Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close

Ninfield Local History Group is linking up with the Ninfield Youth Forum and want to interview ex Ninfield United football players and record their memories of playing for the village in years gone by. This is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project entitled Ninfield - The History of a Rural Village. If you, or someone you know played for the Ninfield football team please get in touch. Contact John Cheshire on 01424 892248.

A note of thanks for Ninfield Methodist Church: Ninfield Methodist Church, and many friends, have enjoyed a wonderful June at the Chapel in the village. As previously mentioned we celebrated 142 years of the life of the Chapel and in mid- June remembered this occasion, and our Christian presence in Ninfield, with a celebration service and then a tea attended by around 35 people. Then at the end of June the Salvation Army/Hastings Temple Band and Songsters led an amazing worship - time remembering our links with their founder William Booth and his wife Catherine. We seemed to raise the rafters of the church with around 60 people present including the Salvation Army Band. Wow! We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our church so come along anytime and enjoy our Christian tradition. There will be more news about our Harvest events later in the year.

Ninfield Bowls Club have had a busy week with four matches: July 1 they won against Hastings (White Rock) 68-63. They lost a league match against Winchelsea on July 3, 53-61. July 6 they won 57-52 against Peasmarsh and finally on July 7, Ninfield lost against Guestling 59-73. At least the sun is now shinning for them!

The Hooe Open Group is next meeting today, 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’s Got Talent returns for another fun filled evening tonight, 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, barbecue and a wide selection of entertainment.

Ninfield Carnival is tomorrow, July 13. The theme of the Carnival is James Bond (it is the 50th anniversary of the Bond films). Events start at 12pm with the usual precession off around the village and many stands on the recreation ground. The usual refreshments of a barbecue, beer tent and teas and coffees will be available.

Many of our local groups will be represented at the Carnival this year. Ninfield Flower Group will be there with some demonstrations, Ninfield School will be having a tombola stool, Ninfield Local History Group will exhibit photos of carnivals past along with the ever popular (and challenging!) Name That Face and Place; an update on progress with their new Centenary (of the Deeprose 1913) Map. There are more Projects in the pipeline, so come and talk to us on what is happening and more importantly, your own areas of interest in history. Ninfield Scout Group will also be there with a tombola which includes some star prizes. All groups look forward to seeing you there.

Hooe Sports Football Club are holding pre-season training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. All players welcome. Contact John Copley - 07929 721116 / 01424 211559, Luke Pont - 07872 312266, Mark Pont - 07973 792271. Or just go along!

Ninfield Working Men’s Club will be holding a charity strawberry tea afternoon on Tuesday July 16, 2-4pm. Entrance is £2.50 per person to include your strawberry tea along with enjoying some live music. There will be a cake stall and a raffle. If you would like to donate a cake for the day, it would be greatly appreciated. All are welcome to attend.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on July 18, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This month they will be looking at memories of Ninfield Bonfire Society. It’s been a source of much pleasure and charitable work in the village for many years, so come early for the limited seats, or it’s standing room only! 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: /

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on July 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 Parish Council is meeting on July 22, 7.55pm at the Village Hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

The next Neighbourhood Watch and panel meeting will take place on Tuesday July 23, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. There will be a speaker from Trading Standards. All villagers are welcome. If you have any questions regarding police matters or Trading Standards, do go along and get the answers.

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):

July 14, Worship and Praise with Rev Ian H Wales.

July 21, Worship and Communion with Rev Derek Brice.

July 28, Worship and Praise.

August 4, Worship and Praise with Mrs Lesley Gilchrist.

August 11, Cafe Service with Mrs M Bickerdike.

August 18, Holy Communion with Rev Ian Wales.

August 25, Worship and Praise with Dawn Novis.

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