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Westfield Community Association NEWSLETTER

Autumn in Westfield visit and/or contribute

August ~ November 2013


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Group and individual classes held at Beckley, indoors in winter

Fully Licensed Fees on a daily/part day basis; discount for 2+ sharing

Safe, motivated training by experienced and qualified Agility Club Instructor (1st class)

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Details: Kerrie Robinson


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Qualified Trainers Venues in Hastings: St Luke’s Silverhill & Christ Church Ore

Home boarding Dog walking Micro-chipping Pick up/delivery available

Enquiries 01424 219415

For enquiries and appointments

Sylvi 01424 424342

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Westfield Community Association Newsletter No. 145 August 2013


urning these pages you cannot fail to notice the diverse activities in Westfield and some of our residents working further afield. Much of our lives is spent volunteering from making items for the annual shoebox parcels to maintaining the garden at the Community Hall; the compilation and distribution of this newsletter, the members of the Community and Parish Councils, the Poppy Appeal, Neighbourhood Watch and Speed Watch, the Clubs, Hospice - the list is endless; there is a part everyone could play and, in the main, gain pleasure. After the May issue, one eagle-eyed reader remarked that a mention of Christmas (albeit in small print) was a bit premature. My diary dates, particularly below here on page 3, go much further, if only to give good notice and onto busy calendars. When cards and calendars are available a good six months ahead of time we are forever rushing through the years. I was pleased, however, to know how well some people do read these pages. On the other hand, I was saddened to discover that some still current issues reach the recycling bin, only to be asked to supply information again. At least recycling happens, hopefully along with the cardboard, bottles, tins, garden waste and at Mountfield and Pebsham tips there are various bins for other items too. Also more locally, e.g. Northiam, Sainsbury’s, bins for waxed cartons, paperback books, batteries, small electrical goods. See also pages 8, 10, 11, 12, 19, 21, 30, 34, 36, 42, and 43! Some of you are well aware of my re-use of envelopes - well, why not? Three new doctors (page 31) have joined Dr Peter at the Westfield & Sedlescombe Surgery but it is sad that, due to ill-health, Drs Caroline Hargreaves and Steven Stern have retired early. Every good wish is extended to both of them with thanks for their long stint here caring for us.

Pauline Filsell-Page Editor

W.C.A. Newsletter

list of Contents Page 4

Delivered free to every house in Westfield Parish Circulation 1270 approx.

Editor: Mrs Pauline Filsell-Page c/o Westfield News, Chapel Lane

Westfield, TN35 4QX

0778 607 8588

This newsletter is printed by The Marketing Solution (TMS)

Contributions by: October 14, January 24, April 25

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November 8, February 14, May 16

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INDEX Air Ambulance ARRCC Art Autumn Tidy BACE BACT Battle Choral Bingo Blood Bowls Brownies/Guides Church Cricket Disco Doctors/Surgery Draw Drs letter F3 Football Friends Church Friendship

39 43 16 43 10 16 38 26 34 32,38 35 9 30 37 31 22 30 40 33 23 13

Golf Hastings Week Hearing Horticultural Hospice Hub Jumble Legs, Bums & tums Library Lions Lunch club Neighbourhood Watch

32 28 17 15 21 11 36 42 48 20 16


Parish Hall Peoples Page Playgroup Ramblings Rollerbooting Royal British Legion School Scouts/Jumble Speed Watch Stoolball Streetlinks Sussex Food Award Tennis Club Tennis Courts Website WCA Chair WCA Halls WI Window on W WonW, Planning Yoga Youth Club/Quiz

10 14 27 37 33 26 41 19 36 32 42 34 33 43 7 24 24 17 44,45 46 33 18

Home Personal Assistant A compassionate natured, local care service. Offering high quality personal help, working closely with clients and their families. Providing additional individual care and support to maintain a high standard of independence enabling you to remain in your own home and familiar surroundings. All domestic duties undertaken including: Shopping Cleaning & tidying Preparing & Cooking Meals Personal Laundry Home Administration Pets walker Escorting to appointments Chauffeur to Social Activities Companionship & Friendship Reliable & friendly, enhanced C.R.B. checked Clean full driving licence & own transport with wheelchair access

Help is at hand at hourly rate

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Rother Neighbourhood Watch Ted Kemp, vice chairman, is now acting chairman until the group’s AGM at Bexhill Town Hall on October 18. Mr Kemp has appealed to local NHW coordinators to register up-to-date contact details with him by e-mailing: or Mobile 07983 619622. Alternatively, Richard Perchard PCSO would like to hear from anyone in Westfield as co-ordinators are needed particularly in the areas of New Moorsite, Heathlands, Churchfield, New Cut, Cottage Lane and Main Road. All that is needed is a little spare time and preferably access to the internet. Please contact Richard if interested:

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PCSO Richard Perchard 0779 633 6862

Chrissie 01424 752795 -------------------------0797 039 7124 5

Tower Street

Hastings Old Town

01797 222226

01424 721650

Fresh Local Fish & Seafood Open Monday - Sunday lunch and dinner

Fish Restaurant with Taster Bar Open lunch and dinner every day

Webbe’s Suite available up to 60 People Suitable for weddings and Private Parties Buffets and Conferences

Reservations in peak season essential

Large outside seating area for the summer months “the freshest fish, with the shortest journey”

For all enquiries 01797 222226 Join the professionals and learn varied skills and techniques

Paul and Rebecca Webbe invite you to visit them and the website register to receive their newsletter

The Wild Mushroom Restaurant on A28 Westfield (large car park)

01424 751137 Modern English Cuisine Excellent fresh produce Professionally served Fantastic value for money Lunch! Wednesday – Saturday £16.95 two course; £19.99 three course Sunday Lunch £23.00 Dinner served Wednesday – Saturday Closed Monday and Tuesday Themed monthly Gourmet Nights including tasting wines Reservations Essential 6

Are you unsure what time the Family Fun Day starts on Saturday 17 August or want the telephone number of a fencing business in our area? Have you mislaid the last WCA Newsletter edition and want to look up something you read there? Then look no further than our website: There is a host of information together with loads of links to help you find what you are looking for. We are always interested in putting photographs of Westfield and its people in our Photo Gallery so if you have any, please e-mail a copy to the website using the contact link, or drop a copy of the original into Westfield News, Chapel Lane marked WCA and give details of where the photograph was taken, the date taken and any other relevant details. The original photograph will be returned to you if your name and address are provided. The website belongs to the whole community so why not make your Home Page?


he Website Team, would love to know your ideas about how we could improve the website. Please take time to look at and fill in the online questionnaire (see the Home page) or use the "contact us" button to send us your ideas. It's your website, so please share your suggestions and we'll try to provide everything you could wish for in a community website.

Ron Allen Decorator City & Guilds qualified For all internal and external decoration requirements painting, ceramic tiling etc. All handyman jobs - no matter how small Fully insured Competitive rates Free estimates and advice

0796 009 4334 01424 752778 7

Celebrating 10 years



1 Chapel Lane, Westfield

Please note: Change of address to

Pottery Lane, Brede

Full range of Professional Treatments available including: Matis Facials and Pedicures, Geleration (long lasting polish) St Tropez Spray Tanning, Microdermabrasion Perfector Face-Lifting Treatment Hot stone/Thai and Indian Head Massage Lava Shells Massage And much more!

Accident Repairs, Resprays & General Bodywork FREE ESTIMATES


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01424 757820

Wayne Dadson The Benefice of Westfield and Guestling Dates for your diary: 16-18 August – Guestling Flower Festival theme: Ladybird Books ‘Jesus my Boy’ see poster on left Saturday 28 September 7pm St John’s Church Westfield Tickets £5 to include Cheese & Wine from Churchwardens (01424 751407) or Archers the butchers 29 September – 4tOctober Bishop Martin’s visit to Rye Deanery

Harvest Festival Sunday 6 October - St Laurence Guestling Sunday 13 October - St John’s Westfield

Remembrance Sunday 10 November

Tom Barnett

Did you know? There is a collection box in church to assist the Family Social Work Outreach team in Hollington. Items from cleaning equipment to non-perishable food is much needed. Also, ink cartridges and plastic milk bottle tops - items usually thrown in the bin- are put to use by the team. Your assistance in any way is appreciated.

