PROUD IN NINFIED: Of the village’s lovely Carnival Queen and her Court who won 1st place at the Bexhill Carnival on Saturday. Well done Holly, Sophie, Freya, Rose and Brianne who all looked beautiful, and to their Mums, also beautiful, who walked the whole length of the procession, while the Dads drove the float. Thankfully the rain held off, and, luckily, the procession halted for one of its pit-stops in Buckhurst Road where Esteemed Mama and I were able to enjoy the various floats, cars, dancers and bands, it was a long pit stop this time, we could all have had a three course meal served while we were waiting. After a while, we noticed a steward going over to jolly chap in his vehicle and asking that he turn his music down, and we then discovered all the twirlers, dancers and bands had stopped mid-performance and gone quiet. Was there a problem? Well, not as such; but apparently there was a Wedding taking place, at that hour, within the Beulah Baptist Church and the Carnival Procession had been asked to go silently past it, so as not to conflict with the service inside. Now, EM and I have a dark sense of humour at the best of times, and to watch the faces of the brilliant Jazz Band as they reluctantly held their instruments aloft until next able to play; and the smallest of the pom pom girls stomping miserably along, her face clouded like thunder, while clutching her pom-poms disconsolately to her chest; The Dynamic Dancers...Deathly still; and, the final insult, the wonderful steel drum band, especially brought down from Croydon, holding sticks at the ready and with a full repertoire to play, smiling in bewilderment, and wondering what on earth they were doing there. All very funny in hindsight, but really disappointing at the time for the huge crowds in Buckhurst Road who, unknowingly, took on the grave-like atmosphere and quietly waved at the now silent and sepulchral spectacle. Be thankful, those watching from Town Hall Square onwards you got the music. Anyway, all the participants had made huge efforts and the floats looked fabulous and represented the theme brilliantly.
MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Proms Night on July 29 was lovely, a tad chilly, but with extra layers of clothing being added each hour, the Other Half and I had a fabulous time, along with over 300 other jolly folk, eating a lovely picnic, drinking the required Fizzy Plonk, and waving Union Flags while singing all the Prom Concert favourites. Thank you to the Eastbourne Concert Band for the music, and to the bonfire society for a stunning fireworks display at 10pm, once again showing that they really know how to put on a show. We couldn’t make the gig on the Saturday, but from reports online and word of mouth, it was, of course, a huge success, justifying its sell-out status. Well done all the team at the bonfire society and especially Pete and Carol Holland, who not only head up the volunteers but supply and create the venue. Don’t forget, all funds raised after costs go towards the main event on Saturday October 22, Ninfield Bonfire and Fireworks Night.
CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION: On Wednesday, 8.30pm in the Working Men’s Club the committee will hold their first meeting since the Carnival on July 16 and all the figures, of monies in and out, will be presented. Hopefully, after costs, there will be funds available for various village projects and the committee are always pleased when groups and societies write in with requests for a donation. It would be great to see everyone who helped in any way. If you fancy coming along to join the team, or see what’s planned next, then you’ll be made very welcome. There will be free food to go with the very reasonably priced drinks and as well as the carnival break down. The next big event will be discussed, the Halloween Ball at the Memorial Hall, on the 29 October, a real dazzler with food hall, band, cabaret, magic and dancing. Also, the committee’s September meeting date will be set, along with the AGM in October, so do come along and find out more about how to get involved.
HORTIULTURAL SOCIETY: On Saturday 20 August, the Horti Society hold their annual Summer Show at the Memorial Hall. Details of all the classes available for entry are in the Lower Street Stores, so please go and get your schedules and decide what you’re going to put in. Rose really wants a big turnout this year and says that there are classes for everyone, including the single flower classes and the Parish Award for a small collection of produce from your garden. All entry details have to be submitted by Wednesday August 17 please. For everyone going to see the exhibits, the doors will be open to the public from 2.30pm and there will be teas, coffees and homemade cakes available while you browse. Please call Rose on 892422 for any more information; especially if you are new to the Horti Show classes and would like some help.
BOWLS CLUB: Results. July 24 Ninfield 46 Beckley 63. July 27 Ninfield 44 Rye 77, both away matches. Sunday July 31 was a Rother League Match, played at Gullivers, with a win for Ninfield 79-73 Gullivers; and we gained six points for the table. On Thursday the club hosted the Rother League and Mermaid League Match, which the Mermaid League won; representatives from the teams made sandwiches and cakes, and although the rain tried to spoil play in the evening, everyone had a great time, with the last few cakes being finished off after a barbecue in the club on the following evening.
CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday 7 August, Methodist Church 10.30am, Café Church with Mrs Pen Wilcock.
PARISH CHURCH: Sunday 7 August, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist; St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service.
AND FINALLY: I’m going to be exercising the Acting Muscles again in a couple of weeks when I go off to do a play entitled Somewhere in England. Some of you may know the true story of the BBC being bombed out during the War, and then being subsequently relocated; the members of the Broadcasting team were sworn to secrecy as to their final destination, and pre-empted each announcement with the words ‘And here we are, speaking to you from a studio Somewhere in England’. So I will be doing the Column in the same way, but by laptop, from a room...Somewhere in England..(and probably very late at night). Call 01424 893699, 07970650321 email firstname.lastname@example.org - for your diary entries.
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