As you will be aware from the report from the Parish Council chair, Ninfield village faces a challenge over the next couple of years. The Wealden District Council Local Plan allocated 50 new homes to our village and they have now started their work analysing areas around Ninfield in relation to their suitability for development. The Parish Council are committed to doing their best to be involved in the assessment process and keep the village informed. Rydon Homes held an exhibition back in November 2013 stating their intention to promote the site at Ingrams Farm, but please be aware that this is only one of at least 5 potential sites. In order to ensure that the Parish Council get the best results for our village they need your help. The Parish Council have put together a questionnaire to find your views and will be visiting every property in the village over the next couple of weeks with the questionnaire to ensure that no one is missed. Please help and tell them what you think.

The rain has hampered Ninfield Bowls Club this last week, with their match against Beckley on July 20 being cancelled due to wet weather. They did however, manage to play a couple of games, the first on July 16 against Gullivers in a Rother League match drawing 72 a piece. They played Northiam in another Rother League match on July 19, just loosing 63-66.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on August 2, 16 & 30 at:

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

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

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

Ninfield Flower Group are holding their Flower Show, entitled ‘Songs of Praise’ on August 2 & 3. This will be held at Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. on Saturday and 11.30 a.m - 4.30 p.m. on the Sunday. Proceeds are in aid of the Sussex Kidney Trust. Entry is £2, to include a programme. There will also be teas, cakes, bric a brac, plants, book stalls and a raffle. For further details of Ninfield Flower Group, please see their website:

Ninfield Methodist Church will be having a special Morning Praise Service on August 3, 10.30 a.m., which will feature some of the song/hymns portrayed in the displays of the Ninfield Flower Group’s Flower Show. All are very welcome to attend.

A Coffee Morning/Light Lunch will be held on August 6 in aid of Chestnut Tree House, Children’s Hospice Care. Being held at Little Acre, Church Path, Ninfield, 10.30 a.m. - 2 p.m. A raffle and plants will also be available. All are welcome to support this worth while charity. Any contributions will be welcome. A few of the members of the Christian Womens Fellowship were recently invited to have a tour around Chestnut Tree House, the Children’s Hospice near Arundel. They were amazed at the quality of care and sensitivity that the terminally ill children are offered there. They take the whole family under their wing to give them respite breaks and take the stress of having a very ill child lifted off their shoulders for a short while to enjoy some quality time together in a beautiful, homely, purpose built house and safe outside areas. They are also dedicated in helping families through times of early bereavement. It was a very happy place, not at all like a hospital - even the ceilings were built at normal height as most of the children there would be in wheelchairs and avoid the lofty, echoey, clinical rooms the children may have to visit during their illnesses.

The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, August 6. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30 p.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 next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be on August 8, when the club will be visiting the Carr Taylor Vineyard to see and sample the new vintage and partake of a ploughmen’s buffet lunch. If you are interested in joining a lively group of ladies who enjoy each other’s company, contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 and she will be pleased to welcome you into the fold.

Ninfield Horticultural Society have their Summer Show on August 16. Watch this space for more details!

August is the month when members of Hooe History Society meet together for a social evening whilst still learning a little about the village. This year is no exception!

So on August 21, they will be meeting at the earlier time of 7.00 p.m. at New Lodge Farm, TN33 9HJ. They have been invited to wander around the Garden, Woodland, Lakes and Nature Reserve, to hear about the wildlife and nature on the site and how Joan and John worked to create this hidden special place. Following this experience, they will enjoy a BBQ and social time together. Car parking will be available, just follow the signs, and it might be sensible to wear suitable shoes! To cover their costs there will be a charge of just £2.50 for the BBQ. Please take your own drink, they will supply glasses and a bucket of iced water to help keep white wine and beer cool! It would be helpful to know the approximate numbers so that they can organise catering, so please let Heather (893422) or Pam and Peter (892329) know if you will be attending. The more the merrier, so if you forget to register just come anyway, you won’t be turned away! Should the weather be wet there will be limited cover for the BBQ, but you will need to wrap up for the wander.

Ninfield Local History Group are not meeting during August. Their next meeting is on September 18, 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Hall. This months talk is ‘Mad jack Fuller’ with Geoff Hutchinson. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

Ninfield Working Men’s Club is holding a Charity Fun Dog Show on September 21. Entry Fee £1.00 per class. Arrival Time:12.00 p.m. Judging Starts:1 p.m. Pedigree & Novelty Classes. Rosettes For 1st - 5th Places. RCCS or JW dogs need not be registered with the KC. Enquires for Dog Show phone: Malcolm or Hayley 07806420350. Stalls include Boot/Table Sale, Raffle & Tombola, Cake Stall, Teas & Coffees, BBQ & BAR etc. Ample free parking. Their Charity this year is Canine Partners. If you have any unwanted items suitable for Raffle/tombola prizes or any jumble/bootsale items you would like to donate please ring Marj on 892239 or Maureen on 892182.

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 2.30 p.m. except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30 a.m.

July 20, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Pruden

July 27, Worship & Praise with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd

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

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close