Local Qualified Electrician Free Estimates - No job too small Safety checks undertaken

0780 317 7787 01424 753323


The United Benefice of Westfield and Guestling From the vicarage….Journeys I wonder how many journeys we make during the course of a year. There are the short ones, like going to the shops or to church, and then longer ones when we go on holiday. Some, of course, take a lot more planning than others. Journeys can bring worries, anticipation or excitement and, depending on the circumstances, can be happy or sad ones. Sometimes our journeys take us to new places which sometimes are a new start in our life’s Journey. Many of our children will be going on a new adventure when they start at a new school in September. The Christian life is often described as a journey. Some of it can be easy and smooth and sometimes it is more difficult, especially when we are waiting for the Lord’s guidance. God’s map or ‘sat nav’ is often not as direct as we would like but often God takes us to places that give us great and many blessings along the way. We read about many important journeys in the Bible, and they can help us to know about God's promises. ·

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When Moses led the Israelites on their long journey out of Egypt, the Lord promised to go ahead of them on the journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day. Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, to fulfill the prophecy that it was in Bethlehem that Jesus would be born. And, of course, Jesus' journey to the cross.

One of my favourite Old Testament characters is Noah and his total faithfulness in God. Up until a few weeks ago it seemed to us that it didn’t seem to stop raining in Westfield and with that weather, and the waterlogged garden, I was tempted to start building an ark! But at the end of the story we read about God's covenant with Noah - "Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind." (Genesis 9: 14) It is always wonderful to see a rainbow across the sky, and a reminder to us that God always keeps His promises. May you know God's promise of love and blessing as you journey with Him and may God bless you on any journey you are taking this Summer. RevRob

Rev Robert Mulford 01424 751029

Photo: RevRob at Westfield Village Fete


We are now on Twitter@WestGuestChurch (and please follow) and Facebook, look for WestfieldGuestlingChurch (and please ‘like’) For a copy of the weekly notice sheet, please email 9

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Phone Booking Clerk between 9 am & 7 pm for dates and times available

01424 753752 Registered Charity No. 1142445


- Building and Assisting Communities with Education -


is a charity formed, local to Westfield, to help children in rural areas of The Gambia access the education and health services that we take for granted here in the UK. It is the WCA current Chairman who is heavily involved; one of the volunteers who goes out to help with the building work for the school and suggested the destination for the old chairs from our Community Hall to help them in their clinic.

We are a small friendly company covering all aspects of building including:

*Refurbishments *Brickwork *Pointing *Plastering *Rendering *Kitchens *Bathrooms *Roofing *Guttering

John would like your help those vegetable seeds you bought this year and didn’t sow could be very useful for next year’s harvest in The Gambia. Please leave them now at 7 Heathlands or Westfield News and he will take them to The Gambia in November. Other items desperately needed are notepads, chalk, crayons, garden handtools and paint rollers. Thank You.

Quality work competitive prices Free estimates and advice whatever your requirements give us a call

01424 852525 10

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY HUB www: E-mail: Venue: The Plough Inn, The Moor Friday mornings from 10am to noon a warm and friendly place to meet for a coffee and a chat, use the book exchange or computers


isits are on the agenda this quarter as the Hub Committee is currently organising an evening at the Dogs at Brighton (probably sometime in September); this promises to be a great night out and will include dinner. An afternoon trip to the Toy Museum at Northiam is being investigated as several people have said they’ve really enjoyed the nostalgic exhibits and excellent afternoon tea etc. There are several really lovely gardens that could be visited before the end of the summer so if you have any preferences or suggestions for future activities or outings, or want to be included in those mentioned here, any Committee member would be pleased to hear from you on Friday mornings. The Hub is also expecting to participate in the Macmillan Coffee Morning again this September, so your support for this worthwhile event will be appreciated. A date for the next Quiz Night has yet to be set, so if anyone would like to be involved in organising this, the Committee would especially like to hear from you. Wheel Lane Westfield

VINEYARDS Fantastic English Bubbly Still Wines & Fruit Wines Gift Shop & Hampers

01424 44 11 12

Open Daily 10 am - 5 pm

Don’t let your re-usable furniture or electrical goods go to waste: donate to charity helping local low-income households.

01424 752501


Martin Chandler Painting & Decorating + General Building 30+ years in the trade Free Estimates Quality work at Sensible Prices Get together with friends, family and colleagues and raise some money for people affected by cancer on

Tel: 01424 756850 0758 281 5035

Friday 27 September 11

The Friends of


Westfield Parish Church

Let us put the sparkle back in your home Regular cleaning: weekly, fortnightly, monthly One off clean, Spring clean Post build, Moving out Oven / carpet cleaning

Reg. Charity No. 1048466 ~~~~~

Westfield is fortunate to have the church with so much history but it is important to look after the structure (fabric), fixtures and fittings. Non-churchgoers are welcome to join as a Friend to help us, either by cash donation or help with fund-raising events. Suggestions for activities are always welcome. Our Strawberry Tea in June was well attended, though our intention to hold it in a lovely garden failed due to the cold. Please come to show your support for the building which is temporarily in our care. Subscriptions (from £5.00) please to the Hon Treasurer: Roger Bowe, Jagreta, Cottage Lane, Westfield, TN35 4QG. Diary notes: AGM Saturday 9 November 2 pm

Fully insured Police checked Highly trained & experienced staff

For a free estimate & to discuss your requirements

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Local Personal & Professional Letting & Property Management Company A tailor-made service for all Landlords, from finding your Tenants to Full Management. No VAT on fees so save your hard earned money! Call Us Now! Tenants welcome to join the waiting list

with Speaker t.b.a. & Christmas Fayre Saturday 30 November 2-4pm Parish Hall

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For further information please contact Ann and Malcolm Stocker 754355 or Chairman Joan Downing 752463


nce again members of Westfield Church and School will be working in October and November to provide Christmas gifts in decorated shoeboxes for needy and traumatised children in Eastern Europe with Mustard Seed Relief Mission Charity No: 1129396. Items or unsealed full boxes are most welcome as are donations of £2.50 per box as this goes towards transportation costs. Further details for Westfield’s contribution: Ann & Malcolm Stocker 754355; Cheryl Wright & Tom Hanes 757869 Suggestions for items For all age groups: soap, flannel, toothbrush & paste, hairbrush, comb, hat, gloves, pencils, soft toy, sweets (soft for youngest); also 3-5s toy cars/doll, ball, jigsaw, picture book, crayons; 6-11s toy doll/car, skipping rope, jewellery/yoyo, ball, playing cards, book, felt-tip pens, paper 12-15s: boys - marbles, travel game, juggling balls, baseball cap, playing cards, geometry set, notebook, pens girls - hair accessories, jewellery, new make up/perfume stick, talc, deodorant, doll, skipping rope A reminder that nothing warlike should be sent e.g. toy guns tanks etc also toys requiring batteries, and books in English. 12

Westfield Friendship Club The members enjoyed a summer outing with a strawberry tea and a tour of the Toy Museum at Northiam. Our hosts Phil and Kathy made us very welcome. The club is now having its summer break, as we do not meet in August, and will return on Monday 16 September when we look forward to some more outings. Meetings are at the Parish Hall 2 pm 3.30 pm every other Monday i.e. 16, 30 September, 14, 28 October, 11, 25 November with our Christmas party on 9 December. New members would be made very welcome. Jean Hobson Chairman

GARAGE SERVICES for WESTFIELD Pump House Garage behind Sedlescombe Post Office

For a fast and friendly service Competitive prices for all makes of cars and vans Free collection of local vehicles For advice or to book your appointment

01424 870196 0773 251 8700 or 0788 306 2714

01424 753095


British Summer Time Ends Early Sunday 27 October Clocks fall back one hour

People’s page To all new residents Late summer ‘Welcome to Westfield’ holiday 26 August


Marriages this summer:

Condolences to the families of

Adrian and Gemma Hammond at St John’s, Westfield

Philippa Ede Joyce Eldridge Jackie Chillmaid

Deborah Haddock and John Steele at St Mary Magdalene, Bexhill, honeymoon in Thailand. Cheryl Hobbs and Ryan Gunningham at Bannatyne’s, now living in Eastbourne. Their honeymoon destination: the Maldives.

Born on the same day as Prince George Alexander Louis, Toby Wayne Roberts at 10lbs 1oz to Stacey Goodsell & Andy Roberts

Wedding Anniversary Celebrations Belated Congratulations to Jenny & Graham Drinkwater on their Ruby Wedding and Judy & Pat Connor on their Golden.

