Church Matters: There is one service in the Parish this Sunday, January 17, and that is Holy Communion at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. Not only is this the second Sunday after Epiphany, but it is also Vision Sunday.

On the following Sunday, January 24, St Andrew’s will be hosting an important service with a Holocaust Memorial Service, starting at 10.30 am. This special service will have a strong Jewish flavour and will feature Dr Ruth Kosmin, the well known and highly respected resident of Fairlight, who lost members of her own family in the Nazi Holocaust.

There will be a Men’s Breakfast in the village hall on Saturday, February 6 from 9 until 10.30 am, when the guest speaker will be Roger Murphy of the Through Faith Mission (as mentioned with the Barn Dance details below) If you’d like to be part of this, please contact Val Relfe, or call 812799 or even email admin@fairlightandpett.com

A note about another event which is coming on that same Saturday in February. Sponsored by the Fairlight and Pett Churches, there’s to be a Barn Dance in the village hall on Saturday, February 6 at 7.30 pm, with the immensely popular and renowned local band, the Catsfield Steamers. Pre-booked tickets are £10 for adults, and half-price for children aged from 8 to 12, and they are available from the Post Office or by phone from Kath on 812799. On the door, the prices are a little higher, at £12 for adults and £6 for children. Your ticket price includes food and drink. During the interval, guest Roger Murphy, an itinerant associate evangelist with the Through Faith Mission, will be sharing a message of Hope.

MOPPs: Today, Friday, January 15 members will be entertained by Celia King’s chair-based exercises (and helped by the free toe-nail cutting service.) Lunch is liver and bacon, followed by lemon meringue pie. Then, next Friday, January 22, singer Sharon Sellens will be along, and you can enjoy roast chicken – and then there’s trifle.

Save up to £200 tomorrow: Well, not all in one day. But the Energy Desk will be at the village hall tomorrow morning, Saturday, January 16, from 10 to 11 am. It’s organised by Energise Sussex Coast, and they’ll be able to give you advice on how to keep warm and save up to £200 a year. And, what’s more, their advice is free. What have you got to lose by not going? Just money, that’s all!

Panto: It’s now only a fortnight until the curtain rises (or, rather, glides smoothly aside) and the lights go up on this year’s Panto Group production – Beauty and the Beast. And under a fortnight until opening night. So, if you still haven’t got around to purchasing your tickets yet, it really is high time you did so. They’re on sale at the Post Office, priced £6 for adults and £3 for children at the Thursday and Friday evening shows and the Saturday 2.30 pm matinee, while all tickets for the Saturday 7.30 pm performance are £7. The run is from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 January.

Tuesday Ladies Club: Next Tuesday, January 19, there’s a review of 2016, plus a photo quiz of members when they were younger. Purses will be needed – annual subscriptions are due again! This minor shock is easily offset by the knowledge that your subs cover the monthly talks plus a cuppa, two free outings in the year, the summer lunch and the Christmas tea.

The Cove will be questioning you again: On Wednesday next, January 20, with the usual times and entrance costs, but with a difference – the special prize pot is now £60! These quizzes are popular, so why not go along and find out why?

Keeping your hand in: Next Friday, January 22, will be the second of the Bowls Club’s Winter Whist evening in 2016. You know the drill – 6.45 for a prompt 7 pm start. This is the latest in what is another series of events in the village that is always popular and well-supported.

Very Advance Notice: The Residents Association will be holding a 60’s and 70’s Disco in the village hall on Saturday, February 27, starting at 7.30 pm. There’s to be a bar and a raffle, and the £5 tickets will go on sale at the Post Office over this coming weekend. You are welcome to take along your own food to sustain you through all the forty- and fifty-year old dance routines! Proceeds are going to Stage III of the Cliff Preservation Scheme.

Teddies Toddlers Group at St Peter’s: Those who have little ‘uns to keep occupied would do well to remember that ‘Teddies’ functions at St Peter’s each Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12 noon during term times, and mums and grandmas are welcome to enjoy the youngsters having fun while they have a coffee and a chat. That’s the older ones, not the kids. Call 813113 or 812034 if you are interested in getting further details.

Neighbourhood Plan update: Cllr Stephen Leadbetter has been in touch with a couple of items of interest concerning the Neighbourhood Plan, for which Stephen is very much the village’s driving force. Firstly, the survey of what residents would like to see from the Plan was completed by about 120 villagers and is now being analysed. The three lucky participants who won store vouchers for £25, £15 and £10 were Roger Taylor, Alan Sutton and John Crowhurst, and Stephen thanks all who returned survey forms.

Secondly, the request, for owners or agents to submit details of sites in Fairlight they would like to see considered for development, closes at the end of January. If you have a site in mind which you have not yet submitted you can find out more on what to do next on the village website (www.fairlight.org.uk) under the Parish Council – Fairlight Neighbourhood Plan Consultation section.

The play’s the thing: An urgent note concerning the Players’ April production, which is to be Alan Ayckbourn’s The Time of my Life. The group will be having a read-through on Monday next, January 18, followed by the casting on Thursday, January 21, both meetings being in the village hall at 7.30 pm. This play will see the Fairlight directorial debut of Charlotte Eastes, and is timed to run from April 21 to 23. Needed on stage are four men and three women, and next week’s two dates are a good time for anyone interested in joining the Players to go along and make themselves known, whether keen to be on-stage or back-stage. If you can’t make it but would like to be involved, please call either Keith Miller on 812235 or Carol Ardley on 814178.

Roads Scholars: At last, delayed thanks to the lack of persistent frost deep in the ground, the edge of the south side of Fairlight Road between Hysted and Pineridge has broken up, further into the winter than is often the case. This coincides with a similar breaking up of the west side of Martineau Lane, always a ready source of nasty big potholes. It is noticeable that the road edge doesn’t crumble away where the road is kerbed, but I expect that’s a very costly solution. You can’t miss the holes if there’s a double decker approaching you. Waites Lane and Battery Hill continue to be of extremely dubious quality, and we can but hope all four stretches of road are under consideration for improvement, though they’re likely to get worse before someone makes them better. As an idle thought, many Fairlight residents cut down Fairlight Avenue, probably on their way to their doctor. And it always seems to me that this multi-scarred road must be top dressing laid over shingle, as each patch lasts minutes rather than weeks or months. Wait until the frost gets at this road, too.

It’s always noticeable, too, that when St Peter’s is busy, several people are going to be parking on Broadway nearer the Waites Lane junction than the helpful ‘No Parking’ signs indicate. This is very dangerous and extremely selfish and, should we get much ice and frost in the coming weeks, such thoughtless parking will be lethal.

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