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In our churches this Sunday, Advent Sunday… devoted, no doubt, in this 21st century to the patron saint of chocolate filled calendars, there’s to be a service of Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am – note, it’s not the All Age service you might have been expecting. A little later on, at 4 pm at St Peter’s, there’s an Informal Communion service.

At Pett Methodist Chapel… again, on the Advent Sunday, they’re having a Taizé Service at 6 pm, and you are invited to get there at 5 pm to learn some of the chants and share tea before the service begins. And probably find out what Taizé is all about, should you, by chance, not know.

At MOPPs today … You can enjoy ham, egg and chips, followed by sticky toffee pudding, and a fascinating talk entitled ‘Westminster Walkabout’ with Michael Hoad. And next Friday, December 6, the food will be lamb hotpot, with Angel Delight and fruit to follow, while Hi Kent, a charity ministering to the needs of the hard of hearing, will be in attendance from 10 am to 1 pm. If you have especial hearing needs, you do not need to be a MOPPs member to take advantage of their presence in the village.

Fairfest will entertain you tomorrow… with their Barn Dance in the village hall from 7.30 until 11 pm, a right treat for a cold evening, dancing to the ‘Flat Cat’ Barn Dance Band. You’ll be fed, too, with a choice of a cheese or pâté platter. And all for a mere £7.50. You’d better call Jennifer Annetts a.s.a.p. ‘cos time is getting short. She’s on 812476. The last Barn Dance I went to was great fun, and my muscles have mostly recovered. If you’re going and plan to have a little sit-out from time to time, you can have a discussion vis-à-vis the do-si-do, which is mainly square, rather than barn dance.

The final cut… for the Gardening Club comes on Monday next, December 2, when their last talk of the year will be the ever-popular Colin Page with ‘Early One Morning’. It’s in the village hall at 2.30 pm. If you miss this, you’ll be getting withdrawal symptoms well before the next one, for there’s nothing in January, and the February meeting will be the AGM and Social. For all you garden aficionados, Harborough Nurseries are hosting Christmas Markets on Sundays, December 8 and 15 in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. They promise lots of stalls with local produce and craft – and lots of Christmas ideas, too.

The appeal of Poppy Day… is always considerable, and the house to house collection involving us in the village encompasses not only Fairlight, but also Pett, Icklesham, Three Oaks, and Guestling who between them contributed the excellent total of £4,166.78. We pass on the thanks of the Royal British Legion to all who supported this appeal, and in particular to those willing souls who actually undertook the collecting and assisted in the final administration over a couple of days. The weather was not always as good as it might have been for collecting, so added thanks and loaned sou’westers are due. This year the appeals organiser John Pulfer was short of house to house collectors; the work they do is invaluable, and any residents who might wish to help with next year’s appeal are invited to contact John on 814866 to register their interest. Practical help is always highly appreciated and of true and tangible worth to the charity.

A week tomorrow… it’s the Village Hall Winter Fair, a major social event in the village, judging by the countless worthy residents who will undoubtedly find their way there next Saturday, December 7. Kick off is at 12 noon, and the fun and the chances to win not only this or that, but certainly the other will last until 3 pm. You know what you’re going to find there – hot food from the moment the fair begins, mulled wine (better walk, then) the booze box, the tombola, the raffles, guess the weight of something, guess the name of something else, see father Christmas and have a laugh with your friends while you’re doing all of this. The village hall is a vital part of our village life. Inject a little dough into it and reap the reward in a multitude of entertaining opportunities.

The Players prepare… but not quite yet. Their Spring offering is to be ‘Holiday Snap’, by Michael Pertwee and John Chapman, but the auditions are not on the dates already published, but a week earlier, with the read-through on Monday, January 13 and the auditions on Thursday, January 16, both at 7.30 pm in the village hall. Keith Pollard (who he?) is the director. The play will run from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 April, 2014

Last Saturday… saw the village hall all a-buzz with those trusty souls who were keen to support the local branch of the RSPCA at their annual Fayre. The RSPCA’s well known ‘lady in the village’, Ann Craske, tells me the event raised a staggering and thoroughly deserved £790 – and there are still a couple of promised cheques to come. Ann has re-homed some 2,000 animals over the years, so it’s no surprise that she is so popular and well known. Late cheques in support of this active and highly useful local group can, in fact, still be sent to her at Brigadoon, 12 Lower Waites Lane.

Drive time… tonight, at 6.45 for 7 pm in the village hall, it’s the latest in the Bowls Club’s fortnightly series of Whist Drives. If you like to keep your hand in, get along and join them.

Just off our patch… but featuring a couple of people who have enriched our lives in Fairlight. Ann Rachlin will be in Winchelsea Church on December 8 at 6.30 pm with her unique presentation on Irving Berlin’s 101 year life and superb music in ‘Say It With Music’. Also well known and loved in our village is Iain Kerr, who has arranged the music for the presentation, and will be Musical Director for the evening, while also features the Pegasus Choir from London. Tickets for the show are £10 each, available from Winchelsea Post Office. If getting to Winchelsea merely to book could be difficult for you, simply call Iain Kerr on 814477 – he will make the booking on your behalf.

Knit and Natter… will be knitting and nattering on Wednesday next, December 4 at Betty Snow’s – Kingsdown, Channel Way - from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. What goes on there? Why not give Betty a call on 812694 or Lynette Forward on 813417 to get the full low down on this friendly, informal group’s raison d’être. This is their last get-together of the year, but normal service will be resumed on Wednesday, January 15.

Also on Wednesday next, December 4… the Literary Society is in the village hall with a talk by Richard Filmer entitled Bricks and Brickwork. That’ll be an interesting afternoon.

Flicks in the Village…meets on Thursday next, December 5 with ‘Behind the Candelabra’, starring an acclaimed Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his young friend Scott Thorson. This is a film that has attracted excellent reviews, and it could well be a good time for you to become a camp follower. It’s at Pett village hall at 7 for 7.30 pm. Give it a look – you’re sure to enjoy it.