MAY 2022

May looks as if it’s going to be a busy month for many, with preparations for the Jubilee weekend well underway and the Parish Assembly happening towards the end of the month.


Kerry Gentleman has been growing on plugs of flowers in patriotic colours. She will be holding a sale of these on Sunday 15th of May at the Village Hall. If you’re unable to make this and would like some of the plugs please contact her at


The Jubilee scarecrows and crowns are hopefully coming along well. There is a patriotic theme for the scarecrows. If you want any knitting or crochet patterns for the crowns, please contact Issy Horsley. It is suggested that both crowns and scarecrows are put out around the village from the week beginning May 23rd. Along with any other appropriate decorations and bunting.


The Big Jubilee Lunch will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 3rd June. You will be welcome any time from 10 o’clock in the morning and lunch will be served about 12.30. There will be a quiz, a raffle and entertainment. Tickets are available from the Post Office or Hairbase at £6 each.


The Jubilee Tea will be held in the Village Hall from 3 pm till 5 pm on Friday 3th June. Cream scones, cake, and drinks will be served. There will be a display by the Fairlight History Group. The Lord Lieutenant’s deputy Sarah Kowitz will also be attending this event. Tickets are on sale from the Post Office or Hairbase at £2 each.

Please see the posters and flyers or check on the website for the other events happening over the Jubilee weekend in the village, these include have a go bowls, the church tower opening, a children’s disco, and Fairfest music with bar and BBQ on Saturday evening and Fairfest festival on Sunday with all the usual fun and food, including a demonstration of walking football and the dog show and a chance to talk to radio enthusiasts from all over the world. There will also be a church service at 10:30am on Sunday 5th June in the church.


The Annual Parish Assembly is taking place on 26th May at 6.30 pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a chance to hear from Andy Dinsdale of Strandliners about the work they are doing as well as meeting your Parish Councillors and representatives from some of the various clubs and groups of the village.

Nominations for the John Lutman award for a member of the community that has contributed to village life, close on Monday, May 16th 2022. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Parish Council website or obtained from the Post Office.


The new disabled access path has been installed thanks to a grant from Rother District Council. This should allow wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs to have easier access to Wood Field.

The whips which were planted to form a new hedge along three sides of Wood Field in the early spring are now growing well. Along the fence which backs onto gardens from Meadow Way we have planted a row of crab apple trees which we hope in years to come will not only give nice blossom in spring, but also the potential for crab apple jelly.

Unfortunately, the weeds are also growing well around the whips and we will be organising a work party to try and keep these clear as the summer progresses.

ROTHER COMMUNITY LOTTERY – don’t forget to buy your ticket

The Parish Council is registered as a good cause. If you sign up for the Rother lottery and nominate Fairlight Parish Council as your good cause then we will receive 50p of the £1 ticket price. This will be used for projects within the village. You have the chance each week to win up to £25,000. There have already been winners in the village who matched two numbers and got three free tickets. If you sign up before 25th June you could also win a forest staycation.

Further details at or the Parish Council website or call 01424 579020.


Could I remind people who are parking their cars on the various roads around Fairlight to do so mindful of pedestrians and also other road users. We have, as has been recently highlighted, several bends on our roads which are potentially dangerous, and inconsiderately parked cars can add to the problem.


Finally, for those who wish to encourage wildlife and insects into their gardens please see Rother District Council advice on “No-Mow-May”.

Issy Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council


 APRIL 2022

Having enjoyed the recent good weather, which will hopefully return, we can start to look forward to spring events. Whilst COVID is still definitely in our midst the infection rates are falling again and with caution we can look forward to all our groups and societies getting going again.


Work has commenced on the Market Garden site. The Parish Council is trying to monitor this; but if you have any concerns whether the conditions of planning are being followed you can let the enforcement officer at Rother District Council know via email. The planning appeal for the East Field application has now closed for comments, evidence was submitted by the Parish Council and several other village groups and individuals. We will have to await the outcome of the inspector’s deliberations.


The new cameras are now installed. These give much clearer pictures both for number plate recognition and to identify individuals. These are both only to be used under specific circumstances or at the request of the police. So, if you have any concerns that might be resolved by use of the images, please contact the local police.

War Memorial

The War Memorial Fund has now had pledges amounting to £5000. This provides sufficient funds to allow the stone to be ordered once all the permissions have been obtained. It is still hoped that it can be unveiled in November. Please continue to make your pledges and donations to this project.

John Lutman Award

This is an annual award given to a resident who has contributed significantly to the life of the village. Nomination forms can be found on the Parish Council website or at the Post Office. The award will be presented at the Parish Assembly on May 26th.

