Ninfield and Hooe

HAPPY NEW YEAR: 2019 and here we go. As I write, it’s New Year’s Eve and even if I don’t have a huge, glamorous, evening party planned, I am working all day, and will appreciate a couple of glasses of fizzy as soon as I’ve got this column in. Not much preamble this week, just the list of necessary items for your diaries this month and maybe a couple of Heads Up for February.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: On Monday the Ninfield Local History Group will re-open the Archive Centre in Sparke Pavilion at 10am to midday. Do go and see the latest additions to the local historical documents and photographs.

FLOWER GROUP: Monday is Ninfield Flower Group AGM at the Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.

DANCERCISE: Tuesday, Dancercise at the Memorial Hall, 8pm start. Everyone welcome, fabulous, fun, energetic dance based exercise- brilliant music, great routines, lovely people and lots of laughs. Start the New Year with a bang. Only £5 per class.

CRAFTING: Friday January 11, 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Knitting, nattering, cosy crafting and a good old gossip, all over a cuppa if you want it.

HOOE OPEN GROUP: On Friday January 11, the lively ladies of Hooe Open Group have their meeting at the village hall, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The revised winter hours. Do go and join this fun-filled group.

BURLESQUE: Fridays January 11 and 25 Burlesque in the Memorial Hall, 7pm for 7.15pm start, till 8.15pm. The ladies meet fortnightly and learn stunning, showy dances with me, Sami, and some amazing music and choreography. Wonderful exercise, great confidence building, and fantastic fun! Only £5 per class.

COFFEE MORNING: Saturday January 12, Hooe Coffee Morning. The regular second Saturday slot for everyone to get together and have cuppa and a catch up on all the latest events.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: On Thursday January 17 the Ninfield Local History Group have their monthly meeting at the Methodist Hall at 7.30pm. The speaker for the evening will be Ian Everest with his talk about the Newhaven Fort.

JO’S JAMMAS: Fridays January 4 and 18 Jo’s Jammas meet in the Methodist Hall, 7.30pm to 9pm. Only £5 per session. Singing and much fun to be had every fortnight.

BEETLE DRIVE: Saturday January 19, Beetle Drive in Hooe, 7pm for a 7,30pm start. Soup and bread supper, raffle, bring your own drinks and glasses. Contact Sally Durman to reserve your seats at or 01424893007. Entry is £5 on the door.

CLOTHES SALE: Saturday January 19, Nearly New Clothes Sale in Ninfield. A fabulous evening for bagging a bargain. Shopping from 6pm to 9pm. Entry is free. Refreshments, wine, canapes, nibbles, Fun Fashion Show at 7.30pm. Fabulous nearly new clothes at Charity Shop prices. Ladies fashions, coats, shoes, hats, gents jackets, children’s items. If you want to have a clear out and then find some new outfits, bring some friends and family for a fun, fundraising evening. All money raised from the sales goes to the Memorial Hall Refurb Fund. Call Veronica on 893638 or me for arranging pick up of donated items, to lend clothes rails, or for more information.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Meet on Monday January 21 in Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Guest speaker, Dr Mick Lynn and his talk on Bees and how they can be encouraged back into the gardens.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, 10.30am Methodist Church, Cafe Worship with breakfast.

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

EARLY HEADS UP: February events will include the Village Markets restart, in the Memorial Hall on February 16 and prior to that, the Parish Council will start their 2019 meetings on Thursday February 7, 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall. There will be the latest news on the ongoing planning applications for proposed developments within and with-out, the village boundary. Keep both dates free, your village needs you.

KEEP IN TOUCH: Please get any events, anecdotes, thank-you’s, diary entries, funny stories etc to me by 6pm on a Monday evening.

AND FINALLY: A huge thank you to all those who put their pennies-in-the tin for the impromptu Carol Singers who travelled round Ninfield on Sunday December 23, and who were invited into the Blacksmiths to entertain the diners that festive Christmas eve-eve. Everyone had a marvellous time apparently, much laughter, some seasonal tears, and over £100 was raised for charity.