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Shorter and sweeter!: No, nothing to do with Christmas, except that the time I might save keeping this column slightly more truncated, will hopefully allow me to get a little bit more organised and prepared for the fast approaching festive event!! I haven’t a clue why it’s so difficult to get motivated this year, or why the Xmas Spirit seems to have upped and flown orff!! I’m not panicking quite yet...after all there are still 10 days to go, the shops are open, the computer is working and the brain is still functioning - just. So, it will happen, inspiration will strike, and the jingle-bells jigsaw will just click together. And, if nothing has happened by this time next week, you’ll be the first to hear about it!! First thing has to be To Get The Tree Up...the boxes are down from the loft so that’s a positive, I’ll just have to wait for the Decorating Fairies to get them opened and adorned... ?! Or not..! Anyway, as I said last week, there is nothing new to report or advertise for the next few weeks, so it’s a list of dates, times and venues for Christmas services and the first few items for the New Year; and, next week, if I can put it together, there’ll be a Christmas Poem for all to enjoy!

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The Countdown begins..!: And really, with only a fortnight to go, I should be far more organised than I actually am! Christmas I mean; there’s a distinct lack of enthusiasm this year for some reason, possibly because Xmas Day is a Tuesday which creates a sort of ‘festive hiccup’ in the working week rather than a nice, sparkly semi-holiday when the big day coincides with a weekend. Of course, for some, working over Xmas is just the norm, no matter where it falls; and for others, well, there’ll be the creative extended extension of the 27th and 28th taking the festivities right up to the next weekend, which in turn will need Monday 31st to recover and regroup, in order for the New Years Party to be fully enjoyed- and then the 2nd will have to be added for detoxification and the start of the new year’s resolutions: and really, why then do the 3rd and 4th, when it’s probably far easier to start the new working year on Monday 7th...?!! I wish...! Anyway, as far as this column is concerned, there are less items now to report; most of the events have been advertised already and the Church services are in the diaries. I’ll repeat things for this weekend’s edition, but will curtail a little for the following two up to 22nd December; and, rather than spend part of Christmas Eve at the computer, there’ll just be a Seasonal Good Wish for the 28th edition, with service returning to semi-normal a week later, on the 5th January 2019!! Is that ok with you!?! I hope so! Now, onwards...

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Waiting for the Cold Snap!: It’s official...it’s been forecast.. so, it must be true.. maybe this year they’ll get it right?! Certain Weather Boffs have guaranteed that there will be an icy blast hitting us over the next few weeks and then the cold hand of snow and ice will be with us for at least a month! Much like the winter of 2010, and with slight similarities to 1963/4; but, they have said this before...like last year, and the year before that! All we can do is watch and wait, get ourselves prepared, stock up on essential supplies where necessary, and batten down the hatches when the time comes...Oh, no sorry...,silly me...that’s Brexit!...it’s Brexit that’ll make us do all that... Snow? Ha! No problem..!

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A month till Christmas!!: Crikey! Can it really be that close..?! Time has just shot past over the last few months; well, they do say that time flies when you’re having fun, and I guess that includes when you’re really busy too! It’s been a whirlwind of Weekend Wonders, and this weekend is no exception for Ninfield and Hooe (see Saturday listings!) There are also lots of lovely December Delights already in the diary, and I’ll list some at the end of the column as a reminder. The meetings lessen now until the New Year, and Groups and Societies take on some Festive Fun, so, first on the agenda..

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Ninfield remembers the lives lost in The Great War of 1914-1918

What an extraordinary series of Remembrance events we had in Ninfield! From the lovely, family, friendly, respectful, touching service given by Rev Paul Frostick in St Mary’s Church; to the procession from the WW1 grave up to the Memorial Hall - with 50 Scouts and Leaders plus the same number again in members of the public, all proudly following the Cross and Union Flag; then, waiting in the Hall, another 50 plus residents and guests all looking forward to an afternoon of Remembrance and Performance.

