Ninfield

Carnival Committee: At their last meeting in September, they were pleased to receive a letter from Ninfield School asking for a donation towards the play equipment for the younger children. £500 was the target figure and the committee agreed unanimously to donate the full amount. The Carnival this year raised £5000 in profits for local causes and projects and the committee are looking forward to more applications for donations. A huge thank you again goes to all who helped, or donated time and/or raffle prizes, to make the Carnival weekend such a brilliant success. Some cheques will be presented at the Village Gala Night on October 25 at the Memorial hall, it’s a great evening and will be a chance for the Carnival committee to announce plans for next year. A new project for July 2015 to stand in for the Carnival, which will have to be rested for a year while Sparke Pavilion is being rebuilt. If anyone is interested in joining the committee or would just like to meet for a chat, their A.G.M is on Wednesday, October 25, at 8.30 p.m. in the Working Men’s Club, where more details on this year’s fundraising and next year’s ideas will be discussed. Look forward to seeing you there! Thanks again!

Senlac Bells: You are invited to join Senlac Bells in Concert for ‘Music for an Autumn Evening’ tomorrow, October 4, 7.30 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This will be traditional music rung on 65 handbells. Admission is £2/person to include tea or coffee. Children are admitted for free. All will be very welcome.

Methodist Harvest: Ninfield Methodist Church are celebrating ‘Harvest through the ages’ tomorrow, October 4, 12-2 p.m. This will be a buffet lunch and local photos (using some of Cyril Wells’ slides). No tickets required, just pop in! They are then holding a ‘Harvest Praise‘ Family service with 1st Ninfield Scout group, led by Revd. Peggy Heim on October 5, 10.30-11.30 a.m. All are very welcome to attend.

Hooe Open Group: The Hooe Open Group are next meeting on Friday, October 10, when the speaker Barry Wilkinson will be relating his experiences as a prison warder. 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 2.30 p.m., you will be made very welcome. For further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Jumble Sale: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a jumble sale on October 11, 2 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entry is 50p/person. As well as many bargains, there will be tea/coffee and cakes! If you have any jumble that you would like to donate, please contact Jennifer on 892878. Should you wish any further information regarding the group or any forthcoming events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

Mobile Library: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on October 11 & 25 at Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50 p.m. - 2.35 p.m. Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50 p.m. - 3.25 p.m. Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40 p.m. - 4.05 p.m.

Hooe History Society: Hooe History Society next meet on Thursday, October 16, in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Following a very swift AGM, they will sit back to enjoy Anne Bourner talk to them about the history of the Michaelmas Fair. Local talks by local people are always very popular and Anne is known to give an interesting and informative presentation so this is something not to be missed. It is surprising how much additional information comes from the audience at meetings such as this, it is a great way of collecting snippets for the record.

Ninfield Homemade Fayre: Returning to the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 18. Tables are £10 if you live in Ninfield, £12 otherwise and can be booked through Kaye Crittell (k.crittell@btinternet.com or 01424 892883). If it’s home made - art, craft, edible - then why not book a table!

Christian Voices: Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in October. It is called “Let My People Go” and is based on what happens when Moses and Aaron tell the King of Egypt to let his slaves go free. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performances will be in aid of the Bexhill Street Pastors. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church on Saturday, October 18 at 3 p.m. As usual, entry is free. All are invited to attend.

Village Open Meeting: The Parish Council are holding an Open Meeting on October 22 - details will be on the noticeboards and website. Please go along and help them to keep the momentum going with the ongoing housing debate.

Village Gala Night: Ninfield Village Gala Night returns for it’s 9th Annual event on October 25, at Ninfield Memorial Hall. A Fish & Chip Supper with Licensed Bar, Cabaret, Awards, Disco and Dancing. The Ticket price is £13 per head ( 50p cheaper than last 2 years) and that includes Supper (choice of Fish, Chicken, Sausage or Veg. Burger) plus Cabaret, featuring ‘Deja Revue’ (London West-End, Brighton Venues). It will also include the Awards Ceremony – Village Award, Roger Kent Memorial Award, Carnival Assoc. Presentations and dancing to the International Music & Light show. Dress Code is Formal/Smart, and doors open at 7 p.m. with carriages at Midnight. This has proved to be a brilliant evening, so early booking is essential! Tickets, tables and food orders through Sami Guard on 893699, 07970650321 or email: samanthaguard@btinternet.com – or see Sophie in the Post Office! Please fill in a nomination form in the Post Office for your choice of Award Winners, closing date October 17.

Halloween: It has become a tradition in Ninfield for the Dance and Drama Club, in association with the Youth Forum, to do an organised Trick or Treat parade around the Village, this year’s being on October 31. Fancy Dress is a must and prizes are given to the scariest Child and Family! We have been proud to see such a fantastic group – sometimes nearly 100 people – parade through the streets, where residents await with sweets, or tricks of their own! – and collecting for the Youth Forum and Local Projects. This year, the Landlords of the Blacksmiths Inn, Ian and Kathy, have asked to join the fun and create a special evening at the Blacksmiths; to include food and games for the youngsters with a spooky cave, bobbing for apples, flour dips etc, followed by a Halloween Party Night for the Adults with food and Disco. The Ninfield Dance Club will be performing in the Car Park; that’s the children and, hopefully Les Belles Burlesques… Vampires watch this space!! Get those costumes ready and come and join a fun evening! Please put a notice in your window if you do not want to be disturbed by trick-or-treaters… This event will always respect non participants.

First Responders: The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, November 5. 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.

Ninfield Parish Council: The next meeting for Ninfield Parish Council is on November 6, 7.15 p.m. at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. All residents are invited to attend.

Remembrance Sunday: As this year is the anniversary of the start of World War 1 an afternoon of Commemoration of the event has been created, alongside the marking of Remembrance Sunday on November 9. This will be held in the Memorial Hall, doors open at 1.30 p.m. and will include light refreshments, a wreath laying ceremony with the Ninfield Scouts and the Parish Council, a short presentation from the History group on the usage of the Hall during wartime, a poignant piece by the Drama club enacting a WW1 scene, some popular songs from the era performed by youngsters from the school and a short sermon from a ‘WW1 Chaplain’. Then there will be tea etc. and a natter, with doors closing by 5 p.m. This is an all inclusive village event, there is no charge, all residents are invited to come and be part of the Ninfield Commemoration of the First World War It’s a time to remember, and to be close to the people we love.

Finding out more: 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.

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 service/events: All services at 2.30 p.m. except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30 a.m. October 4, ‘Harvest through the Ages’ - Buffet Lunch & Harvest photos of Ninfield. October 5, Harvest Praise Family Service with 1st Ninfield Scout Group, led by Revd. Peggy Heim. October 12, Service of Worship & Praise with Mr. O. Birch. October 15, Fellowship Guild - ‘Volunteering at the Olympics’ with Clive Loader. October 19, Service of Worship & Praise with Mr. D. Hanson. October 22, 3.30-5.30 p.m. ‘Messy Church’. October 26, Service of Worship & Communion with Revd. Peggy Heim.

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