Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close, Ninfield

You may have noticed two new, bright red, wheelie bins on the recreation ground, one by the Pavilion and one by the children’s play area. The new company employed by Ninfield Parish Council to collect the public rubbish will make collections fortnightly. Should additional collections be required, the Parish Council will arrange these.

The weather has hampered matches for Ninfield Bowls Club again this last week when they were due to play Hastings Visually Handicapped on Saturday June 22. However, a water logged rink deemed it unsafe to do so. Despite Ninfield’s rink being unplayable, a team did manage to travel to Battle to play in a League match. Unfortunately they narrowly lost 66-70. Sunday June 23, the club played a further league match against Staplecross, winning 74-49 in windy conditions! Hopefully the weather will fair better for them this coming week.

1st Ninfield Scout Group is holding a jumble sale tomorrow, June 29, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2pm-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 tomorrow, 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 - eight in total!

Members of 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’s Got Talent returns for another fun filled evening on July 12, 7pm-midnight. 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 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

A coffee morning in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice will be held on Wednesday July 3 at The Methodist Hall, Ninfield from 10am. Go along and meet your friends over coffee and at the same time as enjoying yourself help to raise much needed funds for this worthy charity. There will be a bring and buy, a cake stall and raffle. Further details from Pam Doodes 892329 or Jean Holmes 212663.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on July 6 & 20, 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 History Society are next meeting on July 11, 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. This month the topic will be Smugglers and Smuggling. The talk has been prepared by Mavis Walledge, a well known local historian and Heather Sinden, the chairman of Hooe History. The Red Lion Hooe was known to be a special stopping off place for smugglers travelling across the marshes and Hooe had the reputation for being the centre of operations. Rumour has it that an unlucky officer of the crown met his end in the hostelry and now comes back to haunt from time to time. Does the painting of the white van on the village notice board indicate smuggling is still carried out in the sleepy village of Hooe? You are welcome to go along to the hall to hear more, and to share any information you might have. The more the merrier!

The Hooe Open Group are next meeting on July 12, with 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 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 councillor’s (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 first Sunday of the month)

Wednesdays - 10am Holy Communion.

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

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on first Sunday of the month).

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

June 30, Salvation Army Service (See above).

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