Fairlight village voice

In church this Sunday, June 3, there is to be a special celebration service for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at St Andrew’s Church at 10.30 am. The service will be led by Rev Frank Rowson, and all will be more than welcome to this particularly special service.

Coming up trumps again… The outstanding support of Fairlight residents for Christian Aid this year resulted in the fantastic grand total of £3,171.62. House-to-house collections amounted to £2,771.62 and the coffee morning raised £400. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to this record amount, which was a substantial increase on last year’s figure. (When I was informed of the amount collected last year, I had assumed it included Pett and Guestling, but no, it was simply collected within our village) And now the residents have done even better. One hopes fervently that all those who were able to, invoked Gift Aid. It is doubly satisfying to give to charity while denying the Treasury at least a little bit of the cash they’re so keen to waste!

Jubilee one…? Though it’s not billed as a Jubilee event, Saturday, June 2, at 2.30 pm at the village hall will nevertheless be a special occasion, with two major fire appliances visiting us, though not on duty. Men and boys of all ages, and their sisters, mums, aunts and grannies, will have the opportunity of looking over, and asking questions about, an Aerial Ladder Platform and a Pump Ladder from the Ridge Fire Station. Fascinating, in the way that steam trains used to be, and life-savers when the chips are down (or the pan’s on fire!) - get along and give them a look

A busy Jubilee Monday… with the Broadway Street Party from 4 to 7 pm. It’s only 50p for your ticket at the Post Office, and that will gain you a cup of tea or coffee. It’s a bring-and-share do, and it will all move into the village hall if it’s wet.

A bit later, with a 7.30 pm start, there is a Barn Dance, for which the tickets are £7.50. There will be a ploughman’s supper for those attending. The organisers are hoping for a warm, balmy evening – we don’t allow Cold Calling in the village!

Later still, with night well and truly fallen, the beacon at the top of Battery Hill, by the Viewpoint, will be lit at, it is said, 10.15, though it could be any time between 10 and 10.30 pm.

A good show… at the Floral Club’s May meeting last week, when a goodly number of members thoroughly enjoyed the display put before them by Area Demonstrator Edward Asquith. Having been so pleasantly entertained, for the next couple of months the members will get for their Festival, and then present the Festival itself towards the end of July.

Come to the Circus… Activate Youth Club are running a Circus Evening on Wednesday next, June 6 at their Wood Field club house from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Everyone, not just Activate members, will be welcome, including mums and dads, and the cost is £1 each. Expect a magic show, a bouncy castle and circus workshops- oh, and there’ll be a barbeque, too. If you need more details, please call Wendy Hatch on 812297

You read it here – repeatedly… over recent weeks. That’s the Pett Level Rescue Boat Boathouse Extension auction, which happened last Friday evening in the village hall. As a result of the exceptional generosity of local donors, the organisers had assembled some 140 lots, or thereabouts, and renowned local artist and wit Richard Baines sold nearly all of them with charm and courtesy. One or two lots failed to attract any reasonable sort of bid, though there were some very loyal buyers in the hall, and a number of very reasonable bargains were picked up. As is often the case, there were also items that could have been purchased locally for far less than the winning bid! Introducing the evening, Appeals Organiser John Pulfer had said the projected boathouse would cost £40,000, and that £37,000 has so far been raised. At the end of the day, the auction raised £1,651, just over half the outstanding sum required. A very satisfactory outcome and an enjoyable evening. A number of those at the back persisted in waving, smiling and nodding to friends as they arrived. They were lucky it did not cost them a small fortune!

Although it certainly didn’t seem like it at the time, it transpires that no fewer than 35 lots remained unsold. A large proportion of them are extremely covetable, and a quick call to John Pulfer on 814866 with an offer to cross his palm with, if not silver, a small pile of cupro-brass could ensure your ownership of one or more of the last lots. They are feeling a little dejected at being so publicly rejected!

Development work begins… The owners of the bungalow and barn at Warren Farm, which is at the top of Commanders Walk, have started work to demolish the bungalow in order to build a new, modern house. Inevitably this will mean that large vehicles will be using Shepherds Way, The Circle and Commanders Walk. You are advised to park even more carefully in order that lorries may pass without damaging verges – or your vehicles! All contractors have been warned by the site owners that they must under no circumstances do any damage to the roundabout. Neighbours have been given the owners’ contact number. If you don’t have the number, but do have a problem, please contact Andrew Mier on 814178, and he will pass on your concerns.

Any questions…? There’s a quiz coming along to the village hall, this time in support of the RSPCA at Mallydams Wood. It’s at 7.30 pm on Saturday, June 16, and you’re invited to form a team of up to six people, for whom the cost will be £5 each. You should take along your own food and drink, so be prepared. If you’d like more details, please call 0300 123 0750.

You Know Her So Well… from I Know Him So Well. Yes, it’s Barbara Dickson, also renowned for her original Tell Me It’s Not True, from Blood Brothers. Barbara will be appearing at Fairlight Hall on Sunday, June 17. Doors open at 5.30 pm, with a support act, as yet unnamed, on stage at 6.30 pm. The star will appear at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Hastings Information Centre priced at £20 each. The evening is in support of the charity Art in Healthcare, which enhances the lives of patients and others in hospitals by the placement of paintings in their environment.

The Parish Council… met last week and, as intimated previously, Stephen Leadbetter was duly co-opted to fill the casual vacancy that existed on the Council. Those present were introduced to Tony Cox, formerly Clerk at Icklesham, who is taking over from Clerk to the Council Rod Tice. Mr Tice was thanked warmly for his excellent contributions to the life of our village through his invaluable work on the Council over the past four years, and was wished well in his new chosen career. When it came to the open forum at the conclusion of the meeting proper, much was said about the inadequate presentation given by Gem Select on their plans for the Market garden site, and several related worries were outlined by members of the public. As they say, watch this space!

The Gardening Club talk… is this coming Bank Holiday Monday, June 4. It will be held in St Peter’s Church because they will be preparing, next door, for the street party. ‘The Magic of the Hedgerows’ by Heather Goodsell will be a touch and sniff talk. It will start, as usual, at 2.30 pm and will be finished in time for you to join in the revelry of the street party.

There are still a few places on the coach for the trip to Ardingly. The cost of the fare is £8. You can either purchase your entry ticket on line (and save a bit) or at the gate when you arrive. If you are interested please phone 01424 812694.

The club’s trading hut is open on Saturday mornings, 10 am to 12 noon, and it has a half-price bargain box at the moment, so get down there and grab a bargain!

It’s Flicks in the Village this week… actually, it’s Pett village hall, and it’s next Thursday, June 7 at 7.30 pm. The film showing is ‘The Artist’, the Oscar and BAFTA best film award winner. Do see it. If you’re a bit Mutt and Jeff, you could always ask them to turn the sound up a bit. And much good might it do you!

What’s going on…? Plenty, in what promises to be an exhilarating few days of celebration. But it doesn’t end there, because Saturday, June 9 will see the Village Hall’s Spring Fair, with a host of stalls, and filled jacket potatoes to build you up for a push through the crowds. This event is always popular, which is hardly surprising when you consider the importance of the hall to our life in the village – and that possibly three-quarters of our Village Voice entries say ‘in the village hall’! Make sure the Fair is in your diary. It runs from 12 noon until 3 pm.

Keith Pollard, Brookfield, Broadway