Ninfield & Hooe village voice

As you may have heard, the lovely Jubilee book of photos etc from the Ninfield Jubilee weekend celebrations was sent to Her Majesty the Queen a couple of weeks ago and Sami Guard has had a fantastic letter from Balmoral last Friday in thanks.

A copy of the letter and the photo card received has been put outside the Village shop for all to read and framed copies are being put in all the venues that hosted events over the Jubilee weekend. Carol and Sami were thrilled to hear from the Queen’s Lady in Waiting, and hope that people would like a copy of the beautiful record of the Jubilee events. They will be on sale at the Michaelmas Fair (see below) or you can place orders form Carol or Sami.

The Dance Club have been having their Summer School this week and will be performing their show at the Memorial Hall at 5.30pm today, Friday August 31. Entrance fee £1 which will also be a raffle ticket (under 10’s free) and there will be refreshments available. DYou are invited to go along and support the youngsters... they work so hard, and following the success of last year’s show.. they will be pushing the limits even more this year!!

St Mary’s church (Ninfield) are holding a Social Evening this evening, August 31 in the Reading Room (Church lane). This will be a ‘not the Jubilee or Olympics Quiz Evening’ with a fish and chip supper. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, food at 8pm. refreshments of tea and coffee will be available or if you prefer, you are welcome to take your own beer or wine. Tickets are £5.50 available from Nikki 01424 893867 and at Church on Sundays. All are welcome to go along and have some food and fun with friends!

Ninfield Bowls Club have been busy in the last week with the following results: August 21 they played Hailsham loosing 77-96, they then won their next match on August 24 against Hampden Park 93-80. Unfortunately their match on August 25 had to be cancelled due to the great British Summer weather - rain and a flooded pitch! However, in true British weather style, the rain went on August 26 and helped Ninfield to an 82-50 win against Alexandra Park.

Hooe Sports Football Club are playing at home against Iden on Saturday September 1 and are then hosting fellow Premier Division Langley Wanderers on September 8. They are still on the look out for new Players for the 2012-13 season as they look to strengthen their squad in preparation for their return to the East Sussex Football League Premier Division. As well as players, they are also looking for sponsors, no matter how small, who would like to support their local football team in any way that they can. Please contact Luke Pont on 07872 312266 or, or visit the team’s website at

A Hooe Community Day will be held tomorrow, Saturday September 1 in and around Hooe Village Hall from 10.00am - 2.00pm. This event is designed for all to hear about the services available to us, pick up a wealth of information and ask questions. Representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Warm Front (to give advice on insulating your home), Neighbourhood Watch, Trading Standards, RSPCA, Horse Watch, Ninfield Patient Involvement Group, East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council and more will be attending. In addition the Hooe Parish Council will be asking for your views about the proposed Village Hall improvement plans, explaining the ambitions project ‘A moment in time’, Launching the village flag competition and more. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle to start the fund raising for village projects. Further details from Dick Carey 01424 892051 or Peter and Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

The Carnival Committee are holding their annual pram race on Sunday, September 2. It will be held on the Recreation Ground, 11.30am-2pm. There will be a BBQ, bar and refreshments will be available. As usual there will be races for the following categories: junior, senior, adult and mixed. If you are all fired up after the Olympics and think you can beat the great Usain Bolt, then you can test your speed in races against SID. Fancy dress is invited with prizes for entries. Hopefully, there will be more entires this year (maybe you could go as your favourite Olympian of 2012?)! Celebrate the end of the summer holidays in style with lots of racing fun! There will also be a Tug-o-war fun contest, and a Tombola. For further information or how to enter, please contact Lorna on 893644.

Ninfield Flower Group are next meeting on Monday September 3 in the Memorial Hall commencing 7.30pm for a demonstration by Pat McDonald entitled “A Walk in the Park”. Non members welcome a entrance charge of £3.00 includes refreshments all flower arrangements raffled at the end of the evening.

Michaelmas Onion Festival and Fun Dog Show is on Sunday September 8 from 11am - 5pm at Hope Cottage Farm Shop, Hooe Road, Ninfield. A fun day out with something for all the family. For children there’s Punch and Judy, stilt walkers, Victorian Carousel, face painting and activities. There’s bell ringing, arena events including dog training demonstrations, birds of prey, ferret racing, tug of war, onion eating! If you grow onions or garlic bring them along to see if you have the largest, or plait 8 together with a ribbon. Competitions for best decorated onion, onion marmalade, fruit jam, favourite cake and odd shape vegetable. The Fun Dog Show looks for the best dog, bitch, puppy and veteran; best rescue, child handler, waggiest tail and 6 legs!! There is also a scurry to try out. Full details on website: There’s also crafts, games, raffles, the tea tent, bar and BBQ. Lots of entertainment for all the family. Entry £1.00 per adult. Fun Dog Show - Registration from 11.00am, First Class 2.00pm, entries £1 per class 07858 555343.

Hooe Open Group will be meeting again at Hooe Village Hall on Friday September 14 at 2.30pm. The presentation which was planned for the September was entitled “A Touch of Class” which was going to be a selection of glamorous cloths, selling for a greatly reduced price. However the presentation has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

However the club has managed to secure the services of Alan Stainsby who is an historian specialising in Bodium Castle and will give a talk entitled “The History and legends of Bodium Castle”. As usual there will be the “Bring & Buy” table and raffle. Come along and enjoy the company and be a part of the friendly atmosphere, which is the feature of the Hooe Open Group. Non members are welcome to come along at the nominal cost of £2, which includes tea & biscuits. If you choose to become a member the cost is £10, which includes your visitor’s fee. For any further details telephone Edna Wallis on Tel. No. 01424 842591.

BURLESQUE! is back with the next session on Friday September 14 at 7.15pm at the Memorial Hall, Ninfield... usual fun with refreshments and a good time had at the Ladies Club!!

Hooe History Society will be launched on Saturday September 15 at 2.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. All welcome - further details from Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

Ninfield Local History Group are meeting 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.

Hooe Parish Council are next meeting on September 27 at Hooe Village Hall, 7.30pm. All Hooe residents are welcome to attend.

Ninfield Bonfire Society are holding their first Jumble Sale on September 29 at the Memorial Hall, Ninfield. Doors open at 2.00pm. If you have any jumble that you would like to donate, please contact Lyn on 07709051788 or Derek on 01424 892749. If you are unable to donate jumble they would welcome your donations of cakes or helping on the day. Again, please contact Lyn or Derek as above.

Join Little Stars School of Dance for a new term. Dance and movement with Melody Bear, and now Milligan Bear too, for boys and girls aged 2 - 4 years. Tap and modern for 3 - 4 years and a NEW Reception aged ballet class. All on a Monday in the Reading Room, Ninfield. FIRST CLASS FREE OF CHARGE, then £3.50 per class. Tel Kirsty on 07582 269 164, email or visit

Crafts for Christmas is back by popular demand this year. The charity event is to be repeated this year and will be held on Saturday November 10 in the Memorial Hall, Ninfield. This year the chosen charity is Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. A few tables are still available at a cost of £15.00 each. Please contact Pam Doodes 01424 892329 for further details. In addition to the many and varied craft stalls refreshments will be served all day and so will be a good day out and somewhere pleasant to meet up with friends.

Ninfield Arts & Crafts is 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):

September 2, Worship & Praise with Revd. Michael Ward

September 9, Worship & Praise with Mr. David Hanson

September 16, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

September 23, Worship & Praise with Revd. Peggy Heim

September 30, Back to Church Sunday 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