IT’S BANK HOLIDAY AGAIN: And, if the forecasts have been correct, there should be good weather to enjoy the many events planned for this May three-day weekend. It’s fantastic that there are so many willing volunteers in village and town communities who spend hours over the weeks and months leading up to these events discussing, finalising, creating and then manning the various stalls and stands, show-grounds and marquees with the fervent hope that the weather will be kind. The visitors turn up and everyone participating has a really good time. To be on these committees that organise fundraisers and fetes needs a sense of humour plus dedication and commitment. The whole meaning of the activity is within that word to Commit and then later, when the event has taken place all has been cleared away and the date of the next meeting set for the wash-up those weary souls who have given it their all, sink into a comfy chair, grab a large glass of their favourite Merlot Wine or Malt Whiskey and say, never again. So, good luck to everyone this weekend, especially to Trish and the team at the Bexhill Horseshow on Monday, and this Sunday to the Ninfield Carnival Committee.
WACKY RACES DAY: This Bank Holiday Sunday, in the Blacksmiths car park and with racing along Manchester Road, this annual event is back and look out for some fun surprises. Starting at 11.30am, with the first race at midday, there are the usual kart races for juniors and seniors and the emphasis has been on racing your own home made kart. Plus, there will be the new skateboard and scooter races, where all safety/protective gear must be worn, and again all transportation decorated up. The SID machine will be set up for the Speed Challenge for racers to get the fastest MPH in the shortest time and there will, again, be the Fun/Mixed Walking race, for all ages. It’s funny how suddenly everyone takes on the Olympic Wiggle, while trying not to break the rules, or into a run. Marshalls will be on hand to make sure there’s no cheating and some of the marshalls are the footballers from the new NVFC, so watch out. In the car park there will be the barbecue, a betting/tote stand, the raffle, tuck shop with novelty items and the Nerf Gun Competition stand. This has caused much hilarity with the grown ups organising it, they have had much practice themselves, just to make sure they know how it all works, or so they keep saying. The Blacksmiths have a band playing within the pub from 3pm, The Kavemen, and all is set for a fabulous day. Sponsors for the prize money for the races are C&C Carpets, Rutherford Rare Books and Ninfield Parish Council.
PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of NPC is on Thursday at 7.15pm in the Methodist Hall, Church Lane. Following the AGM and Annual Parish Meeting last week, Kaye Crittell has been re-elected as chairman, with Muggins again as her Vice-C...oh well, here’s to year 16. There was a very good turn-out at the meeting, with local groups and societies gathering together to exchange thoughts and ideas and give updates on their activities during 2016. There were reports from District Councillor Pam Doodes, and recently re-elected County Councillor, Bill Bentley, and as the meeting progressed, it was clear that in the relaxed environment with a glass of wine and sandwiches to hand, there was much for people present to applaud and be proud of within their parish. New ideas were put forward and again the call for more residents to step up to become parish councillors. It is rewarding, can be a fair amount of work, but many hands will make light of it and consequently more can be achieved, with less stress along the way. Please call Jackie Scarff, Parish Clerk, on 07725843505 or email email@example.com if you’d like more information on what is involved.
FLOWR GROUP: Monday June 5 at 7.30pm, the flower group will welcome Jenny Nye with her demonstration entitled Memorable Moments. Non-members are always welcome at a small charge of £4 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated throughout will be raffled at the end of the evening. The next Monday meeting will be July 3 and Claire Bryant with her demonstration That May Come in Handy One Day. Then, it’s all eyes on the August Bank Holiday weekend, when the bi-Annual Flower Festival takes over the Memorial Hall for all three days. This year’s theme is 40 Years On, it’s the 40th Anniversary of the flower group and there will be lots to celebrate over the holiday weekend. All proceeds from the festival will be donated to various charities and this year the recipients will be Bexhill Street Pastors, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Joshua Smith (to help towards the physiotherapy he needs for his cerebral palsy) and Ninfield Memorial Hall. For more information regarding the meetings, displays and shows, or to join the group, please call Jennifer Collett on 892878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOG: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group, the lively ladies club, will be on Friday June 9 in the village hall in Hooe, starting at 2.30pm. Edna Wallis would be thrilled to see any new members who might like to join them in their activities, afternoon teas and entertainments. Their meetings are always the second Friday of the month and a lot of fun is had by all. Call Edna on 01424 842591.
BOWLS CLUB: A morose message from Carole. Unfortunately, the two games played last week with Bexhill and Cross in Hand had less than good results and both were lost. The weather on Saturday May 20 was very changeable, windy and rainy, and the club held their Ladies v Gents competition and the Ladies beat the Men 108-70. Eight teams took part with the winning team with most points, 40, being Rose Groves, Carole Lawrence, Jackie Richards and Sheila Symes. The weather ended beautifully and the fish and chips for 40 members rounded off a fantastic afternoon.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 10.30am Methodist Church, Worship and Praise with Pen Wilcock. St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist.
EARLY HEADS UP: Fetes, festivals, carnivals and garden parties. It’s June, the season has begun. This is a first call for Hooe their Church Garden Party is on Saturday July 1 from midday to 4.30pm in the churchyard of St Oswald’s Hooe. There will be various stalls to include a tombola, bowling for pig, raffle, coconut shy, refreshments and the Hooe Silver Band. Entry is free.
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