Walking Football

The Parish Council has received a grant from Active Rother to purchase the equipment for walking football. Once this has arrived, we will organise some initial sessions. Walking football can be played by anyone who wants to come along, have a bit of exercise, a chat and a cup of tea afterwards. Fitness is not important but the desire to have a bit of fun is!

Rother Community Lottery

The Parish Council is signed up as a good cause. If you sign up for the Rother lottery and nominate Fairlight Parish Council as your good cause then we will receive 50p of the £1 ticket price. This will be used for projects within the village. You have the chance each week to win up to £25,000.

Further details at or the Parish Council website or call 01424 579020.

MOPP – Friday Lunch Club

This Friday Lunch Club is now back and running every week and would like invite new members. A two-course lunch and refreshments, entertainment and other services such as transport, hearing aid batteries and toe nail cutting are provided.

Also, this group is in need of volunteer helpers to serve lunches, refreshments and help the attendees.

Please contact Annette Holmes mbl: 07703 585329 or Jim Saphin 07905 981036 for more information.

Issy Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:

 MARCH 2022

Knowle Wood

A big thank you to those who formed the working party in Knowle Wood to start delineating paths. The idea is to reduce the number of tracks going through the woods but not to stop people enjoying them, especially at this time with the bluebells soon emerging and wildlife returning. We would ask people to please respect the new paths and to try to avoid walking in areas where the bluebells are emerging.

Also, we will shortly be receiving and planting some more whips to go into the hedge behind the Activate club hut and will be looking for volunteers. Please look out for posters and notices on the Facebook page and around the village.

Police and Crime Reporting

East Sussex Police have recently held sessions publicising the new way they are collecting and processing data. Also, how this data is used to plan policing numbers, policies etc. for rural/urban areas and giving individual police officers and PCSOs up-to-date information. This project is called “Big Data”

By having this information, the police can use resources more efficiently by focusing on areas where incidents and crimes have been reported and reducing the patrols in areas that have not had any. Because of this approach we strongly advise residents to report any incidents or crimes they are aware of, even if they don’t expect the police to take action on that particular incident. If you report an incident or crime, please make sure you get an incident or crime number as this is what they base the big data evidence on. If no incidents are reported we will not have fewer patrols in Fairlight.


New CCTV cameras have been installed at the end of Waites Lane. These will give clearer pictures for the police to be able to identify images. The images are only available to the police. However, once the update is complete the cameras may be able to identify individuals leaving the village as well as car number plate recognition, this will be of particular benefit for any individuals who have become confused and wandered. If you are concerned about a friend or relative who may have wandered off you need in the first instance to contact the police, they will then be able to access the images to see if that individual has left or entered Fairlight Cove.

Planning Appeal – Wakehams Farm – Pett Level Road

Anyone who originally made a comment on the planning application will have received an email asking if they wish to make any further comments. The Parish Council is considering whether they have any further valid comments to add as the inspector will have access to all the existing documents. If anyone wishes to make any further comments there is a link on the Parish Council website under planning.

Village Caretaker

Our new caretaker for has started on 1st March, he will be checking and tidying Wood Field and the play equipment regularly as well as keeping the bus stops clean and the notice boards up to date.

Sustainable Fairlight Event

A date for your diary April 23rd from 2pm. The Parish Council will be holding an event in the Village Hall on the theme of Sustainable Fairlight. Come along for a chat, ideas or to meet the Parish Councillors. Refreshments will be provided.

Issy Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:


Wood Field Recreation Ground

Firstly, thank you to all those volunteers who came to help plant the whips on Wood Field. For those who missed this chance, don’t worry there will be plenty more opportunities to help. We have more whips ordered for early March to plant along the hedge line behind the Activate club hut. Look out for publicity about these events.

Channel Way Verge

The Parish Council has carried out the annual flaying on Channel Way. The cliff tops on Channel Way are designated a SSSI area and the Council have a licence to flay a 2-metre-wide strip once a year to prevent encroachment of the undergrowth onto the road way. In the past this happened and caused large vehicles to veer onto the grass verges on the householder’s side of the road. No other cutting back is permitted without a further licence. Please could homeowners on Channel Way make sure they do not place rocks or other debris in the 2m strip as it damages the flaying equipment.

Budget and Precept 2022/23

The budget for 2022/23 has been agreed and is available to view on the Parish Council website. The precept of £70,000 has been requested from Rother District Council for the next financial year. This is a modest increase to continue to improve and replace assets within the village.

Grants 2022/23

The Parish Council’s annual grant scheme has opened. The application form and criteria are on the Parish Council website or from the Parish Clerk. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1st March.


Speedwatch continues to operate in the village at designated points and provide a useful reminder to drivers of the speed limits. The group would welcome new volunteers with a little time to spend to help to monitor the local roads.

