Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

QUOTE FOR THE DAY: ‘The only difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph’. Now, if you take the new USA President-Elect out of the word triumph you’re left with I erm ‘International Hysteria’? What a week, and what interesting times we are living in. Wonderful Terry Pratchet’s novel has nothing on the current state of affairs. Anyway, let’s take refuge in our Village diary of events.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Rose has sent the following as a reminder. The Ninfield Horticultural Society will be meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. They will be welcoming back speaker Ian Everest, who, this time, will be giving an entertaining presentation entitled A Sussex Farm in the 1950’s, which should bring back poignant memories for some audience members. The evening will also have a raffle and light refreshments and it will be another opportunity for members to renew their annual membership subscriptions at £4 per head, this is a very reasonable token and gives free entry into all the horti’s lecture evenings and shows. Rose, and all the committee, will be very pleased to welcome new members and all visitors pay £2 for the evening on the door.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL: Clerk to the council, Sally Durman, invites all residents of Hooe to the next parish council meeting on Monday, 7.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. There is always a loyal band of supporters, who regularly attend, and the chairman welcomes contributions from the floor when issues are being discussed. It was with great regret that the Community Day planned for October 15 had to be postponed. It seemed that there were so many other conflicting events, it was better to re-schedule to the spring of 2017. The main topic for discussion at the meeting will be the proposed new village hall and how, when and where or, renovate, renew, extend or rebuild. The parish council is also hoping to hold an open meeting on Monday December 12 at 7.30pm when options will be available to comment on. Please call Sally on 893007 for more information.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The next Panel Meeting will be on Tuesday in the Reading Room, Church Lane, at 7.30pm, and there will be updates on any local crime problems, plus more information on the latest scams and fraud tricks. It would be good if residents could assist their neighbours, especially those who may be said to be vulnerable and ways of protecting yourself and others are there to be discussed at these panel meetings. Rod Ffoulkes is the Chairman/Lead Coordinator for Ninfield Neighbourhood Watch and he can be contacted on 893635 or by email at

HOME-MADE FAYRE: On Saturday November 26 at the Memorial Hall, from 10am to 3pm. This welcome return of such a lovely day, will hopefully bring lots of people into Ninfield on the hunt for some one-off, original, never-to-be-repeated gifts. There will be over 20 stalls of home made goodies ranging from beautiful designer glassware, stunning turned wood, flavoured candles, sumptuous cakes, ceramics, knitwear, comedy t-shirts, aprons and brollies, paintings, preserves puddings and pies and loads more. While the adults take time to browse around the stands, the children will be able to relax in the company of a Storyteller who will keep them entranced and entertained; there will be a full range of refreshments available so you can make the most of the day, and enjoy the many and varied crafts and bakes showcased by the residents of Ninfield and local surrounding area. All funds raised on the day will go towards the hall’s next phase of the refurbishment, the long overdue upgrade of the kitchen and installing new toilet facilities for the disabled.

OPEN EVENING: On Friday December 2, Ninfield Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm, the flower group’s seasonal open evening this year will have a demonstration by the very talented Ian Buxton, entitled Christmassy. Tickets are now on sale at £10 per head, to include all refreshments. This is a very popular evening, so do get your places booked as soon as possible from Helen Cunliffe, 01424 844916. All flowers used in the demonstration will be raffled at the end of the evening and there will be a flower group raffle as well.

SEASONAL MARKETS: Pub licensee Jack, with co-organisers Chris and Stella, are delighted to announce that, starting on Saturday December 10, there will be the first of four Seasonal Markets held within the Blacksmiths Inn, from 9am to 11am. Small local businesses and the Blacksmiths are inviting everyone to come and join the friendly team in a warm welcoming meeting place, and browse the 16 stalls which will provide a wonderful array of locally made produce, plants, confectionary and crafts. This promises to be a fantastic new addition to the Village diary, so put December 10 on your calendar now. Next years’ markets will be April 15, August 12 and December 16. Jack would like all the markets to be fundraisers for a different village project each time. This is another opportunity for some Christmas shopping, right on the doorstep, and with fabulous, original goods and wares. See you there.

HEARING RESOURCE CENTRE: The mobile information unit, a registered Charity supported by Adult Social Care, and also known as The Hearing Bus, will be coming to Ninfield on Thursday December 15 and will be in the Blacksmiths Inn Car Park, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users; and representatives from ESCC Hearing Resource and ASC will be available to provide individual information and advice on all forms of hearing loss. For further details call 01323 722505, email

HOE OPEN GROUP: Report in brief. The ladies had a fantastic meeting on November 12, when they listened to Judith Kinnison Burke MA, a lecturer whose subjects include the sinking of the Titanic. Judith’s presentation sees her take on the persona of one of the ship’s survivors and she enthralled all the listeners with a life-like tale of the experience. As this was the last meeting before Christmas, the ladies indulged in mince pies for tea and invite all members, with guests, to their Christmas Lunch at the Cooden Beach Golf Club. Call Edna Wallis on 842591 for all information.

CHURCH SERVICES: Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Service of Praise and Communion with Revd. Neville Barnett. Parish Church St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Service; St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Parish Eucharist.

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