Aha! We’re now into ‘Flaming June’...!: Apparently, there was a rumour going around locally that the forecasters were promising the hottest June for over a hundred years...ok, let’s hope there’s at least an element of accuracy in that, especially after Bank Holiday Monday’s clouds and wind, and yes, alright I know, it could have been a lot worse! But it seems to be the same every time; fabulous sunny days, over the days BEFORE the holiday, and then drear and dreich on the day itself! Now is the time to really practice your best ‘Sun Dance’, as this week sees the build up to the Queen’s official Birthday Celebrations next weekend. The complete table of fun-filled events for Ninfield is listed at the end of this column, please make a note in your diaries and see what takes your fancy!, on that note let’s first....

Clean for the Queen!: This Saturday, 4th June, from 10am, meeting at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane. Huge thanks are due to the Village Society, for leading this initiative, with the Parish Council supplying the necessary pickers, gloves and bags, and refreshments afterwards! It’s a Village wide litter pick, with the intention to really clear up as much as possible, and everyone is welcome to join the teams, the more the merrier!

Ninfield Flower Group: On Monday, 6th June, commencing at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, the Flower Group will welcome Hazel McGregor with her demonstration entitled “Floral Fusion”. Non members are always welcome, there is a small charge of £4 for entry, but that also includes all refreshments. All the flowers used in the demonstrations are raffled at the end of the evening, so there is no waste, just an added bonus to win! All profits go to the Shows and Displays throughout the year, and to the group’s chosen charities. Call Jennifer on 892878 or email for more information.

Christian Women’s Fellowship: The group enjoyed a fascinating talk last month from Sandra, daughter of Thelma, which was entitled “Preventive Conservation” and gave an insight into the world of protection for items of cultural heritage for future generations. On Wednesday 8th June, they will welcome Barry Wilkinson who will keep everyone entertained with a lively presentation about his experiences as a Prison Officer- entitled ‘My Life in Prison’! The venue is the Methodist Hall, Church lane and times are 2.30- 4pm-ish! All new members are made very welcome!

Hooe Open Group: Will meet next on Friday 10th June, in Hooe Village Hall, at 2.30pm; when members will enjoy a delicious cream tea and Quiz , as part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations. As always, non-members are very welcome to just turn up and join these lively Ladies, and for any information, please contact Edna Wallis on 842591 or email

Methodist Church: As part of HM Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, Ninfield Methodist will also remember ‘Special Days’ and it’s own 145th Birthday. On Saturday 11th June from 1-4pm they will be serving Cream Teas at their Church Hall. For young people there will also be Children’s activities and Face painting. While having some food and fun, why not check out the Bring and Buy sale, and the other events at the Reading Room and on the Rec! On Sunday 12th June from 10.30-11.30am they will host a United ‘Special Day’s’ Celebration Service, led by Reverend Tricia Williams. The weekend, at the church, will also include a gifts/donations opportunity to help towards the re-decoration of the inside of the Church- which is now looking great!

Ninfield Bowls Club Results: Here we go...Carole has sent in this weeks’ results, the weather was good, and fingers are firmly crossed...! 25th May - Away to Mayfield; Ninfield 89 - Mayfield 40 -Hooray! 27th May - Home to Hastings; Ninfield 54 - Hastings 79..Aaah! 28th May - Home to Peasmarsh; Ninfield 58 - Peasmarsh 28- Hooray!! Rother League Match 29th May at Home - Ninfield 109 - Hollington 43 - YeeHa!! Carole says this is a good score and Ninfield get 10 points for the Rother League table...Well done team!!

Methodist Church Service: Sunday 5th June 10.30am - Café Church with freshly baked Breakfast.

Parish Church Services: St Mary’s Ninfield- 9.30am Parish Eucharist - St Oswald’s Hooe 11.15am Family Service.

Defibrillators: Can be found in Ninfield and Hooe, and accessed 24/7/365. These invaluable pieces of emergency first aid equipment have step by step instructions which are easy to follow in times of stress. In Ninfield - go to the Kings Arms PH and look on the wall next to the entrance; in Hooe - it’s the front main wall of the Red Lion PH.

Ninfield ;The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations: Starting on Saturday 11th June - 10am-4pm - Treasure Hunt around the Village; Searching for ‘Crowns’ or ‘90’s’in front gardens, ‘90 pace quiz’, Open Gardens;- Treasure Hunt forms available from the Reading Room - where the Local History Group are hosting an Exhibition pertaining to 1926.- light refreshments-10am- 3pm: At the Methodist Church & Hall - Celebratory Cream Teas 11-4pm (see their own item above!) -Cricket Match 1-5pm on the Rec.- sit and watch while you have your cream teas, also Children’s games etc. From 6.30pm- 900 Pace Walk! with the Village Society, to a surprise destination, leaving from the Beacon on the Rec which will be lit at the finish. From 7.30pm - Evening Entertainment - Party Night hosted by the Working Men’s Club, in the Wriggly Tin Hut, with Bars, BBq, Bunting and Band.- for ALL residents,not just members. Sunday 12th June - 9 -11.30am Teddy Bears D.I.Y Breakfast BBq in Church Woods- Family Fun so bring your teddies, and some sausages to cook on the open fires; organised and arranged by the Village Society - There will also be the chance to make Pooh Sticks in honour of A.A Milnes’ anniversary, and to take part in a fun Animal Hunt. 10.30-11.30am - Methodist Church Combined Parish & Methodist Church Birthday Celebration Service (again, see item above!)- Ninfield Memorial Hall from 2pm - Afternoon Tea with Cabaret for all over 60’s!! Sandwiches, Cakes, Sherry, Teas and Coffees; and a glass of Toasting Prosecco!! Plus a show from Musical Comedy act Deja Revue- finishes at 5pm-ish! 6.30pm meet at the Beacon on the Rec. for the last event; a 9000 pace mystery walk to ...!! Huge thanks are due to all volunteers, groups and societies who are organising and preparing lots of fun for people to enjoy. If anyone wants to help in any way...making cakes?.. Putting a Crown in your front garden? please call Carol on 893326, or me, Sami, on 893699, 07970650321 email Thank you!.. and keep in touch for next weeks’ diary!

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