This years Carnival Queen, chosen by an independent judge, is Alicia Reid. Her princesses will be Violet Newnham and Erin Freeman. The girls were chosen because of their love and commitment to the village. The crowning will take place at the Pram Race on May 5.

The Hooe Open Group had their meeting on Friday, April 11, at Hooe Village Hall. Being near to Easter, every member was presented with a Cadbury chocolate egg. There was a very good turnout of members, together with two guests. The speaker for the afternoon was David Cowley, of Collective Legal Solutions, whose presentation was entitled “Tax, Care and Toy Boys”. His talk covered the topic of inherence and the pitfalls associated with not taking professional advice when making a Will. David pointed out the legal minefield that has to be negotiated in order that a person’s wishes are properly executed upon death and not leading to the possibility of lengthy and costly litigation, whereby the beneficiaries are deprived of a high proportion of their legacy. The presentation led to a large number of the members asking questions on points of concern, highlighted in David’s presentation. After tea there was a raffle with a large number of worthwhile prizes. The Bring & Buy table was very well stocked, which attracted members to open their purses to take advantage of the bargains on offer. The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 9, at 2.30 p.m., which will be a talk by Olivia Breeze, entitled “Memories of my Father” (singer Alan Breeze). If you are interested in joining a very friendly group of like-minded ladies, why not go along to the next meeting, you are certain to enjoy the afternoon. For any further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Ninfield Bowls Club are having an Open Day on April 20, from 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome and the club can lend bowls to anyone wishing to have a go. The only stipulation is that flat shoes must be worn!

Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on April 21, at the Memorial Hall, 7.30p.m. This month they welcome back Harry Townshend for his talk on ‘Plant Hunting around the World’.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Plant Sale on April 26, from 9-11 a.m. at the Memorial Hall. In addition to their wide selection of sensibly priced plants, they are offering refreshments this year. Do go along and enjoy your coffee break while choosing your plants.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on April 26 at:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50p.m. - 2.35p.m.

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

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

Ninfield Scout Group are celebrating 30 years of scouting in Ninfield. On May 3, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2-4 p.m., they will exhibit some photos from past and present and have some stands to demonstrate what they do within their sections. Free refreshments will be available. You are invited to go along and reminisce as well as meeting some of todays scouting family.

Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Family Barn Dance to celebrate 30 years of their successful scout group in Ninfield. Some of their dedicated parents have organised this event, to be held on May 3 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30-11p.m. Tickets cost £3 per adult and £2 per child. There will be a live band, disco and a licensed bar. Please purchase your tickets before the event either from Lorna 893644, Ninfield Post office or from one of the Scout section meetings.

It’s not long until Ninfield’s Pram Race on Monday, May 5. It will be held on Manchester Road this year, with the start near the Blacksmith’s car park. Registration for the races begins at 11.30 a.m. and the races will get underway at midday. This year’s carnival queen will be crowned at the pram race. The Carnival committee are keen to organise a treasure hunt in the village on this day. If you live between the Kings Arms and Standard Hill and would be happy to hide a car (toy or homemade) in your garden, please contact Lorna ASAP so that they can allocate numbers! (893644). The treasure hunt will cost £1 to enter and entry forms can be purchased from the Blacksmith’s car park from 9a.m. on the day. As always, the races have kindly been sponsored by the Parish Council and a special prize is available for the best fancy dress. The theme of this year’s carnival is ‘Children’s TV’.

Arthritis Research UK is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday, May 7, 10.20 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. Non members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. You are invited to take a contribution for the raffle and bring and buy stall. Entry is £1 to include our coffee and biscuits.

The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, May 7. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30p.m., every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

Ninfield Village Society have organised a Village Clean Up day on May 10. You are invited to help clear and tidy YOUR part of the village, with all necessary equipment being supplied by Ninfield Parish Council and Keir. If you would like to join in, please meet at the Methodist Church Hall at 10a.m. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Ninfield Parish Council. For more details, please contact Martin Wood on 892895 or Robin Goldsmith on 892778.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on May 12, with “A Basket for all Occasions” workshop and June 2, Gaenor Circus with a demonstration called “Fabulous Flowers”. For further information, please contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting on May 15, 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Hall. David Swales will be talking about farming in the Ninfield Area. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Acting Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday June 2,commencing at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. They welcome Lucinda Knapman with her demonstration entitled “Fabulous Flowers”. Non members are welcome for a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding the group please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on Alternatively, you can look at their website

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 - 9.30a.m. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Wednesdays - 10.00a.m. Holy Communion.

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

Sundays - 11.15a.m. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month).

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30p.m. except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30a.m.

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Rachel Feeley

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