New PCSO: We are fortunate as a village community to have been taken under the wing of a new and enthusiastic Police Community Support Officer, Demetrius Georghiou. With a view to being a prominent and approachable figure in our village, Deme is keen to introduce himself to village residents, parents and guardians and has arranged a ‘meet and greet’ afternoon on Thursday 8th January 2015 at 2.45pm in the Community Hall. This initial gathering will also give Deme the opportunity to discuss the current challenges we face with parking in and around our village. He would welcome comments on how these issues affect us locally day to day and any ideas for future improvement. All are welcome to join and meet Deme on 8th January & he looks forward to seeing you there.

Westfield Christmas Lights: Westfield lights are up for St Michael’s Hospice. Once again this year the residents of Westfield will be decorating around 30 of their houses with wonderful decorations and fantastic lights at Christmas, in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. This is an amazing sight so don’t miss the wonderful seasonal display and don’t forget to put your donations in the Hospice buckets!

The Friendship Club: continues to meet every other Monday as from January 5th in the Parish Hall from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. where whist and bingo are enjoyed by members. Tea and biscuits are served during the afternoon. New members will be made very welcome. Subscription £5 per year. A very happy and healthy New Year to you all. Jean Hobson. 753095. New dates for 2015 are January 5th and 19th. February 2nd and 16th. March 2nd, 16th and 30th. April 13th and 27th.

Westfield Women’s Institute: New members are always welcome; please ring Julie 01424 754013 for more details.

Westfield Community Hub: Meets at the Plough on Friday mornings from 10 – 12. For further information www.westfield-hub.co.uk

Westfield Newsagent: is now a collection point for myHermes parcels. This is very useful for sending and collecting parcels. Please pop in for more information.

Westfield School Governor: A number of vacancies have recently arisen within our Governing Body, including a Parent Governor role and newly created ‘Co-Opted’ roles. Governors play a critical role in keeping the governing body aware of the views of parents and the local community. Serving as part of a team and an enthusiasm for the work of the school is paramount to a successful governing body. If you are interested and/or want more information you might find it useful to talk to our Chair of Governors, Bruce Miller. Please contact Bruce via the school office on 01424 751404. If you wish to stand for election, please obtain a nomination form from the school office.

Pass and Move: runs football coaching sessions every Saturday at St Leonard’s Academy from 9-10.30am (£3.50) or 9-11.30am (£5) and in Westfield during the week. For information please email Duncan on duncan.jones@live.co.uk, or call Tony on 07545 813545, visit Facebook:/PassMoveBattle or see the website, pass-move.com.

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 secretary gillattewell@gmail.com.

Rubbish & Recycling Collections: the collections due on Monday 5th January will be 1 day later. Normal service resumes on Monday 12th January. More details available at www.rother.gov.uk

The village website: www.westfieldvillage.co.uk has all sorts of information about village organisations, events, Westfield Community Association, the Parish Council, and so on. 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 produce such as eggs or vegetables for sale from home and ‘back garden’ producers. If you would like to be included in this feature, please email clerk@westfieldvillage.co.uk.

Rye and District Association of the National Trust: Thursday 15th January Nick Shaddick will give a presentation on ‘The Crystal Palace’. 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 include our Spring lunch will be held on Saturday 28th March at The Powder Mills Hotel. Please make your bookings with Ros Adkins on 01797 253763. A menu/booking form was included with the recent Newsletter which has been circulated to all members. Also you need to be booking now for the next Theatre outing to see The History Boys at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Tickets at £38 include travel.

Brede 1st Scouts: will begin again in January and any young person 10½ or over who would like to join needs to contact Andy Bishop 07833065028 as soon as possible. The new Leaders have an exciting programme lined up for the New Year and would welcome young people surrounding Brede to join the group.

To all contributors & readers: I hope you enjoy a peaceful New Year.

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

George Sunderland