Ninfield

What a shame!: The weather won, and the Michaelmas Fayre had to be cancelled in Hooe last Sunday. So much preparation, and plans for big fundraising, but hopefully the Bonfire society and Hooe Fundraising Group can find other money-spinning alternatives! There was still the live music gig with ‘Fire & Ice’ in the Red Lion; we had a fabulous time, and, although the audience was a little lacking in volume, the music certainly wasn’t! So, after a busy weekend, there are full weeks ahead, and diary entries covering events up to the end of November; Autumn is kicking in, the days are getting shorter, and we now dive into October with gay abandon - ish!...

Tonight 28th- Jo’s Jammas: At the Methodist Hall, 7.30-9pm, £5 per session. The Singing group, who have found their voice, and the joy of making music and harmonies together, are now rehearsing songs from the WW1 era in readiness for the Remembrance event on Sunday 11th November, in the Memorial Hall. Do go and get involved.. you’ll be made very welcome, and have a wonderful time singing fantastic tunes in all different styles and genres.!

Art Exhibition and Sale of Work: Saturday/Sunday 29th /30th September 10-5pm Memorial Hall - Ninfield and District Art Society will be showing their latest Art works and will also have local Artists giving demonstrations throughout the two days. The Exhibition will be officially opened by Andy Hamblin on Saturday, there will be refreshments available, and the chance to chat with the Artists and buy that special ‘one-off’, original piece. Entry is FREE, but there will be a Raffle, and all profits from the event will go to the refurbishment fund for the Hall.

Bowls Club Coffee Morning: In aid of the Macmillan campaign, the Ninfield Bowls Club are holding their Coffee Morning, in the clubhouse on Saturday 29th, from 10.30am. Carole hopes that there will be a huge turnout; it’s a cause that she, and many of her friends have raised money for and worked for over many years, so do go and support our local Bowls Club in their fundraising event!

Ninfield Flower Group: Monday 1st October - Memorial Hall 7.30pm, the members welcome the very talented Stephen McDonnell with his demonstration entitled “A Backward Glance”. Non-Members are welcome at a small charge of £5 to include refreshments. All flowers used in the arrangements are Raffled off at the end of the evening. Jumble Sale: on Saturday 13th October, the famous N.F.G Jumble sale, -doors open at 2pm, entrance fee 50p. Lots of Bargains! If you would like to donate items and are unable to attend, please telephone Jennifer Collett on 892878 or email ninfieldflowers@gmail.com

Ninfield Parish Council: Thursday 4th October, Methodist Hall, 7pm Planning meeting, 7.15pm Full Council Meeting. This is the time to find out all the latest details and updates on the Wealden Local Plan, and the imminent applications for development in the Village. There are 3 sites that will be live; one going for Full Planning- Ingrams and the 55 houses already discussed; and two for Outline, including a site behind Manchester Road - 85 houses. As I always say- please come to the meetings and find out FIRST HAND what exactly is going on; have your say, ask questions, and get involved- it is likely that there will be a full agenda with updates on the School new classrooms building, as well as information on forthcoming Village events. If you’d like to become a Parish Councillor, or be part of a working group that supports the Council, please either come to the meeting on the 4th, or email the Clerk to the Council at ninfieldpc@btinternet.com

Book Exchange Café: Friday 5th October 10-12 noon, following the success of the first session of this new initiative, the decision to continue was an easy one, so it’s confirmed that they will be on the first Friday of each month, 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December. Do call into the Methodist Hall to browse/exchange books for 50p, and enjoy a cuppa with biscuits or cake, and, of course a natter! For further information email dj_swales@hotmail.com

Community Film Afternoon: Jackie and Rose would like to say how thrilled they were with the turnout for the film last Friday afternoon, 21st September- which was ‘Singing in the Rain’ - (appropriate title for the weather!) About 40,people enjoyed the film, the tea and biscuits, the Raffle and the ‘catching up’ conversation; and some have already signed up for the next Community Film Afternoon, on Friday November 30th - to see ‘White Christmas’ The afternoons are FREE, and all films are Hearing Loss and Dementia Friendly.If you’d like more information on these quarterly events, which are supported by Wealden Dementia Action Alliance and Ninfield Carnival Assoc., please email jackie.langley1@btinternet.com or call 892422

Ninfield Bowls Club - The Last Report!: Thanks Carol for all your fabulous reports over the season - enjoy a bit of a break now! The last Rother League match of the season was last Wednesday, at Gullivers, and, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon Ninfield won 69-67! The Ninfield team came 5th out of the 9 clubs in the league this year!! Brenda Haffenden beat Jackie Richards in the Ladies Singles in the finals a couple of weeks ago, and President of the Club Mrs Rene Baker presented the Trophies. Well done to all the members and players in Ninfield Bowls Club, and thanks for your news and updates through the summer. Please keep us informed of all the Winter events!

Ninfield Carnival Association- The AGM: Wednesday 10th October, 8.30pm in the Working Men’s Club-the posters are up around the Village, and, as it says in large black type...If you want the Carnival to happen in the Village in 2019, please come to the meeting and join the Committee.. Or it will Die! New people , New ideas, New Enthusiasm - all needed to keep this fantastic tradition alive, vibrant and relevant. Call me for more information on the numbers below!

Church Services: Sunday 30th September - Methodist Church 10.30am - The Harvest Celebration with Ninfield Scouts.

McMillan Coffee Morning - Friday 28th September .

Parish Churches: Sunday 30th September - St Mary’s Ninfield 9.30am - Joint Parish Eucharist - No Service in Hooe.

N.B!!: 1) Gala Night- Saturday 27th October, 7.30-12 midnight, Fish&Chips, Cabaret, Awards, Disco, Raffle and Bar £13.50 per head or 2 for £25 all inc.

2) Halloween Parade - Saturday 3rd November - 4pm at Sparkes Pavilion, ‘Trick or Treating’ round the Village, Spooky Walk to the Party in the Tin Hut Dungeons! Finish 6.30pm - Adults Halloween Party in the Tin from 7.pm.

3) Remembrance Day: Sunday 11th November - Church Service in St Mary’s, Bells ring out, Procession to Memorial Hall 2pm, Presentation in the Hall from 3pm and Afternoon Tea. ‘Battle’s Over’- Beacon Lighting- Rec. from 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

4) Homemade Fayre: Saturday 24th November, Memorial Hall

K.I.T: 893699, 07970650321, email- samanthaguard@btinternet.com - Ta!