Church Matters: There is just the one service in the Parish this Sunday, at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am, when it will be the Baptism of Maisie and Edward Nevey, incorporated into Morning Praise.

Today at MOPPs: Sally Watson and friends will be giving a talk about Hearing Dogs. There is also a visit by the hearing-aid maintenance team, whose service is free. Lunch today is cold meat with a jacket potato, with lemon meringue pie to follow. You can also look forward to next week, Friday, September 4, when Keith Osbourne will be along with his Music for Health, and lunch will be roast beef and then pavlova.

Everyone’s Pett project: That’s the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, which is holding this year’s Open Day this Sunday, August 30, all at their HQ behind the Smuggler Pub. The Open Day opening will be formally conducted by the Mayor of Winchelsea at 12 noon, and among many attractions there is a Sea Display at 1 pm and a fun Dog Show at 2 pm. The raffle will be drawn at 3.30 pm, which allows you plenty of time earlier to procure your tickets, and the event will come to an end at 4 pm. During the afternoon, you will be able to see Magic Mike, an expert in close-up magic, and to see and hear the Rye Ukulele Experiment strumming away. There’ll be a barbeque and loads of stalls. This fun event is well worth your support, as is the Rescue Boat itself, currently seeking newcomer volunteers who would like to become part of the crew or the team. Do tell them of your interest while you’re waiting for your hot dogs!

One little word out of place: Last week, I promised you that the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre mobile bus would be in the village hall car park next Thursday, September 3 between 1.30 and 3.30 pm, but omitted ‘week’ after ‘Thursday’ so the entry became a nonsense. It will certainly be here next Thursday, now, and the date is now correct, too, and this visit will probably be just as well attended as their appearances in Fairlight usually are. Hearing help just when you need it!

Flicks in the Village: It’s the last call for Pett’s excellent Flicks in the Village, coming to an untimely end with the showing next Thursday, September 3, of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, at Pett Village Hall at 7 for 7.30 pm. Try to get along if you can, and see what you’ll have to be missing from now on. Congratulations, and commiserations, to those who have worked so hard for Flicks over the years.

Players’ read-through and auditions: The read-through for the Players’ November production took place last Monday. In a peculiar twist of circumstance, the event took place on one of those very rare days when the village hall was closed, and so it was held in St Peter’s, which was a singularly appropriate translocation as they were reading The Vicar of Dibley! The evening attracted a goodly crowd of 20 souls, and generated gales of laughter to more than match the unpleasant weather outside. The auditions were held last night, and we hope next week to let you know who will be in the show, which will run in November from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14.

Open Gardens: As mentioned previously, there’s a plan afoot for an Open Gardens weekend on June 11 and 12, 2016, to raise money for the Preservation Trust to help the funding of Stage III of the Save the Cliff project. The garden weekend is still almost ten months away, but it is getting attention now as the organisers put together their plans including, of course, the details of whose gardens will be on show. To this end, they are having an informal get-together at Deforel, in Sea Road. There will be tea, coffee and a chat on offer on Sunday, September 6 at 10.30 am, and Roz would appreciate knowing who will be coming. You can either call her on 0771 885 8517, or email her at roz@mrzen.co.uk. If you’ve shown your garden before, be it once or twice, or have never shown it at all, it doesn’t matter. Many people are very interested in the gardens of others, which can be ascribed to a natural nosiness we all possess! Let ‘em all come, and save the cliffs!

Tuesday Ladies Club Summer Lunch: The Tuesday Ladies Club annual Summer Lunch was held on an distinctly unsummery day, quite chilly and cloudy. Nevertheless, the members enjoyed a delicious lunch, which was followed by the monologues of Fairlight’s own Bill Sapsford, together with some from Club Leader Val King.

Next month’s meeting will feature Chris McCooey, with his talk about Notorious Sussex Women. This will be in the village hall on Tuesday, September 15 starting at 2.15 pm. All visitors, including the menfolk, will be made very welcome on payment of a very small fee.

Macmillan Coffee Morning: These renowned Coffee Mornings began with a small local affair 25 years ago, and idea first went nationwide the following year, in 1991. Since then, the Cancer Support group has repeatedly had the world’s biggest simultaneous Coffee Mornings, though it has also branched out into pub quizzes and other events, and has been presented on more than a single day, which gives people the opportunity of attending more than just the one event. Indeed, following the ‘many a mickle makes a muckle’ theory, 24 years have seen them raise 75 million pounds. After two years of Fairlight Macmillan mornings, which have raised well over £2,000, the organising team are now gearing up for their third ‘morning’ which will be held in the village hall on Saturday, September 19 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm. As well as stalls and refreshments, the Art Club are joining in by exhibiting some of their art work, and it is hoped you will come along and help to add to this year’s total! Once again, the organisers are seeking donations - gifts (be they wanted or unwanted!) to fill gift bags, raffle prizes, jars of jams, jellies and chutneys, and of course, cakes! Offers of help would be gratefully received, too. Further details can be obtained from either Karen Draper, on 814154, or Sue Clarke, on 813006.

Corfu Donkey Rescue: There’s an interesting notice in the latest Fairlight News from Joyce Grant, Residents’ Association committee member and immediate past Chairman, concerning Corfu Donkey Rescue. This facility was discovered during their stay by her daughter Dawn and her family, who came across the excellent sanctuary on the island being run by a British woman, homing abandoned and injured or sick donkeys. Joyce and Dawn wished to raise funds to help the project, and advertised a table sale for Saturday, September 6, in the village hall at 1 pm. However, an urgent email this week stating that, firstly, the date is wrong but, secondly, the sale has had to be postponed. Joyce would like you to continue to accumulate bric-a-brac, clothes, toys and plants and so on, in readiness for the announcement of the newly booked replacement date. She will be able to arrange collection when it is all about to happen, and can be contacted on 814742.

Climate Change: More like a season change, if you ask me, into something like Sprintumn, with gloriously endless hot days spent chasing, but seldom catching, rabbits just a vague memory which are never to return. Now the only yellow we see is in rain warnings, of flash floods, who knows when or where. The one thing you can be sure of is that this weather will not improve the road surface on Battery Hill, on the south, ascending side, or any part of Waites Lane. The steadily increasing pothole some 150 yards after you turn into Martineau Lane is doing its level best to become a sinkhole in its own right, trying to steal the limelight from those longer stretches of mediocrity.

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