Keith Pollard

Brookfield, Broadway

In our churches this Sunday, March 16… there’s to be Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, led by the Rector, Richard Barron, and then, a little later, there’s Evening Prayer at St Peter’s at 4 pm, with Rev. Kay Burnett

Mothers? Where would we be without ‘em…? Well, not here, that’s for sure. And so we give you advance details of an extra service for Mothering Sunday at St Andrews at 10.30am on Sunday, March 30. The theme will be ‘Mighty Mums’, an informal Family Service to which all parents and grandparents are invited, and their offspring, too. The children will have the opportunity of making a gift of flowers to their mum and/or grandma. Incidentally, a more traditional Mothering Sunday Communion Service will be taking place at St Mary & St Peter Pett at 10.30am, and again it will feature the distribution of flowers to mums and grannies.

With Friends like these… you can hear some fascinating and illuminating talks, for the friends in question are those of the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, and it’s short notice now for this evening’s talk by esteemed local historian Haydon Luke. Fairlight’s incomparable location has attracted many artists and writers over the years and in this fascinating talk Haydon will introduce us to some of the best known. The venue is Hastings History House, Courthouse Street, Hastings Old Town and the talk, entitled ‘Artists and Writers at Fairlight’, will run from 7 to 9 pm. Guests pay £2 admission, while Members of the Friends attend free.

What, when and where…? It’s the Players’ Quiz and Supper tomorrow evening, Saturday, March 15, at 7 for 7.30 pm in the village hall, with questions by Linda (and answers checked by Steve) and a hot supper by Marion, with Theresa and Carol, and all for £8. There just could be a ticket or two if you suddenly realise you’d like to go, and really can’t face another Saturday night’s telly. Better give Carol, on 814178, a call pretty quick.

Don’t keep this under your hat… Margaret Pulfer, who is on 814866, would like to remind you that her Charity Hat Hire initiative is still there and, now the high winds and persistent rain have eased back, is likely to be of extra interest for the coming months. If you have an exotic date coming up, or something that is really a bit on the posh side, have a word with Margaret to see if she might have a suitable hat that you could hire for the occasion, rather than making a big splurge on an item you will probably wear just the once. The fee you pay will be saving you money – and will be fed back into the village to whichever club or organisation most needs help. Take advantage of this charming idea. Margaret’s number again is 814866.

I’ll speak up… to ensure that you at the back can hear that the East Sussex Hearing Resource will be bringing their smart converted bus to the village hall car park on Monday next, March 17, from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. Anyone in the village with questions about their hearing difficulties, or problems with their hearing aids, should give them a look. Their information and advice are all free. On their last visit to Fairlight they attracted far more interested souls than they had earlier in that day at another village in the locality. Professional, friendly attention, and all for nothing? See you there, then.

The Tuesday Ladies Club… is named for the day on which they meet, and they are, in fact, ladies on the other six days of the week, too. And they meet next week on March 18 at 2.15 pm in the village hall, when their speaker will be Clive Richardson will be telling tales of the often hilarious incidents he has encountered during his ‘25 years as a Tour Operator’. Non-members, including the male of the species, are very welcome, at £2 each, and tea and cakes are provided.

The Literary Society’s meeting… on Wednesday next, March 19 at 2.30 pm in the village hall, is the eleventh and final ‘regular’ session of their 2013-14 season, as April 9 is the date for their AGM and members’ tea. Next Wednesday’s talk is by Roger McKenna about ‘The Life and Works of Sue Ryder’, a remarkable lady whose astonishing achievements meant she eventually became a Baroness twice. As usual, non-members are welcome to attend for a fee of £2.

New players, please… Fairlight Tennis Club is on the lookout for new members, of any ability from novice to improver to county standard. The Club plays friendly matches on their attractive hard court at the bottom of Wood Field Recreation Ground, which is off Commanders Walk. Properly supervised youngsters are especially welcome.

Membership is open to anyone and costs only £30 per year, and £10 for juniors and anyone in full-time education. A guest can play alongside a member for £1, and you can do this three times before you will be expected to join. Apart from these guest fees, there are no court fees to pay.

To join the club, call Terry Jay on 812146, or drop in on a club morning on Sundays at about 11 am. It is probably best to phone first.

Sale over… Fairlight Playgroup and Nursery say a big thank you to everyone who supported their Jumble Sale on Saturday last. They were just about overwhelmed with items! Those thanks go to everyone who donated jumble, to everyone who helped with the hall and came to support the enterprise on the day. They made a whopping £1,000, more than 10% up on last year’s fantastic sale. The left-over jumble has been given to Emmaus, the local Hastings Homeless Charity, along with some items that are going to be donated to Demelza House Children’s Hospice Charity shop, which is based in Battle. The clothes, bags, teddies and shoes have all been bagged up, and these will be collected later on in April and the Playgroup/Nursery will be given money for the weight of the bags. In adding our congratulations to the organisers, it’s worth mentioning that, as predicted there was a lengthy queue waiting for the event to start, with more people in the queue than some fixtures attract all day. One hopeful soul, at 8.30 am and with an hour and a half to go before opening time, asked if they might be allowed in ‘early’! See you all next year!

At MOPPs this and next week… Today’s lunch is beef casserole, followed by Angel Delight & fruit, with entertainment from the ever-popular Keith Osbourne. Next Friday, March 21, the menu offers roast pork, with gateau for afters, and someone will be along from the RSPCA at Mallydams to give a talk.

There’s interesting admin news from MOPPs, too. Their new co-ordinator, Robert Pasterfield, will formally pick up the reins in April, and when that happens we’ll let you know all about him. In the meantime his phone number is 07860 414277, and his email rpasterfield@aol.com. There are still some vacancies for those who would appreciate the companionship, camaraderie – and the food and fun that are all to be had at low cost every Friday. Transport can be arranged if you would find it difficult to get to the village hall. You’ve got the number to ring…!

Perhaps it’s the weather… plus the effect it has had on people’s health and overall feelings of being downcast, but a number of high profile events in the village in recent months seem to have found it difficult to attract their ‘usual’ quota of participants. Look outside. Quite possibly, the sun will still be shining, you can’t walk the verges without tramping on daffodils, you can come out of the Post Office and admire the (rather few) snowdrops the squirrels have left after the Parish Council planted 700 of them. Cheer up – very soon you’ll need to be polishing those old stand-by phrases ‘the gardens could do with some rain’ and ‘what’s the date for the start of the hosepipe ban?’