Westfield

Sad news: It is with regret to inform on the passing of Dr Caroline Hargreaves. Caroline was a much respected professional who helped, advised & supported many Westfield people & families until her retirement last year, since when she has been sadly missed.

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.

The “new” New Inn: Following a busy Mothers Day, the kitchen is now fully open & serving snacks, light bites & full meals all locally sourced (where possible) & home cooked. For bookings & further information telephone Patrick on 01424 752800. Further plans include regular coffee mornings on Wednesdays from 9.30 onwards. Just give Patrick a call to find out more.

Westfield Horticultural Society: Westfield Horticultural Society Spring Show is on Saturday, March 28th at 2.30pm in the Community Hall in Moor Road, Westfield. There are nine classes encompassing all that a Village Show should have from Flowers, Plants, Flower arranging, Domestic Produce, etc. This year, class 91, is a new fun class, which is open to all the family. All one has to do is to make an animal from 5 vegetables or fruit or a combination of both. Vegetables and/or fruit can be bought in and there is no size limit. Hopefully, there are some photographs on the Website and the Society’s Facebook to give you some ideas. Let the best and most original one win! As usual, tea and cakes are available together with the celebrated Tombola. As the garden starts growing again this spring, it will be worthwhile to come to the meeting on the 15th April 2015, again at the Community Hall when we have a keynote speaker, Mr Hiliary Newman, former head of Hadlow College, who will be talking about the small greenhouse. The majority of us have greenhouses, but are we using them efficiently? Make a note in your diary to come and find out. All these details and more can be found on the Westfield Village Web site simply follow the link or alternatively you can follow the Horticultural Society’s programme on its web site: www.westfieldhorticulturalsociety.org.uk

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 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 Scouts: are holding their annual Duck Race on Sunday, March 29, at the Forge Stream Bridge, Cottage Lane. Lucky duck numbers are £1 each from Scout Leaders, Archers Butchers, or at the field on the day. If you cannot be there, please buy a duck and it will be raced for you! Burgers and hot dogs will be on sale from 12.15pm before the ducks are thrown at 1pm. There is very little parking available at the field, so please walk down.

Westfield WI: Westfield Women’s Institute meets monthly in the Parish Hall at 2.15 pm. & invites women to their charity Fashion Show at 2pm in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, March 24, when Bon Marché will be showing off their new collections. Admission is £2 including refreshments, and the proceeds are in aid of the Sara Lee Trust. New members are warmly welcomed at meetings on the second Tuesday of the month. More information from W.I. President Julie Lloyd on 01424 754013.

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.

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 & over school holidays. 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: Thursday 16th April Heather Woodward joins us to talk about the life of Mrs Ronald Greville and how she made Polesden Lacey ‘the’ place to be invited. 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. Thursday 30th April You should already have booked for this production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. However, there are the occasional cancellations so if you are interested please contact Ros Adkins on 01797 253763. Forthcoming events, our final Talk of the season takes place on Thursday 21st May. Stephen Harmer presents The Plant Hunters.

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

George Sunderland

Heathlands