The heatwave of July/August, loved and hated in equal measure, has left us! It's good to see the grass coming back to life but let's hope we have a few more
warm and sunny days before we creep into Autumn.
We were delighted to welcome during August two new volunteers, Cas and Georgina, who along with Val (2), who joined us a few months ago now, bring us up to a full compliment of wonderful people who give us their time every week. I thought it would be good to get to know a little about our three new recruits so they agreed to me sharing a little taste of their lives.
Cas has lived in Fairlight for about four years, moving here from Marden near Maidstone where she spent 36 years of her life. Cas brought up
her three sons in Marden then worked for Kent Social Services for 12 years. Whilst living in Kent Cas had her own horses and specialised in carriage driving. She competed nationally and
internationally - such dedication and commitment.
Cas describes herself as an obsessive gardener and is the Membership Secretary of Fairlight Gardening Club. With her husband Ian, she also runs Fairlight Walking Group which meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Cas is also a member of the Wine and Social Club.
Cas enjoys being in the kitchen so if you miss her one week she'll be in there helping!
Georgina has only been in Fairlight for six weeks - and already she has committed to volunteering at MOPP. Georgina was previously living in
Suffolk and, as a lover of running, finds our hills a little demanding. She's also not used to having neighbours - but she has a good one in Fairlight!
Georgina has worked for social services in residential homes and, before retiring, was a Finance Manager for 17 years. Her husband David was born on the Ridge in Hastings at Memory House - his father had the first taxi firm in Hastings. He was once hired by two ladies for a day's drive out but they wouldn't let him drive faster than 20mph!
You may see Georgina walking her 2 yorkies, or out running (downhill only)!
Val tells me she's a proud Geordie. She moved to Fairlight nearly a year ago to be near her grandchildren for some 'extreme grandmothering'.
Sounds like hard work!
Val met her husband in Canada. They spent their married life in East Anglia so are also not used to the Fairlight hills! Val was an english teacher at Anglia Ruskin University at this time and she has also taught in Ghana, West Africa on VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) which she says is a brilliant organisation.
Val loves dancing and is a member of a group in Hastings specialising in Greek and Balkan dance. They do exhibitions for older people in local residential homes. Val has a cat - she is desperate for a dog. Be patient Val - one day!
A warm MOPP's welcome to you all
I hope the month of September is a good one for everyone!
Carolyn 07786 835181
Well it wasn't Margo!! She just cooked up this beauty, and more besides, for us all last week. A triumph!
What would we do without Margo and Mandy (sounds like a film title!) our wonderful kitchen duo?!
Turn over and you will find another month of yummy menus!
You will also see a cracking line-up of entertainment with an emphasis on music this month, in a wide variety of forms.
Coming up: Fairfest on 29 July and Hastings Old Town Carnival Week 28 July - 5 August.
As always, it's 07786 835181 if you need to contact me.
Meeting every Friday at Fairlight Village Hall, Broadway, Fairlight
between 10.00am and 2.30pm.
M.O.P.P. MARSHAM OLDER PEOPLES' PROJECT
Fairlight Village Hall,
01424 814 726
Only call between the hours of 9am and 2pm on fridays
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Tel: 07905 981036