Ninfield and Hooe

BOWLS CLUB: Ninfield Bowls Club have managed to dodge the weather to get in three matches last week. On August 18, they played Hailsham but lost 67-85. They played Gullivers in a League match on August 20, drawing 65-65. With the sun shining on Saturday, August 22, Ninfield beat Hellingly 83-81. There are only a few matches left before then end of the season so fingers crossed for them.

U18S FOOTBALL: The U18‘s had a very positive game last Sunday, August 23, when they played Hempden Park. They had their first win with a score of 4-1. Kevin Regan, the clubs media man, said, ‘First win of pre-season and we finally have most the squad together now for the season ahead. Wasn’t ideal turning up and being told Hampden Park only had eight players but Terry, Jack and Callum gracefully offered to play for them and ran their team for them. A second goal of pre-season for Charlie and a hat-trick from James gave us the win but we all know our performance needs to get even better ahead of the new season. Expect to see everyone at training Tuesday. Thank you and Well Done.’ The team’s final pre-season friendly, where the team would love your support, is Sunday, against Little Common U18s (home) 11am KO.

LOCAL HISTORY: Ninfield Local History Group’s recent meeting on Thursday, July 16 with Ian Gledhill’s Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, was much enjoyed by members, where he gave a very entertaining talk and slides. It bought back memories to the slightly older members. In September they have their exhibition on Saturday September 12 in the Memorial Hall from 10am to 4pm, when the theme will be Famous Local Characters and include some less famous. Who knows, maybe one of your family will be amongst those displayed. Light refreshments will be served throughout. Admission is £2. Their new book, researched and written by Liz Darbyshire, titled Shopper Keepers and Traders will be on sale. This book gives details of all traders in the directories from 1845 to 1950, along with many old photographs.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: In Ninfield, we are fortunate that we suffer from very little crime so when it occurs it is a concern. Recently, an elderly lady was awoken from her sleep when someone smashed in her front door. An alarming occurrence for anybody. The police came round promptly and investigated, and arranged for temporary work to secure the property. Following this the good news is that the police have apprehended the perpetrator. Clearly, this is good work by the police, and good news for Ninfield when on the rare occasions we have a crime the perpetrator can be caught so promptly. It must give us confidence in our local police. Unfortunately very few people attended the recent panel meeting when Rachael Scott, our PCSO, attended and those who came were able to ask for information and discuss local concerns. Their next meeting is on Tuesday, November 24 in the Reading Room at 7.30pm, do please put it in your diary and go. Ted Kemp, leader of Rother Neighbourhood Watch, will come and show his video of SCAMS. This should be very informative as it is so easy to get caught out. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided and no charge is made. For further details of Neighbourhood Watch, please contact Rod Ffoulkes email or phone 893635.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: The Ninfield Flower Group’s Flower Festival, On the Box, is August 29 to 31, 10.30am to 5pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall. All money raised this year is in aid of the Medical Detection Dogs, Bexhill Dementia Alliance and the Dragonflies project Hastings, with a donation to the Memorial Hall. Entry £2 per person. Refreshments, plants, raffle, crafts and other stalls. Do go and enjoy the beautiful arrangements.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Open Group will be on Friday, September 11, at Hooe Village Hall, commencing at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Councillor Stuart Earl, who is always a very welcome guest to the group.

HISTORY EXHIBITION: The Ninfield Local History Group are mounting an exhibition on Saturday, September 12, at the Memorial Hall. The group has set aside space for stall holders so if you would like to run a stall at this event please call 01424 892248 to book a pitch.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, no service. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Combined Parish Eucharist. Ninfield Methodist Church, 10.30am Worship and Praise with Revd Ian Pruden.

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