Ninfield

Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, reports that there has been a theft of maintenance equipment / lawn mowers from St Oswald’s Church in Hooe over the time period of April 13 to April 16. If anyone saw anything or has any information that could aid the police in the enquiries, please contact the police on 101, quoting reference 0944 28/04/14.

1st Ninfield Scout Group held their 30th year celebrations last Saturday. A large number of the scout group attended the events in the afternoon, with Crowhurst group ending a hike at the Memorial Hall. The afternoon was followed by a very enjoyable Barn Dance. The Executive Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the events for these celebrations.

The Hooe Open Group next meet today, Friday, May 9, at 2.30 p.m., which will be a talk by Olivia Breeze, entitled “Memories of my Father” (singer Alan Breeze). If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of like-minded ladies, why not go along to the next meeting, you are certain to enjoy the afternoon. For any further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Ninfield Village Society have organised a Village Clean Up day tomorrow, May 10. You are invited to help clear and tidy YOUR part of the village, with all necessary equipment being supplied by Ninfield Parish Council and Keir. If you would like to join in, please meet at the Methodist Church Hall at 10a.m. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Ninfield Parish Council. For more details, please contact Martin Wood on 892895 or Robin Goldsmith on 892778.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, May 10 & 24 at:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50p.m. - 2.35p.m.

Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50p.m. - 3.25p.m.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40p.m. - 4.05p.m.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on May 12, with “A Basket for all Occasions” workshop and June 2, Gaenor Circus with a demonstration called “Fabulous Flowers”. For further information, please contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk.

Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This is your opportunity to speak to our PCSO, Daryl Holter, regarding any policing matters in our area. For more information regarding Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch, please call Thelma on 892421.

The next meeting of the Hooe History Society will be on Thursday, May 15, in the Hooe village Hall, 7.30 p.m. Robert Pilbeam has been preparing a talk entitled ‘The Red Lion: the building, its people and other inhabitants’ so this should be really interesting. The group are aware that many people have knowledge, memories and stories about this splendid old pub so, they are hoping for as much audience participation as possible. The more information they can draw together the better. Further details about the Society from Heather Sinden, 01424 893422 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329. If you have information or interesting stories about the Red Lion please contact Robert Pilbeam 01424 844365.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on May 15, 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Hall. David Swales will be talking about farming in the Ninfield Area. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net or see their Website/Facebook page: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743.

Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Coffee Morning to support Christian Aid week on Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to attend and support the work of Christian Aid.

There will be a coffee morning on Wednesday, May 21, at 10.00 a.m. at The Methodist Hall, Ninfield to raise funds for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The hospice, which takes young people from our area, does a splendid job. Not only does it administer much needed love and medical support to young people with life threatening illnesses, but also much needed support and respite care for families. Further details from Pam Doodes, 01424 892329 or Thelma Nance, 01424 892421.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday June 2,commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Lucinda Knapman with her demonstration entitled “Fabulous Flowers”. Non members are welcome for a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the group please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk. Alternatively, you can look at their website www.ninfieldflowergroup.co.uk.

The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, June 4. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30p.m., every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

Are you able to give an hour of your time for a fabulous cause - the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice? Sainsbury’s in Town Hall Square has allocated Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, for supporters to collect money for Chestnut Tree House outside the store. They are delighted to have been offered this slot but, as they were expecting just one day, they may be short of willing helpers during the days! Would you be prepared to give an hour or two of your time? You will not be on duty by yourselves, there will be two or three together. Many hands make light work! This is a rewarding and fun activity because people are willing to give to such a good cause. So - please - if you would like to help contact Pam Doodes 01424 892329 or Thelma Nance 01424 892421 who will be delighted to hear from you.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on June 16, where a visit has been arranged to the Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst. This starts with a talk at 2pm on the history of the 13th century estate. There will be time to look round and buy plants as well as enjoying tea and cake. The talk is free to Horticultural members and £2 for non members. Booking is essential with Rose by 6 June: 892422 or email: rose.franks1@btinternet.com.

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 - 9.30a.m. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Wednesdays - 10.00a.m. Holy Communion.

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

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

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30p.m. except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30a.m.

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

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close,