Fletching

CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club (9.45am). 5.30pm Evening Prayer

CHROMATICS CHOIR: Meet on Monday at 7.45pm

FLETCHING SINGERS: Meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm

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

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Saturday October 24. Our celebrations are approaching very fast. Here are details for your information: There will be a road closure from Church Corner to Splaynes Green from 7pm to 10pm. Car parks are available at both ends of the village (weather permitting). We would like villagers to join us for our short procession in fire retardant fancy dress costumes. Registration will be from 6.00 pm outside the village hall. The cost is £1 per adult 50p per child. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Only children over the age of 12 years can carry a torch. 7.45pm, Lighting of Poppies and remembrance at the War Memorial followed by formation of the procession. 8pm, procession leaves Church Corner and goes up Atheralls. 8.30pm, bonfire and firework display. We felt it would not be the same without a procession and because we want to make it a family evening and get the village to join in. We are putting on the firework display for free to everyone this year but would ask that you give generously on your way out in order for us to put on a display next year. We have also decided that as from next year we will be charging to watch the firework display as it costs several thousands and we obviously do not make this up in fund raising throughout the year. Lastly we hope that you will be able to come and support us and join in.

We will need volunteers on the Sunday morning to help sweep the streets and pick the rubbish up and also we need to pick up all the empty firework cases, fuses, plastic etc from the field so if anybody can help on Sunday with the clearing up then please contact me on 01273 476360 or 07591993051. (Sarah Bradford).

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 22 October 1915. Destruction of Foxes. The president of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, in view of the inevitable increase in the number of foxes consequent on the reduction or cessation of fox-hunting during the War, has drawn attention to the Masters of Foxhounds Association to the desirability of adopting measures to destroy foxes, and the president of the association has issued a letter urging hunt clubs throughout England and Wales to do their best in this manner to protect the interests of farmers and poultry keepers. Lord Selbourne has also arranged for enquiry by his department as to the extent to which the surplus of foxes is being reduced, and to what degree their depredations are still affecting the actual and potential supply of food.

This information will be paced at the disposal of the County War Agricultural Committees, and the District Sub-Committees, in order that additional consideration may be given to the protection of poultry in localities where such a course is desirable.

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