Ninfield and Hooe village voice - March 23

From Ninfield Parish Council: As a Parish Council, our agenda and debate can cover a diversity of subjects: speeding and parking issues, the Diamond Jubilee, finance and the general upkeep of the village. In particular this month, the cleanliness of the village was a major talking point with both Councillors and members of the public raising concerns over litter, dog waste and horses fouling the pavements.

Over the past few months, there has been a noticeable increase in all three and all are detrimental to our village. Please can we ask everyone to ensure they:

Clear up after their dog(s) - we have a number of responsible dog walkers in the village but, as usual, the few can spoil things for many. We have received complaints of dog waste on the recreation ground, footpaths and pavements. The village has plenty of dog bins so please clean up after your dog, and if you see someone not picking up their dog waste, please make us aware.

Litter - we have a main A road going through our village and do suffer from litter being thrown from cars. Please, if you see litter, can you pick it up and put it in the bin or make the Council aware if there is a large amount of litter. Can we also ask that all parents make their children aware of the importance of putting their litter in the bin and keeping their play area clean.

Horses fouling the pavements - horses should not be ridden on the pavements. Again, there are a number of responsible owners that are aware of this and walk their horses on the road but, despite our local police making certain owners aware, we still have horses fouling the pavements - and it isn’t easy to avoid with a pushchair and/or a group of small children. Please think of others using the pavement.

Apologies for the subject matter this month, but these small issues are of great concern to so many in the village. Please help to keep our village clean.

Hooe Sports Football Club are in action tomorrow, Saturday March 24, against Bexhill AAC, Canada Way, Sidley. Kick off is at 3pm. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266. You can also track their progress on the website

The last St Mary’s Ninfield, Lent lunch of 2012 is March 28 rom 12 noon -1.30 pm. Enjoy homemade soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee and a chat with friends at the Reading Room. Donations to a local charity, the church look forward to seeing you.

Where you witness to the Queen’s Coronation? Ninfield school would like to hear from Ninfield and Hooe residents who can remember this historical event and share their memories with the children at their Jubilee Street Party on Friday June 1. If you are free and would like to share your memories please contact the school on 892486.

The Diamond Jubilee Committee are meeting tomorrow, Saturday March 24, 10am at the Ninfield Working Men’s Club. If you would like to join in the organising, please go along. There will be loads to discuss: Ninfield’s Got Talent, Carnival Queen, Pram Race, Olympic Themes etc!!!

March 25 sees many people raising funds for charities in the Hastings Half Marathon. The lovely Louise Murphy from the Red Lion, Hooe, is one of those lucky (or mad) people! Louise is running to raise money towards a wheelchair for the recently hospitalised Mo Bourner (a Hooe resident). If you would like to sponsor Louise you can find a sponsorship form at Ninfield Post Office and Ninfield Village Stores, alternatively pop into the Red Lion. Good luck Louise!

Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are having a combined Panel and Neighbourhood Watch meeting on Tuesday March 27 at 7.30 in the Reading Room, all are welcome to go along

and hear what is going on and ask for information.

The next game of Whist Drive is on March 28 at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Ninfield Memorial Hall. Cost is £3 which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Go and give it a try - call 892057 and speak to Beryl for more information.

The next Burlesque class is Friday March 30 at the Memorial Hall, 7.15 - 8.30pm, £5 and they will be last Friday of the month thereafter. All ladies welcome.

Ninfield Memorial Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at Ninfield Memorial Hall on Saturday March 31, 7.30pm. Entrance fee includes a Ploughman’s Supper and Tea/Coffee. To book a table Tel:-892682/892878. Teams up to six people.

On Saturday March 31 there will be a Racenight at the Blacksmiths Inn to raise funds for St Micheals Hospice in memory of local Mum Helen Jaworanski. The event will start at 7.30pm and the MC for the evening will be Mr Stevie D. Everyone welcome. Please go along and join in the fun and help raise vital funds for our local hospice, every penny counts. For more information or to sponsor a race please contact Jane Rowlatt 01424 893591.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on March 31:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm - 2.35pm.

Ninfield, Millfield (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm - 3.25pm.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4.05pm.

Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on April 5, 7.30m at Ninfield Methodist Church, Church Lane. All Ninfield residents are invited to attend.

Hooe Open Group’s April meeting will be held at Hooe Village Hall on Friday April 13, 2pm when the speaker will be Jim Bolter who will give a talk on the mysteries of Michalham Priory. It is also their Easter meeting when the members will enjoy Hot Cross Buns and an individual chocolate Easter Egg.

The Golden Circle is next meeting on Tuesday April 17, 2pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2pm.

Ninfield History Group will be meeting on Thursday April 19 at 7.30pm in the Reading

Room. A charge of £1 entry to cover the expenses. If you are interested in history and would like to find out more, please pop along.

The pram race will be held on the Rec on Monday May 7. Registration from races will begin at 11.30am, with races beginning at midday. Race categories are juniors (11yrs and under); seniors (12-18yr); adults; fun; veteran. There will be cash prizes for each race and fancy dress is optional. The carnival committee will be running a bar and BBQ too. Sure to be a fun afternoon! The carnival committee would be very grateful if any individual or society that has a cup from the pram race or carnival if they could return it ASAP. Please contact Lorna on 893644 if you have one of their cups at the moment.

The theme of this years carnival, July 14, is the Olympics. Please get those thinking caps on for your floats. Due to Olympic commitments, the police will be unable to provide any support for the road closure. Therefore, we need at least 15 marshalls to help with the procession. We also would ideally like a vehicle with flashing lights at the front and rear of the procession. Marshalls will be needed between 10.30am-1.30pm. If you could marshall or are willing to provide and drive a suitable vehicle in the procession please contact Lorna 893644.

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: /

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield):

Sundays - 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

1st Sunday of the month - 6pm Book of Common Prayer Communion

Wednesdays - 10.00am Holy Communion

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe), at Hooe Village Hall:

Sundays - 11.15am Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30pm (unless otherwise indicated):

March 25, 2.30pm Worship & Praise with Mrs. Topsy Brice.

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ninfield or Hooe, please email the details to me:

Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close, Ninfield.