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Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, 27th May 2012 PENTECOST; 8.00 am Holy Communion (1662), 10.30 am Family Service.

This Week: MONDAY 6.30 pm Bible society’s work in Central America  - Rye Baptist Church, TUESDAY 7.30 pm Prayer Group – 59 Heathlands, WednESDAY 9.30 am Holy Communion, 7.30 pm  Mid-week Study Group – Cockmartins, Westfield Lane,  

Prayer Team. At St John’s there are always someone from the prayer team available at the back of the North aisle after the 9.30am service and after the 10.30am Family Service to pray confidentially with anyone who wants someone to pray with them. If you would like someone to pray with you just go and ask.

The Prayer Group have decided to add the 5th Tuesday to our meetings, so from now on we will meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays.

Wednesday Bible Study continues this week, starting at 7.30pm at Howard and Cathy’s home, Cockmartins.  We will be looking at the book of Acts. New comers always welcome.

Where on Earth is Nicaragua? Come and join us for an evening of local food, music and inspiring stories about the Bible Society’s work in Central America among needy children and their families. Monday 28th May at 6.30pm in Rye Baptist Church. Tickets cost £7. Please buy them from Helen and Michael: 752052 or Maureen: 751558 (Westfield); or Derek: 812790 (Guestling).

Help for Heroes. Summer Picnic, Sunday 10th June 2012 at Southings, Westfield. Bring your own Picnic Luncheon (prize for best picnic). 12 noon to 5pm-ish. Military Music, Stalls, “Ritzy” raffle, Shooting Gallery. Strawberry teas available; tickets £10 in advance or £12.50 on gate. For tickets or for further details please contact Michael or Fleur on 01424 751217.

The Westfield Hub now meets at ‘The Plough’ on Fridays from 10am-12 noon for anyone to drop in for coffee, chat, book exchange and use of computers. The move has been very successful; the Hub continues to be well supported, and is very grateful to landlords Martin and Sharron for making the transition so smooth. There will be a Jubilee cake competition at the Hub on Friday, June 1, with judging at 11am. Entrants are asked to make a cake using a recipe of their choice, decorating and/or shaping it with a Jubilee theme. Judging will be on appearance, and only on taste in event of a tie. Entry is 50p on the day.

Westfield Rollerbooting Club meets at Westfield Community Hall every Friday from 4.30-6pm. It costs £1.50 per child and there is a tuck shop available. Very small children younger than about 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Organisers are CRB checked and first aid trained. There are some spare boots available to borrow. Further information is available from Rachel Pritchard 07866 894397.

Westfield Community Hall is now available for hire on Monday evenings from 7.15pm. It also has a Facebook page. Ring 01424 754446 to book the hall.

Westfield School continues to collect Sainsbury’s and Tesco vouchers and is very grateful for donations at the school office or Westfield News. The school now has sufficient tractor tyres & thanks everyone for their brilliant response.

The Westfield Wildlife website is worth a visit. Go to http://westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com to share wildlife observations. Any wildlife observation whether mammal, bird, insect, or flower may be posted on the website, and photos are particularly welcome. Have you seen a hedgehog recently? Westfield Wildlife is appealing for all hedgehog sightings, including any road casualties, because their numbers have declined so drastically over the last few years

The Sedlescombe and Westfield Club of the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA) is looking for new members.  ESDA is a charity organisation led by disabled people and provides expert advice, information and practical support. There are 21 groups around the County that provide outings and activities. ESDA has dedicated accessible coaches with fully qualified driver attendants providing a door to door service for members.  The Sedlescombe and Westfield Club have outings on the second Thursday of the month, and the next outing is a Strawberry Tea at Mrs Keeling’s on 14 June.  Members participate in fundraising to keep the costs down, so there is simply a contribution requested towards the transport. If you fancy getting out and about, making new friends or if you would like to volunteer to help, please give Marianne a call at ESDA on 01323 514531 or email marianne.colliard@esda.org.uk.  Visit www.esda.org.uk for more information.

Westfield resident author Nick Brown continues his guided walks in the area, all carry a charge of £3 per person. All walks are circular and start at 10.30am, and dogs are welcome. Please check his website www.spanglefish.com/1066routes for more detailed information. It is advisable to book in advance by ringing Nick on 07918 907265. Nick’s book ‘The 1066 Country Walk’ is recommended by the 1066 Tourist Board and signed copies are available from him.

