Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close

Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, has advised of reports of suspicious door knocking in the Ninfield area over the time period of November 15-16. Serial relating 1471 16/11/13. Should you have any infomation regarding this, please contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, Ext 65202.

Community First Responders have been operating in Bexhill since 2004 providing a voluntary support to the ambulance service. The volunteers are trained to deal with life threatening situations such as heart attacks, unconsciousness, breathing difficulties and other situations. All the volunteers carry defibrillators, oxygen and a comprehensive first aid rucksack. Training is undertaken by the ambulance service and continues on a regular basis. Team members give as much time as they are able to fit in with their normal daily routine, and respond within a 3 mile radius of their home. They are alerted via a text message at the same time as the call is being taken by the ambulance control room. This means that due to the close proximity of the responder to the incident, they are regularly with the patient prior to the arrival of the ambulance. The team recently expanded to include Ashburnham where Tony Smith is the responder (He was recently shown on the front page of the Observer when he successfully resuscitated his neighbour, who after hospital treatment made a good recovery.) We now have a responder in Ninfield. Andy Heyes recently completed his training and within a few days was called out to his first patient. Responders use their own cars which have magnetic signs on the doors to identify themselves and wear a clearly marked yellow jacket. They are not permitted to use blue lights or sirens. The Bexhill & District Team cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135. The team meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at Bexhill Fire Station.

The Hooe History Society 2014 Calendar has been such a resounding success every copy has now been sold! However not all is lost as Peter and Pam Doodes will be placing another order for more to be delivered well in time for Christmas. So if you would like to purchase one or more calendars please make contact as soon as possible. 01424 892329 The calendars make great Christmas presents at just £6.00 each, good to keep for oneself and at the end of the year the photos can be cut out and framed!

Rydon Homes is holding a public exhibition today, November 29, to introduce a vision to Ninfield residents for proposals of 50 new homes at The Ingrams, Bexhill Road. It will be held 1-8pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This is in response to Wealden District Council identifying Ninfield as a rural service centre that requires greenfield development. All residents are invited to go and have a look at the proposals to provide a wide range of housing, alongside delivering new community facilities. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts on the development proposals and how they could be improved. If you are unable to make the exhibition, you can find out more on their website, as well as being able to complete a feedback questionnaire:

Ninfield working mens Club are holding a charity Christmas coffee morning on Tuesday, December 3 at the club, 10.30am - 12pm. This will be in aid of Help the Heroes. There will be various tables with new and nearly new toys and gifts. Entrance is £1 to include a tea or coffee with a mince pie. If you have anything that you would like to donate for their raffle or to sell, please contact Marjorie on 892239 or Maureen on 892182. So far this year, the WMC have donated £1000 to Hastings Voluntary Life Guards and £100 to Ninfield Toddler Group. Further to these donations, they have 3 presentations to be made on December 30 of £400 each to: Chestnut Tree House, Dragon Flies (Bereavement children) and Brownbread Horse Rescue (Ashburnham). “A BIG thank you to all who have supported us this last year. A Happy Christmas and healthy New Year to you all” NWC.

Ninfield Memorial Hall are holding a Village Carol Concert on Tuesday, December 3, 7.30 - 9.30pm featuring Hooe Village Band. Entrance fee £3 to include refreshments - children free. All proceeds to the hall renovation fund.

Ninfield Flower Group have tickets now available for their Christmas meeting on December 6, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall. They will welcome “Tony Brown” with his seasonal demonstration entitled “Festive Delights” Tickets are available from Ellie Barron on 01424 893385 at a cost of £9.00, payable at the time of order please. This will include light refreshments. All floral arrangements done by Tony will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the Group please contact Susan on 01323 844634 after 6pm or weekends, or email

On Saturday, December 7, Ninfield Bonfire Society would like to invite you all to come along to the Memorial Hall for their first ever Christmas Fete. They have arranged for Father Christmas to travel through the village, starting at 12.45pm from Marlpits Lane, in a special horse drawn carriage (Weather permitting!!). He plans to arrive at the Hall at 1.00pm and is looking forward to seeing all the children during the afternoon. The Fete is open from 11.00am - 4.00pm, as well as craft and gift stalls, there are some games and competitions for all ages, refreshments will include mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate to accompany a slice of cake or a scone. At 3.30pm they shall do the draw for our Grand Christmas Raffle. Tickets are now available at Ninfield Stores and Hope Cottage Farm Shop as well at the Fete on the day. 1st Prize is two airline tickets to Paris or Amsterdam; 2nd £50.00 cash; 3rd Christmas Hamper and many more. Please come along and join in the fun, entry is free. If you would like to support them with a cake or two, tombola prizes or items to sell, please telephone Carol 893326, or take along on the day. “Thank you all for the support you have shown us enabling the fantastic Bonfire Night to go ahead.”

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on December 7 & 21 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

The Hooe Open Group are having their Christmas luncheon, which will be held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club on the December 13, when members are able in invite guests. The January meeting will be a member’s forum, when the programme for 2014 will be formulated. If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of ladies, go along to Hooe Village Hall at 2.30pm on Friday, January 10, and be assured of a warm welcome. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on December 19 for their Christmas Social with mulled wine and minced pies. Members are invited to take along their best home made pies. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

Ninfield Carnival Association held their monthly meeting a couple of weeks ago. They are planning to organise the Annual Pram Race next year, with a focus on encouraging children to participate. They are also hoping to organise a village treasure hunt to coincide with this event. More details will follow nearer the time. The Committee is really lacking members. We would welcome some new faces and help. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 15, at Ninfield Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm. If you would like any extra information about joining the Carnival Committee, please contact Lorna on 893644.

Following the very successful Exhibition from Ninfield Local History Group in September, there is a number of publications available centred around Ninfield. These might make for Christmas presents: Village Historical Walks booklet (£2.50), WW1 Roll of Honour booklet (£5.00), Ninfield New Centenary Map CD (£5.00), Wartime Memories CD (£5.00), James Broughton’s booklet on Ninfield School in WW2 (£2.50), Ninfield Village map A1 size (£15.00), Ninfield Village map A2 size (£8.00), Ninfield Village map A3 size (£5.00). To this list we are pleased to announce the publication of a 2014 calendar at the bargain price of £4.00. The calendar contains wonderful photos of the village taken at different times of the year and chosen from our archives. To place an order in good time for Christmas, please see Jan Cooper, their Archivist, at the monthly meetings or contact her on 01424 893381 or emil:

Hooe Old Motor Club are now ready to distribute surplus funds raised at The Hooe’s Motor Club Show that was held in August. Clubs and organisations in the area are invited to submit requests for donations. Please write to Chris Hone, c/o Hooe’s Old Motor Club, Marwin Farm, Marley Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RE, before December 1, 2013, enclosing a brief note as to why your organisation should be considered. Requests will be discussed at the next committee meeting in January, 2014.

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):

December 1, 10.30am, Advent Sunday with Revd. Ian Wales.

December 8, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales.

December 15, Christian Voices with Revd. Ian Wales.

December 24, 4.30pm, Christingle Service.

December 29, local arrangement.

All local residents are invited to join the Methodist Church in their Christmas celebration services.

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me: