Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close

The Hooe Open Group is continuing to attract members, which was shown by the attendance at the annual Christmas luncheon, held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club last Friday, December 14. A small number of guests and 35 members were gathered together in a private room on the ground floor of the clubhouse. The lunch was superb, there was a choice of menu consisting of the traditional turkey, roast pork and salmon all served with a selection of the most perfectly cooked mixed vegetables and a selection of delicious desserts. As always there was a free raffle, which this year was for a large presentation basket of fresh fruit, the winner was Denise Perrin.

The next meeting will be held on the January 11, which will be a member’s only meeting, to agree the social programme for 2013, as well as any other business.

If you are interested in joining or would like to come as a visitor, the first general meeting will be on the February 8 when Mark Sivyer, an antique expert will be giving a talk to the group. He will be pleased to appraise any items of value which members wish to bring along to the meeting. If you are interested in joining a very sociable and informal ladies group, just go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month, commencing at 2.30pm or for any further information call the Open Group organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Ninfield School held their Christmas Fair on Monday, December 17. Father Christmas paid a visit, giving cheer to the good children of the school. The Friends of Ninfield School would like thank him for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule. Thank you to all the local business’s that donated a raffle prize. The school choir also visited Birch Holt Nursing Home earlier in the day, giving renditions of traditional Christmas carols. The school would like to thank Birch Holt for their kind hospitality.

Hooe Sports Football Club are taking a deserved rest over the Christmas period but will be back in the New Year to increase their position in the ESFL. You can track the club’s progress online:

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, December 22:

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.


December 23, St Mary’s Christingle Service 3.30pm

December 25, St Mary’s Christmas Day Family Communion 9.30am

December 25, St Oswald’s Christmas Day Family Communion 11.15am

Please note there is no Midnight service this year.

Ninfield Methodist Church invite you to celebrate Christmas with them:

Sunday December 23, 2.30pm, will be a Christmas Carol Service. A special family service when you can sign and join in with all your favourite carols and then enjoy some mince pies! On Sunday December 30, 10.30am, a Christmas Praise Service at Christchurch, Bexhill (Near Bexhill Hospital). To celebrate the New Year, on January 6, 2.30pm they are holding a New Year Covenant Service. Revd. Ian Wales will lead this lovely methodist tradition that enables worshipers to make their resolution and promise afresh to serve God.

Ninfield Flower Group are holding their AGM on Monday January 7, 2013 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. All members and non-members are welcome to attend. The competition for 2013 will be a arrangement of your choice in a cup and saucer. The group are looking for new members to join their committee. Should you require any further information regarding any of their meetings or becoming a member of the committee, please contact Susan Cambell on or Tel: 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

The Hooe Open Group’s January meeting being held on Friday January 11 which will be a members event and will present an opportunity for new members to get to know each other. For further information on the Hooe Open Group Edna Wallis is always there to welcome you, she can be contacted any time on 01424 842591.

There will be a Policing Panel meeting in the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield on January 15, at 7.30pm with guest speaker Annie Page, Community Officer from East Sussex Fire And Rescue. All are welcome to go along, our PCSO Darrel Holter will be hosting.

Arthritis Research UK are holding a Winter Warmer on January 23, 2013 in the Reading Room (Church Lane, Ninfield) at 12.30pm, tickets are £7.50 per person. All are welcome. Please book your place with Ann on 892593.

1st Ninfeld Scout Group are holding their Annual January Jumble Sale on January 26, 2pm at the Memorial Hall. The group will collect your jumble for you, please contact Dick Creasey 07970559226, Elaine Gausden 07798654614 or Sandra Titherley 892848. Jumble can also be left on Friday January 25 after 6pm or on Saturday 26 after 8am. You are invited to go along and search for bargains enjoy some refreshments or try your luck in the raffle.

Hooe Parish Council are meeting on January 28, 2013 at 7.45pm in the Village Hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

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)

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):

December 23, Carol Service with Revd. Derek & Topsy Brice

December 30, 10.30am Service at Christchurch with Mrs Christine Freeland

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

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