Knowle Wood

Following discussion, the Parish Council will be contracting an ecologist to carry out a bat survey on the trees in Knowle Wood that have been identified as needing attention. This survey is important to avoid disturbing bats that frequent the woods. However, this may delay the tree work until the early autumn.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events

The Parish Council is working together with the Fairlight Residents Association and St Andrews Church to coordinate Jubilee events in Fairlight and avoid clashes. If you are planning an event, please let Issy Horsley know.

There are several fun, village happenings planned including a lunch and cream tea, Fairfest weekend, scarecrows, a knitting bomb (crowns etc. to decorate bollards and gate posts), jubilee themed tubs and front gardens (red, white and blue flowers), house and gardens decoration with flags, bunting and other regalia. Also, a special church service at St Andrews Church. For more details look out for “Fairlight Jubilee Fun” posters.

Issy Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email: 


Happy New Year toyou all.

Let’s hope that, with a bit of patience, we can soon start meeting together again.

Christmas lights competition winners

The lights in Fairlight were splendid this year. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it all very festive.

The winners are; First place: Geoff and Annette Holmes

Second place: Pauline and Melvyn Johnson

Parish Council
Meeting – Tuesday 25th January 2022

This meeting will include setting the Parish Council’s budget for 2022/23. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please bring a mask with you to protect yourself and others.

Hedge planting –
Wood Field Recreation Ground

The Parish Council are hoping to take delivery of the 300 whips for a new hedge at the Commanders Walk end of Wood Field in the next few weeks. Parish Councillors will be arranging a planting session once the date of the arrival of the whips is known. Again, we would welcome anyone, of all age groups, who would like to help, either with the planting and securing of the whips, with refreshments/cake, or moral support and taking photos. The final tidy up of the area is planned for Sunday 8th January starting at 10am and the planting of the whips to start
on Saturday 15th January at 10am. (Weather permitting)

Sewerage in Fairlight

The Parish Council has been working with LWLRMA (Lower Waites Lane Road Maintenance Association) to try to reiterate with Southern Water the sewerage issues that Fairlight has in several areas. LWLRMA has made progress with Southern Water, who are now investigating the possibility of increasing the size of the attenuation tanks at the top of Lower Waites Lane. This would mean in times of high rainfall

the pressure on the LWL sewer system will be eased. Southern Water has also been persuaded to consider replacing the sewerage pipes in
Lower Waites Lane. We await the outcome of this. The Parish Council has also been corresponding with Ms Sally-Ann Hart, our local MP. She

is now aware of all of our issues and concerns. Ms Hart holds regular meetings with officials from Southern Water to discuss other local
villages who also have difficulties with sewerage and foul water. Fairlight’s problems will now be included in these conversations.

In addition, the Parish Council will continue to work with local agencies to monitor the situation.

In recent weeks Southern Water have been in Fairlight Cove looking for mains water leaks. One leak was located and repaired on Rockmead Road in the sensitive area near the cliff.

Local Clubs and Organisations

Just a reminder to all local clubs and organisations that facilities are still available through the Parish Council Clerk to hold Zoom meetings. (Contact details below). Also, please use the Community Website to advertise your meetings, events etc.

Issy Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:


Christmas lights and windows

The Fairlight Christmas Lights competition is getting under way and anyone may partake either by putting up lights visible from the road or enjoying a social walk round the neighbourhood viewing the magnificent displays. The displays will be judged in the week before Christmas and the first and second placed households will receive a cheque for their favourite charity.

Fairlight Fun is also asking residents to decorate their windows with a Christmas theme.

Urban verge cutting

After a public consultation, both online and via communication with the Parish Clerk, the voting results were as follows – for two cuts per year – 60% and for 6 cuts per year – 38% (94 people voted). Discussions were also held at the Parish Council meeting and it was decided that for next year to request East Sussex County Council to provide two cuts of the verges throughout the season. In 2022 Parish Councillors will be investigating and taking advice on sustainable verges.


The budget for 2022/23 is almost finalised. There will have to be a small increase in the precept due to additional costs and activities. If you have any comments about the budget or suggestions for new infrastructure in Fairlight, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Grit Bins

There are grit bins around the village for the use of residents to treat icy patches on the road/pavement. If these bins become empty or you are aware of other potentially icy patches, please contact the Parish Clerk who has plenty of spare bags of rock salt. For those roads where a grit bin is not available, bags of rock salt can be collected/delivered on request from the Parish Clerk.

Village events for 2022

The Parish Council are planning to have some events in the Village Hall next year. These will, hopefully include, Sustainable Fairlight and the Parish Assembly. If anyone has any suggestions for topics that would be of interest to resident’s please contact Pauline Collins Parish Clerk/RFO.

Parish Council Meeting

There is no Parish Council meeting in December, so can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and let’s hope for a good New Year (Covid notwithstanding). The next meeting is to be held on Tuesday 25th January 2022. All members of the public are welcome.