The Rotary Club of Senlac Jazz Picnic held in Westfield Lane on 28 July raised c.£2,000. This was divided equally between the Parchment Trust and the Rotary Charity Fund.

Letter to the Editor Speeding traffic in populated areas is one of the biggest worries for many people, particularly when they are aware of the possible consequences. A Westfield parish resident has set up a campaign to raise awareness and seek support from fellow residents. He sent his concerns in a letter to East Sussex Highways Department which reads: We are residents of Kent Street, Sedlescombe, and on a daily basis witnessing distressing road accidents on the stretch of road outside of our properties. The first stretch of the road has double white lines (no overtaking); however, on the last 100/200 metres with the broken white lines (allowed to overtake) both car drivers and motor cyclists regularly use this section of road to overtake at dangerous speeds - bear in mind Kent Street has established businesses on both sides of the road i.e. nursery and hotel restaurant one side and farm shop on the other. There is also a bus stop for use of the local residents who find it increasingly dangerous to cross the road to reach it, due to fast travelling vehicles coming from both directions. The warning light set up last year is not working effectively and tree branches obstruct drivers view of the 50mph limit. Caution signs for slippery roads are also not clearly visible and most vehicles are travelling so fast that residents are finding entry and exit to their properties difficult and extremely frightening because of the low visibility and high speeds. For the safety of my own family and local residents, may I please request the following measures be taken as Interior Decoration Specialist soon as possible: City and Guilds Qualified 1. That trees and shrubs are cut back so all signage can be clearly seen. All aspects of internal decoration 2. That the broken white lines are replaced with double References available white lines for no overtaking. 3. The 50mph speed limit is reduced to 40mph Fully insured immediately. Yours faithfully etc. Home 01424 423119 Mr H Rafati would be pleased to hear from locals Mobile 0787 041 1748 supporting his campaign. 0797 1231 526

Simon Delamare


Westfield Horticultural Society The Front Garden competition was, unfortunately, cancelled due to a lack of Autumn Show 2013 entries. We are grateful to those gardeners & who did enter. The cold spring meant that Sussex Beekeepers Association most gardens were in between flowering Hastings & Rother Division seasons and as such the timing for front Annual Honey Show garden displays was all wrong. Saturday 14 September September 14 - Autumn Show in the Community Hall. If anyone would like 2.30pm Community Hall a Schedule for the show then please Show Schedules available on line at give our Chairman, #icholas Wilde a call (07786 864713) and we will get & at Archers, Westfield News, the Hub or one to you. There are different classes to the Chairman (see left). interest all members of the family, so have a look and mark off the ones today that you will be entering. October 19 - Coach visit to Sheffield Park. This is a National Trust property and any member who has not seen the autumn colours of the trees and shrubs should mark this visit in their diaries. There is a shop and cafe/restaurant so we keep our fingers crossed for the weather to be fine to make this a most enjoyable experience.

PAUL HOBDEN LTD Plumbing & Heating Engineers

Annual General Meeting


Wednesday 23 October

Electrical, building, carpentry, tiling, bathroom & kitchen fitting

Refreshments from 7 pm, business at 7.30 pm

Westfield Community Dining Hall

Gas, oil & lpg Appliances -

Coach Outing to Sheffield Park

serviced, repaired & fitted

Solar Installations Power flushing of central

Saturday 19 October

heating systems

Please contact Annie Nijhuis Tel: 01424 754337 for further details or to book your place alternatively visit our website at


01424 755677 15

01424 772001 Battle Area Community Transport Unit 8, Rutherford Business Park Battle T:33 0TY e-mail: Web:


Westfield Art Group


“Painting for Pleasure”


19 September, 17 October

ASHFORD 23 Aug, 25 Oct, 13 Dec

Beginners are always welcome at our friendly (and lively) classes so, if you would like to try painting or drawing, why not come along on a Wednesday between 2 & 4pm at the Parish Hall to meet Ruth, our tutor. Alternatively, call the number below.

Di Paterson

B86 BATTLE AREA to MAIDSTONE 10 September, 12 November

B87 BATTLE AREA to TUNBRIDGE WELLS 7 October, 2 December All bookings need to be made in advance. Times and Pick-up locations will be arranged according to requests made



To book: call Lyn on 01424 772001 Mon - Fri 9 am - 12 noon

16 August, 20 September, 18 October, 15 November, 20 December


Those over 50 or disabled are invited to join the Community Lunches at 12.45 pm in the Parish Hall £3.00 for a full 2-course meal!


B75 Wednesday service to Battle/Sainsburys: times changing from 2 October A new Monday service on 7 October from Broad Oak & Sedlescombe via Westfield to Sainsburys

To book please phone Doreen Smith 751417 Coordinator, Cook & Kitchen Supervisor

Joan Downing 752463 Accounts & Barbara Nunn 754618 or

New timetables available mid-September 16

Westfield WI In May, local farmer’s wife Leonie Wheeler enthused about the amazing natural healing properties of Aloe Vera, particularly effective for skin conditions. Plans were discussed for an afternoon at Merriments Gardens in June, lunch at Leeford Place in July, and an outing to Leeds Castle in September. The June meeting was the annual strawberry tea, so business was kept brief. Margaret Auckland was congratulated on being highly commended for her craft entry at the South of England Show. A ‘magazine treasure hunt’ followed a delicious tea, with much laughter and chat. In July, members heard that their cake stall at the village fete had raised £100, which would be put towards the outing to Leeds Castle. They also remembered the passing of past member Philippa Ede, who had contributed so much to the WI, particularly with her wonderful craft work. There were many East Sussex WI workshops in the next few months to inspire members to try a new hobby or craft. Paul Lendon then talked about a ‘Ticket to ride’ as he related anecdotes about his travels by tram, trolley bus, air, bus (his favourite) and train. Apparently the first bus service in 1901 was from Bexhill! Westfield WI meets in the Parish Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.15 pm, and new members are very welcome. The next meeting is on 10 September, when Peter Pyemont will be talking about the ‘History of the Olympic Games’. The competition is a sporting item. Do ring the President, Julie Lloyd on 01424 754013 if you would like more information.

The ladies of Westfield W.I. are able to provide teas for up to 50 people in the Parish Hall, subject to availability, at £5.00 per head. Please contact

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre ESHRC Volunteer living in Westfield is willing to make home visits for maintenance on NHS hearing aids and to issue batteries. Brown record book issued by Audiology Department needs to be produced. Please contact ESHRC for a message to be passed to Daphne Brook

Pat Mohamed 01424 431058 Tel: 01323 722505 8 St Leonards Road EASTBOURNE BN21 3UH


Main Road Westfield TN35 4QE a local family run business selling quality used vehicles for over 40 years previously in Bohemia Hastings

01424 752444 or 0797 228 9041 Farmers’ Market Local Produce for Local People

Brede Village Hall every Friday 10 a m – 12 noon

British Food Fortnight September 21 - October 6

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29 Tel 0795

6.30 - 8.00 pm Wednesdays 2nd & 4th monthly Parish Hall Admission members only 70p + annual £1 ALL memberships renewed in September - for text alerts text 07797440014

New members welcome Dan, Min, Sarah, Sara, Baz & Josh look forward to seeing you Lots of fun for ages 8 - 16 years Don’t forget to bring change for the tuck shop! 18

Info: Dan 0789 991 7952

1st Westfield Scout Group The Group currently comprises around 46 young people with 6 warranted Leaders and a Young Leader. We are always looking for adult help so if you have an interesting job or hobby and would like to tell the youngsters about it please contact Frances on 754548. The Beaver colony is now running at 12 so if your son or daughter would like to try out and is between the ages of 6 and 8 contact Sue on 425492 or Rose on 754080 to add their name to the waiting list. All sections try to go outside during the summer term and the Beavers joined with Old Town Brownies on a visit to Blue Reef Aquarium recently. We were given a guided tour including feeding the shark and watching the Archer fish spit to get their prey into the water to then be eaten, fascinating. The Cubs and Scouts had a very good camp locally at the end of May with good weather for once. 11 Cubs and 10 Scouts also went on a District Camp at Broadstone Warren and enjoyed the varied activities including zip wires, climbing, archery, shooting, go-karts, grass sledges and giant inflatables. The weekend finished with a really good Camp Fire. Our Cub and Scout Leader, Frances Richardson, was recently presented with Chief Scouts Award for Good Service and we congratulate her, much deserved. Rosemary Bond Secretary and Assistant Beaver Leader 1st Westfield Scout Group Tel 01424 754080

Jumble sale Saturday 28 September Westfield Community Hall 2.00 pm Any jumble may be left at the Hall from midday but please, no monitors, TVs or items bigger than a chair, . Thank you.




