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- Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist on 26th February 2012 The first Sunday of Lent.

Today, 8.00 am Holy Communion (1662), 10.30 am Family Service.

This Week, Wednesday 9.30 am Holy Communion, 7.30 pm Bible Study Group – Lent Course, Holyoak, Workhouse Lane,

Saturday 2.00 pm Scout Jumble Sale (Westfield Community Hall)

- Electoral Roll. If your name is not yet on the church’s Electoral Roll and you would like to add it in time for the annual meeting, please complete one of the forms by the font and return it to Nicholas Wilde today.

- Wednesday Bible Study - Lent Course.

We are running a Lent Course on each of the five weeks of Lent, so that we can learn, discuss and pray together.

The evening sessions start on Wednesday 29th February at 7.30 pm.

If you prefer an afternoon meeting they will begin in the same week on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 2.30pm in Holyoak, (exact day still to be confirmed).

Please sign up on the appropriate list by the font in church so that we can make final arrangements.

Do give it a try: no expertise or prior knowledge is required, only open hearts and minds to learn together.

For further details please ask Helen or Michael Patten.

- Westfield Community Choir. A number of people have said it would be great to start a Community Choir in Westfield. 

Juliet Russell, who runs Vocal Explosion, is willing to run a trial block of 4/6 sessions, or even just a single taster session, to see if enough people are interested in finding out more and making the idea viable. 

All ages and musical abilities welcome - you do not need to read music, and there is no audition! 

It would probably meet on a Monday or Wednesday evening, and cost around £5. 

Do look at Juliet’s website www.vocalexplosion.co.uk. 

Please make contact via the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk or ring 753684 to leave your details. 

We hope that there will be enough people interested to make this work, and we will contact you (possibly not until the end of the month) when plans are more definite. 

Happy Singing!

- Scout Jumble Sale. Please support the next Westfield Scout Group Jumble Sale at 2pm on Saturday, 3 March in Westfield Community Hall.  

They would be very grateful for donations of jumble at the Hall from 12.15pm, but please note that they cannot accept televisions, computer monitors, or items larger than a chair.

- Women’s World Day of Prayer is on Friday March 2nd. 

There is an afternoon service starting at 2.30 p.m. at the church of St Mary and St Peter, Pett. 

Service prepared by women of Malaysia.  Speaker is Revd. Maureen Hinkley. 

All are welcome. 

- The advert for a new priest-in-charge is now on the Diocesan website and was recently in the Church Times.

- The Westfield Horticultural Society Spring Show will take place on Saturday 31st March 2012 in the Community Hall.

Show schedules are now available from Archers, Westfield News, the Hub and are also available to download from our website www.WestfieldHorticulturalSociety.org.uk.

You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to enter as there are plenty of suitable classes for beginners, the young, and young at heart.

As well as horticultural classes we also have classes including photography, art, home produce, floral art and handicrafts. Why not give it a try.

- Scout Jumble Sale. Please support the next Westfield Scout Group Jumble Sale at 2pm next Saturday, 3rd March in Westfield Community Hall.  

They would be very grateful for donations of jumble at the Hall from 12.15pm, but please note that they cannot accept televisions, computer monitors, or items larger than a chair.

- Westfield Football Club are hosting their The Fun Quiz will be (next Saturday) on Saturday March 3rd at 7:30 pm, teams of 5 are required (come as you wish teams can be made up on the night).

Cost is per person £4 including a sausage & chips supper.

The Football Club had to postpone their Greyhound Race Night due to the weather.

This will now take place on April 14th

- Please note the below additions to the Westfield Village author & walks organiser Nick Brown’s forthcoming events.

Tomorrow, Saturday 25th February @ Laughton  4.75 miles. A very pleasant shorter walk of 4.75 miles around Laughton, the village of the buckle, taking in historic Laughton Place and its tower, and with great views of the South Downs. Meet at The Roebuck pub car park, in the centre of the village at 10.30am.

Saturday 31st March. A very enjoyable 4.50 mile walk from Rushlake Green towards Vines Cross, returning via Warbleton with its quaint parish church.