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An Extraordinary Day: Sometimes the build up is greater than the actual event...sometimes the pre-publicity outshines the performance...sometimes the expectations are just too great to achieve: and sometimes the complete reverse is true with everything coming better than good...Thank Goodness! I think the mass publicity, nationwide, for all the commemorative events to mark the Centenary of the end of WW1 has been remarkable; especially the television documentaries, historical visits and the wonderful colourisation of the WW1 footage- lovingly done by renowned film director Peter Jackson. Everything has been breath-taking to watch, listen to and become immersed in, and with the relevant weekend boasting the Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance, the Senotaph service - with extra ‘People’s Parade’, and the evening celebration with Royalty, Celebrity and Religious attendance...maybe there was going to be too much to consider, with local events suffering a lack of turnout. And what about the weather? Would it completely wash out every well intended gathering and memorial? Well, firstly, everything on the National scale was stupendously well presented, poignant in the best extreme, and a first class representation of the best that this country can offer. And Locally? Here in Ninfield? Well, I can only report that every aspect of the day was just Extraordinary! From the lovely, family, friendly, respectful, touching service given by Rev Paul Frostick in St Mary’s Church; to the procession from the WW1 grave up to the Memorial Hall - with 50 Scouts and Leaders plus the same number again in members of the public, all proudly following the Cross and Union Flag; then, waiting in the Hall, another 50 plus residents and guests all looking forward to an afternoon of Remembrance and Performance. The creation of the Drum altar on stage, Union Flag and Bible laying upon, and the Buglers from the British Legion Band playing the Last Post- perfectly- the local names from both world wars read out, wreaths laid at the Rolls of Honour, pictorial displays from the School, History Group, Scouts and Messy Church and a tribute to the Equine service in WW1; then, from the Stage, a lighter note with a sketch from Father Michael Brydon, as a WW1 chaplain, telling stories from ‘The Wipers Times’; the Flanders Fields poem read beautifully by Ruby Wadmore after the Scouts presentation from their time there two weeks ago. Another poem, Say No To Peace- by Brian Wren, read with clarity by Rev Tricia Williams from the Methodist Church, and then, accompanied by pianist Steven Parry, the lovely ladies from Jo’s Jammas, all dressed in red and black, took the stage. They were joined by David Swales and I; we read letters between Sussex Regiment soldier, Private Percy Whitehouse and his wife Ettie- and the Ladies sang Keep the Home Fires Burning, and I Vow to thee My Country- and, keeping it together was nigh on impossible I tell you! Then, to finish the performance the audience, led by us all on stage, raucously sang Tipperary and Pack up your Troubles- with sides in opposition and competition! After the National Anthem, Afternoon tea and cakes was the order of the day, along with a good old natter and catch up- with fond stories, memories and anecdotes filling the Hall. Clear up, in double quick time, and then, to the Beacon on the Recreation ground for the National Tribute - Battles Over. Our wonderful Tommie Statue was lit up by torches in red and white, poppies made by the Muddy Boots children were planted and scattered at his feet beside the wreaths laid by the Parish Council and the Church. The Tribute to the Millions was read at 6.50pm, the Last Post was played at 6.55pm, the Beacon was alight at 7pm and the Church bell rang out at 7.05pm.- All with 60 residents watching, in smiling contemplation, and we all thanked God for DRY WEATHER THROUGHOUT!!! I know I’ve been lengthy in this description of the day last Sunday, but it deserved to be reported somewhere...as I guess there will be many more, bigger events covering the pages within the rest of the Observer, once again stopping Ninfield’s listing and photos (I tried last week with our Tommie photos). I have also been waxing lyrical about our Weekend Wonders of the last few weeks; the lovely events held here in the Village; well, it’ll come as no surprise to anyone, that Sunday 11-11-2018 deservedly became the latest on that list, as Weekend Wonder no. 4!

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A record Halloween!: At Sparke Pavilion last Saturday, there was a Fangtastic turnout of nearly 100 children and parents, all ghoulishly dressed, sweet buckets in hands, and ready to enjoy the Trick-or-Treating around the Village. As the sun set, everyone gathered at the edge of the big field, preparing to make the spooky walk across to the hole -in-the-hedge, and the Tin Hut dudgeons. A Scary Scarecrow pointed the way, and with shadows lengthening, everyone crept along the track, flash lights bobbing, parents jumping in fright and children giggling! The decor in the Tin Hut was amazing; the ladies had excelled themselves! Huge thanks to Grand Witch Marj for judging a very difficult fancy dress competition, and to Julia for organizing the food! After the games had started, the hot dogs, chips then cakes and sweets fed the excited participants, there was dancing and balloon bobbing until it was time to go back home. It was so great to hear that the parents looked forward to the event as much as the little ones - one Mum said ‘I’ve been telling my sister, who lives near London, what happens here and she’s so envious. And we’ve been “counting the sleeps” this week, we’re so excited!’ Well, that’s just brilliant, the 15th year was again worth the effort, and so I think Saturday’s Halloween parade definitely deserved it’s place as yet another Weekend Wonder!

