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The Perkins family and friends are completing the 3 peaks challenge (Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon) today after a grueling 24 hours (April 12-13). They are looking to raise £5000 from this challenge. To donate, please go to:

Please take time to read Steve’s story about his wife Helen and then give your donation - not forgetting to gift aid!! Good luck to all taking part.

Hooe Open Group’s April meeting is today, Friday April 13 at Hooe Village Hall, 2pm when the speaker will be Jim Bolter who will give a talk on the mysteries of Michalham Priory. It is also their Easter meeting when the members will enjoy Hot Cross Buns and an individual chocolate Easter Egg.

Hooe Sports Football Club are playing at home this Saturday, April 14 against Eastbourne Amateurs. Kick off at 3pm. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266. You can also track their progress on the website

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, April 14 and 28:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm - 2.35pm.

Ninfield, Millfield (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm - 3.25pm.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4.05pm.

Ninfield Bowls Club is holding an open day (start of the outdoor season) on Sunday April 15 at 2.30pm. What ever the weather there will be tea and cakes and there is a chance for you to have a go!

Hooe Parish Council are meeting on April 16 at Hooe Village Hall, 7.45pm. All Hooe residents are invited.

The Golden Circle is next meeting on Tuesday April 17, 2pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall.

Ninfield horticultural Society are meeting on April 18 at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Their speak will be Patrick Coulcher ‘On Natural History of the Pevensey Levels’.

For further information, please contact Rose Franks:

Ninfield History Group will be meeting on Thursday April 19 at 7.30pm in the Reading

Room. A charge of £1 entry to cover the expenses. If you are interested in history and would like to find out more, please pop along.

The Ninfield PCSO, Daryl Holter will be holding a meet and greet at the gates of Ninfield School on April 19 from 3pm. This is a great opportunity for the young residents of the village to speak to Daryl.

The next game of Whist Drive is on April 25 at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Ninfield Memorial Hall. Cost is £3 which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Go and give it a try - call 892057 and speak to Beryl for more information.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Plant Sale on April 28, 9-11am at the Memorial Hall. A wide range of plants at excellent prices will be available.

Ninfield Flower Group’s jumble sale held in March raised a profit of £540! A thank you to all those that attended and helped on the day. The group’s Jennifer,Pat & friends will be holding a “coffee morning” on May 2 between 10am and 12noon. All proceeds are in aid of the Memorial Hall Floor, she hopes that everyone will attend for the worthy cause. Their next meeting on the May 14 is being held at Hilliers Nursery Centre at Stone Cross. All members and friends will be welcome to join us for a talk on Plant Material, this talk will commence at 6.30pm at the centre,coffee/cake available and the Nursery will stay open to 8.15 if anyone would like to shop.

Ninfield Village Society are holding a Bluebell Walk on Saturday May 5, 10am - 12pm, meeting at the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. This is a free conducted tour of Church Wood to see this beautiful little wood, look at the recent work of the society volunteers and hopefully to see the bluebells and other signs of summer. This invitation is open to all. Refreshments will also be available.

The pram race will be held on the Rec on Monday May 7. Registration for races will begin at 11.30am, with races beginning at midday. Race categories are juniors (11yrs and under); seniors (12-18yr); adults; fun; veteran. There will be cash prizes for each race and fancy dress is optional. The carnival committee will be running a bar and BBQ along with selling raffle tickets for the Carnival Draw. There will also be an auction for an ‘animal house’, kindly donated by Skinners Sheds, to raise money for the Diamond Jubilee events.

This is sure to be a fun afternoon! The carnival committee would be very grateful if any individual or society that has a cup from the pram race or carnival if they could return it ASAP. Please contact Lorna on 893644 if you have one of their cups at the moment.

Diamond Jubilee Weekend – There is a diary of events being put together by the Jubilee Committee which will keep Ninfield buzzing for five days! Please see flyers, posters, Village Voice updates and newsletters for information and if you would like to help in any way please call Sami Guard on 893699.

The Tea Party and Cabaret for the over 60’s is on Saturday June 2 and the Jubilee Co. would like to know if anyone has a 60th Birthday or Wedding Anniversary within the week either side of Jubilee Weekend! Please call Sami on 893699 or email

The theme of this years carnival, July 14, is the Olympics. Please get those thinking caps on for your floats. Due to Olympic commitments, the police will be unable to provide any support for the road closure. Therefore, we need at least 15 marshalls to help with the procession. We also would ideally like a vehicle with flashing lights at the front and rear of the procession. Marshalls will be needed between 10.30am-1.30pm. If you could marshall or are willing to provide and drive a suitable vehicle in the procession please contact Lorna 893644. To start the event in the Arena there will be an official Opening Ceremony with the ‘Olympic Flame’ lighting a beacon on the Rec to start the day. –100 PEOPLE ARE NEEDED TO PERFORM AN EASY ROUTINE WITH FLAGS, RIBBONS, HOOPS ETC!!!!! – 3 rehearsals will be required, Sami is organising it… so, call , email (893699 or email and go and join in a one-time only fun event!

‘Ninfield’s Got Talent!’ is back after huge demand following the fantastic success of last years competition. To register your ‘Act’ for this year’s extravaganza on Friday July 13 in the main Marquee, see Sami at the N.G.T stand on Pram Race day or email Closing date for entries will be over the Jubilee weekend June 2-4. There will be cash prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd, with a special performance by one of last year’s finalists in the interval. If this was not enough, to end the evening there will be a Band for dancing till Midnight.

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: /

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield): at St Marys

Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

1st Sunday of the month - 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion

Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe):

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

PLEASE NOTE: Sunday April 29 - Combined Service at St Mary’s 10.30am

Sunday May 6 - Combined Service at St Oswald’s 10.30am, NO EVENING SERVICE

Sunday May 13 - Combined Service at St Mary’s 10.30am

Wednesday 16 - NO SERVICE at St Mary’s

Sunday May 20 - Combined Service at St Oswald’s 10.30am

Wednesday 23 - NO SERVICE at St Mary’s

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated):

April 15 - Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.

April 22 - Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.

April 29 - Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me:

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close