Ninfield and Hooe Village Voice

Our PCSO, Daryl Holter, has reported people using metal detectors and spades on Ninfield recreation ground. If anyone has any information regarding this matter, they are requested to contact Daryl by calling 101. The police have also received a report of a high value heater oil theft from a property in Hooe over the time period of 1130hrs and 1630hrs on March 16. Should anyone have seen or heard anything in connection with this please can they contact Police on “101” quoting serial 0511 17/03/14.

Ninfield Working Mens Club would like to thank all those that supported them at their charity coffee morning held on Tuesday, March 11. A grand total of £322.12 was raised. This is a magnificent start for their new charity, which this year is Canine Partners. They hold 4 a year, so if any one has anything that they can donate to this charity please contact 01424 892239 or 892182. Future dates will be advertised. Again, they would like to thank you all so much.

Hooe Open Group had a most successful and interesting meeting on Friday, March 14, when the presenter was Raymond Craig, who is a paramedic with the Air Ambulance Service for Kent Surrey & Sussex. The KS&S AAS is a registered charity, relying solely on donations and legacy’s to fund their operation, which costs many millions of pounds a year to keep flying. The Air Ambulance Service is in constant demand, 24 hours a day. They claim that they can be in the air within 4 minutes after getting a call from the police or paramedics requiring them to take over, by getting those severely injured, in many cases road accidents, but also on farms and construction sites, to hospital. The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has now attended over 20,000 incidents, and averages four to six missions per day. Hundreds of lives have been saved, that without their help, may not be here today. There are a group of hospitals that can provide emergency medical services, who also have helicopter landing facilities. As the AAS have to fly both in daylight as well as at night, it is regulation that they have to have two pilots, in addition to a doctor, in some cases a surgeon, as well as a paramedic. Each helicopter is fully equipped to provide emergency treatment to maintain life support, including blood transfusion. This is done by keeping a blood bank of dehydrated plasma in chill boxes that take up little room; these can be heated to body temperature within one or two minutes as required. The members were very impressed in showing their targetable support for the Air Ambulance Service. A donation of £100 was given from Club funds to this very worthwhile charity. To be in keeping with the time of the year, the club provided members with toasted hot-cross buns with their tea as well as heart shaped chocolates appropriate to the life saving service of the Air Ambulance Service. The next meeting will take place on Friday, April 11, at 2.30pm when the talk will be “Tax, Care & Toy Boys”, they wait to find out! For information on Open Group Activities contact Edna Wallis on 01424 842591.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are once again looking to down grade Battle Fire station, which covers Ninfield & Hooe. Having a short period for consultation of 10 weeks, the crew at Battle are asking your help to fight this decision. You can aid them by completing an online questionnaire at, which lodges your objections. There will also be a public meeting at The Memorial Hall, Battle on the April 7, 7.30pm to which you are invited to attend.

Ninfield Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Spring Show tomorrow, Saturday March 22, in the Memorial Hall. Visitors are very welcome from 2.30pm. Schedules, which include entry forms, are available from the village Post Office and they would love more entries from people from the village. Help is available for new entrants from Rose (892422). They look forward to seeing you at the Show.

Your rubbish is needed! Kirsty, of Little Stars School of Dance, is collecting empty baby wipe packets for Ellie’s Fund, which is a charity supporting children with brain tumours and their families. The empty packets are recycled and for each one the charity gains 2 pence. They have raised over £30,000 already. This is a really easy thing you can do to help a charity. Please save your packets and either bag them up and drop them into the bright red wheelie bin hidden in her driveway or once you have a carrier bag full she can come and collect them from you. If anyone works in a nursery and is able to start a collection please get in touch with Kirsty. More details on the charity can be found at Call or text Kirsty on 07875235398. Address: 2 Church Farm Cottages, Manchester Road, Ninfield.

Ninfield Hall Committee are holding a Quiz Night at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 29, from 7pm. for a 7.30pm. start. The cost is £5 per person, to include a ploughman’s supper. Please take your cutlery, glasses, drink and nibbles. A maximum of 6 people to a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling 892878. There will also be a raffle. All proceeds raised will go to the hall restoration fund.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in the villages on March 29 at:

Hooe, opposite Denbigh Court, 1.50pm-2.35pm.

Ninfield, Coombe shaw (off Manchester Road), 2.50pm-3.25pm.

Ninfield, Downsview (off Church Lane), 3.40pm - 4.05pm.

The Bexhill & District Community First Responders, who cover Bexhill, Ashburnham, Ninfield, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Hooe , Whydown & Normans Bay, will be meeting on Wednesday, April 2. This is at Bexhill Fire Station at 7.30pm, every first Wednesday in the month. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Team Leader, Mike Dean on 07970024135.

Ninfield Parish Council are meeting on April 3, 7.15pm. at the Methodist Church Hall. All local residents are welcome to attend.

Ninfield Flower Group are meeting on Monday, April 7, at Ninfield Memorial Hall commencing 7.30pm. This month they welcome Robin White with his demonstration entitled “Floral Formations”. Non members are welcome at a cost of £4, to include refreshments. All floral arrangements demonstrated are raffled off at the end of the evening. Future events include: May 12, “A Basket for all Occasions” workshop and June 2, Gaenor Circus with a demonstration called “Fabulous Flowers”. For further information, please contact Jennifer Collett on 01424 892878 or email

Christian Voices are performing their lent play, “Let His Light Shine”, at Ninfield Methodist Church on Saturday, April 12, at 3pm. The play is written by Alan Young, the songs composed by Dave Chamberlin and Alan Young and is directed by Caroline Cox. All are welcome to attend.

Don’t forget that you can find out more community information from both villages and Wealden District Council on our district councillors (Pam Doodes) website or the Ninfield Parish Council website: /

Church Services for Ninfield and Hooe (

St Mary’s Services (Church of England, Ninfield):

Sundays - 9.30a.m. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month)

Wednesdays - 10.00a.m. Holy Communion.

St Oswald’s Services (Church of England, Hooe):

Sundays - 11.15a.m. Parish Eucharist (Family Service on 1st Sunday of the month).

Ninfield Methodist Church - all services at 2.30p.m. except the first Sunday of the month, where they hold a Family Service at 10.30a.m.

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