Community Website

With Christmas fast approaching can I remind everyone to email in their news items/diary dates/events/posters etc. for the Fairlight Community website ( to the Carol Sharpe, Webmaster at

Issy Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:


Grass Verges

year the Parish Council has to decide the number of times they wish
East Sussex County Council to cut the roadside verges within the
village during the year.

options are:

  1. To
    have two cuts per year free of charge.


  1. To
    have four extra cuts (total 6 per year) at a cost of £1502 for

order to help the Parish Council, make an informed decision, the
Council have set up a poll on the Parish Council Facebook page.
Alternative ways to vote are the contact form on the Parish Council
Website or email the Clerk on
or a note to the Clerk at the address below. Please have your say.

Waites Lane Sewerage/Flooding

of the Parish Council had a fruitful meeting with LWLRMA to discuss
the issues of the sewer that runs down Lower Waites Lane. Whilst
LWLRMA are in contact with Southern Water to try to find a resolution
to this, the Parish Council is writing to our MP in an attempt to
gain her support. Councillors and the LWLRMA will be continuing to
work together to highlight this problem and the need to ensure that
the Market Garden site development doesn’t add to it. The Parish
Council will also persist to emphasize other sewer problems within
the village and in Stream Lane.


Parish Council have been awarded a discretionary disabled grant by
Rother District Council to create a wider entrance and a path to the
old tarmacked cricket practice square at the top of Wood Field. This
will offer better access to the Field and the seating area. Also, to
provide another disabled access bench. Work on this will commence in
the spring.

new grit bin has been installed at the bottom of the twittern from
Woodland Way to Knowle Wood.

any extra salt is needed for any of the grit bins in the village
during the winter, please contact Pauline Collins who has further

Platinum Jubilee – June 2022

any groups are planning events for the Queens Jubilee, could they let
Pauline Collins know so clashes can be avoided. Fairfest has already
started organising a Jubilee Jamboree on Saturday evening – June 4th,
and the village festival on Sunday June 5th. The Beacon will be lit
on Thursday June 2nd and there will also be a village scarecrow


the success of the cones at the end of Broadway in deterring
thoughtless parking, the Parish Council has purchased some parking
cones. If you are aware of problematic parking, please contact the
Parish Council.


would like to remind residents that they can report habitual speeding
issues via Operation Crackdown


Christmas fast approaching can I remind everyone to email in their
news items/diary dates/events/posters etc. to the Webmmaster
the Fairlight Community website. –

Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:


a lively Parish Council meeting, Councillors are now implementing the
decisions made.


Faircomm Steering Group has agreed to appoint an architect to draw up
plans for the new building prior to submitting them for planning
consent. In the meantime, the appropriate surveys needed for planning
consent will be carried out.


Parish Council will be preparing a draft budget for the next
financial year (1
April 2022 to 31
March 2023) in order to be able to decide whether the precept needs
to be increased. If anyone has any projects that they think the
Parish Council could implement, please contact Pauline Collins –
Parish Clerk with the details


Parish Council supports the “Fairlight Dog Poo” group whose goal
is to reduce the amount of dog fouling around the village. To help
maintain a clean and dog waste free recreation ground the Parish
Council are investing in three dog waste bag dispensers on Wood
Field. Please could I remind you that there are several dog waste
bins both on Wood Field and around the village for deposits. Also,
dog waste bags can be placed in regular litter bins around the
village for disposal – But not in ones on Wood Field.


grant application for funding of a new hedge at the top of Wood Field
has been submitted. Once this has been approved, the Parish Council
will need help to plant the new hedge and to maintain it until the
plants are well established. It is proposed to develop a volunteer
group that would be able to provide regular help with this and some
of the other projects on Wood Field and Knowle Wood. If you are
interested, please contact Pauline Collins – Parish Clerk.

Parish Council has some ideas for possible activities on Wood Field
and are hoping to find individuals who are interested in partaking of
these, or who have ideas for other suitable activities.

we are investigating the possibility of walking football. Walking
football can be enjoyed by people of all ages, sexes and abilities,
from those who have never previously played football to people who
have participated before in organised football matches. As the name
suggests it is carried out at a walking pace and is a non-contact
sport with no heading of the ball. The size of the teams can vary
depending on the number of participants

suggestion for next summer is the possibility of holding a Fairlight
10K run with the option of a shorter run for the children. If anyone
is interested in either of these, please contact Cllr Steve Stewart

Platinum Jubilee 2022

is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 and the Parish Council
would like ideas and suggestions so the residents and village can
celebrate this great event. This will be discussed at the next Parish
Council meeting. Any thoughts can be passed on to Pauline Collins –
Parish Clerk

Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:


This month’s newsletter is written by the Vice Chair as the Chair “Issy Horsley” has been unwell for some time. We wish the Chair well and for a speedy recovery.