Future guided walks include :

Saturday 26th May @ Guestling

Saturday 9th June @ Brede

Wednesday 13th June @ Great Dixter, Northiam

Thursday 21st June @ Battle

Sunday 8th July @ Firle

Wednesday 15th July @ Queens Head, Icklesham

Saturday 28th July @ Bodiam Castle

Sunday 26th August @ Pevensey

Saturday 8th September @ Alfriston

Wednesday 19th September @ Ticehurst/Bewl Water

all of which are featured in the Exploring East Sussex Magazine

Nick was also the organiser of the very succesful1066 Relay held on Sunday, May 6 which had 50 - 60 teams from the South East taking part. He would like to pass on his thanks to all participants especially the volunteer marshals & helpers.

The ‘Help for Heroes’ Summer Picnic takes place on Sunday, June 10 from 12 noon to about 5pm at Southings, Westfield. Bring your own picnic luncheon (prize for best picnic). Military music, stalls, “Ritzy” raffle, Shooting Gallery and strawberry teas available. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12.50 on the gate. To book or for further details please ring 01424 751217.

Westfield Football Club has commenced its close season ground work & maintenance programme. Should you wish to be involved & are able to offer some help or support please email the Secretary Gill Jordan on gilljordan@rocketmail.com

The Westfield Golf Fellowship’s next competition is their annual 3 day tour in June, this year returning to Bournemouth. This is full. Their next local day is in July. For more information please contact Nick or george@roker.f9.co.uk

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust hold a variety of local walks. If you wish to take part in any walk please confirm at least 24hrs before by email: phil@philmaynard.co.uk or phone: 01797 260637. 

Lions Skittle their Ladies. The men of Rye and District Lions challenged their lady members and wives to a pub skittles match at the Kings Head, Udimore. After losing to the ladies last year, the men had their revenge this year. In a closely fought match of three rounds each, the men scored a grand total of 158 compared with the ladies score of 146. As the men were outnumbered by the lady members and the Lions wives, Christine Emson offered to be an honorary man for the evening and joined their team, although she was heard to say that she was not sure it was an honour. The highest score of the evening was Reg Emson with a total of 28, a great improvement on last year when he won the wooden spoon. Three ladies, Carole Cobby, Florence McDonough and Jill McGannan had the highest lady scores with 23 each. The wooden spoon this year went to Bob Harvey with 14 points. Before the match, the Lions, partners and Friends enjoyed a meal together prepared by the staff of the Kings Head. Plans for the Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete, which this year takes place on Sunday 5th August, are well in hand and any pub, club, school, college, company or organisation wishing to enter a raft should contact Bob Harvey for an entry pack on 0845 833 2825. Spaces for stalls are filling fast and anyone wishing to reserve a pitch should contact Reg Emson on 01797 224174 as soon as possible. Any adult in Rye or the nearby villages wishing to join the Lions should ring Conrad Freezer on 01797 252921. More details of Rye Lions can be found on their website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ryedistrict/ or enter “Rye & District Lions” on Facebook.

Jubilee News. Plans are well ahead for the Westfield Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Saturday, June 2 is the start of the Westfield Scarecrow Competition week. On the same day, everyone is invited the family picnic on the school field (in the Community Hall if wet) from 11am-2pm. Bring your own food and chairs. For more details ring 0795 263 5448. Following this, Westfield Senior Residents are invited to a Diamond Jubilee Tea Party in Westfield Community Hall from 3.30-5.30pm. Tickets are free, but you need to apply by ringing Janet (754312) or Pauline (0778 607 8588). 

Westfield Church is holding a Diamond Jubilee lunch at the Parish Hall at 1pm on Sunday, June 3, with tickets at £6 available from Church until May 27. During the afternoon, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be screened on a big screen TV.

The celebrations end on Tuesday, June 5 with the Westfield Garden Safari, when around ten gardens will be open for visiting. Admission is by programme available at Westfield Community Hall from 10am-3.30pm: all gardens £7 (two adults £10), or £1.50 for one garden, with accompanied children free. Light refreshments will be on sale at the Hall, and the proceeds of the day will be divided between Westfield Scouts, Guides and Youth Club. The Hub is holding a Jubilee cake competition at the Hub on Friday, June 1, with judging at 11am. Entrants are asked to make a cake using a recipe of their choice, decorating and/or shaping it with a Jubilee theme. Judging will be on appearance, and only on taste in event of a tie. Entry is 50p on the day.

For information and news about Westfield, please visit 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