day of the Carnival. This year, they have decided to raise money purely for projects in our village. All monies raised will be put back into our local community. Essential projects identified include updating the children’s play area, rebuilding Sparke’s Pavilion and the Memorial Hall fund. If you could help in any way, please either ring Andy on 892196. If you would be willing to sponsor an event or provide a raffle prize please contact Steve Fleming on 07717451303.

Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: www.pamdoodes.com / www.ninfield.webplus.net.

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk):

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield):

Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion.

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe):

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

EASTER SERVICES:

Thursday March 28: Stations of the Cross at Hooe, 11am. The final hour at Ninfield, 2pm.

Sunday March 31: Services as normal.

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated):

March 24, with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd

March 31, Easter Communion with Rev Ian Wales

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me: nhvillagevoice@hotmail.com.