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Westfield Church: A big thank you to everyone who decorated a tree in the Church this year. There were some wonderful and very clever interpretations of the theme of Twelve days of Christmas, and many complimentary comments. The most votes went to the Scouts and Beavers tree. Well done to them, but also to everyone who took part.

New PCSO: We are fortunate as a village community to have been taken under the wing of a new and enthusiastic Police Community Support Officer, Demetrius Georghiou. With a view to being a prominent and approachable figure in our village, Deme is keen to introduce himself to village residents, parents and guardians and would be happy to say hello whilst on his rounds.

Westfield Horticultural Society: The committee has been busy over the Christmas break arranging the 2015 programme. The season starts with a St Valentine’s Quiz night with supper on Saturday, 14th of February at the Parish Hall. The Spring Show and seed swap is on the 28th March. We have a keynote speaker, Mr Hiliary Newman, from Hadlow Agricultural College on Wednesday, April 15th. His talk is entitled “The Small Greenhouse”, something most of us have, but do we know how to use them to their full potential. Come along and find out. The season continues with a plant sale held at the Village fete on 23rd of May. There is a coach trip to RHS Wisley on Saturday, 13th June to be followed by a self drive to the Lavender Nursery near Otford on July 25th. There is another self drive on Saturday, 22nd August to the Friary Gardens, Hastings. September 12th is the Autumn Show, with the AGM on 21st October. Saturday, 24th October will see the weigh in of pumpkins to be held at the Plough Inn. Further details of the above activities will appear nearer the time. Do make a note in your diary now, particularly of the talk by Mr Hiliary Newman. The year book is prepared and will be delivered shortly together with the newsletter. All these details and more can be found on the Westfield Village Web site simply follow the link.

The Friendship Club: continues to meet every other Monday in the Parish Hall from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. where whist and bingo are enjoyed by members. Tea and biscuits are served during the afternoon. New members will be made very welcome. Subscription £5 per year. For further information please contact Jean Hobson on 753095. Next dates are February 2nd and 16th; March 2nd, 16th and 30th and April 13th and 27th.

Westfield Scout Group: is celebrating its centenary in 2015. If you have youngsters, boys or girls, between the ages of 6 and 13 who are looking for fun and adventure why not give Beavers, Cubs of Scouts a try. For full details contact Frances on 754548 or Rose on 754080.

Westfield Women’s Institute: Westfield WI meets in the Parish Hall. Just turn up, or contact President Julie Lloyd on 01424 754013 if you would like more information. New members are always welcome.

Westfield Community Hub: Meets at the Plough on Friday mornings from 10 – 12. For further information www.westfield-hub.co.uk

Westfield Newsagent: is now a collection point for myHermes parcels. This is very useful for sending and collecting parcels. Please pop in for more information.

‘The Wheel of the Year’: a show from local folk legend Garry Blakely (fiddle) and his band, will be performed at Westfield Church as part of the Plough Sunday and Monday celebrations tomorrow Saturday, January 24 at 4pm. Tickets are £5 (children free) from Archers or at the door, or ring 01424 751029. Followed by tea and cake.

Westfield School Governor: A number of vacancies have recently arisen within our Governing Body, including a Parent Governor role and newly created ‘Co-Opted’ roles. Governors play a critical role in keeping the governing body aware of the views of parents and the local community. Serving as part of a team and an enthusiasm for the work of the school is paramount to a successful governing body. If you are interested and/or want more information you might find it useful to talk to our Chair of Governors, Bruce Miller. Please contact Bruce via the school office on 01424 751404. If you wish to stand for election, please obtain a nomination form from the school office.

Pass and Move: runs football coaching sessions every Saturday at St Leonard’s Academy from 9-10.30am (£3.50) or 9-11.30am (£5) and in Westfield during the week. For information please email Duncan on duncan.jones@live.co.uk, or call Tony on 07545 813545, visit Facebook:/PassMoveBattle or see the website, pass-move.com.

Westfield Football Club: is 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 secretary gillattewell@gmail.com.

The village website: www.westfieldvillage.co.uk has all sorts of information about village organisations, events, Westfield Community Association, the Parish Council, and so on. 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 produce such as eggs or vegetables for sale from home and ‘back garden’ producers. If you would like to be included in this feature, please email clerk@westfieldvillage.co.uk.

Rye and District Association of the National Trust: On Thursday 19th February, Laton Frewen will return to inform us about “Mary Queen of Scots”. All Talks will be at Brede Village Hall commencing at 2.00 pm. The entrance fee of £3 (members) and £4 (non-members) includes refreshments after the talk. Forthcoming events include our Spring lunch will be held on Saturday 28th March at The Powder Mills Hotel. Please make your bookings with Ros Adkins on 01797 253763. A menu/booking form was included with the recent Newsletter which has been circulated to all members. Also you need to be booking now for the next Theatre outing to see The History Boys at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Tickets at £38 include travel.

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

George Sunderland

Heathlands