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Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. 30th September 2012. Trinity 17

8.00 am Holy Communion (1662)(St John’s)

Please note there are no NTS or 10.30 services at St John’s this morning

This Week: Tuesday 7.30 pm Prayer Group - 59 Heathlands

Wednesday 9.30 am Holy Communion (St. John’s)

7.30 pm Mid-Week Bible Study Gorse Cottage – Moor Lane

Harvest Flowers. Thank you to Margaret Moss and all her helpers for the beautiful flowers decorating St John’s for our Family Harvest Service last weekend.

Westfield Scout Group is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 6 October at 2pm in Westfield Community Hall, with lots of bargains for everyone. We would be grateful for any donations of jumble, which can be left at the Hall from 12.15pm.  We regret we cannot accept TVs, monitors or items larger than a chair.

Wednesday Bible Study. We are following a series entitled The Coming King. Based on Mark’s Gospel, each week will follow-on from the series at NTS, providing an opportunity to dig deeper, ask questions and learn more. Everyone is welcome and if you have not been before, or not been for a while, now is a good time to give it a try. Wednesday 7.30 pm. For the next two weeks we will be at Gorse Cottage, Moor Lane.

Quiz Night in aid of Westfield Parish Hall, Saturday 20th October 2012, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. £8 to include hot supper. Bring your own drinks. For tickets please contact Fleur 01424 751217.

Westfield Autumn Tidy up. Saturday 13th October from the Parish Hall 9.00am to 12noon. Equipment and refreshments provided. Everyone welcome.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Members and non-members are urgently needed to help with house to house collections in Guestling and Three Oaks.  Please telephone John Pulfer on 814866.

Hastings Youth Event. The October youth event which will take place in Wellington Square Baptist Church on 7th October at 7pm.  The theme for the evening is exploring our identity in Christ - through worship songs,  interactive teaching, activities and games.  Please remember that young people should be accompanied by an adult leader from their group/church and not just dropped off.  All youth, from secondary school upwards are welcome. For more details please call Caroline on 01424 421029 or email thehastingsyouthevent@ymail.com

Love-in-a-box 2012. Once again working with Mustard-seed Mission, members of our Church and Westfield School will be working in October and November to provide Christmas gifts in shoeboxes for needy and traumatised children in Eastern Europe. Further details from Anne and Malcolm Stocker 01424 754355.

Rotas / Volunteers. A reminder that we do need a number of volunteers in the following areas.

Parish magazine – we need a new editor to take over from Nicholas Wilde

Church coffee after 10.30am service (see Dawn Archer)

Church cleaners

Flower arrangers

If you want to give it a try we would be delighted to hear from you. For further details please speak to one of the Church wardens or to Robert Mulford.

Before you buy your Christmas Cards – there is an alternative for all those who wish to send cards to their friends at St John’s.  Instead of sending individual cards why not send just one joint card to all your friends, which you can pin to a special board in the church porch, where they can read it and then why not make a donation to charity instead.

Thank you to all the cooks and helpers at the Harvest Lunch last Sunday which was very much appreciated by all who attended. Our next social event is on Sunday 28th October. There will be soup and roll followed by an afternoon of Banner Making and then tea in the Parish Hall. Further details to follow next week.

Prayer Team. For those who want someone to personally pray with them in times of particular need, there is an opportunity this week after the 9.30 am service at St John’s where a member of the Prayer Team will be in the North Aisle to pray with you.

Westfield Ladies Stoolball indoor team needs new members - Girls/Ladies over 16 to play on Tuesday evenings during the winter.1 Months membership £2, games fee £2:50. Games are played at Claverham Community College. Telephone Rose on 01424 756875.

Westfield Scout Group is holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 6 October at 2pm in Westfield Community Hall, with lots of bargains for everyone. We would be grateful for any donations of jumble, which can be left at the Hall from 12.15pm.  We regret we cannot accept TVs, monitors or items larger than a chair.

Stagecoach has apparently still not produced timetables on the following changes to Westfield bus times. To improve punctuality and reliability, from Monday 10th July most bus times through Westfield have been altered by a few minutes, and during the middle of the day buses follow a different route into Hastings. At the time of producing this article, no printed timetables were available.

From Westfield: - Hastings buses leave 5 minutes EARLIER at 10 past the hour, except the previous 0915 which now leaves at 0902. - Buses leaving between 1010 and 1510 inclusive will OMIT Sainsbury’s altogether and go straight to the Conquest Hospital. They then continue via Silverhill and Bohemia Road to Hastings Station. These services are renumbered 341 from Tenterden or 343 from Rye. - The remaining 340 and 342 services keep to the previous route to Hastings but will not enter Sainsbury’s car park, stopping only on the main road.

