Ninfield and Hooe

APRIL FOOL’S DAY: I can still remember the trepidation of going to school on April 1 and waiting for the class wag to do something absurd; with their hope of getting everyone’s applause and adulation, not from me I’m afraid. The tradition of making something out of nothing, creating some untrue extraordinary story for comedic purposes, or just playing a prank is a very long one; starting in Roman times, and notably in 1392 with a reference in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales of the Nun’s Priest’s tale. Then there’s my personal favourite of 1698, when the people of London were tricked by an advertisement to go to the Tower to ‘see the lions washed’, that appeals to my sense of humour. But whatever happens, just remember the British tradition that all jokes must be played out by midday or else the perpetrator becomes the Fool themselves. Fools are no bad thing though, there’s no fool like an old fool. ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread? And to all those with Birthdays on April 1. Have a fabulous day, all day, cos it’s your day, and my last quote is from Antony Newley a much missed friend from the show I did with him in the West End, Stop the World, I want to get off, What kind of Fool am I.

CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN: Hooe’s Clean for the Queen tomorrow, Saturday, meet at 9.30am in the Red Lion Car Park and you can join teams of willing volunteers, armed with litter pickers, for a good tidy up round the village. There are lots of areas around the UK doing this, in line with the national initiative and I’m sure everywhere will benefit, let’s just hope we can Keep Britain Tidy. Do fall in to the Red Lion afterwards for well earned pint.

FLOWER GROUP: Thanks to Betty for the additional information: On Monday starting at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, the flower group will welcome Pat MacDonald with her floral demonstration entitled TeeBeeDee. Non-members are always welcome, there is a small charge of £4, which includes refreshments. As per usual, all the flowers used in the displays will be raffled off at the end of the evening and all proceeds go towards the Flower Festival and the chosen charities for the year. The group would love to see new people, so if anyone would like more information, please call Jennifer on 892878 or email

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting is on Thursday at 7.15pm in the Methodist Hall. As always, there are lots of diverse topics being discussed, and everyone in Ninfield is encouraged to come to the meetings and have their input! The forthcoming AGM along with the Annual Parish Meeting, is on the Agenda, along with updates from the School, Sparke Pavilion rebuild, the Queen’s Celebrations, Traffic and Highways matters. It’s always interesting, sometimes lively and often hilarious, honestly. There will invariably be people who are determined to put the council down, but these volunteers are doing the best they can, under very trying circumstances sometimes, and endeavouring to make the village the best place it can be. Please contact the clerk to the council by phone on 07725843505 or by email, or you can look at the website Our District Councillor Pam Doodes also has a website for extensive information from Wealden District Council, or she can be contacted on 892329.

METHODIST CHURCH: On Sunday at 10.30am there will be a Café Church with breakfast, and a very warm invitation is extended to all.

PERFORMANCE: On April 9 at the Methodist Church Hall, the Christian Voices will be presenting a glorious play with songs called Hearts of Gold. Written by Alan Young, with songs composed by Dave Chamberlain, this fascinating musical drama is based on the Bible story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this one and only performance. The show will start at 3pm, admission is free, and there will be afternoon teas available. I’m sure there won’t be any spare seat at this special event so get there early.

BOWLS CLUB: The season starts in April, and Carole Lawrence will be sending in results throughout the coming months along with details of all their social events. The club has seven new members already this year, all from Ninfield, which brings the playing membership to 49; added to the 20 social members. They all meet at 8pm twice a month on a Tuesday at their Pavilion, for darts, whist or beetle drives, or games evenings, and will soon have an Open day to encourage even more people to have a go at this popular game. These are great events, usually with superb food too. Carole’s Husband Vic has been Captain for the past three years and will continue for the coming season, and they both invite everyone to get in touch, go along to meet the members and join a fantastic, much valued, near-century old Club.

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday April 16, 7.30pm at Ninfield Memorial Hall, £5 per person and teams of up to six are required. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a team, or want to come up on your own, there will be teams made up on the night and as well as pitting your wits for a good cause, you’ll meet loads of like-minded people. The price includes a full ploughman’s supper, created by the ladies of the hall committee and there will be teas and coffees for those who don’t want to bring some booze. It’s a great quiz, quite challenging but really good fun and it’s hoped that we can get a full house to raise as much in funds as possible. Please call Jennifer on 892878 to book a table, or get in touch with me and I’ll pass the booking on.

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