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Westfield Community Association Newsletter No 144 May 2013 There is a buzz in the air as plans are underway for the Westfield Village Fete, thanks to Min and Sarah’s plea for helpers; the more the merrier, or in this case, less stress and hardwork for a few. This year’s theme - Bees; a very topical subject so vital to our existence. You will notice a number of bees scattered amongst these pages, though it is the real ones which really matter. See page 11 for Westfield Wildlife’s item on Garden Bumblebees. I was grateful to receive the article (pages 9 & 10) on a Westfield resident and his interesting work; in early May, Andy appeared on BBC’s Fake Britain as one of the country’s leading experts. We are also fortunate that he contributes to community life in Westfield. There is a huge amount of talent hidden behind doors, some is fascinating to discover; please share yours with us. Other pages show the wide range of interests available in Westfield. Thanks to Ruth Carter, I’ve included an old photo of The New Inn on page 15. At the Flower Festival there will be some extracts of Ruth’s Westfield History Exhibition but for information contact her ruth@westfieldhistory.co.uk. The Horticultural Society gives another chance to show home talents and encourage residents to discover other areas in Westfield which hitherto they have not ventured, page 13. It is hoped that summer has decided to stay for us to enjoy the outdoor life and support events in pleasant conditions. Have a good summer. Pauline Filsell-Page Editor

W.C.A. Newsletter

list of Contents Page 4

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

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Service of Celebration Westminster Abbey Tuesday 4 June

Contributions by: July 21, October 14, January 24

Publication dates: August 16, November 8, February 14

Coronation Festival Buckingham Palace 11 - 14 July

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Parish Church Friends

INDEX Air Ambulance

Parish Hall 31

ARRCC

38

F3

Art

17

Fete

25,48

Baby Clinic

26

Fire Football

BACE/Gambia

5

Battle Area Bus BACT

29

Friendship

Battle Choral

40

Golf

Bingo

17

Guides

Blood

23

Horticultural

Bowls

37

Hospice

British Legion

17

Hub

Brownies

18

Jazz

Community Hall

24

Council Emergency Plan

44

Cricket

19 8

People's Page

40

Playgroup

26

Police

19

Richard's Ramblings

32

33

Rollerbooting

36

35

School & dates

21

28

8

Scouts

39

37

Stoolball

35

18

Surgery

22

Tennis Club

37

36

Tennis Courts

15

23

Toddlers

26

31

W.I.

30

Library

48

WCA Council

25

Lions

16

Website

37

35

Lunch Club

42

Wildlife

11

Dance

15

Military Aviation

9,10

Darts

35

Old Courthouse

15

Yoga

35

Draw

25,39,40

7,47

Youth

14

12,13

Parish Church

4

Window on Westfield

43-46


BACE (Building and Assisting Communities with Education) Registered Charity Number: 1142445 A local Sussex based charity established since 2010, BACE is working within undeveloped communities in The Gambia, West Africa. They have recently built and successfully opened Favour Preparatory ursery School with 100 children between the ages of 3 and 7 now in full time education, with a large waiting list. BACE are now focusing their efforts on sustaining the running of the school as well as taking on an ambitious plan to build and run a health clinic in the same community, supporting around 20,000 people. Having purchased the land earlier this year, the charity are taking a large group of self-funding volunteers (including one from Westfield) in November 2013 to help build the clinic. The clinic will provide primary health care and health promotion with a focus on child health, Malaria prevention, wound care & assessment and Midwifery services. The kind donation from Westfield Community Association of 125 chairs will be used in the clinic’s waiting area, which will become very crowded during the rainy season, seeing up to 75 patients a day. These chairs will be of great comfort to patients whilst waiting to be seen by medical staff, as many will have walked miles to attend the clinic. To see more about the charity’s work please visit the website at www.bace-home.org or you can find them on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to know more about the work of BACE and how you can get involved feel free to contact them at info@bace-home.org or on 01797 253869

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When Joyce Avard, who lived in Westfield, responded to an appeal to supply water wells in the Gambia, she went to visit the one she had paid for. Whilst there she met the headmaster of a high school who was concerned that there was no provision for the education and care of younger children on his compound in Kunkujang village. Many readers will remember the huge efforts Joyce went to provide the buildings. The fund-raising included filling a container with a variety of items, together with a car for the headmaster’s use. Knitted articles arrived at Joyce’s door by the bag load together with many other donations, both items and cash. Westfield School and others around were involved too. In 2000 three classrooms were built with 100 children in each; Joyce made a number of visits to see progress and will be pleased that the work has continued with the setting up of The Gambian Children’s Fund.

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The United Benefice of Westfield and Guestling www.westfieldguestlingchurches.org.uk From the vicarage…. Living History Just before Easter it was lovely to welcome Year 6 from Westfield School to a church service and to look around the church as part of their RE curriculum. You may have heard the bell ringing quite a lot as the children each had a turn. They were able to join in some of our Wednesday morning communion and then search the church for clues into its history. The children were doing a topic on ‘The Tudors’ at the time so the church door with 1542 on it was of great interest. We also looked closely at the figures on the Reredos behind the Holy Table: the Angel Gabriel, Christ the King and St George. And we found the secret cupboard! We also saw the model of the church made by Edwin Wilkinson, a previous vicar, which showed how the church has developed over the years. Certainly I learnt a lot about the church’s history …. what a rich heritage we have …. stretching back nearly 1000 years. We tried to guess how many children had been baptized in the font and in the church since it was built. Some of the children were able to find when they were baptized in the church records. It was a wonderful and fun morning and all credit to the children, not only for the way they behaved, but also for the brilliant and searching questions they asked, some of which I had to go away, find out the answer, and report back. They were one of the best groups of children that I have shown around churches over the years. In January we re-launched our Sunday Morning groups for young people called ‘Jam’ and ‘Ignite’ They meet during the 9.30am service on the first and third Sundays of the month, starting in church. All are welcome to join us at anytime. The history of the church and the village will be part of our Flower festival ‘Not Just for Sundays’ (see separate advert, page 47), and on the Monday from 2-4pm we will have activities for all children in and around the church. Meet Natalie and Jay at anytime during the afternoon and I am sure they will have plenty of surprises in store. Hopefully by then it will be wonderfully warm with Summer just around the corner. Every blessing RevRob

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Church Flowers If you would care to contribute towards the cost of the flowers for the festival, or during the year, please contact Margaret Moss or leave your donation in an envelope for her at Westfield News. Thank you. 7


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Westfield Friendship Club Members have been enjoying their games of dominoes and a form of Scrabble along with the usual bingo and whist groups at their fortnightly meetings. The summer outing is arranged for a Strawberry Tea and a visit to the Mill Pedal Car and Toy Museum at Northiam in July and a further outing in the autumn for a fish and chip meal at Dungeness. Dates for the next few months meetings are: 10 and 24 June 8 and 22 July No meetings in August 16 and 30 September. Always new members will be made very welcome in the Parish Hall from 2 pm

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WESTFIELD – A VERITABLE HUB IN THE WORLD OF MILITARY AVIATION HISTORY!

