Westfield

Church Services: Services at St John’s Church, - as usual, there will be Holy Communion at 9.30am on Wednesday. Do not miss the tea party in the Vicarage garden on Sunday, August 31 from 3-6pm, with circus skills and games, cakes and a plant swap. Bring your picnic to enjoy while listening to live music from three bands.

Bus changes: Sarah Owen, the Labour candidate for MP in Hastings and Rye, and ESCC Councillor John Hodges were the speakers at today’s public meeting to discuss proposals that ESCC should make major cuts to the county’s subsidised bus services - 60% of which are in rural East Sussex. They stressed that a bus service is a service to the community, and undertook to do everything in their power to fight the proposed reductions. For Westfield, the following is proposed: Buses 340 and 341 - currently hourly to be cut to every two hours off-peak. Bus 342 - will see one journey a day cut. The Dial-A-Ride service will be cut from five days to two days. To make your views known please contact Sarah Owen; you can find out details about a petition against the changes at www.sarahowen.org.uk/BusCuts. You can also type Don’t Stop Our Bus into Facebook. You can contact Cllr John Hodges at cllr.john.hodges@eastsussex.gov.uk. Please complete the ESCC consultation to make your views known. Did you know that as well as cuts, fare increases of 30% could be introduced? Please also make your views known to MP Amber Rudd at Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL or tel. 01424 205435. Details about a petition against the changes are at www.sarahowen.org.uk/BusCuts. You can also visit Don’t Stop Our Bus in Facebook. To make your views known to MP Amber Rudd contact her at Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL or ring 01424 205435.

Westfield Horticultural Society: There is a special horticultural exhibit which will be part of the display at the Sedlescombe & District Garden Society 70th Anniversary Summer Horticultural Show and Mini Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, August 2. The celebrations start at 2pm on the Village Green, this year, and as well as the flower, vegetable, floral art, cookery and handicraft exhibits there will be a special 70th Anniversary tent portraying a pictorial view of the village through the 70 years, including the WHS display. There will be many other Sedlescombe organisations with stalls on the village green to make the afternoon one big celebration.

The Friendship Club: Fortnightly meetings at the Parish Hall start again on Monday, September 15 from 2-3.30pm. Members can enjoy whist, bingo and Scrabble, a chat over tea and biscuits, and borrow books and puzzles. New members are welcome.

Youth Club: Westfield Youth Club will be running its Free Funday on Sunday, August 10 from 10am-2pm on the Parish Field. Activities will include Bouncy castles, Bungee run, Crazy golf, Inflatable fun, Sumo wrestling and more. Westfield Football Club will be joining for the day, so come along and test your skills and see if you can beat the speed gun with a huge kick! No charge for the activities, but bring some money for the BBQ, tuck shop and drinks. Call Dan or Min for more details on 07899 917952.

Football Club: Westfield Football Club has arranged for Pass and Move to host summer football coaching sessions for boys and girls aged over 4 who want to have some fun, learn more about the technical side of football and get out of the house and kick a football around in the summer holidays. Tony and Duncan are both UEFA B (level 3) licensed coaches, and coach to have fun in a safe environment. Sessions are Monday, August 18 to Friday, August 22 inclusive from 9.30am-2pm (£12 per day or £50 for all 5 days) and Monday and Tuesday, September 1 and 2, also 9.30am-2pm (£12 per day or £20 for both). Pass and Move also runs coaching sessions every Saturday at St Leonard’s Academy from 9-10.30am (£3.50) or 9-11.30am (£5). For information about any of these please email Duncan on duncan.jones@live.co.uk, or call Tony on 07545 813 545, or visit Facebook:/PassMoveBattle or see the website, pass-move.com.

Football volunteers: Westfield Football Club still seeking volunteers to help provide local football opportunities at all levels and ages. If you can offer occasional or ongoing support, on or off the pitch, please contact the club via the secretary gillattewell@gmail.com.

Village website: 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. This is your website, set up to serve the village community, and your contributions, news and views are needed. The website now has details about locally available seasonal produce for sale from home and ‘back garden’ producers. If you have spare eggs, plants, home grown vegetables, etc. for sale (even if only occasionally) and would like to be included in our new website feature, please email clerk@westfieldvillage.co.uk.

Guestling Church: St. Laurence Church in Guestling is running its annual flower festival on the15th, 16th and 17th August. The festival has been running for a number of years, and all proceeds go towards the Church Restoration Fund. The theme for this year’s exhibits is “Another Look at Ladybird Books”. The festival is open each day from 10am until 5:30pm, and as well as the floral exhibits, there will be refreshments (including ploughman’s lunch and cakes); bric-a-brac and book stalls; and a tombola.

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

George Sunderland

Heathlands