Ninfield

Yeeha!! A ‘WOW’ Again!: Oh I do love it when a plan comes together..!! And, even though there were a lot of different, challenging elements, and therefore lots of different levels of stress, the Gala Night last Saturday went stupendously well, with 100 people thoroughly enjoying the food, the Cabaret, the company and the dancing! Thanks go to Andy at Louis Fish Bar in Sea Road for fabulous Fish and Chips, cooked beautifully and delivered hot, and on time, and also to Robin, Debs and Julia for sterling work behind the bar and serving out! As well as a large village turnout, there were people there from as far afield as Arundel and Norwich, and everyone warmly appreciated the winners of the Ninfield Village Awards- Ian Moffat, Rod Foulkes and Lee Boyce, with the Village Society taking the Roger Kent Memorial Trophy. The Cabaret was a full Music and Comedy Revue show from Brighton based professional company, ‘Deja Revue’; the 50 minute mixture of topical and old favourite songs and sketches was received with much laughter and loud applause, with special mention of Musical Director, Monseigneur Jerome Lloyd’s hilarious song about a certain ‘Mrs Beamish’...this caused much hooting of laughter from Rev. Paul and the team from St Mary’s! All in all, it again was a night to remember, and was certainly worthy of it’s ‘Weekend Wonder’ status!. So, not much sleep before or since, but we now arrive at...

Weekend Wonder No.3!: The Annual Halloween Parade!: Saturday 3rd November - Sparke Pavilion, meet at 4pm. Yes, it’s my 15th year of doing this- I first created it in the early Ninfield Youth Forum Days- and it has, each year since become more and more of an event! Firstly, all the participants, young and older alike!, will make up teams and take different areas of the Village as their ‘Trick or Treat’ targets; then at 5.pm all will re-gather at Molly’s Corner (opposite the Shop) and at 5.15pm take the Spooky Walk across the field to the Tin Hut. This is where the ‘Undead Walk’ in the dark Dungeons, and Grand Witch Marj will be on hand to judge the Fancy Dress competition. The decorations are extraordinary, and everyone will be amazed and terrified at the ‘weirdly wonderful wizards caves’! Fang-tastic food will be served, sweets shared, dancing and games, and all the fun will go on till 6.30-7pm...and all for no charge! There will be donation buckets for collecting any loose change throughout the Parade and Party, all for the Y.F event. So...lets pray for dry weather, and see if we can beat the numbers of last year- I think it was over 80 Eerily dressed eventers that took part - there’s a challenge!!

Ninfield Flower Group: Monday 5th November, 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall - Workshop by Lynn Carte.

Fabulous Fridays: There are things happening, on Fridays in Ninfield, that need a mention! There are the Crafting Mornings in the Memorial Hall, every week, at 10-30am - 12.30, where you can pop in for a natter, make something, have tea and enjoy a little catch up; there’s the Book Exchange, this Friday November 2nd, in the Methodist Hall, when you can, again, have a cuppa and find a new book to relax with,; there’s Jo’s Jammas, fortnightly with the next session being on the 9th November, 7.30-9pm in the Methodist Hall -and if you want to try the alternate fortnightly activity - there’s a Burlesque Dance Class in the Memorial Hall at 7pm- this week, 2nd! On Friday 9th November the H.O.Gs meet in Hooe Village Hall, 2.30pm, and on Friday 16th, the 1st Ninfield Scouts have their AGM and Race Night at the Memorial Hall; and last, but by no means least, the next Community Afternoon- Film Musical Matinee, ‘White Christmas’- is on Friday 30th November, 1.30pm in the Memorial Hall. So...there are lots of ways to enjoy the end of the working week!! Do look at the Parish magazine for all details, and I’ll keep you informed as things come up!

Saturday 10th November: Hooe Coffee Morning 10.30am - the regular Second Saturday catch up over a cuppa, to find out how all the fundraising is going and what else is happening within the Village.

Remembrance Day: Sunday 11th November:- this will be another of the Weekend Wonders, purely because there is a packed agenda for the centenary commemoration of WW1, both in Ninfield and Hooe. It’s likely that not everyone can make all of the events planned for the day, but there should be something for everyone to take part in. Rev Paul Frostick is starting the day with his Morning Service at 10.30am in St Mary’s Church, Ninfield, which will be combined with St Oswald’s congregation and also the Methodist Church. Then, at 1.50pm, there will be a gathering at the WW1 grave in St Mary’s Churchyard, followed by a procession to the Memorial Hall with Paul and the 1st Ninfield Scouts leading ANYONE who would like to join and walk to the hall. Doors open in the Hall at 2pm, for those who would prefer not to process, and within the Hall there will be a Poppy tribute from the Flower Group and Roll of Honour display from Ninfield Local History Group. After the Drum, Union flag and Colours have been presented, the Wreaths laid, and a few words from Rev Paul to mark the commemoration; there will be a short performance/presentation by ‘The WW1 Chaplain’, The Scouts, songs from Jo’s Jammas, Poem from Rev Tricia Williams, ‘Letters’ with Sami and David, finishing with A Vow to thee My Country and the National Anthem. Afternoon Tea will be served, with the chance to relax and reflect with neighbours and friends.- to finish by 5pm. The Evening sees Ninfield and Hooe both taking on the Nation’s Tribute - with The Battles Over; a short reading, bugle playing of the Last Post, and the Lighting of the Beacon at 7pm. Please see all the notices up around the Villages, come and join us to Remember 1918, in 2018.

Saturday 24th November -Homemade Fayre: - Memorial Hall 10- 3pm - this fantastic Fayre returns, with wonderful, local crafts and makes, for those special one-off gifts; the Pop Up Café will be in situ for light lunches and refreshments while you buy!

Handel’s The Messiah: St Oswald’s Church, 6.30pm with Grace Constable, Emily Stevenson, Garry Marriott, Michael White and the Occasional Consort directed by Anne Whiteman, accompanied on the organ by Nigel Howard. Tickets £15 to include interval refreshments call Janet Pattison 845087, or email jandspattison@btinternet.com or grace90gcx@gmail.com Cheques payable to Parochial Church Council Hooe

Church Services: Sunday 4th November- Methodist Church 10.30am Family Café Worship with Breakfast

Parish Churches: Sunday 4th November St Mary’s Ninfield 9.30am- Parish Eucharist, St Oswald’s Hooe 11am - Family Service.

K.I.T: 01424 893699, 0797050321, email samanthaguard@btinternet.com- By 6pm Mondays!! Thanks!