George Sunderland, Heathlands

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

This year’s Daffodil Service at the Church will be on Sunday, November 3, at 4pm, when we shall remember by name all those who have died in the parish in the last few years, as well as any others who are specially asked for. As before, we shall also be providing daffodil bulbs that will be set aside in memory of loved ones and will then be planted in the churchyard as a symbol of remembrance. Additional names that you would like to be remembered can be added to the list at the back of the church.

Friends of Westfield Parish Church have 2 events planned. Their AGM will be held in the church on Saturday November 9th at 2pm. There is a guest speaker – Amanda Helm – who will give an interesting & informative talk on “Ornithology in Publishing”. Tea & coffee will be served & you can take the opportunity to pay your annual subscriptions to the Treasurer Roger Bowe. On Saturday 30th November the “Friends” hold their annual & very popular Christmas Fayre. From 2-4pm, in the Parish Hall, there will be a number of stalls including cakes, cards, books, wooden items as well as there being a raffle & tombola. Any donations of saleable items or raffle prizes will be most welcome, please contact 754355 ot email stocker1@btinternet.com

The Friendship Club who meet in the Parish Hall from 2.0 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. have their Autumn dates; October 28th (inc a short AGM), November 11th (Beetle Drive), 25th and December 9th which will be our Christmas party. They would be pleased to see new members who will be given a very warm welcome.

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

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.

St Michael’s Hospice Neighbours has a campaign in the village. 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.

The F3 women’s group meets on a regular basis in the village.

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

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

Supermarkets 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.

.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.

Tuesday 5 November

Our Walk this month is 4 miles across country from Hemsted Forest Car Park to Benenden for lunch, 2.5 miles back.

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 21 November

Our winter Talks season continues with To Marry an English Lord presented by Sheila Boyd.

Mrs Boyd will give a talk on the first generation of American heiresses who married into the English Aristocracy 1860-1900

Please note the 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.

Monday 25 November

A pre Christmas shopping trip to Bluewater at a cost of £11.50pp.

Bookings should be made immediately to ensure your place to:- Ros Adkins on 01797 253763; rosinaadkins@aol.com

Forthcoming Event

Friday 13th December: A Christmas Extravaganza with Geoff Hutchinson at 2.00 pm in Brede Village Hall.

Geoff will give us a joyful start to the Xmas celebrations with his wit and charm – Just For Us.

The charge for this occasion will be £6.50 pp including a spot of Christmas spirit with savouries, mince pies and mulled wine.

If you would like to join us please book with Ros Adkins on 01797 253763; rosinaadkins@aol.com

Forthcoming Event - We have a theatre outing planned for 7th 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

Rye & District Lions – inc Westfield. Rye and District Lions Club were delighted to induct another member to their club. The new Lion, Carol Ward, brings the total number of ladies in the club to six. Carol lives in Northiam, making a total of four members from that village. As its name suggest the club’s area is not just Rye, but includes the villages up to the border of Hastings in the West and includes, Camber in the East and out to Iden and Hawkhurst in the North. They would be pleased to take on new members from within this area. In the last year Rye Lions have made donations to charities and good causes, mostly local, of nearly £18,000.

Rye & district WEA have Autumn classes organised .We need 12 people to run a class or the WEA authority’s will cancel the classes. Which would be a great shame after all the hard work that has been put in to arrange these classes for people to enjoy.

Autumn Term 2013 - Please contact Andrew Stuart 01797 223831 or Gill Bartholomew 01580 764465 online at: www.southern.wea.org.uk 0800 328 1060

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