Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

Whizz Bangs and Witches!: Such a fun time of the year, when you can really let your hair down on the fancy dress front... if that makes sense! And after the marvellous celebrations over the last weekend, when all things Norman and Saxon were de rigueur; there were some fabulous children seen marching back from school events, plus some hilarious sights, including the young chap in full battle enactment dress, wearing cloth bag and cap, and with spear in hand...standing at the cashpoint in Battle High Street collecting his £20 .. now come on, let’s be honest, I’m sure it must say somewhere in ‘1066 And All That’ that whatever happens to you, wherever you end up in battle... be sure you’ve got some dosh for the taxi home...Anyway!! It’s now Bonfire Night in Ninfield- and the procession that will start from Church Lane from 7.15pm on Saturday, will be full of costumes, from all the different Bonfire societies (and maybe some left over Normans too) - with their torches and drums alongside the Puritan Traditionalists. There will be soup stalls on the Rec., the bonfire will be lit, then the absolute best of Firework displays will commence at approx.8.15pm. The Blacksmiths Inn will have a Band afterwards in the pub and the BBQ will be in action. Then.. when you’ve taken a breath... next week it’s the Halloween Ball at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 29th- Hosted by the Carnival Committee, raising money for the hall’s next upgrade. There will be lights and decorations throughout, with a Food Hall - Roast Meats, Bhuna Curry from the Shiplu, Chilli, jacket pots etc, A Bar, plus The Heidi Burson Band - Motown music for dancing, Cabaret, Games, A Grand Raffle with really big prizes!, and fancy dress...! Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets are £16 per head to include all food and entertainment... Come on over! Ninfield’s where it’s at!

Ninfield Memorial Hall AGM: Monday 24th October at 7.30pm, and everyone is invited to come up and find out more about the hall and what it’s plans are for the coming year. The refurbishment ‘next phase’ will see the Kitchen being upgraded as well as the toilet facilities for the disabled.. but there needs to be a lot more fundraising before that can happen. It is on the agenda that the Chairman, Adrian Dommersen will be standing down from the role after many sterling years of service, and the committee are very appreciative of all he has done for the Hall. Do go along on Monday to hear more about the Memorial Village Hall, you will be made very welcome.

Ninfield Carnival Assoc: Held their AGM on the 12th October in the Working Men’s Club, and the Committee were re-elected en bloc., and with Tracey staying as Treasurer, Helen as Secretary, Robin as chair-of- Vice, Chloe as Social Media Secretary, and Muggins doing one more year as Chairman. The Theme for 2017 Carnival and events is - ‘Fads & Fashions Through the Ages’, a brilliantly broad remit, with scope for some fantastic costumes and floats... There’s no excuse now: it’s Out There...So everyone can start thinking how they’re going to join in! Please come to our meetings on the second Wednesday in every month, 8.30pm in the Tin Hut, next one 9th November, we’d be very pleased to see you!

Ninfield Parish Council: Next meeting is Thursday 3rd November 7.15pm - and there will be some very important items on the agenda. If you have been keeping up to date with all the housing /building proposals and waiting for the new Local Plan to be released, then now is the time to get along to the meeting and see what is in store for Ninfield over the next 20 years. Please get in touch with the Clerk-Jackie Scarff- 07725843505, email website- http:/

Names for Sparke Pavilion: And, further to the above, Jackie would like to receive votes for the room naming in the new Sparke Pavilion - with all votes getting to her by Friday 4th November please. So, the nominations are- Cynthia Pettet, Jim Hoad, Peter Holland, Eddie Cocksedge, Ted Hills, Alf Sage, Bill Mephan and Roger Kent. All details about the named people are on the notice boards and in the Lower Street Stores -I’m afraid there are far too many attributations to list here, get your vote in now, they are all such worthy winners!

Ninfeld Methodist Church Event- Friendship Friday: The Ninfield Methodist are pleased to be running another Get-Together group on Friday 28th October from 2.15- 3.45pm in the Methodist Hall, Church Lane. It’s an opportunity to meet and chat with friends and enjoy a game of scrabble, draughts, do jigsaws etc- or you can take your own favourite game along to share if you prefer. There will be light refreshments on hand and everyone is very welcome!

Primary School Parent Helpers: I’ve had a lovely email from Vicky Anderson, who is organising a brilliant Coffee Morning in the Blacksmiths Inn on Friday 4th November, from 9-11.30am. Vicky, and the rest of the Ninfield Primary School Parent Helpers, are raising money for the children of the school by holding a Christmas Shopping Coffee morning, when people will be able to buy lovely things from a variety of stalls, including cosmetics, Xmas cakes, jewellery and children’s books - presents that are perfect for Christmas; which isn’t far away!! This is a great new idea, so please go along to support the fantastic Mums who are keeping the School alive and vibrant, and raising much needed funds.

Hooe Open Group: Edna has sent this month’s report, and once again, it seems that the lively group of ladies in Hooe had a fantastic meeting where they heard about the interesting life story of Robin Staples Adams. From being a professional Ballroom Dancing teacher, and running her own school in the 50’s, Robin then went on to be one of the very few lady Racing Drivers in this country, winning important sports car races in the UK and abroad, together with her husband Bob, who was also a significant competitor on the motor racing track. After the talk, the afternoon ended with the famous Afternoon Tea and natter! If you’d like to join the ladies group, please call Edna on 842591, or just turn up on the second Friday of the month at Hooe Village Hall, 2.30pm.!

Church Services: Sunday 23rd -Parish Church St Mary’s 9.30am Parish Eucharist, St Oswald’s-11.15am- Parish Eucharist.

Methodist Church: 10.30am Service of Worship & Praise with Revd. Clive Redknap.

And Finally!: As always, it’s great to hear about the events now happening in and around the Village, make sure any details get to me before 6pm on Monday evening so they can be included in the column. Halloween Next Weekend - Youngsters event on Friday 28th October; ending in a disco at the Memorial Hall from 5pm.. and then, Sat.29th, the Ball in the Hall!! - PLEASE get your tickets at the Stores,or call me, Sami on 893699, 07970650321 or email Thank you!

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