The New Inn

FREE COLLECTION & DELIVERY SERVICE non smoking environment


01424 717080 0776 332 7231

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Rye & District Lions Club Rye Lions have had a busy few months – both raising money for good causes and having a great time at their social events. Besides attending most local fetes, including Westfield, with their stalls, a very successful Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea event was held in a Rye garden – the latter raising £1,000 which the Lions donated to Rye and District Community Transport. Several other local donations have also made, including £2000 to St. Michael’s Hospice and £600 to The Hospice in the Weald. They sponsored ladies in the Race for Life at Hastings, including two from Westfield. Together with the other Lions clubs in the south-east, a total of £150,000 has been raised for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance towards their target of £250,000 for the equipment needed to operate at night, which will result in saving many lives. Other activities have included a free lunch which was laid on for around 100 seniors from Rye and nearby villages and, for a ship’s crew stranded in Rye Harbour, Rye Lions helped with supplies. Recently they were pleased to host a visit of Lions from Rye, Victoria, Australia - this is the second visit from their “sister” club there, in addition to a visit form Winchelsea, Victoria two years ago. A precedent for Rye Lions is that their new President is of the fairer sex for the first time in their 36 year history when Sue Clay, from Icklesham, was elected. The club has five lady members. As well as having fun raising money for those less fortunate, recent monthly socials have included meals out, a “pot luck” supper, a quiz - which they won - and a barbecue. Any adult interested in the Lions should contact Conrad Freezer on 01797 252921 or visit their website at . The next fund-raising event is the biggest of the year, the Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete on Sunday 25 August. Entry to both events is free, with the Race taking place on the River Rother at 2.30pm and the Fete opening on The Salts in Rye at noon. Chestnut Tree House children's hospice Dover Lane Near Arundel BN18 9PX 01903 871800


Registered charity no. 256789


The only children's hospice in Sussex for children and young adults (0-19 years), from all over the county, with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Chestnut Tree House is a home away from home for sick children and their families. A place to spend quality time together, with care staff on hand to help out when needed, whether practical, physical or emotional.

@ Kent Street :urseries, Kent Street (A21) near Sedlescombe T:33 0SF Call John 0785 120 1233 Bernie 0797 437 5415 or 01424


Charity shops raising vital funds for Chestnut Tree House are in Arundel, Billingshurst, Havant, Hove, Seaford, Worthing, Brighton and two in Eastbourne 20

Reg Charity No 288462

Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0LB

01424 445177 Fundraising Office nos: 01424 456396 & 456371

Calling All Local Residents - Your Hospice :eeds You! In May, St Michael’s Hospice launched its new Hospice Neighbours campaign in Hastings & Rother. The service calls for local people to volunteer their time to become ‘Hospice Neighbours’ by giving a few hours a week, fortnight or month on a day and time that suits them, within their local area. Every minute and hour go toward helping make life a bit easier for people living at home with a life limiting illness, the simple act of helping with everyday tasks such as cooking, shopping, daily chores, pet care or just dropping in for a cup of tea and a chat can mean the world. The scheme is now going to be made available right across Hastings & Rother and the Hospice needs more volunteers to make this possible. John Trafford, of Northiam, was referred to Hospice Neighbours following a two week stay at St Michael’s Hospice. John said, “I had heard of St Michael’s Hospice before, but hadn’t got a clue what it would be like until I went in to stay there. I was given a lovely room that overlooked the sea and the meals were just delicious!. All of the staff are utterly brilliant, they’d spend time with me just chatting and listening.” It was clear that John had really valued the extra support and so following his return home Hospice Neighbours Project Manager, Jane Cave, visited him to find out what kind of help the scheme could offer. Jane soon paired John with Hospice Neighbour Elizabeth Pharoahs, who now visits John on a day and at a time that suits them both, quite often just to natter over a cup of tea to keep John company. Once the two had been paired, they soon discovered that Elizabeth and John had actually known each other years ago as they had both been part of the Northiam Footpath Group, which was founded by John. Elizabeth said, “It is very convenient for me to visit John as I live nearby. When we first met, we realised we had so much in common, we started chatting and haven’t stopped ever since!” When asked about the benefits of Hospice Neighbours, John said, “It’s so nice to meet new faces and to share stories. It gives me piece of mind knowing that someone is going to drop in to see me. It’s the small things in life that make such a difference to me these days and so having a Hospice Neighbour to help me is wonderful. Hospice Neighbours have brought brightness back into my life and I’m so grateful for their help”. So far, St Michael’s Hospice Neighbours service has signed up 39 volunteers in Hastings & Rother but still needs more! If you have time you can spare, you will be making a huge difference to someone’s life and joining the wonderful team of Hospice Neighbours. For more information on volunteering, or if you or someone you know would like to find out more about accessing the service please contact Jane Cave, Project Manager, 01424 445177 ext The number continues to rise 6012 or email: (c.1140) as jigsaw puzzles have been left at The Button Box, Workhouse Lane Westfield, (opp WCA Hall) for Jean to check for resale at St Michael’s Hospice shops. Please continue, thank you.

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s I write, this time of year in Westfield and, indeed the whole of Rother, is normally the busiest period for Rye Neighbourhood Policing Team but at the same time is often the most enjoyable. The better weather and the lighter evenings allow us to be much more pro-active in the parish and attend fetes and events and be seen by so many more people. Whilst we do receive complaints that the local children are off school and upsetting the usual peace and quiet for some residents or that the annual influx of speeding motorcyclists on their noisy machines are ruining the Sunday morning lay-in for many a family these types of calls are in truth very few and far between and being a local police officer at this time of year is a lovely position to hold. From a police point of view, Westfield itself is getting along very nicely. Over the last few months we have seen a real decrease in crime levels. There have been no recent reported burglaries within the parish however two unsuccessful attempts have been made to gain entry into the local newsagents. Please continue to make sure that all your windows and doors are locked in your property whether you are going out for 5 minutes or away for two weeks! Also make sure that you are securing your vehicles properly as well and not making yourself an easy target for any passing thieves. The last few months have also seen a reduction in the calls to the police complaining about anti social behaviour which is always pleasing to see. Westfield Parish Council have always made a real effort to provide and maintain facilities for children so that they have somewhere to go and be ‘kids’ and this effort appears to be paying dividend at present. The biggest complaint from Westfield and indeed all its neighbouring villages is speeding traffic through the village. We are currently in the process of introducing Community Speed Watch across the Rye area and to set this up in Westfield all we require is a group of around 8 - 10 volunteers to give up a few hours a week to try and tackle the problem. We would provide all the equipment and training and this would enable local residents as a group to go out to pre-approved sites and conduct speed checks of their own and report back to the police the details of any speeding vehicles. We can’t always be in Westfield due to other commitments but Community Speedwatch means that the parishioners can tackle one of the key issues that affects them when we are not around. Please contact myself or Richard Perchard for more information about the scheme. I look forward to meeting you all around the village over the coming few weeks and hope that the good weather continues and you all have a lovely summer.