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Yeeha!! A ‘WOW’ Again!: Oh I do love it when a plan comes together..!! And, even though there were a lot of different, challenging elements, and therefore lots of different levels of stress, the Gala Night last Saturday went stupendously well, with 100 people thoroughly enjoying the food, the Cabaret, the company and the dancing! Thanks go to Andy at Louis Fish Bar in Sea Road for fabulous Fish and Chips, cooked beautifully and delivered hot, and on time, and also to Robin, Debs and Julia for sterling work behind the bar and serving out! As well as a large village turnout, there were people there from as far afield as Arundel and Norwich, and everyone warmly appreciated the winners of the Ninfield Village Awards- Ian Moffat, Rod Foulkes and Lee Boyce, with the Village Society taking the Roger Kent Memorial Trophy. The Cabaret was a full Music and Comedy Revue show from Brighton based professional company, ‘Deja Revue’; the 50 minute mixture of topical and old favourite songs and sketches was received with much laughter and loud applause, with special mention of Musical Director, Monseigneur Jerome Lloyd’s hilarious song about a certain ‘Mrs Beamish’...this caused much hooting of laughter from Rev. Paul and the team from St Mary’s! All in all, it again was a night to remember, and was certainly worthy of it’s ‘Weekend Wonder’ status!. So, not much sleep before or since, but we now arrive at...

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Weekend Wonders-WOW!: The Bonfire and Fireworks Night last Saturday, 20th, has set the bar SO high- it was absolutely Amazing!! The Blacksmiths car park was full of spectators watching the torchlit procession of guest Bonfire Societies, led by our fantastic team, with the Puritans, Banner and Drummers, and then everyone followed the procession down to the Recreation Ground- meeting up with hundreds of people already in situ, vying for the best viewing spots! After the chant, and the lighting of the fire, the button was pressed and the display began. It was sensational! The best yet! And it has never been anything but brilliant! The BBq Team served at breakneck speed, and sold out, the merchandise and glowing things were flying out of the marquee, and soup. tea, coffee and cake - although not needed for warmth, were a welcome comfort to add to the special atmosphere. So many thanks are due to Pete Holland- Chairman, Warwick, Ash, Carol, Lee, Dan, Julia, Kelly, Emma and all those who worked so hard to create such a fabulous event. I do hope people put their loose change in the rattley buckets...although there’s a lot of fundraising for the costs of the fireworks, throughout the year, it’s still a Free event, and all donations are very gratefully received! So, well done for a wonderful ‘Weekend Wonder number one’...Crikey! No pressure! So.. here comes...

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Awards Nominations!: Last Chance to Vote! If you’re picking up your Observer from the Lower Street Stores in Ninfield this morning- make sure you fill in the Voting slips for the Village Award and Roger Kent Memorial Award, as the vote closes this afternoon, Friday 19th October at 4.30pm Members of the Parish Council, aided by past winners, will count the votes, and the Awards will be presented on the 27th at the Gala Night (see below!)

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St Luke’s Little Summer: October 14th, and the week either side of this date, are commonly known as St Luke’s Little Summer and, as the name suggests, this is the time when a heatwave, or Indian Summer, can kick in and take hold. But, similarly, its also the time when the weather can turn very bleak and nasty, hence the famous Michael Fish Hurricane of 1987 that hit the UK around this date. So, a time for extremes - and, looking at the forecast, I think we’ll get a bit of both worlds, just to make sure everyone’s tastes are met! Hopefully all will be calm by the 20th October, when Ninfield Bonfire and Fireworks Night is planned to take place on the Recreation Ground - last year, it was wind, rain and a resulting postponement to the Sunday evening; when all thankfully came together beautifully and a fabulous time was had by all! So, fingers crossed, and more details of this wonderful Ninfield Event later in the column; and, further reminders of the Weekend Wonders that just keep giving!!

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Time for a quick ‘time-out’!: Because, the weekends get absolutely packed for the forthcoming few weeks, with wonderful Village events and gatherings, and I can guarantee that there will not be that much time for relaxation!! From Dinner Party Cook-Offs, to the Bonfire and Fireworks Night, and then, of course, the Village Gala Night- more details below - and then November starts with the Village Halloween Parade and Party, and Commemorates WW1 centenary with Remembrance events on Sunday 11th, then has the wonderful Homemade Fayre to put the icing the cake! Meetings and diary entries to follow, then full details of all these weekend wonders will be listed - and nice and clear for you to put on your Calendars!

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What a shame!: The weather won, and the Michaelmas Fayre had to be cancelled in Hooe last Sunday. So much preparation, and plans for big fundraising, but hopefully the Bonfire society and Hooe Fundraising Group can find other money-spinning alternatives! There was still the live music gig with ‘Fire & Ice’ in the Red Lion; we had a fabulous time, and, although the audience was a little lacking in volume, the music certainly wasn’t! So, after a busy weekend, there are full weeks ahead, and diary entries covering events up to the end of November; Autumn is kicking in, the days are getting shorter, and we now dive into October with gay abandon - ish!...

