CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion. Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 5:00 am
Fletching news

CHROMATICS CHOIR: Meet on Monday at 7pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS: Rehearse on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

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

QUIZ NIGHT: Fletching PTA Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday, 7.30pm. Fletching Village Hall. £10 per person. Tables of eight, dinner will be provided, cash bar available. To reserve tickets please contact [email protected]

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING: Wednesday April 10 at 7pm in the church. All are welcome. To be eligible to vote, you must be on the Church’s Electoral Roll.

FEBRUARY RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: After a wet start with a sprinkling of snow, a long and unusually warm dry spell resulted in a total February rainfall of 54mm compared with the average of 69mm; well below the 207mm recorded in 2014, but above the 20mm which fell in 2012. With above average rainfall in December but below average in January and February, the winter total was 208mm compared with an average of 272mm. The wettest winter was in 2013-14 with 597mm, the driest was in 2004-05 with just 126mm.

80 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 10 March 1939. Lewes ARP Volunteers Criticised. ‘Inquest’ On The Recent Test. Comment on ‘the lack of imagination and seriousness displayed by some of those who took part in the ARP test at Lewes three weeks ago was made by the local ARP Officer (Mr W W Masters) at a meeting of volunteers in the Town Hall on Tuesday. The umpires’ reports on the work carried out at the scene of each ‘incident’ in the main praised the action taken. Mr Masters, commenting on the reports said that people threw themselves into the exercises with zest, but in some cases lacked imagination Some wardens for instance, did not sound the gas alarm because they had nothing with which to do so. They should have shouted ‘gas,’ said Mr Masters.

Reference was also made to the lack of seriousness displayed by some. “Casualties” on stretchers waved to friends in the crowd, said Mr Master, in illustration. ‘We ought to picture it in a more grim way,’ he said. ‘Picture our own houses tumbling down, and our own families and friends fatally injured. If we get that grim picture when we do these exercises we shall do the right thing instinctively We have got to take our exercises and training with a much greater degree of seriousness and efficiency than we have done.’

In one case where wardens were criticised, it was stated in extenuation that there were ‘artificial restrictions’ as it was Sunday morning. Whistles and rattles were not allowed for giving warnings.