U18’S FOOTBALL: The last home game before the New Year saw the Knights of Ninfield give early Christmas presents of two goals to TW Youth Hawks, within 15 minutes on December 14. Many teams would have dropped their heads and given up at such a quick shock, but to their credit in a fast and furious first half, Ninfield dominated the bulk of the first half with good passing and pressure that Tunbridge couldn’t deal with, allowing them to draw level and went in at half time at 2-2. Obviously, a lot of work had gone in to playing certain set pieces. Despite a hectic second half, TW Hawks were unable to beat the stout Ninfield defence, which played admirably and despite having much of the possession and keeping Ninfield pinned into their own half for much of the time, the score remained 2 all at the final whistle. There were two goals correctly disallowed as offside for Tunbridge and the fairness of the refereeing kept them in the game. A point salvaged by hard work (well done boys!). Players are not singled out by name, as it is a team effort even if one or two stand out, they only do so thanks to their team mates, but the centre back position was really strong. The midfield came into their own as well, helping in defence as well as passing the ball forward when possible. There are some match photos on their facebook page - Ninfield United FC (which seems to show that almost all the team wanted to get into the photos rather than man marking!) We know there is raw talent there but it has to be polished a lot more to produce the results they deserve. They now have time to have a good Christmas (but not too many pies!) before facing another Tunbridge Wells side, TW Ridgewaye (yes, that’s how it’s spelt) in an away match on January 4, 2015. They then have a run of 3 home matches on January 11, 18 and 25 all at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on Ninfield Rec. So if you need some exercise after all the Christmas festivities, go along and cheer them on. They’ve shown they have heart and a few more cheering them on would boost their confidence in front of a home crowd! Merry Christmas to our reader(s), from the U18s team!

1ST NINFIELD SCOUT GROUP: December 16 saw the Cub pack leader, Akela (Caroline Ballard) step down. She has worked tirelessly during her time as leader, offering the children a varied and fun filled programme. On behalf of all the cubs, a BIG thank you and goodbye. Caroline is still going to have a role within the group as she will be taking on the responsibility of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards within the Explorers. The last cub meeting of the year also saw Mayo (Rachel Brooks) being presented with a certificate to recognise her 15 years of service to the scouting movement. This was presented to her by the District Commissioner, Mike Clark. All the leaders and helpers are volunteers, giving up much of their time to give the children fantastic experiences. Without the dedication of people like Rachel and all the other leaders and helpers, the group would not be in existence. If you would like to know more about becoming a scout leader or helper, please contact the group’s secretary, Valerie Hornby via email:

CAFE CHURCH: Ninfield Methodist Church are holding a Cafe Church on Sunday, January 4, 10.30 - 11.30 a.m. You are invited to their monthly family service which includes breakfast. Cafe Church services take place on the first Sunday each month.

FIRST RESPONDERS: The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, January 7. 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.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The group’s next meeting is on January 9, when the Club will hold its AGM. This will see the beginning of another year and hopefully a further increase in membership. If you are interested in joining, just come along on the second Friday of any month to Hooe Village Hall at 2.30 p.m. and you will be more than welcome by this bunch of very friendly ladies. For further information contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Ninfield Local History Group are next meeting on January 15, 7.30 p.m. in the Methodist Church Hall. The meeting will be a talk entitled ‘Sussex Characters-Wacky, Weird & Wonderful’ by Chris McCooey. For further information, please contact Rod Ffoulkes (Chair) Tel: 893635.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding their annual winter Jumble Sale on January 31, 2 p.m., at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entrance is 50p per person. Along with bargains, there is a raffle and refreshments. If you have any jumble you would like to donate, you are able to drop it off at the Memorial Hall on Friday 30 after 7 p.m. or on Saturday 31 after 8.30 a.m. Alternatively, jumble can be collected the week before by contacting Dick Creasey on 07970 559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 01424 892681.

STAMPS: Ninfield Working Mens Club are asking you to save your stamps for their charity, Canine Partners, who work in conjunction with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Stamp donations can be dropped off to the working mens club or you can call Marjorie on 892239.

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 SERVICES/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. December 28, United Service at Christchurch, 10.30 a.m. January 4 10.30 a.m., Cafe Service with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd. January 11, Covenant/Holy Communion with Rev. Ian Pruden. January 18, Worship and Praise with Mrs C. Jones. January 25, Worship and Praise with Mrs Topsy Brice.

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

Thanks: Many thanks to all who have sent information for inclusion in the Village Voice this year. Wishing you all a very happy New Year.

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close