17 Smith Close Ninfield

Ninfield Flower Group would like to thank everyone who attended their Flower Festival at the end of August. They will be donating the sum of £3000.00 to the Sara Lee Trust (Hastings) which was their charity this year, together with a donation to the Memorial Hall. They also congratulate Jennifer Collett for winning the “Peoples Choice Trophy” for her arrangement of the Hastings Music Festival. Jennifer won by an outstanding 674 votes!

Hooe Open Group meet today Friday, September 13, 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall. Their invited speaker will be Pam Vieler who will recall her memories from after the end of WWII. If you would like to socialise with a group of very friendly ladies, who enjoy each other’s companionship, why not come along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of any month, the club commences at 2.30pm and ends with tea and a raffle at 4.30pm. For further details, please contact the organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, September 14 & 28 at:

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

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

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

Ninfield Local History Group are next meeting on September 19, 7.30pm at the new venue of Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. This month they welcome Robert Bonnett from Sussex Mills Group who will give a talk on Ninfield and other local Windmills.

Ninfield Local History Group are having an Open Day Exhibition at the Memorial Hall from 10am on Saturday, September 28, in order to showcase what has been accomplished in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history. In addition to the ever popular “Who/Where Is It?” photos section (updated thanks to all those who contributed Names and places!) they will be displaying the superb Ninfield Centenary Village Map as a companion to the 1913 Deeprose Map already on display. This will be donated to the Parish Council for display in the Memorial Hall as a record of the changes and growth in the village. Advance Orders (with deposit, please) can be placed by anyone wanting a Village Map for family and friends. An ideal Christmas present for those who have everything else! (hint, hint!). They will have other maps on display showing the timeline of how homes and businesses spread through the village. To complement that, there will be a map of air crash sites, so again, any memories will be welcome. It may be the piece in the jigsaw which allows records of the Battle of Britain etc to be updated. Adding to the Village Maps, they will also have details of historic buildings such as Luxford House amongst others. Does YOUR house have some interesting facts? What do you know of its age, and who lived there before you? They have arranged for Hooe History Group to have their own display; as well as the local branch of the Sussex Family History Society, there will be 4 local and family history book sellers with their displays and also a confectionery stall. There will be refreshments available of course, and all help towards that will be appreciated, whether a member or not! Home-made cakes (is YOURS the best in the village?) scones etc can all be donated towards the event; tea, coffee and soft drinks (home-made lemonade etc) will be available at reasonable cost. If you want to come along, dressed as a Land Girl, Home Guard or in any other wartime related clothing, please do so! Lastly – but by no means least – there will be a display from Year 5 at Ninfield School with their work. Some of it will be based on James Broughton’s excellent booklet on his Ninfield School Memories. We are arranging for a copy to be presented to each pupil in Year Five. A Village Historical Walks Booklet has been compiled, providing information on the many interesting houses and places around Ninfield. A limited number will be available (First Edition!) at the Exhibition. Walking around the village is now a good excuse for some post Christmas lunch exercise, and showing off your local knowledge to your family and friends. Ninfield Local History Group look forward to seeing you. If you would like further information about the group, please contact Rod Ffoulkes by emailing:, or calling: 893635.

Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on October 3, 7.15pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane. All residents are welcome to attend.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday, October 7 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. This month they welcome Jean Allan with her demonstration entitled “Autumn Glory”. 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. If you would like any further information regarding the above please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or email

Ninfield Flower Group are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday October 12 in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 2pm. If you are unable to attend on the day and would like to donate, cakes or produce, it can be dropped off with Beryl Harmer, Chamberlain House,The Green,Ninfield (01424 892057) or contact Jennifer on (01424 892878). The money raised at our Jumble Sales is essential fundraising for the club.

A date for your diary: Ninfield Local History Groups are hosting an Afternoon Tea/School Reunion Event on Saturday October 19, 2-5.30pm at the Memorial Hall. This is a repeat of the very successful event held earlier this year. It will be a celebration event linked into their Heritage Lottery Fund project of recording the memories of EX Ninfield School pupils. In due course, they hope to work through the subsequent decades, so everyone will have a turn! Those who have already participated in their recorded “All Your Memories” project will been offered complimentary tickets (on an RSVP basis) as their “Thank You”. If you were a pupil at Ninfield School BEFORE the 1970’s and would like to attend, tickets can be bought at £2 each by phoning John Cheshire on 01424 892248. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Exhibition (details as above) and the village shop in the near future.

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):

September 15, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

September 22, Worship & Praise with Mrs Margaret Bickerdike

September 29, Back to Church Sunday Service with Mrs Christine Thacker

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