Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close

The Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) held their monthly meeting last Friday, June 14, at Hooe Village Hall. This meeting took the form of a social get-together, giving an opportunity for members, both old and new to become better acquainted. The The group enjoyed cream teas, with homemade fruit scones, served with clotted cream and jam as well as a slice of lemon Madera cake. By the level of conversation, the meeting can be judged a success. At the end of the tea Edna Wallis, who is the club organiser, held an auction to sell off a number of (as new) items that had been donated by club members for the Bring & Buy Table, which had remained unsold. There was also the monthly 50pence raffle with six prizes, all of which had a value of over £5. There were three visitors, who all expressed their intention to become full members as they liked the warm and friendly atmosphere which is the “Hall Mark” of the Open Group. Next month on July 12, there is a demonstration of many different devices for home security, covering personal alarm systems, fire alarms and remote monitoring devices; this presentation is a must for anyone living alone. On Friday August 9, the members are booked to take a tour of Sovereign Harbour on the “African Queen” followed by tea and pastries at Simply Italian (Fingers crossed for fine weather). If you are interested in becoming a member of this friendly group of like minded ladies, telephone Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 who will be pleased to welcome you.

Ninfield Bowls Club should have played Polegrove team on Wednesday June 12 but as it was pouring with rain they had tea and a natter instead! Thursday June 13 saw them host a touring team from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and had a really enjoyable afternoon although the weather could have been better. The score was 69 to Ninfield and 47 to Cheshunt. On Friday June 14, 6 members of the club (2 teams of 3 players) played in an Invitation match at Cross in Hand. Both teams lost 2 and won 1 match but, although neither team won, they all enjoyed the afternoon. They played at home on Saturday June 15 against Herstmonceux, winning a massive 120-59. The club were at home again on Sunday June 16 playing Bexhill. Unfortunately they lost 50-78. Also on Sunday, 3 members were due to play an invitation game at Staplecross however, due to illness, two members had to drop out. A substitute from Ninfield stepped in and a Staplecross member also played with our 2 members but Ninfield lost 2 games and won 1. But it is the taking part which matters!

The month of June (7-23) sees artists and craftspeople across South East England opening their doors to the public. Within Ninfield, Sass Tetazlaff will be opening her doors exhibiting her works in stitch and mixed media. If you would like further information of her work, please visit her website: or telephone 893912.

St Mary’s Summer Solstice Fete is tomorrow, Saturday June 22 from Noon - 2.30pm at the Reading Room, Church Lane. Stalls include Cakes, Produce and Plants, Gifts and Books, Raffle, Tombola and Games. Refreshments of a Barbecue and drinks will be available along with some summer sun, hopefully! They look forward to seeing you there.

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

Hooe Dog Show will take place on Sunday, June 23, on Hooe Recreation Ground. Entries for both pedigree and novelty classes are from 11am with judging commencing at 12pm. Free parking and refreshments are available. All proceeds will go to The Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary. For further information please call 01424 892107.

Ninfield Working Mens Club are holding a Coffee Morning on Tuesday June 25, 10.30am-12pm. As well as teas and coffees, there will be a table sale, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Entrance is £1 to include your coffee/tea and biscuits. All are welcome to attend.

Music in June at St Oswald’s Church Hooe with The Melodians on Thursday June 27 at 7.30pm. The programme includes a variety of music; songs from the Beatles and Queen to the Hallelujah Chorus; “Wherever you Are” (the Military Wives), organ, piano duets and more! Tickets (including light refreshments) are £3.50 available from Jack 01424 892576 or Simon 01424 845087 or on the door. Retiring collection for St Michael’s Hospice.

1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Jumble Sale on June 29 at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2-4pm. Along with the usual bargains there will be refreshments and a raffle. Should you have any jumble to donate, you can drop it off to the hall on the Friday evening (June 28) after 7pm or it can be dropped off on the Saturday morning after 8am. Alternatively, you can arrange for a collection by contacting Dick Creasy on 07970550226 or Elaine Gausden on 07798654614. The group look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets for the Nin Field Gig on Saturday, June 29, are now on sale at the Village Stores, tickets cost the same as last year, £10 for adults, £5 children 5-15, & £25 family tickets when bought in advance. If still available at the gate they will be £12 & £6. No family tickets. Full details can be found at Do come along and join the fun and listen to the various bands - 8 in total!

Ninfield Methodist Church invite you to join them for their Salvation Army Music and Praise Service on June 30, 2.30pm. The Hastings Temple Band and Songsters will be joining the congregation. The service will be followed by an afternoon tea.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on July 1, 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This month they welcome Gillian Sadler with her demonstration entitled “Show Stopper”. All non members are welcome at a small charge of £3.00 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. They are also attending Ninfield Carnival on Saturday July 13. The group members will be creating floral designs, for this years theme “50 years of James Bond”, please visit their stand. A date for your diaries: Flower Festival August 24-26. This years theme is “Festival of Festivals” as well as the beautiful floral arrangements there will be craft stalls, plants, bric a brac,books etc plus refreshments. Entrance will be £2.00 and all proceeds will go to the charity Sara Lee Trust, Hastings. Ninfield Flower Group now has a new website, please log in and let them know what you think of it. If you would like any information regarding the above, or interested in joining, please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or email on

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. If you would like to take part in the talent contest, please contact Sammi Guard on 893669/ Closing date for entries is June 30.

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. 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.

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):

June 23, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales.

June 30, Salvation Army.

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