George Sunderland, Heathlands

Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist on Sunday, November 25th Christ the King

8.00 am Holy Communion (1662) (St John’s)

10.30 am Family Service (St John’s)
Continuing our look at Fruits of the Spirit: PEACE

This Week:

Wednesday 9.30 am Holy Communion (St. John’s) 7.30 pm Mid-Week Bible Study

SATURDAY: 2.00 pm Christmas Fayre (St. John’s Parish hall)

Welcome to all visitors to our churches. Please join us for tea and coffee and a chat after our services today.

Prayer Team. If you are in need of one-to-one personal prayer, there is someone from the prayer team available in the North aisle at St John’s after the 10.30am service to pray with you.

Family Support Work. The approaching school holidays will put an added strain on the families that FSW supports so please continue to contribute non-perishable food and other household items for this vital outreach at the collections at both churches this Sunday.

Wednesday Bible Study. We are following a series entitled The Coming King. Based on Mark’s Gospel, each week will follow-on from the series at NTS, providing an opportunity to dig deeper, ask questions and learn more. Everyone is welcome and if you have not been before, or not been for a while, now is a good time to give it a try. Wednesday 7.30 pm. We will be at Cathy and Howard’s home, Cockmartins, Westfield Lane.

Before you buy your Christmas Cards – there is an alternative for all those who wish to send cards to their friends at St John’s. Instead of sending individual cards why not send just one joint card to all your friends, which you can pin to a special board in the church porch, where they can read it and then why not make a donation to charity instead.

Friends of Westfield Parish Church. The Friends will hold their annual Christmas Fayre in the Parish Hall on Saturday 1st December from 2pm until 4pm. There will be the usual festive stalls and everyone is welcome. Entrance is 50p which includes Tea/Coffee and biscuits. Offers of help or items for the cake/preserves stall or raffle will be very welcome. Please contact Joan Downing or Ann Stocker for further information.

Christmas Choir. This year, Carol Services will be held at Guestling on 16th and Westfield on 23rd December, with a joint choir singing at both services. As usual, both choirs welcome ‘extras’ to join the choir for Christmas, even if you are able to come to only one of the services. The Westfield Christmas practices will be on Thursdays at 7.30pm from 15 November (but not 22 November) until a joint practice at Guestling on 13th. Please let Janice know if you will be coming. Guestling Choir practice is every Thursday at 7.00pm – all welcome.

The Enthronement of Bishop Martin Warner is at Chichester Cathedral on Sunday, 25th November at 3.30pm.

WCA Carols. On Friday 7 December the Westfield Christmas lights will be switched on, and the community carols around the village Christmas tree take place at 7pm. Come and admire the lights, sing carols and enjoy hot soup afterwards. Musicians, preferably wind band players, are still needed. Please ring Janice on 01424 753684 if you can help.

Churchyard Tidy up. Volunteers needed please to help with a pre-winter churchyard tidy-up at St John’s tomorrow Saturday 24th November from 10am to 12 noon. Please bring your own tools and gloves. Everyone welcome.

Love-in-a-Box. Here is the programme for this year’s Love-in-a-Box.

Sunday 25th November boxes dedicated at Family Service.

Monday 26th November: Shoe boxes transported to Mustard Seed Missions in Eastbourne

There is shortage of medium sized boxes so if you have any spare suitable sized shoeboxes (not large ones for boots), please can these be passed to Ann or Malcolm Stocker. Also gifts to put in the boxes or money to buy them with. For further details please contact Ann & Malcolm (Tel 754355)

Notices can be included in this weekly sheet by contacting Nicholas Wilde (tel: 07786 864713) or email:

Website: www.WestfieldGuestlingChurches.org.uk

Deadline for notices to be received for printing is Thursday each week.

You can also receive the notices every week by e-mail - just send a request to the above email address to make sure you never miss out

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 Westfield Wildlife website is worth a visit, especially as winter approaches. Please go to http://westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com to share wildlife observations or gain information. Any wildlife observation whether mammal, bird, insect, or flower may be posted on the website, and photos are particularly welcome.

