Ninfield and Hooe

U18S FOOTBALL: The club’s upcoming fixtures are as follows, where your support will always be welcome: 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.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The next meeting of Hooe Open Group will be Today, Friday, 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 (

MP DROP IN: Today, Friday, Huw Merriman MP will be spending the afternoon in Hooe meeting local residents and attending Hooe Open Group. Following the HOGs meeting he will cross to The Red Lion at 4.15pm until 5pm, where he hopes to meet many local Hooe residents. So, if you would like to talk to him, have concerns you would like to raise with him or any suggestions you would like to discuss please drop in, no appointment necessary. There will also be a warm welcome from the landlord, Lee. Further details if required from Huw’s office 01424 736861 or District Councillor Pam Doodes 01424 892329.

JUMBLE SALE: Ninfield Flower Group are holding a Jumble Sale tomorrow, Saturday, 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: 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 tomorrow, Saturday, 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, 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 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 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, 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. 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 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 7.30pm start in Hooe Village Hall. Further details from the Doodes, telephone as above.

HOME MADE FAYRE: Ninfield Memorial Hall are holding their third Home Made Fayre on Saturday October 17 at Ninfield memorial Hall. Once again there will be a variety of stalls including: ceramics, glass, freshly made pies, cakes, jams and cosmetics. Teas and coffees will be available on the day and there will be an activity space for children. The Fayre will be open between 10am and 3pm with all monies raised going towards to the continued upgrade of the Memorial Hall. All stall holders are local and everything hand-made. It’s well worth a visit.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Their new season starts on Monday October 19 with the AGM at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. This will be followed by another selection of Kim Parks’ wonderful local slides. Annual membership fees of £4 can be paid that evening which will give you free entrance to all their events. New members always welcome. Do go along for an enjoyable evening.

GOLDEN CIRCLE: Their next meeting is on Tuesday, October 20, at 2.30pm when they have David Powell returning to talk this time on Clouds. His previous talk was very interesting and entertaining so I am assured this will be as enjoyable. Members may even learn something useful to enable us to predict our weather in the future. This meeting will, as usual, start at 2.30 p.m. and will be in the Methodist Hall. For more information call Jean Holmes on 212663.

BARN DANCE: Why not begin half term with a good old dance at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 24? Lorna and Veronica have organised a dance to raise much needed funds for Ninfield’s successful Scout group (for all sections). Tickets cost £5 per adult and £2 per child, which can be purchased from Ninfield Post Office, Sandra Creasey, Lorna (893644) or Veronica. There will be a live band, disco, bar and tuck shop - starts 7.30pm. This event was very popular last year, so please book your tickets early.

METHODIST CHURCH: Sunday, 10.30am, Holy Communion with Revd David Freeland.

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