Ninfield and Hooe

Ninfield & Hooe news
Ninfield & Hooe news

BIG NEWS: Yes, straight in this week as there’s a lot of interesting items to list and Easter events to mention too.

PLANT SALE: Ninfield Horticultural Society Plant Sale and Coffee Morning tomorrow, Saturday, in the Memorial Hall, 9am to 11am. People are advised to get to the Hall EARLY to grab the best goodies! Any donations of plants should be delivered to the Hall at 8.30am. There are always lots of wonderful plants to buy, and some yummy home-made cakes to purchase too, so pop down to the Hall for this popular Horti spring event.

COFFEE MORNING: Hooe Coffee Morning and Book Exchange tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon in Hooe Village Hall. A great chance to catch up with all the latest news in the village,while deciding on your next read

OPEN DAY: Ninfield Bowls Club Open Day on Sunday from 2.30pm, in the Bowls Clubhouse. Good to hear from Carole with the news that the club season is up and running again and new members are welcome. Do go along to see if you have an eye for the game, take flat shoes or trainers and tuition will be given to those who would like to try the bowls. Afternoon tea will also be served and everyone is welcome.

PASSOVER MEAL: Traditional Passover Meal on Monday, 5pm in St Oswald’s Church, Hooe led by Alison Marchant, Lay Reader. This is a fun, family event and everyone is welcome. Enjoy a hot meal together, and explanation on the history and traditions from Alison, with experiences from her time in Jerusalem. Tickets to include the meal and wine are £6 per head (children half price) available from Janet Pattisson 845087, or Margaret Rist on 892576.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Meet on Monday, 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. The last meeting of the spring season. The speaker will be Ann Watts from the Woodland Trust. A raffle and refreshments will be available and thoughts and ideas will be flying around for the Summer Show on August 17. Call Rose on 892422, or email for more information in all shows, meetings and outings.

NINFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY: Wednesday, 8pm in the Working Men’s Club is the next meeting of the group to discuss the Ninfield Music Festival; Proms and Gig July 26 and 27, Michaelmas Fayre September 29, Bonfire Night October 12. Call Chairman Pete Holland on 892326 for more info, or try the Ninfield Bonfire Society website.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: Ninfield Local History Group meet on Thursday, 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall and the members will hold their AGM followed by an interesting and informative talk about Medieval and Tudor English Cookery by Jan Black, in Costume and with samples! Everyone welcome.

HOOE HISTORY SOCIETY: Meet on Thursday, 7.30pm in the village hall. Speaker Peter Hayward is in the hot seat with his talk on the Hooe Schools, Plural. Peter is a member of the Hooe History Society, and has had access to the school log books from when they started in 1871 until it closed in 1963, when he was a pupil there. His talk will explore how the school interacted with the village; the teachers and the multitude of problems that were faced on a regular basis, and its accompanied by pictures and photographs, many from the earliest days: a fascinating story.

EASTER MARKET: Ninfield Village Easter Market is on Saturday April 20 in the Memorial Hall, 9.30am to noon. Lots of stalls boasting your favourite, gorgeous goodies; meats, pies, vegetables, eggs, bread, cakes, plants, juices, jams etc. As it’s Easter weekend, there will be lots of extra Easter yumminess on offer. The Memorial Hall Committee will be running an Easter Egg Tombola and, at time of writing there were already over 60 donated chocolate eggs to win. Bring some sensible, sizeable receptacles for all your purchases..boxes or tins as there will be lots to choose from and buy. The Pop Up cafe will be open for business, for refreshments while you browse and Memorial Hall Refurbishment. The plans will be on view at the market, in the hall, on Saturday April 20. Pete Holland and Richard McAfee will be on hand to discuss them and, along with other committee members, will be happy to take ideas and suggestions for discussion. If you’d like to donate to the funds for the new kitchen and toilets, please pop up to the hall on April 20 or call Carol Holland, Treasurer, on 892326.

FILM NIGHT: In the Memorial Hall, Saturday April 27. Foors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm film start. Tickets £5 per head. The first film to be shown will be Bohemian Rhapsody, and there will be a bar and refreshments. Now all licenses are in place, this hopefully will be the start of regular monthly film shows in the hall, and money raised at these evenings will go towards the pre-mentioned Refurbishments. See posters for details, or call Carol as above.

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Ninfield Flower Group Flower Festival at St Mary’s and The Methodist Church, May 4, 5 and 6. The theme for this lovely festival is taken from the hymn written in 1864 by Folliott S Pierpoint ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’. The festival opening times are 10.30am to 4pm Saturday and Monday, 11am to 4.30pm Sunday. Entrance fee £2, with all proceeds going to the two Churches. At St Mary’s Church 7pm Saturday May 4, Concert with Jonathan Marten and Friends. Sunday May 5, 5pm Songs of Praise with the Choir of St Peter’s, Bexhill. Both events followed by refreshments and retiring collection. There will be clay sculpting on the Saturday in the Reading Room, with local potter Anna Thompson; and over the three days there will be stalls to browse and buy from, wonderful guided woodland walks in Church Woods, refreshments, tombola and raffle. This fabulous festival sounds too good to miss. Please support the Ninfield Flower Group and the two churches over the Bank Holiday weekend.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday, Methodist Church, 10.30am Palm Sunday Worship and Praise with Jill Sayers. Messy Church, Wednesday April 24, 3.30pm to 5.30pm For the Beauty of the Earth, and there will be activities planned by members of the Ninfield Flower Group in readiness for the forthcoming special Flower Festival in the two churches in Ninfield on May 4, 5 and 6.

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

SEE FLYERS: For all the forthcoming fundraising events for the Memorial Hall, or the two churches, and also for the Carnival, July 12 and 13, where we need volunteers on the days to help set up, or run stands. And, big announcement, the band for July 13 in the main marquee will be The Spiffing Good Eggs followed by a club/ dance set from DJ’s Tony and Mark. This is great news for Carnival 2019; a popular, local band, plus support, so get the word out and book your Carnival party night now.