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t doesn’t have an airfield, and yet Westfield seems quite a thriving centre of activity for things aeronautical – especially of a historic nature! A number of village ‘stalwarts’ (including Ken Munday, John Cruttenden, Richard and Fred Milward) are members of the thriving Robertsbridge Aviation Society, while at Wheel Farm Business Park the busy workshops of Retrotec/Aerovintage/Historic Aircraft Collection employ a number of highly skilled local people restoring and re-creating aircraft from the First World War period and right up until the end of the last war! When completed, the aircraft are carefully transported to operational airfields, re-assembled and flown. If you have watched old aircraft flying at airshows then you have probably watched aeroplanes with a direct Westfield connection. Of course, we also have our own Hamish Monro with his delightful Tiger Moth aeroplane in its World War Two RAF paintwork that is often to be seen purring around the skies on the outskirts of the village on balmy summer days from his nearby farm strip. In addition, another village resident is Andy Saunders who is a full time aviation writer and researcher and I caught up with him to ask him about his unusual line of work. I asked him exactly what it was that he did: “Well, I am a full time author with over twenty books now published and I also write regularly for all of the major aviation journals around the world. For example, I have just finished a commission to write an article for the leading US aviation magazine about a recently restored Spitfire. It just happens to be a particular Spitfire that I have been closely associated with since 1980. But that isn’t all that I doF.” So what else do you do apart from all of your writing, Andy? “Apart from the writing I now do an awful lot of film and TV work. Not all of it onscreen, though, and at the moment I am working as historical consultant for a major TV production company who are making a Spitfire documentary for Channel 4. That is taking a lot of time right now. Apart from that, we did a six part series for Discovery last year called “War Digs With Harry Harris” and I am developing a number of programme ideas with the BBC for their Inside Out programmes – on which I sometimes also appear! I have got some other programme ideas waiting for decisions from broadcasters and another exciting project is working on developing a six part World War One historical drama series with a local drama writer. So, my work is pretty varied. For instance, I have just put together another historical TV programme idea with my friends and working colleagues Terry Deary (the “Horrible History” creator) and Kaddy Lee-Preston and we are hoping this gets commissioned. And then there is the stuff I do with historic aircraft9.!” (continued on page 10

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So tell us what sort of things you get up to there, then, Andy: “Well, one of the aircraft being restored to fly at Retrotec is an ultra-rare First World War RAF aircraft called a DH9. About ten years ago I made two amazing journeys to India where I organised the purchase of two DH9 hulks that were hidden in an old elephant stable in a Rajasthan palace. I had to organise the payment and then the dismantling, packing and transport back to the UK of these historic aircraft. One is now fully restored (but non flying) and in the Imperial War Museum at Duxford while the other one will fly later this year. Closer to home, I was asked to make a couple of trips to Norway to help recover two Gloster Gladiator aircraft from mountainsides among some stunning Fjiords with the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Getting there, and getting them down, was a challenge – by fishing boat, helicopter and through some rudimentary mountain climbing. The aircraft are now under restoration back in the UK. All in all, the work I do is always different and always challenging – and I don’t know anyone who has a job quite like it, really. Although I work as a self-employed freelancer, I often work as a consultant to aircraft restoration companies and the like – sometimes working for Retrotec locally, or else on overseas assignments. The next day I could be delivering a lecture to service personnel at an RAF station somewhere. Never a day the same. And I love it.” And were you involved in the much-publicised search for the crated and buried Spitfires in Burma, Andy? “No. I wasn’t. In fact, from the very outset I took the view that the whole thing was a fantasy. And I am afraid it was. Just a huge wild goose chase. My views were not popular with those who wanted to believe it, but I am afraid it was just a silly urban myth. Crazy, really!” Back to reality in Westfield, Andy is finishing off his next book “Stuka Attack!”. “As usual, it is falling behind schedule. But I’ll get there! Thankfully, I get a lot of support and understanding from my wife, Zoe, who also now works in the ‘industry’ as an employee, in an admin role, at Retrotec.”

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Between them, Andy & Zoe have six grown up children and one has just returned from a gruelling tour with his regiment in Afghanistan. “I also look after the Westfield War Memorial” explained Andy “and I can tell you, it was pretty sobering doing that while my son was on the front line. Really brings it home to you.” Well, our thanks to Andy for allowing us an interesting insight into the unusual working life of one of our villagers! S.S.

Britain's rarest bees are in deep trouble http://www.guardian.co.uk/ environment/2013/may/09/ britain-rarest-bees-report

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Garden Bumblebees

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id you know that in the UK there are about 225 species of wild solitary bee, one species of honeybee, and 25 species of bumblebee? 19 of these bumblebees are social which means they have colonies with a queen, female workers, and males, whilst the other six are known as cuckoo bumblebees because they ‘hijack’ the nests of social bumblebees! Of the 25 British bumblebees only 8 are commonly found in most places, and gardeners should be able to attract around 6 of these if they have the right kinds of flowering plants. In that regard it is especially important to avoid the ‘double’ varieties of garden flower which are nearly always ‘sterile’ for bees and other pollinators. Bumblebees can be tricky to identify so we start here with 2 of the commonest and easiest species likely to be seen in Westfield gardens, courtesy of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Remember in Spring it is only the queens that are seen, which can make identification that little bit easier! Next time we will look at 2 more.

Common carder bee Bombus pascuorum Queens, workers and males are almost completely brown or ginger. However, the shade varies significantly, depending on the location. Some have abdomens which are very dark, while the abdomens of others can be quite light.

