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Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist this Sunday, 3rd June 2012  TRINITY SUNDAY; 8.00 am Holy Communion (1662), 9.30 am Nine Thirty Start (All-age Service), 10.30 am Parish Eucharist

This Week: TUESDAY: 7.30 pm     Prayer Group – 59 Heathlands, WednESDAY:9.30 am Holy Communion, 7.30 pm Mid-week Study Group – Cockmartins, Westfield Lane.

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.

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.

BOOK CLUB. The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday 28th July. The book is “The Road Home” by Roas Tremain. Further details from Sue Stephenson

WESTFIELD GARDEN SAFARI TUESDAY 5 JUNE. What better way to spend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday by visiting some of Westfield’s lovely gardens?  The Church Garden of Remembrance is one of the three community gardens included in the Garden Safari on Tuesday 5th June.  There will be 11 gardens of all kinds to visit and the scarecrows will be on view too as you go round. Admission is by programme available at the Community Hall from 10am to 3.30pm.   All gardens £7 (two adults £10), or one garden £1.50, with accompanied children free.  The community gardens are included in the trail, although there is no charge for entry to these.  Light refreshments will also be on sale during the day at the Hall so you can enjoy a break between gardens. The proceeds will be shared between Westfield Scouts, Guides and Youth Club. 

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. Today (Friday 1st June), we are pleased to be hosting a Jubilee celebration for the children and street party style lunch. There will be plenty of activities throughout the day, including our Friends of Westfield School PTA playground pennies challenge. We are hoping to be

able to get the children involved in spelling out DIAMOND JUBILEE and the outline of a crown in pennies (or other coins). If you are reading this early enough and have any small change, we would be grateful of any donations to help complete the task. All monies will go towards other activities and events organised by the PTA. We break up for a weeks’ holiday on Friday 1st June and return on Monday 11th June. Upon our return, we will be looking at healthy living and eating in our Healthy Schools Week and have a range of experiences planned to enthuse our children plus Sports day and picnic for parents and pupils.

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 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

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

Westfield Cricket Club hosted the 1st of the annual 2 challenge matches with the Football Club on Sunday 27th May. On a tremendous day, the football club were hampered by 6 or 7 of their usual main line players being unavailable, including the injured Northern Tweaker. The cricket club batted first & got 220 for 8 in their 40 overs, with Dale retiring after a well constructed 105 not out. The football clubs main wicket taker was ME Stretton. In response the football club scored 180, all out, with their top scorer being a young cricketer “borrowed” from the other side. Unfortunately Blocker Bakes didn’t manage to carry his bat. Stage 2 of the annual challenge is on July 29th.

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

A Charity Bungee Jump. takes place at the Plough on Sunday 17th June 6 to 8 pm and BBQ 6 to 9pm. Sponsor forms are available from the bar. Jumpers provide the first £70 to active aid then the rest goes to the jumpers choice inc the McCartney ward at the Conquest.

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. 

The Rye and District Lions now have a video called “The Lions Story”, which gives the history and full details about the Lions on YouTube and this is shown in two parts : Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXyhEYLEubA

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upaECKpkxL0 .They would welcome enquiries from any man or woman in the area, who would like to join them for fun with fundraising.” Details of the Lions can be obtained by ringing 01797 252921 or visiting their website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ryedistrict/ .

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