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CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, Candlemas. 10am Parish Communion 5.30pm Evening Prayer (1662).

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

SHEFFIELD PARK GARDENS: Future events include a Valentine’s Day Supper on Sunday February 14, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Enjoy a romantic, fire-lit, three course supper in the cosy surroundings of Oak Hall. Call 01825 790231 to book or for a menu. 50 percent deposit required on booking. On Sunday March 6, celebrate Mother’s Day with a full afternoon tea and a 45 minute garden tour with the head gardener. The menu includes a selection of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, a range of sweet treats and tea or coffee.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 4 February 1916. VTC Manoeuvers. Since its inception the Local Company of the Sussex Volunteer Training Corps has shown a thoroughly conscientious interest in the work it has undertaken, The Company comprises the Uckfield and Fletching Platoons, and on Sunday afternoon they participated in some instructive exercises on Piltdown Common.

The event was the occasion of considerable public interest, a good many townsfolk assembling in the vicinity of the public hall to witness the preliminary parade and start. This took place at 2.30, the officers present being Colonel F J Todd (Commandant of the Company) and Major R J Streatfield. A crowd of three or four hundred people awaited their coming at Piltdown, where at the Chapel they were joined by their comrades from Fletching. Mr G M Maryon-Wilson, JP., is the senior officer of the latter Platoon, which, in his indisposition, was in charge of Instructor Ralph. The Company first formed into four Platoons for the purpose of Company drill, after which two of the Platoons were extended and advanced in rushes to capture a trench at the far end of the Common, the remaining Platoons acted as supports. The operations took about an hour, and the Uckfield Platoon marched back into the town with a military swing shortly before five o’clock.

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