NINFIELD U18S FOOTBALL: The game on October 4 against Tunbridge Wells Youth Hawks was called off as the opposition didn’t have enough players. This should have afforded the team an automatic win however, the last I heard the game was as ‘postponed‘ and thus would not reflect the points for a default win to take them into the second round against Uckfield. I am sure that the club will have an update shortly. The club’s upcoming fixtures are as follows, where your support will always be welcome:

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.

HOOE OPEN GROUP:The Hooe Open Group (Ladies Club) met on the afternoon of Friday, October 9 at Hooe Village Hall. The guest speaker was our Member of Parliament, Huw Merriman.

Huw told of his background and how he was able to rise from humble beginnings to qualify as a barrister, before entering politics, being lucky enough to be selected to contest the Battle & Bexhill Seat after the retirement of Greg Barker, he having been elevated to the Upper House.

The members where informed of the projects that Huw will focus on over the next five years and hopefully well beyond.

There are a number of very important projects, now in the planning stage, with the intention of improving employment opportunities and infrastructure; these are focused on attracting companies to choose Rother, Bexhill and Battle in particular, to accommodate their future business development.

Already in the late stages of coming to fruition is the building of affordable housing in north east Bexhill, which is on land that has been opened up by the building of the Bexhill to St Leonards Relief Road, this includes a light- industrial estate.

Looking further into the future there is the possibility of the High Speed (HS1) train service to London St Pancras terminating at Bexhill, with journey times to London cut by 40 minutes.

Another project, high on the list of priorities is a road connection from the end of the relief road to the A21 and beyond.

Huw will put pressure on the appropriate arms of government in support of these projects, which are seen to be of benefit to the residents and business development within our area. However he needs your support to succeed, by residents and businesses lobbying Government for issues that are seen as positive for our area, directed towards the enhancement of our prosperity and wellbeing.

The meeting ended at 4.30 p.m., with thanks to Huw Merriman for his attendance.

The Open Group is due to meet again on Friday, November 13, when the speaker will be Lady Teviot, President of the Federation of Family History Societies.

NINFIELD FLOWER GROUP: Whilst the final figures are not yet available from their Flower Festival, it is expected that all three charities (Medical Detection Dogs, Bexhill Dementia Alliance and Dragonflies) will each receive £1000 and a small donation to the Memorial Hall.

HOME MADE FAYRE: Ninfield Memorial Hall are holding their 3rd Home Made Fayre tomorrow, 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.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Their new season starts on Monday October 19 with the AGM at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. This will be followed by another selection of Kim Parks’ wonderful local slides. Annual membership fees of £4 can be paid that evening which will give you free entrance to all their events. New members always welcome. Do go along for an enjoyable evening.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: Their next meeting is on Tuesday, October 20, at 2.30 p.m. when they have David Powell returning to talk this time on “CLOUDS”. His previous talk was very interesting and entertaining so I am assured this will be as enjoyable. Members may even learn something useful to enable us to predict our weather in the future. This meeting will, as usual, start at 2.30 p.m. and will be in the Methodist Hall in Church Lane, Ninfield. For more information call Jean Holmes on 212663.

MESSY CHURCH: The next Messy Church at Ninfield Methodist will be on Wednesday, October 21, straight after school from 3.30 - 5.30 p.m. The theme this month will be ‘One World’ and will include lots of activities focusing on our world. The afternoon will end with a meal for children & parents together. They look forward to seeing friends & families. (Children ages 4 - 11 yrs).

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!

VILLAGE OPEN EVENING: Ninfield Parish Council are hosting a Village Opening Evening on October 29 at the Memorial Hall. Further details to follow.

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.

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.

SEASONAL FLOWER DEMONSTRATION: Ninfield Flower Group’s seasonal demonstration this year will be held in the Memorial Hall on Friday, December 4. They shall be welcoming the very talented Nigel Whyles, with his demonstration entitled “Deck the Halls.” All flowers demonstrated are raffled at the end of the evening, as well as the groups’ raffle. Tickets will be £10.00 are now available now for booking, please contact Helen Cunliffe on 01424 844916 or send an sae with payment to: 21 Blackfields Avenue, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 4JL. Should you require any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email:

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: /

NINFIELD METHODIST CHURCH SERVICES/EVENTS: All services at 10.30 a.m. October 18, Worship and Praise with Mrs J. Winnington. October 25, Worship and Praise with Mrs M. Bickerdike.

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