Note to Self!: Next time; Think.. but don’t actually Voice, the comments, ‘hasn’t the weather been lovely.. warm and dry for such a long time...can’t remember when it last rained...’ As the saying goes..be careful what you (inadvertently!) wish for.. I mean really...! That Friday, last week, we must have had a month’s worth of rain in half a day! The hard ground really couldn’t cope, and the flash flooding was incredible...roads became rivers, and, several times, I had to steel myself while driving ‘Snowflake’, Esteemed Mama’s car; especially in the long lanes between Catsfield, Crowhurst and Queensway. I tell you, a James Bond-esque aqua-transformation would really have been a comfort! As it was, little car bravely crept through the sudden, new lakes over the road and... didn’t even cough on the other side! Brilliant! But.. After the weekend drying out, it then became noticeably chilly... on Sunday evening, a heart warming fire was lit in the lounge; time to relax - and Countryfile sprang on to the telly-box.. Ah! Good! The weather for the week ahead..? It’s always reliable, the Countryfile forecast...Now.. er, What?... Snow coming down from the North East on biting winds...And the long range prediction...?..Batten down the hatches, chaps, it’s going to be a long ‘Siberian’ winter...! Ok: Here we go!..
Remembrance: There will be a Service of Remembrance at St. Oswald’s Church, Hooe, at 10.30 am Today...Friday 11th November. For further services, please see the Church listings below.
Hooe Open Group: This afternoon, Friday 11th, at 2.30pm in the Village Hall in Hooe, the lively Ladies of the Hooe Open Group are having their monthly gathering, which includes tea, cakes and a friendly natter! New members are always welcome, so you can either call Edna Wallis on 892591 or just turn up at the Hall, they will be so pleased to see you!
Ninfield Working Men’s Club: A Message From Marj! There will be another of their famous Charity Coffee Mornings- supporting St Michaels’ Hospice- at the Tin Hut, Bexhill Road, on Tuesday 15th November, from 10 - 12 Noon., and, while having a catch up over coffee, you can also browse the stalls of the Bring and Buy table sale! Donations of unwanted gifts or good bits of bric-a-brac, are desperately wanted, and you can call Marjorie on 892239, or Maureen on 892182 for collection..they will appreciate anything given. Also- from Monday 14th, and then every Monday from 2-3pm in the afternoon, there will be a keep fit class in the Working Men’s Club called Sit, Stand and Move. As it says on the Tin..!.. the clue is in the title, and you can do as much or as little as you want to. The Classes are being given by Maureen Hargreaves, and the sessions of Fun and Fitness are for Free, as there is no charge to join in, just take along a bottle of water to keep you hydrated!
Ninfield Local History Group: The next meeting will be on Thursday 17th November in the Methodist Hall, Church Lane, with a start time of 7.30pm. The speaker will be Barry Wilkinson, who is making a very welcome return visit, to regale more stories entitled “Inside Lewes Prison”- detailing the many and varied experiences Barry had, in his time as a Warden at Lewes Prison. The last talk he gave was extremely entertaining and very well received, so do go and get to the Hall in good time. Members pay £1 per meeting and Non-members £3...and light refreshments are available.
Ninfield Horticultural Society: Thanks to Rose for the following! On Monday 21st November, the Horti Society will meet in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, when they will welcome back speaker Ian Everest. This time he will be giving an entertaining presentation entitled ‘A Sussex Farm in the 1950’s’, which should bring back memories for some of the audience! The evening will also have a raffle and light refreshments; and it is also another opportunity to pay the annual membership subscription of £4; which gives free entry into all the lecture evenings and their Shows! Rose, and all the committee, will be very pleased to welcome any new members, so do go and join them - Visitors pay £2 for the evening on the door!
Ninfield Home-Made Fayre: Saturday 26th November, from 10am - 3pm in the Memorial Hall; this is a lovely day, where residents of the Village and local surrounding area showcase fantastic crafts, bakes and gifts in a fantastic array of stalls. This has become a regular annual event, and extremely popular, and the range of sumptuous items booked already include beautiful Glass and Ceramics, flavoured Candles, turned Wood, Knitwear, Paintings, Preserves, Cakes, Pies and Puddings...! And more! This is the perfect time to start ticking off the Christmas list, and finding the one-off, original, never-to-be-repeated presents that delight the giver as well as the receiver! There will be a full range of refreshments available; and, to help families relax while Mum and Dad are looking round the stands, there will be a children’s Storyteller to keep the young people entertained and occupied! All funds raised on the day are to go to the long awaited refurbishment of the Kitchen and toilets; so please make a date in your diary to come along!
Church Service: This Sunday, 13th November, is the Nations’ day of Remembrance and in Ninfield there will be a Combined Parish Eucharist Service, United with the Methodist Church, to be held in St Mary’s Church at 10.30am. Wreaths will be laid, as always, at the Memorials to the two World Wars, and all are very welcome to attend. There will not be a service in Hooe on the Sunday, but see the top of this column for the special Service to be held in St.Oswalds, Hooe, on Friday 11th at 10.30am.
Defibrillators: As always, the Defibs. can be accessed, for emergency use only, 24/7/365 - on the front wall of the Kings Arms PH, Ninfield, and the Red Lion PH, Hooe.
And Finally!: B.K- Episode 2! After the Tree escapade (three rehearsals and she’s done tall fir trees!) I can now announce that this gorgeous little black and white furry monster has decided she is a ‘Kippy’ - Why?.. well, I was giving the Canine Crew a small treat of some crumbs of leftover ham, with them all (7) in a semi-circle, and two sitting upright with front paws raised... I handed round to the group one by one, said ‘Good Boy/Girl’ to each and realised that Girl number 5, smaller, but sitting up with paws raised like her friend next door...was Bramble-Kat.. They are Her Canine Crew, She is their Kitten Cousin... Bless! Keep in touch! 893699, 07970650321, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tweet @guard_jane Thank you!
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