Wood Field Rejuvenation Project – Volunteers

The next session on Wood field for volunteers will be Tuesday 7th September 2021 from 10.00 – 2.00. Anybody who would like to come along will be made very welcome, as many hands make light work. There is plenty to do as there will be a skip arriving on Monday 6th September to take all the branches and loose leaves away. If you would like to help then please bring some secateurs or a rake along. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Feedback from the Parish Assembly

Many thanks to all the visitors who dropped in to the Parish Assembly on the 14thAugust to meet the new councillors and ask questions. There were not as many as the last Parish Assembly but then we were still in a state of semi lockdown. The Chair opened the Assembly with the statement “What does the Parish Council do for me”? and explained what the PC does. Many questions were asked of the tasks that were being undertaken and of those on display. Namely the new Village Sign, Community Hub, Website and War Memorial Group activities. Themes for next year are already being proposed.

Marsham Older People’s Project (MOPP)

MOPP has asked if there are any residents that would like to be a Trustee of MOPP. If you would like to be considered for this role please contact Annette Holmes – Coordinator. ( for more information.

Dog Waste

A group of Fairlight residents are looking at what can be done to improve the dog fouling situation in the village. This issue has increased somewhat on our roads and Wood Field. The Land Management Group is planning to meet with the coordinators of this group to discuss possible solutions.

Bartering System

It has been noted that there is a good bartering system going on in the village; more so since we have all been aware of Covid restrictions. Villagers are offering home grown vegetables in exchange for other items of home grown produce, although it has also been noticed that it has been a poor season! This all adds to the fact that we have a concerned and sharing community that cares about others. Well done to all those who have taken part in the bartering system and long may it continue.

John Lutman award.

This year’s award goes to Bill O’Reilly who has stepped down as Webmaster of the Fairlight Community website after doing the job for
many years. Councillors would like to thank him for the hard work he has put into maintaining the website. 

War Memorial Group

The group is finalising the supplier of the stone. A public appeal, to help fund the project, will start soon.

Parkhurst Cricket Club

Unfortunately, the cricket club has been wound up. Several factors have contributed to the club’s closure. It has been a pleasure to watch the home games on Wood Field and the Parish Council wish all the players the best for the future.

Steve Stewart, Vice Chair of Fairlight Parish Council                Email:


Clubs and organisations

As we continue to gradually open up again clubs and activities are restarting and the social life of the village is resuming. Thanks go to those involved in the various events that have already taken place.

MOPPs has reopened with coffee morning and afternoon tea sessions on Fridays if you would like to join or volunteer, please contact Annette Holmes – Co-ordinator. (

Picnic and Proms event

The Picnic and Proms benefitted from an unexpected window of good weather. About 300 people enjoyed the music of Steve Sinatra and the Kytes with a chance to see many friends within the wide space of Wood Field. A collection raised £450, which will go to the Conquest Hospital for staff support and Fairfest 2022.

Wood Field Rejuvenation Project – Volunteers

The next session of the Wood Field Rejuvenation Project is on Monday 9th August from 10am to 2pm. Anyone is welcome to come along to help in any way you can, either with digging, chopping, and clearing or making tea and coffee, or just moral support and a chat. Please bring your own gloves and any tools that might be useful.

Annual Parish Assembly

The annual Parish Assembly will be held on Saturday 14th August between 2-5pm. Do come along to see what the Parish Council is planning to do in the next year, to meet our new parish Councillors, to ask any questions about the Parish Council, and to meet and have a chat with other residents. Refreshments and cakes will be provided.

New co-opted Parish Councillor

Councillors would like to welcome Deborah Martin who has been co-opted as a member of the Parish Council and to thank her for joining us in our work to maintain and improve the village.

Debs is a proud Mancunian who moved to Fairlight with her husband Tim just before the first lockdown to be nearer their daughters and grand child who live in south London. Now that things are opening up, she is looking forward to finally being able to explore the area.

Hastings Borough Council Bale House Visitors Centre

The Bale House Visitors Centre on the Firehills has now opened. At present it is open daily 9am to 5pm, with no immediate plans to extend this. The building is interesting and contains a cafe and space for information about the Country Park and its surroundings.

Parish Councillors have met with representatives of Hastings Borough Council and Groundworks, the company that will run the Bale house, to discuss how the new building will be utilised and to represent the views of residents. It is hoped that a dialogue with Groundworks will be established as this project continues.

Isobel Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:

JULY 2021

Annual Parish Assembly

Covid restrictions permitting the Parish Council are planning to hold the annual Parish Assembly in mid-August. All residents are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be offered.

