NINFIELD & HOOE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: With the warm weather seeming to have finally arrived, please bear in mind that leaving windows open which may be accessible to thieves, is not advisable. Likewise, although it is very nice to be in one’s garden enjoying the fine days, we need to be aware that leaving doors open could give a burglar access. On another matter, if you are concerned with being scammed, it is in the news quite often, then it may be worth getting the Sussex Police book entitled ‘The Little Book of BIG SCAMS’ which is full of very useful information. You should be able to get this from your local Police Station but if you have a problem then contact Rod and he should be able to get you one: Rod Ffoulkes Phone 893635 or email

NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: The club have faired much better this week. On a sunny June 3 they played at home against Mayfield, winning 69-43. They played away on June 6 against Hellingly but lost 70-85. With the sun shinning once again on June 7, which aided Ninfield to another win at home against Beckley, with a score of 70-48. 3 of the teams ladies participate in the Pett Mixed Triples open invitation on June 4. Although they did not win overall they did win 2 of their 3 games and considering some of the teams had men as well as women they did very well.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be on Friday, June 12, at 2.30 p.m., which will be a cream tea and a general knowledge quiz. For information of the club’s activities call the social organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:

OPEN GARDENS: Arthritis Research UK (Ninfield) are holding an open gardens afternoon on Saturday, June 13 from 2 p.m. at Chamberlain House and Morfa, both on The Green, Ninfield. Cream teas will also be available at the Methodist Church hall (Church Lane). Entry to the gardens is by donation and tickets are available at each venue. Cream teas are also donations.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: Then next meeting of the Golden Circle is on June 16, when Terri Sayers will be speaking on ‘Circus Life’, which sounds very interesting. The meeting, as usual, will be at 2.30 p.m. in the Methodist Hall, Ninfield. Do come along. For more information please call Jean Holmes on 212663.

CHARITY CURRY NIGHT: Lorna Tomasetti has organised a Charity Curry Night to raise finds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, June 17, at 7.30 p.m. The event will be held at the Chilli Tree in Bexhill, with tickets costing £20 each. If you would like to support the event and enjoy an evening of curry, please contact Lorna on 07880501805/893644 to book your place. Lorna would also welcome any donations for the raffle.

NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: At their meeting in May they had Dr Janet Pennington talking on Witches, Warlocks and Wellington – Ritual Protection of the Home. It was a really entertaining 90 minutes, with some surprising ways that people in the past have protected their homes. One of the most common was the secreting of old shoes at access points around the home. The fire place and chimney seemed the most popular. Placing stone axe heads in the roof structure was another and, even more bizarre to people nowadays, were jars filled with nails and urine. Apparently these methods were supposed to keep evil spirits away. Dr Pennington told of other ways that have been used and the group were all fascinated with her tales. Their next meeting on June 18, 7.30 p.m. in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall, should be equally entertaining, if not more so, with Henry VIII coming in full costume to tell them of his life. He will be appearing with the assistance of Tony Harris. This talk has been experienced by some of their members who say it is not to be missed.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: Hooe History Society meet next on Thursday, June 18, at 7.30 p.m. in Hooe Village Hall. Clive Davies contacted our Committee Member Peter Doodes after reading a report of his talk to the Society about the salt marshes and their history. Peter was thrilled with what Clive had to tell him and very soon it became apparent his knowledge of the area and past experience would be of great interest to the Society as a whole. They are fortunate indeed that Clive Davies and Andy Saunders, editor of Britain at War magazine, have agreed to be this months speakers. Entitled ‘Wings over Hooe’ this promises to reveal history of the village and surrounding area previously unknown to most, if not all, of us. Guests and Visitors are welcome, and if you would like further information before the meeting please contact either Peter Doodes 01424 882329 or Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on June 19 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 PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Ninfield Parish Council will be held on July 2, 7.15 p.m. at Ninfield Methodist Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

STREET MARKET: Saturday, June 20 sees something different in the village. Based at the Blacksmith’s there will be a street market with various interesting food and other stalls from 6.30 p.m. Tables and chairs will be set out so you can buy your supper trying out the different foods on offer. There will be a Children’s Entertainer from 6.45 p.m. as well as a face painter, from 8.00 p.m. a band will play to entertain all, so go along, eat, chat to friends, dance to the music, enjoy a sociable night out.

FATHER’S DAY BREAKFAST: A Father’s Day Breakfast, in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, is being held on June 21, 9 - 11 a.m. at Little Acre, Church path, Ninfield. Coffee and croissants for £1.50 (a 30% discount if you are a father!). Carole and Pete Ballard welcome all, with a father or with a memory of a father.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Jumble can be delivered to the hall on Friday, June 26, after 7 p.m. or Saturday, June 27, after 8.30 a.m. Alternatively, jumble can be collected the week before by calling Dick on 07970559226 or Rosemary on 01424 892681. All are welcome on the day to search out bargains, indulge in the raffle and enjoy refreshments. Entry is 50p/person.

NINFIELD’S GOT TALENT: NGT is back by popular demand on July 4, in Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entries for this years evening of entertainment should made to Sami Guard on 893669 or email: by June 22.

NINFIELD FLOWER GROUP: Ninfield Flower Group next meet on Monday, July 6, in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30 p.m. The group welcome Angie Hyde with her demonstration entitled “Song from the Woods”. Non-members are welcome at a charge of £4.00 to include refreshments. All flowers demonstrated by Angie are raffled at the end of the evening. If you would like any further information regarding any of their events, or would like to join them, please contact Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email on

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council will be meeting on July 2 at Ninfield Methodist Hall, 7.15 p.m. All residents are invited to attend.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: A date for your diaries: The Ninfield Flower Group’s Flower Festival “On the Box”, is August 29 - 31, 10.30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Ninfield Memorial Hall. All money raised this year is going to local charities.

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: /

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield), all services 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated - June 14, No Service, June 21, Family Service, June 28, Parish Eucharist

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe) all services 11.15 a.m. unless otherwise stated - June 14, Combined Parish Eucharist, 10.30 a.m., June 21, Parish Eucharist, June 28, Parish Eucharist

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., June 14, Methodist Homes Sunday with Margaret Bickerdike, June 21, Holy Communion with Rev. Ian Pruden, June 24, 3.30 - 5.30 p.m., Messy Church, June 28, Conference Sunday with Gillian Lambourne

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