Walk led by local author Nick Brown, whose recent book The 1066 Country Walk is recommended by the 1066 Tourist Board.

Signed copies will be on sale at a discounted price! Meet at 10.30am on the village green close to the Horse & Groom pub; dogs welcome. Refreshments aftewards. £3.00 charge.

Please call Nick on 07918 907265 if you would like to come along. Website: www.spanglefish.com/1066countrywalki

- Nick Brown is also the organiser of the 1066 Relay.

The second staging of the 1066 Relay takes place on Sunday 6th May, with 50 - 60 teams from all over the South East expected to take part.

The five stage, 33.25 mile course follows William the Conqueror’s historic 1066 Country Walk starting in the grounds of Pevensey Castle, one of Britain’s oldest fortresses.

The mainly off road route passes such iconic landmarks as Herstmonceux Castle and Battle Abbey, before going through some breathtaking countryside between Westfield, Icklesham and Winchelsea on the way to finish in the historic town of Rye.

The event raised over £1600.00 for local charities last year. 

All the competitors commented on what a fantastic job the marshals did last year, and we will again need your support to ensure that this year’s event goes as smoothly as possible!

All marshals will receive a commemorative race brochure where they will be individually mentioned, as well as being entered for a prize draw at the race finish.

Duties will take no more than 45 - 60 minutes in most cases, and you are automatically covered by the event’s public liability insurance.

Race organiser Nick Brown is particularly looking for volunteers in the Westfield, Doleham and Icklesham areas; his contact number is 07918 907265. Race website: www.spanglefish.com/1066relay

- The Westfield HUB is open as usual at The Old Courthouse on Fridays10am – 12 with 2 events of note coming up.

Sloe Gin Competition: The Hub’s second Sloe Gin competition will be held today (24th February) at 11am in the Old Courthouse Pub.

If you have made any Sloe Gin, bring a sample along to be judged – there is a prize and cup for the winner.

£1 entry fee on the day to support Hub funds. Easter Bonnet Parade; use your imagination to create an individual Easter Bonnet. Judging will take place at 11am on Friday 30th March at the Old Courthouse Pub.

Prizes for best traditional, creative and under 12’s entries. £1 entry fee on the day to support Hub funds.

- Westfield Golf Fellowship has their 2012 fixture list now available.

The first one is at Dale Hill on March 15th, but is already full. Following this there is a full day booked at Chart Hills on April 26th. Included is coffee & bacon roll, 18 holes, a hot meal after & prizes; all in for £50, again places are limited. For more information on the WGF please contact Nick or george@roker.f9.co.uk

- Westfield Community Choir. A number of people have said it would be great to start a Community Choir in Westfield.

Juliet Russell, who runs Vocal Explosion, is willing to run a trial block of 4/6 sessions here, or even just a single taster session, to see if enough people are interested in finding out more and making the idea viable. 

All ages and musical abilities welcome. 

The only requirement is that you want to enjoy singing with others, and you do not need to be able to read music.  

Do look at the website http://www.vocalexplosion.co.uk/. 

Plans are still being discussed, so please send a message via the village website http://www.westfieldvillage.co.uk/, or ring 01424 753684 if you would like to be contacted when more details are known. 

There are fantastic community choirs springing up all over the country, but it cannot happen in Westfield without you!

- Westfield Roller booting club meets at Westfield Community Hall every Friday 4.30 till 6pm. It costs £1.50 per child & there is a tuck shop available.

Very small children eg 3 or below must be accompanied by an adult.

Organisers are CRB checked and first aid trained.

There are some spare boots available of to borrow various sizes.

Further information is available from Rachel Pritchard 07866894397.

- Westfield Wildlife. A website is now advertising survey & identification of wildlife in & around the village.

Please see Westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com for more details.

- Westfield Comm-unity Hall is now available for hire on Monday evenings from 7:15pm either on long term or as a one off.

Also, there is now a facebook page, the link is westfield community hall

- For information and news about Westfield, please see the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk.

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

GEORGE SUNDERLAND Heathlands