Fairlight

Church Matters: Starting early on Sunday, there’s Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 8 am, followed fairly swiftly by Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, when Rector Richard will preach on ‘Women in the Ministry — part 2’. This is the follow-on from his Part 1 sermon in March.

There will be door to door visiting this Sunday, too, from 2 pm. With the help of volunteers from Through Faith Missions, a few members will be going out, each volunteer being partnered with an someone with experience of door to door work. If anyone would like to join in, meet at St Peter’s at 2 pm. There will be explanation, preparation and prayer first. Prayer supporters would be appreciated, too. Religious callers are not ‘cold callers’. Indeed, one might expect them to be especially warm.

MOPPs today and next week: Today, June 12, members will be entertained by Keith Osbourne with his Music for Health, and then they can enjoy gammon and parsley sauce, with apple pie to follow. Next Friday, June 19, there’s Maude’s Pilgrimage Talk, plus a visit from East Sussex Fire and Rescue, as well as the free toe-nail cutting service. After that little lot, they should all be ready for steak pie, and fruit flan for pud.

If you go down: to the Cove tonight, you’re sure of a pretty big surprise, because the entertainment is one East Edna, who promises to be singing and in yer face from 8 pm. The moon on Friday will be waning, but Edna may make it a little blue, too! A fun evening in store for the grown-ups, then.

The Tuesday Ladies Club: The June meeting was anticipating a visit from Judith Kinnison Bourke, but she has had to cancel due to health problems. So it’s once more into the breech for Chris McCooey, already a well-known and popular speaker in the village, who will be telling of ‘Kent and Sussex Scandals – Sensational, Salacious and Sad’. Chris has written no fewer than 11 books, with this talk the title of one of them. (A number of Chris’s talks are based on one or other of his books)This is all happening at 2.15 pm in the village next Tuesday, June 16. Visitors, including those of the male variety, will be very welcome, and the enjoyable experience will only cost £2.

Village Hall Summer Fair: Treasurer and Vice-Chairman Frank James reports that Saturday’s Summer Fair raised an excellent sum just south of £1,500 (whereas last summer the figure was just under £1,400). There didn’t appear to be a Black Hole crush at any time, but Frank said there had been a steady flow of people in and out over the whole three hours. Many usual regular faces and stalls were in evidence, and it was good to see Ann and Brian Bigwood dispensing the Pimms at the Wine and Social Club stall. The Residents Association’s display was out the back and up the steps, but it is becoming their established venue. One hopes that everyone who would appreciate and enjoy their efforts, principally by archivist Paul Draper, local historian Haydon Luke and prolific rent-a-camera Ken Hall, actually got to see everything in action.

Naysayers thwarted!: It’s odd that, almost as soon as Amber Rudd was re-elected, and then elevated to the Cabinet, doom-mongers were out in force saying ‘That’s it. We’ll never see her in the constituency now’. Not true! Amber was among those at our village hall last Saturday, though not staying too long, as there were other fairs and fetes awaiting her. And all this within a calendar month of her election. Thanks, Amber!

The Wine and Social Club’s Pétanque Evening: Possibly so-called from the sound one boule makes when it thumps another out of the way, for the umpteenth year running, the Fairlight Lodge Hotel was host to this popular sporting evening. It attracted some 50 members, of whom forty plus participated in the match play. After the mini-league opening and a ploughman’s supper, it was on to the knockout stages, when the players had two objectives – to try to win, and to avoid advanced hypothermia. At the end of the day, John and Julie Martin, and Marion Pollard and her husband, said he with false modesty, emerged the winners. Their crown will come under attack next June!

Up the Garden Path: is the title given to the Art and Flower Exhibition in celebration of the anniversary of Pett Methodist Church, coming up next weekend at the church. It will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 20, and from 1.30 to 5 pm on Sunday, June 21. Sunday’s showing will be preceded by Worship at 10.45 am, with Rev Cynthia Park, and at 5 pm the Village Choir will be singing. Songs of Praise will follow at 6 pm. For the exhibition, there will be paintings and photographs by local artists and photographers, beautiful flower arrangements, stalls, refreshments and Poets’ Corner at 3-30pm, a chance for people to share their favourite poems. It’s two years since the last such event, and will probably be another two years before the next, so, like Fairfest, this is settling in as a true biennial occurrence. Don’t miss it – it’s a fairly long wait if you do!

Bus hits tree: My note about double deckers seeming much wider than singles as they bear down on you appears to have some basis in fact. And the reason looks as if it may be caused by a preponderance of greenery and branches sticking out higher up than would bother the lower vehicles. Proof came with a double decker last weekend smashing a window when squeezed over a bit by an oncoming car. No one was injured in the incident, and though I may be wrong I think single deckers may have operated the service from then on that day.

Hearing problems?: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is always popular when visiting Fairlight. And though they’re not due here at the moment, their mobile unit will be visiting Pett on Monday, June 29, when they will be in the car park of Pett’s village hall from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. As you will already be aware, the bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss. So if you have a question or problem that just won’t wait, nip over to Pett, or ask a friend for a lift, and get everything resolved. If there is anything else you feel you need to know, give the Centre a call on 01323 722505.

That time of year once more: As, indeed, it has been for more than a month already. That’s the opening of the church tower each weekend and every Bank Holiday until the end of September, from 2 to 5 pm, with only weddings and inclement weather forcing a postponement. To this choice of days you can add Fridays during August. This year’s poster recommends you look at our Victorian church and its churchyard too, but the most alarming addition to the facilities on offer, like seeing France on a clear day, is that Wi-Fi is available. Surely that’s a bit like going to Niagara Falls for an hour and spending it checking your emails, Facebook and Twitter? Twitter indeed.

Did you miss the Summer Fair?: Like buses, there’s another one coming. It will be in the village hall from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, July 4, all in aid of the local, wholly admirable branch of the RSPCA, which is in no way funded by the heavy politicking lot up at the Society’s HQ. A later note will let you know if there is anything they would like you to donate to help raise money. Look out for the details.

Where’s you bin?: Out there for everyone to see. In our modest-sized village, one used to spot black, green or brown bins out on three weekdays out of every ten. ‘Improvements’ to the service mean you will now be able to see them on seven occasions each ten somewhere in the village. Does a sight for sore eyes mean it’s an eyesore? Thanks to FRA Trevor for trying to pursue this to a happier conclusion, and good luck!

Excellent service about the rubbish service: Last week’s whinge about the extended period between green bin collections for some in the village remained unanswered until I mentioned it to our District Councillor, Roger Bird, who dug and delved and came up with the solution post haste. Yes, if you have a surplus over and above your overflowing green bin, you can put out the extra, next to your bin, in cardboard boxes, or white or clear plastic bags. One stipulation only — don’t put the extra out in standard black bin bags. These are actually non-recyclable!

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