Battle Area Community Transport . Just to confirm arrangements - passengers do not have to ring to book a seat for Sainsburys. They only have to ring if they want to book the flexi services on the back page going to Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Tenterden etc. Our normal bus services on Wednesday at 11:12 boarded just by waiting at the stop. For further details please contact 01424 772001 Website: www.bact-online.co.uk

‘Westfield HUB. The recent committee changes haven’t affected activities at the Hub, and it’s great that Friday mornings continue to be an almost full house at The Plough 10-12. If you get a chance to pop in for a coffee and maybe catch up on local news and plans for seasonal activities, you’d be made very welcome.’

The Friendship Club meets in the Parish Hall on alternate Mondays from 2-3.30pm. It is an opportunity to make friends and enjoy some outings in the summer. Our next meeting will be on Monday, December 3rd, and we are always on the look-out for new members Coming up we have a visit to a Pantomime and then our Christmas party. .

Westfield Golf Fellowship’s last event at West Malling, Kent on Thursday, November 8 was won by Terry Drinkwater with Carl Read runner up. The next one is the final event on the “Race to Headcorn” - golfer of the year calendar with at least 6 players still in with a shout. This is at the Weald of Kent Thursday 27th December total price of £35 including food, golf and prizes. For more information please telephone Nick on 07939587796 or email george@roker.f9.co.uk

Westfield Football Club is looking for help with support in providing football for all ages. If you feel you could help either in preparation or during games, please get in contact with the club.

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.

Rye and District Lions Club (including Westfield & all local villages) celebrated their 36th Anniversary with a Charter Lunch for over eighty Lions and guests at the Brickwall Hotel, Sedlescombe. Guests attending included past Rye Mayor John Breeds, the Lions South East District Governor, Phil Robinson, District Secretary Jackie Robinson and President of Rye and Winchelsea Rotary Club, Roger Evans, and many Lions from all neighbouring clubs were also present. Rye Lions President, Malcolm McDonough thanked Rye Lions for another record year of fund-raising in which they have donated over £15,000 to many charities and good causes, many local, but also to national and international appeals. These included St. Michael’s Hospice, the Hospice in the Weald, Macmillan Cancer Support, Rye Community Transport, the Air Ambulance, the Lions Blood Research Campaign and the Lions Measles Appeal amongst many others. He said that this was only possible due to the help the Lions received from their Lions’ Friends and from their partners – the latter often thinking up more ways for the Lions to raise money. He was also pleased to announce that their membership had increased over the last year up to twenty members and in addition there were some potential members in the wings. Lions South East District Governor, Phil Robinson, congratulated Rye Lions on another successful year and then awarded District Governor’s Certificates of Appreciation to Colin Sayell, for his lead in fund-raising. This Certificate was also for Colin’s wife, Pam, who, whilst not a Lion, was always at his side throughout their fund-raising initiatives and who had only recently passed away and would be greatly missed by the Lions. Certificates were also presented to Martin Carree as Welfare Officer and a Lion for over 30 years and to Reg Emson, Treasurer for many years. Reg is commonly referred to in Rye Lions as “Fagin” for his ability to seem to make money last despite writing many cheques for different charities. The District Governor then presented Rye Lions President with his personal banner. The Lions will be continuing to raise funds for worthy causes over the next few months. They will be collecting at Jempsons, Peasmarsh and Jempsons Budgens at Rye and Hawkhurst just before Christmas. They will also be participating in Rye’s Christmas Festival. They are holding their Burns Night Brass Band Concert at Beckley Village Centre, this year actually on Burns Night, the 25th January.

The Sedlescombe and Westfield Club of the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA) is looking for new members. ESDA is a charity organisation led by disabled people and provides expert advice, information and practical support. ESDA has dedicated accessible coaches with fully qualified driver attendants providing a door to door service for members. The Sedlescombe and Westfield Club have outings on the second Thursday of the month. Members participate in fundraising to keep the costs down, so there is simply a contribution requested towards the transport. If you fancy getting out and about, making new friends or if you would like to volunteer to help, please give Marianne a call at ESDA on 01323 514531 or email marianne.colliard@esda.org.uk. Visit www.esda.org.uk for more information.

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust. 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. If you are interested in attending the following events can you please get your bookings in to Ros Adkins asap.

Friday 7th December - Christmas Party with Geoff Hutchinson. 2.00 pm at Playden WI Hall.

Saturday 19th January 2013 - New Year Lunch.

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