Westfield

George Sunderland, Heathlands

Services at St John’s Church, Westfield for September are posted outside on the church notice board.

The jumble sale last Saturday at Westfield Community Hall in aid of Cancer UK and Myeloma Research, raised an excellent £326. Organised in memory of Wendy Pemberton by her friends, they wish to pass on their thanks & gratitude to all helpers & “jumblers” & hope to see you again next year.

Westfield Horticultural Society Autumn Show 2013

The Autumn Show held in the Community Hall last Saturday showed that Westfield`s gardeners were not beaten by the extraordinary climatic difficulties of 2013. The cold winter reduced the risk of frost problems to fruit blossom by delaying flowering for nearly a month, and the cold conditions in Spring meant fewer garden pests. However, many potential exhibits of the floral kind have been delayed by some six weeks and the usual profusion of chrysanths and dahlias has been much reduced. Numbers of entrants and entries were up on recent years and the superb collections of vegetables and fruit, together with the usual brilliant Floral Art and potted plants made the day memorable. Home Economics produced a mouthwatering selection well matched by craft and photographic entries. Mr. Kelvin Lynch won the R.H.S.Banksian Medal for he first time and Mrs. M. Wren held on to the top trophies in Floral Art. Well done to both.

Awards and Trophies.

RHS Banksian Medal, a prestigious award - Kelvin Lynch

Certificates:

Best vegetable and fruit exhibit B. Hillier

Most junior points in show Chloe Stratford

Cups:

President`s cup, members only, best flower exhibit Margaret Crouch

Sydney Smith cup, collection of vegetables B. Hillier

Derek Foster cup, best onions from sets B. Hillier

George Button cup, most points in classes 2—7 B. Hillier

Draper cup, class 20, collection of vegetables B. Hillier

Bill Stevens cup, best succulent/ cactus Margaret Crouch

Challenge cup, most points in vegetable classes B.. Hillier

Garden News Shield, most points in flower classes Margaret Crouch

Marianne Davis cup, most points in produce classes Sandra Gray

Dicker cup, most points in handicraft classes Nik and Rosemary Wiggins

September cup, most points in fruit classes Kelvin Lynch

Junior cup, best exhibit in junior classes Emily Dare

Gwen Smith cup, best floral arrangement Maureen Wren

Autumn Goblet, most points in floral art Maureen Wren

Autumn Challenge cup Margaret Crouch

Honey Trophy, class 56 Tricia Oakland

Sylvia Adams` trophy, best exhibit in home produce Dan Stratford

Certificates for children:

9-12 years Olivia Gibson

13—16 years Chloe Stratford

The committee would like to thank all who made this show a spectacular success, by presenting prizes, entering, sponsoring, slaving in the kitchen, setting up and dismantling and just giving us their support.The chairman would draw your attention to our outing to Sheffield Park for Autumn colours on 19th October, and the A.G.M. on Wednesday 23rd October @ 7.30p.m. in the Community Hall dining area.

Please support the Westfield Scout Group Jumble Sale at 2pm in Westfield Community Hall tomorrow 28th September. Donations of jumble gratefully received at the Hall from 12.15 p.m., but please, no TVs, monitors, or items larger than a chair.

The Friendship Club who meet in the Parish Hall from 2.0 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. have their Autumn dates; September 30th, October 14th, 28th, November llth, 25th and December 9th which will be our Christmas party.Would be pleased to see new members who will be given a very warm welcome.

Westfield Wildlife is two years old on 18th September! Over the last 2 years we have had to date 20,000+ viewings from 76 countries worldwide. Our busiest day was on 10th August 2013 with 274 visitors to the site after the posting on a rare Long-tailed Blue butterfly sighting in Pett was widely publicised. Average views for 2012 was 46 per day, the highest monthly hits 1,439 in May. Surprisingly only 132 comments were made on postings. We would like to thank all of our contributors for all their interesting sightings, photos, and comments. We hope you will continue to support and enjoy Westfield Wildlife and submit many more sightings from the around the parish of Westfield over the next 12 months. Visit http://westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com

Community Speed Watch volunteers for Westfield. Information from Sussex Police invites villages to set up groups of volunteers to carry out this worthwhile speed check. I am sure you will all agree that some motorists travel far too fast through our village and we need to do something to help change their behaviour. Villages that have already taken part in a speed watch initiative report that there has been a noticeable reduction in speeding. Initially, I am looking for expressions of interest, volunteers need to have some free time to participate in initial training by the police and then become part of a group of ideally 10 who would operate the equipment on a rota basis. Unfortunately, if there is insufficient interest it will not be cost effective for the police to deliver training. To find out more See http://www.westfieldvillage.co.uk/node/4527

If you can help Westfield Football Club in any way please contact the club. They are presently putting things in place to ensure both local football opportunities at all levels & for all ages with the 1st team playing in Senior Football. Therefore if you would like to offer one off or ongoing support, both on & off the pitch, before during or after games please get in touch with the Secretary on gilljordan@rocketmail.com

Westfield Bowls Club hosted the annual match versus the Football Club last Sunday. It was played before the heavy rain came which worked out perfect. For a change (maybe the first ever) one of the Football Club teams actually won, skippered by Kefin Bakka & with a fair bit of good luck & bowling. Afterwards everyone retired to the Football Club & enjoyed a sausages & chips meal. Everyone really enjoyed their day & look forward to next year.

The Youth Club offers a great time. It runs on Wednesdays from 6.30-8pm. You need to be a member, so contact Dan 07899917952 to register.

The F3 women’s group had a presentation regarding the St Michael’s Hospice Neighbours campaign publicised in the village earlier in the year. This scheme is looking for people to volunteer their time by giving a few hours a week, fortnight or month on a day and time that suits them, within their local area, to help with everyday tasks such as putting out the washing, walking the dog, cooking and daily chores – or just chatting over a cuppa. The first Westfield volunteers are being trained, but more are needed. Please contact Jane Cave on 01424 445177 ext. 6012, or email jcave@stmichaelshospice.com if you think you can help.

Westfield Beavers are now full & taking names for a waiting list.

Westfield Women’s Institute meets on Tuesdays, ring 01424 754013 for more information.

Sainsbury’s vouchers for Westfield School can be dropped into the new look “Westfield News & Village Store” where Richard & Dan will happily collect them from you.

The Westfield HUB meets at ‘The Plough’ on Fridays from 10am to 12noon. A warm and friendly welcome and a decent cup of tea/coffee are assured at the Hub every Friday morning between 10am and midday.’

Have you received your copy of the Westfield Community Association Newsletter, August – November 2013? Inside is a plethora of information & signposts to most of what is going on in the village. It’s a “must see/read” & something to be kept in your home, office or magazine rack for ongoing reference.

Neighbourhood Watch – Coordinators are required to cover Churchfields, Cottage Lane, Main Road, New Cut & New Moorsite. For more information please contact our village PCSO Richard Perchard on 07796336862 or Richard.perchard@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Whitegates Summer Fete held on Saturday 31st August was once again blessed with lovely weather. It was by far the busiest to date & congratulations must go to the staff team for arranging such a brilliant event, including a never ending afternoon tea with gorgeous sandwiches, savouries & cakes. The recipients of funds raised are St Michaels Hospice.

What would you like to see included in the village website? The Westfield village website team members are always looking for ways to improve this community website. Please help by completing our short feedback survey. The link is on the home page of www.westfieldvillage.co.uk

To send information for the Westfield Village Voice, please email george@roker.f9.co.uk