Ninfield

May I start by wishing everyone all good wishes for the Easter weekend!: I hope you have an enjoyable and peaceful time...and for those who have given up something for Lent...maybe Chocolate or Alcohol?.. Congratulations! Now, on Sunday, try not to give the factories and breweries the satisfaction of your rejoiced bulk buying! Also, don’t forget we put the clocks forward this Easter Saturday night...an hour’s less sleep, Boo! I was trying to think of a way to ADD the odd hour INTO a day not take one off! Or, could we invent the 8 day week? Would THAT help us fit everything in that needs to be done...Should we ask Europe? Could we add all the Spanish Siesta hours together and trade them over here?! Sorry...getting into the realms of fantasy now...not enough sleep you see...! Lets all try and take a little time over the holiday weekend to relax and reflect, and hopefully recharge the batteries.. ! There are lots of lovely services and celebrations in and around the Villages, plus fun events in Bexhill and Battle for all to enjoy...Fingers crossed for good weather! Oh! and if you’re near the Red Lion in Hooe early on Easter Sunday evening...stop by for a bit.. there’s a fantastic band playing, and a singer you might recognise...!!

N.A.G Update: You remember that there was an open meeting on the 16th at the Memorial hall...Well, upwards of 90 residents attended; a good turnout, and everyone was more than interested to hear the latest updates on the proposed housing numbers for the Village, as projected by WDC. Some volunteers have taken on the roles of area reps., and they will co-ordinate information to and from the Parish Council on behalf of their part of the Village. If anyone wants to get involved, or would like to have ongoing input with NAG, please email nag2015@btinternet.com or look at their Facebook page. Alternatively, check in the next Parish Magazine when it comes out at the end of this month, or look at the Parish Council Website. There is a lot of information already collated, and also advice as to how you can monitor your own locale within the Parish. All help is very much appreciated, and vital for keeping up with the continual planning applications.

Hooe Parish Council: The ‘Clean for the Queen’ litter pick round Hooe Village, is on Saturday 2nd April. Meet at 9.30am in the Red Lion Car Park, and you will be sent in groups to areas designated for a good clear up! Refreshments will be necessary afterwards no doubt, so pop into the Red Lion and have a nice glass of Adams Ale... Er, that’s water..!!!?

Ninfield Flower Group: Will meet on Monday 4th April, at the Memorial Hall 7.30pm for a fantastic floral demonstration by Pat MacDonald. Do go and see how the group create their famous displays, and find out more about their charities and festivals. Call Jennifer on 892878 or email ninfieldflowers@gmail.com

Ninfield Parish Council: Meet next on Thursday 7th April at the Methodist Hall, 7.15pm, email the Clerk at ninfieldpc@btinternet.com for more info.

Ninfield Parish Church: St Mary’s Church Easter Sunday Service- 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Church- Hooe, Parish Eucharist at 11.15am.

Ninfield Methodist Church: Good Friday, 25th March, from 2pm-3pm there will be a united event with St Mary’s Parish Church, to reflect on the Good Friday Story. On Easter Sunday, 27th March, at 10.30am they will celebrate a Family Praise and Worship service, led by Mrs Pen Wilcock, and everyone is warmly invited to come!

Christian Voices Performance: As promised last week, here are more details of this Musical Drama Group’s forthcoming performance of the play with music, “Heart of Gold”. Based on the Bible story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, this wonderful play is written by Alan Young with songs composed by Dave Chamberlain. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 9th April at 3pm and, as usual, admission is free! Everyone is warmly invited to attend and enjoy a glorious afternoon!

Early Heads Up...!: Here is where I flag up an event which needs a lot of promoting, and this time it’s a serious fundraiser! It’s the Ninfield Memorial Hall QUIZ NIGHT!! Saturday 16th April, 7.30pm, £5 per person, to include a Ploughman’s supper..but bring your own booze! Teams of up to 6 and it is hoped that at least 20 tables can be filled! If you don’t want to get a whole team up, please come on your own and there will be teams made up on the night. It’s a really good evening, a great quiz, and all proceeds are going to the purchase of a much needed new oil tank and it’s relocation! Call me, Sami, on all the numbers at the end of the column, for more info or to book a team in, and I’ll pass on. Or call Jennifer on 892878 to book direct!

The Queen’s Birthday: Both Ninfield and Hooe are celebrating the Queen’s Actual Birthday - 21st April- with the lighting of their Beacons, within the National Schedule. It’s really fantastic that these two small villages can provide such great evenings; both have 7pm starts and the Public Houses are hosting BBqs in their car parks! So, Ninfield’s Beacon Party - Blacksmiths Inn- 7pm, lighting beacon at 7.30pm, and Paul will be welcoming everyone to join in with food and music. Then Hooe Beacon Party - at the Triangle -7pm for 7.30 Beacon Lighting, and Lee will be hosting a BBq in the Red Lion car park, also the Hooe Silver Band will be entertaining! Call me if you’d like to get involved with any of the upcoming events for the Official Birthday weekend in June!

Defibrillators: These are situated, on the front wall, by the entrance, of the P.Hs - The Kings Arms, Ninfield and The Red Lion Hooe.

Keep in Touch: Please call me, Sami Guard - 893699, 07970650321, or email samanthaguard@btinternet.com. Thanks! Have a lovely weekend!

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