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

PAINTERS’ CLUB: This group meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

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

FLETCHING PARISH COUNCIL: There was a parish council election on May 7 and we are pleased to welcome new councillor Tristan Elbrick and welcome back Ian Setford. We were sorry to lose Debra Hayes and the previous chairman, Mike McGowan. The parish council would like to thank Debra and Mike for their fantastic contributions to the community during their time as councillors. We have elected a new chairman, Peter Roundell, who is also a Wealden District Councillor. Councillor Barry Dickens will continue as vice chairman. You will find contact information and registers of interests for all our councillors on our website www.fletching-pc.org/contacts-new. Their areas of responsibility and appointments to outside bodies are as follows: Councillor Peter Roundell Business and Tourism, Planning, Finance, Village Hall Management Committee, Fletching Business Group, Piltdown Residents Association; Councillor Barry Dickens Green Spaces, Highways, Health and Community Services, Planning, Village Hall Management Committee, Cottages Association, Smith and Leche charity; Councillor Ian Setford Highways, Community Safety, Wealden District Association of Local Councils (WDALC), East Sussex Association of Local Councils (ESALC); Councillor Dan Kerwood Green Spaces, Health and Community Services, Youth, Recreation Ground Committee, Cottages Association; Councillor Lady Noel Collum Planning; Councillor Sandy Bone Business and Tourism, Youth, Fletching Business Group, Piltdown Residents Association; Councillor Sam Sainsbury Highways, Community Safety, Fletching Parish Action Plan Steering Group, Piltdown Residents Association; Councillor Chris Rothery Youth, Planning, Finance, Recreation Ground Committee; Councillor Tristan Elbrick Health and Community Services, Finance, Fletching Parish Action Plan Steering Group.

MISSING WATERING CAN: The metal watering can for use at the burial ground has been removed, we would be grateful if this could be returned please.

DOG FOULING: We have been receiving reports of dog owners not picking up after their dogs in public areas such as the burial ground and the recreation ground. Dogs should be kept on leads in the burial ground and dog waste bins are provided at both locations. Owners can be fined £75 for not clearing up after their dog. Dog faeces can contain parasites, viruses and bacteria which can be passed on to humans and other animals, sometimes with serious consequences. These include Toxocariasis, whipworms, hookworms, Neospora and Parvovirus. Full details can be found on our Dog Faeces Fact Sheet at www.fletching-pc.org/pcatdocs

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 25 June 1915. County of East Sussex. Memorandum as to Air Raids. In all probability if an air raid is made it will take place when most people are in bed. The only intimation the public are likely to get will be the reports of the anti-aircraft guns or the noise of falling bombs. The public are advised not to go into the street, where they might be struck by falling missiles; moreover the streets being required for the passage of fire engines etc., should not be obstructed by pedestrians. In many houses there are no facilities for procuring water on the upper floors. It is suggested, therefore, that a supply of water and sand might be kept there so that any fire breaking out on a small scale can at once be dealt with. Everyone should know the position of the fire alarm post nearest to his house. All windows and doors on the lower floor should be closed to prevent the admission of noxious gases. An indication that poison gas is being used will be that a peculiar and irritating smell may be noticed following on the dropping of the bomb.

No bomb of any description should be handled unless it has shown itself to be of incendiary type. In this case it may be possible to remove it without undue risk. In all other cases a bomb should be left alone and the police informed.

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