Red-tailed bumblebee Bombus lapidarius Queens and workers have a distinctive black body with an orange-red tail. Males have distinct yellow facial hairs and a yellow band on the thorax with a black abdomen and a bright orange-red tail. For most species, worker females have the same colour patterns as the queens, but are smaller. Males sometimes look similar to the queens and worker females, but usually have more yellow hair, especially on the head and thorax. For more information visit http://bumblebeeconservation.org Finally, you may have heard about the dramatic losses suffered by bee-keepers being attributed at least in part to neonicotinoid insectides used in agriculture and in gardens. For a balanced summary of why there is to be a 2 year ban go to http:// www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/29/bees-european-neonicotinoids-ban The ban will also apply to garden products, many of which have already been withdrawn from sale. Here is a list of those that should be avoided if anyone already has these in their shed! http://www.pan-uk.org/home-garden/list-of-home-and-garden-pesticidescontaining-neonicotinoids Westfield Wildlife Don’t forget to visit http://westfieldwildlife.wordpress.com

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WESTFIELD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 22 May

Evening Talk ‘Inside the Beehive’

Community Dining Hall

Speaker Chris Hone

7.30pm

16 June

Closing date for Competition entry forms

Westfield News or postal

29 June

Front Gardens Judged

Westfield Village/Parish

29 June-5 July

Front Garden Viewing

Westfield Village/Parish

6 July

Summer Fete

Westfield School Field

August tbc

Friary Gardeners open day

Ore Place Farm, The Ridge

14 September

AUTUMN SHOW

Community Hall

19 October

Coach trip to Sheffield Park

Geary Place

23 October

Annual General Meeting

Community Dining Hall

Garden competition results

SPRI:G SHOW report Only an insane optimist would have put money on the success of the 2013 Spring Show. Yet, despite the worst February and March in many years, Westfield pulled out all the stops to make a memorable exhibition of floral art, flowers, cookery and handicrafts. Numbers of entrants and entries were the highest for a decade and while the weather limited the varieties of flowers available, other classes more than made up for deficiencies. Two names come to the fore this year - Mrs Chris Lynch, for her prowess in home produce and floral exhibits, and Mrs Barbara Graham for winning the floral art trophy while coping with a new knee joint. Well done!! Awards were given to the following: Rosebowl - most points in classes 1 - 30 Easter Cup “ “ “ 31 - 42 Alice Button Cup - home produce classes Lilian Skinner Trophy - best exhibit in home produce Berry Goblet - best handicraft Spring Goblet - outstanding floral art Miniature Cup - best petite arrangement Junior Cup - best junior exhibit Spring Cup - most points in show Spring Vase - members only, class 22

Chris Lynch Margaret Crouch Chris Lynch Min Stratford Rosemary Wiggins Barbara Graham Maureen Wren Alisha Collingwood Margaret Crouch H. MacDonald

Certificates: Most points in art section Most points for juniors up to 8 years “ “ “ 9 - 12 years “ “ “ 13 - 16 years

icholas Wilde Poppy Stratford Rianna Barnett Chloe Stratford

The committee would like to thank all who supported the show by helping, setting up, entering, the raffle and tombola operatives, kitchen staff, our judges and all who worked so hard to set up and dismantle the facilities. A special thank you to Catherine Collingwood for canvassing support from the youth groups. J.P. 12


Westfield Front Garden Competition f

ollowing the success of the Scarecrow competition, which generated a large number of very creative entries and lots of entertainment for all residents and visitors, and the Jubilee Garden Safari, Westfield Horticultural Society has a new challenge and treat for you all this summer. The Westfield Front Garden Competition is open to everyone; it doesn't matter how big or small your front garden or whether you even have one.

Entry forms, available from committee members,

Get your gardening gloves on!

Westfield News and the website, should be

There are 3 classes to enter:

submitted by Sunday 16 June.

Full garden

The gardens will be judged on Saturday 29 June;

Hanging basket, window box the winning entries will be announced at the Summer Fete on 6 July. or planter Decorative horticultural item During the week maps will be available from Westfield News and Archers for those wishing to walk around and see the entries. Events: The Christmas Tree competition in the church was wonderful and the WHS tree was bedecked entirely with homegrown or handcrafted decorations.

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Rye & District Lions Club The Lions have had a very active few months, particularly their help to the stranded mariners at Rye Harbour. These six Russian and Ukrainian men were stranded due to their shipping company having financial difficulties which prevented the ship from sailing, Having received no pay since October and being stuck at Rye Harbour since mid-January, they were short of food. Rye Lions arranged and paid for deliveries of fresh fish from Rye fishing fleet and also supplied them with meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, the Lions have made many other donations recently. These include £500 to the Air Ambulance and the Lions clubs in the Southeast have committed themselves to raising £250,000 to enable the Air Ambulance to operate in the hours of darkness. A further donation of £1,000 was made to Macmillan Cancer Support with the money raised at their Burns Night Concert, making a total to Macmillan of £7,350 over the last few years. Several other donations were made to local good causes. Rye Lions also provided a full Sunday lunch to over 80 seniors from Rye and surrounding villages, with transport there and back and an afternoon's entertainment. Earlier this year they also distributed 50 large bags of groceries to deserving seniors in Rye and around kindly donated by the Jempsons Foundation. It has not been all work and no play for the Lions, however, as they have enjoyed a social event every month, including pub skittles, a quiz and meals out. They have several fundraising events planned this year, including stalls at most village fetes, come and see us at Westfield’s on 6 July. Also in the diary are a garden party in Rye on 13 July and their biggest event of the year, the Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete on Sunday 25 August - any organisation wishing to enter a raft should ring 0845 833 2825. They have been pleased to have some new members join recently and any adult wishing to have fun raising money for those less fortunate and who enjoys social events should ring Terry Cobby 01797 252382 or visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ryedistrict/

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“Painting for Pleasure” - Spring 2013 At last it seems there are a few longawaited signs of spring spreading across the countryside; I actually saw some Wood Anemones yesterday! This is all good news for ‘budding Artists’, as it means a fresh source of inspiration is available, which will lend itself to any medium in which you choose to work. One or two regular members have not enjoyed good health recently and we hope the prospect of a little sunshine will hasten their recovery and their return to our midst. 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) and meet Ruth, our tutor. Alternatively, call the number below.

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WESTFIELD BROWNIES & GUIDES The Brownies spent the weeks between starting back in January and the beginning of March trying crafts, activities and games from many counties around the world ready for their Thinking Day meeting while the Guides completed a Five Senses badge. This year we were the hosts of the Brede District’s Thinking Day event and so welcomed Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, their families and Trefoil Members to our event which was held in Westfield Church and the Parish Hall. We were very grateful to Rev Robert Mulford for all his help on the day which gave many of us the chance to meet him for the first time. Our thanks also went to Janice for her musical accompaniment to our singing. After our service the girls tried crafts and food from Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan and Venezuela as these are the counties which will benefit from the Thinking Day “pennies” collected this year. Every member who attended was given a 2013 Thinking Day Badge. The girls from both units spent one evening trying crafts so they could enter a class at the Horticultural Spring Show but, sadly, I only heard of two girls that exhibited. The Guides have now started on their Construction Badge which, so far, has involved building a structure that could support a marble and making themselves a shelter; activities with bricks are still to come. The Brownies spent an evening celebrating St George before starting a variety of badges. The Brownie unit is now full so we have started a parent rota to help each week while the Guide numbers are still very low even though two long serving Brownies have recently moved up. A small group of us were able to be present when Rye Police presented us with a cheque from the Police Property Act Fund to help our funds and a photograph of us was published in the Rye Observer. For more details or to join please contact me on 01424 754927 Sally Cruttenden

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The Friends of Westfield Parish Church Reg. Charity No. 1048466

This charity was established in 1995 with the aim of both worshippers and non-churchgoers raising funds to assist the church in maintaining this old building for the benefit of the congregation, parishioners and visitors to the village. If anyone wishes to become a Friend please contact Roger Bowe, Ann Stocker or Joan Downing (details see right)

Strawberry Tea Sunday 23 June 3 - 4.30 pm Church Place Farm (Parish Hall if wet) ~~~~~

Diary notes: AGM Saturday 9 November 2 pm & Christmas Fayre Saturday 30 November 2-4pm Parish Hall

The Friends Coffee Morning on 4 May raised £404.63 thanks for all support.

