Ninfield and Hooe

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: The main event this weekend is, of course, on Sunday and the celebration of Mums everywhere. I’m looking forward to spending time with my esteemed Mama for lunch: and as I am also Mummy to five wonderful scamps of the canine variety, I am expecting my own array of gorgeous girly gifts; given gladly, and with no help from any male human being in the household. Or not. Well, I can dream, can’t I?

METHODIST CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am, the church will be holding a Messy Church, Mother’s Day and Others’ service with lots of crafts and activities, a celebration and a breakfast brunch. There will be presents given out that have been made by the young people and everyone is warmly invited to join the event.

PARISH CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, Parish Eucharist 9.30am, St Oswald’s Hooe, Family Service 11.15am

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: The next meeting will be on Monday at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. There will be further updates on the current planning proposals for the village, and more news on the open meeting on March 16 at the Memorial Hall. Residents will have their flyers by now with details of how to get more involved and Chairman Ian Drewer urges everyone to keep positive about how they can help change the suggested numbers made by WDC for Ninfield. Do go along to one of the meetings and have your say.

FLOWER GROUP: A last reminder for the meeting on March 7 at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, when there will be the demonstration by Christine Nash entitled Easter Awakening. Non-members are always welcome, £4 for entry to these fabulous floral evenings and you will get light refreshments included, and remember, all flowers used in the demonstrations are raffled at the end of the evening. The flower group are also holding a Jumble Sale at the Memorial Hall on Saturday March 19 to raise funds for their ongoing displays and for their charity. Doors open at 2pm. If you have anything to donate and need it picking up, please call Jennifer Collett on 892878 or for more information email ninfieldflowers@gmail.com

CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION: The next meeting will be on Wednesday at the Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and listen to all the proposed ideas for the up-coming events. The first being Pram Race Day, on May Bank Holiday, Monday, May 2. It was fantastic having some lovely new members, and friends, joining last month, and one has even volunteered to take on the role of treasurer. Huge thanks from the committee to outgoing Steve and incoming Tracey. Please come and join us by the roaring log fire on Wednesday evening, it’s a great group of people and great fun getting these events together.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: Will meet, in their new combined format with the Golden Circle, on Wednesday in the Methodist Hall at 2.30pm. The new group would love some new members, with their husbands too, and the first gathering will see speaker David Powell giving a new aspect and understanding while looking at Clouds.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday March 11, 2pm, Hooe Village Hall, you will find this lively group taking tea and listening to Robert Powell talking about the Sweeter Side of Life. Do go and enjoy the company, they will be pleased to see you. Call Edna Wallis on 842591 or email Edna@thetudorhouse.co.uk for more information.

NINFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY: It’s the AGM on Thursday March 17, so an early heads up here to get along to the Working Men’s Club, 8pm, and find out more of what this active society have planned for the village events this year. They too would like some more members and friends. Like the Carnival Co. Just remember, when you see marquees, stages and tents going up, they also eventually need to come down and there aren’t any pixies or fairies magically waving their wands, unfortunately. All volunteers are warmly welcomed. Call Carol on 893326.

HISTORY GROUP: Following the huge success of the last gathering, with Liz and David giving a brilliant and warmly received talk on Ninfield School, the next meeting is on Thursday March 17, 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. The speaker for this evening will be Sarah Page from The Truggery who will be giving a talk on the History of Sussex Trugs. Entry is £1 for members and £3 for non-members, with refreshments included. Call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 for more information.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL: An early reminder that the next meeting of the parish council will be on Monday March 21 at 7.30pm in the village hall, with all Hooe residents invited to attend. Please contact Sally Durman, the Clerk to the Council on 893007, or email hooepc2@btinternet.com for all information.

ADVANCED WARNING: There are several important meetings coming up in March in Ninfield, so here’s a quick list for your diaries and I will give more info as they come nearer in the column. Ninfield Village Society AGM and meeting on Tuesday March 22 in the Reading Room. This will include a brief report on the years’ undertakings and then a speaker, Graham Kean, with a talk and slide show entitled, The Normans at Pevensey. Ninfield Horticultural Society have two events this month; Monday March 21 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall sees Wendy from Rotherview speaking on Camelias, then there is the Annual Spring Show on Saturday March 26, Easter Saturday, also in the Memorial Hall from 2.30pm. Class entry details and schedules are available from the Village Stores in Lower Street or from Rose Franks, please call 892422.

HM QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY: Carol and I have had a first brainstorming session, followed by a large glass of wine, And as well as the Ninfield Beacon Lighting on HM’s real Birthday, April 21, there is a huge array of events detailed for the official weekend, now on a list being circulated to all groups and societies for their input and suggestions. It promises to be a fantastic weekend in June, so please get involved if you can.

DEFIBRILLATORS: Don’t forget, these invaluable first aid pieces of equipment are situated at the centre of both Villages. Ninfield Kings Arms PH, Hooe Red Lion PH.

AND FINALLY: Please get in touch through the usual channels, samanthaguard@btinternet.com, tel: 07970650321 or 893699 and have a lovely weekend, whatever you’ve got planned. Let’s hope the sun shines and we can make the best of the slightly longer evenings. Not long before we all spring forward on Easter Saturday, yes, Tempus is still Fugit-ing. Thanks and lots of love to Mum x.

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