Westfield village voice

Services at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist.


8.00 am Holy Communion (1662)

9.30 am Nine Thirty Start (all-age Service)

The Powerful King : Gospel Reading: Mark 2: 1-12

10.30 am Parish Communion

Harvest Lunch. Tickets for the Harvest Lunch on the 23rd September will be £6

(£3 for children under 14) and are available from Sue Stephenson, Dawn Archer or

Archers the Butchers. Start time is 1 o’clock. This is ticket only, please get your

tickets by Sunday 16th September to assist with catering.

The F3 Women’s Group celebrates its third birthday on Thursday September 20 at 6.30pm in the Parish Hall.  A two-course supper will be followed by guest speaker Phil Moore from the London City Mission, who will be talking about his work behind the scenes at the London Olympics.  Tickets need to be bought in advance from Irene (753196), Helen (752052) or from Archers Butchers.

Wednesday Bible Study. We start a new series on Wednesday 5th September. It is entitled The Coming King. Based on Mark’s Gospel, each week will follow-on from the series at NTS, providing an opportunity to dig deeper, ask questions and learn more. Everyone is welcome and if you have not been before, or not been for a while, now is a good time to give it a try. Wednesday 7.30 pm at Cathy and Howard’s home, Cockmartins Farm.

Advance Notice -There will be no NTS on 30th September instead we look forward to a Joint Service at Guestling at 11.00am

Book Club. The next meeting of the Book Club will be on 24th September 2012. Books are being sourced from the library which should make them more accessible. The book being studied is “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. Please see Sue Stephenson or Dawn Archer for further details.

aring and Sharing Group ‘ Live more simply that others may simply live’. For 30 years now the Caring and Sharing project in the U.K. has raised £2.5 million through regular small gestures of giving and prayer. The scheme was started in 1982 by the former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball. The challenge he gave was to adopt the practice of small self-denials in contributing to one of the projects; small gestures, modest sums of money, regular giving. The Westfield Caring and Sharing Group support a project in Colombia to help the street children in the city of Medellin; I thank all those who have contributed. Between January and July 2012 we have sent £440 to this project. If anyone is interested in joining our group please do speak to me and I will be very happy to share more information. Valerie Richardson

The Messenger magazine. Items of news and other articles to be included in the October and November edition of The Messenger should be given to Nicholas Wilde by 15th September 2012.

Prayer Team. For those who want someone to personally pray with them in times of particular need, there is an opportunity this week after the 9.30 am service at St John’s where a member of the Prayer Team will be in the North Aisle to pray with you.

The Prayer Group have added the 5th Tuesday to our meetings, and now will meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays at 59 Heathlands.

Stagecoach has apparently still not produced timetables on the following changes to Westfield bus times. To improve punctuality and reliability, from Monday 10th July most bus times through Westfield have been altered by a few minutes, and during the middle of the day buses follow a different route into Hastings. At the time of producing this article, no printed timetables were available.

From Westfield: - Hastings buses leave 5 minutes EARLIER at 10 past the hour, except the previous 0915 which now leaves at 0902. - Buses leaving between 1010 and 1510 inclusive will OMIT Sainsbury’s altogether and go straight to the Conquest Hospital. They then continue via Silverhill and Bohemia Road to Hastings Station. These services are renumbered 341 from Tenterden or 343 from Rye. - The remaining 340 and 342 services keep to the previous route to Hastings but will not enter Sainsbury’s car park, stopping only on the main road.

From Hastings: - Departure times are unchanged at 14 minutes past the hour except for the last 3 which are 2 minutes earlier at 1617, 1717 & 1817. The journey to Westfield will take about 5 minutes longer. - Buses leaving 1014 and 1314 inclusive will go via Bohemia Road as a 341 or 343 and will NOT serve the Queens Road stop. These and the 1414 which goes via Queens Road will OMIT Sainsbury’s altogether. - The remaining 340 and 342 services will not enter Sainsbury’s car park and will stop only on the main road.

Battle Area Community Transport . Just to confirm arrangements - passengers do not have to ring to book a seat for Sainsburys. They only have to ring if they want to book the flexi services on the back page going to Tunbridge Wells, Rye, Tenterden etc. Our normal bus services on Wednesday at 11:12 boarded just by waiting at the stop. For further details please contact 01424 772001 Website:  www.bact-online.co.uk

Jumble Sale – in aid of Cancer Research UK/Myeloma UK on 15th September at Westfield Community Hall. Donations can be left at the hall from 12pm but no larger than a chair & sorry no TV’s or Computer. Any enquiries to 01424 754571 or 754879.

There is a new street dance class in the community hall dining room 6pm till 8pm first lesson is free then £4 a session. Also there is a new legs bums and tums class in the main hall on a Mon eves at 7.15 till 8.15 £3.50 per session.. Further information is available from Rachel Pritchard 07866 894397.

Westfield Community Hall is now free now wed eves from 8 and fri eves from 6 for one off or permanent bookings. Also roller booting in the Community Hall resumed on the 7th Sept. Further information is available from Rachel Pritchard 07866 894397.

