1st Ninfield Scout group at the St George's Parade on Sunday April 27, 2014 SUS-140429-093631001
1st Ninfield Scout group at the St George's Parade on Sunday April 27, 2014 SUS-140429-093631001

A good turnout of 1st Ninfield Scout and Crowhurst Scout group was had at the St Georges Parade, Battle, on Sunday, April 27. They were part of the Senlac division’s celebrations of the Scout Association’s Patron Saint. All sections of the groups were represented: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, along with their leaders and helpers. It was lovely to see so many groups come together for such a lovely afternoon.

The Ninfield Local History Group held their AGM on Thursday, April 17. Building on the success of the last 12 months, the group have a busy program of events scheduled for the coming year. After the AGM business, there was a sneak preview of pictures from the collection of amateur village historian, Cyril Wells. The group are planning an “Afternoon of Local History” on Saturday, September 27. This event will include a Cyril Wells memorial lecture using Cyril’s original slides and notes to recreate the talk on the history of Ninfield that he gave back in the 1970s.

1st Ninfield Scout group has seen one of their Explorers, Kester, move from being a member of the group to a leader. He has been a member of the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections and has been a very active member at all times. Now that he has reached the age of 18, he has stated that he wants to repay the commitment that the group has shown him by becoming a leader. He will start in the Beaver section and we will see where he goes from there!

Ninfield Horticultural Society had very successful Plant Sale, raising over £400 for their funds, in addition to £43 from refreshments. They would like to thank everyone who donated plants and of course, all those who bought some. They hope your gardens will look even more beautiful now! On June 16, a visit has been arranged to the Walled Nursery at Hawkhurst. This starts with a talk at 2pm on the history of the 13th century estate. There will be time to look round and buy plants as well as enjoying tea and cake. The talk is free to Horticultural members and £2 for non members. Booking is essential with Rose by 6 June: 892422 or email:

Ninfield Bowls Club are back in action! On April 26, they played away to Northiam. Unfortunately they lost this opening match 41-91. They played Battle on April 27, narrowly missing a win with a score 60-63. The teams found both games enjoyable and it was the first time that some members had bowled outdoors. The ground on Saturday was a slightly harder going than on Sunday but, enjoyable afternoons were had on both days.

Ninfield Scout Group, incorporating Cowhurst Scout Group, are celebrating 30 years of scouting in Ninfield. Tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, 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.

Ninfield Annual Parish Meeting is taking place on May 7, 7.15p.m. at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall. This event aims to provide a further opportunity for all Ninfield residents to understand more about the priorities and activities of the village clubs, societies and groups. Refreshments, including wine and nibbles, will be served to give everyone the opportunity to chat and find out more about what’s planned over the coming months.

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.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on May 10 & 24 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 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 Neighbourhood Watch are meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 7.30pm at the Reading Room. This is your opportunity to speak to our PCSO, Daryl Holter, regarding any policing matters in our area. For more information regarding Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch, please call Thelma on 892421.

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 or see their Website/Facebook page: /

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 Alternatively, you can look at their website

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: /

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

17 Smith Close