George Sunderland, Heathlands

Despite the miserable weather, the turn out for the Village Spring Tidy was excellent last Saturday. It was heartening that less rubbish had to be picked up than in the past; maybe this is due to some villagers who quietly keep their own part of Westfield tidy. Thank you to everyone who helped, including the Scouts.

The Good Friday workshop takes place in the Parish Hall today from 10am to 12 noon, for children aged 5 to 11 years. There will be crafts of all kinds and an Easter egg hunt, and the cost is £2.

Easter services at Westfield Parish Church of St John the Baptist start today with ‘An hour by the Cross’ at 2pm. Easter Day starts with the Sunrise Service at 6.30am, starting in the Garden of Remembrance, and followed by breakfast in the Parish Hall. All Age Worship, with Holy Communion, follows at 9.30am. Do find time to visit the church during the week-end and enjoy the beautiful Easter flowers.

The WCA Council meeting postponed from last Monday will now take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 7.30pm in the Community Dining Room.

The Friendship Club lunch will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at ‘The Plough’ for club members and partners. The next of the fortnightly meetings is on Monday, April 15 from 2-3.30pm in the Parish Hall. The yearly subscription is £5 with 10p per meeting, and new members will be made very welcome.

Westfield Horticultural Society holds its Spring Show next Saturday, April 6, at 2.30pm in Westfield Community Hall. There will be a raffle, tombola and teas. Please come and support our efforts at the end of yet another difficult season - you will enjoy a warm welcome. There are lots of classes to enter, for all ages and abilities, and these include cookery and crafts as well as vegetables and flowers. Schedules (free) are available from Archers and any committee member, or download at www.WestfieldHorticulturalSociety.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you.

Westfield Women’s Institute meets in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, April 9 at 2.15 pm, when Edward Preston will be talking about famous men of Hastings. The competition is five Easter biscuits. New members are welcome; just turn up, or ring 01424 754013 for more information.

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust has a VIP Tour of the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition and other galleries at the British Museum on Wednesday, April 10. The cost is £42 including coach travel. For further details and please contact Ros Adkins on 01797 253763 by Sunday.

Westfield Scouts hold their annual Duck Race on Sunday, April 14, at the Forge Stream, Cottage Lane. Lucky duck numbers are £1 each from Scout Leaders, Archers Butchers, or at the field on the day. If you cannot be there, please buy a duck and it will be raced for you! Burgers and hot dogs will be on sale from 12.15pm before the ducks are thrown at 1pm. There is no parking at the field, so please walk down from the village.

Westfield Church holds the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and Annual Meeting of Parishioners at 10am on Sunday, April 14, following a shortened service at 9.30am.

The Annual Parish Assembly takes place on Tuesday, April 16, with free refreshments from 6.30pm in the Parish Hall. This is an opportunity to meet Parish Councillors and to raise any matters of local interest. Have you nominated volunteers to receive certificates of thanks for helping in our community? You need to give their details (name, address, organisation if relevant), and why they deserve recognition, as well as your own name. Please email to westfieldparishclerk@yahoo.co.uk, or leave in the WCA box at Westfield News.

Rye and District Lions have been busy, with a pub skittles match at Udimore and ‘It’s A Special Knockout’ for people with special needs. The Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete is on Sunday, August 25, and organisations wishing to enter a raft should contact Bob Harvey on 0845 833 2825. Stalls and sideshows can be booked by contacting Reg Emson on 01797 224174 as soon as possible. Any adult in this area interested in joining the Lions should contact Terry Cobby on 01797 252382. For more information about Rye Lions see www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ryedistrict/ or the ‘Rye & District Lions’ page on Facebook.

Westfield Football Club is looking for help in providing football for all ages. If you could help either in preparation or during games, please get in contact with the club. Note that the Quiz Night planned for Saturday, April 13 is postponed until June. Several WFC people hope to complete the first ever Westfield (Surrey) to Westfield (here) sponsored cycle ride (72 miles) at the end of April. Please look out for details about sponsoring them. On May 4, the Club presents a special night at the WCA Hall from 7pm with top local band ‘The Kytes’, local comedian Dave Seymour, and guests Chris Norton-Walker and Justin Planks. The evening includes a buffet dinner, fully licensed bar and End of Season Awards Presentation. Tickets are £10 in advance, or £15 on the door, from Westfield Football Club, Westfield News, Archers or from gilljordan@rocketmail.com

Westfield Golf Fellowship’s next event is the Spring Spoon at Dale Hill on May 9. The cost of £45 includes breakfast, 18 holes, hot meal and prizes. For more information please telephone Nick on 07939587796 or email george@roker.f9.co.uk.

This year’s Westfield 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.

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