MOTHER’S DAY: This Sunday, and it’s the time to spoil all Esteemed Mama’s in the world. My EM will be joining the OH and I, plus Canine-Crew and Bramble-Kat of course, for lunch and, obviously, a glass or two of fizzy plonk. I’ll hopefully be cooking up something posh, cos’, even though it would be good to go out, sometimes heaving pubs are less relaxing than a leisurely meal at home. It’s also the time of year when celebrations accumulate. My Dad’s birthday was March 27 and depending on when Easter fell, occasionally I could have Mothers’ Day, Dad’s birthday, EM’s birthday (a week later) and Easter within a fortnight, quite a challenge on the gift-ideas front and there are only so many flowers and chocolates you can give/receive. Anyway, I think B-K will enjoy the gatherings over the next couple of weeks, she really has become a beautiful family cog/dat and no, that’s not a typo, she is just not quite sure what she is, cat or dog, it’s unique and hilarious. So, Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely Ladies out there, you are very special and much appreciated.
THE SPRING SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, at the Memorial Hall, the horticultural society are presenting the Annual Spring Show, with fabulous displays from all the varied categories. From floral art, photographic and handicraft to the mass of wonderful spring blooms, there will be a lot to see when the doors open to the public at 2.30pm. Light refreshments will be available too, along with home-made cakes, to sustain you while you view all the winners and runners up.
WORKING MEN’S CLUB: There will be a charity coffee morning and table sale on Tuesday from 10am to noon in the Tin Hut, raising much need funds. This year the committee have decided to keep the same charity and so will continue to support St Michael’s Hospice Phoenix Appeal. On Tuesday, the committee will present a cheque for the last year’s efforts which totals a fantastic £2,000. If you have any unwanted gifts, or items for donation, please call Marjorie on 892239, or Maureen on 892182, and they can arrange collection. Please go and support NWMC committee, they do a brilliant job.
HOOE VILLAGE DAY: Saturday April 1. Firstly, from 10am to 12.30pm, in the village hall at Hooe, the parish council will be holding a Community Morning and would like to invite all residents to attend. Organisations that are active within the village will be making presentations and these will include representatives from the police, fire and rescue, Hastings Conservation Group and Neighbourhood Watch. There will also be a range of displays including an update of the Village Hall Project. Police Commissioner Katy Bourne will be making a short presentation on her police work, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. Village societies will be on hand to give details of their respective groups and there will also be a bring-and-buy stall; all proceeds going towards the Village Hall Project. Light refreshments will be available and everyone will be very welcome.
SKY AT NIGHT: Saturday April 1. Secondly, later that evening, from 7.30pm, in the grounds and churchyard of St Oswald’s Church Hooe, Join up with Andy Lawes, FRAS and Paul Foster for an evening of stargazing, as they lead everyone on an Astronomy Adventure aided by their telescopes. Tickets for this brilliant event are available at £10 per adult and £7 for under 16’s, which includes supper and drinks. Please call Janet Pattison on 01424 845087 to book your tickets, don’t worry if the weather is wet or too cloudy, there will be an alternative entertainment with a film presentation. All profits go towards the ongoing repairs to the church roof.
FLOWER GROUP: Monday April 3, in the Memorial Hall, the flower group will be welcoming their guest, Stephanie Laing, who will be giving a demonstration entitled The F Factor. Non members are very welcome at a small charge of £4 to include refreshments and there will be a raffle at the end of the evening of all the lovely blooms used in the displays.
FLOWER GROUP SPECIAL: Wednesday, April 5, again in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm, the flower group is thrilled to be welcoming Mr Jim Buttress, the renowned television and radio broadcaster with his entertaining talk entitled, 65 Years in Horticulture. Tickets are £5 each, to include refreshments and are available from Helen Cunliffe, please call 01424 844916.
NINFIELD METHODIST EVENTS: Thanks to Paul Burson for the following. Ninfield Methodist Church invites everyone to any of it’s special events over the next two weeks. On Mothering Sunday they will have an all-ages Family Worship time at 10.30am led by Revd Tricia Williams, do go along and enjoy this special time together. On Wednesday, Messy Church will be from 3.30pm to 5.30pm when the theme will be The Easter Story. There promises to be lots of activities for the young people, refreshments and a meal all together before everyone goes home. Finally, on Sunday April 2 at 10.30am, the Methodist welcomes Simon Rooksby to the Café Worship. Simon will give a presentation all about his 2016 Shoebox Appeal Christmas trip to Romania, when he delivered hundreds of shoeboxes packed with gifts to families over there. Ninfield’s Messy Church, along with many others in the area, prepared and sent gifts, and it will be very interesting to hear from Simon how it all worked out. His theme will be, People are Lovely, and he will have lots of photographs to show how everyone helped the cause. Do go and join the Methodists for these fabulous events, you’ll be made very welcome.
CHURCH SERVICES: Methodist Church, Sunday,10.30am Mothers Day Family Praise with Revd Tricia Williams. St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist then, St Oswald’s Hooe 11.15am Parish Eucharist.
DEFIBRILLATORS: With heartfelt, special thanks to the recently departed, highly regarded, Mike Dean who championed the installations of defibrillators in villages and town centres. Because of his diligent service to the community, he has helped save hundreds of lives over the years. Ninfield and Hooe salute you and we all remember your easy going instruction and enthusiasm when showing the parish councils how to use these Defib devices. You will be much missed; but, thanks to you the emergency devices are now in situ on the front entrance walls of our public houses, Kings Arms Ninfield and Red Lion Hooe 24/7/365 access, with easy to follow instructions.
KEEP IN TOUCH: Things are gathering pace, events are coming up in ever increasing numbers, so please get your entries in, in good time. Deadline for me 6pm Monday evening for the coming weekend.
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