Kind Regards, PC #igel Collins


Hall Management Committee ANNUAL AGM REPORT 2013 The Hall Management Committee has met before each Council Meeting. Richard Wallace is our Parish Council Representative and we are grateful for his contribution. Rachel Pritchard, as Hall Manager, is in attendance and Sarah Jones (Nee Howard) is our minute taker and John Barnett our Treasurer. We have also met twice with Pauline Young, Joint Use Officer from ESCC during the year. We have now employed our Cleaner independently of the Local Authority for a year and are pleased with the way it has worked out. This is largely due to Rachel’s hard work, the pride she takes in keeping the building sparkling clean and the time she spends working with Hall users. We are grateful too for the admin. Work undertaken by John who saves both us and ESCC money. We were also pleased that Roz Kennet helped us for the summer when Rachel was ill to cover the holiday clean. We are lucky that she shared Rachel’s love of a clean working environment. This year we have had the Dining Hall and the entrance hall repainted and they look bright and fresh for our users. The Hall floor has also been re-sanded and sealed. The WCA voted to replace the chairs in the main Hall as they are looking old and are scratching the floor when moved. They have arrived and we are pleased to tell you that the old ones are on their way to Africa, where they will be used in a clinic in Bonsa- a small Gambian village. A brilliant example of recycling and community spirit. We now have a separate hand wash basin in the Servery, and following a recent Environmental Health inspection, it is rated as the highest 5 stars which is great. The sink was paid for by the School and the WCA jointly and is important if we are to continue to attract additional hirers. The garden which now makes a welcome entrance to our building looks lovely and is well established, thanks again to Cheryl’s hard work and enthusiasm. The Hall continues to be widely used during term time and we have increased the numbers of hirers for both regular and one off activities. We are pleased that the membership of the Bowls Club has increased since it has had a new mat. We have some ongoing problems to be sorted, which need to be agreed through the joint use agreement. These include the need for some shuttering to enclose the heating boiler, the boys toilet which needs a new floor and improved fire exit for wheelchair users. It is not always easy agreeing priorities and funding in the current climate, but we will continue to work with our partners to achieve the best for the Community of Westfield. Janet Colvert June 2013

Hiring fees from 1st April 2012:

COMMU:ITY HALL Sports, jumble sales, children’s daytime parties etc……………..£9.00 per hour Children’s clubs between 5 and 7pm Mondays to Fridays…....…£4.75 per hour Evening functions such as cheese and wine parties, quiz nights with bar, dances without bar or disco or live bands……….…£70 Discos and events with live music and bar 6pm until 11.45pm. ………… ..£70

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President: Mrs Joan Downing Chairman: Mr John Barnett 7 Heathlands Westfield TN35 4QZ 01424 753323

Vice-Chairman: Mrs Sarah Jones Secretary: vacant Hall Management Committee: Chairman: Mrs Janet Colvert Community Council Meetings:21 Oct., 20 Jan., 14 April at 7.30 pm Community Dining Hall

Westfield Community Association Chairman’s AGM Report For those of you not aware of the WCA’s work and constitution we are a group representing various community based organisations in the Parish (15 at present) and an equal number of individuals wishing to be involved in community matters, making 30 in total and during 2011/12 we had a full complement all barring a vacancy from the Football Club. We have a Council which is made up of all 30 members. The Council is further supported by the Hall Management Committee (HMC) which is a joint committee involving the WCA, ESCC (through the school) and the Parish Council. Both the Council and HMC have worked well during the year and I wish to record my thanks to all those members who contributed. I'm especially grateful for Sarah for her support as Vice Chair, Mark’s support as Treasurer and Janet for all her work on HMC, as its never without its issues and Joan of course who provides me with support and the odd poke in the ribs when I most need them! Pauline Filsell-Page’s work in the background on the Newsletter and Draw and other WCA things, without which there would be no income for the WCA and its balances would quickly dwindle. I’d especially like to thank Rachel Pritchard who has not only developed into an excellent Hall Manager but as the full time cleaner since September has kept the Hall very clean. I’m always very reassured when I visit other local halls and reflect just what a jewel in the crown the hall is for the community. Lastly, thanks to Ginny Whitney who stepped into the breach last year and offered to be the Minute Taker for Council meetings and has continued to do so until other commitments recently took her away. Therefore the search for a replacement Secretary to support the Council goes on. The Committee has been busy during 2012/13 providing grants to worthy causes in the Parish; which Mark will outline in his own report. However I’m immensely pleased we have been able to continue to organise a profitable Summer Fete and to provide the Free Family Day and these events will continue into 2013/14. However, these things don’t just happen on their own, it takes a fair amount of time even when the work is allocated amongst several people so I would just want to repeat Min’s plea for help when it is needed most, both in planning the events and on the day. As you can see this has been a busy year again and the Council members can be justifiably proud of their achievements over the year. However we are not ones to rest on our laurels and are always open to new requests for funding to support community events or assets. For me one for the biggest community success story in recent years for the Parish has been the Youth Club and I’m so pleased we were able to provide some small grants to cover start-up costs and the club is now self-sufficient in its own right. I wish it all the best for the future. It is not just about the younger parish members, we held a very successful Jubilee Tea Party for the older people of the parish which was very well received and we have in mind doing something similar later this year and hopefully this will become an annual event. But again we need more ideas and just as importantly helping hands. The laying of a wreath on Remembrance Day 2012 was an important first for the WCA and will be part of our future annual commitment to the community. I hope you were in the masses who enjoyed the WCA’s annual Carol event and were suitably impressed by the new lights on the tree at the village crossroads. Money very well spent and we still have the old wiring harnesses and bulbs for sale if you’re interested, otherwise off to the boot fair they go. With regard to the lights I’d just like to thank the Tomsetts once again for allowing the use of their property for ‘Carols round the Christmas Tree’ and for supplying the power for the lights every year. We are so grateful for their contribution. John Barnett, WCA Chair June 2013

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We have had a fun packed summer term. Open Mon - Sat 8am-8pm Our summer Playgroup trip to Drusilla’s in Sunday 10am - 6pm May was enjoyed by everyone and this was *Off Licence * Promotions* followed by a Parents/Carers Coffee Morning. In store Bakery, Bake ‘n Bite, Hot Pies & Pasties, Cakes, Milk In June our Sports Day was fun and all the Fruit & Vegetables ~ local grown children received a medal. Sharon PCSO, the Frozen Foods inc Korkers local School Liaison Officer, paid us a visit Newspapers & Magazines when we looked in the Police Van, tried on Confectioneries some hats and listened to her talk on being safe. One Friday morning the children who will be starting Westfield School in September enjoyed their visits to see the LI:K cash machine reception class and teacher. Into July, our visitors were some tadpoles and frogs then Nigel the paramedic, who brought along his ambulance which the children enjoyed sitting in and trying out the equipment. Nigel spoke about what it would be like if they had to go in an ambulance. The Fire Fighters also visited with an engine which the children sat in pretending to drive, looked at the different equipment and then had a go with the hose. We all enjoyed the Leavers Party for the children starting school in September; we had a special visit from Dancing Diva, played Pass the Parcel and, of course, the Hokey Cokey plus loads more. Once again it was a very emotional day saying goodbye to the children; we wish them and their families all the best for the future. This year we are losing a lot of our committee members. I would like to say a big thank you to them all for all their hard work, they have raised so much money and playgroup has now some wonderful toys, I wish to say an extra big thank you to Sarah Burnage for all her hard work and support. We have spaces from September ~ if interested, you are welcome to pop in We are open Monday-Friday 9-12 and Thursdays until 3pm or call Julie 0779 074 4404

Westfield Parent & Toddler Group has been quiet so please come along for a cup of tea and a chat; we are a very friendly group and if you will want your child to come to Playgroup at some stage it helps them to settle in more easily. The Fun Van visits and the Health Visitor holds a Clinic in the backroom on the first Friday of the month. We offer a wide range of activities, snack time and sing some songs at the end of the session, we are open every Friday 1.15-3pm, apart from Community Lunch Day, the 3rd Friday of the month. Pop in or phone for more information Julie 0779 074 4404 27

12 - 20 OCTOBER 2013 HASTINGS DAY is 14 October the 947th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings Daily Events - see Programme booklet available in Westfield and district, Hastings Information Centre and DON’T MISS:61st National Town Criers Championships on Saturday 19 Oct 11am Priory Meadow, a spectacular event with the country’s Town Criers judged on their volume, diction, clarity and inflection. Teddy’s 90th Birthday – a knitted extravaganza of teddy bears, to celebrate Hastings’ oldest bear at Unitarian Church, South Terrace. Also Teddy’s Birthday Tea on Wed 16 October 2.30-4pm; all welcome, Teddy’s please bring an adult with you. Contact 01424 252639 for details.

Local schools, inc Westfield, art work of the Bayeux Tapestry on display all week at Tesco Hollington organised by Westfield members of the 1066 Hastings Week Committee (Photo: Last year’s display) Also Hobbies & Crafts Fayre; Classic Car Show Hastings Borough Bonfire Society’s Torch Lit Procession & Bonfire etc.

