Westfield

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on Sunday, March 30, with a Family Benefice Service at 10.30am at the Parish Church. As usual, there will be BCP Communion at 8am on Sunday and at 9.30am on Wednesday. The Lent series concludes with a look at Psalm 19 on Wednesday, April 2 at 7pm at the church, or Friday at 10.30am at ‘Holyoak’. Next Sunday, April 6, is the Annual Meeting of Parishioners at 10.15am, following a shortened 9.30am Morning Worship.

The Churchyard Tidy takes place on April 12 from 9.30am-12pm,and more volunteers are needed to help. Please come along with suitable tools for removing brambles and weeds, cutting grass etc. Ring 751129 for further details.

Over 40 volunteers braved the showers of hail and rain for the Spring Village Tidy last Saturday. Thank you to everyone who helped, especially Cubs, Scouts and the other children; it was lovely to see litter-free roads afterwards with the daffodils looking so pretty.

THE BIG QUIZ is back on Saturday, March 29 in the Parish Hall, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start for teams of up to eight people. Tables must be booked in advance at £5 per person, which includes food. Please ring or text Min on 07952995743 to book. All proceeds go to Westfield Youth Club.

The Friendship Club meets at the Parish Hall from 2-3.30pm on Monday, March 31. Whist, bingo, scrabble and dominoes are enjoyed by members with tea and biscuits during the break. New members will be made very welcome; ring Jean on 01424 753095 for more information.

The Westfield Horticultural Society Spring Show takes place in the Community Hall on Saturday, April 5 from 2.30pm. Show schedules are available from Archers, or visit their website westfieldhorticulturalsociety.org.uk for details about how to enter the many classes of flowers, vegetables, home produce, handicrafts and art. There are special classes for children to enter, too. Raffle, tombola, plant stall and cakes will all be available. Admission is just 50p, but free to Society members and children.

Westfield Scout Group holds its annual Duck Race on Sunday, April 6 at Forge Stream, Cottage Lane. Please buy your lucky duck number (£1 each) from Scout Leaders, Archers Butchers, or at the field on the day. If you cannot be there, please buy a duck and we will race it for you! Burgers and hot dogs will be on sale from 12.15pm before the ducks are thrown at 1pm. This event is fun for all the family, including well behaved dogs. Please note that there is no parking at the field, so you are asked to walk down from the village.

There will be a fete meeting in the Community Hall dining room on April 16 at 7pm for anyone interested in either helping in any way at all or with ideas about what they would like to see on the day. It will be an informal fun meeting, so please come along. The more the merrier!

Westfield Community Speed Watch volunteers have completed their first traffic monitoring session. In the hour and a half session they recorded the details of four speeding motorist, and have passed on the information to the Police. There are more sessions planned in the next few weeks and we hope that their visible presence will encourage more drivers to comply with the speed limit in Westfield. If you would like to help it is not too late to join. For more information please contact Jackie on 01424 755210.

Westfield residents need to be aware that Battle Fire Station is threatened with being downgraded. There is a meeting at Langton Hall in Battle on April 7 at 7.30pm when members of the Fire Authority will be present to ‘hear’ concerns. It is imperative that there is a BIG turnout (a march down the High Street from the Fire Station has been proposed) - supported by local police, by the way - in order to enhance media attention and show that people are passionate that the station remains in Battle. Please make your voice heard by visiting www.esfrs.org/publicconsultation, where an on line questionnaire can be completed which lodges your objections. You can also visit #StandUp4Battle (Twitter) or contact your local Fire Authority Rother members John Barnes (cllr.john.barnes@eastsussex.gov.uk) and Stuart Earl (cllr.stuart.earl@eastsussex.gov.uk). The campaign is being organised by Helen Ashenheim, who will be delighted to talk to you on 07791 277921 or 01580 881813. In particular, there are considered to be many errors of fact in the Fire Authority’s consultation document.

Visit the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk for information about village organisations, events, Westfield Community Association, the Parish Council, and all sorts of useful links. Remember this is YOUR website, set up to serve the village community, and your contributions, news and views are needed.

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

George Sunderland, Heathlands