Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

OPENING NIGHT: By the time you read this it’ll have been and gone. Tech week went well considering. It’s amazing, but it really doesn’t matter how long a rehearsal period is, it’s always fraught by the end, with the last dress rehearsal a scrambled nightmare and the actors emerging afterwards like bewildered rabbits in headlights. But, that old adage Bad Dress, Good Performance often holds true, and whatever happens, I’m sure that Somewhere in England will have launched successfully. The BBC came to film us last week and were suitably impressed with our 1940’s portrayal of the radio broadcasts, seems like I found the right voice in the bag after all. Jolly good show. Anyway, having just got back from a quick circuit of the Sea Festival event (and purchased lovely breads, chutneys, olives etc) it’s time to settle down and get the column out, before driving back to Bedford later.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: Meet today, Friday, at 2.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. New members are very welcome to go along and join in with this lively group of ladies. There are raffles, cream teas, speakers and a lot of laughs on these Friday gatherings. Please call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 for more details on what they get up to each month.

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: On Monday, 7.30pm at the Reading Room, Church Lane; the Chairman, Paul Coleshill, will be very pleased to welcome residents at a meeting to update everyone on what has been happening over the summer with regard to the proposed planning and building issues and the documents put forward by Wealden District Council. The latest consultation period is closing soon, and the parish council are submitting their last pieces of information, evidence and pleas for the reduction of the housing numbers suggested by WDC for Ninfield. If you would like to hear the latest information; add your voice to the mix or volunteer help in any way, please email Ninfield is strongly against over-development, but will support and promote proven, sustainable change.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Will be meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall, Church Lane; when they will welcome back Ian Everest, who will be giving one of his extremely entertaining talks entitled Shepherds of the South Downs. Light refreshments will be on offer, and new members are always welcome. A little later in the month, on Saturday September 24, there will be an afternoon at the Memorial Hall, a bigger venue, to accommodate an exhibition and displays, plus another chance to hear the fantastic talk given by Liz Darbyshire and David Swales on the History of Ninfield School. This was so popular and acclaimed last time, that the group have thankfully decided to do it again, entry is only £2 for non-members and £1 for members. Please take this golden opportunity to catch this fascinating and important look at a central part of Ninfield’s History. Doors open at 2pm with the talk starting at 2.30pm. If you’d like more information, please call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email Don’t forget the History Group Calendar 2017 will look a whole lot brighter if you purchase this unique and original calendar showing scenes of the village created and painted by resident, local artists. It’s only £6, can be bought from now on, and is an ideal Christmas present.

HOOE SONG CONCERT: I’ve had a message from Jack Rist at St Oswald’s Church in Hooe, who has informed me that there will very soon be a fantastic Song Concert to raise more, much needed funds for the Church Roof Restoration project. On Saturday September 24, at 7.30pm the church will host a stunning evening of well-known songs and arias from the world of Opera and Operetta. They will be performed by Grace Constable, soprano and Gary Marriott, tenor, with accompaniment by Duncan Reid. Tickets are available at £10 per head which will also include a light supper with a glass of wine. This will be a very popular event, and booking early is advisable. Please call Janet Pattison on 01424 845087 and get your places now.

NINFIELD BOWLS CLUB: Thanks to Carole, who gives the following report. A few results for the week after the Bank Holiday, August 31, Ninfield 63 Fairlight 82. September 2, only eight ends were played before the match had to be abandoned due to rain. September 3, Ninfield played the Visually Handicapped team from Hastings. They had a fantastic afternoon, in better weather, and all played well.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL: Will recommence its bi-monthly meetings on Monday September 19, 7.30pm at the village hall and all Hooe residents are invited to attend. Please contact Sally Durman on 893007 for any information.

NINFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY: Wednesday September 21 at 8pm in the Ninfield Working Men’s Club. This will be the penultimate meeting before the big event. The bonfire and fireworks night will be held on Saturday October 22. Do go along and hear how things are progressing; call Carol Holland on 893326 or look at their website for any more information.

CHURCH SERVICES: Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Service of Worship and Praise.

Parish Church, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Combined Parish Eucharist Service (no service at St Oswald’s).

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