Church Matters: The worship in the village this Sunday, October 23 will be a 10.30 am service of Morning Praise at St Andrew’s, featuring the fourth chapter of the story of Jonah – from praise to prison. There will be no Sunday Live service, as this series has been discontinued for the foreseeable future, and until further notice.
Grand Auction: You’ll remember reading about the Church’s Grand Auction, which was held at the Coastguard Tearoom on October 2. The evening was a great success, raising the truly splendid sum of £2,176 in support of the fabric of St Andrew’s, and the church extends its thanks to Zoe Prior for allowing the use of her premises, to Pete and Yvonne Jennings for organising the evening, and to all those who attended and helped to produce such a great income and outcome.
Christian Aid Autumn Fair: Church thanks are also due to all those who helped and supported the Christian Aid Autumn Fair held in the village hall last Saturday. Although the attendance was not as fulsome as the organisers would have liked, there were some very generous donations which led to the grand net sum of £476.16 being raised. When this is added to the proceeds of the house to house collection around Fairlight last May, it means that the St Andrew’s group has sent Christian Aid a total of £1,719.92 during 2016. This wonderful result will certainly help make a difference to all friends in desperate need overseas.
Today at MOPPs, and next week, too: Today, Friday, October 21, there’s plenty for the members to see, with items from Bonmarché’s Autumn and Winter Collection, and also Sandra Stunt’s Greetings Cards, including all those you’ll love to send for Christmas! Lunch today will be chicken chasseur, with fruit jelly to follow. Next Friday, October 28, MOPPs will be celebrating Halloween – and their eighth Birthday Party, with singer Carol George adding to the treats, but not the tricks. Next week is also the time for the free in-house hearing aid maintenance, access to which is available to non-MOPPs members. Lunch, which is not available to those who nip in for their hearing aids to be done, will consist of sausage, sage and onion pie, with tiramisu for afters.
Fairfest table-top sale: Tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, Fairfest are in action in the village hall from 10 am until 1pm, with their table-top sale intended as a fund-raiser for 2018’s Fairfest proper. You won’t want to be hiring a table this late in the proceedings, but you can certainly go along and pick up – bargains, Christmas gifts, all sorts of things.
The train arriving shortly: Newly designed tickets for the Players’ autumn production of Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train are on sale at the newly designed Post Office already. The train will run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 November, at 7.30 pm each evening and with a 2.30 pm matinee on the Saturday, always provided the guards are not on strike. Ticket prices seem to be stuck at a welcome £6 each, which is more than you can say for the real rail.
How was it for you?: The Residents Association Quiz Night, of course. What were you thinking of? Some 55 people participated in the quiz at the village hall last Saturday in what was a very successful evening. Alan Grant asked the questions – by no means for the first time, and Mary Stewart and her daughter Heather provided the delicious food. Chairman Trevor Lewing reported that everyone had a good time, and that was surely the point of the exercise. Roll on the next time!
The Club: Formerly Activate and now known as The Club, Fairlight’s Youth club facility will be raising some funds with a Race Night at the village hall on Friday, November 4 at 7.30 pm. It will
cost you £5 to get in and to have your ploughman’s supper but, wiv a little bit o’ luck, your flutters on the races could get you an evening out absolutely free if all your nags stir themselves. Contact Wendy on 812297 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure of your tickets.
Floral Club: The Club has a demonstration planned for this month (and next month, too, by the way) and it will be given by Patricia Ellis, commencing at 2.15 pm on Thursday, October 27, the day of the hall’s re-opening after the three days of closure (see below). Patricia has not disclosed her subject title as yet.
The Village Hall: The hall will be closed to all comers, for whatever reason they want to be in there, on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October, being the first three days of next week. Even if what you would normally go to is as regular as clockwork, it will not happen on those three days. And that includes October’s Parish Council meeting.
The Parish Council meeting: As it says immediately above, October’s meeting cannot take place on the expected date, Tuesday 25, because of the village hall closure, and it has therefore been postponed, but only until the following Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm. This means, of course, that November will be adrenalin-packed with an abundance of high tensioned sagacity and absorbing cut and thrust debating, as it is rare that a calendar month is host to two council meetings. Do enjoy the two offerings, but do also ensure you have a warm, darkened room to which you can retire to sip your hot sweet tea to recuperate when it’s all over.
Speakers Corner: There were fewer in the audience than might have been expected for the first talk of the new season, in which historian Rupert Matthews told of the Wreck of the Titanic. The sinking of the Titanic was really an accumulation of bad luck events rather than errors or faults. Contrary to popular belief there as many lifeboats as the Board of Trade specified for a vessel of such size to be sailing in a tight shipping lane and other ships could easily come to the aid of each other. The man in the Crows Nest could not see the iceberg as it had turned turtle and the underside was crystal clear, the rudder of the ship was of a poor design as it had not been built to take into account the weight of the ship only the length, passengers were not able to move from deck to deck because the doors were marked for engineers only whereas in reality they were there for the crew to move from floor to floor, the passengers in third class had no idea where the lifeboats were, there was a miners strike at the time of the Titanic sailing but they had been supplied with Welsh steamer coal, but the shortage affected other shipping, radio contact was very limited at that time and one ship that was close by was Russian and nobody aboard spoke any English. Their Captain however ordered his chef to make 110 gallons of soup for the survivors but in the event this wasn’t used due to the language barrier. Mr. Matthews finished his fascinating talk by saying that 89 of the unlucky people without lifeboats survived after the ship went down mainly by clinging to tables and deckchairs thrown to them by the gallant crew.
The next meeting of Speakers Corner will be on Wednesday, November 9 at 2.30 pm, when the speaker will be Wilf Lower talking about the Last Days of the Music Hall. It only costs £9 for the whole season of talks but visitors are very welcome at each single talk for £2 a time. Speakers Corner does not live up to its name as soap boxes and rants are not part of the entertainment, but can simply enjoy some excellent speakers!
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal: Did you read last week’s note about door-to-door collectors being required for this year’s Poppy Appeal, which lasts for a fortnight, beginning tomorrow Saturday, October 29? Local Poppy Appeals Organiser John Pulfer may still be in need of a few couples to complete the manning, and womanning, of the areas he must cover. Don’t let John be let down – give him a call on 814866. Obviously, you won’t be needed full time for the fortnight, and John can explain exactly what is required of you. This is a really deserving cause, as you are well aware.
Sight lines: During the Open Forum of the last Parish Council meeting, resident Keith Jellicoe raised a very interesting couple of points concerning visibility on our roads. First is the view up Battery Hill from the Post Office. Just up the hill, the road bends slightly right, and exactly on the point of this bend the vegetation is growing right up to the edge of the kerb. Traffic still comes screaming along from Pett Level Road, past the inevitable several vehicles legally parked at the Post Office (and thus narrowing the road), and anyone coming down the hill has no idea of what is coming up towards them until it is too late. An accident, and quite possibly a serious one, is likely to happen here soon. And all for the sake of a bit of good housekeeping.
Similar invisibility occurs when you try to turn right into Martineau Lane, with the visual obstruction being ahead on your left. These comments were made three and a half weeks ago, but nothing has happened to correct the problems. I seem to remember that Mr Jellicoe has raised exactly the same points more than once at Open Forums, or even Fora, in earlier years.
It may be a cynical belief, but I have often thought that a grisly fatality is needed before the powers that be nod wisely and actually do something to redress an ignored and heinous wrong.
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