Ninfield and Hooe

N WATCH: Ninfield and Hooe Neighbourhood Watch report. With the warm weather seeming to have finally arrived, please bear in mind that leaving windows open which may be accessible to thieves, is not advisable. Likewise, although it is very nice to be in one’s garden enjoying the fine days, we need to be aware that leaving doors open could give a burglar access. On another matter, if you are concerned with being scammed, it is in the news quite often, then it may be worth getting the Sussex Police book entitled ‘The Little Book of BIG SCAMS’ which is full of very useful information. You should be able to get this from your local Police Station but if you have a problem then contact Rod and he should be able to get you one: Rod Ffoulkes Phone 893635 or email

BOWLS CLUB: The club have fared much better this week. On a sunny June 3 they played at home against Mayfield, winning 69-43. They played away on June 6 against Hellingly but lost 70-85. With the sun shining once again on June 7, which aided Ninfield to another win at home against Beckley, with a score of 70-48. Three of the teams ladies participate in the Pett Mixed Triples open invitation on June 4. Although they did not win overall they did win two of their three games and considering some of the teams had men as well as women they did very well.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be today, Friday, at 2.30pm which will be a cream tea and a general knowledge quiz. For information of the club’s activities call the social organiser Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 or e-mail:

OPEN GARDENS: Arthritis Research UK (Ninfield) are holding an open gardens afternoon tomorrow, Saturday, from 2pm at Chamberlain House and Morfa, both on The Green, Ninfield. Cream teas will also be available at the Methodist Church hall (Church Lane). Entry to the gardens is by donation and tickets are available at each venue. Cream teas are also donations.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: Then next meeting of the Golden Circle is June 16, when Terri Sayers will be speaking on Circus Life, which sounds very interesting. The meeting, as usual, will be at 2.30pm in the Methodist Hall. Do come along. For more information please call Jean Holmes on 212663.

CHARITY CURRY NIGHT: Lorna Tomasetti has organised a Charity Curry Night to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The event will be held at the Chilli Tree in Bexhill, with tickets costing £20 each. If you would like to support the event and enjoy an evening of curry, please contact Lorna on 07880501805 or 893644 to book your place. Lorna would also welcome any donations for the raffle.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: At the Ninfield History Group meeting in May they had Dr Janet Pennington talking on Witches, Warlocks and Wellington – Ritual Protection of the Home. It was a really entertaining 90 minutes, with some surprising ways that people in the past have protected their homes. One of the most common was the secreting of old shoes at access points around the home. The fire place and chimney seemed the most popular. Placing stone axe heads in the roof structure was another and, even more bizarre to people nowadays, were jars filled with nails and urine. Apparently these methods were supposed to keep evil spirits away. Dr Pennington told of other ways that have been used and the group were all fascinated with her tales. Their next meeting on Thursday, 7.30pm in Ninfield Methodist Church Hall, should be equally entertaining, if not more so, with Henry VIII coming in full costume to tell them of his life. He will be appearing with the assistance of Tony Harris. This talk has been experienced by some of their members who say it is not to be missed.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: Hooe History Society meet next on Thursday at 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. Clive Davies contacted our Committee Member Peter Doodes after reading a report of his talk to the Society about the salt marshes and their history. Peter was thrilled with what Clive had to tell him and very soon it became apparent his knowledge of the area and past experience would be of great interest to the society as a whole. They are fortunate indeed that Clive Davies and Andy Saunders, editor of Britain at War magazine, have agreed to be this month’s speakers. Entitled Wings over Hooe, this promises to reveal history of the village and surrounding area previously unknown to most, if not all, of us. Guests and Visitors are welcome, and if you would like further information before the meeting please contact either Peter Doodes 01424 882329 or Chairman Heather Sinden 01424 893422.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of Ninfield Parish Council will be held on July 2, 7.15pm at Ninfield Methodist Hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

STREET MARKET: Saturday, June 20 sees something different in the village. Based at the Blacksmith’s there will be a street market with various interesting food and other stalls from 6.30pm. Tables and chairs will be set out so you can buy your supper trying out the different foods on offer. There will be a Children’s Entertainer from 6.45 p.m. as well as a face painter, from 8pm a band will play to entertain all, so go along, eat, chat to friends, dance to the music, enjoy a sociable night out.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, no service. St Oswald’s Hooe, Combined Parish Eucharist, 10.30am. Ninfield Methodist Church, 2.30pm Methodist Homes Sunday with Margaret Bickerdike.

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