HOOE OPEN GROUP: The Hooe Open Group met on Friday, April 10, at Hooe Village Hall to hear a very interesting talk on the work of an organisation called Canine Partners, a charity that trains and provides dogs that are able to carry out tasks for those who are severely disabled and have therefore lost their independence.

Elizabeth Downs, who is based in Bexhill, gave insight into the work of the charity, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, having been founded in 1990 by Anne Conway and Liz Ormerod after seeing the success of a Dutch scheme for the disabled using trained dogs. The only source of funding is by way of charitable donations as there is no government funding available, except each dog that is loaned out by the charity qualifies for monthly Carer’s Allowance, going towards the upkeep of the dog. The charity covers all the other costs for the dog’s welfare such as vets fees and insurance. The working life of each dog is ten years. The meeting was well attended, which benefited Canine Partners with donations and the offers of assistance with fundraising. Being the nearest meeting to Easter, each member received a Cadburys Chocolate Egg! The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 8 at 2.30 p.m., which will be a talk from Barry Wilkinson entitled “It’s me again” (Reminiscent’s from the past). Visitors are always welcome. For further information about Hooe Open Group call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:- or

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages today, April 17 at:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 10.40 a.m. - 11.10 a.m.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 11.20 a.m. - 11.45 p.m.

NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: The new season of bowls is nearly upon us so, Ninfield Bowls Club is holding an Open Day this Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. onwards. Everyone is welcome to go along and have a go!!!! The only stipulation is that flat shoes are worn. Bowls will be provided and the afternoon will end with afternoon tea.

NINFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: On Monday April 20, the society welcome back Colin Page as their evening speaker. They meet as usual in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m., and have a raffle and refreshments. Everyone welcome.

NINFIELD GOLDEN CIRCLE: The next meeting of Ninfield Golden Circle is on Tuesday, April 21, in the Methodist Hall in Church Lane at 2.30 p.m. They will have Julian Porter of the Bexhill Museum talking on Napoleonic Soldiers in Bexhill. For more information you can contact Jean Holmes on 212663.

PLANT SALE: On Saturday April 25, Ninfield Horticultural Society hold their Annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Hall. This is the time to buy from their excellent selection of locally grown plants. They are combining the sale with a coffee morning so please go along and meet your friends. Enjoy homemade cakes and coffee while making your garden purchases.

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

NINFIELD FLOWER GROUP: On Monday May 11 in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield Flower Group welcome Janice Mason with her demonstration entitled “Seasons Bounty”. Non members are welcome at a charge of £4.00, to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 10.00 a.m. in The Methodist Hall in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. In addition to coffee and conversation with friends old and new, there will be home made cakes for sale, bric a brac, a raffle and more!!! The hospice does a fantastic job caring for children with life shortening conditions and their siblings and families. Do go along and support this very worthy cause. Further details from Pam Doodes 01424 892329

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council are holding their AGM and Annual Parish meeting on May 20, 7.15 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Planning Committee meetings precede the full council meetings, starting at 7 p.m. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend. The agendas for all public Parish Council Meetings are posted on notice boards throughout the village and are also available on their website:

DEFIBRILLATORS: In the event of an emergency, they are located at the following locations, 24/7:

Hooe: On the front wall of The Red Lion PH

Ninfield: On the wall to the right of the entrance to The Kings Arms.

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: /

CHURCH SERVICES: for Ninfield and Hooe (

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield), all services 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated:

April 19, Family Service

April 26, 11 a.m. Combined Valedictory Service for Revd Simon Earl.

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe) all services 11.15 a.m. unless otherwise stated:

April 19, Parish Eucharist

April 26, No Service.

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.

April 19, Easter series with Revd. Ian Pruden

April 26, Easter series with Revd. Ian Pruden

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

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close