At the Parish Assembly the John Lutman award will be presented to a resident of the village who has significantly contributed to village life in the last year. Nominations for this award will be welcomed from anyone residents in the village the form can be obtained from the Parish Council website or from the Parish Clerk.

There will also be displays of various projects ongoing within the village. Feedback from residents on the proposals for these projects is welcome so that FPC are able to make informed decisions and move forward with them.

Fairlight fun

The penultimate event of Fairlight Fun will be the picnic and prom on Wood Field on Saturday 24th July at 6pm. The Kytes will be playing live. Attendees to this event are asked to bring their own picnic, drink, seating etc. It is hoped that residents and their friends will feel able to come and join us in an opportunity to get together again after the last 15 months. This event is free but a donation would be appreciated. Due to the limited parking space on the Wood Field, it is asked that those who are able to walk to the event, do.

The final event will be the sunflower competition and will be judged in early September by which time (hopefully) everybody’s sunflowers will have grown to great heights and produced a good seed heads for the birds.

Wood Field Recreation Ground

Many thanks to everybody who joined Councillors in the clearing of the hedge/brambles on Wood Field and contributed cakes, which were much appreciated. Funding to plant a bird friendly hedge along the boundary is being sought and is expected to be planted in November/December. So don’t put your tools and wellies away after the summer as help will be needed to plant the saplings.

Fairlight Community Website

Bill O’Reilly has stepped down as Webmaster of the Fairlight Community website after doing the job for a number of years. Councillors would like to thank him for the hard work he has put into maintaining the website.

The Community website will continue and Carol Sharpe will take over the role as Webmaster and will retain the old email address. The Parish Council will continue to fund this website, which will remain a separate website for village activities and events.


The Parish Council has decided that it would be a good idea if Fairlight village had a good quality large barbecue. A quote for a barbecue similar to the one being used by the Pett Level Rescue Boat has been sought. The Parish Council will be looking to village groups for possible donations towards the cost of this. Once purchased the barbecue will be available for hire at a reasonable rate to village groups and residents.

Hedges and trees

Could I remind house holders to check that their hedges and trees have not gone rampant and encroaching on the footpaths, or line of sight on the road. If you are cutting hedges back, please be mindful of nesting birds

Isobel Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:  

 JUNE 2021

Sunshine after the rain

Following a cold and wet May, normal summer weather has been restored. Hopefully this will be accompanied by the opportunity to get out and about and meet people. Please be aware of the existing and future Covid-19 guidelines on social distancing and numbers for meetings.

Wood Field Rejuvenation Project

The Parish Council is looking to improve and rejuvenate Wood Field Recreation Ground and would like to get volunteers to help with this. The first volunteer’s day has been organised on Monday 7th June from 10am till 2pm to start this process. The project is proposed to start at the top of Wood Field (parallel with Commanders Walk). This will involve the removal of brambles, dead wood and the cutting back of existing small trees and shrubs. In addition, it is planned to create a wildlife area in the corner which means removing unwanted weeds and digging over the area. Anyone who would like to join in either in an active or a more passive role is welcome to come up to Wood Field and take part.

Tea, coffee and cake (donations welcome) will be provided. If you are willing to help with the work please come appropriately dressed with boots, gloves and any tools/equipment that you think might be helpful. You do not have to participate for the whole of the session but are welcome to come and do a little bit and enjoy some tea, company and the great outdoors.


The Faircomm Hub steering group is continuing to progress and are now putting out tenders for an architect to draw up detailed plans of the proposed building. Small fundraising events will be starting soon. Initially it is hoped to open the existing Activate hut for teas and coffee at certain times throughout the summer. Watch out for further information on the Parish Council website and notices around the village.

Parish Councillor Casual Vacancy

The Parish Council is looking to co-opt to the vacancy of parish councillor. As you will know from the newsletters the Parish Council is responsible for various areas in the village and would welcome applications from anyone who would like to be a part of the Parish Council working with Councillors to improve the village for all its residents and visitors. If you would like to apply, please contact Pauline Collins, Parish Clerk.

Parish Council Website Calendar

The Parish Council website now has a calendar upon which events happening on Wood Field as well as other events involving the Parish Council can be viewed. The Parish Council are hoping to extend this so that other groups/organisations can advertise their planned events on the calendar and provide one unified calendar for the village.

Isobel Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:   

APRIL 2021

Fairlight Fun moves on into spring. 

The scarecrow event is going well with a lot of imaginative scarecrows springing up around the village. For those who are unable to get round to see them we will be putting photographs on the Parish Council website in the next week.


Sunflower seeds are available from outside 35 Waites Lane. There will be two seeds in each packet and we invite people of all ages to plant them and see who can grow the tallest sunflower or one with the biggest seed-head.


