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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 Friendship Club meets at the Parish Hall from 2-3.30pm.

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.

Westfield WI meets in the Parish Hall at 2.15pm next Wednesday, April 8. Brian Freeland will be talking about ‘The View from the Wings’, and the competition is a photograph of a bird. New members are always welcome; just turn up, or ring Julie (01424 754013) if you would like to know more.

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!

The Friendship Club meetings are at the Parish Hall from 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. each fortnight. The forthcoming dates are 17th April 14th and 28th. 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.

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 gillattewell@gmail.com

St Michael’s Hospice Neighbours has a campaign in the village. 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.

Supermarkets vouchers for Westfield School can be dropped into “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.’ The Hub is holding a decorated egg Easter competition, decorate a single boiled egg, a nest of chocolate eggs – any variation on the theme! Entries cost £1, and judging takes place on Friday, April 11 at the Hub.

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

Update on above ref New Cut. There is a Coordinator who is looking forward to hearing from local residents – Paul Billingham plbillingham@dsl.pipex.com

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 or email westfieldparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

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