For further information please contact Ann and Malcolm Stocker 754355 or Chairman Joan Downing 752463 Subscriptions please to the Hon Treasurer: Roger Bowe, Jagreta, Cottage Lane, Westfield, TN35 4QG.

The Lych Gate is currently under repair, all contributions to the Raise the Roof tile fund are welcome

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WESTFIELD SCHOOL Headteacher: Keith Cheetham

April 2013

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With our two shortest terms under our belt, we closed out for the Easter Break with an exciting and humorous production from our Years 3 & 4 pupils entitled ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. This was a fitting end to a very busy time for pupils and staff as they crammed in work, projects, outings and classroom celebrations in the space of just 9 weeks!! We sprang back into life on Monday 15 April with all the children refreshed and ready to embark on a whole new set of topics, including Habitats, Environment, Jack-in-the-Green, Greeks and Romans, River studies, Eating and Growing, Exploring Westfield and Animals. With outings planned already to Great Dixter and Frog Firle Farm, we are praying for the fine weather to, at last, make an appearance for some great days out in the open. We have had lots of sporting events taking place in spite of the cold conditions with a team of keen footballers taking part in Hastings and District Primary Schools’ Football Association where they have reached the A-side finals (look out Wayne Rooney) plus some very athletic runners out at Helenswood in Cross Country events. Three Cheers! We were honoured to receive a visit from the Mayor of Hastings and Mrs Jean Hobson (committee member of Hastings Week) recently, presenting a plaque to our Year 4 class in appreciation of the Bayeux Tapestry art work the class produced and displayed at Tesco Extra, St Leonards as part of the Hastings Week exhibits. The next project on the horizon is the on-going plans to improve our school buildings. After many meetings and discussions, we have now submitted outline plans to increase the size of four of our classrooms. This should be an interesting time ahead but will, in the end, see a more suitable and comfortable working environment for our teachers, support staff and children. To ensure a smooth start to this work, we have arranged to close the school slightly early for the summer break on Friday 19 July. Our new school website is now up and running. Please take a look and see what fabulous things all our children get up to. The website address is http://westfield.e-sussex.sch.uk. The Community and School combine forces for the summer fayre taking place on the school field on Saturday 6 July from 1pm – 4pm. Please come along and support this whole community event. Fun and games for all including fancy dress competition, bouncy castle, tombolas, raffles and much more. The grand finale to the school year will be the Year 5 and 6 production of ‘Oliver Twist’. The preparations are already in hand and as usual this should be a spectacular end to the school year. Sadly we will be saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils in July as they spread their wings along with one of our long-serving and respected teachers, Mrs Jill Telford, as she looks forward to a happy and relaxing retirement.

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I:SET DAYS Monday 3 June Monday 1 July Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 July Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 September

Westfield School Dates 2013 Term 5 - 15 April - 24 May Term 6 - 3 June - 19 July Term 1 - Thursday 5 September

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any readers will be aware of the disruption to our normal service at the surgery over the last few months as a result of both, Dr Caroline Hargreaves and Dr Steven Stern, retiring on health grounds at short notice. We have managed to attract two experienced GP’s to replace them, namely, Dr Camilla Pashley and Dr Andrew Meilak. Furthermore we continue to search for an additional GP, to make this into a four doctor practice. We have obtained the services of many Locum doctors over the last few months, including Dr Liz Balmer, who has given her services as a locum for many years. Hopefully with the new doctors arriving, we will be back to a near normal service in June, with the use of Locums limited. In addition to the disruption faced with a shortage of doctors, there have also been significant changes to the structure of the NHS since the 1 Apr 2013, this twinned with the financial pressures placed upon the NHS means that all surgeries will continue to face difficulties in the future which may affect the extra services that are able to be provided. Our website www.drsternandptnrs.co.uk will be redesigned in the near future and the name of the practice from the 17 May 2013 will be ‘Sedlescombe & Westfield Surgeries’, with a new website address. From this website you will be able to download a surgery booklet giving full information about changes to any of the services we provide and to the new clinics that will be held.

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WESTFIELD FREE FUN DAY - Saturday 17 AUGUST 10 am - 2 pm Bring family and friends for a fantastic day of fun including a climbing wall, crafts, mini-golf, bouncy castle etc. Also bring some change for the tombola, tuck refreshments & BBQ 23


Westfield Community Association Chairman’s Message

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elcome to the Summer, at long last it looks like the bad weather is behind us but could someone please tell my asparagus bed?! At least the village daffodil displays weren’t affected and beautiful they looked. Once again, Pauline has produced a fantastic Newsletter packed full of information and important dates. The key dates for the WCA are the AGM in the Community Hall on 24 June. All residents from the Parish are welcome to come along on the evening enjoy a glass of wine, sample Philippa Woolley’s fine cooking and hear about the year’s activities. The AGM is also the occasion when community members of the WCA Council are required to seek election and we welcome new members; if you’d like to get involved please email, ring or drop me a line for an application form, the forms must be submitted by 5 June. The fete is on 6 July and it would bee fantastic to see you all there on the school field again. The theme this year will bee about the bees!! A free family fun day is also being organised for 17 August, a Saturday by request, and the organising group is currently trying to secure a site for the agreed date as the school field will be unavailable, please keep an eye on the parish notice boards or the parish website for an update on this. If you’re a facebooker why not join the Westfield facebook page called “What’s on in Westfield“, where information is regularly uploaded and details of the day will be posted. Finally, the WCA has replaced the chairs in the main community hall after 30+ years of use and the Council agreed to donate the old chairs to a local charity (BACE) for use in their school/clinic project in the Gambia. This is a very worthwhile charity who, while busy on their projects, are always happy to take fundraisers out to Africa to help, so if you’d like to get involved please contact them (see page 5). John Barnett 7 Heathlands Westfield TN35 4QZ 01424 753323 johnbarnett9@googlemail.com

Westfield Community Hall Hire 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

DI:I:G HALL …... £6.50 per hour

Children’s Clubs £3.25 per hour

BOTH HALLS TOGETHER Sport, some social event, exhibitions, jumble sales etc………......£14.50 per hour Evening functions (as above)………………………………..……£120 Discos and dances……………………………………..………… £120 + £100 deposit

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WESTFIELD DRAW a major Westfield Community Association fund-raiser. Once again, it is time to create a new list for the year from the end of June. Renewals from existing members will be welcomed just as much from new members; you may have recently moved to Westfield or lived here for many years. The funds raised enables the WCA to support village organisations from the game books for Bingo to the Playgroup’s various projects - covering all ages, and this year the new chairs in the Community Hall. Rather than find volunteers to visit you to collect, please help by filling in the form on page 39 or simply put your details on an envelope, with £10 per number inside, and leave at Westfield News for attention. Thank you to Richard and his staff at Westfield News for their assistance with the collection, also the monthly transactions when the Draw takes place. Good luck with your name coming out of the bag. Pauline - co-ordinator.