From Hastings: - Departure times are unchanged at 14 minutes past the hour except for the last 3 which are 2 minutes earlier at 1617, 1717 & 1817. The journey to Westfield will take about 5 minutes longer. - Buses leaving 1014 and 1314 inclusive will go via Bohemia Road as a 341 or 343 and will NOT serve the Queens Road stop. These and the 1414 which goes via Queens Road will OMIT Sainsbury’s altogether. - The remaining 340 and 342 services will not enter Sainsbury’s car park and will stop only on the main road.

Battle Area Community Transport . Just to confirm arrangements - passengers do not have to ring to book a seat for Sainsburys. They only have to ring if they want to book the flexi services on the back page going to Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Tenterden etc. Our normal bus services on Wednesday at 11:12 boarded just by waiting at the stop. For further details please contact 01424 772001 Website:  www.bact-online.co.uk

There is a new street dance class in the community hall dining room 6pm till 8pm first lesson is free then £4 a session. Also there is a new legs bums and tums class in the main hall on a Mon eves at 7.15 till 8.15 £3.50 per session.. Further information is available from Rachel Pritchard 07866 894397.

Westfield Community Hall is now free on Wed eves from 8 and Fri eves from 6 for one off or permanent bookings. Also roller booting in the Community Hall resumed on the 7th Sept. Further information is available from Rachel Pritchard 07866 894397.

The Westfield Wildlife website is worth a visit. Please 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. Westfield wildlife is one year old this month!  over the last 12 months we have had to date  -9,181 views, from 49 countries worldwide, viewing 121 postings.  our busiest day was on 12/5/2012 with 196 visitors to the site.  many thanks go to all of our contributors and for all comments on postings. we hope you will continue to support westfield wildlife and submit any records of anything you see of interest.

Westfield resident Nick Brown continues his guided walks in the area. His timetable up to September is as follows:

Sunday 7th October Bodiam Castle 5.75 miles

Saturday 3rd November Icklesham 5.00 miles

The cost is £3 per person. Please check his website www.spanglefish.com/1066routes for more 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.

The Westfield Parent and Toddler Group would like more families to join it.  This runs on Friday afternoons from 7 September (term time only) from 1.15-3pm in the Parish Hall, apart from the 3rd Friday in the month when the Hall is used for the Community Lunch Club.  The Health Visitor still runs alongside the Toddler Group on the 1st Friday of each month, even during school holidays. The Toy Library attends fortnightly.

Contact the Playgroup Supervisor, Julie Guest, on 07790 744404 for more information.

The Westfield Beaver Scout colony now has vacancies so if your son or daughter is aged 6 - 8 years and is looking for “fun and friends” why not give us a try.   Contact Rosie on 754080 for further details.

Westfield Golf Fellowship’s next event is at West Malling, Kent on Thursday November 8th. More info to follow but places will be limited. The closing date for the 3 day trip to Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk next June (2 -4) is nearly upon us. 63 holes of championship golf, dinner bed & breakfast for 2 nights in a first class leisure hotel complex and lots of prizes all in approx £285. £100 deposit required by September 30th. For more information please telephone Nick on 07939587796 or email george@roker.f9.co.uk

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.  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. 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 Football Club is looking for help with support in providing football for all ages. If you feel you could help either in preparation or during games, please get in contact with the club.

Westfield Women’s Institute meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2.15pm in Westfield Parish Hall.  Ring 01424 753757 if you would like more information.

Westfield Hub. The Hub would welcome any donations of cakes or other items, such as biscuits, jams, chutneys etc. for sale at the Macmillan Coffee morning to be held (today) on Friday 28th September, 10 - 12 noon at The Plough. Please bring them along the week before, or perishables early on that morning. All proceeds from this event are donated to Macmillan. The Westfield Hub meets every Friday morning from 10 - 12 noon at The Plough. Everyone is welcome for coffee and a chat, book exchange or the use of a computer.

Horse Racing Club. Some members went on a (free) trip to Brighton races last Friday where some had a very profitable day (unfortunately Weaver apparently didn’t). Planning is underway for a day’s visit to Fontwell in October and an overnight trip including Brighton Dogs, Casino & Fontwell Races in November. For more information, in the first instance please email george@roker.f9.co.uk

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

George Sunderland, Heathlands