Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

ASH WEDNESDAY: The first day of Lent and the question is, in Shakespearian terms To Give Up or Not To Give Up? Well, I have proudly watched Esteemed Mama over the years womanfully give up chocolate completely, for the entire 40 days, actually longer, because Lent covers 40 days without Sundays and that giving up of chocolate includes biscuits, cakes, in fact anything that might have even a hint or whiff of chocolate. It is normally purgatory, she suffers daily, but she is always a shining example of the true meaning of the practice, with Lent being a time of self-denial, moderation and fasting. Ash Wednesday heralds the commencement of a period of spiritual discipline, although there is no mandatory observation in the Bible, no command to, or condemnation if no, it is down to the individual as to how they wish to perceive the marking of Lent. So, back to the original question, to give up or not to give up? I applaud EM, her strength is phenominal; I haven’t given up anything specific like she always does but I think I will try and echo my New Years Resolution, and give up negativity as far as possible and take on more positivity, generally; Pollyanna style if necessary (so what’s new some of you say). The days are getting longer, spring is on it’s way, and when it comes to celebrations well, my glass, from now on, will always be half full. Any excuse.

HOOE PARISH COUNCIL: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Great British Spring Clean comes to Hooe and the event starts at 10am, with everyone invited to meet on the car park of the Red Lion Pub. All are welcome, the more the merrier, and it is hoped that there will be the same amount of enthusiasm as the Clean for the Queen Day last year. Please bring some bright clothing, a litter picker if you have one, some gloves and, most importantly, a sense of humour and a few coins for a well deserved pint in the pub afterwards.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, the flower group will welcome Graham King with his demonstration entitled I’ve had an Idea. Everyone is very welcome to attend, with visitors being charged a minimal £4 entry fee which includes all light refreshments. All flowers used for the demonstration will be raffled off at the end of the evening, so there is never any waste, just an array of beautiful blooms to take home and admire. On Saturday March 11, the group will hold one of their infamous Jumble Sales at the Memorial Hall, with doors opening at 2pm and a charge of just 50p for entry. There will be lots of bargains and also some light refreshments with a cake stall to help you relax for a minute while you browse. Anyone wishing to donate items, who might need help in getting them to the hall, please call Jennifer Collett on 892878 or email for information on all up coming events and demonstrations. Forthcoming Events include April 3, Stephanie Laing with The F Factor; April 5, TV’s Jim Butress with 65 Years in Horticulture. Tickets £5 to include refreshments, call Helen Cuncliffe 01424 844916.

CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION: The next meeting is on Wednesday, starting at 8.30pm in the Working Men’s Club and there will be, no doubt, some more lively discussions on all this year’s forthcoming events. Firstly, the Charity Auction, to be held in the Memorial Hall, on Saturday April 29. The morning will be set aside for viewing all the items for sale, all of which will have been donated with the proceeds going to the Carnival and the Charity RaDAR, Rural Dementia Action Research. The actual auction will take place in the afternoon, times and final details to be confirmed at the meeting. The next event on the agenda will be The Wacky Races, to be held on May 28 in the Blacksmiths car park and along Manchester Road. The barbecue, tote and raffle stalls will be in situ and there is a real emphasis on fancy dress and home made vehicles this time to reflect the theme Fads of Transport through the Ages. The main events, the Carnival Weekend, on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, will have further updates and there are lots of fantastic new ideas coming to fruition. The Friday evening entertainment will be a Big Barn Dance, great fun for all ages. The Saturday night in the marquee will see The Normans taking the stage for the first time. It’s a great time to come and get involved with the Carnival Committee, there’s so much going on and a lot of fun to be had putting it all together. It’s also a great way to chase away the winter blues by sitting in front of a roaring fire, with a glass of very reasonably priced beer and having the imagination stretched to all things fun and summery. Contact details at the end of the column, or email

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Thanks to Rose for the following. March is a very busy month for the group, with two events. On Monday March 20 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, the speaker will be Sally Berkley. She is a new speaker to the Horti evenings, but her topic of The Victorian Kitchen Garden should be fascinating. Do go and join everyone for the evening, new members and visitors are always very welcome. On the following Saturday, March 25, it is the Annual Spring Show, in the Memorial Hall and schedules are available from the village stores. Do have a look this year, there are handicraft, floral art, and photographic classes, as well as those for wonderful spring blooms. All entries are welcome, especially from newbies. Everyone is invited to see the displays from 2.30pm and there will be tea and homemade cakes on sale too. Enquires to Rose 892422 or email

CURCH SERVICES: Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Family Café Worship, with Breakfast lead by John Troughton. March 8, 2.30pm Christian Women’s Fellowship, a talk on Nurse Edith Cavell, by Laton Frewen. March 8, 5pm to 7pm Messy Active Teens, A Quiz Challenge.

PARISH CHURCHES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist. St Oswald’s Hooe, 11.15am Family Service.

DEFIBRILLATORS: These can be found on the front walls of the two public houses in Ninfield and Hooe; Kings Arms and Red Lion respectively.

GOOD WISHES: To Derek and Jane Holdway. They are unfortunately moving away from Hooe, after 30 years, for health reasons, and have bravely decided to hold a garage sale, to include tools and equipment, on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, from 2pm at their house Maple Cottage, Top Road, Hooe. Do go along and pick up a bargain. All proceeds will be donated, with match funding, to the ongoing roof repairs of St Oswald’s Church. Thanks, love and luck to them both.

KEEP IN TOUCH: As the days get longer, the thoughts are turning towards spring events and eventually summer ones. Please get in touch with any diary entries in good time. An early heads up is a good idea the month before the event, then two weeks of promotion, leading up to, is key. Deadline on a Monday evening for me is 6pm, so look forward to hearing from you soon.

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