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 Wednesdays from 6.30-8pm. You need to be a member, so contact Dan 07899917952 to register. Westfield Youth Club would also like to thank everyone who supported the quiz evening last Saturday, which raised a massive £544.25

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 ESDA Sedlescombe & Westfield Club has wound up. The ESDA office at Eastbourne still offers advice and support, and people can join other groups in the county.

Sainsbury’s vouchers for Westfield School can be dropped into Westfield Newsagents where Richard & Dan will happily collect them from you.

The Westfield HUB meets at ‘The Plough’ on Fridays from 10am to 12noon. A warm and friendly welcome and a decent cup of tea/coffee are 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. 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 18th 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 - the “Winter Niblick” – was played at The Neville, Tunbridge Wells yesterday. Full results to follow. Their next event is the Spring Spoon, to be played at Dale Hill on May 9th; £45 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.

Lions Aid Air Ambulance. Following the launch of the Lions Clubs Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal, Rye and District Lions have made a further donation to the Air Ambulance of £500. Their total contribution over the last three years is £1,250. In presenting the cheque to members of one of the specialist teams, Malcolm McDonough, Rye Lions President, said “This is a vital service for all in the South East and any of us could have our lives saved by the Air Ambulance in an emergency”. The seventy Lions Clubs in the South East have been major supporters of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance service for many years. Earlier this year the South East Lions announced a new and ground breaking partnership pledging £250,000 to fund the equipment the Air Ambulance needs to extend this vital service into night flying and 24 hour operation. There is an urgent need to extend this vital service into the hours of darkness, giving a potential for attending a further 700 major emergencies each year. In addition to the new equipment, it will be necessary to have an additional 8 pilots and 3 further specialist medical teams. This means the annual operating costs will be some £6 million. The Air Ambulance Trust is an independent health care provider and is not part of the NHS and as a registered charity relies on fund-raising and donations from the public. At the present the specialist teams currently fly nearly 900 flying hours to provide the essential rapid response required to over 1500 medical emergencies and major trauma incidents throughout the South East of England. Since the start of the Lions Appeal two months ago the total raised to date is approaching £70,000. If members of the public wish to donate to this particular appeal, they should contact their local Lions Club, in the case of Rye and District by ringing 01797 224174.

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