Ninfield

Ninfield Bowls Club are making a slow start to their season, but I am assured they WILL get better!: Tuesday May 13 they played Alexanda Park and lost 76-47. Playing Bexhill on May 14, they achieved a score of 68, as apposed to Bexhill’s 98. They faired slightly better on May 17 against Cross-in-Hand, with a score 63-76 to Cross-in-Hand. The Club enjoyed a fun day of men vs ladies on May 18 however, the men where one short and recruited an honorary man from the women. The men won (many believe due to their new recruit). The afternoons fun was finished off with a fish and chip supper.

Members and guests of the Ninfield Local History Group were entertained by group member David Swales at their meeting on Thursday, May 15. David delivered a lively and interesting talk on the History of Farms and Farming in the Ninfield Area. David drew on research by members of the group, local farmers, quotes from our interviews with Ninfield residents and his own farming background. He showed a great selection of photos from the group archives and brought along a selection of old farm tools including a Bill Hook, an old milk churn and a pitch fork! The group welcome guests to their meetings every third Thursday at 7.30 p.m. in Ninfield Methodist Hall.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, May 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 Working Mens Club will be holding a charity table top sale on Tuesday, May 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the club. There will be bric-a-brac, books and raffle. If you have naything that you would like to donate, please call 892239 or 892182. The funds raised will go towards their charity for the year - Canine Partners. All are welcome to help raise funds for a worthy charity.

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 7.30 p.m., every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

Those organising the collection weekend at Sainsbury’s, Bexhill, look forward to seeing on Friday, June 6 and/or Saturday, June 7 when thy will be collecting for Chestnut Tree House Children’s hospice. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the collection, more would be very welcome! Please contact either Thelma Nance 892421 or Pam Doodes 892329 if you could give an hour or two for this fantastic cause.

The Hooe Open Group are next meeting on Friday, June 13, which will be a summer cream tea and topical quiz. If you would be interested in joining in with a lively bunch of ladies, why not go along on the second Friday of the month to Hooe Village Hall, 2 p.m. For further details contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

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.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on June 19, 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Hall. Kevin Regan will be giving a talk looking at D Day and the V1 Campaign over Sussex. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, 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.

The June meeting of the Hooe History should be fantastic and not to be missed! On June 19, they will be welcoming Ken Lyon who is going to tell the group about his experiences attempting to escape from Colditz. If you have seen the magnificent film, Ken will tell them what it was really like! This will all be happening at The Hooe Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. All guests are welcome along with members, so why not join them for this memorable evening. Further details from Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

St Oswald’s Church are holding a concert by the Ninfield School Music Makers on June 19, 6.30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. There will be a retiring collection for Ninfield School and St Oswald’s Church.

St Oswald’s Church are holding their annual Garden Party on July 5, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. Hooe Silver Band will entertain with refreshments, cake stall and raffle.

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