George Sunderland, Heathlands

Information on services this week at St John’s the Baptists Church, Westfield can be found on their notice board.

A new, exciting children and youth group based at Westfield Church on Sundays from 9:30 to 10:15 called “Jam & Ignite”. Come join us fortnightly for activities ranging from crafts, storytelling, dancing and games. For more information please call Natalie or Jay on: - 07795578466.

St Michael’s Hospice will be starting the Hospice Neighbours scheme in Westfield (and Sedlescombe) later in the year. Hospice Neighbours is a network of community based volunteers who, after short initial training, provide company and help at home with small practical things which make such a difference to people with a life limiting illness. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Hospice Neighbours team at neighbours@stmichaelshospice.com, or by ringing 01424 445177.

The Youth Club offers a great time. It runs on Thursdays from 6.30-8pm. You need to be a member, so contact Dan 0789 991 7952 to register.

Westfield Beavers are recruiting so if your son or daughter is looking for “fun and friends” why not give us a try. Must be aged between 6 and 8, meet on Tuesday evenings 5 - 6p.m. Ring Rose on 01424 754080 for further details.

Westfield Women’s Institute meets on Tuesdays, ring 01424 754013 for more information.

The Westfield HUB meets at ‘The Plough’ on Fridays from 10am to 12noon. Ralph Hobbs and Dave Pankhurst will be at the Hub today (22nd) 10 - 12 to meet people who do not have access to the internet, hopefully to discuss other ways of submitting records to Westfield Wildlife. A warm and friendly welcome and a decent cup of tea/coffee is assured at the Hub every Friday morning between 10am and midday.’

Westfield Football Club is looking for help & 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. Early notification of a fun, general (not just football) Quiz Night on Saturday April 13th. Also, there are a few WFC people (& certainly not young players!!) looking to complete the 1st ever Westfield (Surrey) to Westfield (here) sponsored cycle ride (72 miles) at the end of April. Please look out for forms & ways of sponsoring & supporting.

PCSO. The Westfield local PCSO has recently changed again. From January 14, 2013 Richard Perchard has returned as Westfield’s Police Community Support Officer. Welcome back, Richard!. Email Richard.Perchard@sussex.pnn.police.uk For non urgent calls please ring 101 and for serious incidents continue with 999.

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.

Street Dance classes have started again for those 7 years and over on Fridays from 6.15-7.15pm in the WCA Hall. The first class is free, then the cost is £4.50. Contact Amanda on 07762881260 for details.

Skating times in the community hall on Fridays for children are now 4 til 5 pm.

The Westfield Wildlife website is worth a visit. 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 going to Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Tenterden etc. Our normal bus services on Wednesday at 11:12 boarded just by waiting at the stop. We are starting 3 new bi monthly bus services with pickups in Westfield. These are Maidstone on 12 March, Hailsham on 22 March and Ashford 26 April. Bus passes can be used on all our services but they would need to book their seats in advance by calling me on the number below. Times will be arranged once they have booked their seat and arranged where they require pick up from. We will then confirmed the route and I will call them a few days before with a confirmed time. For further details please contact 01424 772001 Website: www.bact-online.co.uk

The Friendship Club meets in the Parish Hall on alternate Mondays from 2-3.30pm. The next meeting will be on Monday March 4th 2.0 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and thereafter alternate Mondays. Yearly subscription £5 with 10p per meeting. New members will be made very welcome.

Westfield Golf Fellowship. The 2013 programme is now available. The first event is the “Winter Niblick” at The Neville Tunbridge Wells on March 7th. £40 includes breakfast, 18 holes, hot meal & prizes. For more information please telephone Nick on 07939587796 or email george@roker.f9.co.uk

This year’s Village Fete will be on Saturday, July 6, and volunteers are needed to help set up, run stalls and clear up afterwards. Just an hour of your time would make all the difference to the success of the fete. Please contact Sarah on 01424 755721 and sixfootsarah@tiscali.co.uk, or Min on 01424 753752 and min.bellee@yahoo.co.uk.

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. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - We shall hold a ‘Meet and Greet’ event for members, friends and anybody who would like to learn more about the activities of our local group. This will be held at the Rye Town Hall from 12.00 until 2.00 pm. For further details please contact our Chairman, Danny Rushbrooke on 01797 253521

Lions Aid Macmillan. Following Rye and District Lions successful seventh Burns Night Brass Band Concert in January at Beckley Village Centre, the Lions have donated £1,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support. Over the eight years that they have organised these concerts Rye Lions have donated a total of £7,350 to Macmillan. Over the last three years, the Lions have requested that the donation goes to the appeal that Macmillan is organising to build the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre. This Centre will be built in Brighton and will benefit thousands of people throughout East Sussex. Macmillan needs to raise £3.7 million and to date have raised £1,330,000. The Centre will offer specialist information, welfare benefits advice, counselling services, complementary therapies, a hair and wig service, dietary advice, self help and support groups.

Any adult in the Rye area (inc Westfield) interested in having fun raising money for those less fortunate than themselves and enjoying monthly socials should contact Terry Cobby on 01797 252382 and more details of Rye Lions can be found at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ryedistrict/ .

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