Ninfield and Hooe

U18S FOOTBALL: Ninfield’s U18 Football team’s match last week against Cranbrook was postponed as Cranbrook were playing in the Kent County Cup. The club’s upcoming fixtures are as follows, where your support will always be welcome: October 4, away to Tunbridge Wells Youth Hawks at Ridgeway playing fields (U18s Knockout Cup); October 11, home against Pembury Athletic at Ninfield Recreation Ground; October 18, home against Tunbridge Wells Foresters Spitfires at Ninfield Recreation Ground; November 1, away to Cranbrook Town Juniors at Big Side, Cranbrook School. All matches kick off at 10.30am.

BOWLS CLUB: On September 17, Ninfield Club held a candlelit supper and bowls match. Carole Lawrence, the club’s press officer, said, ‘The rinks looked like runways with the candles lit.’

On Sunday September 20, four members took part in the Rother League Bowls Final Fling at Staplecross Bowls Club (just outside Sedlescombe). Chris and Brenda Haffenden/Vic Lawrence and Sue Haffenden represented Ninfield. The four members had a most enjoyable day with lunch and afternoon tea, cheered on by three other members, who went over to support them. Ten league teams took part in this event with Ninfield being joint winners with 21 points (won seven games lost two). However, because of shot difference Sidley Martlets, who also had 21 points, were presented with a tumbler showing them as winners. Ninfield did very well considering some of the league teams they lost to during the season and were well above Ninfield in the league table. They have two new members from Ninfield but would welcome a few more residents to take up the sport with them. It boosted their morale and they look forward to an enjoyable Bowls Season in 2016. They now start their social evenings which include beetle drives, games evenings, darts and whist drives.

CONCERT: Hooe Brass Band and Senlac Handbell Ringers are holding a concert at St Peter’s Church, Bexhill Old Town tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Admission is free. The retiring collection will go towards St Peter’s maintenance fund.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Ninfield Methodist Church on Sunday will celebrate Harvest Festival. At 10.30am they will have a Harvest Thanks service with the 1st Ninfield Scouts, our Messy Church group and our minister the Reverend Tricia Williams. Any harvest gifts will be shared with the Bexhill Foodbank. Then in the evening at 6pm we will enjoy a Harvest Praise service with friends from our Methodist Circuit of Hastings, Bexhill and Rye with the Reverend Ian Pruden and Reverend Tricia Williams. Do go along if you can.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday, Ninfield Flower Group meet in the Memorial Hall where they will welcome Patricia Ellis with her demonstration entitled Simple Pleasures. Non- members are welcome at a charge of £4 which includes refreshments. All flowers demonstrated will be raffled at the end of the evening. Should you require any further information regarding any of their events, please telephone Jennifer on 01424 892878 or email

ARTHRITIS COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning to raise funds for Arthritis Research UK is being held on Wednesday from 10.30am to noon. This will be held in the Reading Room. Non members, and new members will be most welcome. Contributions for the raffle, and for the bring and buy stall would also be very welcome.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be on Friday, October 9 at 2.30pm, when our Member of Parliament, Huw Merriman has been invited to meet the members and outline his vision for our area, as well as the country at large. Visitors will be welcome. However all questions for Huw must be sent to Edna Wallis two weeks in advance (

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a Jumble Sale on October 10, at Ninfield Memorial Hall, 2pm. An entrance fee of 50p will get you into lots of bargains, refreshments and more. Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to kindly donate, please contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878.

CHRISTIAN VOICES PERFORMANCE: Christian Voices, the Musical Drama Group, will be performing their next play in October. It is called The Runaway Slave and is based on the Bible Story from the New Testament of Paul, Onesimus and Philemon. The play was written by Alan Young and the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin. Christian Voices will be performing at Ninfield Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, October 10, at 3pm. As usual, the admission is free, with refreshments to follow and all are very welcome to attend.

HOOE CLEAN UP: Everyone is invited to join a team from Hastings Conservation Volunteers on Sunday, October 11 from 10.30am to 3pm for the annual clear up of Hooe’s own very special wildlife site, Hooe Common Nature Reserve. Go with the family and friends, or by yourself, and join in for the day or just an hour or two. It is a worthwhile and interesting way to spend an autumn Sunday. Further details from Peter Doodes 01424 892329.

CARNIVAL NEWS: The next Carnival meeting is the AGM on Wednesday October 14 at the Working Men’s Club at 8.30pm and the committee will be providing food; chilli, curry, chicken and chips. You are invited to go along and listen to all the exciting new ideas, have your say on the Theme for the events and give a pledge to help for an hour when you can. Every little helps to create such a treasured Village event. You will be very welcome.

CHARITY CURRY NIGHT: On Wednesday October 14, Lorna and Kev Tomasetti have organised a charity curry night to raise money for Hastings based charity Charity for Kids and a group of their members who are currently climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money to purchase a swim spa for their son Edward Tomasetti. Edward suffers from a rare collagen disorder and experiences daily pain in his joints. The swim spa will allow the family to provide much needed hydrotherapy for their son. Tickets for the event cost £20 and can be purchased from Lorna or Kev by telephoning 893644 or 07880501805. The curry night will be held at the Chille Tree, Bexhill at 7.30pm. Please support the kind people who are currently walking up the mountain for Edward.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: After a very interesting talk by Clive Richardson on the cat creeps and twittens of old Hastings last month, a visit to see these to be on a future agendas, they are stepping back somewhat. When, for their next meeting on Thursday, October 15, Helen Poole, formerly of the Sussex Archaeological Society, will talk on Sussex and the Napoleonic Wars. Helen is a very good and knowledgeable speaker so members are looking forward to that. As usual, they meet at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall in Church Lane. Admission is £1 for members and £3 for non members. Coffee, tea and biscuits included. For further information contact Rod Ffoulkes on or phone 893635.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: On Thursday October 15, Hooe History Society welcomes Barry Wilkinson to their meeting. Barry’s career was a Prison Officer based at North Eye Prison, his talk will relate some of his many experiences and stories about the workings of an open prison. Many of us in Hooe still remember that night when the prison was set alight, the night sky was bright with the fierce burning. It will be fascinating to hear Barry’s account of that night and of other more routine happenings.

The popular 2016 Calendar will be on sale at the meeting. This year it features the historic properties of Hooe. The society have managed to keep the price the same as last year; £6 buys you a great calendar for your wall or fabulous Christmas gifts for your family members near or far as they are easy and inexpensive to send. If you can’t wait until October 15 they can be purchased from Pam and Peter Doodes at Catslide, Hooe, telephone 01424 892329. As always you will receive a fabulous welcome if you decide to go to their monthly meeting, just turn up ready for the 7.30 p.m. start in Hooe Village Hall. Further details from the Doodes, telephone as above.

CHURCH SERVICES: Ninfield Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Harvest Thanksgiving All Age Service with Revd Tricia Williams. 6pm United Circuit Service with Revd Ian Pruden and Revd Tricia Williams.

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