The westfield wildlife website is worth a visit. go to http://westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com to share wildlife observations. any wildlife observation whether mammal, bird, insect, or flower may be posted on the website, and photos are particularly welcome. Westfield wildlife is one year old this month!  over the last 12 months we have had to date  -9,181 views, from 49 countries worldwide, viewing 121 postings.  our busiest day was on 12/5/2012 with 196 visitors to the site.  many thanks go to all of our contributors and for all comments on postings. we hope you will continue to support westfield wildlife and submit any records of anything you see of interest.

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

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.

Sadly, there has been an outbreak of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, usually in the late evenings, from youths roaming around the village. Please report any incidents to the local Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team on the 101 non-emergency number (Ext. 65202) or Mobile 07787685723. Parents – do you know where your children are and what they are doing?

The Westfield Parent and Toddler Group would like more families to join it.  This runs on Friday afternoons from 7 September (term time only) from 1.15-3pm in the Parish Hall, apart from the 3rd Friday in the month when the Hall is used for the Community Lunch Club.  The Health Visitor still runs alongside the Toddler Group on the 1st Friday of each month, even during school holidays. The Toy Library attends fortnightly.

Contact the Playgroup Supervisor, Julie Guest, on 07790 744404 for more information.

The Westfield Beaver Scout colony now has vacancies so if your son or daughter is aged 6 - 8 years and is looking for “fun and friends” why not give us a try.   Contact Rosie on 754080 for further details.


According to judges who have wide experience of village horticultural shows, this year has seen quite a drop in numbers of exhibitors and entries. Nevertheless, while this trend was reflected at the Westfield Autumn show last Saturday, visitors to the Community Hall were rewarded with a fine selection of flowers, fruit and vegetables, along with some superb floral art exhibits and traditional craft and home produce displays. Recent weeks of benign weather have largely compensated for the cool and wet apology for a summer. The Sussex Bee-keepers were less fortunate. The disastrous weather almost wiped out local honey production and they staged a demonstration of this craft instead.

Awards and Trophies.

RHS Banksian Medal a prestigious award B. Hillier

Certificates: best dahlia exhibit J. Paige

best chrysanth exhibit J. Paige

best vegetable and fruit exhibit B. Hillier


President`s cup, members only, best flower exhibit Margaret Crouch

Sydney Smith cup, collection of vegetables B. Hillier

Derek Foster cup, best onions from sets J. Paige

George Button cup, most points in classes 2—7 B. Hillier

Draper cup, class 20, collection of vegetables B. Hillier

Bill Stevens cup, best succulent/ cactus Margaret Crouch

Challenge cup, most points in vegetable classes B.. Hillier

Garden News Shield, most points in flower classes Margaret Crouch

Marianne Davis cup, most points in produce classes Deborah Wilde

Autumn Achievement cup, new exhibitor in home produce Sandra Gray

Dicker cup, most points in handicraft classes M Cleverley

September cup, most points in fruit classes Camilla Buchanan

Junior cup, best exhibit in junior classes Alisha Collingwood &

Meryn Tucker

Gwen Smith cup, best floral arrangement Maureen Wren

Autumn Goblet, most points in floral art Maureen Wren

Autumn Challenge cup B. Hillier

Honey Trophy, class 56 E. Hayward

Sylvia Adams trophy, best exhibit in home produce A. Brown

Certificates for children:

Under 5 years Hollie Hayward

6—11 years Poppy Stratford

12—16 years Chloe Stratford

The committee would like to thank all who made this show a spectacular success, by presenting prizes, entering, sponsoring, slaving in the kitchen, setting up and dismantling and just giving us their support. The chairman would draw your attention to our AGM on Wednesday, 19th September at 7.30p.m. in Westfield Community Hall dining hall.

Westfield Golf Fellowship’s last competition was the sell out at Chartham Park last Thursday. The winner with 42 points was Carl Read & the runner up Tim Cheal with 40 points. The next event is at West Malling, Kent on Thursday November 8th. More info to follow but places will be limited. 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. 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.

Westfield Football Club is looking for help with support in providing football for all ages. If you feel you could help either in preparation or during games, please get in contact with the club.

Whitegates on Westfield Lane hosted a very successful Summer Fete last Saturday. The numerous stalls & raffle greatly benefitted local charities & the superb Afternoon Tea was thoroughly enjoyed by the very large numbers who attended. A huge thank you to those who helped supported & attended.

Westfield Women’s Institute meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2.15pm in Westfield Parish Hall.  Ring 01424 753757 if you would like more information.

Westfield Hub. The Hub would welcome any donations of cakes or other items, such as biscuits, jams, chutneys etc. for sale at the Macmillan Coffee morning to be held on Friday 28th September, 10 - 12 noon at The Plough. Please bring them along the week before, or perishables early on that morning. All proceeds from this event are donated to Macmillan.

The Westfield Hub meets every Friday morning from 10 - 12 noon at The Plough. Everyone is welcome for coffee and a chat, book exchange or the use of a computer.

Horse Racing Club. There has been talk of a racing club being formed in the village. This includes regular competitions & occasional trips to the races. Although the starting point includes only a few (4 + the “flappy trio”) it really depends on how many show interest. For more information, in the first instance please email george@roker.f9.co.uk

For information and news about Westfield, please visit the village website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk.

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

George Sunderland, Heathlands