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From Singing in the Rain, to Singing in the Pub!: It’s the start of a busy weekend, and a varied one at that! Happy Birthday Julia! Celebrating a ‘Zero’ today, and having a lovely Party tonight-See you there! And then, The Martlett’s BBQ Saturday evening, pray for dry weather and see you there! Then the Gig at the Red Lion on Sunday evening...see you there??!! So, even though the stamina levels will be somewhat tested again..!!..they say that change is as good as a rest, so each time the events change that means that the internal batteries will naturally recharge...Ok, unlikely but it’s a good concept and one I’m sticking to for the rest of the year!! So - first on the list...

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Autumn is now kicking in!: But the diary is getting fuller, and the events in Ninfield and Hooe, leading up to Christmas, seem to span every weekend! Oh crikey, I mentioned the ‘X’ word...well, it’s only a few months away, some 12 weeks or so, and they will, as you well know, just FLY by! Anyway, here is the list of imminent and forthcoming meetings, then next week there’ll be the list of diary entries/events for the near future...here we go then,

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Still keeping it brisk and bright!: Well, the length and content of the column anyway - I have to say that the ‘Cold’ still lingers, the back now aches and a general feeling of ‘bleurgh’ remains..! Gone are the days of the ‘tonic’, or ‘pick me up’, so the fizzy vitamins are just doing their utmost to keep body and mind together! Methinks a ‘fillip’ is needed - now there’s a word from the days of Dickens! But in this over-packed, stressed 21st Century living, I guess a week of sleep would actually do the trick- AND a much needed trip to the Osteopath!! So, onwards...

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Nice and Quick!: It’s Bank Holiday Monday..so a day of rest, and nursing a rotten cold! Boo! I guess that’s what happens when you’re a bit run down.. So, Lemsip at hand (I know, other brands are available!) - closely followed by a glass of wine..! and here we go!

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Another Bank Holiday Weekend!: And, may I say, not a moment too soon!! Although it is slightly earlier, date wise, than usual; as the O.H said this morning.. ‘it’s not the 31st next Monday is it?’ Er no, but let’s take the holiday weekend anyway! Pray for some good weather, and decide which of the many local events to go and support - there has been such a wealth of ‘stuff’ to see and do of late: I have put a piece together for some-otherwhere in the Observer, to mark the recent events in Ninfield: and, yet again there are more fayres and festivals, fetes and funfairs to choose from - or to try and fit in all at once! Whatever you do, make sure you spend some time RELAXING!! Preferably with a glass of something glorious within easy reach! Enjoy!

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Safe return from ‘Wasp Central’!: That’s the only real downside, while pressing apples for two days; sharing life with a massed army of wasps! And, not only your common and garden, local wasp; oh no, we had wasps from all around the world! Including a rather large, bright yellow and red Asian wasp - an extraordinary creature, nearly two inches long, that came with a few of his close friends, drank some of the residue from the juice buckets, then took formation and flew, Arrow like, into the fields beyond. Although the Rural Pastimes fayre was a little down in numbers - probably an iffy weather forecast put some people off - enough regulars, and visitors, came up to the tent to find the O.H and I, plus our Canine Crew, and, the ‘Wasp Army’. As people purchased their glasses of delicious juice, they would stay a little way away, smiling a tad nervously, and with a light laugh in their voice say..’ Aha, how many times have you been stung then...!!’ Well, all were surprised to hear the reply ‘Actually, none at all!’ And that remained the fact to the very end- we were both completely Sting-Free- quite amazing! It was lovely to chat with friends, old and new, and also to meet a charming lady who approached the Tent with the question -’Do you do the column in the Observer?’. When I had answered in the affirmative, the lady said she was pleased to put a face to the name, and that she thought Ninfield seemed to be an exciting place to live...Well, OF COURSE it is, isn’t it!!! - here’s a quick update on the next few weeks dairy entries:

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Short, Sweet and to the Point!: And No, that isn’t a personal description...well, maybe the last bit is! No, it’s the measure of the column for the next couple of weeks or so; ‘cos it’s Summer time, I need a little bit of a break, and there’s not a huge amount happening meeting-wise in either Village. So, there will be a complete list of local events, plus a few ‘Early Heads Up’s’ to follow, and all with very little nattering from Me... cue Loud Cheers!!! Here we go..

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