Ninfield

THEFT: Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, has advised of a heater oil theft from Lower Street, Ninfield. The discovery was made on January 7 however, it is not know of the exact date of the theft. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this report, please can they call the Police on 101, quoting reference 0898 07/01/2015.

U18’S FOOTBALL: Last weeks home game saw yet another postponement for the Ninfield U18 team. Weather and pitch permitting, the team are at home this Sunday, January 18, 10.30 a.m. on Ninfield recreation ground. Hopefully, the team have been swatting up on tactics whilst they have not been playing and will be rearing to go at their next match. They will also be at home on January 25 all at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on Ninfield Rec. They would love to see some new supporters.

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: Following a successful meeting held last week, the NAG have appointed a chairman; David Swales. If you require any information regarding the housing issues that NAG are challenging, in the first instance, you can contact David at dj_swales@hotmail.com. Alternatively, you can also view their Facebook page (ninfieldactiongroup) for the latest news. The group has been set up to represent those from the whole village who are apposed to the proposed developments within the village. As such, there is no charge for membership to the group and they respect that some people may having differing views. The group anticipates that they may require to fundraise at some point in the near future for a ‘Fighting Fund‘ to assist them in their fight against our village’s future development. There will be more on this as and when the group release further details. The group acknowledge that to enable some families to stay within Ninfield, a certain number of starter homes are required however, they challenge some aspects of the proposals such as the infrastructure of schools, surgeries and highways. “The ‘10 children’ [Ingrams Green developemnt] is simply those of PRIMARY school age and ignores secondary or post 16 educational places”. If anyone can offer any time or expertise to the group, they would very much appreciate it. Please contact David as above.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) held their AGM on Friday, January 9. Group organiser, Edna Wallis, gave her review of the past year’s activity, which marked a further increase in the membership, which has now passed 40 as well as the full programme of events and speakers. The accounts showed a positive balance, enabling the Club to further support local and National charities. In the past year both Air Ambulance Service and Barby Keel Animal Rescue have both benefitted by donations from the Club. Edna was able to confirm that the membership subscription would remain at £10 and day visitors at £2.00. The only increase will be the raffle, which will be £1.00 for a strip of tickets, in order that the quality of the prizes can be maintained at a high level. Edna thanked all the members for their support of the Bring & Buy Table, which significantly contributed to the Club’s funds.

A full programme of speakers and events for 2015 is already in place, with many personalities relating the highlights of their career as well as advice on subjects such as health and fitness. After the formal business of the AGM, everyone teamed up to complete a fifty question quiz based on answering True or False. During which afternoon tea was served. If you would like to go to one of the Hooe Open Group Friday afternoon meetings, which are held at Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of each month (the next on February 13), commencing at 2.30pm, please do not hesitate as there is a friendly and lively bunch of ladies ready to welcome you. For further details call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday, January 19, Ninfield Horticultural Society’s speaker is David Powell who will be telling them how weather is recorded. Let’s hope for a fine evening so that many of you can attend. As usual, they meet at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall and will have refreshments and raffle. Current and new members always welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding their annual winter Jumble Sale on January 31, 2 p.m., at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entrance is 50p per person. Along with bargains, there is a raffle and refreshments. If you have any jumble you would like to donate, you are able to drop it off at the Memorial Hall on Friday 30 after 7 p.m. or on Saturday 31 after 8.30 a.m. Alternatively, jumble can be collected the week before by contacting Dick Creasey on 07970 559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681.

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

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on February 5, 7 p.m. at Ninfield Methodist Church hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

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 SERVICES/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. January 18, Worship and Praise with Mrs C. Jones. January 25, Worship and Praise with Mrs Topsy Brice.

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