Ninfield & Hooe village voice

Ninfield Local History Group had a packed July meeting with standing room only in the Reading Room on Thursday July 19 which gave a record attendance at the meeting.

The group was delighted to welcome several members of the Pook family. Some had traveled from Australia for a family reunion of over 30 people covering 3 generations. The family once ran a shop in Lower Street, now the general stores and have many connections with Ninfield and surrounding area. Brian Broughton and Jim Hoad recalled memories from their younger days which were greatly enjoyed. There were recollections of Ninfield in wartime as well as more lighthearted episodes. They hope to record as much information as possible in the group archive which is being compiled. The next meeting of the Group will be on Thursday September 20. There will be a talk by John Cheshire entitled ‘What the Census Tells Us’. On Thursday October 18 a guest from Bexhill Museum will be talking about The Brassey Family. Everyone is welcome to the meetings. There is a charge of £1 for members and £2 for non-members to help cover the cost of refreshments and guest speakers. Annual membership costs £10. For more information please contact: Acting Chairman: Rod Ffoulkes: / Tel: 893635.

Ninfield Bowls Club have faired better last week (possibly helped by the sun shinning and helping us all to feel much better!). July 25 they played against St Johns Mead Eastbourne and lost 94-61. July 27 they played Hampden Park at home winning 92-85. They played Gullivers on Sunday July 29 winning 95-67, even with a strong wind coming off the seafront!. On Saturday July 28 they were involved in the Roundheads versus Cavaliers which was followed by a BBQ.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, August 4 and 18:

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 Methodist Church are holding a Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday August 4, 10.30am - 12 noon. There will also be a bring and buy stall. This is in memory of Mr. Ron Wells who was our village baker for many years. Proceeds raised will be shared between St Michael’s Hospice and The Stroke Association. You can then go along to........

The Arthritis Research Summer Garden Lunch is also being held tomorrow, August 4 at Elm Cottage, Marlpit Lane, 12.30pm. This is by kind invitation of Pete and Carol. All Welcome by booking with Ann: 892593. Tickets £7.50 each.

Hooe’s Old Car Club is holding their annual Car Show on the Hooe Recreation Ground (situated between Pevensey and Ninfield on the B2095) on Sunday, August 5 from 11am to 5pm. This show, which is in its 43rd year, is now acclaimed in the National Motoring Press and even in America! There are classes for cars from the turn of last century until 1970. Informed commentary is provided in the main ring on the various vehicles together with the prestigious “lady and car” competition in which ladies dress to match the age and spirit of the car. There will be a plethora of stalls, not all motoring related, refreshments and a musical entertainment provided by The Hooe Silver Band. There will be plenty going on for a great day out. Admission which includes a programme is £5 for adults (Children under 16 free). Car parking in the new improved car park is free. Money raised is distributed amongst local charities. The newly formed Hooe Youth Club will be participating in the activities.

The activities that CreativeBexhill Community Interest Company had arranged for Tuesdays at the Memorial Hall have been cancelled due to a lack of interest. There will therefore not be any ‘Feel Better With A Book’ or Gentle Yoga this Tuesday, August 7.

Daryl Holter, our local PCSO is holding a meet and greet on August 8, 9am at Ninfield Village Stores. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss any policing issues that you may have with Daryl.

Football training - linked to the Youth Forum, a group of young lads (and hopefully a few girls) from the village are starting football training on Thursday night, 6-7pm. They have one coach, but could do with more help. If you have a background in coaching or just an interest in football and would be willing to donate an hour a week to help out, please call Kaye Crittell 01424 892883 for more information.

Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are looking for volunteers to help man SID, the Speed Indicating Device to help curb speeding through our village. If you would like to help please contact Rod Ffoulkes on 893635.

The Christian Women’s Fellowship are raising money for Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice by holding a coffee morning and/or mini lunch on August 8. This will be held at Little Acre, Church Path, Ninfield, 10.30am - 2pm. There will be a bring and buy, raffle and plants for sale. All contributions would be greatly appreciated be it from any village individual or a local company. Oh, and don’t forget to take a friend!

Hooe Open Group next meet on August 10, 2.30pm at the Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road, Bexhill. The museum will lay on a special presentation of their exceptional costume collection, consisting of both over and undergarments, ranging over a period of some 300 years. After this fascinating and knowledgeable presentation the members will walk to the De La Warr Pavilion, for a cream tea, taken in a reserved section of the first floor lounge. The cost will be just £5. As always this will be a most memorable event so why not invite a friend? For further details contact Edna Wallis on Tel. 01424 842591.

Ninfield Working Mens Club are holding an afternoon strawberry tea on August 14, 2-4pm at NWC. This is in aid of their chosen charity - the young Carers Charity. All are welcome.

Ninfield Horticultural Society’s Summer show is on August 18 in the Memorial Hall at 2.30pm. They invite you to submit your entries for the show (there are classes for young and old alike!). Entry forms can be obtained from Rose, Ivan, Robin or Linda, to be submitted by August 15. There will also be refreshments and a tombola! All are welcome.

Hooe Parish Council are meeting on August 20, 7.45pm in the Village Hall. All Hooe residents are invited to attend.

Daryl Holter, our local PCSO is holding a meet and greet on August 23, 6pm at the Red Lion Public House car park. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss any policing issues that you may have with Daryl.

3 members of Ninfield Flower Group - Christine, Jennifer and Hazel, have been invited to do three floral arrangements for Southwark Cathedral’s Flower Festival which runs August 23- 26. The Cathedral is a short walk from London Bridge station for anyone wishing to go and have a look at our local talent’s work in the splendor of London.

Ninfield Arts & Crafts in back on November 24 - if you live in Ninfield and would be interested in exhibiting, please contact Kaye Crittell 01424 892883. This year, they hope to have a section dedicated to those that may want to ‘test the waters’, but only have one or two items to exhibit. They are interested in everyone, so please don’t be shy!

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):

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

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

August 5, Worship & Praise with Mrs. Topsy Brice

August 12, Worship & Praise with Mr. J. Torn

August 19, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

August 26, 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