Ninfield & Hooe Village Voice

Last Sunday, October 7, Ninfield Scout Group joined Ninfield Methodist Church in their Harvest Festival Service.

Children from all sections of the group (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers) attended the service. Revd Ian Wales led the service in which the children were involved throughout. It was a lovely friendly service, followed by drinks and biscuits. The Scout Group would like to thank the Methodist Church for their warm welcome to their church. All the produce donated will be given to the Churches Together in Bexhill Foodbank project.

The Hooe Open Group are next meeting today, Friday October 12 when there will be a demonstration, sponsored by the marketing department for Gruyere Cheese, where you will be able to taste and discover what this exceptional Swiss cheese can offer. If you are interested in joining the ladies of the Hooe Open Group, just turn up at 2.30pm at Hooe Village Hall on the second Friday of any month, where you will find a very welcoming group of ladies, together with their social organiser, Edna Wallison. For further information contact Edna on Tel. No. 01424 842591.

Burlesque is on this evening, October 12, 7.15-8.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. This will then be fortnightly until November 9. For further information, please contact Sami Guard on 893699.

Ninfield Flower Group are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, October 13 from 2pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Entrance is 20p and refreshments are also available. If you have any jumble, please drop it off at the Hall on Saturday morning.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages tomorrow, October 13 & 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.

Hooe Sports Football Club played Spartan 04 last Saturday, wining 3-2. This Saturday, October13, they play Saltdean Utd Reserves in the SCFA Intermediate Cup. Kick off is 2.30pm at Hooe recreation ground. You can also track the club’s progress online:

Ninfield Methodist Church invites you to a Service of Praise followed by a ‘Harvest-Time Tea’ on Sunday October 14 at 2.30pm led by Revd. Ian Pruden. Families with children will be very welcome to either of these services.

Ladies, do you want to exercise in the fresh air and not have far to travel to have fun whilst exercising? A new Bootcamp from Katie Fusco (our local Health & wellness Professional) has come to Ninfield recreation ground for LADIES ONLY! It will help with stamina, strength & self esteem. All ages and abilities are welcome every Saturday, 830am-930am. Katie is also running a group of T’ai Chi & Yoga classes for tranquility, calm & vitality every Tuesday 930am-1030am & Wednesday 700-800pm, along with doing 1:1 Motivational Personal Training by appointment. For further information on all of these or to book your free taster session, please contact Katie 07791294887 or email

The closing date for the Ninfield Village Awards nominations closes on October 15. Nomination forms can be found at Ninfield Post Office. More information on award night is below (November 3).

Our PCSO, Daryl Holter will be holding a Meet and Greet at Ninfield Post Office on October 16, 3pm. He will also be holding another Meet and Greet on October 25 on Ninfield recreation/school, again at 3pm. This is a great chance for you to discuss any policing issues with Daryl or just to get to know your local PCSO.

Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch are meeting on Tuesday October 16, 7.30pm at the Reading Room, Church Lane, Ninfield. This will include a Panel meeting when they have a Police presence to dicuss issues in the surrounding areas of Ninfield, Hooe, Ashbburnam, Penhurst and Crowhurst, with our PCSO Daryl Holter. In addition there will be a talk on Crime Prevention by our Local Crime Prevention Officer Hilary Warden. These meetings, especially with the Crime Prevention officer, can be very

informative and help us to reduce even further our risk of being a victim of crime. All, from any of the areas, are welcome to attend.

Ninfield Methodist Church hold a ‘Wesley Guild’ on Wednesday October 17, 2.30pm. This is a relaxed and informal fortnightly meeting of fellowship. All are warmly welcome to attend.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are meeting on October 17. This will be their AGM and guest speaker Kim Parks.

Ninfield Local History Group welcome their first guest speaker at their next meeting on Thursday October 18, 7.30pm at the Reading Room, Church Lane. Julian Porter, Curator of Bexhill Museum will give a talk on ‘ Lady Brassey’. This promises to be fascinating as the Brassey family played such an influential role in the lives of many Ninfield residents of the past. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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. The group are also on the look out for anyone who is good at deciphering handwriting. John Cheshire would welcome help with some of the census returns he is working on and they hope to have a workshop soon at one of their forthcoming meetings. There are photographs to identify and maps to locate buildings and addresses. Looking ahead, their future plans include talks on farming, the secret army, the local brick industry and a village walk but they would welcome other suggestions. A new book about the village school during WW11 is available from Ninfield Post Office. For more information please contact: Acting Chairman: Rod Ffoulkes Tel: 893635.

Hooe History Society hold their first monthly meeting which will be held in Hooe Village Hall on Thursday October 18 at 7.30pm. Jim Bolter, who has carried out some research on the names appearing on the Hooe War Memorials in St Oswald’s Church and so will be telling what he has discovered. Please bring to the meeting any information you have about any of those named. Further details from Heather Sinden 01424 893422 or Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

Ninfield Bonfire Society invite you to join them for Bonfire Night on October 20. Events start at 4pm with a procession from Marlpits Lane to the Recreation Ground. There will be Face Painting at the Blacksmith’s Inn from 5pm. At 6.30pm the procession assembles in Church Lane ready for the Torch lit procession around the village commencing at 7pm. There will be a bonfire chant at 8pm before the lighting of the bonfire. This will be followed at 8.30pm by a grand firework display. A BBA, hot fresh soup and other items will be available on the recreation ground. For further information on the Ninfield Bonfire Society, see their website:

There will be a coffee morning on Wednesday October 24, 10.30am in the Reading Room. Coffee, cakes and a raffle with proceeds going to the Churches Together in Bexhill Foodbank project. Do go along to enjoy the company of friends and find out more about the Foodbank scheme.

St Oswald’s Church are holding a Bonfire lunch on Thursday, November 1 , 12noon - 2pm. No tickets are required and all are welcome to attend.

The date for Ninfield Arts & Craft Exhibition has now changed and will now be on Saturday 3rd November. They have a number of ‘first-time’ exhibitors as well as returning favourites, so please come along and enjoy the variety of exhibits on show, along with delicious tea and cakes. Visitors are always amazed by the number of talented people we have in Ninfield and even more have come forward this year. If you would like to exhibit, we still have time to squeeze in a couple more - but will need to finalise everything by Sunday October 21. Please call Kaye Crittell 0142 892883 for more information.

A Cocktail Party and evening exhibit will be held on November 3 at the Memorial Hall, 7-9pm. Serving wine and canapes, ticket holders will have a more leisurely look around the exhibits of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition. During the evening, the village awards will be presented. Posters are up around the village.

Hooe Energy Breakfast. Saturday November 3, Hooe Village Hall from 9.00am - 11.00am. Please come along to this energy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea and Coffee and ‘bacon butties’ will be served.

Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

Ninfield Energy Event. Saturday November 3, Methodist Hall from 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Please come along to this enegy efficiency event and find out about many energy saving initiatives. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be served. Further details from Pam or Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

Ninfield Village Society are holding a Coffee morning on Saturday December 1 in the Reading Room from 10.00am to 12 noon. You are invited to go along and find out about the work the Society does within the village. There will be picture displays related to their work and some wonderful shots from both the Jubilee weekend and Carnival. Their treasurer Robin Goldsmith will give a talk on activities and progress made in Church Wood during the past year. As well as refreshments being available, there will be home-made produce for sale and raffle prizes to win.

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):

October 14, with Revd. Ian Pruden.

October 21, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

October 28, with Mr. John Thorn

November 4, with Revd. Peter Timms

November 11, Remembrance Sunday with Mr. Barry Turnwell

November 18, Holy Communion with Revd. Ian Wales

November 25, local arrangement.

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