Fairlight

The completion of Holy Week… sees the church celebrating with the Good Friday Walk of Witness, leaving Pett Methodist Chapel at 10 am and progressing to St Mary & St Peter, Pett. At 10.30 am there will be a short Meditation at St Andrew’s, to include both visual and aural input. On Easter Day, Sunday April 20, there will be the now traditional sunrise service on the Firehills, with the Salvation Army Band helping warm up the participants providing the accompaniment for some lusty singing, necessary as the proceedings commence at approximately 5.45 am, ready for the sunrise itself at 5.50 am. After this comes breakfast at St Andrew’s, and any help you could offer towards the preparation and serving of that breakfast would be appreciated, so do please call Maureen Baines on 813392 a.s.a.p. The church day continues with Parish Communion at 10.30 am at St Andrew’s, and concludes with Evening Prayer at St Peter’s at 6 pm.

Pilates appeal… Is there anyone out there, reading this, who would be prepared to run a Fairlight class to teach Pilates? Since Sue had to cease her Saturday morning classes in the village hall, they have been sorely (ha!) missed. In case you’re thinking of making the suggestion, Celia in Pett Level has been approached, but is unable to take it on. Obviously, you don’t have to come from Fairlight to do this – anybody with the necessary knowledge and willingness would be made very welcome. In the first instance, please contact Liz Brooker on 813149 if you would like to become involved.

The Parish Council… meets next Tuesday, April 22, at 7.15 pm in the small hall of the village hall, when our Councillors will endeavour to initiate, move forward or resolve and conclude matters on the latest conglomeration of village matters. Very often their efforts are successful. At recent meetings, the number of members of the public present has quite frequently exceeded the number of Councillors in attendance – a healthy acknowledgement of the interest some parishioners show in their village. But there’s always room for more…!

Among matters on the agenda for discussion are the format to be adopted for this year’s Parish Assembly, which will be on Friday 30 May at 6.30 pm in the village hall main hall, and recommendations for grants in 2014-15 to Activate Youth Club, Fairlight Village Hall, MOPPS, St Andrew’s Churchyard, Pett Level Rescue Boat, Fairlight Playgroup, Sussex Air Ambulance and the Rother Citizens Advice Bureau.

On Broadway next week… Broadway, Fairlight of course, not Broadway, NewYork, the Players’ spring production of Michael Pertwee and John Chapman’s hilarious Holiday Snap will run from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 April, nightly at 7.30 and with a 2.30 Saturday matinée. There is a licensed bar available for the Friday and Saturday evening performances. Tickets are only £6 each, from the Post Office. If you can’t readily get over to Fairlight, call 814178 and it’ll be done for you, ready for you to pick up and pay on the door.

Pocket money, anybody…? Ken Dixon at Fairlight Post Office and General Stores is seeking a young lad or lass, of paperboy/papergirl age, to assist him on Saturday mornings only, quite early and for an hour or an hour and a half. The job is to slip the Saturday magazine sections into the papers proper, because they are received in separate bundles. If you fancy earning what we used to call a few bob, have a word with Mr Dixon. But talk to Mum and Dad about it first! And ask them what ‘a few bob’ means, too. They can then ask Grandad!

Trefoil meets this coming week… on Wednesday, April 23 when the members will be taking off on a visit to Merriments Garden and Nursery. It is sure to be a most pleasant trip, though even if the weather remains as clement as it has been, you’d probably be well advised to remember ‘ne’er to cast a clout…’

The Floral Club… has its April meeting on Thursday next, April 24 at 2.15 pm in the village hall. The demonstrator that day will be Tricia Bashford, with her ‘F Factor’, which sounds intriguing. There will be the usual flower raffle and sales table. This thriving club would always welcome new members, to whom they guarantee an interesting, friendly and enjoyable afternoon.

Perhaps you hadn’t heard, or had forgotten, but the Club will be visiting the Flower Festival at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday, May 29. The coach will be picking up from the Circle, and the Cathedral entrance and the coach will cost £23; further details will follow. There are a few tickets remaining, and you could secure yours at next Thursday’s meeting. Have a word with Club Chairman Sheila Benson.

The Great War… which the BBC has reduced to ‘the European Conflict’, leads us to a brief reminder that at this summer’s Fairfest the organising committee hopes to be able to mount an exhibition of memorabilia of that dreadful time. If you should have any such items that you would be prepared to loan – they’ll be well looked after – please give Jennifer Annetts a call on 812476.

Carol Ardley… is a driving force along so many strands that make up our village life, and it will have come as an unpleasant surprise for locals to hear that she had been hospitalised. However, by the time this reaches you, it is confidently expected that she will be home safe and sound, if not running about quite as much as a fortnight ago. Carol would like to thank all those who have expressed their concern and wished her well. It seems to have worked!

Keith Pollard

Brookfield, Broadway