CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday 10am Parish Communion, 3pm Rogationtide Walk, Church Farm starting at the church.

NEW PILTDOWN SIGN: The new Piltdown sign is being erected at Piltdown pond and the Revd Canon Lucy Murdoch will be dedicating it on Sunday at noon. A celebration drink will be served.

BATTLE OF WATERLOO: 200th Anniversary Commemorative Service, 2pm Saturday July 4. This will be a special service, co-ordinated with the Fletching branch of the Royal British Legion, featuring Daniel Hattrell, local veteran of Waterloo who lies at rest in our Burial Ground. Some of his descendants will be participating in the service. Fletching School Choir will be singing, The 1st Fletching Scout Group will be on parade, and the chairman of our parish council will also be present. We will end by walking out to Daniel Hattrell’s grave for a prayer and to lay a posy of Rosemary.

WATERLOO PARTY: Saturday July 4. All members of Fletching Parish are invited by Lady Collum to Clinton Lodge for an afternoon of fun to watch an enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. We will have skirmishes between 150 musketeers, horses, cannon, a tented encampment for the soldiers and other excitements. Entrance is free, but a donation to Fletching Village School would be appreciated.

FASHION SHOW: This is in aid of the bonfire society on Friday July 17 in the village hall. Doors open 7pm. Tickets at Mr T’s or Yvonne Thomas, 01825 723275.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 2 July 1915. Patriotic Farming. There is a large number of good meaning and perfectly sincere people who are offering to assist the farmer during the present haymaking and harvesting season. Some of these are town men and town women who may not have any particular knowledge of country life or agriculture, but they certainly have a desire to help the farmer in his difficulty as regards labour shortage. One does not wish to throw cold water upon any scheme that may be formed, or upon any effort that may be put forward in this direction, but it is certainly as well to point out that the helpers may be a hindrance, if due regard is not paid to the necessary routine of farm work. Volunteers for farm work must be prepared to work at such hours and in such a way as their services will be of use to the farmer, and not a hindrance. It is all very well to see beautiful pictures depicting hay-making and harvesting scenes, but it is quite another matter to take part in this labour, which anyone who has had practical experience of the matter knows it to be extremely exhausting to the novice.

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