Ninfield

Awards Nominations!: Last Chance to Vote! If you’re picking up your Observer from the Lower Street Stores in Ninfield this morning- make sure you fill in the Voting slips for the Village Award and Roger Kent Memorial Award, as the vote closes this afternoon, Friday 19th October at 4.30pm Members of the Parish Council, aided by past winners, will count the votes, and the Awards will be presented on the 27th at the Gala Night (see below!)

Now, here we go!: The ‘Weekend Wonders’ are up and running, here in the Village, with this Saturday, 20th October, seeing the Ninfield Bonfire and Fireworks Night, with a Torchlit procession of local Bonfire Societies led by the Home team and their Banner, plus their Drummers; with all lining up in Church Lane from 6pm, setting off approx. 6.30pm, back to the Recreation Ground for 7.pm, lighting the Bonfire and shouting the Chant, then the fabulous Fireworks Display from 7.15pm. All times are approximate, but there will be loud bangs from 6pm onwards so if you have animals, or know someone who would like advice, please email ninfieldbonfire@gmail.com for professional support. The Blacksmiths Inn will be getting involved - if you remember last year the Pub was closed, and the O.H and I, on behalf of the Carnival Committee, did an outside Bar to help out in the car park!!- But, the new Landlord, with his reputation for good food and good wine, will be selling suitable hot snacks out front, for all to enjoy! There will be Bonfire Society’s BBq on the Rec, the Tea Tent also selling Hot Soup, the Merchandise stands and of course, a lot of ‘Rattling Buckets’ for you to put your loose change in! Keep praying for good weather- Storm Brian last year gave everyone a complete nightmare! So let’s hope all the wind and rain has abated for now, and we can relax and enjoy ‘Weekend Wonder Number 1’!

Ninfield Village Market: Saturday 20th October, Memorial Hall 9.30- 12 midday. The regular monthly event that is getting bigger and better every time! All your favourite stalls and stands, providing good local produce and foods at very reasonable local prices! Meats, Vegetables, Pies, Eggs, Cakes, Preserves, Juices, and non-comestibles including Cards, Knits, Quilts, Bird-Houses, Books and Games and Jewellery - and the Ninfield Local History Group book, ‘Ninfield in the Nineties’, plus their 2019 Calendar will be available to purchase .. there is so much to browse and buy! The Pop Up Café will be in situ, which allows everyone time to have refreshments and a natter, and catch up with all the local news- and I will be there selling Tickets for the Gala Night (see below!) so do make sure you get up to the Memorial Hall and take advantage of all the fantastic things on offer!

Jo’s Jammas: Friday 26th October in the Methodist Hall from 7.30-9pm £5 for the session. The group are really enjoying finding their new harmonies and descants, and are putting together some songs from the WW1 era, in readiness for Remembrance Afternoon (see below!) It doesn’t matter if you haven’t sung before - or only in the Garden or Shower!- you will be made very welcome and Jo will be able to bring out your hidden Sinatra, Simone or JayZ..! The joy of singing is so beneficial, I can’t tell you just how good it makes you feel, so pop along on the 26th at 7.30pm...you’ll have a wonderful evening!

Weekend Wonder 2 - The Gala Night: Saturday 27th October, Memorial Hall, doors open at 7pm, Carriages at Midnight! Tickets are £13.50 each or 2 for £25! To include, Fish and Chip Supper (or Chicken, Sausage, Veg.Burger - please put your order in on purchase) Cabaret with ‘Deja Revue’- another fabulous Revue show from the professional cast, that’ll be full of Music and Comedy sketches for all to enjoy! Awards Ceremony- Presentation of the Village Award for the ‘Unsung Hero’, and the Roger Kent Memorial Award - for a group, society or personal achievement that should be celebrated. Charity Presentation - Carnival cheque for £2,500 to Canine Partners- represented by Fiona Bower. Grand Raffle- fantastic prizes, and all profits to the Memorial Hall refurbishment 2nd Phase- new Kitchen and Toilets. Disco- Dan and the Internation Music and Sound will finish the evening with a wonderful ‘Sound and Light’ show, and all your favourite dance tracks! The Licensed Bar is being run by the Carnival Committee,; good beer, lovely wines and of course, Fizzy!! So- GREAT VALUE! now, why not get a table together? Or, just get a ticket and join up with some lovely people - it’s a really superb evening, and dress code is Formal/ Smart!! Call me on the numbers below or pop into the Village Stores in Lower Street!

Two Reports!: 1) ‘Free Tea and Cake’ -From Jackie Langley - “Although not as well attended as the ‘Coffee and a Danish’ morning last year, a good number of people came on this un-seasonably warm afternoon to enjoy tea, delicious cakes and to talk about the latest happenings in the Village. One idea we hope to take forward is to start ‘health walks’ around the Village. A small group, now calling ourselves ‘Health and Wellbeing Group’ will meet to discuss this and other ideas that emerge.”

2) Hooe Open Group: From Edna Wallis- the HOGS held their monthly meeting last Friday afternoon in the Village Hall, with a good attendance, to hear the presentation by Colin Kevey on the development of the Air Ambulance Service. The talk covered the history of the country-wide service, and the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Service Trust, which was founded by Kate Chivers in 1989, and is now based in Marden, near Maidstone. From Marden any part of the three counties can be reached within 20 minutes, flying at 150mph, and, although the Trust does not own it’s helicopters, it has a favourable leasing arrangement for it’s two Agusta Westland 169 machines- plus a spare if there is mechanical breakdown. The HOGs thanked the speaker, presenting him with a sizeable donation, and members also gave personal contributions. After Tea, Biscuits and a Raffle, the afternoon came to a successful close, with the next meeting being on Friday 9th November, 2.30pm in Hooe Village Hall- Do just come along and join the lively ladies of Hooe! - Call Edna on 842591

Church Services: Sunday 21st October - Methodist Church 10.30am - Service of Worship and Praise with Revd. Tricia Williams.

Tuesday 23rd, Methodist Hall 7pm- Talking Point- Topical News from a Christian perspective - Revd. Derek Brice will lead group discussion, addressing the issue of Debt. Elaine Lee, an specialist advisor will also be on hand to share experiences and give advice.

Parish Churches: Sunday 21st October 9.30am St Mary’s Ninfield - Family Eucharist: St Oswald’s Hooe Parish Eucharist

Weekend Wonders 3) Halloween Parade: Saturday 3rd November - 4pm meet Sparke Pavilion, 4.15 -Trick/Treat Teams. 5,15 - Spooky Walk to the ‘Tin Hut Dungeons’, Fancy Dress Competition, Food, Fun, ‘FangTastic’ Party until 7pm - Adults Party from 7.30pm.See Posters and Social media ads. for details

4) Remembrance Day; Sunday 11th November, Morning Church Service at St Mary’s. Afternoon-1.50pm gather at the WW1 grave in St Mary’s, 2pm Process to the Memorial Hall, 2.30pm Flags, Colours and Drum presented, Wreaths laid, 3pm-3.45 Performance and Presentations, Afternoon Tea, 5pm Clear. ‘Battle’s Over’ the Nation’s Tribute Recreation Ground 6.30pm- Beacon Lighting 7pm. See Posters, Ads Social Media etc.

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