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CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, Palm Sunday; 10am Parish Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion. Thursday, Maundy Thursday, 7pm Holy Communion. Good Friday, April 14, Service at 2pm. Saturday April 15, Easter Vigil Service at 8pm. Easter Day, April 16, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: (Sponsored by members of local parish churches). The next meeting will be held at 8.15am tomorrow, Saturday, at Piltdown Golf Club when Geoffrey Bignall will give a talk entitled Around the World in 48 Minutes. A full English breakfast will be served, followed by the talk. Tickets at £10 are available from Nigel Kay 01825 722008 or Richard Sargent 01825 790458.

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

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

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

FLETCHING SINGERS: The Singers rehearse on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

ART GROUP: The group meets on Wednesday at 1pm.

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

SOME QUERIES: As webmaster for www.fletchingparishchurch.org.uk I occasionally get emails seeking information. A recent enquiry from a lady in Canada asked if a plaque shown in an attached photo was in Fletching. Her father, a Nova Scotian, had been stationed in the area during the Second World War. The inscription was barely legible but Peter Wigan has kindly confirmed that it is indeed in Fletching Church, and has provided a transcription.

This plaque is placed here by the 5 th Canadian LAA Regiment RCA in appreciation of the privilege of worshipping in this church, August 1942 – March 1943.

I have that located the War Diaries of this regiment on line and found that they were located in Sheffield Park before later moving to Pippingford. They ultimately saw active service in Italy. I will add a photograph of the plaque and some relevant excerpts from the War Diaries to the website. This week I had another query, this time from Los Angeles, concerning Jimmy Edwards.

‘Dear Sir or Madam: I am writing various e-mail addresses in Fletching in the hope that someone there will be able to help me. I apologize for bothering you. I am an Englishman who has lived for many decades in Los Angeles and has authored a vast number of books on the history of popular entertainment. Currently, I am working on a biography/critical study of Jimmy Edwards, who was a longtime resident of Fletching. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him, and also anyone who can provide me with information as to his various addresses there. From 1950 onwards he lived at Atheralls Farm, purchasing the neighboring East Park in 1955. At some point, he also owned Raven Oak on Mill Lane. I cannot determine if he sold Atheralls Farm prior to his death, and if his last address in Fletching was actually Raven Oak. Any help anyone there can offer will be so very welcome.

Again, thank you for your time, and I hope to hear back. Kindest wishes, Anthony Slide’

If anyone can help Mr Slide, his email is anthonyslide@yahoo.com. We have been in contact and I have established that Raven Oak is also referred to as Riven Oak; that was the address given in the London Gazette in a notice after Jimmy Edwards died.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 6 April 1917. Confirmation at Uckfield. On Friday last the Bishop of Lewes administered the rite of Confirmation to 81 persons at Uckfield Parish Church. Of these, 21 males and 20 females were from Uckfield, two males and five females from Isfield, three males from Maresfield, six males and 12 females from Hadlow Down, three males and four females from Fletching, three females from Little Horsted, and two females from Buxted.

MARCH RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: The dry spell continued in March with just 32mm of rain compared with an average of 55mm. This was above the minimum of 23mm recorded in 2011 but well below the maximum of 127mm in 2001 and the 86mm experienced last year.

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