BUZZ is the word: Westfield Village Fete - 6 July please see back page The Chairman is collecting books, CDs & DVDs for the WCA gazebo, please take your donations to 7 Heathlands

To Selwood, Main Road (near Millennium Sign), please leave, at anytime, your donated items for Stalls including: Raffles - any prize you would like to win; Tombolas for adults & children - bottles, games, stationery, smellies etc., Crockery for Smashing, Pimms & beer for the bar. In addition, help on the day would be appreciated from moving chairs etc to attending stalls and litter picking; please contact 0795 263 5448 with availability The Agenda includes: Reports from the Chairman, Treasurer, the WCA Council and Organisations. Election of President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Auditor and individual Council Members. Election of WCA Representatives on the Westfield Community Hall Management Committee The WCA council & officers are elected anew at the AGM. **The Council is made up of Group representatives (each Constituent body and Section has the right to appoint one representative), plus an equal number of individuals in their own right as Full council members. Nomination forms are available from the Chairman or the WCA website on www.westfieldvillage.co.uk. and returned by 5 June, before the meeting.

Westfield Community Association Annual General Meeting Monday 24 June 7.30 pm Westfield Community Hall Refreshments served All Westfield residents welcome

Westfield Community Association Council

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President: Mrs Joan Downing Chairman: Mr John Barnett 7 Heathlands Westfield TN35 4QZ 01424 753323 johnbarnett9@googlemail.com

Vice-Chairman: Ms Sarah Howard Secretary: vacant Hall Management Committee: Chairman: Mrs Janet Colvert Community Council Meetings:24 June (AGM) & 22 July at 7.30 pm Community Dining Hall 25


Westfield Playgroup Parish Hall Vicarage Lane WESTFIELD TN35 4SD Tel: 0779 074 4404 email Info@westfieldplaygroup.co.uk or check out www.westfieldplaygroup.co.uk At our Easter Bonnet parade the children looked wonderful in their home made hats and enjoyed singing songs for their parents and grandparents. The Easter Family Fun Day was a success, not only did everyone enjoy the day, it also raised over £500 for the Playgroup. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone on the committee for all your hard work and for organising the event, all our contributors, not forgetting everyone who supported us on the day. The children have enjoyed getting the growing garden ready, We would like to thank ‘Westfield Trees’ as they donated piles of wood chip which the children enjoyed using wheel barrows to transport it around the garden, then they levelled it out using rakes, The children have been planting seeds to grow fruit/ vegetables for our snack and cooking, last year we didn’t get much coming up so if anyone has any plants they would like to donate we would be very grateful. When Elaine from the Children’s Library came to celebrate Book Week with us the children enjoyed her story time; they brought in their favourite books and dressed up as book characters. We have a busy term coming up and the children are looking forward to our playgroup summer outing to Drusillas, visits from the Emergency Services and the School Nurse, and Sports Day. We are pleased to announce that we have again been successful with an ‘Awards for All’ Grant from the National Lottery. We have been awarded £1645.00 which we will be using to replace/update some of our equipment. We currently have a couple of spaces if you are interest please pop in or phone Julie on 07790744404 for more information.

Westfield Parent and Toddler Group We meet on Friday afternoons 1.15pm to 3pm in the Parish Hall (not the third Fri of the month); We are a friendly group and offer lots of activities for the children with refreshments kindly prepared by Joan and Shelley, we finish the session with singing time. The Health Visitor has a drop-in on the first Friday of every month and we have regular visits from the Fun Van. For more information please ring Julie on 0779074404 or just come along.

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Westfield WI February’s speaker was Terry Kane, who took members on a nostalgic and very entertaining tour of wartime and 1950’s radio, illustrated with clips including ITMA, the Ovaltineys and Mrs Dale’s Diary. Radio during war years played a huge part in maintaining morale, and the fact that programmes are still heard today speaks for itself. Later in February members had enjoyed the ‘Christmas’ lunch at the Brickwall Hotel. Several members also joined a County visit to the stunning Orchid Nursery at Barcombe and had returned with beautiful plants. The March meeting was cancelled due to snow but several members had enjoyed an excellent day at the East Sussex WI Annual Meeting later in the month, with speakers National Chairman Ruth Bond and gardening personality Pippa Greenwood. In April Edward Preston told us about the many ‘Famous Men of Hastings’ in April, including names such as Byron, Lewis Carroll, Rider Haggard, Holman Hunt and Tennyson. We had not realised just how many writers and artists, in particular, had connections here and it was interesting too to hear about some of the well-known houses they stayed in or had built. Mr Preston had been involved in getting many of the blue plaques to famous people erected around the town. Members will be helping with flower arranging and baking for the Flower Festival in May. The popular Strawberry Tea meeting is on 11th June, and Paul Lendon will be speaking about ‘A Ticket to Ride on 9th July. Plans are being made for an outing to Pashley Manor Gardens in June and a lunch in August. Westfield WI meets at 2.15 pm in the Parish Hall on the second Tuesday of the month and new members are always welcome. Do ring Julie on 01424 754013 for more information.

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01424 754287 Details: Kerrie Robinson

Whitedog Agility Dog Agility for all: beginners to competition level Group and individual classes held at Beckley, indoors in winter Safe, motivated training by experienced and qualified Agility Club Instructor (1st class)

details from Mary Cleverley

0794 415 4813 E: maryclev@hotmail.co.uk

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Westfield Ladies Darts Team

Westfield Cricket Club

needs players for Mondays Newcomers welcome Home matches at The Plough

Fixtures 2013

Further information: Doreen 751417

May - August 2.00 pm start

MAY 26 POLEGATE HOME JUNE 2 BREDE HOME 9 WESTFIELD FOOTBALL CLUB

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HOME

16 DALE PAYNE XI HOME 23 SHANKY’S ARMY HOME 30 ROBERTSBRIDGE HOME JULY 7 SIDLEY AWAY 14 EAST DEAN & FRISTON HOME 21 WESTFIELD F C HOME 28 Crowhurst Park Family Fun Day AUGUST 4 BEXHILL AWAY 11 18 CLIVE VALE HOME 25 SIDLEY HOME SEPT 1 POLEGATE 1.30 PM HOME 8 MOUNTFIELD 1.30 PM HOME 15 WINCHELSEA 1.00 PM AWAY

Westfield Community Dining Hall

Mondays 6.00 – 7.00 p.m.

