Ninfield and Hooe

SUNSHINE, AND THEN SHOW: Well, it’s a bit brighter anyway; although the swift drop in temperature was somewhat alarming, and sent higher tog duvets and jumpers flying to the fore. It’s quite amazing how a small scattering of snow can cause one to suddenly shiver as if on the north face of Everest, or on the set of the BBC’s series Dickensian. Hilarious. Sumptuous it may be, and with a huge stellar cast, but that warehouse conversion in East London must be the snowiest landscape around....and the most expensive, at half a million pounds per episode.

MEMORIAL HALL: Tenuously linking from TV Drama to Ninfield Memorial Hall, there’s a jump. Well, not really. Over the 100 years that the Memorial hall has stood in Ninfield, there have been countless performances by amateurs and professionals alike, all on the lovely, and rare, raked stage. From Pantomimes by the NATS, to the Brighton Revue Company Revusichall shows, from primary school Nativity plays to Burlesque and Big Bands; the hall has served its audiences well, and with the current, ongoing refurbishment, will continue to do so for another 100 years. Funds are constantly being raised and the next set of improvements will be to have the stage sanded and treated (no more splinters) then new sound boarding above the stage, new tracking and new Front of House curtains. There is also the hope that a substantial projection screen will be purchased so it will be possible to run films, and have an extra resource for corporate functions. All good news. So, with this Ninfield landmark in mind, here are some events over the next few weeks, in the hall, that you might like to take note of.

JUMBLE SALE: 1st Ninfield Scout Group Jumble Sale. There will be another of these fantastic jumble sales on Saturday January 30 at the Memorial Hall from 2pm onwards. If you have any jumble you would like to get rid of please bring to the Hall on Friday evening (January 29) after 6.30pm or on the Saturday after 8.30am. If you would like the jumble to be picked up, the Scouts are happy to collect so please call Dick Creasey on 07970559226 or Rosemary Cooper on 892681.On the sale day there will be refreshments available while you search out those bargains, and also a raffle. Entry is only 50p, so please support this fantastic group.

INDOOR BOOT FAIR: Following the success of the event held in November, the hall committee have decided to hold another Indoor Boot Fair on Sunday February 7. This is a perfect time to offload any unwanted Christmas presents, or buy something new for Valentine’s Day. This event is a fundraiser for the hall and it’s hoped it will be as well attended as last time. Tables are £7 each to book, with sellers able to get in at 8am and buyers from 9am. It will be a 50p entry, and there will be tea and coffee available. For more information please call me on the usual numbers below.

DANCE/DRAMA CLASSES: Every week there are classes in the hall, for all ages. Tuesday evenings at 8pm sees the Ladies Dancersize class, and fortnightly on a Friday there is a Burlesque Class at 7pm. Dance and Drama for the youngsters also happens on a Friday with the Tinies (3 to 6yrs) at 4.30pm to 5pm, then 10 to 14yrs from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. All the children have the chance to work from scripts, or do improvisation, work in comedy and drama, gaining confidence and life skills that stay with them for life Please call for charges etc on the numbers below.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Will meet on Thursday February 4 at the Methodist Hall, Church Lane, at 7.15pn. All residents are invited to attend, and are very welcome. There is already a lot going on for this year, and it would be great to see more people coming along to find out where their parish proportion of council tax goes. The details and minutes of meetings are on the notice boards and the parish council website or you can call the Clerk to the Council on 07725 843 505, or email

CARNIVAL COMMITTEE: Thursday February 10, 8.30pm Working Men’s Club. Look forward to seeing hundreds of you there.

DEFIBRILLATORS: Kings Arms Ninfield and Red Lion Hooe 24/7 availability, easy access to aid when necessary.

THE QUEEN: Well that got your attention. There are celebrations planned throughout the country for the Queens’ 90th Birthday this spring. Ninfield is no exception and will be organising several events, and people are asked to help in any way they can. Please contact me, Sami Guard, on 07970650321, 893699, or email if you would like to contribute to the column, the events, or would like more info on anything. It would be good to hear from you.

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