Rachel Feeley,
17 Smith Close

Ninfield Local History Group welcomed their first guest speaker at the meeting on Thursday October 18, when Julian Porter, Curator of Bexhill Museum gave a talk on ‘Lady Brassey’. She appears to have been a remarkable woman – like a female Indiana Jones of the Victorian era who travelled around the world collecting geological and plant specimens. It was a very enjoyable evening and we hope to invite Julian to speak to the Group again in the future. The next meeting will be on Thursday November 15 at 7.30pm in the Reading Room when the discussion will centre on the wartime Secret Army and Ashburnham. Also everyone will be invited to help with some of the current projects. Is anyone good at deciphering handwriting? John Cheshire would welcome help with some of the census returns he is working on and there are photographs to identify and maps to locate buildings and addresses. Looking ahead, their future plans include talks on farming, the local brick industry and a village walk but they would welcome other suggestions. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members per meeting to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact: Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman Tel: 893635.

Burlesque is next meeting tonight October 26, 7.15-8.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This will then be fortnightly until November 9. For further information, please contact Sami Guard on 893699.

Hooe Sports Football Club play Bexhill United II this Saturday, October 27 in the Hastings FA Intermediate Cup. Kick off is 2.30pm at Hooe recreation Ground. You can also track the club’s progress online:

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, October 27:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm - 2.35pm.

Ninfield, Millfield (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm - 3.25pm.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4pm.

Ninfield Methodist Church hold a ‘Wesley Guild’ on Wednesday October 31, 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting of fellowship. All are warmly welcome to attend.

St Oswald’s Church are holding a Bonfire lunch on Thursday, November 1 , 12noon - 2pm. No tickets are required and all are welcome to attend.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits). The mobile unit will be visiting Ninfield on Thursday November 1, and will be at Blacksmiths Inn Car Park, The Green from 10.30am – 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

The date for Ninfield Arts & Craft Exhibition has now changed and will now be on Saturday 3rd November. They have a number of ‘first-time’ exhibitors as well as returning favourites, so please come along and enjoy the variety of exhibits on show, along with delicious tea and cakes. Visitors are always amazed by the number of talented people we have in Ninfield and even more have come forward this year. If you would like to exhibit, we still have time to squeeze in a couple more - but will need to finalise everything by Sunday October 21. Please call Kaye Crittell 0142 892883 for more information.

A Cocktail Party and evening exhibit will be held on November 3 at the Memorial Hall, 7-9pm. Serving wine and canapes, ticket holders will have a more leisurely look around the exhibits of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition. During the evening, the village awards will be presented. Posters are up around the village.

Hooe Energy Breakfast. Saturday November 3, Hooe Village Hall from 9.00am - 11.00am. Please come along to this energy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea and Coffee and ‘bacon butties’ will be served.

Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

Ninfield Energy Event. Saturday November 3, Methodist Hall from 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Please come along to this enegy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be served. Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

Hooe open Group are next meeting on November 9, at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. Details were circulated at the last meeting regarding the Christmas luncheon, which will be held on December 14 at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. If you are interested in joining the ladies of the Hooe Open Group, just turn up on the second Friday of any month, where you will find a very welcoming group of ladies. Membership costs just £10 for the year and as a visitor you pay £2, which is credited against the annual membership fee. For further information contact the social organiser, Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Crafts for Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

Crafts for Christmas, Craft Stalls and Table Top Sale on Saturday November 10 2012 at the Memorial Hall, Ninfield. 10.00am - 4.00pm. Following the success of the Crafts for Christmas Craft Fair held last year the organisers have decided to hold another this year. This is being organised by a group of local ladies who are delighted to be raising money for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. Building on the variety of stalls they had last year, this year we will be offering a wider range of crafts at a wide range of prices. In addition they will be serving refreshments all day. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Hospice. Last year they were told how much the day was enjoyed. Not only was it a good place to start the Christmas Shopping it was also a great opportunity to meet with friends over coffee, lunch or afternoon tea! The organisers are delighted that once again the Ninfield Scouts will be helping them. Last year they raised nearly £900 and this year it is their ambition to increase that figure. Every penny raised will go to the hospice. Further information, offers of help, enquiries about hiring tables etc to Pam Doodes 892329 or Thelma Nance 892421.

Battle & Villages Lions Club are once again holding their very popular Children in Need Quiz Night on Friday November 16 at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 7.30 for an 8.00pm start - strict maximum of 6 players per team. £6 per person which includes a Ploughmans Supper - there will be a cash proze for the winning team and a raffle. Please bring your own drinks and glasses as there will be no bar available on the night. To book your table please ring 08458335826 or 07742930717 or e.mail

You may have heard that a Children’s Health Event that is being organised by Ninfield Patients Involvement Group for 17 November. Unfortunately it has had to be postponed. The group hope to organise another event before too long.

There will be a Family Bingo evening to raise money for 1st Ninfield Scout group on Saturday November 17, 7pm-9pm. Tickets cost £3 per adult/£2 per child. Sure to be an enjoyable evening with 6 rounds of bingo, raffle, games and refreshments. Tickets can be bought from Lorna, 893644 or from Sophie at Ninfield Post Office. Eyes down for an evening of fun!

St Mary’s Church Christmas Coffee Morning is on Saturday November 24 at 10.30am in the Reading Room. Raffle, Competitions, stalls including Tombola, Cakes and Produce, Crafts and Gifts and refreshments. Come and enjoy some Christmas cheer and conversation with friends.

Ninfield Village Society are holding a Coffee morning on Saturday December 1 in the Reading Room from 10.00am to 12 noon. You are invited to go along and find out about the work the Society does within the village. There will be picture displays related to their work and some wonderful shots from both the Jubilee weekend and Carnival. Their treasurer Robin Goldsmith will give a talk on activities and progress made in Church Wood during the past year. As well as refreshments being available, there will be home-made produce for sale and raffle prizes to win.

Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: /

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield):

Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

1st Sunday of the month - 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion

Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe):

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated):

October 28, with Mr. John Thorn

November 4, with Revd. Peter Timms

November 11, Remembrance Sunday with Mr. Barry Turnwell

November 18, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

November 25, local arrangement.

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