Ninfield Scouts
Ninfield Scouts

Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close

The 1st Ninfield Scout Group were out in force last Sunday for the annual Senlac District Council’s St George’s Celebrations in Battle. A beautiful sunny afternoon aided the atmosphere to pay homage to the Scout Association’s Patron Saint. Baden-Powell (founder of the Scout movement) chose Saint George to be The Patron Saint of The Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. All sections of the group, Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and their satellite group of Crowhurst Cub and Scout sections were represented along with a number of leaders, helpers and their GSL. During the ‘Inspiring a Generation‘ themed service, all members renewed their Scouting promises. Well done to the flag bearers for carrying the flags down to St. Mary’s church from Budgens car park and back!

On behalf of Ninfield Village Society, Martin Wood would like to thank all those bolunteers who joined in the litter picking on Saturday April 20. Their efforts have made a big difference to the tidiness of our village.

1st Ninfield Scout Group are looking to put a team together to run the Ninfield Explorer Scout unit. Our Explorers are a great group of 14-18 year olds. The programme includes the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. This is a voluntary team but you get to join a great team and have lots of fun! If you are interested please contact Rosemary Cooper on 892681.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their annual Plant Sale tomorrow, April 27 from 9-11am at the Memorial Hall. They welcome regular and new customers to buy their wide selection of sensibly prices plants. As usual the society would welcome any donated plants, please take them to the hall from 8.30am that morning. This is usually a very busy 2 hours and a great opportunity to buy all sorts of plants at sensible prices.

1st Ninfield Scout Group invite you to join them for a fun family evening of Bingo tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, 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.

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.

The annual Ninfield Carnival Pram Race takes place on May 6, returning to Manchester Road. The fun begins at 11.30-2pm. The Carnival Committee look forward to seeing you there.

Ninfield Parish Council are holding their Annual Parish Meeting on wednesday May 8, 7.15pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This event aims to provide a further opportunity for parishioners to understand more about the priorities and activities of the village.

Following the previously successful format, local groups and societies are cordially invited to participate by giving a two minute presentation promoting their activities to parishioners and potentially gaining new members and interest (please register your interest with the Parish Council Clerk, Jackie Scarff T: 07725843505).

Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) are next meeting on May 11, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. For further detail contact the Social Organiser, Edna Wallis Tel. 01424 842591.

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 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 or see their Website/Facebook page: /

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:

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

Ninfield’s Got Talent returns for another fun filled evening on July 12, 7pm-midnight. This is a great family event held in the marquee on Ninfield recreation ground. There are cash prizes on offer for the participants. For the revelers there is a bar, BBQ and a wide selection of entertainment. If you would like to enter, please contact Sami on 07970650321.

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: /

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):

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

May 5, Worship and Communion with Rev. Ian Pruden.

May 12, Holy Communion with Rev. Ian H. Wales.

May 19, Worship and Communion with Barry Turnwell

May 26, Local arrangements.

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