£5.00 per class - All Welcome

Annie Cryar MRSS 01424 756326

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

Westfield Football Club For information:

Graham 01424 754032 or Gill Jordan (sec)gilljordan@rocketmail.com

New players welcome call Dave Legg 01424 752003

Youth Fun Day Parish Field Sunday 19 May

On Saturday 16 March we held our annual Cricket Club quiz at the Westfield Plough Public House. We would like to thank everybody involved, especially Liz, who wrote the questions, Mike Lee, who read the questions and Martin and Sharon for supplying a superb buffet. On behalf of the Cricket Club, we would like to thank all our members and also the local people who attended; we made some much needed funds for the club. David Legg

Westfield Stoolball Team For information call: Rose 01424 756875

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Events: Regular Coffee Mornings and afternoon sessions for Tea Dances, Bingo and Whist at the Hospice

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

01424 445177 www.stmichaelshospice.org www.facebook.com/stmichaelshospice

Fundraising Office nos:

Reg Charity No 288462

01424 456396 & 456371 St Michael’s Hospice provides in-patient and out-reach palliative care to people with lifelimiting illnesses across Hastings and Rother. Our specialist care and clinical teams deliver respite care, symptom control and support to patients and families through our 30-bed inpatient service, day-therapy centre and hospice at home service. Operating for over 25 years we aim to deliver exceptional standards of palliative care and provide a responsive service that supports choice and independence. For further information please contact:

Spinathon -15 June Moonlight Walk - 22 June “Club Tropicana” opt. fancy dress theme Contact Marcia 01424 456381 fundraising@stmichaelshospice.com

Open Gardens & Music Event 29 June Bexhill

Summer Art Exhibition 20 July

Open Gardens 10.30am – 4pm. Admission £5 Various dates, see brochure, website etc: inc. Hastings Old Town, Northiam, Bexhill, Broad Oak Brede, Hooe, Wadhurst, Rolvenden, Etchingham, Battle, Stonegate, Fairlight

James Cornford, Marketing Officer, 01424 445177 jcornford@stmichaelshospice.com

Please continue to donate your unwanted jigsaw puzzles leaving them at The Button Box, Workhouse Lane Westfield.(opp WCA Hall) for Jean to check them for resale at St Michael’s Hospice shops. Thank you.

PLUMBING TILING & FLOORING Complete Home Tiling Ltd

Bathroom alterations Refurbishments Wet Rooms Under Floor Heating Showers installed Laminate & Wood floors

WESTFIELD ROLLERBOOTING CLUB Westfield Community Hall Every Friday 4.00 - 5.00 pm Termtime £1.50 Small children accompanied

www.CompleteHomeTiling.co.uk

Tuck Shop

Barry Upton

CRB & First Aid trained

01424 756687

Rachel 0786 689 4397 Kath 0797 066 9767

Details:

0784 352 5479 36


Westfield Bowls Club

Westfield Golf Fellowship

opposite Westfield Church

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ale Hill’s Spring Spoon event on Thursday 9 May was fully subscribed and twenty-three golfers are booked for the 3 day tour to Stoke Naylands, Norfolk on 2, 3 and 4 June. On Friday 5 July, twenty four golfers are taking part in the match between Westfield and Hare & Hounds at Hempsted Forest. For more information please telephone Nick on 07939587796 or email george@roker.f9.co.uk

As I write, the sun has finally come out and the temperature is rising but the green is so wet it will be a while before play will begin. During the winter we held several social events including the Captain’s Tea, a new event which was a great success. By the time you read this hopefully play is under way; if you would like to join us, come to roll up (practice), usually on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2.30 pm. All you need is a pair of flat soled lightweight shoes or trainers. The Club members have spent a good deal of time on the upkeep of the building but now considerable repairs, or even complete replacement, are required to improve facilities for everyone. This will be costly and financial backing will be welcome to retain this village amenity. Chairman: David Thomas

Westfield Tennis Club Enquiries Mary Potterton 01424 752531

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lub members held a spring tournament in mid-May on the Parish courts during Club time with twenty entrants. Lunch was included at this social occasion in their clubhouse. The members continue to meet and play as usual on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings. During the winter, a social outing was arranged to play short mat bowls in the Community Hall and the evening was rounded off with a pub meal. Jeremy, who works in Strawberry Fair and regularly plays short mat bowls, joined us and now plays tennis too. The Club is pleased that Junior tennis lessons have been offered with Mark Barham (see page 46) during non-club times to encourage younger players.

01424 754748

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For any more information please contact: ARRCC on 01797 227 939 / 01797 229 363 www.arrcc.org.uk Facebook: ARRCC Community Email; enquiries@arrcc.org.uk Local Rye charity ARRCC which is now based at The School Creative Centre, New Road, Rye is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 – 4.00. 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. ARRCC Independent Living is now extending it’s services to help people to remain independent at home, and provides a range of services including help , 27 May Monday am with shopping, light housework, meal preparation and Laundry. ay lid o H ir Bank t Fa Charity Boo , Peasmarsh The laundry service is proving very popular at £10 for a bag 28” ore st er up S s x 24”. Delivery and collection are made weekly to Rye and the Jempson id of ARRCC in a surrounding area which includes Westfield.

SUMMER SPECIAL OFFER Will & Lasting Power of Attorney: £250 single or £450 per couple It is still a sad fact of life that up to 70% of us Brits die intestate. The ramifications of this for the relatives are unthinkable, often causing financial and emotional turmoil. This situation can be exacerbated if you are co-habiting and/or have children from a previous relationship. Make a will now and avoid all these potential pitfalls Wealden Will Writing specialise in home/office visits at a time to suit you, and all costs are fixed at time of consultation. We are fully insured and regulated by The Society of Will Writers.

