Ninfield & Hooe village voice

Hooe Sports Football Club are playing at home hosting fellow Premier Division Langley Wanderers tomorrow, 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. You can also track the club’s progress online:

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 take 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.

And don’t forget that you can purchase your copy of the record of the Ninfield Jubilee events.

A new children’s drop-in arts exploration space is coming to Ninfield on a Tuesday (term time only) from 10am - 12pm at Ninfield Reading Room, Church Lane. ArtMonkey Studios is a children’s mobile art studio providing child led art to develop their learning and exploration. There is a weekly fee of £5 per child. For further information, please see their website:

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.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on, September 15 & 29:

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

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

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4pm.

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.

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.

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 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