NINFIELD LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: During August, some of the group had a visit to Herstmonceux Castle, with a tour of the castle, which was very interesting with the guide being informative; they earnt quite a lot about the history of the castle and it’s more recent history as part of a Canadian University. Unfortunately, their visit to Firle Place has had to be postponed as the weather was not suitable on the day they had chosen.

METHODIST CHURCH: On September 6, Ninfield Methodist Church will enjoy their usual Café Church Family Service, with breakfast, and everyone is invited. Deacon Jean is leading this worship. Then at 4.00 p.m., their Methodist Circuit welcomes Reverend Tricia Williams to this area at a ‘Welcome Service’ at Christchurch, Bexhill. Tricia will then be our new minister at Ninfield and also look after the Bexhill Methodist churches & Little Common. Do go along if you can. On Sunday, September 13, Tricia Williams will lead her first service at Ninfield at 10.30 a.m. - they hope some young people will help as well. This service will be followed by coffee and light refreshments. their next Messy Church will be on Wednesday, September 30, at 3.30 p.m. (straight after school).

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 holding an Exhibition on Saturday, September 12, 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. For further information of the group, please contact Rod Ffoulkes:

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: Hooe History Society next meet on Thursday, September 17, in Hooe Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. They welcome back Barbara Strevett who will be talking to them about ‘Growing up in Hooe during the War’. This should be a fascinating evening and it is expected her memories will trigger others! They are looking forward to hearing her experiences and also learn more details about the History of Hooe. If you would like to attend just turn up, you will receive a great welcome.

The History Society Calendar 2016 will be on sale from September 17. This is a little earlier than usual in response to those who have told us they wish to buy them in time to send to relatives living abroad, ready for Christmas.

The Exhibition, advertised to take place in October, has been postponed until 2016. So this October we will be holding our normal Thursday evening meeting, details later

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Ninfield Parish Council will next meet on October 1, 7.15 p.m. at the Methodist Church. All residents are invited to attend.

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.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: 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.

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 - September 6, Parish Eucharist, September 13, 10.30 a.m., Combined Parish Eucharist, September 20, No Service, September 27, Parish Eucharist

St Oswald’s Services: (Church of England, Hooe) all services 11.15 a.m. unless otherwise stated - September 6, Family Service, September 13, No Service, September 20, Parish Eucharist, September 27, Parish Eucharist

NINFIELD METHODIST CHURCH SERVICES/EVENTS: All services at 10.30 p.m. (Please note the new time), September 6, Cafe Service (Family Service) with Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd. September 6, 4 p.m., United Circuit Service at Christchurch. September 13, Welcome Service with Holy Communion to their new minister: Revd. Tricia Williams. September 20, Worship and Praise with Mr Richard Dengate. September 27, Worship and Praise with Mr Stephen Hampson

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