Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

We are all team GB!: Olympic Glory.. and how! Surely there can’t be anyone, anywhere, who hasn’t been hooked on the amazing achievements of our Olympic Team over the two weeks in Rio. Even though most of the main events have had to be televised at silly-o-clock in the morning; watching the replays, as and when possible, has been extraordinary; still making the heart thump and bringing a lump to the throat. Yes, of course it was different in London; Local, Live and atmospheric to the extreme.. it was such a shame seeing the Brazilian stadia with NO seats filled during some of the morning qualifying stages; the athletes, riders, swimmers etc must have had a shock at first with so little local support. Please God, Rio now gets the Paralympics organised to the highest spec in the next three weeks, please don’t let the standards fall from all the improvements that have been made, please get the people there and inspired... But doesn’t that just prove how brilliant this Country is, with the National Lottery not only adding funding, and supporting various different Sports and training facilities, enabling Team GB to win medals over more varied sports than any other country, but also inspiring our young people to get actively involved, and the rest of us to go and see them doing it! We can ALL say with assurance that We Are Team GB!... and I will continue to proudly purchase my Lottery ticket on a Saturday, knowing that every £1 helps...and, fingers crossed, one day too, there just might be that big win!! So, to this week’s events in Ninfield and the surrounding area..!

Ninfield Parish Council: The first meeting after the ‘Summer break’ will be on Thursday 1st September, 7.15pm at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane. I’ve put the break bit in parenthesis because, as usual, there were planning meetings and other meetings / discussions / emails / phone calls etc throughout August... so, no break at all really! There will be a packed agenda, with the precept, Sparke Pavilion, Planning issues, WDC new documents, the School new classrooms and lease.. all probably being included. Do go along to see what is going on and how you can get involved. There is a need for new Parish Councillors to come on board and take on the work that has been done, and progress it to fruition. Please contact Jackie the Clerk to the Council on 07725843505, email or look at the website http:/

St Mary’s Summer Fete: On Saturday 3rd September, 3pm in the Reading Room and Grounds- the Summer Fete will include BBq, Refreshments, Raffle and Treasure Hunt, with lots of stalls to enjoy. Everyone is very welcome, so please go and support the Parish Church event.

Bexhill Festival of the Sea: Saturday and Sunday 3rd/4th September- on the lawns of the De La Warr Pavilion. This is a fantastic event, that supports all things fishy and local! Lovely food stands, local beers and wines, cooking demonstrations and all nautical/ angling questions answered...pray for sunshine!

Ninfield Fower Group: Monday 5th September will see Gill Horner giving her demonstration entitled ‘Creative Thinking’. This will be in the Memorial Hall, from 7.30pm, and the Flower Group will be very pleased to welcome new members at a small charge of £4, to include light refreshments. All flowers demonstrated are raffled off at the end of the evening, so there is never any waste, just lovely blooms as an added bonus to take away! All funds raised go towards the Groups’ chosen Charity, and their big displays and shows throughout the year.

Ninfield Bonfire Society: I gave an early heads up a few weeks ago, about a special evening presentation being given by the Bonfire Society on how to prepare your animals to cope with the loud noises of Fireworks night. This important and interesting talk will be held on Tuesday 6th September, in the Reading room, Church Lane at 7.30pm. and given by Vicky Payne- a highly qualified Vet and Animal Behaviourist. The evening is free to go to, and if you want more information, please call Carol Holland on 893326, or look online at

Ninfield Bowls Club: No results at time of submission I’m afraid.

Church Services: Methodist Church: - Sunday August 28th - 10.30am- Service of Worship and Praise with Mrs Margaret Bickerdike.

NInfield Parish Church: Sunday 28th August - St Mary’s 9.30am Parish Eucharist ; St Oswald’s Hooe - 11.15am Parish Eucharist.

Defibrillators: Can be found for 24/7/365 emergency use on the front walls of the Public Houses Kings Arms, Ninfield and Red Lion, Hooe.

And Finally, Bank Holiday Weekend!: As said a couple of weeks ago, this is THE weekend of the Summer, when all the last big events take everyone the nightmare of too much choice! Firstly, I hope everyone has been doing the famous ‘Sun Dances’.. its a Bank Holiday after all, and they can be doomed with torrential rain...but no, I’m sure all will be fine and Hot! I did mention Brede, and the range of fabulous things happening over 3 days there in St George’s Church and grounds, including the Flower Festival, Steam Giants Rally, Church Fete, Jazz evening, Art Exhibition etc, etc! Then there is the Festival of Transport, at Broad Farm in Hellingly. Again over all three days, showing hundreds of vehicles, vintage and otherwise, original and restored; with a myriad of events within the Festival, food stands, bars, and bands performing.. Also, there will be a Charity Garden party in Crowhurst, in aid of St Michaels Hospice- with food and Music on Sunday 27th; Plus, if History is your thing, there is the Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle over all 3 days, it’s a magical event with over 1000 Men-at-Arms, Bowmen, Knights, laying siege to the Castle with full cannon support...once seen, never forgotten...Crikey! Don’t we live in a lovely part of the country, so many fabulous things happening, and all around us! Please keep in touch, I’m now back in Bedford, rehearsing like a Trojan, with a brilliant cast, and now nearly know my lines...Phew! Email, call/text 07970650321 or Tweet @guard_jane... Thank you!

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @BattleObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.