Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close

Arthritis Research UK held and Afternoon Tea last Wednesday which went well. They had catered for more people to eat up the cupcakes! You are very much encouraged to go and taste the Home Baking next time (they were very tasty)! The raffle Polar Bear was won by Oliver, and the Snoopy toy dog by Annabel Sargeant. Thanks to the generosity of the participants, they have over £120 to send to the Fund. Thanks to all the helpers and visitors. Come again!

Ninfield Local History Group have kicked off the school project by talking to year 5 about WW2. They were really keen on the subject and the level of intelligence shown by the questions they asked was truly impressive. Miss Watson had clearly done an excellent job in preparing the way for the group. David has not lost his touch either (so I am told)! The school has been left with an edited version of the Wartime Memories CD and they handed out a James Broughton book to each child in year 5.

The next events in the programme will be:

October 3 - visit by ex Spitfire pilot, this is unconfirmed at the moment, he currently has lots of health problems. Rod is going to Newhaven Fort with the class in October and October 24 - Evacuee day (volunteers to act as local residents selecting children to have in their families - just for the day!!!). More events are due to be held in November and December, details will follow nearer the time.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, September 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 Grouphold their Open Day Exhibition tomorrow, September 28 at the Memorial Hall from 10am. This will 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.

Battle & Ninfield Guild are next meeting on October 2, 2.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall. This week they have a talk entitled ‘A Headmaster’s Education’ with David Swales. They next meet on October 16, with a talk by Paul Burson titled ‘An Italian Journey’.

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

On Saturday October 5, the Friends of Ninfield School have organised a ‘Back to School disco in the Memorial Hall. There will be a night of 70s, 80s and early 90s music to enjoy and dance the night away to! Doors open at 7.30-11pm. There will be a well stocked bar. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the school office or Ninfield Post Office. The Friends look forward to seeing you there.

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

Hooe Open Group are meeting on October 11, 2.30pm at Hooe Village hall where they will welcome Sarah Page will be presenting the history of the Sussex Trug as well as demonstrating its manufacturing technique. If you would like further information about the group, please call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

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.

Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Harvest Lunch in their hall on Sunday October 13, 12.30pm. Tickets are £5 each are available from church members or Paul and Betty Burson by telephoning 892192. All are very welcome.

It will be Ninfield Carnival’s AGM on Wednesday, October 16, at 8pm. It will be held at the Working Men’s Club. Their Chairman, Andy Gale, will be standing down. They have very few members at the moment and would warmly welcome some new blood. Please ring Lorna 893644, if you’d be interested in joining them, or turn up at the AGM.

Tickets for the Ninfield Reunion event at 2pm on Saturday ,October 19, organised by the Ninfield Local History Group are now on sale at the Ninfield Village Stores & Post Office. The Reunion is for anyone who lived in the village anytime between 1930 and 1969. Admission is by advance ticket only as an afternoon tea is included in the price of £2 per person. To avoid disappointment buy your tickets now!

Crafts for Christmas, Christmas Gifts and Table Top Sale returns this year, again in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Care. At Ninfield Memorial Hall, Saturday November 9, 10am - 4pm. A whole host of craft stalls will be there. For further information, please call Pam 01424 892329 or Thelma 01424 892421.

On November 23, the Memorial Hall will be holding a ‘home-made’ fair. This could cover anything from knitted hats to jam, cards to cakes. It’s all to raise money for the hall and tables can be booked via Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 or Price £10 if you are from Ninfield, £12 if outside.

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 29, Back to Church Sunday Service with Mrs Christine Thacker

October 6, 10.30am, HARVEST FESTIVAL’ Family Service with Rev. Ian H. Wales They look forward to welcoming the 1st. Ninfield Scout Group to this special service of Thanksgiving for God’s gifts. They would be grateful for any gifts of produce / tins; which will subsequently be distributed in the village, and via Bexhill Foodbank.

October 13, Service of Worship with Gillian Lambourne

October 20, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

October 27, Bible Sunday Service of Worship with Mr Owen Birch

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