NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: The club have managed to dodge the weather to get in three matches last week. On August 18, they played Hailsham but lost 67-85. They played Gullivers in a League match on August 20, drawing 65-65. With the sun shinning on Saturday, August 22, Ninfield beat Hellingly 83-81. There are only a few matches left before then end of the season so fingers crossed for them.

NINFIELD U18S FOOTBALL: The U18‘s had a very positive game last Sunday, August 23, when they played Hempden Park. They had their first win with a score of 4-1. Kevin Regan, the clubs media man, said, “First win of pre-season and we finally have most the squad together now for the season ahead. Wasn’t ideal turning up and being told Hampden Park only had 8 players but Terry, Jack and Callum gracefully offered to play for them and ran their team for them! A second goal of pre-season for Charlie and a hat-trick from James gave us the win but we all know our performance needs to get even better ahead of the new season! Expect to see everyone at training Tuesday. Thank you and Well Done!” The team’s final pre-season friendly, where the team would love your support, is Sunday, August 30 against Little Common U18s (HOME) - 11:00 a.m. KO.

NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Their recent meeting on Thursday, July 16 with Ian Gledhill’s ‘Oh we do like to be beside the seaside’ was much enjoyed by members, where he gave a very entertaining talk and slides. It bought back memories to the slightly older members. In September they have their Exhibition on Saturday 12th in the Memorial Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the theme will be ‘Famous Local characters’ and include some less famous. Who knows, maybe one of your family will be amongst those displayed. Light refreshments will be served throughout. Admission is £2. their new book, researched and written by Liz Darbyshire, titled Shopper Keepers and Traders will be on sale. This book gives details of all traders in the directories from 1845 to 1950, along with many old photographs.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: In Ninfield, we are fortunate that we suffer from very little crime so when it occurs it is a concern. Recently, an elderly lady was awoken from her sleep when someone smashed in her front door. An alarming occurrence for anybody. The police came round promptly and investigated, and arranged for temporary work to secure the property. Following this the good news is that the police have apprehended the perpetrator. Clearly, this is good work by the police, and good news for Ninfield when on the rare occasions we have a crime the perpetrator can be caught so promptly. It must give us confidence in our local police. Unfortunately very few people attended the recent Panel meeting when Rachael Scott, our PCSO, attended and those who came were able to ask for information and discuss local concerns. Their next meeting is on Tuesday, November 24 in the Reading Room at 7.30 p.m., do please put it in your diary and go. Ted Kemp, leader of Rother Neighbourhood Watch, will come and show his video of SCAMS. This should be very informative as it is so easy to get caught out. Tea / coffee and biscuits are provided and no charge is made. For further details of Neighbourhood Watch, please contact Rod Ffoulkes email or phone 893635.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: 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 in aid of the Medical Detection Dogs, Bexhill Dementia Alliance and the Dragonflies project Hastings, with a donation to the Memorial Hall. Entry £2.00 per person. Refreshments, Plants, Raffle, Crafts and other stalls. Do go and enjoy the beautiful arrangements.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Open Group will be on Friday, September 11, at the Hooe Village Hall, commencing at 2.30 p.m. The speaker will be Councillor Stuart Earl, who is always a very welcome guest to the group.

HISTORY EXHIBITION: The Ninfield Local History Group are mounting an exhibition on Saturday, September 12, at the Memorial Hall. The group has set aside space for stall holders so if you would like to run a stall at this event please call 01424 892248 to book a pitch.

HOME MADE FAYRE: Ninfield Village Memorial Hall are running their Home Made Fayre again this year on Saturday, October 17. They already have 12 tables booked, but are always looking for more. If you make anything and would be interested in booking a table, please contact Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 or Cost for a 6ft table is £10 if you live in Ninfield, £12 if outside the village. All funds to go to the upkeep of the hall.

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 -August 30, No Service

St Oswald’s Services: (Church of England, Hooe) all services 11.15 a.m. unless otherwise stated - August 30, Combined 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.

August 30, Worship and Praise 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:

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