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HELP FOR HEROES. Summer Picnic, Sunday 10th June 2012 at Southings, Westfield. Bring your own Picnic Luncheon (prize for best picnic).

For Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, please see church notice boards.

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

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. The winner of the Hub’s Jubilee Cake competition was Patricia Marston  with her Victoria sandwich cake topped with a white butter cream and decorated with strawberries and blueberries in the design of the Union Flag. Well done Patricia who received a £5.00 voucher towards a meal at The Plough. Great fun was had also on Friday erecting the Hub’s scarecrow on the porch roof of the pub, siting our ‘Ploughman’ entry next to one of the old iron ploughs.

The Westfield Community Association have their Annual General Meeting at the Community Hall at 7.30pm on Monday 25th June.  All people living in the parish are welcome to attend the meeting. The Association’s governing Council is made up of a number of representatives, called Group Members, from organisations in the parish with an equal number of Full Member places available to those who live in the parish and wish to get involved in the Community in a personal capacity.  Elections to the Council’s Full Member places will take place at the AGM, along with the annual election of officers.  Election forms need to be submitted by 15th June so if you think you might be interested in becoming  a Full Member of the Council or just want further information please contact the Chairman, John Barnett, 753323 (johnbarnett9@googlemail.com) for details.  The WCA are also looking for a new Secretary, the Council only meets 4 times a year,  so if you’d like to offer your organisational skills please contact John Barnett for a discussion.

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. 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 this 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

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 charity of 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/ .

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