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Richard and his team play their part in the life of Westfield by entering community events, see the photographs below showing their Christmas Tree entry and Paper-round cyclist scarecrow. We are fortunate that Richard is willing to assist in other ways for Westfield residents beside his range of goods from newspapers to nougat, cards to sunflower seeds. He holds the Planning Applications for the Parish Council for viewing, the key to the village notice board in the Main Road and, in the mornings, the key to the Tennis courts. The School benefits as shopping vouchers are left with Richard and he issues the Fishing tickets. The Horticultural Society uses the WCA box for their schedules, Show entry forms and subscriptions, whilst the WCA is most grateful that this is the collection and distribution point for the Draw and items for the Editor of this newsletter. All this and, no doubt more besides, not forgetting that this is often the place for conversation with customers and staff. The paint pot has been out, with more to come, we wait to see what’s next. Best wishes to Richard and Tracy in their endeavours.

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Letter from Dr Stern

Westfield Cricket Club

June 2013 Dear Patient

Pitch: Westfield Down, footpath entry past Doctors’ Surgery, Main Road or concrete lane towards Down Oak Farm, through gate on right hand side before cattle grid to park.

Thank you so much for all the good wishes I have received on my retirement. Unfortunately there have been so many cards I have been unable to reply to them all. A number of presents became detached from cards and I apologise if I have not thanked people personally. Sadly my chest is causing increasing problems and I was unable to return to work before my official last day. I regard myself as a lucky man. For the last 24 years when I got up in the morning I looked forward to the idea of going into work and sharing and trying to help with people’s problems. I will miss the contact with so many old friends but have lots of things I am looking forward to, including my first grand-daughter who is now 6 weeks old and thriving. It’s been a pleasure to look after all our patients and I hope that things go well for you all in the future. There are so many changes coming in general practice and I do not envy those that follow me. We are very lucky to have pleasant competent replacements at our surgeries to carry things forward. I have grown weary of government’s constant sniping at GPs. I think they know how valued we are and are trying to undermine the trust and support patients show us. This is particularly difficult at a time when due to the money difficulties the health service faces there are more and more difficult decisions to be made. Trust and support your GP.

Westfield Cricket Club has ceased playing on Sundays but will continue to play under Westfield CC on Saturdays. Kevin Baker will run the team and the same backroom staff will continue to do the jobs they do now. Everyone involved hopes this will put a stop to all the rumours going round the village at the present time. Anybody who wants to join us will be made very welcome; please contact DAVE LEGG on 01424 752003 OR KEVIN BAKER on 01424 753909 We are both waiting to hear from you

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Westfield Golf Fellowship Our European Tour to Stoke by Nayland was won by the village’s own Tom Hanes. Tom won with a good score of 109 points over the 3 days. We were blessed with fantastic weather, great support from the hotel and brilliant facilities & food. Everyone enjoyed it so much we have already booked to go back next year. The Ryder Cup style challenge between The Hare & Hounds Golf Society & WGF took place at Hemsted Forest on Friday 5 July. On a beautiful afternoon Westfield won with 188 points to the Hare & Hounds 166 with the top 7 Stableford scores counting. On July 22 – The Captains Bucket – at Sedlescombe GC. This is a pay your own green fee & put £5 in the Captains Bucket – winner takes all i.e. Ben Bandit. September 12 – Full day – Chartham Park - Tea/coffee bacon roll, 9 holes Texas Scramble with a sandwich/chips after, then 18 holes with a hot meal to follow – £55. This is a “Major” Summer Mashie November 7 – Lydd prob £35? –This is a “Major” - Autumn Putter December 27 Weald of Kent – prob £35? This is a “Major” the WGF Christmas Claret Jug. FACEBOOK – Matt has set up a Facebook page, .....westfield golf fellowship will have info on it, Matt sorting, you need to “like” it, you will then get info sent. For more information please contact

Westfield Bowls Club (also on Page 38) The Club has been a centre pin of the community for close on 80 years. It is a private members club maintained by the members. The premises have always been kept in good order and we are regularly complimented on the garden. Our members, in the main, were inspired by the 2012 Olympics and felt we should widen opportunities for disabled people, the younger person, families and anyone who feels at a loose end to join us. We will do our best to maintain the spirit created by the Olympics. In fact, there was positive interest when the opinion of visitors to the Village Fete, individuals and groups was sought for the future of Bowls in Westfield. It will be necessary to make some major changes at the clubhouse to facilitate extra members, and suitable for the disabled. A recent survey found that the main timbers have rotted beyond redemption; thereby it would be cheaper to rebuild than repair. We have a little money but far from being a wealthy club. We are currently applying for a grant to do these works, then we will be able to offer a wider service to the community. Anyone who would like to have a go, just to see if they would like what is offered by a small country bowls club, just pop in on a Wednesday or Friday about 2.00pm and speak with any member there. They will introduce you to the Captain, Vice Captain or a member of the committee. You will need flat shoes to play, but the rest of what you need we can supply: Hope to see you on the Green. Phil Bennett Vice Captain

Westfield Stoolball Team For information call: Rose 01424 756875


Westfield Football Club

Westfield Tennis Club

For information: Graham 01424 754032 or Gill Attewell (sec)

Enquiries Mary Potterton 01424 752531

Following a lot of hard work in the continuous maintenance of the Parish Field over the summer, WFC started pre season training in June. The opening Pre-Season Friendly was a mouthwatering fixture against the top senior team in the area, Hastings United FC (who were beaten by Middlesbrough FC in last seasons FA Cup); since the fire this has become an annual Pre-Season fixture. The result was a 4-2 win for WFC watched by a crowd of over 150. This game has been followed by a 3-2 win over Langley Wanders away and a 2-1 defeat by Colliers Wood at the Parish Field. The reserve team has also started with a 2-1 reverse against Hastings United Reserves. The 3rd and many youth teams start their fixtures later, in August / September. The 1st team start their Sussex County League Division 2 fixtures with a home game at the Parish Field on Saturday 10 August, with the Reserves in the Sussex County League Reserve Section East and the newly promoted 3rd Team following runners up in the East Sussex League Division 5 last year and youth teams starting in September. Any prospective new players or supporters of any age are always welcome, for further details please contact the secretary Mrs Gill Attewell on

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MARS MILK FUND AWARD Westfield Football Club is celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the MARS Milk Fund. The club, which has been around for more than 100 years, recently had to give up its youth teams’ beloved village football pitch due to new FA regulations. The loss of the pitch meant that each team member had to travel six miles for their home matches, putting a strain on the parents of the players. Earlier this year, a generous Westfield resident donated a patch of land to turn into a brand new pitch for the team and the local school. Scott Webb, Manager of Westfield Youth Team, says: “The local support for the club has been fantastic! It is this support which helped us to secure the most votes to win the MARS Milk Fund’s People’s Choice Award. We are delighted with the donation of the land and we have worked hard with local farmers to plough, grade and seed the land. “With this donation from the MARS Milk Fund we can pay for mowers and equipment to look after it, which will be vital for helping us to keep it in shape.”


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The views expressed in the WCA Newsletter are not necessarily those of the Editor and, while every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the text, no responsibility can be accepted for errors or omissions. Advertisements are published in good faith but do not necessarily indicate recommendation. The ‘Window on Westfield’ is the responsibility of the Parish Council.

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WESTFIELD BROWNIES & GUIDES Both units have had a wonderful summer term as they have been able to spend every evening outside their meeting place. The Brownies have been out on the school field doing their agility badge which included running, skipping, ball bouncing, hopping, standing on one leg and aerobics plus warm up exercises and talking about the right clothes for sport. They have also completed their artist badge on the field by collecting twigs and leaves to decorate book marks and make a collage. Then they used a leaf and 3 colours to create a pattern which could be used on material for wallpaper, duvet covers, curtains, leggings or pyjamas. They also used crayons to “brass rub” different textures around such as tree bark, leaves, fence posts, the decking, tyres and the soles of their shoes. Finally they used chalk on black paper to draw a tree on the field. The Guides have been tracking around the village, to Winchelsea Beach, had 2 camp fire evenings one cooking sausages and the other cooking pancakes and a games evening on the field, Both units completed a children’s marathon of 26 challenges lots of them outside to raise money for “Children with Cancer” making a grand total of £319.20 of which £169.20 was donated to the charity and the remaining going into our funds. All the girls who collected sponsor money will be receiving gifts from the charity in September. We also had a stall at the W.C.A fete in July which was enjoyed by all the members present. The Guide unit membership is now up to 12 and the Brownies have 22 members so at present few spaces. But we still need a new guider for brownies so hope someone will volunteer to go into training soon. As I write, we have broken up for the holidays but will meet again on 10 September. For more details or to join please contact me on 01424 754927 Sally Cruttenden 35

