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Church Matters: There’s a service of All Age Worship at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, and also Holy Communion down at St Peter’s at 6 pm, both on this Sunday, May 3.

Prior to that, you may be interested in ‘Anything Goes!’ featuring the joint Salvation Army bands and choirs from Goes (in the Netherlands) and our own Hastings Temple tomorrow, Saturday, May 2 at 7 pm at the Salvation Army Hall, 418 Old London Road, Ore. You can get more information by calling 443022.

The church invites you to ‘Exploring the Christian Faith’, starting on Wednesday, May 6 from 7.30 pm at St Peter’s. Up for discussion will be such topics as the Trinity, why we have a Church, under-standing the Bible and much more. If you’d like to learn more about this, please call either the Rector, Richard, on 812799, or Marcia on 812427.

Don’t forget that it’s Christian Aid Week from May 10 to 16, and help is needed, so that as many roads as possible can be covered for the house-to-house collection in Fairlight. Please contact Val Relfe on 272012 if you are able to volunteer. The week commences tomorrow week on Saturday, May 9 with the Spring Fair, in the village hall from 10 am to 12 noon. Donations of bric-a-brac (but no electrical or large items!) and items for the tombola would be most welcome. If you have any other items, please let Val know so that collection can be arranged.

Later that day, at the Fairlight Lodge Hotel, there’s the Auction of Promises, starting at 7 pm. There is a bar, and refreshments will be served during the interval. Some 70 Promises have already been pledged. The contact for this event is Pete Jennings on 752838.

Coming up is a Men’s Breakfast at St Peter’s, on Saturday, May 16, 9 for 9.15 am. The after-breakfast speaker will be Andrew Thomas.

Don’t forget that next Wednesday is Messy Church afternoon in the village hall, all at the usual time. There will be more messy sessions on each of the first Mondays in June and July, with a probable break in August.

At MOPPs: Today, Friday, May 1, you will be entertained by Keith Osbourne’s Music for Health, and can then enjoy a lunch of chicken chasseur, followed by gateau. MOPPs today also welcomes some special guests from Five Villages House in Icklesham.

Next Friday, May 8, MOPPs commemorates the 70th Anniversary of VE Day with ‘The Land Army Girls’ who tell stories of the war and sing WW2 songs. The food next week will be chilli con carne or cottage pie followed by rice pudding with fruit. Please note that everything served is off the points next week!

The Players Season: ended on a high note last Saturday, with the hall packed to the gunwales, whatever they may be. Everybody who saw the production of ‘The Cat and the Canary’ appears to have enjoyed it, though it must be said that the first three shows were not as well attended as the company usually expects. It was a bit weird to see so many people all jumping in thir seats simultaneously! A drive for new members to act, help out back stage and just to be a member of the Players’ audience is called for! The cast of ten last week included three relative newcomers, all of whom are developing well on stage. The Players’ sets are always of high quality, especially given the minuscule stage area, but here Trevor Lewing, and the crew, executed Keith Pollard’s design metic… matic… very carefully to produce two disparate rooms with secret cubby holes, sliding panels, a portrait whose eyes moved and a stopped clock made to work perfectly again, creating virtually another character for the piece.

On the jam-packed Saturday evening, the proceeds of the raffle and a bucket collection were dedicated to Stage Three of the Cliff Preservation Scheme, and this raised an excellent £250.

The group’s AGM, which was to have been on the second Saturday in June, has been moved back until Saturday, June 27. Free entertainment and a free supper always make this event more attractive than you might expect. Diary a note, then, and please make sure you return your acceptance slip as soon as you receive it.

The Tuesday Ladies Club: had a sparkling meeting on the Tuesday of last week, with Pat Bryer giving a thoroughly enjoyable and outstanding impersonation of Joyce Grenfell, entitled ‘Choice Joyce’. Not only had Pat caught the Grenfell hairstyle, but her looks, too! She had a very clever selection of small wardrobe changes which were enough to get into each of the characters for which Joyce was so famous. There were various tales from the Nursery, Lumpy Latimer at the reunion and the rabbit raffle and best of all the free activity period at the nursery including of course, “George, don’t do that”.

The May meeting, on Tuesday 19, will feature Heather Goodsell talking about ‘Hedge and Herb’. As usual, the meeting will starts at 2.15 pm at the village hall and visitors are very welcome for the small fee of £2, which includes tea and cakes.

Put on your Dancing Shoes: As Cliff Richard was keen to tell us, all of 53 years ago. So get on down to the village hall this evening from 7.30 pm, for a very special night out with the much-loved band, the Kytes. A buffet, bar and raffle accompany the dance itself and it’s all yours for £8.50. It may be a bit late, but check it out with Jennifer Annetts on 812476. It’s all in aid of the Cliff Preservation Scheme, that worthiest of Fairlight causes.

Have you booked your place on the trip to Canterbury?: Fairlight’s Evening of Music in Canterbury Cathedral is on Friday, June 12, with the coach leaving at 6 pm, and arriving back about 10.30 pm. It should cost about £10, depending on the numbers to fill the coach. There’ll be popular classic pieces on the organ, and you’ll be able to listen to, or join in with, the singing of the church choirs. Get your call in to Fairlight Church Organist Patrick Cox Smith on 812560 as soon as you can.

The Village Hall AGM: took place on Monday of this week. In a phrase you’ll hear a lot of next week – No change. The Officers and Committee were re-elected en bloc, which is hardly surprising when you consider all the good works and improvements they have tackled this year. Hiring charges remain the same for yet another year, and we can all look forward to another bumper Summer Fair, which arrives on Saturday, June 6. Try the games, tombola, raffles and booze box, but don’t forget the Church Ladies with their sumptuous cakes, and the Tuesday Ladies with their excellent lunches. (But no jacket potatoes this time round, because of the heat. I expect they’ll be back for the Christmas Fair!)

The John Lutman Award: It’s that time of the year once again, when the Parish Council considers who in the village most deserves to become the latest recipient of the John Lutman Award, and annual grant to whomsoever has given the highest added value Community service to the village in the past twelve months. Fairlight Parish Council established an annual award, ‘The John Lutman Community Service Award’, in memory of John Lutman’s 30 years service to our community as District and Parish Councillor. There have been five recipients since 2009. Fairlight residents are invited to nominate individuals for this award on forms provided at the Post Office or by e-mail to andrewmier@aol.com The closing date for nominations is Monday, May 18.

The Award will be presented at the Fairlight Parish Assembly on Tuesday, 26 May starting at 6.00 pm. The winner will receive a cheque for £150 for a charity or organisation of their choice. Please note that Parish Councillors are ineligible for nomination!

Wheel meet again: Tracy, Ken and Wendy, Members of Activate Youth Club, completed the ‘On Yer Bike’ Castle Challenge, mentioned last week, doing the 25 miles from Hastings to Pevensey Castle and back! They’d like to thank all those who sponsored them. All proceeds will be divided between St Michael’s Hospice and the R.N.L.I.

What’s going on, then?: Next Thursday a goodly number of goodly, if not actually godly, people are expected to patronise the village hall for an exciting (!) all-day event. Yes, from 7 am to 10 pm, marginally longer than some meetings in the hall. Yes, it’s the General Election. With quaint British logic you will carefully select who you wish to represent you, and then put a cross, not a tick, against his or her name! Whatever! Just do it. Elections are always important, but this one could be the most vitally important for the future of our nation for quite some time.