Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

VERSE TWO: But before I do, a big thank you to all the 80-odd residents who turned out for the big planning meeting on January 27 at the hall, when the application for the proposed development of up to 80 houses on fields behind Manchester Road was discussed and all updates given. NPC Planning Committee Chairman, Cllr John Cheshire, gave a measured, detailed account of all the relevant facts, figures and ways to put letters together if people wanted to register their comments or objections to WDC. NPC Chairman, Cllr Kaye Crittell also gave recent information on all the many documents, reports and surveys pertaining to the application. The deadline for all correspondence to WDC Planning Department is February 17 and everyone is encouraged to make their voice heard. Please contact the clerk at if you need any more information. It is excellent, a-political, first class, local democracy at work. So verse two. Donny-the-President grabbed the hand of Terri-the-UK Prime Min’ster, to stop them both falling down the steps with a bump, thump, Trump. Then Donny and Terri both made a speech assuring the Media Circus, that all was well in the Partnership Stakes, it was Thumbs Up, Trump. Then Terri P.M went calling far, far away. She didn’t know what would happen next, that’s what all the Papers say. But Donny-the-President shocked the world, and ever since its been reeling. How can things ever be the same. And that is now the thumping great billion dollar question.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday in the Memorial Hall the flower group will be holding a workshop, starting at 7.30pm, which will demonstrate how to create a fabulous floral display, using a supermarket bunch of flowers costing £5 or less. The next meeting after that will be on March 6, when Graham King will be visiting to show his demonstration entitled, I’ve had an Idea. If you would like any information on the up-coming events and shows, or would like to know more about the group, please call Jennifer Collet on 892878 or email

NINFIELD AND DISTRICT ART SOCIETY: This is a fantastic new society that was formed following the recent successes of the Local Art and Crafts and Homemade Fayre events. There are some brilliant artists in and around Ninfield and now there will be a chance for everyone to get together. Every Wednesday afternoon, in the Memorial Hall, from 2pm to 5pm, artists are welcome, with the idea being to take your own resources- paper, pencils, paint etc.; and enjoy an afternoon with tea, coffee, biscuits, chat and Art! Adult Artists of all abilities; beginners, improvers and advanced, are encouraged to go along, beginners are most welcome and may receive a taster session in different media with advice on what to purchase for future sessions. The cost will be £6 per session, payable every four weeks in advance. Do just turn up, and join this creative team of artists.

CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION: The next meeting of the Carnival Committee is on Wednesday, at the Working Men’s Club, 8.30pm and there will be a packed agenda as always. Flyers have gone out to residents in the roads of the new proposed siting for the Wacky Races and hopefully all details will be finalised for the re-vamped event to be held on Sunday May 28. The committee really want to create a fun, community driven day, with all the usual features; barbecue, raffle, fancy dress and Conrad Cups for Race winners, plus any new ideas springing from the meetings. The theme for the main Carnival weekend is Fads and Fashions Through the Ages and it is hoped that this theme can transcend into Fads of Transport - Old and New for the Wacky Races. Homemade karts and fancy dress are de-rigeur, so if you would like help creating the definitive vehicle please come to the meeting. Also on the agenda will be the Friday night of Carnival weekend, and what entertainment to put on. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please get in touch- numbers and contacts at the end of the column, or email Secretary Helen at You will be very welcome on the 8th, see you there.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Wednesday February 15 is the next gathering for the Bonfire Society at the Working Men’s Club, and, although it’s still the beginning of the year, the focus will already be on fundraising for the main event in October, Ninfeld Bonfire and Fireworks Night. The will be early discussions on the Ninfield Gig, held at the end of July and hopefully the Bluebell Walk which was such a success last year. Do go and find out more, 8pm at the Tin Hut.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: The group’s February meeting will be on Thursday February 16 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. The speaker for the evening will be Malcom Pratt talking on The Confederation of the Cinque Ports. Malcom has been to the history group evenings before and always gives an entertaining presentation. Admission is £3 for visitors, with members £1 and this includes all refreshments. For more information please call Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Thanks to Rose for the following details. On Monday February 20, The Horti Society will meet in the Memorial Hall and the speaker will be Derek Fitton. It will be great to hear from him and find out what we could be growing on our patios and in the conservatory this year. As usual there will be a raffle and refreshments. New members will be very welcome.

CHURCH NEWS: Methodist Church, Sunday 10.30am Café Church with breakfast. Wednesday, Messy Active Teens from 5pm to 7pm in the Methodist Hall. St Mary’s Ninfield, Sunday, 9.30am Parish Eucharist; St Oswald’s, Hooe, 11.15am Family Service.

DEFIBRILLATORS: There has been a lot of coverage lately, on the TV News and in the papers, about rural areas and large airline companies and their respective approaches to having Defib devices readily available. It was shocking, no pun intended, to find that villages were more active in getting the emergency equipment in situ than their corporate counterparts; with certain big name airlines not having any defib machines on board at all. Thankfully, Ninfield and Hooe are right up to date and the machines can be found on the front walls of the Public Houses, Kings Arms, Ninfield and Red Lion, Hooe for 24/7/365 access.

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