George Sunderland


Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist on Sunday, November 11 are Holy Communion (1662) at 8am, and the Service of Remembrance at 10.30am. There is no Nine Thirty Start service. As usual, there will be Holy Communion on Wednesday at 9.30am. There was a full congregation at the Daffodil Service last Sunday, when those who have died in recent years were remembered. Daffodil bulbs were blessed and will be planted in the churchyard as a symbol of remembrance.

Revd. Robert Mulford has announced that from January all Westfield services will take place at 9.30am, with a much greater provision for children and young families, and this means that all the church family can look forward to worshipping together at the same service.

Love-in-a-Box 2012. Once again, members of our Church and Westfield School will be working with Mustard Seed Mission to send Christmas gifts in shoeboxes to needy and traumatised children in Eastern Europe. The boxes will be filled ready for dedicating at the Family Service on November 25 before being dispatched. Please contact organisers Anne and Malcolm Stocker on 01424 754355 if you can donate any medium sized shoeboxes, suitable gifts or money.

Parkinson’s Disease Society holds its Annual Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday November 10, from 10am-12 noon in the Parish Hall. Come and enjoy a chat over coffee, and browse at the cakes, tombola, raffle, books, and bric-a-brac stalls.

The Friends of Westfield Parish Church Annual General Meeting will be held in the church tomorrow, Saturday November 10 at 2pm. This will be followed by a talk by Reverend Rachael Knapp, a school chaplain. All are welcome.

The F3 women’s group gets ready for Christmas on Thursday 22 November at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, when the Shades Drama Group will be presenting ‘Mr Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas First’. Everyone is welcome.

The next church social event will be a French Evening in the Parish Hall at 7pm on Saturday, November 25, with a four course meal; see the menu in the church porch. Tickets are £9.50 (£5 for children) in advance from Dawn, Marian or Archers of Westfield.

Theatre Sense Players (Musical Theatre for Adults) is a new Singing, Drama and Dance class which has just started. It meets on Wednesdays at Westfield Community Hall from 8.15-9.45pm, and costs £4. The group will work initially on musical theatre medleys to perform at various shows alongside the younger Theatre Sense pupils, but the long term aim is to perform a bigger show such as a panto for the village. If you are interested please contact Theatre Sense on 07730 254122 or email sherri-ann@theatresense.co.uk

Westfield Ladies Stoolball indoor team needs new members over 16 years to play on Tuesday evenings at Claverham Community College during the winter. Membership is £2 for one month, and the games fee is £2.50. Telephone Rose on 01424 756875.

The winter talks season at Beckley Village Hall continues with a presentation by Alan Stainsby on ‘Bodiam Banquet - Medieval Food’ on Friday, November 16 at 2.30pm. Entrance is £2 (members) or £3 (non-members) including refreshments.

A shopping trip to Bluewater is being arranged for Monday, November 19. For more details and to book your place please contact Ros Adkins on 01797 253763.

The Westfield Community Association carols around the village tree takes place on Friday December 7 at 7pm. Musicians, preferably wind band players, are needed to provide the music. Please ring Janice on 01424 753684 if you can help.

For information and news about Westfield, please visit the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk.

To send information for the Westfield Village Voice, please email george@roker.f9.co.uk