Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

ONE OF THOSE THINGS/DAYS: To start there is a huge apology from the powers that be in the Observer offices re the conspicuous absence of the Ninfield Voice from last weekend’s Bexhill Observer. This was due to very unfortunate circumstances, leading to the page-compilation understudy missing out our slot. As soon as I realised on Friday morning, I rang in and, thankfully, lovely Maria put the column online, plus, it had been put into the Battle edition so, hopefully, all the relevant diary dates were viewed and enjoyed. That was just one of those things, and then came, just one of those days, I call them The Anti-Midas Touch days when everything you try to do, just turns to... Not helped by a possible computer hacking; odd emails going to friends etc. And then online transactions being sent to the ether never to land where they’re expected. Picking things up and instantly dropping them. Finding that long lost, lovely glass, and breaking it and generally feeling that the whole world is conspiring to irritate. In conversation, I was given a possible reason/cause for this debilitating day. Apparently, we are suffering the hangover havoc of the final waves of energy from the Super Moon yes, that beautiful phenomenon of 10 days ago causes the ultimate Lunar disturbance and all sorts of weird things can happen as a result, even Storm Angus. All things watery and the human body is, basically, water, are unfortunately liable to odd tidal patterns. Groovy. So, did that put my aquatically shattered mind at rest? No, it didn’t.

HOME-MADE FAYRE: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall, from 10am to 3pm. This is a welcome return of such a lovely day, and will hopefully bring lots of people into Ninfield on the hunt for some one-off, original, never-to-be-repeated gifts, that’ll be absolutely perfect for Christmas. There will be over 20 stalls loaded with home made goodies ranging from beautiful designer glassware, stunning turned wood, flavoured candles, sumptuous cakes, ceramics, knitwear, comedy aprons, paintings, preserves, puddings and pies and lots more. While Mums and Dads are browsing the stands, the younger children will be able to sit and relax while listening to 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 the local, surrounding area. All funds raised on the day will go towards the Halls’ next phase of refurbishment; the long overdue upgrade of the kitchen and toilet facilities for the disabled. Look forward to seeing you there. I’ll have glassware and aprons for you to view.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a meeting on Thursday in the Methodist Hall from 7.15pm and there will be a planning meeting from 6.45pm. This is an ideal opportunity to get the last, and most definitive, updates for the year on all the current topics and, especially, on the latest forthcoming application for housing in Ninfield. The chairman of the PC along with the chairman of the Planning, attended a meeting with WDC Planning officers and the Developer who is making the application for housing to be built on land behind Manchester Road. Please try and get to this meeting so you can hear all the information first hand. For more information on all parish council issues and village debates, please contact Jackie Scarff, Clerk to the Council on 07725843505 or email

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 are raffled off t the end of the evening, there is never any waste, just a beautiful bonus bouquet and there will be a Flower Group Raffle as well.

ST MARY’S CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Saturday December 3 from 10am to noon in the Reading Room, Church Lane. There will be a raffle and refreshments, and the organisers would be very grateful if people would donate any small gifts they have, but don’t want or need, for the bring and buy stall.

SEASONAL MARKETS: Pub Licensee Jack, with co-organisers Chris and Stella, are now fully engrossed with organising the first of four Seasonal Markets to be held within the Blacksmiths Inn, and this will be held on Saturday December 10, 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, to browse the 16 or so 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 please put this date on your calendar now. The 2017 markets are already booked for April 15, August 12 and December 16. Jack has decided that all the funds raised from each of the markets will go to a different village project each time. So, Saturday December 10, see you there for another opportunity for some Christmas shopping, right on the doorstep, and with fabulous, original, goods, produce and wares.

CATSFIELD: Sussex Harmony, Saturday December 10, 7.30pm, A Carol Concert preceded by a West Gallery Carol Workshop at 3pm. Catsfield Village Hall, the more the merrier, bring an instrument, your voice and some enthusiasm. Call Mike Cooper on 892681.

ESCC 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 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, or email

CHURCH SERVICES: Ninfield Methodist Church, Sunday 10.30am Advent Sunday Praise with Margaret Bickerdike. Sunday December 4, 10.30am Café Church, with breakfast then at 3pm a combined event, with St Mary’s Parish Church and St Michaels Hospice, The Lights of Love Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service. Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s, Hooe 11.15am Parish Eucharist.

KEEP IN TOUCH: Apropos the first paragraph with the Anti-Midas Day, it was today, it was terribly tiring and has caused me to be finishing this column at silly-o-clock on Monday night. But, it’s done, and hopefully will be in this week, and, as we’re now on the run in to Christmas, please get your diary entries in for the coming few weeks in good time. 07970650321, 893699,

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