Paul Billingham Aff. SWW Tel: 01424 756053 Mob: 07814 995202 Email: paul.billingham@wealdenwillwriting.co.uk Web: www.wealdenwillwriting.co.uk

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. 38


WESTFIELD DRAW 2013/14 monthly prizes: £50, £20, £15, £10 x 2, £5 plus £100 Christmas Bonus Draw takes place on last Friday monthly in Westfield News & Strawberry Fair All winners are notified £10 per annum; renewals June Coordinator: Pauline Filsell-Page 0778 607 8588

Application Form for 2013/14 Name …………………………………………………………………………..Phone number …………….……………….... Address .…………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....……………………… Email ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Please enclose £10 cash/cheque (payable WCA) for Westfield Draw 2013/14 and take/send to the WCA Box, c/o Westfield :ews, Chapel Lane, Westfield T:35 4QX Alternatively, subscribe by e-transfer to WCA at Co-op Bank, 08-92-99, 65436790 with ref: 2013/14 & your name, then email pauline@fpage.plus.com to confirm.

1st Westfield Scout Group After all the cold and wet weather, including Sunday morning the sun came out just in time for our annual Duck Race. Despite the mud lots of families turned out and thanks to them. The water was running fast and consequently the race was short lived! We made a profit of £143 many thanks to all those who purchased ducks and to Archers for their support and assistance with this event; visit www.westfieldvillage.co.uk photo gallery. We once again manned the first drinks station for the Hastings Half Marathon and despite the intense cold there was a good turnout of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and parents - thanks to you all. We had teams of Cubs and Scouts take part in the District swimming gala recently and we were pleased that the Cubs won their section and the Scouts came third. A good result for Westfield. A team of Scouts took part in the District shooting competition and came second, again well done. The Hastings Fire station welcomed Cubs and Scouts, on different nights, recently and as always were very welcoming and put on an informative and fun evening, even though they had a call out during our visit. We still have vacancies for Beavers so if any young person, between the ages of 6 and 8 years would like to give us a try please contact Sue on 425492 or me on 754080. All sections of the Group are planning the summer programmes which will concentrate on outside activities as much as possible.

Rosemary Bond Secretary and Assistant Beaver Leader Tel 01424 754080 39


WESTFIELD DRAW 2012/13 monthly prizes: £50, £20, £15, £10 x 2, £5 plus £100 Christmas Bonus Charity No 271252

Recent Winners:

February: Elizabeth Held, Sally Cruttenden, Ted Pain, Molly Richardson, Ashley Paine, Joanna Thomas March: Sarah Harmer, Nikki Port, Wendy Lawson, Heather Symonds, Valerie Bailey, Rosina Beechey April: Tony Boulter, Cheryl Wright, Patricia Watkins, Fred Milward, Marianna Barber, Ginny & Brian Perkins

Draw takes place on last Friday monthly in Westfield News & Strawberry Fair All winners are notified £10 per annum; renewals June

Coordinator: Pauline Filsell-Page 0778 607 8588 WCA Box, c/o Westfield :ews, Chapel Lane, Westfield T:35 4QX

To all new residents ‘Welcome to Westfield’

People’s page

Father’s Day

Wedding Anniversary Celebrations Belated Congratulations to Margo and Paul Lidbetter and Brenda and Ken Munday who all achieved 50 & 60 years of marriage respectively in the Spring.

Sunday 16 June

Garden Ornaments Please be aware that your garden ornaments may be attractive to others and easily removed; try to secure them and report any findings to the Parish Clerk or the editor of this newsletter. In the Spring a horse’s head went missing - did you find it?

Bereavements Condolences to the families of Derek Chapman Mary Wheeler Diana Lee ‘Chubby’

Battle Choral Society & Orchestra Charity Number: 263311 conducted by John Langridge Enquiries: 01424 870862 / 424339 www.battlechoral.co.uk Rehearsals Monday evenings Memorial Hall Battle

Please mention this WCA Newsletter when you contact our advertisers. If any contact details are unobtainable or incorrect please advise the Editor.

Bach’s Mass in B minor: Sat 18 May 7.30 pm Christ Church, Silchester Road, St Leonards-on-Sea 40


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

nt gs t Eve y, Hastin e m r er ou Gall ial G ner Spec Jerwood met Din r e G ou at Th be's cal Catch y 7 June 8379 b e W Lo Frida 1424 72 0 p £40p

Paul and Rebecca Webbe invite you to visit them and the website

www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk 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 41


Whitegates Retirement Home Set in over 5 acres of beautiful countryside Luxurious care in country-hotel style 21 elegant en-suite rooms (one for couples) Setting new standards in retirement care Outstanding results in official inspection reports Awards for catering & hygiene For further information please contact: The Manager

Whitegates Retirement Home Westfield Lane, Westfield TN35 4SB

01424 754865 www.whitegatesretirementhome.co.uk

Farmers’ Market Local Produce for Local People

Brede Village Hall every Friday 10 a m – 12 noon

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY LUNCH CLUB

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17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August Those over 50 or disabled are invited to join the Community Lunches at 12.45 pm in the Parish Hall Just £3.00 for a full 2-course meal!

Bridal and occasion makeup Group bookings Makeup lessons

To book please phone Doreen Smith 751417

Penny Williams (Westfield)

Coordinator, Cook & Kitchen Supervisor

07801 849668

Joan Downing 752463 Accounts & Barbara Nunn 754618 or

penny.blush@hotmail.co.uk www.blushbridalbeauty.co.uk

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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 February, March and April meetings. Full minutes are available on the website www.westfieldvillage.co.uk, or from the clerk. PCSO Richard Perchard reported to the February meeting that in the last three months for Police Local Priority 1- Speeding and road safety, there had been no serious collisions, but that speed checks had caught 7 cars driven at excessive speeds through the village and another vehicle was found to be driven by an uninsured driver and was impounded. For Priority 2- Anti-social behaviour, there had been few calls except about youths driving motorcycles in an unacceptable manner in Cottage Lane and Maplehurst Wood. For Priority 3- Burglary, there had been one burglary in the reporting period. It was agreed that these priorities should remain the same. PCSO Perchard asked councillors to consider alternative ways of organising priority-setting meetings to better engage local opinion. It was agreed that a standing item should be included on each council meeting agenda and that time could be made at the Parish Assembly for Police to consult residents. Councillors considered the underuse of the tennis courts and decided to investigate ways to encourage young players. It was agreed to use the services of a qualified coach to run a taster session funded by the Council and if enough interest was generated, to ask the coach to run a series of paid lessons during the summer term. The initiative was to be aimed at the top two classes at the primary school. A suitable coach has been found and the arrangements are now in place (see separate advertisement). The Probation Service wrote to offer a Community Payback team for minor works in the parish. They have agreed to clear drainage ditches and surface mud and leaves from the footpath connecting New Cut to Chapel Lane, and to clear the extensive domestic fly-tipping in the wood behind Park View. Councillors agreed to find a suitable contractor to survey all trees on Council controlled land so that a full risk assessment and management plan can be put in place. A letter was written to the GP's surgery to convey the frequently received concerns of residents about the poor state of the road to the surgery. A response from the practice manager indicated that the process of seeking estimates for repairs is underway. In response to Cricket Club complaints about damage caused to the Cricket Field Councillors decided to put notices up explaining that the Cricket Field is (continued on next page) 43


