Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

AFTER AWESOME APRIL: Comes marvellous May. All the events in April were fantastic, with lots of money raised for groups and their charities and, as each was given top billing, each one delivered brilliantly, with great reviews all round. The last Super Saturday event was the Charity Auction in the Memorial Hall on April 29 and thankfully the Carnival Association were thrilled that so many people donated fabulous items and turned up for the evening with pounds in their pockets and a light hearted spirit to make the sale go with a swing. Mark Ellin, the auctioneer, added to the fun and banter, the food and drinks were very much appreciated and over the day over £600 profits were cleared for the Carnival Charity, Alzheimer’s Society/Rural Dementia. Thank you to everyone who supported.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Today, Friday, in the Blacksmiths Inn at 11am, there is a coffee morning to raise money for the bonfire society. There will be some stalls to browse around and the representatives of the society will be on hand to promote their events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the society, as a volunteer, or as a drummer, please go along, they’ll be thrilled to see you.

1ST NINFIELD SCOUT GROUP: Tomorrow, Saturday, the Scouts are holding Family Bingo Night in the Memorial Hall from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. This event was so popular when it was last held, people have demanded it back and it’s hoped that there will be just as much fun and enjoyment as before. It’s a great evening of Bingo and games, plus a raffle and tombola and there will be loads of fabulous food including nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, tuck shop, light refreshments and you can of course take your own alcohol. The raffle prizes include a £50 Boden voucher, £25 Ashburnham Orangery voucher and Eastbourne theatre tickets. Please call Veronica for last minute bookings on 07714327117, or nip into the Lower Street Stores. Tickets are £4 adults, children £2.

MUSIC QUIZ: On Sunday at 7pm the Blacksmiths Inn are supporting the Bonfire Society by hosting a Music Quiz Evening with buffet supper. Teams are tables of six and it’ll cost £2 per person to include food. All profits will go to the Bonfire Society for their future events.

FLOWER GROUP: On Monday in the Memorial Hall the group have great pleasure in welcoming Sophie Beaney with her demonstration entitled Let the Music Play. Non-members are welcome at small charge of £4 and all flowers used for the demonstrations are raffled at the end of the evening. The flower group are also pleased that their jumble sale, held recently at the Memorial Hall, raised over £650. Future events include Monday June 5, Jenny Nye with her demonstration Memorable Moments, Monday July 3 Claire Bryant, That May Come in Handy One Day, and don’t forget the big bi-annual event, the Ninfield Flower Festival, held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, August 26, 27 and 28, with the theme 40 Years On. All monies raised from the festival are donated to charity. If you would like more information on any of the flower group events, please call Jennifer Collett on 892878 or email

CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION: On Wednesday, 8.30pm in the Working Men’s Club the next meeting of the Carnival Committee where the Wacky Races, due to be held along Manchester Road on Sunday May 28, will be the main item on the agenda. Posters will be up from this weekend with all the times and details, but in a quick run down here. There will be home-made kart races for juniors and seniors, plus scooter races. Also a fun mixed age walking race, the Speed Challenge where participants race against the SID machine and possibly a skateboard event. Fancy dress prizes and trophy are up for grabs and also Best Kart and Best Dressed Scooter. The Conrad Cups will be given to race winners plus cash prizes sponsored by the parish council. The Carnival Co will be doing a barbecue in the Blacksmiths car park, a tote and a raffle. For the youngsters, there will be a Tuck Shop with sweets and novelty items/games, plus a Nerf Gun competition stand. The Carnival Queen and Court will be introduced and crowned and after all the races, competitions and prize giving, the Blacksmiths will take over the entertainment with the band The Cavemen playing from 3pm. Everyone is praying for good weather and for people to come up to the races on May 28 for a really fun time. If you’d like more information on this event, or the Carnival Weekend in July, please come to the meeting on Wednesday at 8.30pm, it’s a relaxed evening with loads of banter and laughter, a drink with good friends, see you there.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: Meet on May 12 at 2.30pm in Hooe Village Hall. This lively group of ladies have great fun, enjoy good speakers and entertainment and have great afternoon teas. It’s a fantastic social club for ladies, which also has a charitable side that supports local causes. If you’d like to find out more, please call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591, or just turn up at Hooe Village Hall on Friday May 12, they will be thrilled to see you.

DRAMA GROUP: Saturday May 13, 3pm in the Methodist Church Hall, the fabulous Drama Group, Christian Voices, will be performing their new work, The Teacher in the Temple, a musical play that depicts the events leading up to Joseph and Mary finding the young Jesus in the temple. It is written by Alan Young, with songs by Temi Adeyemi and it is directed by Caroline Cox and will be a lovely afternoons’ entertainment. There will be refreshments served at 3.45pm, the whole event is free to attend but there will be the opportunity to make a donation to Contact the Elderly, a support group who reach out to the vulnerable. Put the date in your diary and make sure you get there early to secure your seat.

BOWLS CLUB: day’s play in the sun, the next in wind and rain. Saturday April 29 Ninfield played Northiam in lovely sunshine and lost by one point, 56-57, a Rother League Match. Sunday April 30 the match was played in wintry weather and was another league match, against Battle. The score was Ninfield 64 to Battle 78, not too bad for the start of the season and in such temperamental conditions.

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

DEFIBRILLATORS: This month’s reminder that the emergency aids are available 24/7/365 on the front walls of the Kings Arms Pub, Ninfield and the Red Lion Hooe.

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