Westfield village voice

Information on the Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist 8.00 am Holy Communion (1662), Please note there is no Nine Thirty start today, 10.30 am Family Communion.

This Week:

MONDAY 9.00 am onwards Prayer Day leading up to….7.00 pm Induction service for Revd. Robert Mulford as Vicar of Westfield and Guestling, TUESDAY 7.30 pm Prayer Group – 59 Heathlands, WednESDAY 9.30 am Holy Communion, 7.30 pm Mid-week Study Group – Cockmartins, Westfield Lane,  

Strawberry Tea - Friends of Westfield Church. The Friends wish to thank everyone who supported the Strawberry Tea last Sunday and thank all the bakers and helpers who helped make the day such a success.

Prayer team. At St John’s there is always someone from the prayer team available at the back of the North aisle after the 9.30am service and after the 10.30am Family Service to pray confidentially with anyone who wants someone to pray with them. If you would like someone to pray with you just go and ask.

Induction of Revd. Robert Mulford as Vicar of Westfield and Guestling. The induction service for Revd. Robert Mulford takes place on Monday 2nd July at 7.00pm. Please pray for Robert Mulford as he prepares for his ministry, and for Robert, Susan and Ciaran as they settle into their new home.

Prayer Day, 2nd July 2012: On the 2nd July we plan to have a day of prayer as we prepare to welcome Robert Mulford and his family into our fellowship and to join together in celebrating, before God, Robert’s induction as vicar. There will be a list at the back of St John’s, please sign up for the time you would like to pray. We are hoping to cover the whole day. There is no plan that we all pray in church. So you can pray wherever you are and feel able to pray.

* Sena and Jane Ounate-Lare. Sena and Jane and their family will be visiting Westfield on Sunday 1st July. There will be no 9.30am service at St John’s this Sunday, instead there will be a Family Communion Service at 10.30am.

Change to Services on Sunday 8th July. On Sunday 8th July, Robert Mulford will conduct his first services as Vicar of Westfield and Guestling. To allow Robert to preach at all services, there will not be a 10.30 am service at St John’s on Sunday 8th July. At St John’s there will be an 8.00am Communion Service as usual and an extended 9.30am Service. The 11am service at St Laurence will take place as usual.

Wednesday Bible study continues this week, starting at 7.30pm at Howard and Cathy’s home, Cockmartins. We will be looking at the book of Acts. New comers always welcome.

Sedlescombe & District Garden Society are holding a meeting on the evening of Friday 6th July 2012 at 7.30.p.m. at the Sedlescombe Village Hall where Helen Yemm, the Daily Telegraph Gardening Correspondent, will be giving a talk entitled “Downsizing Without Tears”. For those of you who don’t read the Daily Telegraph, Helen (in her own words) is “just a passionate muddy-gloves-and-wellies gardener blessed with the gift of the gab” and she writes a weekly column, Thorny Problems, which is an eclectic mix of musings and agony-aunt-style garden advice.  The tickets are £2.50 for Members of the Sedlescombe Garden Society and £5.00 for Non-Members. All are welcome. This is an exciting event for us. To avoid disappointment reserve your tickets in advance from Jo Evans – 01424 751112.

F3. The next meeting of F3 in July will be an End of Term Special on Thursday July 26th.

Bishop Wallace Benn’s farewell service is at Holy Trinity, Eastbourne on Saturday 7th July at 5p.m. There is a notice up at both St John’s and St Laurence with full details.  You have to register to attend.

More Songs for a Summer Evening. Molly Townson presents a Cantibile in “More Songs for a Summer Evening” with Richard Eldridge at the piano at St Laurence Church Guestling on 7th July at 7.30 p.m. Tickets at £10, which include refreshments with Strawberries and Cream, are available from Gill Perry (814578) or Molly Townson (812520).  Proceeds to the Restoration Fund St Laurence Church.  Do come along to enjoy a delightful evening of music and song

Book Club. The next meeting of the book club will be on Monday 28th July. The book is “The Road Home” by Roas Tremain. Further details from Sue Stephenson.

Westfield Horticultural Society has announced the results of the Diamond Jubilee Scarecrow Competition. The winner was Mr Winters, with ‘Royal Bodyguard’, with the Hammond Family and ‘Sponge Bob Squarepants’ second and the Bell Family third with ‘Freddy Mercury’. Whitelands Kennels’ ‘Royal Corgi’ and Strawberry Fair’s ‘The Queen in Rollers’ were highly commended. The standard of the entries was very high, and the organisers thank everyone for taking the time and effort to build such wonderful characters. They are indebted to sponsors PCM Estate Agents for their help. The prizes and certificates will be presented at the WCA AGM on Monday, June 25. Photos of the scarecrows can be seen on the village website at


Westfield resident Nick Brown continues his guided walks in the area. His timetable up to September is as follows:

Wednesday 15th July @ Queens Head, Icklesham

Saturday 28th July @ Bodiam Castle

Sunday 26th August @ Pevensey

Saturday 8th September @ Alfriston

Wednesday 19th September @ Ticehurst/Bewl Water

The cost is £3 per person. Please check his website www.spanglefish.com/1066routes for more information. It is advisable to book in advance by ringing Nick on 07918 907265. Nick’s book ‘The 1066 Country Walk’ is recommended by the 1066 Tourist Board and signed copies are available from him.

Westfield Village Fete takes place on the school field from 1-4pm on Saturday, June 30. This is organised by the WCA and Friends of Westfield School. This is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the forthcoming Olympic Games, and you are encouraged to come in suitable Olympic fancy dress! There will be the usual stalls and sideshows, wacky races, fancy dress competition, food and a barbecue. Please call 07952 635448 if you can help in any way on the day, if you can offer raffle or tombola prizes or cakes, or unwanted or cracked china for the crockery smash. Items can be left at ‘Selwood’, Main Road Westfield at any time.

Westfield Golf Fellowship had another great tour to Bournemouth. Surprisingly the weather broke on each of the 3 days allowing for dry golf! This even more amazing as the motorways, roads & towns nearby were flooded! The overall winner of the European Trophy for 2012 was Westfield’s own Jake Burton, with local people Tim Cheal and Lee Case being runner up and 3rd respectively. Their next event is The Captains Bucket on the evening of July 19th at Hemsted Forest (Cranbrook). For more information please telephone Nick on 07939587796 or email george@roker.f9.co.uk

The Sedlescombe and Westfield Club of the East Sussex Disability Association (ESDA) is looking for new members.  ESDA is a charity organisation led by disabled people and provides expert advice, information and practical support.  ESDA has dedicated accessible coaches with fully qualified driver attendants providing a door to door service for members.  The Sedlescombe and Westfield Club have outings on the second Thursday of the month, and the next outing is to ‘The Wheatsheaf’, Little Common, on 12 July.  Members participate in fundraising to keep the costs down, so there is simply a contribution requested towards the transport. If you fancy getting out and about, making new friends or if you would like to volunteer to help, please give Marianne a call at ESDA on 01323 514531 or email marianne.colliard@esda.org.uk.  Visit www.esda.org.uk for more information.

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

George Sunderland, Heathlands