Fairlight

Keith Pollard, Brookfield, Broadway

In our churches this Sunday, September 15… we will be having a 10.30 am Communion Service at St Andrews, which will be led by Frank Rowson. Then at 6 pm at St Peter’s, the 1662 Evening Prayer service will be led by Kay Burnett. This is, of course, one for those who like the old traditional service with the old English.

A week tomorrow… that’s Saturday, September 21, from 10 am to 12.30 pm, it’s the Macmillan Coffee Morning in the village hall. Not only will there be tea, coffee and homemade cakes, but also a variety of craft and art stalls, a memory tree – and a raffle. Any additional help with volunteering to help on the day or in the baking cakes will be more than appreciated (pretty please! says Sue Clark.) You can confirm your availability and willingness to Sue on 813006

A small group of artists… calling themselves Studio TN35, will be exhibiting paintings, pottery and jewellery on the weekends of 21 and 22 and 28 and 29 September, in the village hall from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on each of the four days. All the items on display will be for sale, and they will be priced attractively to encourage you to buy them. Previous exhibitions and shows will tell you that these are talented people making desirable art. Go along and see for yourselves.

A puzzling evening at the Cove… on Wednesday next, September 18 when, at 8 pm, Linda Eades will be masterminding a Quiz Night. Thinking caps on, then.

Early doors… you may be too late for the offer of five plain white doors, complete with handles, that are needing a new home. Mary Stewart, on 813031, has made the offer, but they have been available from Wednesday last, September 11. But, if you are quick off the mark, you could ask about two sets of sliding patio doors which are also up for grabs - from Monday, September 23.

Bouled over… Fairlight Trefoil Guild joined with the 1st Hastings Trefoil Guild on Wednesday last week, for a cream tea and a game of boules at the Fairlight Lodge Hotel. There were 20 present and although some of them certainly did not play strictly to the rules, they all had a fantastic time, cheering each other on and when not actually playing, searching for some shade under which to cool down from the blazing sunshine.

Next month, the Fairlight branch of the Guild will meet at a member’s home for lunch, so there will be no presence at St. Peters Church that day. However, they will all be back at the church for their October meeting, which will feature a demonstration of cake decorating, together with some time for a ‘hands on’ session.

Details of how you can join the Guild at any of their meetings can be obtained by ringing Betty Snow on 812694.

Big pile up in the village… no, not some gory road traffic accident, but the dog waste bin in lower Waites Lane outside the Gardening Club hut, which several have been reporting as being full to overflowing. The Parish Council (which pays to empty the bins) has reported this to Rother District Council as it’s their contractor who is responsible for the emptying the bins. I think it is to the credit of owners who must have been, at long last, reading the now-fading notices exhorting dogs and humans (on their behalf) to use the dog waste bins. The less well-trained owners should save a bit of money by letting their dogs foul Broadway (Fine - £100) rather than Lower Waites Lane (Fine - £1,000) I wish I knew how to use the Freedom of Information Act to discover how many and how much dog fouling fines have been recorded in Rother and Hastings over recent years.

If you are concerned about a problem with dog or litter bins (or many other matters including missed dustbin collections and street name plates) you can report it via the Rother website,

Report a Fault - Rother District Council. Of course, the Parish Council is always willing to help if you have a difficulty. You can find Parish Councillors’ areas of responsibility on the Fairlight Village Website, under Parish Councillors. If you need to go higher up the local government tree, then the details of your Rother District Councillors, Robin Patten and Roger Bird, are also on the Fairlight Village Website, under MP, District & County Councillors

Practice, practice… it is to be hoped that you are all toning up your tonsils, and trying out a bit of thigh slapping (preferably your own) in readiness for the Fairlight Pantomime Group’s auditions for Sleeping Beauty, which will be taking place on Friday, September 27 in the village hall. Children should arrive by 7 pm and adults should be ready for 7.30 pm. Jennifer Annetts is at the spinning wheel, weaving the tale, which takes to the stage late in January next year. Unable to attend the auditions, but still keen to be a part of the show? Talk to Jennifer on 812476, or email her at j.annetts@hotmail.co.uk

The Tuesday Ladies Club… meets next week on September 17, in the village hall at 2.15 pm. Their speaker is the well-known Judith Kinnison Bourke, who will be telling of Dorothy in the Workhouse. Sounds fascinating, if not actually fun. Visitors, including the men folk, are welcome, on payment of a small fee.

Soon be time for the annual Poppy appeal… and local Royal British Legion organiser John Pulfer finds he is still short of a few door-to-door volunteers to undertake this autumn’s collection. The collectors’ duties commence on October 25, and demand a certain but not excessive commitment. If you feel you would like to help in this most practical way, please get in touch with John, who will obviously be able to explain what and where your patch would be, and all the other details that would enable you to do your bit. John is to be found on 814866

Notices have been posted… about the surface dressing in the Fairlight Road and Battery Hill areas, with the proviso that the planned works could be subject to the prevailing weather conditions. The date was moved forward to last Monday, when a cool, damp day threatened rain but didn’t deliver much, but it was clearly enough to put a spanner in the works. By now, they may have completed the work, which will delight the morons who tear along at 60. Now, with a better surface, it may be up to F1 standards, so look out for approaching vehicles, without lights on the darkest reaches of Battery Hill – that would be too helpful – coming at you doing a ton. If they hit a tree, that’s their funeral. If they hit someone else, it’s unforgivably selfish, and deserves far more punishment than it would probably entail.

Back next Wednesday, September 18… when Knit and Knatter, sorry, Natter resumes operations. It all happens on the first and third Mondays of each month, at Kingsdown, towards the Country Park end of Channel Way. Give this informal, friendly group a try. Some have joined and learnt to knit, though what they have learnt from nattering you’ll have to guess. Lynette Forward (813417) and Betty Snow (812694), in hose home meetings are held, have all the details.

What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow…? A fine, bright crisp early autumn day, one hopes, because the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve have organised a walk through Ecclesbourne Glen with local tree expert, Dr Owen Johnson, in order that you may learn about some of the magnificent trees to be found in this corner of the Country Park Nature Reserve. Dr Johnson is the author of Collins Tree Guide, possibly the definitive pocket book on British trees. (He also wrote The Sussex Tree Book some 15 years ago) The walk and talk is on tomorrow, Saturday, September 14 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. The meeting place is at the Barley Lane car park, towards the westerly end of the country park.