April Fool’s Day: Hey Nonny No, but no practical jokes here please! I can still remember the trepidation of going to school on April 1st and waiting for the class wag to do something absurd; with their hope of getting everyone’s applause and adulation...Not from Me I’m afraid! The tradition of making something out of nothing, creating some untrue extraordinary story for comedic purposes, or just playing a prank is a very long one; starting in Roman times, and notably in 1392 with a reference in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales of the Nun’s Priest’s tale. Then there’s my personal favourite of 1698, when the people of London were tricked by an advertisement to go to the Tower to “see the lions washed”!.. that appeals to my sense of humour ! But whatever happens, just remember the British tradition that all jokes must be played out by midday... or else the perpetrator becomes the Fool themselves! Fools are no bad thing though, ‘there’s no fool like an old fool....’ ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread?..’ and to all those with Birthdays on April 1st...Have a fabulous day, ALL day, cos it’s YOUR day!.. and my last quote is from Antony Newley - a much missed friend - from the show I did with him in the West End, ‘Stop the World, I want to get off’ ... ‘What kind of Fool am I..?’!!.. answers on a postcard please. and keep it clean.!!

Hooe’s ‘Clean for the Queen’: This Saturday, April 2nd, meet at 9.30am in the Red Lion Car Park and you can join teams of willing volunteers, armed with litter pickers, for a good tidy up round the Village. There are lots of areas around the UK doing this, in line with the National initiative, and I’m sure everywhere will benefit, let’s just hope we can ‘Keep Britain Tidy..’ (showing my age again!) Do fall in to the Red Lion afterwards for well earned pint...or 2!

Ninfield Flower Group: Thanks to Betty for the additional information; On Monday 4th April, starting at 7.30pm, in the Memorial Hall, the Flower Group will welcome Pat MacDonald with her floral demonstration entitled “TeeBeeDee”. Non members are always welcome, there is a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. As per usual, all the flowers used in the displays will be raffled off at the end of the evening and all proceeds go towards the Flower Festival and the chosen charities for the year. The group would love to see new people, so if anyone would like more information, please call Jennifer on 892878 or email

Ninfield Parish Council: The next meeting is on Thursday 7th April at 7.15pm in the Methodist Hall. As always, there are lots of diverse topics being discussed, and everyone in Ninfield is encouraged to come to the meetings and have their input! The forthcoming AGM along with the Annual Parish Meeting, is on the Agenda, along with updates from the School, Sparke Pavilion rebuild, Queen Celebrations, Traffic and Highways matters. It’s always interesting...sometimes lively.. and often hilarious, Honestly! There will invariably be people who are determined to put the Council down, but these volunteers are doing the best they can, under very trying circumstances sometimes, and endeavouring to make the Village the best place it can be. Please contact the Clerk to the Council by phone on 07725843505 or by email, or you can look at the website District Councillor Pam Doodes also has a website for extensive information from Wealden District Council, or she can be contacted on 892329.

Ninfield Methodist Church: On Sunday 3rd April at 10.30am there will be a Café Church with breakfast, and a very warm invitation is extended to all.

Christian Voices Performance: Next week, on the 9th of April at the Methodist Church Hall, the Christian Voices will be presenting a glorious play with songs called ‘Hearts of Gold’. Written by Alan Young, with songs composed by Dave Chamberlain, this fascinating musical drama is based on the Bible story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this one and only performance. The show will start at 3pm, admission is free, and there will be afternoon teas available... I’m sure there won’t be an spare seat at this special event... so get there early!

Ninfield Bowls Club: The season starts in April, and Carole Lawrence will be sending in results throughout the coming months along with details of all their social events. The Club has 7 new members already this year, all from Ninfield, which brings the playing membership to 49; added to the 20 social members. They all meet at 8pm twice a month on a Tuesday at their Pavilion, for darts, whist or beetle drives, or games evenings, and will soon have an Open day to encourage even more people to have a go at this popular game.. these are great events, usually with superb food too!!.... Carole’s Husband Vic has been Captain for the past 3 years and will continue for the coming season, and they both invite everyone to get in touch, go along to meet the members and join a fantastic, much valued, near-century old Club.

Memorial Hall Quiz Night: I hope you’re getting those teams together.. and the brains in gear!! Saturday 16th April, 7.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall...£5 per person and teams of up to 6 are required. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a team, or want to come up on your own...there will be teams made up on the night and as well as pitting your wits for a good cause, you’ll meet loads of like-minded people! The price includes a full Ploughman’s Supper, created by the Ladies of the Hall Committee ( and scrummy I can tell you!) and there will be teas and coffees for those who don’t want to Bring Some Booze!! It’s a great Quiz, quite challenging (!) but really good fun, and it’s hoped that we can get a full house to raise as much in funds as possible!. Please call Jennifer on 892878 to book a table, or get in touch with me and I’ll pass the booking on!

Defibrillators: Thanks to the initiative last year of making these invaluable first aid assets more available, both Ninfield and Hooe are proud to have units situated on the front wall of the public houses Kings Arms Ninfield and Red Lion Hooe. Don’t be scared to use them in an emergency, they have very clear step by step instructions.

Keep in Touch: It’s great to hear from you...please call 893699 or 07970650321, or email Thanks!

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