Fairlight

Church matters: There’s one service in the Parish this Sunday, and it’s a Benefice Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, with Bishop Martin of Chichester

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting: for St Andrew’s and St Peter’s Churches will be held at St Peter’s Church on Thursday next, April 23, starting at 7 pm. The meeting will include elections for two Churchwardens, and for members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC). Nomination forms are available in both our churches. Anyone whose name is on the Electoral Roll may stand for office and must be nominated and seconded by two people, both of whom must also be on the Electoral Roll. Completed forms should be returned to Val Relfe, the PCC Secretary, who can be contacted on 272012.

Fairlight Players: Is spring really with us in earnest at last? If it is, then you can expect, as the April production often enjoys, a warm evening (or afternoon) to accompany you on your outing to see the Players next week from Thursday to Saturday, April 23 to 25, with The Cat and the Canary ‘live on stage’, as the current saying goes. Tickets are only £6, and one wonders how mach longer the group can continue to offer such excellent value for money when that is a price most other local groups have long forgotten. It’s on each evening at 7.30 pm, with a Saturday matinee for those who would rather get home in the daylight. Especially after this one! So, a quick trip to the Post Office, or if you can’t make it, a call to Carol Ardley on 814178, will secure your place laughing and shuddering with everybody else! P.S. The ‘horror’ is more of the giggle type than hair-raising!

MOPPs: Today, Friday, April 17, MOPPs has a visit from singer Steve Bennett, and a demonstration by Michelle from Comfort Plus of their Comfort range, mobility and household aids. Then it’s a lunch of cold meat and a jacket potato with upside down pudding to follow. Next Friday sees Mad Jack’s Morris Dancers entertaining, as well as the free toe-nail cutting service (not undertaken by the Morris Dancers!), and some delicious roast lamb, and cheesecake for pud.

Contact Co-ordinator Robert Pasterfield on 07860 414277, or by email to rpasterfield@aol.com, if you’d like more details about joining the happy crowd each Friday.

Tuesday Ladies Club: At their meeting next Tuesday, April 21, starting at 2.15 pm, Pat Bryer will be bringing her tribute to Joyce Grenfell in Choice Joyce. Though it is more than 35 years since the aristocratic comedienne Joyce Grenfell died, memories of her style and their contents live on vividly for many (Don’t do that, George!). Visitors and the menfolk are welcome, on payment of a nominal fee. More details, should you need them, can be had from Shirley Gilbert on 813441.

Floral Club: Thursday, April 23 sees the Floral Club commence its 2015-16 programme proper with demonstration by Christine Brazier entitled ‘Around the World in Eighty Minutes’. Sounds exhilarating, but it won’t be exhausting. Just sit back and enjoy it! Take off time is 2.15 pm.

Gardening Club Outing: This year’s Club outing is to Hole Park in Rolvenden, near Cranbrook. This privately owned estate has beautiful gardens, and a magnificent display of bluebells. The trip leaves the village hall at 1.15 pm (not 2 pm as previously intimated) and will cost club members £7. Non-members are welcome at £14 each, but as club membership is only £5, you could join and go on the trip and save £2. Hey - two people from the same family would save £9, an offer that’s hard to refuse! The price includes the entrance fee, a guided tour and tea and cakes. If you’d like more details, please contact Paul or Karen Draper on 814154. The closing date to apply for a place is next Friday, April 24.

Two nudges for your memory: Don’t forget that Saturday, May 9 is doubly interesting for Fairlight churchgoers and all residents, with the Christian Aid Fair in the village hall from 10 am to 12 noon, while in the evening, there’s an Auction of Promises at the Fairlight Lodge Hotel starting at 7 pm. Further details will follow nearer the actual date!

Fancy a trip to Canterbury?: You’ve read about it here already, but did you do anything about it? No? Here’s a reminder, then, of Fairlight’s Evening of Music in Canterbury Cathedral. It’s on Friday, June 12, and you’ll leave by coach at 6 pm, and be back by about 10.30 pm. Provided the coach is full or nearly so, the cost should be a bit less than £10, which covers the fare and entry to the Cathedral. You’ll hear popular classic pieces played on the magnificent organ, and listen to, or join in with, the singing of the church choirs. If you’re tempted, and you certainly should be, call Fairlight Church Organist Patrick Cox Smith on 812560 to ensure your place.

A little piece on a little peace: Unfortunately, a proposed meeting between Hastings Borough Council’s Chairman of the Planning Committee Cllr Richard Street, Cllr Dawn Poole, Leisure and Amenities Portfolio holder and a Borough Council Officer and our Parish Council Chairman Cllr Andrew Mier, Residents Association Trevor Lewing and another prominent Fairlight resident has been postponed, certainly until all the election razzamatazz is over. This is a pity, as some bridge repairs in the relations between the Parish and the Borough are urgently needed after much criticism of Hastings proposition for a new Country Park Visitor Centre. Unreasonably, Fairlight appear firmly cast as the ogres in the matter, when there are many other vociferous residents from a wide area who are of a similar opinion, and they have many questions, too. It is neither good enough, nor democratic, to turn one or two deaf ears to queried aspects of the proposal with ‘it’s OK because I say so.’

Dance our troubles away: On Friday, May 1 in the village hall from 7.30 to 11 pm, Fairfest will be presenting a special Dance, to the music of the Kytes, with all the proceeds from tickets going to Stage 3 of the Cliff Preservation scheme. Do get your tickets very soon – they’re only £8.50 each – from the Post Office, or direct from Jennifer Annetts, who can be found on 812476. There’s to be a buffet, a bar and raffle, too. This is a very worthy cause!

Bleak leaks: Well, the past week has shown unequivocally how desperately the village’s water supply infrastructure needs updating with, initially, three-way traffic lights at the bottom of Battery Hill, and latterly a more sensible two way system, while there was water, water everywhere, while taps produced stuff fit to drink, provided you didn’t mind the sandy cloud too much. Another leak round the corner in Broadway underlined the problem. A new main is coming, ‘tis said. When? Happy Christmas to all our readers.

Lower Waites Lane: Unofficially twinned with Brands Hatch, and currently the home of qualifying trials for a White Van event. The course is tricky, but not too tricky if the drivers don’t have to consider the safety and well-being of serious walkers, dog walkers, dogs or residents. And, believe me, they don’t!

Waites Lane: Welcome, Fred Flintstone. You’ll feel right at home here in the Fairlight suburb of Bedrock, which is where much of the Waites Lane surface now resides, having got through various layers of black topping stuff, and much of the underlying concrete as well. Is that you down there, Wilma?

Keith Pollard

Brookfield, Broadway