Fairlight

Clocks back: You’ll be reading it everywhere, that 2 am on Sunday, October 28 is the time when British Summer Time officially ends, so put your clocks back. If you follow every individual piece of advice you’ll find yourself getting up for breakfast yesterday. Perhaps the best way to enjoy the luxury of that extra hour, a sort of Groundhog Hour, is to read from 1 am to 2 am, and then promptly do it all again. Of course, this is really only the hour we all loaned to the Government last March. Heaven knows what happens when the EU gets hold of it next year!

Pews News: This Sunday, October 28, there will be Morning Praise at St Andrew’s at 10.30 am. The Crèche and Junior Church will both be available. This is also Food Bank focus week. Every six weeks St Andrew’s has a Sunday when people can bring foodstuff along to the church to be given away to those who need it. It goes to the central collection point at Kings Church, so you are able to take food there directly if you are visiting the hospital, or crossing the Ridge for whatever reason! At Pett Methodist Chapel, the 10.45 am service on Sunday will be led by the Revd Neville Burnett.

MOPPs today and next Friday: Today, Friday, October 26, and the theme for the day is Halloween. Lunch will be sausage ‘Wellington’, with rice pudding for afters. Next Friday, November 2, the entertainment is by the ever-popular and, indeed, former Chairman of the group, singer Jim Saphin. Jim’s turn will be followed by a lunch of cottage pie and then fruit salad.

A Centenary Celebration at St Andrew’s: It is to be hoped that all have made a diary or side-of-the-fridge note to remind themselves of the next event at St Andrew’s Church, which will be the Centenary Celebration of the end of World War One, entitled ‘Voices of Victory’. This will be in the church on Friday, November 9, starting at 7 pm. This will not be a service, but rather an evening of music and entertainment to which everyone is invited.

An installation that will move you: And following on from the Centenary note above, all comers are also invited to take a look at the installation of silhouettes in the Church. These are transparent, seated, military figures which were granted to St Andrews by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust as part of a nationwide project. They represent the men who went to fight in the Great War but didn’t return. The installation has the title ‘There, but not there’ and the silhouettes will be sitting in the pews until Remembrance Sunday, representing the men of Fairlight, back in the community they left behind.

Bowls Club coffee morning: This’ll please many folk in the village, the Bowls Club’s very popular coffee morning, which runs from 10 am to 12 noon in the village hall on Saturday, November 3. There’ll be the usual collection of interesting stalls, tea, coffee and cakes, and mulled wine. Popular? I reckon it’s the bingo wot tempts ‘em!

Gardening Club: Advance notice! The Club’s November meeting, on Monday week, November 5, should go with a bang, as the estimable Haydon Luke will be telling the history of Hastings Country Park. The afternoon begins at 2.30 pm. Visitors are welcome on payment of a small emolument.

Gardening Club hut: Tomorrow, Saturday October 27, is the last time you will be able to purchase all your gardening necessities from the Garden Club hut for the next four months. Wisely, it looks as if the hut’s compound has been stocked by Old Mother Hubbard, but there’s sure to be enough stuff left to satisfy the last minute rush.

The Tuesday Ladies Club in October: The Club enjoyed a return visit from Delia Taylor, whose well planned and researched talk this time was on the Roaring Twenties. This was the fairly short period following the horrors of the Great War when women were very reluctant to give up the independence they had experienced when they had to fill in for the men at the Front. Of course, this era was really all about the wealthy girls and boys who rebelled against everything their parents stood for and made sure that they enjoyed life to the full – drink, drugs and dancing the night away. Silent films were the order of day and Delia had some interesting excerpts from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. She finished her talk with a film clip of Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong singing together at a club.

For the forthcoming future, the members of the TLC will be enjoying a lunch at the Robin Hood on November 6 and the November meeting itself will feature Debbie Dam demonstrating Christmas Flower Arranging. This will be at the usual time of 2.15 pm at the village Hall. Visitors, be they boys or girls, are always welcome for a mere £2.

At the Post Office: The tickets for the Players’ run of The Vicar of Dibley, which includes, unusually but not uniquely, a Wednesday performance, are on sale now at the Post Office. The full run of the play is from Wednesday to Saturday, November 7 to 10, nightly at 7.30 pm and with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets are £7 each, which is an unbeatable bargain. As is often the case in Fairlight, the bookings are going backwards! Saturday evening is sold out, and the earlier shows are selling very well. Tickets? Get or regret!