Westfield

Church: Services at St John’s Church, as usual, there will be Holy Communion at 9.30am on Wednesday. The Harvest Festival service is on October 5th at 9.30, all welcome.

Bus cuts: Sarah Owen, the Labour candidate for MP in Hastings and Rye, and ESCC Councillor John Hodges were the speakers at today’s public meeting to discuss proposals that ESCC should make major cuts to the county’s subsidised bus services - 60% of which are in rural East Sussex. They stressed that a bus service is a service to the community, and undertook to do everything in their power to fight the proposed reductions. For Westfield, the following is proposed; Buses 340 and 341 - currently hourly to be cut to every two hours off-peak. Bus 342 - will see one journey a day cut. The Dial-A-Ride service will be cut from five days to two days. To make your views known please contact Sarah Owen; you can find out details about a petition against the changes at www.sarahowen.org.uk/BusCuts. You can also type Don’t Stop Our Bus into Facebook. You can contact Cllr John Hodges at cllr.john.hodges@eastsussex.gov.uk. Please complete the ESCC consultation to make your views known. Did you know that as well as cuts, fare increases of 30% could be introduced? Please also make your views known to MP Amber Rudd at Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HL or tel. 01424 205435.

Bus Shelter: The long awaited bus shelter has now been erected opposite the shop. We may need it more than ever; have you made your views known about the proposed cuts to our bus service? The ESCC consultation is at https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/organisationsbuschanges . If you are on Facebook, please ‘like’ the campaign page ‘Don’t Stop Our Bus’. There are also copies of the petition ‘Don’t Stop Our Bus’ around the village.

The Friendship Club: Fortnightly meetings at the Parish Hall started again on Monday, September 15 from 2-3.30pm. Members can enjoy whist, bingo and Scrabble, a chat over tea and biscuits, and borrow books and puzzles. New members are welcome. The next meeting is due on Monday 29th September.

Westfield Horticultural Society Autumn Show 2014: Westfield Autumn Show a “Blooming” Success. The Horticultural Society held their Autumn show last Saturday and even though entry numbers were slightly down from last year the quality of the exhibits was outstanding. In particular the Dahlia display was amazing and appreciated by all those who attended. Many thanks to all those members who contributed to such a successful event. The full list of trophy winners are as follows:

THE BANKSIAN MEDAL Margaret Crouch - Most points in Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Classes

THE PRESIDENT’S CUP John Paige - Members only, for the best flower exhibit

SYDNEY SMITH CUP Kelvin Lynch - Class 28, a collection of vegetables

DEREK FOSTER CUP John Paige - Class 3, best onions from sets

THE G BUTTON CUP Kelvin Lynch - Most points in classes 2-7

DRAPER CUP Margaret Crouch - Class 20, a collection of vegetables

BILL STEVENS CUP Margaret Crouch - Best Cactus or Succulent

CHALLENGE CUP Kelvin Lynch - Most points in Vegetable Classes

GARDEN NEWS SHIELD Margaret Crouch - Most points in Flower Classes

MARIANNE DAVIS CUP Debbie Wilde - Most points in Home Produce Classes

SYLVIA ADAMS TROPHY Jane Moseley - for the best exhibit in Home Produce

AUTUMN ACHIEVEMENT Nick Winch - Most points by a new exhibitor in Home Produce

DICKER CUP Jane Moseley - Most points in Handicraft Classes

SEPTEMBER CUP Kelvin Lynch - Most points in Fruit Classes

THE JUNIOR CUP Ben Hammond - Best exhibit in Junior Classes

GWEN SMITH CUP Chris Lynch - Best Floral arrangement in show

AUTUMN GOBLET Chris Lynch - Most points in Floral Art

AUTUMN CHALLENGE CUP Margaret Crouch - Most points in show

THE HONEY TROPHY Chris Lynch - Class 54 – Vase of Flowers Suitable for Bees

Certificate for Most Points in Arts Section Rosemarie Phillips

Certificate for Best Exhibit in Handicrafts Nik Wiggins

Certificate for Most Points in Junior Section Age 7 and under Ben Hammond

Certificate for Most Points in Junior Section Age 8-11 Megan Hammond

Certificate for Most Points in Junior Section Age 12-16 Chloe Stratford

Football Coaching: Pass and Move runs coaching sessions every Saturday at St Leonard’s Academy from 9-10.30am (£3.50) or 9-11.30am (£5). Tony and Duncan are both UEFA B (level 3) qualified. For information about these please email Duncan on duncan.jones@live.co.uk, or call Tony on 07545 813 545, or visit Facebook:/PassMoveBattle or see the website, pass-move.com.

Westfield FC: Westfield Football Club is still seeking volunteers to help provide local football opportunities at all levels and ages. If you can offer occasional or ongoing support, on or off the pitch, please contact the club via the secretary gillattewell@gmail.com.

Rye and District Association of the National Trust: On Thursday 16th October Ian Porter will give an illustrated presentation on the subject of Women and the Home Front in WWI to mark the centenary from a different perspective. All Talks will be at Brede Village Hall commencing at 2.00 pm. The entrance fee of £3 (members) and £4 (non-members) includes refreshments after the talk. Forthcoming events - our Quiz night will be held on Saturday 15th November at 7.00 pm in Beckley Village Hall.The cost will be £8 pp including sausage and mash supper.Tables will be for 8 people. Please contact Julie Etches on 01424 882054: julie.etches054@btinternet.com On Monday 17th November we have again arranged a Bluewater Shopping Trip. The cost will be £11.50pp. Please contact Ros Adkins on 01797 253763

Website: 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. This is your website, set up to serve the village community, and your contributions, news and views are needed. The website now has details about locally available seasonal produce for sale from home and ‘back garden’ producers. If you have spare eggs, plants, home grown vegetables, etc. for sale (even if only occasionally) and would like to be included in our new website feature, please email clerk@westfieldvillage.co.uk.

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

George Sunderland

Heathlands