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Church Matters: There’s just the one service in the Parish this Sunday, and it’s Morning Praise at 10.30 am at St Andrew’s, when the guest speaker will be Martin West.

At MOPPs: Today, Friday, June 24, Matthew Clements, from Sussex Police, will be along with a film and talk about ‘Scams, Nuisance Calls, Doorstep Sellers and more’. The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre bus will also be on hand today, as is now customary on the last Friday of alternate months, bringing with it free hearing aid maintenance for those with NHS aids. Today’s lunch is cottage pie with gateau for afters.

Next Friday, July 1, sees popular favourite and regular visitor Celia King with her chair-based exercises, and there will be a star prize for the raffle, too. Lunch will be ham salad and cheesy mash, and then fruit meringue.

Don’t forget that this Sunday, June 26, you could be having a MOPPs style Cream Tea together with entertainment featuring MOPP’s chairman Jim Saphin, as well as fellow vocalists Sharon Sellens and Carol George. And all this for a humble £5! Tea in the village hall starting at 3 pm, then. Tickets from the Post Office as usual.

Fairlight Bowls Club: Tomorrow, Saturday June 25, is the Bowls Club open day from 11 am until 3 pm, when the club will welcome all villagers and friends with tea and coffee served throughout the day and many fun games on offer. There will be a raffle, bingo, higher or lower card game, a homemade cake stall and much more. A reasonably priced light lunch is on offer, with such choices as a jacket potato with filling, hot dogs, burgers, hot soup or bacon rolls.

If the weather agrees, the green will be open for some fun bowling, with tuition anyone who would like to try their hand. The Club will be welcoming new members as they join. PS will email you The Club’s well publicised Charity Day follows just eight days later on July 3rd – and all details will appear in next week’s Voice.

Fairlight Players: Members are reminded that it is the Players’ AGM tomorrow in the village hall, and there will be food and a quiz to follow the business end of the evening.

The Fairlight Open Gardens Event: The recent 16 Open Gardens event was an acknowledged success, and the books have now closed with the total standing at £4,325. A cheque for this amount will be presented to the Fairlight Preservation Trust as soon as possible, swelling the reserve kitty in readiness for any expenses that may appear in the coming months.

Fairlight Gardening Club: Last summer’s two evening meetings were much appreciated by those members who find themselves working on Monday afternoons, which is why Stephen Harmer’s talk on the history of Sissinghurst Castle and gardens will take place at 7 pm on Monday, July 4.

Quiz Night at The Cove: The latest in Bob and Dec’s popular quiz series at the Cove will be on Wednesday, July 6, at 8 pm, and this time it’s a Movie Quiz. It’ll cost you £2 a head to enter, and there should be no more than six in your team. Bob’s got all the details – and his number is 812128.

The Wine and Social Club: A reminder that the Club meeting on Monday, July 11 from 7 to 11 pm, will be the themed evening ‘Turkish Delights’. Members should ensure that Jill Lewing, on 812340, knows they will be going and should have paid their £8 per head; they will know they should take along drinks and glasses. Food will, of course, be provided.

Advance notice: Off our immediate patch – but not by much – is the forthcoming ‘Cantabile, Songs for a Summer Evening’ Concert at St. Laurence Church, Guestling at 7 pm on Saturday, July 16. The concert will be hosted by Molly Townson, and will feature Suzan Ozkan, soprano, and Enid Graham, accompanist. Tickets are £12, which includes refreshments with strawberries and cream, and can be obtained from Gill Perry, on 814578, or Molly Townson, on 812520.

Guestling Church Choir will be performing fresh from being awarded the cup for first prize in the Church Choir section at the recent prestigious Hastings Music Festival. All proceeds go to the St. Laurence Church Restoration Fund.

Fairfest is on its way: Only five weeks now until Sunday, July 31, when the latest iteration of our very own Fairlight Music and Arts Festival will be dispensing pleasure to all and sundry from 12 noon until 10 pm.

Before we get there, Jennifer Annetts and the Fairfest Committee are seeking commitment for a bit of help on Festival Day. Could you be a parking steward for an hour or so, or run a game stall for a period of time? If you could, please contact Jennifer on 812476, or by email to jenniferannetts@gmail.com

This time round there will be a giant marquee with the bar at one end and all the entertainment and live music safely under cover, just in case the sun doesn’t shine all day. (Remember last summer’s Mini-Fest, sunk without trace by some of the most relentless rain Fairlight has seen?)

No fewer than 250 sausages and 250 burgers have been ordered and the BBQ team have begun an intensive fitness training course to ensure they don’t flag over a hot griddle.

Also slightly different this time will be the routine for any children who would like to enter the fancy dress competition, or join in the Grand Opening Parade. The amazing community band Sambalanco will be leading the procession to Wood Field Recreation Ground, and the Cove have kindly allowed the organisers to commence the proceedings at 11.30 am at their pub. Children looking for a shorter route will be welcome to join in from the Circle.

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