HOOE OPEN GROUP: Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) met on Friday, September 11 at Hooe Village Hall. The guest speaker was Councillor Stuart Earl who gave a detailed talk on the work of the Friends of Bexhill Hospital.

The money raised by supporters amounts to many thousands of pounds, which goes toward the purchase of very expensive medical equipment, to enable our local Bexhill hospital to provide services, which otherwise those requiring treatment would have to go to the Conquest or Eastbourne General Hospitals. An example of this is the very recent facility for eye operations, mainly for cataract surgery.

The ladies of Open Group were pleased to present Stuart with a donation of £100.

During tea the members also held a charity auction to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice; the items being sold were all donated by friends of the Club.

The next meeting will be on Friday, October 9 at 2.30 p.m., when our Member of Parliament, Huw Merriman has been invited to meet the members and outline his vision for our area, as well as the country at large. Visitors will be welcome. However all questions for Huw must be sent to Edna Wallis two weeks in advance:(

CARNIVAL NEWS: At the meeting on the September 16, the relaunch of Ninfield Carnival for 2016 was discussed, and the Committee were happy, and relieved, to agree that there will definitely be a Carnival next year! After such a strange (but necessary!) year out – which culminated in the agonisingly delayed demolition of Sparke Pavilion – all is back on track, with the Carnival Committee still going strong, renewed enthusiasm and lots of things planned for the year ahead!

The next Carnival meeting is the A.G.M on Wednesday October 14 at the Working Men’s Club at 8.30 p.m., and the Committee will be providing food; Chilli, Curry, Chicken and chips. You are invited to go along and listen to all the exciting new ideas, have your say on the Theme for the events and give a pledge to help for an hour when you can…. Every little helps to create such a treasured Village event! You will be very welcome!

Sami Guard, chairman adds, “Thanks to all who have continued to support the Carnival committee, and it’s events this year, and we look forward to seeing you at the Halloween Ball at the end of the month!” (Please see below).

NINFIELD U18S FOOTBALL: Ninfield’s U18 Football team. The club’s upcoming fixtures are as follows, where your support will always be welcome: September 20, home against Tunbridge Wells Youth Ridgeway at Ninfield Recreation Ground, 10.30 a.m. KO. ctober 4, away to Tunbridge Wells Youth Hawks at Ridgeway playing fields (U18s Knockout Cup), 10.30 a.m. KO. October 11, home against Pembury Athletic at Ninfield Recreation Ground, 10.30 a.m. KO. October 18, home against Tunbridge Wells Foresters Spitfires at Ninfield Recreation Ground, 10.30 a.m. KO. November 1, away to Cranbrook Town Juniors at Big Side, Cranbrook School, 10.30 a.m. KO.

MESSY CHURCH: Their next Messy Church will be on Wednesday, September 30, at 3.30 p.m. (straight after school). The theme this month will be ‘The Biggest Party ever!’ so go along and see what this is all about. The afternoon will end with a party buffet for children & parents together. They look forward to seeing friends & families. (Children ages 4 - 11 yrs).

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.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday October 4, Ninfield Methodist Church will celebrate Harvest Festival at 10.30 a.m. They will have a Harvest ‘Thanks’ service with the 1st. Ninfield Scouts, their Messy Church group and their minister the Reverend Tricia Williams. Any harvest gifts will be shared with the Bexhill Foodbank. Then in the evening at 6.00 p.m., they will enjoy a Harvest Praise service with friends from their Methodist Circuit of Hastings, Bexhill & Rye with the Reverend Ian Pruden and Reverend Tricia Williams. Do go along if you can.

NINFIELD FLOWER GROUP: On Monday, October 5, Ninfield Flower Group meet in the Memorial Hall where they will welcome “Patricia Ellis with her demonstration entitled “Simple Pleasures.” Non- members are welcome at a charge of £4.00 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Should you require any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a Jumble Sale on October 10, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2 p.m. An entrance fee of 50p will get you into lots of bargains, refreshments and more. Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to kindly donate, please contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878.

CHRISTIAN VOICES PERFORMANCE: Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in October. It is called “The Runaway Slave” and is based on the Bible Story from the New Testament of Paul, Onesimus and Philemon. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, October 10, at 3 p.m. As usual, the admission is free and all are very welcome to attend.

