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CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am special Mothering Day Service with posies, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

MOTHERING SUNDAY: I do hope many of you will come to this lovely occasion when children will receive posies of spring flowers to give out. Everyone is warmly invited. We are grateful to the Revd. Margaret Constable who will be leading this service, and many other services during the interregnum.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: The annual service for our area will be held this year in the Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist, Heron’s Ghyll, today, Friday. It will start at 2pm and will be followed by refreshments. The service has been prepared by the Christian Women of Cuba.

YOUTH CLUB: The club meets tonight, Friday, at 7pm.

CHROMATICS CHOIR: The choir meets on Monday at 7.45pm.

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

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

BINGO: Bonfire Society Bingo is on Saturday March 12 at 7.30pm.

MAD MARCH PUB QUIZ: In aid of Friends of Sussex Hospices. Tuesday March 15, 7.30pm at the Rose and Crown. Either book individually or make up teams of six. £5 to take part or £15 including supper. Call Kate Minch on 07717 457711 to book places.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 10 March 1916. Uckfield Tribunals. Women Workers Not Wanted. The outstanding feature of the Tribunal for the Rural District of Uckfield, which took place at Uckfield Workhouse on Wednesday, was the unanimous and frequently expressed opinion by farmers that women would be of no use to them even if they were to be had. Mrs. Corbett, who was present, often suggested to farmers that they could replace men by women, particularly in the dairy branch, but received no encouragement at all. One farmer was quite indignant at the idea, and said he would not like a woman to have to do all that there was to do in a cow stall. Nearly 50 cases were heard, and the sitting occupied from 10.30 till 4.30.

Fletching. The claim of WT Bellingham, of Parsonage Farm, was supported by his father, who stated that the applicant had charge of the milk department for seven years. There were eleven cows, and he was milkman, and quite indispensable. The claim was not allowed.

In March 1916 the Military Service Act was passed. This imposed conscription on all single men aged between 18 and 41, but exempted the medically unfit, clergymen, teachers and certain classes of industrial worker.

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