STOP PRESS!; ‘BLACKSMITHS FALLS, BUT QUEEN IS SAVED BY KINGS ARMS!’: Well.. there you go, as they say; the best laid plans of mice and men.. and all that jazz! The fact is - The Ninfield Beacon Event will now be held on the Recreation Ground, with Marquees being put up, the BBQ on the go, and the Bar of the Kings Arms Pub providing your toasting fluid in plastic glasses! Its 7.30pm onwards, and the Beacon will be placed on the Rec; near the road so it can be seen by everyone, and it will be lit at our confirmed time of 8.30pm. Thursday April 21st is the day, the Queen’s real Birthday.. her 90th, and everyone is welcome to come and join us on the Rec for this special event... Don’t forget, bring your LOUDEST singing voice for the National Anthem! With future events planned for Ninfield, that centre round the Blacksmiths Inn, please rest assured, with confirmation from Enterprise Inns, that the pub will be back in action within the next fortnight, under new management, redecorated and raring to go! The first thing will be the Pram Race on Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd, and it promises to be a real humdinger this year! So get going on those Homemade Karts, Fancy Dress costumes and full speed challenges! I must say, its been ‘one of those weeks’.. where things that could go wrong, did, and if they shouldn’t have, they tried to, and succeeded! Still, we survived another week and here are some updates, some diary entries and some pleas for help!! And.. Mr Editor... please don’t blame me for the length or the content!!

Poo!: See what I mean..?! At the Ninfield Parish Council meeting on the 7th, one of the agenda items was the resurrection of an old complaint.. the unfortunate fouling by Dogs throughout the Village, despite there being a Zillion bins to put the waste in. In fact, one dollop had been found festering underneath the appropriate bin.. does this denote a weird sense of humour?! I have been expressly asked by the Chairman of the Parish Council- ‘Keep-going-Kaye!’- to include this plea in the column this week...Please Pick Up After Your Dog! And if you’re walking your dog, with your poo-bags in your pocket, and you see someone not doing the decent thing...then hand them a bag! Thank you! So, that’s that done... but I bet you all a pound to a toffee apple that it’ll be Horses next week...!

Memorial Hall Quiz Night: This Saturday 16th April, doors open at 7pm, for a 7.30 start! You can still join the fun if you haven’t booked in already, don’t worry, call me on the below numbers or just turn up with a £5 note and you will have a team to join, a lovely Ploughman’s Supper and a fantastic evening! All proceeds will go to the new oil tank and its relocation, look forward to seeing you there, with Brain in Box...!

Ninfield Bowls Club Open Day: Sunday 17th April from 2.30pm, at the Clubhouse, where the Chairman, Vic Lawrence will be very pleased to welcome anyone who fancies having a go at the traditional game. Please wear trainers, or very flat shoes, as the turf is hallowed! New members are actively sought and anyone who goes to the open day will be treated to the most scrummy Afternoon, not a bribe, just a bonus!

Hooe Parish Council: Will meet on Monday 18th April, at the Village Hall, from 7.30pm, and as always, everyone is encouraged to attend! There are discussions ongoing on many different subjects, but especially the matter of excessive large vehicles travelling through Hooe’s country roads. Ninfield has agreed to support Hooe with its petitions and requests for more monitoring of the traffic, and residents are requested to get in touch with the Clerk, Sally Durman, for more details of how you can help. Please call her on 893007 or email hooepc2’

Ninfield Horticultural Society: Many thanks to Rose for details of the meeting on Monday 18th April; Memorial Hall, 7.30pm - and there will be a speaker for the evening. A welcome return for Harry Townsend, who will relay all the fun and pain of pushing a wheelbarrow for 800 miles on his trip up New Zealand! Afterwards there will be refreshments and a Raffle, and this will be the last meeting until the Autumn. On the following Saturday, St Georges’ Day, April 23rd, there will be a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning, again in the Hall, with a fantastic range of plants at reasonable prices, and delicious homemade cakes! Plant donations from 8.30am please, and the doors are open from only! Rose would also like to add the following...’Apologies to members who have been waiting to see the pictures and report from the Spring Show on Easter Saturday. All the information was sent to the Observer the day after the Show, but has yet to appear!...’ Thanks Rose, I do hope that somewhere within this week’s copy is your well deserved coverage of the fabulous display on March 26th!

Ninfield Local History Group: Are having their AGM and a Quiz on Thursday 21st April, 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane. Entry is £1 for members and £3 for non-members., refreshments will be included and if you’d like more information on all the forthcoming events, please call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

Hooe Open Group: Thanks again to Edna for the following report...! On Friday 8th April, the group was entertained by speaker Malcom Pratt, a well known authority on the history of Sussex, in particular Winchelsea, where he served as Honorary Town Clerk. Malcom is a renowned orator, and his talk was entitled ‘Strange goings-on in the Sussex Borough of Winchelsea’... giving details of some of the more unusual events that occurred over a period of the last 1000 years of history and the foundation of the Confederation of Cinque Ports. The afternoon was a huge success and Malcom will definitely be invited back very soon! After a scrumptious Tea, with an Easter Egg for everyone present, there was the Charity Raffle. If anyone is interested in joining this friendly, active and informal group of ladies, please call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591or email

Ninfield Methodist Church: Sunday 17th April - 10.30am there will be a service of Worship and Praise with Margaret Bickerdike., everyone is very welcome to attend.

Parish Church : Sunday 17th April - 9.30am St Mary’s Ninfield - Family Service, then St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15 - Parish Eucharist.

Defibrillators: As always, your reminder that these invaluable first aid assets are placed for easy, emergency access on the front wall, by the entrances of Kings Arms PH Ninfield, and Red Lion PH Hooe.

Boundary Changes Consultation: N.B This is Really Important!! Please look at the Ninfield Parish Council website, or the Facebook page, or contact District Councillor Pam Doodes on 892329 for up to date information on the Consultation that will close at the beginning of June. OUR BOUNDARIES ARE UP FOR REVIEW..!. And.. one of the proposals is that Ninfield and Hooe are split from each other into different wards, with Ninfield being linked to Horam...?!. And Hooe to Pevensey?! What are your thoughts?!!

Keep in touch: There’s a lot going on...a lot to think about...please keep in touch with all your thoughts, ideas and comments plus diary entries for the rest of the month! Sami Guard, 893699, 07970650321 email

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