In the meantime, if you are planting seedlings or taking cuttings please add a few extra for when we do the seedling exchange.


There will be a scavenger hunt on Saturday 17th April in the afternoon. Details can be found on the Parish Council website or on posters around the village. You need to register in advance and further details will be sent to you. Each group will also need a mascot and a mobile phone.



It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that in some parts of the village, cars are parking on bends and near junctions. We appreciate that during lockdown there are more cars parked in the village than usual, but can we remind people to be aware of other road users when parking their cars.



There have been some concerns about dog-napping. Councillors have discussed this with one of the local PCSOs and if you see any activity which appears suspicious you should report it to the police. Please keep your dogs within your sight and be wary of strangers who appear to be taking an interest in your dogs.


War Memorial Group

At the Parish Council meeting in March, a report was received from the War Memorial Group. This group is working towards placing a stone war memorial at St Andrews Church on Coastguards Lane It will be engraved with the names of all residents of Fairlight who died during the two world wars, both military and civilian. Once we are able to meet again the group will be holding an exhibition about this.


Faircomm Steering Group

The Parish Council has also given approval for the Faircomm Steering Group to commission an architect to draw up a detailed plan for the new community hub in preparation for applying for planning permission. An event showing plans and more details will occur later in the year.


Keep Fairlight Tidy

Finally, could we ask when you are out and about enjoying the spring, to consider taking a plastic bag/gloves to pick up one or two items of litter and put them in the bins. This will help to keep the village tidy and discourage further littering.



Isobel Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:   


MARCH 2021

Covid 19

The weather is
improving and many residents of Fairlight have now received their
first Covid vaccination. The news about Covid is positive, but we
need to remain vigilant and continue in lockdown for the next few
weeks in order to be able to start to meet together again.


Census 2021

The national census
will be happening on Sunday 21st March. This will be predominantly an
online census but a paper copy can be requested. You will be sent a
letter with details and an access code to complete the census online.
The census form must be completed. It is an offence to supply false
information or to not complete the census, and you could be fined up
to £1,000. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is
not an offence if you do not answer these.



Despite the good
news about Covid, and with East Sussex County Council and Police and
Crime Commissioner elections happening on Thursday 6th May. Can we
remind people that they may wish to arrange for a postal vote. To
register go to the Rother District Council website and search “postal
voting”. (Link to RDC website – ).


And now for village

You may have noticed
that the Parish Council has purchased two moveable display boards
currently one is visible on Waites Lane and the other one is outside
the Village Hall where the prescription queue forms. It is hoped that
these boards will help to keep people informed of events if they are
unable to access the internet.


Fairlight Fun;

Fairlight Fred, our
gnome with no home has recently been seen in various gardens around
the village. When out on your walks have a look and see if you can
find him.


Comic Relief is
running a poster joke event and we encourage Fairlighters to join in.
You can download a poster from the internet or simply write your joke
on a piece of A4 and display it in the window. If you don’t have a
window, put it through the letterbox of Hairbase on Waites Lane and
it will be displayed in their window.


FPC are hoping to
run a seedling exchange later in the spring. If you are planting
seeds at the moment it would be great if you could consider planting
a few extra that could be shared later on. Also, we are going to
organise a sunflower growing event. Sunflower seeds will be available
soon so keep a lookout for posters advertising where to collect them


An Easter scarecrow
event is going to happen quite soon. The theme is Easter and
springtime and anyone who wants to create a scarecrow can take part.
Scarecrows can be displayed in your own gardens, on Wood Field, on a
bench or in a bus shelter within the village. Again, please look for
posters with more information.


Advance notice of a
scavenger hunt which is taking place on Saturday 17th April in the
afternoon This will take place within family groups or social bubbles
as allowed at the time. Details will be circulated in April


Now that spring is
here, we are inviting photographers to take pictures on the theme of
new shoots. A selection will appear on the Parish Council’s website
(with permission).


Finally, FPC would
like to thank Bob and Dec for trying to organise a zoom village quiz
which unfortunately due to our broadband in the village was not able
to take place.


Isobel Horsley –
Chair of Fairlight Parish Council Email:   



Covid 19 Vaccinations

Many people over 80 years of age in Fairlight have now received the first dose of vaccination and those in the next groups are now being called in for vaccination. It is still hoped that all the top four at risk groups will have been offered vaccination by mid-February. Please continue to remain patient until you receive your invitation for a vaccination.

Wheelchair for the Village Hall

It was brought to the Parish Council’s attention that some individuals were having trouble accessing the village hall and the doctor’s surgery from Fairlight Village Hall car park. The Parish Council therefore decided to purchase a folding wheelchair for use in and around the village hall. It is currently stored in the waiting room of the surgery and will be available to anyone using the village hall or the surgery who needs a wheelchair for access.

