Ninfield & Hooe village voice

The closing date for your nominations for Carnival Queen and princesses is TODAY, April 6. The Carnival Committee are on the hunt for their Carnival Queen and princesses. Do you have a year 6 girl or a girl starting school in September from Ninfield or Hooe who would like to be part of this historical event? To put forward your nomination, please complete a form at Ninfield Stores and give to Linda Scott. There have been very few entries so far and the committee would very much like to have some more.

Last Friday, March 30, Ninfield School held a mufti day, at the request of pupil Lilly Perkins, to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice in memory of her mum Helen Jaworanski. The family are trying to raise a total of £10,000 for the Hospice with a variety of events. Lilly’s mufti day raised over £500! In addition, the Racenight held at the Blacksmiths Inn last Saturday, March 31 raised a further £700. A big thank you from the organisers to the MC, Stevie D for a fantastic job and to Louise and Janet for being wonderful hosts. The evening was a great success. The Perkins family and friends are also completing the 3 peaks challenge (Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon) next week (April12-13). They are looking to raise £5000 from this challenge. To donate, please go to: Please take time to read Steve’s story about his wife Helen and then give your donation - not forgetting to gift aid!! Good luck to all taking part.

A new Hooe Village Youth Club and Youth Forum is being launched at the start of April. This is in response to the requests picked up from the village Consultation carried out last summer. Along with organisations, including The Police (donating £250), Wealden District Council (£1500) and a local club (£1000, but to be ratified at their AGM) Waitrose at Hailsham are supporting the Youth Club as one of the three charities they will support during the month of April. Tubs are provided in store and customers are given a green token and asked to select the charity of their choice. At the end of the month the tokens in each bin are counted and the £1000.00 is divided up proportionately between the three. Simply - the more tokens, the more funding.

Easter services for Ninfield and Hooe: Today Friday April 6 - Stations of the Cross at Hooe 11am. The final hour at Ninfield 2pm. Sunday April 8 - services at normal Sunday times.

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.

Hooe Sports Football Club are playing in the final of the Blacklands Finance Challenge Cup against Wadhurst Utd on Wednesday April 11. This game will be played at The Polegrove, Bexhill with kick off at 7.30pm. For further information of the Hooe Sports Football Club please call 07872 312266. You can also track their progress on the website

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 East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, April 14 and 28:

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 Bowls Club is holding an open day (start of the outdoor season) on Sunday April 15 at 2.30pm. What ever the weather there will be tea and cakes and there is a chance for you to have a go!

Hooe Parish Council are meeting on April 16 at Hooe Village Hall, 7.45pm. All Hooe residents are invited.

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

Ninfield horticultural Society are meeting on April 18 at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Their speak will be Patrick Coulcher ‘On Natural History of the Pevensey Levels’.

For further information, please contact Rose Franks:

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 Ninfield PCSO, Daryl Holter will be holding a meet and greet at the gates of Ninfield School on April 19 from 3pm. This is a great opportunity for the young residents of the village to speak to Daryl.

The next game of Whist Drive is on April 25 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.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Plant Sale on April 28, 9-11am at the Memorial Hall. A wide range of plants at excellent prices will be available.

The pram race will be held on the Rec on Monday May 7. Registration for 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 along with selling raffle tickets for the Carnival Draw. There will also be an auction for an ‘animal house’, kindly donated by Skinners Sheds, to raise money for the Diamond Jubilee events.

This is 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.

Diamond Jubilee Weekend – There is a diary of events being put together by the Jubilee Committee which will keep Ninfield buzzing for five days! Please see flyers, posters, Village Voice updates and newsletters for information and if you would like to help in any way please call Sami Guard on 893699.

The Tea Party and Cabaret for the over 60’s is on Saturday June 2 and the Jubilee Co. would like to know if anyone has a 60th Birthday or Wedding Anniversary within the week either side of Jubilee Weekend! Please call Sami on 893699 or email

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. To start the event in the Arena there will be an official Opening Ceremony with the ‘Olympic Flame’ lighting a beacon on the Rec to start the day. –100 PEOPLE ARE NEEDED TO PERFORM AN EASY ROUTINE WITH FLAGS, RIBBONS, HOOPS ETC!!!!! – 3 rehearsals will be required, Sami is organising it… so, call , email (893699 or email and go and join in a one-time only fun event!

‘Ninfield’s Got Talent!’ is back after huge demand following the fantastic success of last years competition. To register your ‘Act’ for this year’s extravaganza on Friday July 13 in the main Marquee, see Sami at the N.G.T stand on Pram Race day or email Closing date for entries will be over the Jubilee weekend June 2-4. There will be cash prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd, with a special performance by one of last year’s finalists in the interval. If this was not enough, to end the evening there will be a Band for dancing till Midnight.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Sunday April 29 - Combined Service at St Mary’s 10.30am

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

Spring Welcome at St. Oswald’s

This March has left just like a lamb

The sun bright in a clear blue sky

All the Snowdrops in their clusters

Among the headstones side by side

In the hedgerow peer the Primroses

Through brambles and fallen leaves

Crocuses and Daffodils play hide & seek

Between the molehills and the trees

The fencing, posts and railings

Display ravages of seasons past

With the whitening of the timber

And the peeling of the bark

The grass will soon need cutting

When the soft mud starts to firm

Now the gravel paths are drying

And the Catkins twist and turn

As they struggle into blossom

From the warming of the sun

While the mists and frosts of morning

For this spring are nearly done

On the breeze you might just hear

As the bells peal their rallying sound

Of the welcome that’s in store for you

From this hallowed house & grounds

The peace and tranquillity of St. Oswald’s

Nestling at the bottom of the lane

Amidst the rolling fields and farmland

Is where you’ll return time and again

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


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

April 8 - “Easter Worship & Praise’ including Holy Communion with Revd. Derek Brice.

April 15 - Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.

April 22 - Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.

April 29 - Worship & Praise with Revd. Ian Wales.

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