REMEMBERING: Last weekend was the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, recording the end of the Great War. The atmosphere of the weekend was sombre as we recalled the devastating effect on our village of the death of 55 young men who died in the conflict or immediately afterwards. There was a display of photographs of the first World War in the Memorial Chapel of All Saints’ church and records of how and where our village men died. The talk on Thursday November 8, called The Prisoner’s Story was about Monty Chidson, a young pilot brought down over enemy lines in February 1915 and his three years in Prisoner-of-War camp, mostly at Friedberg, Germany. The talk was very well attended and the retiring collection for the Royal British Legion raised nearly £600. Sunday’s traditional Service at which we read the names of the village dead and hold our annual two minutes silence was so full (over 200 people) that there was standing room only by the time service began. After the service, our bell-ringers rang a joyful peal to record the victory, joining hundreds of other villages across the country who did the same. In the evening, many villages along the Downs lit beacons, the traditional method for centuries to pass messages from one to another. By the end of the weekend it felt as if we had well and truly remembered and honoured those who had fought for their country.