Fletching

CHURcH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Christingle Service.

CHRISTINGLE: A lovely service with the symbolic oranges, candles and fruit for the children. This will be our first taste of Christmas, so do come and join us. Fletching School is helping to make the Christingles, and will be taking part in the service with the handbell ringers.

BEER AND CAROLS: At The Rose and Crown. Festive Carol Singing, Thursday, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Choose your favourites, meet up with friends, have fun. Support Embrace the Middle East (includes refugees in Lebanon).

BONFIRE SOCIETY: Bingo tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council meets Monday at 7pm

WEALD UKELELE PLAYERS: And Singers, Monday, 8pm Rose and Crown main bar: Friends and Family Evening.

FORGET-ME-NOTS: The group meets on Thursday at 1.30pm.

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

SINGALONG: The Chromatics Choir warmly invite you to join them for a Christmas Singalongat Fletching Village Hall on Saturday December 19, 3.30pm to 5pm. Tea included, £5 on the door. All proceeds to St Raphael’s for Augustinian Care and Dementia UK.

FLETCHING CUBS: Will be holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday February 6 from 11am to 1pm. So if you are having a pre-Christmas sort out we would like donations of clothes, linen, shoes, toys, books and bric-a-brac. Details of where donations can be left will be published towards the end of January

FLETCHING BONFIRE SOCIETY: As most of you aware we had a scaled down celebrations this year with just a small procession, a bonfire and firework display. I would like to say thank you to those people and families who joined the procession. Last year we only had eight core members who did all the fund raising, organised, planned and ran the night and cleared up afterwards. We cannot manage this again this year so unless we get more villagers and people involved, either with fund raising, coming on the committee and helping us on the night before, the day and the day after. There are lots of ways people can help. Because of this we have brought our Annual General Meeting forward and following it with a General Meeting so that people can find out what is involved and what they could do. This meeting is on Sunday, January 17, at 6pm in the village hall. If we don’t get any support and help then the society will fold and there will be no more celebrations. If you do not want this to happen then please come along to this meeting. If you are interested and cannot make this meeting then please email me your details and what you are willing to do to sarahbrad12@aol.com.

My family have been involved in Fletching Bonfire Society with members of our family holding various posts over the last 70 years. It certainly would be sad to see this great tradition end. If anyone would like further information then please phone me on 01273 476360 or 07591993051.

Many thanks, Sarah Bradford.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 17 December 1915. Piltdown: Agent for this paper Mr Grover. Slate Club’s Share Out. Two of the Slate Clubs at the licensed houses have apportioned their surplus funds during the past few days, and the members have been well satisfied at the amount handed to them as their share. The Lamb Inn paid out £1 3s 8d per member, and at The Peacock the amount was £1 1s 8d. At both the gatherings in connection with the distribution of the money a pleasant hour was spent in harmony.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: The total for November of 106mm was very close to the long term average of 104mm; much less than the 222mm recorded in 2008. In contrast we had only 29mm in 1999. The autumn total was 249mm, not much below the average of 273mm.

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