Ninfield

Bowls: Ninfield Bowls Club played their last league match of the season on August 13 against Sidley Martletts. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they lost 84-53. Their match against Guestling on August 17 faired much better, in spite of the rain. After five ends the heavens opened and rain stopped play. While they waited for the rain to clear, tea and cakes were served. Once the sun finally appeared, they managed to complete the 18 remaining ends to win 82-44.

Arthritis Research UK: Tomorrow, August 23, our local Arthritis Research UK fundraisers are holding an open gardens from 2pm-4pm. This is your chance to see John’s Open Garden at Barn Cottage, Standard Hill Mews, then Afternoon Tea at Campions, Standard Hill. Suggested donation of £4. There will also be a Bring and Buy stall, cakes, produce and of course a raffle.

Beating the Bounds: Ninfield Village Society is repeating the successful Jubilee walk of Beating the Bounds. This will be Sunday, August 31, and will start from Sparkes Pavillion at 9am. Maps will be supplied for you to either follow the route with their guide, Robin Goldsmith, or go it alone at your own speed. The walk, which follows the eastern part of our boundary, is approximately 8.5 miles and at a gentle pace will take about four or five hours to complete, with ‘get out spots’ along the way for those who wish to do a shorter walk. Please carry water and any snacks you may need and be aware that short stretches of the walk are on public roads. Arrangements have been made for a comfort stop at approximately half distance. No booking necessary. This is a free walk although any small donation to the Society will be graciously received. Enquiries to Robin Goldsmith on 01424 892778.

Mobile Library: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on August 30 at: Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm-2.35pm; Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm-3.25pm; Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm-4.05pm.

Ninfield Flower Group: Their next meeting is on Monday, September 1, at the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30 p.m. They shall welcome Jo Durkin with her demonstration entitled “All things Bright and Beautiful”. Non-members are welcome at the cost of £4, which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening.

First Responders: The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe, Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, September 3. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970 024135.

Neighbourhood Watch: The next Neighbourhood Watch and Panel meeting will be on Tuesday, September 9, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. The speaker will be Stephanie Smith, Sussex Police’s ‘Finds and Liaison’ officer. She will be talking about anything of value that has to be declared and the process involved. The team will also be showing a DVD regarding scam mail and its problems. All are welcome, you do not have to be a Neighbourhood Watch Member to take part. Tea and Biscuits will also be available.

Hooe Open Group: Their next meeting is on September 12, 2.30pm. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, who enjoy each other’s company, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30pm, you will be made very welcome. For further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Ninfield History Group: The group are not meeting during August. Their next meeting is on September 18, 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall. This month’s talk is ‘Mad Jack Fuller’ with Geoff Hutchinson. On September 27, they are having ‘An afternoon of Local History’ in the Memorial Hall with a slideshow of Cyril Wells’ photographs and ‘An Illustrated Talk On Shops And Businesses’, with light refreshments available. For further information, please contact chairman Rod Ffoulkes on 01424 893635, email ken.ffoulkes@which.net, see their Website www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743.

Appalachia Music: The Whitetop Mountain Band, from Virginia, USA, are coming to Ninfield, courtesy of Bluegrass Plus Club, on September 20. They will be playing Appalachia music (traditional music of the region of Appalachia in the eastern United States). The evening will also feature Alive and Picking. The venue is Ninfield Memorial Hall, 8pm-11pm, tickets are £12 per person. There is a limited number of tickets so to book your seat or obtain further information, please contact Ray or Sheila on 01424 893390/07956 266534 or email sheila@bluegrass-plusclub.co.uk.

Dog Show: Ninfield Working Men’s Club is holding a Charity Fun Dog Show on September 21. Entry Fee £1 per class. Arrival time 12pm, judging starts 1pm. Pedigree and Novelty Classes, rosettes for first to fifth places. RCCS or JW dogs need not be registered with the KC. Enquires for Dog Show phone Malcolm or Hayley, 07806 420350. Stalls include Boot/Table Sale, Raffle & Tombola, Cake Stall, Teas & Coffees, Barbecue & Bar etc. Ample free parking. Their charity this year is Canine Partners. If you have any unwanted items suitable for raffle/tombola prizes or any jumble/boot sale items you would like to donate, please ring Marj on 892239 or Maureen on 892182.

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

Church Services: St Mary’s (Church of England, Ninfield): Sundays, 9.30a.m, Parish Eucharist (Family Service on first Sunday of the month); Wednesdays, 10am, Holy Communion. St Oswald’s (Church of England, Hooe): Sundays, 11.15am, Parish Eucharist (Family Service on first Sunday of the month). Ninfield Methodist Church: All services at 2.30pm, except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30am. August 24 with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd; August 31, Worship & Praise with Revd Ian Pruden.

Contact me: 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