Fairlight History Group was founded at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019 by Haydon Luke and Paul Draper.
Haydon moved to Fairlight in 2004 and had a life-long interest in history and heritage. He joined the Shipwreck Museum in Hastings as a volunteer and trustee and later became Chairman. In 2014 he published his book ‘Fairlight – A Sussex Village by The Sea’, the first comprehensive book on Fairlight.
Paul moved to Fairlight in 2012, his interest in history having been sparked off by researching his own family tree. It didn’t take long for him to become interested in local history and in 2014 he was made archivist for the Fairlight Residents’ Association. He soon joined forces with Haydon to further investigate the history of Fairlight and Pett.
Throughout the last few years, Haydon and Paul put on several very successful exhibitions in Fairlight Village Hall which proved popular with the local community. They therefore decided to gauge local interest at the end of 2018 with the idea of forming a History Group and it has since proved to be a success. To date, over 100 members have joined and now all matters are overseen by an active committee of local history lovers.
Our aim is to provide and share information on the history of Fairlight and its surroundings; to hold monthly meetings; to give talks and hold exhibitions on subjects relating to the local area and answer any queries from far and wide.
If you would like to join us you would be very welcome. You don’t have to live in Fairlight to become a member but just have an interest in the history of Fairlight and the neighbouring villages. If you have any information about Fairlight and or the surrounding area this would be very helpful. We would particularly welcome lovers of history or anyone who would be interested in helping with research.