George Sunderland, Heathlands

Services at St John’s Church, Westfield for September are posted outside on the church notice board.

The chairman of the Westfield Horticultural Society would draw your attention to our outing to Sheffield Park for Autumn colours on 19th October, and the A.G.M. on Wednesday 23rd October @ 7.30p.m. in the Community Hall dining area.

Please support the Westfield Scout Group Jumble Sale at 2pm in Westfield Community Hall tomorrow 28th September. Donations of jumble gratefully received at the Hall from 12.15 p.m., but please, no TVs, monitors, or items larger than a chair.

The Friendship Club who meet in the Parish Hall from 2.0 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. have their Autumn dates; September 30th, October 14th, 28th, November llth, 25th and December 9th which will be our Christmas party. Would be pleased to see new members who will be given a very warm welcome.

Please support Westfield’s contribution to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this morning (27th). The annual event in Westfield is organised by the Hub at ‘The Plough’ from 10am-12 noon, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support for people affected by cancer.

Westfield Wildlife is TWO years old on 18th September! Over the last 2 years we have had to date 20,000+ viewings from 76 countries worldwide. Our busiest day was on 10th August 2013 with 274 visitors to the site after the posting on a rare Long-tailed Blue butterfly sighting in Pett was widely publicised. Average views for 2012 was 46 per day, the highest monthly hits 1,439 in May. Surprisingly only 132 comments were made on postings. We would like to thank all of our contributors for all their interesting sightings, photos, and comments. We hope you will continue to support and enjoy Westfield Wildlife and submit many more sightings from the around the parish of Westfield over the next 12 months. Visit http://westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com

Community Speed Watch volunteers for Westfield. Information from Sussex Police invites villages to set up groups of volunteers to carry out this worthwhile speed check. I am sure you will all agree that some motorists travel far too fast through our village and we need to do something to help change their behaviour. Villages that have already taken part in a speed watch initiative report that there has been a noticeable reduction in speeding. Initially, I am looking for expressions of interest, volunteers need to have some free time to participate in initial training by the police and then become part of a group of ideally 10 who would operate the equipment on a rota basis. Unfortunately, if there is insufficient interest it will not be cost effective for the police to deliver training. To find out more See http://www.westfieldvillage.co.uk/node/4527

If you can help Westfield Football Club in any way please contact the club. They are presently putting things in place to ensure both local football opportunities at all levels & for all ages with the 1st team playing in Senior Football. Therefore if you would like to offer one off or ongoing support, both on & off the pitch, before during or after games please get in touch with the Secretary on gilljordan@rocketmail.com

Westfield Bowls Club hosted the annual match versus the Football Club last Sunday. It was played before the heavy rain came which worked out perfect. For a change (maybe the first ever) one of the Football Club teams actually won, skippered by Kefin Bakka & with a fair bit of good luck & bowling. Afterwards everyone retired to the Football Club & enjoyed a sausages & chips meal. Everyone really enjoyed their day & look forward to next year.

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.

The F3 women’s group had a presentation regarding the St Michael’s Hospice Neighbours campaign publicised in the village earlier in the year. This scheme is looking for people to volunteer their time by giving a few hours a week, fortnight or month on a day and time that suits them, within their local area, to help with everyday tasks such as putting out the washing, walking the dog, cooking and daily chores – or just chatting over a cuppa. The first Westfield volunteers are being trained, but more are needed. Please contact Jane Cave on 01424 445177 ext. 6012, or email jcave@stmichaelshospice.com if you think you can help.

Westfield Beavers are now full & taking names for a waiting list.

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

Sainsbury’s vouchers for Westfield School can be dropped into the new look “Westfield News & Village Store” 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.’

Neighbourhood Watch – Coordinators are required to cover Churchfields, Cottage Lane, Main Road, New Cut & New Moorsite. For more information please contact our village PCSO Richard Perchard on 07796336862 or Richard.perchard@sussex.pnn.police.uk

What would you like to see included in the village website? The Westfield village website team members are always looking for ways to improve this community website. Please help by completing our short feedback survey. The link is on the home page of www.westfieldvillage.co.uk

The Rye and District Association of the National Trust would appreciate your assistance by including the following events in your October magazine.

Thursday 3 October

A 5 mile, flat, cross country walk from St Mary’s Bay to Dymchurch and return. We meet at our usual time of 10.30 am.

Please contact Phil Maynard on 01797 260637 or email phil@phil.maynard.co.uk for more details and to register your interest in this walk.

Thursday 17 October

We begin our winter Talks season with A Victorian Naturalist presented by Melvin Smith.

Please note a change of venue for this season. All Talks will be at Brede Village Hall commencing at 2.00 pm.

The entrance fee of £2 (members) and £3 (non-members) includes refreshments after the talk Saturday 26 October

Quiz Night at Beckley Village Hall - 7.00 pm

Following the success of this event over recent years we are hoping to present you with another entertaining evening including a freshly cooked supper.

Teams should be 8 players and if you can organise your own all the better. Otherwise we can arrange for you to join a team that is short on players.

There will be a charge of £8 pp. Please contact Danny Rushbrooke on 01797 253521 before 15 October to reserve your table in your team name.

Forthcoming Event

We have a theatre outing planned for 7 November at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.

The Three Phantoms are a company of critically acclaimed West End and Broadway performers who will be presenting the music from Phantom of the Opera as well as several other popular musicals.

The cost is £42 pp and bookings should be made immediately to ensure your place to:- Ros Adkins on 01797 253763; rosinaadkins@aol.com

To send information for the Westfield Village Voice, please email george@roker.f9.co.uk