Parish Council Community Grant Scheme 2021/22

A reminder that the Community Grant Scheme is now open. Any group that wishes to apply for a grant from Fairlight Parish Council can download an application form from the Parish Council website or obtain it from Pauline Collins, Parish Clerk. The closing date for applications is 1st March and grants are paid in April.

Fairlight Fun

The Parish Council has been coordinating a small group of people trying to arrange fun events and activities in Fairlight during this time of lockdown and beyond into the summer. We will be publishing details of the events as they come up but rest assured, we’ve got some really fun ideas.

The first event will be ‘Fairlight feels the love”. We are asking people to put a display/posters in their windows or front gardens over the week of Valentine’s Day in thanks to people who have helped keep them safe and supplied in the last year. For example, postmen, bin men, delivery drivers from supermarkets, delivery drivers from online firms, electricians, builders, and many more. If you are walking round the village in the week around Valentine’s Day please look out for these windows.

Parish Council Budget for 2021/22

The Parish Council resolved at the Full Council meeting held on 26th January 2021 to freeze the budget for 2021/22 to £63,000. This will mean that residents will not incur any increase in their Council Tax to fund the Parish Council.

Current reserves have been maintained at a sufficient level and any monies which had been allocated in 2020/21 for projects but have not been spent has been carried forward and earmarked in 2021/22 for these schemes.

Sewerage Treatment Plant

On a slightly more mundane note. Fairlight Parish Council have been in discussion with our local councillors and MP about pollution from the sewage outflow from the sewage treatment plant on Pett Level Road. Thanks to Sally- Ann Hart’s intervention, Southern Water has now agreed to put in a continuous monitoring station just below the outflow from the sewage treatment plant.

Resignation of a Parish Councillor

Finally, farewell to Councillor Slack who resigned in January. The Parish Council would like to thank Councillor Slack for all her hard work with the new website and actions on Wood Field and in Knowle Wood.

Isobel Horsley – Chair of Fairlight Parish Council



 A very Happy New Year to you all from the Parish Council and let us hope 2021 proves to be less testing than 2020.

Covid 19 Lockdown – Tier 4

Rother District Council area which includes Fairlight are currently in Tier 4. Can I just remind everyone to follow the government guidelines particularly with regard to staying home, not meeting people indoors unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble, only meeting with one other person outside, masks, social distancing, and hand sanitising. COVID-19 is certainly around in the neighbourhood and everyone needs to be especially vigilant at the moment.

Christmas Light Competition

The winners of the Christmas lights competition were first place, Springerstoo, Lower Waites Lane and second place to Tamarisk, Hill Road. Congratulations to everyone who illuminated our village over Christmas. We would also like to thank Wendy Hatch and those who decorated their windows with Christmas carol scenes. It was much appreciated by many people.

Cold weather and Grit bins

Now the weather is turning cold and frosty the Parish Council would like to remind you that there are grit bins around the village containing rock salt which is for use on the roads or public pavements only, not for driveways. If anyone needs a further supply of rock salt to put on the roads please contact the Parish Clerk who has spare bags that can be collected.

Parish Council Community Grant Scheme 2021/22

Looking forward and mindful that quite a few of the village groups were unable to fundraise last year I would like to launch the Parish Council’s Community Grants Scheme for 2021/22. Application forms can be obtained from the Parish Council website or the Parish Clerk. The criteria and forms have been modified so please download a new application form. The closing date for applications will be Monday 1st March 2021.

Local Sewage Treatment Plant

As many of you will know the Parish Council has been concerned about the local sewage treatment plant and it’s effluent. We had a useful meeting with Ms Sally-Ann Hart, our MP in the autumn. Ms Hart will be speaking in a House of Commons debate on the ‘Sewage (inland waters) Bill’ second reading on January 15th. Many thanks also to Simon Young for his very informative data from the surveys that he has done over the years.

Parish Council Budget for 2021/22

The January Parish Council meeting will be setting the budget for next year and I would advise anyone who is interested to have a look at the papers attached to the agenda when it comes out in the middle of the month.

Future Covid safe events for 2021

Although we now have a Covid-19 vaccine it is going to be some considerable time before groups and societies are able to meet face-to-face and whilst we remain in Tier 4, I am aware that people may be finding they have a lot of spare time on their hands. I would like to try and convene a zoom group of interested individuals and representatives from groups and societies to coordinate ideas for activities and displays that can be put on in the village during the early months of 2021. This might include planning further displays in people’s windows, possibly a scarecrow competition or anything else that people have ideas about. If you are interested please contact Pauline Collins, Parish Clerk and we will organise a zoom meeting to try and get activities going in a socially distanced Tier 4 way.

Isobel Horsley – Chair Fairlight Parish Council

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