JUMBLE SALE Wendy Pemberton’s Friends for CancerUK & Myeloma research WESTFIELD COMMUNITY HALL Saturday 7 September DOORS OPEN 2.00 PM Admission 20p

DONATIONS FROM 12.00 ON THE DAY Items no bigger than a chair nor computer monitors or TVs

REFRESHMENTS cake stall tombola Carol 754571 Shirley 754879 Neighbourhood Watch Members have received ‘Community Speed Watch’ 25 July 2013

Can you help tackle speeding in your community? Have you got a problem with speeding drivers in your area? Residents are being encouraged to help tackle the issue by setting up Community Speed Watch groups to catch motorists driving illegally. The village of Three Oaks, near Hastings, is an example of how residents can help tackle the problem in their community. Guestling Parish Council decided to set up a Community Speed Watch team because of drivers regularly breaking the speed limit as they passed through the area. Volunteers were trained by police officers in how to use speed monitoring equipment and, between April and May, they reported 152 vehicles travelling at between 36mph and 75mph to Sussex Police. Offenders are written to by the force and warned to stick to the speed limits while those caught repeatedly breaking the law are monitored by police patrols. Residents have said they have noticed a large fall in the number of drivers breaking the speed limit since the group was set up. Graham Macpherson, a volunteer with the Three Oaks Community Speed Watch team, said: "I would recommend any village that has a problem to become active with speed watch and start to make your streets a safe place to be. "Don't expect overnight success but over time you can notice a difference." PC Paul Fielder, from Rye Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Speeding continues to be a key concern for all the residents in the Rye area. "I am really thankful for all of the help and support that Community Speed Watch teams give us to help tackle such a far reaching problem. "It is only through the collaboration of the local community working with the police to help educate drivers that we will stand a chance of reducing speeds and making our communities safer. "We are keen to form CSW teams in all of the villages but we need your help." If you are interested in forming or joining a Community Speed Watch team where you live, email or call 101 ext 566262. 36


ichard’s Ramblings ~ Richard Perchard

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Godfrey was a good criminal. He would never stoop so low as to burgle a dwelling house, school, place of worship or similar. He Colin H.P. Smith FCA restricted himself solely to large businesses Chartered Accountant whose offices contained safes and would not miss the odd few thousand pounds. His forte Little Twitten, Mount St. was blowing open the safe using an explosive Battle TN33 0EG substance and over the years he became so expert that he was recruited by some of the 01424 772421 criminal masterminds; well known gangs of the last century. He made one mistake though. He did a job for a notorious and violent gang who failed to pay him his share of the takings. Intent on getting his due and armed with a twelve bore sawn off shotgun, he went to a city pub where the underworld elite were planning their next burglarious enterprise. Bursting through the door he requested his money. His polite request was refused so to reinforce his demand and show that he meant business he fired the shotgun into the ceiling showering the assembled delegates with plaster and dead spiders. The silence which followed was broken only by many sharp intakes of breath as numerous hands reached inside jackets for concealed weaponry, Godfrey realised that he should not have fired both barrels so he knew what steps to take; long fast ones in an away direction. Having retired and moved to the country, Godfrey met a much respected member of my family who had never broken the law in his life. They spoke at length about their careers and became good acquaintances. They respected one another.

Further back in time, the 1930’s to be precise, my late Godmother had a Pen friend know as “German Freda”. She was indeed German but why her name was always prefixed with her nationality I never found out. There was certainly no element of racism involved. In the lead up to the Second World War, my Godmother and Freda agreed that it would be diplomatic and indeed safer for both if they ceased correspondence in case their respective governments should misunderstand the situation. At the end of the conflict, letters were tentatively written and optimistically posted. Not only was Freda still alive, she continued to write very much as before, friendly cheerful letters, the recent war forgotten and never again mentioned. My Godmother responded similarly and the correspondence continued for many years. Many people reading this may well be able to relate similar tales of people from different sides of the fence who are able to respect and tolerate one another and lead better lives because of it. Best wishes.

Diary Date for 2014 Saturday 22 February (sorry if this is making the years rush by!)

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Westfield Bowls Club


n the last newsletter I said that the Bowls green was so wet it would be a while before we could play. Well that has certainly altered - the rinks are like concrete. Thank goodness my predecessors had the foresight to install a water sprinkling system, not cheap to install or fun and maintain though without that I dread to think what the green would play and look like. Luckily we also have two or three members who “care� for the Bowls green. On the playing side we are enjoying the weather of late and our results are following their normal path - win some, lose some. Bowls can be one of the most frustrating games to play, you can play brilliantly one day and rubbish the next, or at least I can. You should find another report from the Bowls Club on page 32 regarding our plans and aims to rebuild our now ageing and old pavilion. Chairman: David Thomas 01424 754748

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden TN12 9QJ 01622 833833 Follow @kssairambulance on Twitter Reg. charity no. 1021367

The KSS Air Ambulance delivers advanced pre-hospital care to the scene of serious medical emergencies, usually only found in the resuscitation area of a hospital’s emergency department. The charity is working towards operating a 24-hour service in the Autumn so that its specialist medical crew can be available to those people who really need them day and night. The KSS Air Ambulance is an independent health care provider which relies on voluntary donations to fund the service. Its costs will rise to £6 million a year when the Air Ambulance starts operating at night.

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n 26 September we will be celebrating our 4th birthday. This year we will have a ‘Bring and Share’ supper so please could everyone bring a plate of savouries to share, The committee will provide puddings and fruit punch. Our speaker will be the Rev’d Angela Baker. Meeting will start earlier than usual at 6.30pm in the Parish Hall. Other dates for this year are… 24 October at 7.30...a talk from a member of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy. 21 November at 7.30 …the local Salvation Army Band will entertain us and lead us in singing Christmas Carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies. New members are always welcome… ladies…bring along your friends and neighbours. Contact Helen 752052 or Irene 753196 for more information.

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WESTFIELD SCHOOL Headteacher: Keith Cheetham


ell, what an exciting couple of summer terms we have had, time really does fly when you are having fun! Our children have all had the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors to do some learning recently, with Year 6 going to Frog Firle Farm, Year 4 spending the day at Great Dixter and Year 2 hiking across the fields to Three Oaks for their annual picnic. We had a very active Healthy Schools week at the beginning of June with TTA streetdance workshops, class rambles around the village, the PTA Sponsored Bounce and Chartwell cookery school. However, our planned Sports Day had to be postponed due to the inclement weather but we managed to pick a scorcher of a day a week later and all enjoyed a lovely afternoon of sport and sunshine. Alongside our outdoor topics, Year 5 have been very green in another form by studying Recycling and our Year 3 class have been looking at the Ancient Romans, creating some stunning pieces of mosaic art work. The joint school and WCA Summer Fayre was a huge success, with our thanks going to everyone who supported the event, either by helping on the day or just turning up and enjoying the afternoon. There was an amazing ÂŁ1208 raised for the school which will go towards other events, activities and resources for the benefit of our pupils. Our summer building programme has now been finalised, however due to a couple of unexpected challenges, the timetable of work has had to be altered and extended. With the health and safety of our children and staff of paramount importance, the major works will now commence in mid-October, with the finishing touches due to be complete by February 2014. Although these next few months will prove interesting (and no doubt, at times, difficult) we are confident, with the patience and support of our staff, parents, children and local community, this period of upheaval will be nothing short of a great learning experience for one and all with a brighter, better teaching environment as the result. Many stars were born as our Year 5 & 6 pupils gave us 2 nights to remember with their fantastic performances of Oliver Twist during the last week of our school year. The children took on responsibilities in all roles in the production, including lighting, acting, singing and set design. Our doors closed on Friday 19 July and we said a fond farewell to all our Year 6 pupils as they spread their wings and flew the nest; also a number of staff members have left us for their own pastures new. Good luck and happiness for the future to them all. We are looking forward to a Westfield School Dates 2013 well-earned summer break. Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 September - Inset Days School will reopen for Thursday 5 September - First day of Term 1 business as usual on Friday 25 October - Last day of Term 1 Thursday 5 September. Monday 4 November - First day of Term 2 Friday 20 December - Last day of Term 2

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AUTUMN TIDY round the parish

Westfield Parish Council

Saturday 12 October

Public Tennis Courts situated opposite the Church behind the Bowls Club

From the Parish Hall 9 am - 12 noon

Available to hire Adults £2.00; Juniors £1.00 per hour, per court Monday, Friday, Saturday 9am - dusk Tuesday 9 am - noon Wednesday noon - dusk

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ARRCC Charity Shop 7 Cinque Ports Street, Rye

Local Rye charity ARRCC Charity registration number 1089639

Please come and support us and local Rye charities.

