We now know the total amount of money: raised for the Hospice by the Westfield Christmas Lights is an amazing £10,801! The amount collected with buckets and pots was £9,934 and the rest came from the raffle on the switch-on night, the donation from Patrick Edwards of The New Inn, and the hog roast. Congratulations to everybody on the record total.

Congratulations too to the Horticultural Society: who won the Christmas Tree Festival, with ‘Strawberry Fayre’ second, and ‘Mill Close’ third, and thank you to Margaret Moss for organising the festival. The church looked wonderful over Christmas, and money raised there was added to the Christmas Lights total.

Services at the Parish Church: this Sunday are Holy Communion at 8am and at 10am with activities for younger members of the congregation.

The Plough Weekend celebrations at the end of January start with a concert with ‘Taylor Maid’ at 4pm in church on Saturday, January 30, which promises brilliant jazz, folk and swing music. Tickets (£6, children free) will be on sale at Archers Butchers or by ringing 01424 751029, and include tea and cake. Plough Sunday will be celebrated with Morris dancers and other special guests on Sunday, January 31 at 10am, when you are invited to mark the beginning of the agricultural year by helping to decorate the plough brought into the church.

The Westfield Parish Lunch Club: has replaced the Community Lunch Club, with a new name, constitution and committee. As in the past, lunches will be held on the third Friday of each month in the Parish Hall from 12:45pm, with the first lunch on March 18. At Monday’s meeting Doreen Smith was elected Coordinator, Barbara Nunn Kitchen Manager, and John Chittenden Treasurer, and a presentation was made to Joan Downing.

Martin is leaving as chef: at ‘The Plough’, and customers old and new are invited to a leaving party there on Saturday, January 16, with karaoke for those brave enough to take part.

The Friendship Club: has started again after the Christmas break and will meet on January 18, February 1, 15 and 29, and March 14 from 2-3.30pm in the Parish Hall. Members play bingo and whist over tea and biscuits during the afternoon. Why not make a New Year resolution and come and join us? New members are always welcome; just ring Jean Hobson on 01424 753095 if you would like to know more.

F3 Women’s F3 (Friends, Fun, Fellowship): is a group for all women of any age. The next meeting is in the Parish Hall on Thursday, January 28 at 7.30pm, when we will be ‘Going Dotty!’ exploring the fascination of Braille. Admission is £2. Please note that this replaces the programme previously advertised for January 21. For more details contact Helen on 01424 752052.

Westfield Playgroup: has a few spaces available at the moment for children from 2 ½ to 5 years. Please contact Julie Guest on 0779 074 4404 or email jm_guest@hotmail.co.uk.for more information.

The Westfield Village website: www.westfieldvillage.co.uk has all sorts of information about village organisations, events, Westfield Community Association and the Parish Council. This is your website, set up to serve the village community, and your contributions, news and views are needed.

Can you help?: We need a new Village Voice correspondent to take George’s place as he is no longer producing the Westfield contribution. We thank him for his efforts, and until a replacement is found please send any items for inclusion to janice.bolton@westfieldvillage.co.uk.

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