Ninfield

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Plant Sale tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, 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.

Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a ‘Cafe style’ Family Church service with breakfast, on Sunday May 4, 10.30-11.30 a.m. The service will be led by Margaret Bickerdike. A warm welcome will be extended to all.

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.

The Hooe Open Group next meet 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 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 ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk.

The next meeting of the Hooe History Society will be on Thursday, May 15, in the Hooe village Hall, 7.30 p.m. Robert Pilbeam has been preparing a talk entitled ‘The Red Lion: the building, its people and other inhabitants’ so this should be really interesting. The group are aware that many people have knowledge, memories and stories about this splendid old pub so, they are hoping for as much audience participation as possible. The more information they can draw together the better. Further details about the Society from Heather Sinden, 01424 893422 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329. If you have information or interesting stories about the Red Lion please contact Robert Pilbeam 01424 844365.

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 ken.ffoulkes@which.net or see their Website/Facebook page: www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743.

There will be a coffee morning on Wednesday, May 21, at 10.00 a.m. at The Methodist Hall, Ninfield to raise funds for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The hospice, which takes young people from our area, does a splendid job. Not only does it administer much needed love and medical support to young people with life threatening illnesses, but also much needed support and respite care for families. Further details from Pam Doodes, 01424 892329 or Thelma Nance, 01424 892421.

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 ninfieldflowergroup@hotmail.co.uk. Alternatively, you can look at their website www.ninfieldflowergroup.co.uk.

Are you able to give an hour of your time for a fabulous cause - the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice? Sainsbury’s in Town Hall Square has allocated Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, for supporters to collect money for Chestnut Tree House outside the store. They are delighted to have been offered this slot but, as they were expecting just one day, they may be short of willing helpers during the days! Would you be prepared to give an hour or two of your time? You will not be on duty by yourselves, there will be two or three together. Many hands make light work! This is a rewarding and fun activity because people are willing to give to such a good cause. So - please - if you would like to help contact Pam Doodes 01424 892329 or Thelma Nance 01424 892421 who will be delighted to hear from you.

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: www.pamdoodes.com / www.ninfield.webplus.net.

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (www.ninfield.org.uk):

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.

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

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close