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Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

Two weeks and counting!: And, amazingly, there are fully lit gardens and houses, Xmas trees in windows, and Space-defying flashing l.e.ds all over the place, and have been since December dawned! Reality T.V shows are in their finals’ stages, Pantomimes have opened all over the country (Boo! to this Wicked Queen who’s unwillingly ‘resting’ this year!!)...and so, it can all only mean one thing, that the ever-extending Christmas season is up and bolting, and for ‘The Twelve days..’ now read ‘The Three and a half weeks..’; Now, that’s a lot of extra presents from the ‘True Love’, from the Pear tree-bound Partridge, via gold rings, swans and Ladies Dancing to the main Christmas Day heralding the arrival of..er, 25 Horses Racing...? No, that’s Boxing day! Anyway, if you’re tired already from all the ‘Festive Fun’ and ‘Jolly Yuletide Jingles’, Google-up the ‘Irish 12 days of Christmas’, performed by Frank Kelly, and you will definitely be cheered up, in fact, I promise you’ll be crying with laughter by the end! And so..

Seasonal Market at the Blacksmiths Inn: This Saturday, 10th December, from 9am - 11am- This is the first of 4 Markets being held within the Blacksmiths pub, where stalls from local small businesses and produce providers will tempt you with an array of sumptuous goodies! From Cakes and Confectionery; Game, Glassware and Aprons; to Puddings, Pies, Plants and Eggs - lots of lovely things to choose from, as original Christmas presents and fare. Landlord Jack is treating each market as a fundraiser for the Village, so proceeds from the stalls’ bookings will go towards a different project each time; so, not only a great chance for some Christmas Shopping, but also helping local causes! Do come along for a lovely cup of coffee and a browse around, from 9am on Saturday...see you there!

Catsfield: Sussex Harmony, Saturday 10th December 3pm onwards for a jolly Workshop of Carols with West Gallery, then a Carol Concert with a difference from 7.30pm! All at Catsfield Village Hall, and the more the merrier! Please bring your voice, a sense of fun and loads of enthusiasm...and an instrument if you play one - my personal choice is the Spoons! Call Mike Cooper on 892681 for more details!

Christian Voices: A lovely message from Alan and Jacqueline- to let us know that the wonderful Musical Drama Group, Christian Voices, will be appearing this Sunday, the 11th December, from 10.30am in the Methodist Church. They will present their Christmas play, entitled ‘Holy Light’, during the Service. It tells of the appearance of the Angel to the Shepherds, and how there is hope for those who think they are too far away from God. The Play, and all the songs, were written by Alan Young, and this promises again to be a beautiful piece of inspirational, musical drama. The Group is always very popular, and the Plays well received, so set your alarm to get to the Methodist Church in good time on Sunday!

Sparke Pavilion; Grand Re-Opening!: Sunday 11th December, 2.30pm at the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground; The new building, although not quite finished inside, will be officially opened, and the Names of the rooms within announced. There are plaques ready to be put on the doors, and the top 4 names- that were voted for many times- were taken from the original list of nominations submitted. I’ll announce them in next week’s column after the official event! If you’d like to see the new Sparke Pavilion inside, and join the volunteers, societies and groups who have helped get it up and running, plus the Parish Council and Nominees, please come up to the Rec by 2.30pm on Sunday, and everyone is very welcome.

Ninfield Horticultural Society: The Member’s Christmas Evening is on Monday 12th December in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. The Committee are planning some jolly entertainment and games..!...and will provide drinks; it is hoped that edible contributions will be forthcoming..so take along some scrummy Christmas comestibles! There promises to be loads of fun and several surprises..so do go along, you might win a prize!

Ninfield Carol Concert: Tuesday 13th December from 7.30pm -9.30pm in the Memorial Hall, the Ninfield Primary School Singers will join the Hooe Silver Band, and as many Village residents as possible!, for the very popular Christmas Carol Concert. There will be refreshments and food, maybe some Mulled Wine!.. and a raffle; with all profits going towards the next phase of the Hall refurb. Entry on the door is £3 for Adults, with children free. This is a lovely evening, full of fun and good music, and some smashing singing by the small people! It will definitely get you more in the Festive mood...Honestly!

Ninfield Carnival Association; This coming Wednesday, 14th December, Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm - the Committee will have their last meeting of the year, and will be finalising the diary of events for 2017. A new ‘File’ will be constructed for all members and friends to know where, when, and how all the details of each event will get put together...and after all the brain work..?..there will be a jolly Christmas Drink...or two!.. Do come and join us, you’re very welcome!

ESCC Hearing Resource Centre: Thursday 15th December, in the Blacksmiths Car Park from 10.30am-12.30pm. ‘The Hearing Bus’, as it’s also known, which is a charity supported by Adult Social care, will be in situ for residents to call in and chat to representatives who will be able to give advice and answer any questions. The Bus is wheelchair-user accessible, and easy to sit in and relax while gaining interesting information and updates.

Church Services: Methodist Church 10.30am - ‘Holy Light’ Service - to include Musical Drama by Christian Voices.

Parish Church- (No service at St Mary’s Ninfield.)- 11.15am at St Oswald’ Hooe - Combined Service.

Defibrillators: Can be found for 24//7/365 emergency access at the Kings Arms PH Ninfield and the Red Lion PH Hooe, on the front entrance walls respectively

And Finally!: As we approach the end of the year, there will be a natural winding down of meetings and events, and no doubt the column/diary will be less in content for the next week or two, but instead of just stopping writing..!..I would love to have some jolly, personal greetings or messages sent in, to put in the column for the Christmas Edition, so please send any good wishes, funny stories or prospective Festive marriage proposals..?!..to the following contacts, and we’ll see how many I can get in for Christmas Eve! Look forward to hearing from you, I think!. P.S I’ve used the word ‘Jolly’ some 5 times through this column..so, I guess I must be..?!! samanthaguard@btinternet.com - 07970650321 - 893699 - @guard_jane Tweet!

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