George Sunderland, Heathlands

Services at the Parish Church this Sunday, April14, are Holy Communion at 8am and All Age Worship at 9.30am, followed by the Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 10am.

Westfield Horticultural Society Spring Show last Saturday was full of colour, with prize plants and flowers beautifully displayed, together with craft and cookery items. Only an insane optimist would have put money on the success of the 2013 Spring Show. Yet, despite the worst February and March in many years, Westfield pulled out all the stops to make a memorable exhibition of Floral Art, flowers, cookery and handicrafts. Numbers of entrants and entries were the highest for a decade, and while the weather limited the varieties of flowers available, other classes more than made up for deficiences. Two names come to the fore this year—Mrs. Chris Lynch for her prowess in home produce and floral exhibits, and Mrs. Barbara Graham for winning the floral art trophy while coping with a new knee joint. Well done!!

Awards were given to the following:

Rosebowl—most points in classes 1—30 C Lynch

Easter Cup 31—42 M. Crouch

Alice Button Cup—home produce classes C. Lynch

Lilian Skinner Trophy M. Stratford

Berry Goblet—best handicraft R. Wiggins

Spring Goblet—outstanding floral art B. Graham

Miniature Cup—best petite arrangement M. Wren

Junior Cup—best junior exhibit Alisha Collingwood

Spring Cup—most points in show M. Crouch

Spring Vase—members only, class22 H. MacDonald


Most points in art section N Wilde

Most points for juniors up to 8 years Poppy Stratford

Most points for juniors 9—12 years Rianna Barnett

13—16 years Chloe Stratford

The committee would like to thank all who supported the show by helping, setting up, entering, the raffle and tombola operatives, kitchen staff, our judges and all who worked so hard to set up and dismantle the facilities. A special thankyou to Catherine Collingwood for canvassing support from the youth groups.

A new dance class, Dance Latino (Line Dance Latin Style), started last Wednesday, and meets weekly at 8pm in Westfield Community Hall at £5 per session. Feel those Latin rhythms and learn the moves. All ages welcome - join the fun! More information from Marie 07710 251465.

Westfield Scouts hold their annual Duck Race this Sunday, April 14, at Forge Stream, Cottage Lane. Lucky duck numbers are £1 each from 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.

The next Friendship Club meeting 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.

Please make it a priority to come to the Annual Parish Assembly in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, April 16. This is an important opportunity to meet Parish Councillors and to raise any matters of local interest. Volunteer certificates of thanks and the Rose Bowl will be presented. Free refreshments will be served from 6.30pm.

If you can help Westfield Football Club in any way please contact the club. Several WFC people hope to complete the first ever Westfield (Surrey) to Westfield (here) sponsored cycle ride (72 miles) at the end of April, so 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 WFC, Westfield News, Archers or 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.

The deadline for the next WCA Newsletter is only a week away. Please send your contributions to pauline@fpage.plus.com, leave at Westfield News or ring 0778 607 8588 by Sunday, April 21.

This year’s Westfield Village Fete is 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 Rye and District Association of the National Trust have the following event. Thursday 18th April 2013, our last Talk of the season this month is Tales of Beatrix Potter with Heather Woodward. This will be held at Beckley Village Hall commencing at 2.30 pm. There is an entrance fee of £2.00 for members and £3.00 for non-member, which includes refreshments after the Talk.

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