Pews’ News: This Sunday, November 30, sees Informal Family Advent Worship at St Andrew’s, starting at 10.30 am.

MOPPs: At MOPPs today, there’s to be music and tombola to entertain you, with a lunch of chicken curry or chicken chasseur followed by trifle. Next Friday, December 5 there’ll be a visit from the ever-popular Keith Osbourne, and then a tempting ham, egg and chip meal, topped off with apple pie. Have you still not joined the happy throng? Just search for Mopps Fairlight and have a look over their comprehensive website. Contact details for Co-ordinator Robert Pasterfield are all in there, too.

Fayre’s fair: The Sussex East and Hastings branch of the RSPCA, which does such sterling work in the locality will be holding its annual Christmas Fayre in the village hall tomorrow, Saturday, November 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. There’ll be lots of attractive stalls, including scrumptious cakes tombola, pets, toys, a bargain basement, interesting treasures and a raffle. I can confidently predict the presence of clairvoyant Jenny Croft once again, though I am lacking in her abilities. Entrance will cost you 50p, which get you in and a cup of tea or coffee, plus biscuits. Countless people encountered while we’re walking our two dogs, one of which is re-homed from the RSPCA, have similar tales of a happy doggie introduction. Do give this event your support.

Village Hall Winter Fair: This is always a winner for both the hall and the residents, and it’ll be with us a week tomorrow from 12 noon until 3 pm. Lunches, mulled wine and a great mix of good stalls and games of chance attract all the movers and shakers in the village, and possibly a few chancers keen to win the tombola or the Booze Box at very good odds. Can’t manage a lunch – have a nice cuppa and a piece of cake. Your participation will be fun for you, excellent for the upkeep of the hall, and kind on the pockets of the clubs you belong to, with hire charges held at reasonable and sensible levels. See you there, then?

Parish Council Grants: The Fairlight Parish Council has a modest budget for grants, currently £5,500 per year, and they are currently working on the budget for 2015 to 2016. It would be helpful to hear from any organisation wishing to apply for funds next year. Important points to remember are that there is a need to show that a benefit will ensue to local residents, or group of residents, that accounts have to be made available and that the club or organisation is not-for-profit. Applications have to be considered by the full Council, but it would be appreciated if you were to contact Cllr Charles Mendelson if you would like to explain your organisation’s needs and why a grant is merited. Cllr Mendeleson can be contacted at c.mendelson142@btinternet.com or by phone on 814722, or by letter to Beechwood, Shepherds Way, Fairlight, TN35 4BB. The Council can give grants to individuals, and they should make contact to see if their request falls within the guidelines. There is an eight-point checklist which applicants should consult to ensure compliance. Currently, the Parish Council awards grants in support of the Village Hall, the maintenance of St Andrew’s graveyard, the Activate Youth Club, MOPPs, (the older persons Friday day centre) and others.

Post Office and Shop: About 100 residents went along to the Saturday drop-in session nearly a fortnight ago. The planning group were delighted to see that residents were genuinely interested in and enthused about the community enterprise approach proposed for the local Post Office and Shop. The group’s survey campaign had received 180 completed forms against their target of 200. They attracted more than 40 people who declared themselves interested in volunteering, and pledges of donations, in principle, totalling £3,500 should the shop project go ahead. It is fascinating to learn that, out of 10 people, 9 use the shop for Post Office services, 8 for newspapers, 7 for bread, milk and pies, and 6 for cards and stationery. Out of 169 people, 168 wanted the facilities to remain where they are, but one didn’t! The planning group has secured a specialist adviser from the Plunkett Foundation to advise on community shops and legal structures, and the business planning process is well underway. There is obviously still time if you would like to volunteer, or to pledge donations to the cause. Just contact Heather Black either at heather@economicchange.co.uk, or on her mobile at 07795 646 646.

The Market Garden site: Though a goodly number of the public made it to the Parish Council Planning meeting on the Tuesday of last week, you may have missed it. However, you can see the proposals and comment on the plans by going to the Rother website www.rother.gov.uk and following these links: Planning and Building Control – online applications, decisions and appeals – terms and condition ( click on accept ) – search planning applications and entering reference RR/2014/1868/P, or you can write to The Planning Department, Rother District Council, The Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JX. Should you bother with Rother? Very definitely – they tend to take more cognisance of individual comments than they do of multi-signature petitions, because such comments are personal and the sender has taken the trouble to communicate his or her concerns directly. The time remaining for such submissions is now short, so please let them have what you feel about this application as soon as you can.

Floral Club Christmas Bonanza: The Floral Club’s Bonanza, (which is defined as a large amount of something desirable), was right on the button last Saturday, with many folk weaving their way through the 30 tables of goodies on offer, or partaking of an excellent lunch or some terrific cakes. A good time certainly seems to have been had by all.

Fairfest Barn Dance: Tomorrow, Saturday, November 29, it’s Fairfest’s Barn Dance at 7.30 pm in the village hall, with Flat Cat, that special local band, here once again. The Post Office has the tickets, which are £7.50 each, as does Jennifer Annetts on 812476. You’ll be able to shake a leg or two and enjoy a cheese or pate ploughman’s, as well as visiting the bar.

Bowls Club Whist Drive: The latest in the winter series of Bowls Club whist drives is tonight, Friday, November 28 at 6.30 for 7 pm in the village hall. The last drive was very well attended, and it is to be expected that this evening’s meet will be just as popular. Get there early!

Speakers Corner: On Wednesday next, December 3, the former Literary Society’s guest speaker will be Edward Preston. He will be telling of the Mysteries of the City of London, starting in the village hall at 2.30 pm. Non-members are welcome for a £2 fee. If you’d like to know more, please call either 814037 or 812563.

The Gardening Club: has its monthly meeting next Monday in the village hall at 2.30 pm. Colin Paige of Harborough Nurseries will be talking about ‘A Plantsman’s Paradise’. Colin always has goods for sale, and he is an old friend of the club who always gives an interesting illustrated talk.

Keith Pollard

Brookfield, Broadway