Ninfield

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: After many years, Thelma Nace has decided to retire from her role of the leader of Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch. The group would welcome anyone wishing to join the group. Should you be interested in this vacancy, please make yourself know at their forthcoming meeting in May.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of the Club will be today, April 10, commencing at 2.30 p.m. at Hooe Village Hall when the speaker will be Elizabeth Downs giving a talk entitled “Assisted Dogs”. Visitors are more than welcome on payment of £2 and if you choose the become a full member the annual fee is currently £10, which includes two subsidised events. For further information, please contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail: nickimurphy3@sky.com.

CHRISTIAN VOICES: Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in April. It is called “Malachi” and is based on what happens when the prophet Malachi meets Christian people leading unchristian lives. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall, on Saturday, April 11 at 3.0 p.m.

As usual, the admission is free and all are very welcome to attend. Refreshments will also be served.

NINFIELD FLOWER GROUP: On Monday, April 13, in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Lynn Carter with her demonstration entitled “Floral Fantasia Colourtastic.”. Non members welcome at a cost of £4.00 to include refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Should you wish any further information regarding the group please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK: On Wednesday April 15, the Arthritis Research UK are holding a coffee morning from 10.30 a.m. until 12 midday in the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. Non members, and New members will be most welcome. Contributions for Raffle, and for the Bring and Buy stall would be appreciated. Entry £1 includes coffee and biscuits! Registered Charity No. 207711, SC041156.

NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: The March meeting welcomed Malcolm Pratt, who spoke on “Strange goings on in the Sussex Borough of Winchelsea.” It was very interesting and entertaining looking back to the 18C and earlier. On April 16 they will be holding their AGM, followed by Kevin Gordon speaking on the “Lost Village of Tidemills”. They have had Kevin before and he always gives a very interesting talk. The meeting will be in the Methodist Hall in Church Lane Ninfield and starts at 7.30 p.m. Members pay £1 per meeting, Visitors £2 per meeting. For further information call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: Hooe History Society meet on Thursday, April 16 at 7.30 p.m. in Hooe Village Hall. This month they welcome Helen Poole presenting her talk entitled ‘Elizabethan England’. The group are looking forward to a very interesting evening. Members and non members all very welcome. Further information from Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on April 17 at:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 10.40 a.m. - 11.10 a.m.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 11.20 a.m. - 11.45 p.m.

NINFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday April 20, the society welcome back Colin Page as their evening speaker. They meet as usual in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m., and have a raffle and refreshments. Everyone welcome.

NINFIELD GOLDEN CIRCLE: The next meeting of Ninfield Golden Circle is on Tuesday, April 21, in the Methodist Hall in Church Lane at 2.30 p.m. They will have Julian Porter of the Bexhill Museum talking on Napoleonic Soldiers in Bexhill. For more information you can contact Jean Holmes on 212663.

PLANT SALE: On Saturday April 25, Ninfield Horticultural Society hold their Annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Hall. This is the time to buy from their excellent selection of locally grown plants. They are combining the sale with a coffee morning so please go along and meet your friends. Enjoy homemade cakes and coffee while making your garden purchases.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, May 6. 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 FLOWER GROUP: On Monday May 11 in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Janice Mason with her demonstration entitled “Seasons Bounty”. Non members are welcome at a charge of £4.00, to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on ninfieldflowers@gmail.com.

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 10.00 a.m. in The Methodist Hall in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. In addition to coffee and conversation with friends old and new, there will be home made cakes for sale, bric a brac, a raffle and more!!! The hospice does a fantastic job caring for children with life shortening conditions and their siblings and families. Do go along and support this very worthy cause. Further details from Pam Doodes 01424 892329 pamdoodes@hotmail.com.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council are holding their AGM and Annual Parish meeting on May 20, 7.15 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Planning Committee meetings precede the full council meetings, starting at 7 p.m. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend. The agendas for all public Parish Council Meetings are posted on notice boards throughout the village and are also available on their website: ninfield.webplus.net.

DEFIBRILLATORS: In the event of an emergency, they are located at the following locations, 24/7 Hooe - On the front wall of The Red Lion PH, Ninfield - On the wall to the right of the entrance to The Kings Arms.

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.

CHURCH SERVICES: for Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk):

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield), all services 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated:

April 12, No Service

April 19, Family Service

April 26, 11 a.m. Combined Valedictory Service for Revd Simon Earl.

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe) all services 11.15 a.m. unless otherwise stated:

April 12, 10.30 a.m., Combined Parish Eucharist

April 19, Parish Eucharist

April 26, No Service.

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.

April 12, Easter series with Revd. Ian Pruden

April 19, Easter series with Revd. Ian Pruden

April 26, Easter series with Revd. Ian Pruden

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.

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close