Ninfield and Hooe

SHORTER AND SWEETER: No, nothing to do with Christmas, except that the time I might save keeping this column slightly more truncated, will hopefully allow me to get a little bit more organised and prepared for the fast approaching festive event. I haven’t a clue why it’s so difficult to get motivated this year, or why the Christmas spirit seems to have upped and flown off. I’m not panicking quite yet, after all there are still 10 days to go, the shops are open, the computer is working and the brain is still functioning, just. So, it will happen, inspiration will strike and the jingle-bells jigsaw will just click together. And, if nothing has happened by this time next week, you’ll be the first to hear about it. First thing has to be to get the tree up, the boxes are down from the loft so that’s a positive, I’ll just have to wait for the decorating fairies to get them opened and adorned. Or not. Anyway, as I said last week, there is nothing new to report or advertise for the next few weeks, so it’s a list of dates, times and venues for Christmas services and the first few items for the New Year. Next week, if I can put it together, there’ll be a Christmas poem for all to enjoy.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Meet on Monday, 10am to noon at the Sparke Pavilion Archive and Resource Centre. This is the last session for this year and the members invite everyone to join them for coffee/tea and mince pies. There will also be some new items to view which will be added to their collection. The centre will re-open on January 7.

CHURCH SERVICES: Methodist Church, Sunday, 10.30am Service of Worship and Praise with Margaret Bickerdike.

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

HOOE CAROL SERVICE: On Wednesday at St Oswald’s Church, with the Hooe Band, starting at 7.30pm. To help ease the parking problems there will be a bus service from the Red Lion car park leaving at approx. 6.50pm, 7.05pm and 7.15pm.

FAMILY CAROL SERVICE: Sunday December 23, 10.30am Methodist Church with Revd. Tricia Williams.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Carols and Christingle, Sunday December 23, 3.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Ninfield. Christmas Eve, Candlelight Crib Celebration 4pm to 4.45pm in the Methodist Church. A service for all, led by Revd Tricia Williams. Please come along and enjoy this amazing time together, followed by light refreshments. Christmas Eve, St Oswald’s Church Hooe, 6pm Christmas Eucharist. Christmas Day, St Mary’s Ninfield, 9.30am Parish Eucharist, 11am St Oswald’s Hooe Parish Eucharist.

CRAFTING: January 4 Crafting in the Memorial Hall, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

JO’S JAMMAS: Meet on Friday January 4, 7.30pm to 9pm in the Methodist Hall.

AGM: Ninfield Flower Group hold their AGM on Monday January 7, 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

COFFEE MORNING: Saturday January 12, Hooe Village Coffee Morning and Book Exchange,10am to noon.

BEETLE DRIVE: On Saturday January 19 in Hooe Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Soup and bread supper, raffle, bring your own drinks and glasses. Contact Sally Durnham to reserve your place, 01424 893007 Entry is £5 on the door.

CLOTHES SALE: Saturday January 19, Nearly New Fashion/Clothes Sale, 6pm to 9pm in Ninfield Memorial Hall. Wine and canapes, light refreshments. Catwalk fashion show with second-hand items. The evening will be opened by a very special guest and there will be a display of original designer drawings, outfits and gowns from Royal Designer Norman Hartnell. The Scouts are doing a collection over the next few weeks for all your unwanted garments, or call me or Veronica on 893638, to pick up any donations of good/nearly new clothes, dresses, evening wear, short coats, shoes, handbags, men’s suits, children’s items. And, if anyone has clothes rails to lend for the evening we’d be very grateful. All funds raised will go to the Hall Refurbishment Fund.