Oil thefts: our PSCO, Daryl Holter, would like to make you aware that we are heading in to the time of year where we will sadly see an increase in heater oil theft and shed / garage breaks. “Please could I ask you to consider your security and crime prevention. Should you or anyone else you know need any assistance with this please contact me.” Daryl can be contacted at the Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team, by telephoning 101.

Housing Survey: The Parish Council would like to thank everyone that responded to the Housing Survey. They received 349 responses (over 50% of households in the village) and are collating all of your comments. Their next steps are a meeting with a representative of Wealden District Council and a Village Open Meeting to present the results and agree how we take points forward. The Open Meeting will be on October 22 - details will be on the noticeboards and website. Please go along and help them to keep the momentum going. Thanks should also go to all of the councillors and volunteers who took questionnaires to every house in the village and spoke with a number of residents, with special thanks to Cllr John Cheshire for collating all of the responses.

Ninfield Bowls Club: Ninfield Bowls Club hosted the Final Fling last Sunday, October 21. This was an all day event hosting all the teams in the Rother League, although Sidley Martletts were unable to attend. They started at 9.30 a.m. and ended at 11.45 a.m. so that they could break for dinner which was salad along with Ham/Cheese/Pork Pie/Quiches and French Bread and all the trimmings coleslaw etc., followed by either Peach or Raspberry Trifle or Apple Pie with cream. Everything was supplied by members with numerous cakes for afternoon tea. Tea and Coffee was served all day to keep the troops going. The Ninfield Team consisted of Carole Lawrence, Dennis Downes, Brian Osborne and Sheila McCubbin, the last two members being Ninfield residents. They came second out of the 9 teams that attended and came fourth in the Rother League out of the fully ten clubs over the Season. It was a lovely day and they hopefully made some money with raffle/tombola and craft stall and other side shows towards their new Pavilion fund. They now have to wait until 2015 before playing outdoors at Ninfield again, but how this Season has passed quickly!

Ninfield of the Past: Tomorrow, September 27, Ninfield Local History Group are having ‘An afternoon of Local History’ in the Memorial Hall with a slide show of Cyril Wells’ photographs and ‘An Illustrated Talk On Shops And Businesses’, with light refreshments available. This event is admission by ticket only, which can be obtained from Ninfield Post Office or Rod Ffoulkes. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes, Chairman, NLHG 01424 893635 or email or see their Website/Facebook page: /

Mobile Library: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, September 27 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.

First Responders: The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, October 1. 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.

Senlac Bells: You are invited to join Senlac Bells in Concert for ‘Music for an Autumn Evening’ on October 4, 7.30 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This will be traditional music rung on 65 handbells. Admission is £2/person to include tea or coffee. Children are admitted for free. All will be very welcome.

Methodist Harvest: Ninfield Methodist Church are celebrating ‘Harvest through the ages’ on October 4, 12-2 p.m. This will be a buffet lunch and local photos (using some of Cyril Wells’ slides). No tickets required, just pop in! They are then holding a ‘Harvest Praise‘ Family service with 1st Ninfield Scout group, led by Revd. Peggy Heim on October 5, 10.30-11.30 a.m. All are very welcome to attend.

Hooe Open Group: The Hooe Open Group are next meeting on Friday, October 10, when the speaker Barry Wilkinson will be relating his experiences as a prison warder. If you are interested in joining a very friendly and jolly group of ladies, who enjoy each other’s company, why not go along to Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of the month at 2.30 p.m., you will be made very welcome. For further information call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

Jumble Sale: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a jumble sale on October 11, 2 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entry is 50p/person. As well as many bargains, there will be tea/coffee and cakes! If you have any jumble that you would like to donate, please contact Jennifer on 892878. Should you wish any further information regarding the group or any forthcoming events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

Ninfield Homemade Fayre: Returning to the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 18. Tables are £10 if you live in Ninfield, £12 otherwise and can be booked through Kaye Crittell ( or 01424 892883). If it’s home made - art, craft, edible - then why not book a table!

Christian Voices: Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in October. It is called “Let My People Go” and is based on what happens when Moses and Aaron tell the King of Egypt to let his slaves go free. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. The performances will be in aid of the Bexhill Street Pastors. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church on Saturday, October 18 at 3 p.m. As usual, entry is free. All are invited to attend.

Finding out more: 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: /

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 service/events: 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. September 28, Service of worship & Communion with Revd. Ian Pruden. October 1, Fellowship Guild. October 4, ‘Harvest through the Ages’ - Buffet Lunch & Harvest photos of Ninfield. October 5, Harvest Praise Family Service with 1st Ninfield Scout Group, led by Revd. Peggy Heim. October 12, Service of Worship & Praise with Mr. O. Birch. October 15, Fellowship Guild - ‘Volunteering at the Olympics’ with Clive Loader. October 19, Service of Worship & Praise with Mr. D. Hanson October 22, 3.30-5.30 p.m. ‘Messy Church’. October 26, Service of Worship & Communion with Revd. Peggy Heim.

Contact me: 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