Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

SIGNS OF SPRING?: The days are drawing out, the birds are busying themselves with finding homes, mates and food, several brave snowdrops and daffodils are standing proudly in verges hoping against hope that they’re not too early and I’ve just found the next generation of newts in my pond, while dredging some of the dead winter foliage out. All good but, this week also sees the ‘rescued resident’ of my house experiencing her first smell of spring and with the confidence of her, now, 8 months in age yes, Bramble-Kat is absolutely entranced, as she watches the small birds from the conservatory windows, or marches through the budding bulbs and gently tip-toes round the edge of the pond looking into the depths for something not quite recognisable. She has definitely found her paws, and has got the canine-crew wrapped round her little claw and all us humans too; Mummy, Daddy and Auntie (aka Esteemed Mama). So, spring might well be on its way, but, the weather has another cold snap in the forecast and, I’m sorry, but we still haven’t had that snow, proper snow and I think Bramble-Kat would be intrigued by snow. So, order going in again. Snow please, just for a short time.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The ladies meet this afternoon (February 10) at the village hall in Hooe at 2.30pm, and, as always, any visitors/prospective new members will be made very welcome. There is lively chat, often a speaker, and afternoon tea at these monthly gatherings on the second Friday. If you’d like to find out more about what the ladies get up to then call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

NINFIELD ACTION GROUP: Monday, 7.30pm in the Reading Room, Church Lane. This meeting will have all the latest details on the application submitted by ECE Architecture and RiverOak Homes, for up to 80 houses to be built on land behind Manchester Road, Ninfield. There have been two meetings recently; a planning meeting held in the Memorial Hall on January 27, where over 80 people came to hear the proposals in detail, with the first comments and draft outline response by the Parish Council. Then the February Parish Council meeting, where more surveys and reports were discussed; Ninfield P.C also invited the Rother District Councillor for Catsfield, Cllr. Gary Curtis, to come, and get the current information to take back to his next parish council meeting, with the knowledge that water run off, flooding possibilities and highways/traffic movements are all important factors to be considered by the adjoining area when such a large development is proposed: Ninfield always welcomes the chance to work ‘cross border’ with Catsfied, Ashburnham etc we are all proud villages, and have common interests.The deadline for all correspondence and submissions to the website at Wealden District Council has been changed by Wealden three times, causing much frustration and confusion. Ninfield Parish Council are working safely with date No two, February 17, as the final day for their response to be in, and advises everyone to get their objections/comments in to as soon as possible, by February 17, or definitely by February 23 which is the last advertised end date by WDC. Please do go along to the NAG meeting on February 13, there is still time for more reading of surveys and reports to be done, and all help is very gratefully received.

ART SOCIETY: Ninfield and District Art Society meet on Wednesday. Another reminder that this fabulous new group meet every Wednesday a the Memorial Hall, from 2pm to 5pm. All artists are welcome; beginners, improvers, advanced, those who want to try another style or medium. There will be advice and taster sessions available. The idea is to take along all your materials, paper, paints, pencils etc, relax and have a chat over tea, coffee and biscuits. The cost is £6 per session payable every four weeks in advance.

NINFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY: Meet on Wednesday at the Working Men’s Club and everyone is welcome to go and find out all the latest plans for the events leading up to, and raising money for, the firework night in October. New members are always welcome, and volunteers to help at the fundraisers are gratefully received. Please call secretary Carol Holland on 893326 for more information, or check out the website, there are some fantastic photos to see.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Meet on Thursday, 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall, Church Lane when the speaker for the evening will be Malcom Pratt, talking on the The Confederation of Cinque Ports. Malcom has attended the history group meetings before and always gives an entertaining presentation. Admission is £3 for visitors and £1 for members, there will be light refreshments. Further information can be sought from Rod Ffoulkes on 893635 or email at

VILLAGE MARKET: On Saturday February 18 at Ninfield Memorial Hall from 9.30am to midday. Following the success in December of the first of four seasonal markets at the Blacksmiths Inn, Chris Hutchinson and the Hall Committee have come together to fill the gaps in between, with village markets at the hall. They will have a wide range of goods on offer at various stalls including meats, pies, plants, vegetables, cakes, preserves and some non-food ones as well. There will be light refreshments in the hall for browsers and buyers and a chance for orders to be taken on future stalls, or with the stallholders to order produce/goods for pick up at next months’ market. All dates will be advertised with posters, flyers and banners and it is hoped that this will be another successful regular feature for the Ninfield Village diary. If you would like to have a stall at the markets please call Chris on 893388 or email him at You can also visit the Memorial Hall Facebook page which has details of all the many and varied things that go on, with hire costs and contact details.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Another reminder that on Monday February 20, 7.30pm, the Horti Society will meet in the Memorial Hall when the speaker will be Derek Fitton. He will be giving good, sound advice on what to grow on your patios and in the conservatory this year and how to do it. It’s now time to start thinking about your summer displays. There will also be a raffle and refreshments, lots of interesting ideas to take away and, as always, everyone is very welcome to attend.

CHURCH SERVICES: Ninfield Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Service of Worship and Communion with Revd. Derek Brice. No service at St Mary’s Ninfield, please go to the 11.15am Combined Service at St Oswalds, Hooe.

KEEP IN TOUCH: As the days are getting longer, so are the diary entries. Already we have lots of events coming up and new societies and groups forming, a real spring like feel. Please send any advertising wishes, comments, anecdotes diary entries to me, Sami Guard.

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