Keith Pollard, Brookfield, Broadway
Epiphany this Sunday… and our church will be celebrating with Morning Worship at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. Earlier, hardy souls will find Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 8 am
Activate… has started again, on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 January, but you can still look forward to the resumption of Busyart, which will be on Monday next, January. 14.
The group is thrilled with the new kitchen and have already cooked Christmas biscuits and cakes in the oven. It is much more accessible, so will be used much more and will be safer than before. The first part of the £5,000 Lloyds grant, that Activate did so well to secure last year, has paid for this.
Our Community First Responders… along with representatives of the South East Coast Ambulance Service gave their inaugural demonstration of the new village hall defibrillator on Saturday last. And very interesting it was, too, with a healthy attendance (numerically, if not physically!) watching and learning. In addition to our current responders Liz Brooker, Dot James and John Miles, Janet and Diane are training ready to join the fray. Very few communities can be as fortunate as we are.
MOPP today are in for a double treat as the meeting opens with a demonstration by Wiltshire Farm Foods, and after that this week’s lunch is a pork casserole, with a fruit flan for pudding.
Please phone Sheila on 01304 219767 if you would like more details.
Quarterly poetry… at the village hall next Wednesday evening, January 16. The Players’ poetry group has its first meeting of the year, and they will be hoping that more poetry aficionados are present than on the last three occasions, when numbers have been quite diminished. Do go along and have a read – or a listen – and enjoy a stress-free event. It’s £1 for members, and £2 for non-members, to participate.
The Fairlight Playgroup and Nursery Annual Jumble Sale… will be in the village hall on Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 12 noon. No, you’re not necessarily expected to remember this for a whole month, (though it would look good in your new diary), but to make sure you sort out anything desirable and covetable that you no longer need, and offer it up for the Playgroup to collect. A phone call to 812852 should do the trick.
The Tuesday Ladies Club’s first meeting of the year is next Tuesday, January 15. The meeting will feature local speaker Andy Dinsdale, whose subject will be “Flotsam and Jetsam”. Andy is an excellent speaker and his talks are always interesting. The afternoon starts at 2.15 pm at the village hall. Subscriptions are due and still only £18 per annum, and as this sum includes two free meals and subsidised outings, you can see that it represents excellent value.
The meeting starts at 2.15
Good news…! The Fairlight Community Website is now working again. You can find it at www.fairlight.org.uk, or via the Fairlight Parish Council, Preservation Trust and Village Web Site. There’s a new volunteer running the website - Bill O’Reilly (email@example.com) Bill has taken over from Damian Bunn, who created the website on his own initiative and to whom we are all indebted. The site needs bringing up to date and expanding, and Bill will be pleased to hear from residents about corrections to the existing information and fresh areas that they would like to see included. To help Bill and to encourage Clubs, groups and so on to supply the latest information Parish Councillor Linda Eades (firstname.lastname@example.org) has agreed to act as a link between the clubs and Bill. Of course, you are welcome to send information direct to Bill if you prefer.
In the news… the draft minutes of the November Parish Council meeting are available on the website. Look under Parish Council / Parish Council News. This draft is subject to approval at the next Council meeting, which is on Tuesday, January 22 at 7.15 pm in the village hall.
Knit & Natter resumes operations on Wednesday next, January 16 at ‘Kingsdown’, Channel Way which is the third from last house going towards the Country Park. They are a very friendly, informal group who would love to have more people join them. Why not come and meet them and have a coffee or tea plus biscuit at any time between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. You need no expertise - just bring anything you can do while sitting & nattering. They will gladly teach you a new skill (if it’s in their capability), or maybe you could teach them one! As ever, further details are available from Lynette, who is on 813417, or Betty, on 812694
Going well… the tickets for the Panto Group’s Sinbad at the end of the month are selling nicely. Saturday evening is practically sold out, and Friday is not far behind. Time and availability will help Thursday evening and Saturday matinee fill up, too – so you’d better get yours while you still have some sort of choice left as to where you sit! Fairlight Post Office has the tickets and the plans.
It is a sad thing when a driver smashes your stationary car and drives away without leaving a note or name and contact details!
Black Friday…? In the morning of last Friday a car was parked neatly close to the kerb outside the Rectory on Battery Hill. It was not far enough out of the way to prevent another vehicle totally removing morning a wing mirror, and adding scrapes and dents to the wheel arch. The offender must have realised what he or she had done but simply drove off – no details, no phone number and no apology. If you saw what happened – or did it and could not stop at the time – please leave me a note, and I’ll pass it on to the car’s owner.
A promise kept… the Highways Department’s plans to patch the great swathes of the southern side of Fairlight Road were executed on the day and time they had proposed. They have made an excellent job of it, too, but that happy smile on your face as you drive the new surface will disappear almost as soon as you turn into Martineau Lane, for within a couple of hundred what we used to call yards, the unwary will hit three axle-breaking cavities. Be warned!
Coming up for the Gardening Club… well, not too much in the plant line as yet, but do make a note of their forthcoming AGM, which will be in the village hall on Monday, February 4 at 2.30 pm. Within the meeting there is a change proposed to rule 5 of the constitution, with the change to take immediate effect at the meeting. Make sure you go along, and then you will be able to enjoy the Bring and Share social fterwards.
An interesting fact… rain-watchers, which is what we have all become of late, will be interested to learn that, with ground water levels high at present, the 50 plus pumps working to clear such surplus away from the suspect cliff face have been discharging 360 gallons an hour, which is double their usual rate. Where would we all be without them? Don’t think about it – the question is rhetorical!
Touching a lost chord… I wished last week we could see sufficient blue sky to make a sailor a pair of trousers. A reader has written to say that he well recalls his mother’s warning, in his post-war childhood, about sailors in sky-blue trousers.
A proper twitter… Tweeting is an art that has passed me by. But it is noteworthy that this week’s column – of fairly modest length for Fairlight – would take 53 tweets to disseminate. Keep buying the paper!
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Weather for St Leonards-on-Sea
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind direction: South west
Temperature: 8 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind direction: North east