Ninfield

Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close.

Sussex Police have received a report of a burglary in the Top Road area of Hooe between April 12, 11.30pm - 12.15am April 13. If you are able to assist the police in their enquiries, please contact the Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, Ext 65261.

Is your daughter in year 6 and a resident of Ninfield? Would they like to be 2013 Carnival Queen? To nominate your child, please see Linda Scott at the Village Stores, Ninfield. She is also taking nominations for the Carnival Princesses, this is for girls who are attending primary school in September.

Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) had a most successful meeting on Friday April 12 at Hooe Village Hall, attended by almost all of the members plus some guests, making the meeting a very full house. Everyone was enthralled by the speaker, Mark Sawyer, Coxswain of the “Diamond Jubilee” lifeboat stationed at Eastbourne, which incorporates all the very latest developments in lifeboat technology. The crew had the honour of being invited to join in the river pageant on the Thames as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The new Eastbourne “Tamar class” life boat incorporates many new features to provide the crew with all the abilities required for saving life at sea, but also to give the crew a safe environment and capable of working effectively under the most hazardous conditions it is possible to imagine. Mark Sawyer informed the meeting of the rescue missions that have occurred along the coast, from Beachy Head to Cooden of which there were many, involving both the off shore Tamer life boat but also the much smaller inshore inflatable, which is also stationed at Eastbourne. The members of the Hooe Open Group were unanimous in their support for such a worthy cause as the RNLI, which is totally funded by charitable donations and the crew are all volunteers, not receiving any payment for their services. Edna Wallis presented a cheque for £100 on behalf of the Club, which Mark Sawyer received on behalf of the RNLI. Expressing his grateful thanks to the members for their generosity. After the presentation the ladies and their guests enjoyed toasted hot cross buns with their afternoon tea, ending the meeting by drawing the 50p raffle, which always has six prizes to be won. If you would be interested in joining the ladies of Hooe Open Group or just coming as a visitor, turn up at Hooe Village Hall, opposite the Red Lion, on the second Friday of any month, except August, at 2.30pm, you will be made very welcome. The next meeting is May 11. For further detail contact the Social Organiser, Edna Wallis Tel. 01424 842591.

Ninfield Clean Up Day - a Village-Wide litter picking, is tomorrow, April 20, organised by Ninfield Village Society. Meet at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane at 10am. You are invited to help the Village Society to tidy YOUR part of our Village. Litter pickers, bags, Gloves, Hi-Viz Jackets will be supplied by Wealden District Council. Earn your reward of :Free Refreshments courtesy of Ninfield Parish Council. For more details contact: Martin Wood T:892895 or Robin Goldsmith T:892778.

The Ninfield Memorial Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday April 20 in the Hall starting at 7-30pm. Tables maximum of six. Tickets £5 per person to include a ploughman’s supper bring your own drink. There will be a raffle and all proceeds will go towards the Halls refurbishment funds. To book a table please contact Jennifer 01424 892878 or Jim 01424 892682.

There will be a joint service of St Mary’s, Ninfield and St Oswald’s, Hooe at St Oswald’s on April 21, 11.15am.

Hooe Parish Council are meeting on May 23, 7.45pm in the Village Hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

Ninfield Working Men’s Club is holding a Charity Spring Coffee Morning on Tuesday April 23, 10.30am-12.30pm. There will be a table sale, bric-a-brac and more. Entrance is £1 to include coffee or tea and biscuits. All are welcome.

There is a coffee morning on Wednesday April 24, 10.30am -12pm at the Reading Room, Ninfield. All funds raised will go to the Bexhill Foodbank. There will also be a raffle and a cake stall. All are welcome to attend and take a friend for this local charity.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their annual Plant Sale on April 27 from 9-11am at the Memorial Hall. They welcome regular and new customers to buy their wide selection of sensibly prices plants. If you have nay plants to donate, please take them to the hall from 8.30am that morning.

1st Ninfield Scout Group invite you to join them for a fun family evening of Bingo on Saturday April 27, 7pm-9pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Prices are £3 per adult/£2 per child, to include a bingo book. Refreshments will be available on the night as well as a raffle. For further information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Lorna Tomasetti on 893644.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on April 27 at:

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

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

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4.05pm.

Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are holding their AGM in the Reading Room on Tuesday April 30, 7.30pm. All members are requested to try and attend. Everybody is welcome, to find out what Neighbourhood Watch is all about. Our local PCSO, Daryl Holter, will also be there to provide information and answer

questions. Tea / coffee and biscuits are provided and there is no charge!

The next Policing Panel meeting is on April 30, 7.0pm at the Reading Room, Ninfield. Members of all villages covered by PSCO Daryl Holter are invited: Ninfield, Hooe, Catsfied, Crowhurst, Ashburnham and Penhurst. This is your opportunity to raise concerns or find out what the local policing team are doing in your area.

Were you born in Ninfield? or have you or someone you know lived here for many years? Ninfield Local History Group would like you to share your memories of village life in the 1930s to 1970s. This is part of their Heritage Lottery Funded project and we are recording memories and life stories of residents of Ninfield to learn more about the history of the village and for use as a resource for future historians. They will record you and you can choose to have the recording used as it is or to be converted to a written account (both can be anonymous if you prefer). If you would like to take part, help with recording people or obtain more information, please get in touch with John Cheshire on 01424 892248. Alternatively, you can contact them via their website: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org.

Ninfield Local History Group are currently updating the Deeprose map, hopefully in time for copies to be available for sale at their Carnival Exhibition and to present to the Parish Council. They urgently need someone with good drawing skills and if you have any suggestions of important village ‘characters’ for inclusion, please get in touch with Jan Cooper 893381 or Corinne Gibbons 892612.

Arthritis Research Uk are holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday May 1 in the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. Non members, and new members will be most welcome. Members are asked to bring contributions for Raffle, and for the Bring and Buy stall. Entry £1 includes coffee and biscuits!

Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on May 2, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on May 13, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will be having a demonstration by Samantha Thomas entitled ‘Holywood Legends’. Should you require any further information regarding the group or would like to join, please contact Susan on ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on May 16, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This month they have a talk from the manager of Ibstock Bricks. Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email ken.ffoulkes@which.net or see their Website/Facebook page: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743.

A Dinner Dance is being held on May 18 at the Memorial Hall to raise money for the hall repairs which commence in July. There will be a 3 course meal(2 choices per course) plus coffee and mints, dancing, and a floor show cabaret featuring “ Les Belles Burlesques” and other local performers. Tickets are limited to 80 and are £20 per person. There will also be a pay bar - wines, champagne, beer and lager.,plus a small raffle Dress code is Formal!!! For further information or to book your place, please contact Sami Guard on 893699 / Email: samanthaguard@btinternet.com.

Ninfield Carnival will be on Saturday July 13. The theme of the Carnival is ‘James Bond’ (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Preparations are already underway to organise the Carnival. The Committee has a committed core of people organising the day, but they are keen to welcome any new members, especially people to give up an hour or so of their time on the day of the Carnival. This year, they have decided to raise money purely for projects in our village. All monies raised will be put back into our local community. Essential projects identified include updating the children’s play area, rebuilding Sparke’s Pavilion and the Memorial Hall fund. If you could help in any way, please either ring Andy on 892196. If you would be willing to sponsor an event or provide a raffle prize please contact Steve Fleming on 07717451303.

In July, the Memorial Hall will be closed for a while so that they can seal and insulate the walls and roof, replace the old central heating pipes and radiators, add new electrical sockets and generally improve the comfort for the users of the hall. Once essential works are completed the committee hope to be able to raise enough funds to upgrade the toilet and kitchen facilities. They need, as well as money, willing volunteers to help with some of the work, especially if you have a specific trade or skill, if you could loan equipment or donate materials. If you think you could help, please phone Pete Holland 01424 893326 (Project Manager) or Adrian Dommersen 07732 475209 (Hall Chairman).

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: www.pamdoodes.com / www.ninfield.webplus.net.

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk):

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)

Please note joint service April 21. Please see above for further details.

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

April 21, Worship and Praise with Mrs D. Novis.

April 28, Worship and Communion with Rev. Ian H. Wales.

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me: nhvillagevoice@hotmail.com.