Ninfield and Hooe

THE COUNTDOWNS BEGINS: And really, with only a fortnight to go, I should be far more organised than I actually am. Christmas I mean, there’s a distinct lack of enthusiasm this year for some reason, possibly because Christmas Day is a Tuesday which creates a sort of festive hiccup in the working week rather than a nice, sparkly semi-holiday when the big day coincides with a weekend. Of course, for some, working over Christmas is just the norm, no matter where it falls, and for others, there’ll be the creative extended extension of December 27 and 28 taking the festivities right up to the next weekend, which in turn will need Monday December 31 to recover and regroup, in order for the New Years Party to be fully enjoyed. Then January 2 will have to be added for detoxification and the start of the new year’s resolutions.

FILM REVIEW: The organisers would like to say how thrilled they were to see 42 people enjoying the musical classic, White Christmas, while eating seasonal cakes, at the Ninfield Community Film Afternoon, in the Memorial Hall on Friday November 30. There was spontaneous applause at the end of the film, with everyone saying what a lovely time they’d had and when was the next one. Friday March 8, when the film will be Easter Parade, so please don’t hesitate to book early and save your seat. Entry is free, there will be afternoon tea and seasonal cakes again, and a raffle. Email for more information and to book your places.

HOOE CHRISTMAS MARKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, in Hooe Village Hall from 10.30am to 3pm. There will be teas and coffees, soup and bread, mince pies and mulled wine, and a variety of stalls selling seasonal goodies and Christmas gift ideas, not forgetting the raffle.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Ninfield Horticultural Society Christmas Evening, Monday from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. All members are welcome. The committee will provide drinks and games, but everyone is invited to bring nibbles on the night. It’s a fun-filled evening, so do go and enjoy some festive Horti Cheer.

MEN’S SHEDS: On Tuesday at Sparke Pavilion from 11.30am to 1pm Dave, Robin and Jon would like to invite the men of Ninfield to join them for Christmas drinks and mince pies. Men’s Sheds is a community project with the aim of promoting men’s health and well-being though social interaction and practical activity. Go along and find out more and have a cheery chat with the chaps.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: At Ninfield Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 7pm for 7.30pm. Enjoy festive music with Hooe Silver Band, the lovely voices of Ninfield Primary School Singers, all your favourite Christmas Carols and songs to join in, fabulous festive food and drink from the hall’s Pop-up Bar plus mulled wine and mince pies. Entry £3 with donations going to the school and hall refurb funds.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ninfield Village Evening Christmas Market on Wednesday, 6pm to 9pm in the Memorial Hall. After last year’s success with this special Evening Festive Market, this year’s event will boast over 30 stalls offering everything you might wish for to make your Christmas go with a swing. Foods, drinks, crafts, decorations, plants, vegetables, all goodies pertaining to the festive season and all under one roof. Entertainment through the evening will be provided by the Hooe Hand Bell Ringers at 7pm and the Hall’s Pop-up Bar and Café will be open for lovely treats, mulled wine and yummy refreshments. There will be another fantastic hamper raffle, so why not bring the family for fun-filled, fantastic evening out and meet up with friends and neighbours, supporting the village community.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Methodist Church 10.30am Service of Worship and Communion with Revd John Hope.

PARISH CHURCHES: Sunday, no service in Ninfield; 11am Joint Parish Eucharist at St Oswald’s Hooe.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Wednesday December 19, Carol Service at St Oswald’s with Hooe Band, 7.30pm. To ease parking at the church, there will be a bus available from the Red Lion car park leaving at approx 6.50pm, 7.05pm and 7.15pm. Carols and Christingle, Sunday December 23, 3.30pm St Mary’s Church Ninfield. Christmas Eve, 6pm St Oswald’s Church Hooe, Parish Eucharist. Christmas Day, 9.30am St Mary’s Ninfield, Parish Eucharist and 11am St Oswald’s Hooe.

EARLY HEADS UP: On Saturday January 19, from 6pm to 9pm in the Memorial Hall, there will be a Nearly New Fashion Clothes Sale. The evening will have shopping at bargain prices, with wine and canapes as you browse and buy. There will be a Charity Fashion Catwalk Show, with second-hand clothes, which will be opened by a very special guest, and the opportunity to look at some amazing original designer gowns, and water-colour designs, by world famous Royal Fashion Designer, Norman Hartnell. Everyone is welcome to come and meet up with friends and family for a fantastic, fun, evening. The whole event is raising money for the Memorial Hall refurbishment and enables people to make the most of nearly new clothing, recycling unwanted items and creating new outfits. The Scouts are collecting items in the run up to Christmas and just after (see flyers for details), but you can bring things to the hall on the day if you wish. If you have items to donate, please call me on the numbers below, or Veronica Sargent on 01424 8936638, and if you have any dress rails or hangers we can use, that would be great.