Fletching

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

BINGO: Bonfire Society Bingo is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council will be meeting on Monday at 7pm

RBL: The Royal British Legion meets in the Committee Room on Monday at 7.30pm

MUSIC: Weald Ukelele Players and Singers, Monday 8pm at the Rose and Crown.

FLETCHING SINGERS: The singers meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS CLUB: Is on Wednesday at 1pm.

FORGET-ME-NOTS: The club are meeting on Thursday at 1.30pm.

MARTIAL ARTS: Kobudo Martial Arts meets Thursday at 5pm.

PARKING: The parish council held a public Parking Meeting on September 14 which was well attended and very useful. We presented some potential solutions to the main issues, such as inconsiderate parking, blocked driveways and parking on junctions. Members of the public came up with some good ideas too and we now have a list of possible initiatives to look at in more detail. Does your driveway get blocked by inconsiderate parking? Residents living in or around the High Street might be interested in applying to East Sussex County Council for a white line to be painted outside their driveway. It will cost £46 and can be enforced by the police if someone parks on it and you are trying to get out of your property. It should also act as a deterrent and encourage people to park elsewhere. You could also consider placing a small polite notice somewhere on your property asking people not to park there.

You can report badly parked cars to the police via https://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/report-something-online

FLETCHING FESTIVAL: We are looking for volunteers to help us plan, set up and run the Fletching Festival. If you would like to help with this exciting event, please contact Katherine Rumble (contact details below).

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

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: Wealden District Council has started working on a new Local Plan called the Wealden Local Plan. It has launched an Issues, Options and Recommendations Consultation Document which includes recommendations for changes to the FLETCHING CONSERVATION AREA.

Parish and town councils are being consulted and members of the public are also able to comment on the document from October 19 until November 30. Paper copies of the document are available from Wealden District Council’s and East Sussex County Council’s offices, various libraries and some town council offices in the district. Please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.org for more information.

ELECTORAL REVIEW: The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally started an electoral review of East Sussex County Council and the five districts across the county. The review will recommend new electoral arrangements such as the total number of councillors elected to each council in the future, ward and division boundaries and the names of wards and divisions. A public consultation will run until November 30. Log on to www.lgbce.org.uk to find out how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward.

ANNUAL AUDIT: Our internal and external audits for the financial year ended 31st March 2015 have been completed successfully.

BUDGET FOR 2016/2017: We have started to prepare our budget for 2016/2017 and would like to hear from any local groups or organisations who might request a grant. Grants are available for projects which benefit the community, please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.og for more information.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 15 October 1915. Ploughmen and the Army. Speaking at York on Saturday Lord Selbourne said that if every farmer in England would consent to plough two additional acres it would make a great change in our national production within a year. He was not going to dwell now on labour difficulties. From time to time he had got help for them from the War Office. He had just heard by telephone that Lord Kitchener had met him in a fresh matter, he had promised to release those of their ploughmen who were available but were in the Army, so that they might come back for a month and help the farmers in their ploughing.

SEPTEMBER RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: With heavy rain in the middle of the month, I recorded 85mm, which is above the 17 year average of 59mm. Last year we had only 7mm; in the very wet year 2000 we had 151mm.

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