The School Creative Centre, New Road, Rye open Mondays to Fridays 9.00am – 4.00pm Some of the services offered to adults aged 18+ with physical/sensory disabilities are: Arts, Computing, Therapies including beauty treatments, Counselling, Music Therapy, Creative Writing and lots of outdoor activities too.

We are working in partnership with Neighbourhood Enablers, a wonderful group of volunteers who will be running the shop. All donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, accessories, DVD, CD's & paper back books gratefully received.

ARRCC Independent Living provides a range of services to help people to remain independent at home including help with shopping, light housework, meal preparation and laundry. The laundry service is proving very popular at £10 for a bag 28” x 24”. Delivery and collection are made weekly to Rye and the surrounding area which includes Westfield. For information please contact:

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Window on Westfield The Westfield Parish Council Newsletter Compiled by Barbara Balkham, clerk to the Council. A brief summary of Council business conducted at their May, June and July meetings. Full minutes are available on the website or from the clerk.

Council members decide at each May meeting, the membership of subcommittees and working groups, as well as electing a chairman and vicechairman for the year. For the 2013-14 year Carl Richardson was re-elected as chairman, James Woodhead was re-elected as vice-chairman and it was also agreed that all eleven councillors would be members of the planning sub-committee, and the working groups for Finance, Recreation and the Westfield Down Project. Councillors were appointed to various outside groups as follows: Joan Downing - Parish Hall management committee and RALC; Derrick Oakland - Westfield Tennis Club management committee; Richard Wallace - Westfield Community Association Hall management committee; Mark Woolley - Tree warden. Councillors also reviewed the Council's insurance cover and re-awarded the grass cutting contract to Kemp & Catt Ltd. The report of the external auditor, on the accounts from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013, was accepted. There were no issues to report. The annual statement of governance was agreed. This is a check list of proper accounting practices and legal requirements. The final accounts were submitted to the external auditor who will report in September. It had been agreed to arrange for junior tennis coaching sessions to encourage young players use of the courts. Six sessions were held, for an hour each Wednesday after school. The appointed coach trained eight to ten children aged 9, 10 or 11. The project went very well with children and parents asking for additional lessons to be arranged. Councillors agreed that they could continue in term time until the October half term. Thanks were expressed for the co-operation of the Westfield Tennis Club who allowed their clubhouse to be used during each coaching hour. As part of the annual risk assessment discussions it was decided to arrange a full survey of all the trees within the parish that are the responsibility of the Council. After seeking competitive estimates, a contract was placed with PJC Consultancy, and their report is expected soon. In June a full safety inspection of all play equipment was undertaken by RoSPA qualified Playsafety Ltd. Their report is also expected soon.


Grants were agreed to Westfield Parish Church for ÂŁ1200 towards churchyard maintenance and floodlighting costs (an annual grant) and to Westfield Youth Group for ÂŁ700 towards the costs of their summer Fun Day. The Chairman, clerk and Chairman of the Trustees of Westfield Parish Field complied an annual report booklet which was circulated throughout the parish and summarised council and trustees business throughout the year to 31 March 2013. Village maintenance issues reported to the council by residents have been taken forward with Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council as appropriate. One of the works that resulted was the repair of a road drain at the edge of the footway next to the Bowls Club. This repair introduced a footpath drain to deal with flooding. Other matters were the clearing of flytipping from various sites in the parish (at the back of Greenacres, behind Park View Terrace and abandoned bags of fly-tipped dog faeces in Workhouse Lane and Mill Lane). Anyone who sees this fly-tipping when it happens should report the matter to RDC on 01424 787000 or via their online system at There are heavy monetary penalties for this offence as well as a potential prison term for repeat offenders. A patch of Japanese knotweed was chemically removed from footpath number 28, this path was also strimmed. Grass around dog-waste bins was strimmed and village signs were cleaned. Footpath number 30 was cleared of mud and other debris, its drainage ditches were cleared and verges cut back. Vandalised swings were replaced on the Parish Field and Recreation Ground. Various other pothole problems, overgrown hedges and footpath issues have been passed to ESCC and are awaiting assessment and repair or maintenance. Westfield Parish Council members: Email contact - all councillors can be contacted using an email address in the following format (just substitute the first and second names of the Councillor you wish to write to) Westfield ward: Joan Downing, Victor Lambert, Derrick Oakland Carl Richardson, Jackie Smith, Hazel Stocks, Richard Wallace Kent Street ward: John Anderson, Peter Stapley Westfield Lane ward: James Woodhead, Mark Woolley Website:

Parish Clerk: Mrs Barbara Balkham, Fir Tree Cottage, New Cut, Westfield, TN35 4RJ Telephone number 01424 751531 Email: 45

Planning report Rother District Council's planning decisions for Westfield, made since May 2013, are listed below. Full details of these decided applications and others awaiting a decision may be viewed online at or at Bexhill Town Hall. A regularly updated list of current and decided Westfield applications is available on the parish website too

Planning applications approved:

1. RR/2013/1139/P Jingle Corner, New Cut. Proposed rear extension. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Approved 18.7.13 RR/2013/969/P 26 Baldslow Down. Erection of single storey "infill" extension to rear. Extension of decking. Installation of wood burner and associated flue. Approved 2.7.13 RR/2013/788/P Troyd Farm, Moat Lane. Removal of barns and outbuildings, erection of new barn and stabling. Approved 11.6.13 RR/2013/649/P Pond Cottage, Doleham Lane. Proposed car port and lean-to store to replace existing piggery and store. Approved 10.6.13 RR/2013/582/P 114A Westfield Lane. Erection of single storey extension plus roof space at side and rear. Approved 14.5.13 RR/2013/46/P Kilnwood Farm, Three Oaks Road. Retention of existing caravan as temporary agricultural worker's dwelling. Approved 9.5.13 RR/2013/217/P Great Buckurst Farm. Use of land for storage of classic motor vehicles and agricultural machinery (retrospective). Approved 7.5.13 RR/2013/463/P 15 Churchfield. Proposed single storey extension to the rear to form enlarged kitchen and to form breakfast room. Approved 29.4.13 RR/2013/380/P Selwood, Church Lane. Conversion of part roof space including rear Dormer. Approved 18.4.13 Planning applications refused: None

Westfield Parish Council ~ The Emergency Planning Group What should you do? In any emergency the first people to contact should always be the emergency services on 999. If you believe that the situation could have a wider impact on the Parish then we ask you to contact the EPG. During normal working hours please contact the Parish clerk and one other name on the EPG list below. At all other times please contact at least two of the EPG members:

Richard Wallace 01424 753606 Victor Lambert 01424 752526 Hazel Stocks 01424 756804 Derrick Oakland 01424 755683 Jackie Smith 01424 755210 Parish Clerk 01424 751531 (office hours Monday to Friday only) These contact numbers may change from time-to-time, so please check any up-dates in the Parish Council’s “Window on Westfield” at the end of the WCA newsletter. 46

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Sarah and Min, the organisers of the Village Fete, wish to give a big Thank You to everyone who helped in any way. However, the time has come to hand over the baton. The WCA Chairman would love to hear from anyone or group willing to take on this event on behalf of the WCA. Any offers? - please give an indication by October.

Fete 2013 Photos: Sarah, Min, Sara & Min, Dancing Divas, Hub stall, Fancy Dress entrants, Playgroup. Thanks to everyone who encaptured the Bee theme.

The MOBILE LIBRARY visits villages throughout the county every fortnight, offering books for adults and children, DVDs, audio books and reference materials. In-depth enquiries can be dealt on site by phoning larger libraries. Both mobile library vehicles have wheelchair lifts.

Dates on alternate FRIDAYS:

16, 30 August, 13, 27 September, 11, 25 October, 8, 22 :ovember Westfield Stops: Geary Place, Moor Lane 2.00 - 2.40 pm and Churchfield 2.50 - 3.10 pm N.B. No dogs allowed on60 the80 school renewals: 0345 195 grounds

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For all the community Don’t let the library pass you by! 48

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