Ninfield and Hooe

Firstly.:... may I say hello, and a Happy New Year to one and all! Secondly, and more importantly, a huge thank you to Rachel Feeley for her incredible commitment to the Village Voice column, and for keeping everyone informed on behalf of Ninfield and Hooe. You are much appreciated, and deserve all plaudits! I will try and keep the home fires burning, as they say, for the next few months, and hope to live up to the high standards set by Rachel, and the wonderful Cynthia Pettet before her! I look forward to hearing from people with news of their activities and events, and to going round to support the many social functions and fundraising occasions in both Villages.

So, as a new year starts, changes happen, and we look forward to what the next 12 months will bring. There will obviously be the ongoing challenges in Ninfield, concerning the proposed new plans for development, but also the village is watching the progress of the new Sparke Pavilion being built on the Recreation Ground in Ninfield. Oh, if only the weather were better...it must be so frustrating having interminable rain delays! I remember, years ago, Cynthia used to put a regular rainfall update in the column..(thanks to Diana!)...can anyone furnish me with information on the current incredible rainfall levels?! Or do we need numeric confirmation of what seems to be the never ending, waterlogged drear! And the temperature! It’s extraordinary to see Daffodils and Snowdrops, Apple blossom and Primroses all dancing about in force 8 gales, and two months early! Nature really will have her work cut out to redress the balance until the official spring! So, what news is in the offing...!

Christmas Revelry!: After a splendid festive season in both Ninfield and Hooe, which saw Carol Concerts, Nativity plays, crafts and coffee mornings, and Churches combining for seasonal services; there was a fantastic New Year party at the Red Lion pub in Hooe. Congratulations Lee and Natalie for putting on such a great evening of fun and entertainment, and fully confirming your deserved high standing in the Pub of the Year competition! The Ninfield Working Men’s Club also held a brilliant party to celebrate the start of 2016, as always, well attended and appreciated by the members ; thanks are due to all the people who organised it.

Forthcoming events!: Hooe Parish Council will meet on Monday 18th of January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, and as always, all residents of Hooe are invited to attend. There are many ongoing topics under review and discussion, and its very interesting to see how things get resolved. For more information please contact Hooe Parish Clerk, Sally Durman, or you can look at Cllr. Pam Doodes website.

Ninfield Parish Council: Although there is no full Council meeting in January, there will be a planning meeting on Monday 11th January, at the Methodist Hall, 6.30pm. Residents are always welcome to attend.

Ninfield Horticultural Society: The next meeting is on Monday 18th January when Clive Richardson will be giving a talk on the Estate Village of Firle. Clive is a great speaker, so it will be a really interesting meeting,well worth attending! The meeting will be in the Memorial Hall and starts at 7.30pm. Entry is free for members, and just £2 for non-members. Light refreshments are provided and all are extremely welcome! For more information, call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635

Ninfield Local History Group: The next meeting is on Thursday 21st January in the Methodist Hall when Barry Wilkinson will be talking to everyone about his time working at Northeye Prison. Entry to the meeting is £1 for members and £3 for non members. Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be provided, and again, all are welcome! Call Rod, as above, for more info!

Ninfield Carnival Committee: will meet next on the second Wednesday in February at Ninfield Working Mens Club 8.30pm.. Yes, next month on the 10th! A lot of prior notice because it is hoped that more people will come and find out what is planned for the relaunch of the main event for the summer! There are ideas in the mix for the Theme..do come and have your say! All volunteers are very welcome , in fact they are honoured and cherished!!! Please contact me, Sami Guard, I look forward to hearing from you on 893699 or 07970650321 for more information.

Defibrillators: Don’t forget...thanks to funds raised and grants donated, Ninfield and Hooe are both lucky enough to have the emergency facility of a defib located at the heart of each community. For 24/7 accessibility the locations are - Ninfield - on the wall on the right of the entrance to the Kings Arms Pub, and in Hooe - on the front wall of the Red Lion PH.

Keep in Touch!: Anyone can find out what is going on in their area by looking at the noticeboards, viewing Parish Council websites, contacting District Councillor Pam Doodes or looking in the Parish News and this Village Voice Column. But of course... we all need input from the various groups and societies! So, Please! send me your events, diary entries and things in need of promotion... AND, please send me any fun bits or anecdotes, or observations that you’d like to share with the columns’ readers! samanthaguard@btinternet.com tel; 07970650321 or 893699 - I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you, Sami x

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