CHARITY CURRY NIGHT: On Wednesday October 14, Lorna and Kev Tomasetti have organised a charity curry night to raise money for Hastings based charity ‘Charity for Kids’ and a group of their members who are currently climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money to purchase a swim spa for their son Edward Tomasetti. Edward suffers from a rare collagen disorder and experiences daily pain in his joints. The swim spa will allow the family to provide much needed hydrotherapy for their son. Tickets for the event cost £20 and can be purchased from Lorna or Kev by telephoning 893644 or 07880501805. The curry night will be held at the Chille Tree, Bexhill at 7.30 p.m. Please support the kind people who are currently walking up the mountain for Edward!

HOME MADE FAYRE: Ninfield Memorial Hall are holding their 3rd Home Made Fayre on Saturday October 17 at Ninfield memorial Hall. Once again there will be a variety of stalls including: ceramics, glass, freshly made pies, cakes, jams and cosmetics. Teas and coffees will be available on the day and there will be an activity space for children. The Fayre will be open between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with all monies raised going towards to the continued upgrade of the Memorial Hall. All stall holders are local and everything hand-made. It’s well worth a visit

BARN DANCE: Why not begin half term with a good old dance at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 24?. Lorna and Veronica have organised a dance to raise much needed funds for Ninfield’s successful Scout group (for all sections). Tickets cost £5 per adult and £2 per child, which can be purchased from Ninfield Post Office, Sandra Creasey, Lorna (893644) or Veronica. There will be a live band, disco, bar and tuck shop - starts 7.30 p.m. This event was very popular last year, so please book your tickets early!

HALLOWEEN PARADE: On October 31, for the 13th year running, Sam will again be organising the Halloween Parade round the village for all the youngsters (and parents!), which will start at the Blacksmiths Car Park at 4.30 p.m. and end up in a gathering at the Hall, with full lights and effects, from 5.30 – 6 p.m. Competitions will include Best Fancy Dress Child, and Family, also a Pumpkin Carving Competition, and it’s hoped that all the pumpkin entries will be lit up on display for the rest of the evenings’ event.

HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL: On Saturday October 31, Halloween Night, the Memorial Hall in Ninfield will be transformed into a spooky, Gothic mansion; ready to welcome suitably attired guests for a fabulously freaky, fancy dress Dinner and Dance! The driveway will be lit up in ghoulish green so the headless horsemen can drop their passengers at the doors for 7.30 p.m…Sharp!

A Food Hall with a whole Hog Roast accompanied by rolls or Jacket potatoes, alongside tureens of Chilli or Curry and rice, Sweeny Todd’s Pies, plus vegetables and salads will keep the Werewolf from the door and there will, of course, be dancing to a chillingly brilliant, renowned Live Band. Surprises abound, killer games and bobbing for apples; a frightening flash of a cabaret followed by one avant garde award; All this will be washed down with strange coloured drinks from Frankenstein’s Laboratory… or The Bar as it’s commonly called!

The Rave from the Grave is a Fundraiser for the Hall, organised by Sami Guard and hosted by the Carnival Committee… and everyone hopes it will be a real humdinger of an evening! Full on fancy dress is a must, with Masques optional!; bring your pet bat, and there will be vampires on hand to ensure you have a bitingly good time! Tables can be booked, and all tickets will be on sale from September 26 – at £18 per head, to include all food, dancing and revelry – from the Village shop in Lower Street, or from Sami Guard – tel;- 07970650321 – Email-

For any more information or to book tickets, please call or email Sami……… don’t forget to book early!!! IT WILL BE SOOOOOOO GOOD TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

SEASONAL FLOWER DEMONSTRATION: Ninfield Flower Group’s seasonal demonstration this year will be held in the Memorial Hall on Friday, November 2. They shall be welcoming the very talented Nigel Whyles, with his demonstration entitled “Deck the Halls.” Tickets will be £10.00 are now available now for booking. Please contact Helen Cunliffe on 01424 844916 to book your place.

CHILDREN IN NEED QUIZ: Battle & Villages Lions Club are holding their Children in Need Quiz on Friday, November 13 at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Tickets are £6. 50 per person, to include a Ploughman’s Supper. All proceeds go direct to Children in Need. For details please phone Susan on 01424 870169 or Wendy on freephone 0845 8335826.

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 27, Parish Eucharist

St Oswald’s Services: (Church of England, Hooe) all services 11.15 a.m. unless otherwise stated: September 27, Parish Eucharist

NINFIELD METHODIST: CHURCH SERVICES/EVENTS: All services at 10.30 a.m. (Please note the new time). September 27, Worship and Praise with Mr Stephen Hampson. September 30, 3.30 p.m., Messy Church.

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