Ninfield and Hooe

WASP CENTRAL: Safe return from Wasp Central. That’s the only real downside, while pressing apples for two days, sharing life with a massed army of wasps. Not only your common and garden, local wasp oh no, we had wasps from all around the world, including a rather large, bright yellow and red Asian wasp, an extraordinary creature nearly two inches long that came with a few of his close friends, drank some of the residue from the juice buckets, then took formation and flew, arrow like, into the fields beyond. Although the Rural Pastimes fayre was a little down in numbers, probably an iffy weather forecast put some people off, enough regulars and visitors came up to the tent to find the OH and I, plus our Canine Crew and the wasp army. As people purchased their glasses of delicious juice, they would stay a little way away, smiling a tad nervously and with a light laugh in their voice say ‘Aha, how many times have you been stung then’. Well, all were surprised to hear the reply ‘Actually, none at all.’ That remained the fact to the very end, we were both completely sting-free, quite amazing. It was lovely to chat with friends old and new and also to meet a charming lady who approached the tent with the question ‘Do you do the column in the Observer?’ When I had answered in the affirmative, the lady said she was pleased to put a face to the name and that she thought Ninfield seemed to be an exciting place to live.

JO’S JAMMAS: Today, Friday, and Friday August 31, Jo’s Jammas in the Methodist Hall, 7.30pm to 9pm. Do go and join the group that is singing for fun. There are lots of different styles to harmonise with, and also the opportunity to learn some songs from the WW1 era in readiness for the celebrations on November 11. Each session with the Jammas costs £5, which is great value for so much laughter and lifting of spirits.

SUMMER SHOW: Tomorrow, Saturday, Ninfield Horticultural Summer Show in Ninfield Memorial Hall. Doors are open to the public from 2.30pm. There are classes for a wide range of plants, flowers, crafts, preserves, photographs, vegetables plus children’s classes, it all makes for a real highlight in Ninfield’s Calendar. There will be tea and homemade cakes for refreshments while you look around, and lots of people to catch up with while you’re there. It’s a great afternoon. Call Rose, the show organiser, on 892422 or email for more information on all events and how to become a member of Ninfield Horticultural Society.

MEN’S SHEDS: Thursday August 23 in Sparke Pavilion 10.30am, the next gathering of chaps that would like to connect up for a chat and a cuppa and to put the world to rights. Call Dave Crittell on 01424 892883 for more information.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: The lively ladies of HOG have no official meeting in August, they all go off for a day trip instead. So, this month they went to the wonderful retreat, Ashburnham Place, and thoroughly enjoyed a sumptuous cream tea in the Orangery. The only drawback during the afternoon was the weather, it absolutely teemed with rain, which made for a late leave at the end of the day. But all in all the ladies were delighted to learn more of the history of the place, relax in the wonderful surroundings and enjoy each other’s company. Call Edna Wallis on 01424 842591 if you’d like to join this fabulous group. Next meeting on the second Friday of September in Hooe Village hall, 2.30pm.

BOWLS CLUB: Report from Carole. Wednesday August 8, Ninfield v St John’s Mead at Eastbourne, fantastic weather and a lovely view across the sea, St Johns Mead won by two points, 78-76 on five rinks. Saturday August 11, Ninfield v Westfield, a Rother League Match and Ninfield won 73-54, eight league points. The match against Pett on Sunday August 12 was cancelled as Pett couldn’t raise enough members to play.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Methodist Church, 10.30am Service of Worship and Praise with Mrs. Topsy Brice.

PARISH CHURCHES: Sunday, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Family Eucharist; St Oswald’s Hooe, 11am Parish Eucharist.

HEADS UP: Hooe Photographic, closing date for entries Friday August 31.

FLOWER GROUP: Monday September 3, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall. Demonstrator Helen Hare with East to West.

NINFIELD PARISH COUNCIL: Thursday September 6, Methodist Hall, 7.15pm sharp. A must-do meeting. Lots of updates on Wealden Local Plan and Manchester Road application for 80 houses.

BOOK EXCHANGE: Friday September 7, 10am to noon in the Methodist Hall. Call David Swales on 892248 for more info, or email

UPCOMING EVENTS: Musical Film Matinee. Singing in the Rain is this month’s showing in the Community Film Afternoons at the Memorial Hall on Friday September 21. Doors open at 1.30pm film starts at 2pm. Entrance is free but please ring Jackie or Rose on 01424 892422 or email to book a seat. All films are hearing loss and Dementia friendly.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE: Sunday September 23, based round The Red Lion Pub in Hooe and organised as a joint venture between Ninfield Bonfire Society and the Hooe Fundraising Group. Lots of stalls, games, rides, crafts, afternoon tea and of course, The Red Lion pub food. And, that fab band in the evening. Call Carol on 07858555343 or Sarah on 07809684488 for more information.