leased to the Council solely for the purposes of village cricket and that users of the footpath across the field should respect this, keeping dogs on leads and clearing up after them. Nigel Hammond from the ambulance service attended the April meeting to explain the benefits of Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) and Community First Responders. It is hoped to make this provision for Westfield. Councillors agreed that the value in terms of saved lives, and increased beneficial outcomes, resulting from the minutes saved in getting treatment started for people in cardiac arrest, was something they would like to support. It was decided to earmark a grant of £1400 to pay set up costs for a volunteer's training and equipment. Rother Responders was asked to call on this grant as soon as a suitable volunteer is found for Westfield. ESCC have agreed to install a bus shelter opposite the village store. Residents' concerns regarding potholes and footpath issues were reported to the responsible departments at East Sussex County Council. Westfield Parish Council members: Email contact - all councillors can be contacted using an email address in the following format carl.richardson@westfieldvillage.co.uk (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: http://westfieldvillage.co.uk/council-papers Parish Clerk: Mrs Barbara Balkham, Fir Tree Cottage, New Cut, Westfield, TN35 4RJ Telephone number 01424 751531 Email: westfieldparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

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. 44


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

Planning applications approved: RR/2010/2584/P Woodlands Park, Westfield Lane. Replacement of condition 2 placed on RR/91/1044/P. RR/2012/2331/P The White Cottage, Cottage Lane. Siting of a caravan/mobile home in garden for temporary home whilst existing cottage is repaired. RR/2012/2231/P Whitegates, Westfield Lane. Erection of single storey extension, first floor extension and two storey extensions to residential care home with associated alterations to car parking area and access road and associated soft landscaping. Renewal of RR/2009/2564/P RR/2012/2535/P Aldershaw Tiles. Conversion of part of ground floor office to residential including conversion of roof space to 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and shower. (Conditional) RR/2013/55/P Hilltop, Cottage Lane. Outline application for a single detached 3/4 bedroom chalet bungalow with integral garage, all matters reserved. RR/2013/202/P Eastlands Farmhouse, Three Oaks Lane. Loft conversion, roof alterations, single storey extension and alterations RR/2013/183/P Pattletons Barn, Doleham Lane. Side extension to existing dwelling single storey. RR/2013/221/P 12 Parkwood Road. Proposed 2 storey extension to rear. Alterations and amendment to side extension previously approved (but not constructed) under RR/2012/1214/P with the removal of garage door and installation of window and an additional dormer to front elevation. RR/2012/2347/L The White Cottage, Cottage Lane. Proposed structural repair/ refurbishment, internal alterations, addition of two doors and blocking up of (1) window in rear (north) elevation. RR/2012/2311/O Great Buckhurst Farm, Bluemans Lane. Certificate of lawfulness in respect of building works for the conversion of the dairy into a single dwelling house and use thereafter as a single dwelling house. RR/2013/463/P 15 Churchfield. Proposed single storey extension to the rear to form enlarged kitchen and to form breakfast room. RR/2013/380/P Selwood, Church Lane. Conversion of part roof space including rear Dormer.

Planning applications refused: RR/2012/2336/P Downoak Farm. Removal of Dutch Barn style building and construction of purpose built live/work unit. RR/2013/126/P Bysetters, Cottage Lane. Proposed part demolition and conversion of redundant farm building to 4-bedroomed dwelling with associated alterations, new driveway and parking.

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The Annual Parish Assembly was held on 16 April 2013, Parish Hall. Councillors and approximately 40 members of the public attended. Display stands were set up by ESF&R; RDC Emergency Planner; Rother Responders; Local Action Plan Litter Pickers; Westfield Tennis Club; Westfield Scout Group. The doors opened at 6:30pm for refreshments and to view displays. From 7pm the chairman gave his report of significant Council issues during the last year, especially the progress on the Westfield Down project, and works to maintain the War Memorial. He thanked all councillors for their work over the year but made special mention of R Wallace, J Smith and V Lambert for the work they undertook to improve play provision at Churchfield, and J Woodhead (vicechairman) and B Balkham (clerk) for their support. Mr Maynard also gave a report including information on the changes in doorstep recycling planned for 2014. Members of the public asked questions about allotment provision, pot holes in the Surgery track, and use of Parish Field for a youth fun day. The annual volunteer award presentations were made as follows: The Rose Bowl was awarded to Joan Downing for her work with many parish organisations over many years. Certificates of thanks went to Margaret Moss for her work as church warden, especially recognising the additional work she undertook during the interregnum; to John Barnett for his work for the Westfield Community Association; to Jo Winch for her work in making litter-picks in and around New Cut on a regular basis over many years. See the Council's annual report delivered with this newsletter for photographs. The meeting closed at 8pm.

JU:IOR TE::IS LESSO:S at the Recreation Ground courts for children aged 9,10 or 11 Free one hour taster session – funded by the Parish Council on Wednesday 29 May at 3.30 pm All equipment will be provided but numbers are limited. Followed by 5 lessons for £20.00 (Wednesdays after school) by a qualified, and experienced coach To register your interest for either the free “taster” session and/or the 5 payable lessons please contact Mark Barham on 01424 250070 Please leave an answer phone message and Mark will get back to you

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The Benefice of Westfield and Guestling St John the Baptist Church Westfield

FLOWER FESTIVAL Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May 2013 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Country Bazaar with a variety of stalls to include Crafts, Cakes Raffle, Tombola, Gifts, Plants etc

Songs of Praise 5.00 pm on Sunday Activities for young people on Monday Throughout the weekend there will be a display of extracts from the

Westfield History Exhibition plus an opportunity to explore how to research your Family History

Teas, coffees, cakes and light lunches will be available each day

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

Call Robina

01424 854627

0798 212 4304

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WESTFIELD will BUZZ at the VILLAGE FETE organised by members of Westfield Community Association & Friends of Westfield School

Saturday 6 July 1 - 4 pm on the school field

Come and help create a Buzz ~ ~ Bee themed Fancy Dress for all ages, judging: 1.30pm Phoenix Dancing Divas 2.00pm Dance group 2.30pm Arena Races 3.00pm Raffles, Tombolas, Refreshments, Ice Cream Pimms & Beer Bar etc., Beekeepers, Plants, Play your Cards Right call 0795 263 5448 and much more, buzzzzz along to see for details or to book a table

Donations for stalls welcome

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:

24 May; 7, 21 June; 5, 19 July; 2, 16, 30 August 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

enquiries: 0345 60 80 196

Library and Information Services www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries Free to join and free to use

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