George Sunderland, Heathlands

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

The Friendship Club resumed their meetings from January 6th at the Parish Hall from 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. each fortnight. The forthcoming dates are January 20th, February 3rd and 17th, March 3rd and 17th

April 14th and 28th. Whist, bingo, scrabble and dominoes are enjoyed by members with tea and biscuits during the break. Subscriptions of £5 are due on the 6th January. New members will be made very welcome. We like to take this opportunity to wish members and readers a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Westfield Christmas lights.A huge thank you to all the people of Westfield who participated in displaying their Christmas Lights. Due to the bad weather it was at first thought that last year’s total of £ 5,562 would not be surpassed,surprise- surprise it was, an amazing £ 6,3006-75p was collected . Well done to everyone involved, particularly KEN and RICHARD who manned the MAIN collection point on most evenings weather permitting. Well done again to everyone.

Westfield Women’s Institute starts the New Year with their meeting on Tuesday, January 14, when well known local writer Charlotte Moore will be talking about ‘A Victorian Romance in Westfield’. The WI meets at 2.15pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall, and new members are warmly welcomed. Ring Julie on 01424 754013 if you would like to know more.

There will be a Plough Barn Dance in Westfield Parish Hall from 7-10pm on Saturday 25th January, with live music from ‘Highly Strung’. This is organised by Westfield Church as part of their Plough Sunday celebration. Tickets £5 (children £2.50) include ploughman’s supper, and you are welcome to bring your own drinks. Tickets are available from Church, Archers, or ring 01424 754516. No experience needed - just come and join the fun!

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 gillattewell@gmail.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.

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

Early Notice of a party. Westfield 80s fancy dress disco at the Community Hall

7.30 till 12.30pm. Bring your own alcohol and nibbles. £5 per couple

£3.00 per person on 22nd February 2014. Ticket information to follow.

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

Thursday 16th January: Our first Talk of the new year is ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti - his Art and Poetry’ presented by Nick Shaddick a local art and design historian.

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.

Visit the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk for information about village organisations, events, Westfield Community Association, the Parish Council, and all sorts of useful links. Remember this is YOUR website, set up to serve the village community, and your contributions, news and views are needed.

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