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CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

FASHION SHOW: This is in aid of the bonfire society tonight, Friday, in the village hall. Doors open 7pm. Tickets at Mr T’s or Yvonne Thomas, 01825 723275.

PAINTERS’ CLUB: The club meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

MARTIAL ARTS: Kobudo Martial Arts meet on Thursday at 5pm.

PARISH PLAN UPDATE: Road Safety: At our road safety meeting on June 29 we discussed the two recent collisions, road safety outside the school and speed data collection. We are looking at installing a static speed data collection device near the school, which will collect data for 24 hours a day for seven days. The petition to reduce the speed limits to 40mph in Shortbridge Road and Golf Club Lane was heard by East Sussex County Council on June 22 and it was agreed that up to date speed data is needed for those locations. Our Community Speed Watch team is currently applying to Sussex Police to get two additional sites approved, one on the A275 at Trading Boundaries and one at the bus stop on the A272 near Lodge Lane.

Parking in Fletching village is a concern, with an increase in inconsiderate parking in recent years. Larger vehicles such as tractors, refuse and emergency services vehicles are frequently finding it difficult or impossible to get through the High Street. We will be undertaking some research into the parking issues and some potential solutions during the next few months. We would like to invite you to attend a Parking Meeting on Monday September 14, at 7.30pm in the village hall. We hope to be able to present proposals to local residents, more information on this will be available nearer the time. In the meantime, please send photos of badly parked vehicles to clerk@fletching-pc.org or report them to the police via https://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/report-something-online

COMMUNITY EVENT: We would like to hold a new annual community event, such as a summer fair, barn dance or street party. Volunteers have started to come forward to help us gather ideas for this wonderful event, the first of which is to be held in summer 2016. We hope it will be lots of fun for the whole parish, bringing the community together and becoming something to look forward to in future years. We will begin planning the event by holding our first meeting on Monday August 10 at 8pm in the village hall.

CAN YOU HELP: We are always looking for more volunteers to help us get things done. If you would help with any of the above, please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org

FLETCHING BONFIRE SOCIETY: It is with regret that I have to report that due to lack of help and interest and other reasons we are going to have to scale down our bonfire celebrations for this year only. There will be no fancy dress competitions or torchlight procession this year. We will, however, still be having our bonfire and usual firework display. This will only be for one year and hopefully, if we can get more members and help then we will be able to return to our usual format.

Further details will be posted at a later date.

100 CLUB: We are still continuing with our 100 club, which is £30 for the year and we have 11 draws of first prize £30, second prize £20 and third prize £10 and one big prize draw. This year the prizes were £150, £75 and £50. So if anyone would like to join the club could they contact me on 01273 476360 to find out which numbers are available and how to pay etc. It is a good way of supporting the bonfire, without having to do too much.

FUND RAISING: We will still be doing fund raising so from October to July we will be holding our usual bingos. Our society only has a small group of dedicated people who help with everything but it would be great if we could get new people involved and help us build it up again for next year. Thank you Sarah Bradford, Chair Fletching Bonfire Society.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 23 July 1915. Maresfield. Motor Car Accident. The hill leading past the Schools towards Uckfield is gaining quite an unenviable notoriety by reason of the numerous accidents which have recently happened on it to vehicular traffic. Another motor car spill took place last Saturday, when a light car loaded with soldiers was being driven by Mr A Fillery, of Uckfield. It appears that a cyclist suddenly appeared on the wrong side of the road, and in attempting to avoid him the driver swerved so suddenly that the car was turned into the bank with sufficient force to cause it to rebound to the opposite side of the road, where it partially overturned and rested on the hood. The occupants were all thrown out, but, fortunately, none were hurt. The cycle suffered somewhat, but the car, which was a new one, was not very materially damaged.

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