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

VJ DAY: We will be gathering at the War Memorial to mark this very significant day on Saturday August 15 at 10.45am. This is intended to be a pause in our busy lives, so that we, with members of the Royal British Legion, may give thanks, remember and re-dedicate ourselves to future peace and justice in our world today. I do hope that many, including families and children, will join with Second World War veterans, in solidarity with those who fought, suffered and died during the Second World War in the Far East. When you go home tell them of us and say, ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today’. (Kohima Epitaph).

SUNDAY CLUB: There will be no Sunday Club during the August summer holidays. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our leaders, especially Sally Foreman, so very much for making the club such fun for the children. I would also like to welcome Lila Dykes who has joined the team of leaders. We do appreciate all that the Sunday Club does each month, and love to see you all, children and leaders when you join us in church and tell us what you have been doing. Happy holidays. Lucy Murdoch. The next Sunday Club is on September 20 when we have our great community celebration with Bishop Martin. See you then.

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

PARISH COUNCIL: The parish council meet on Monday at 7pm.

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

BONFIRE SOCIETY: After a recent meeting of the officers and committee members of the society, we have changed the plans for our celebration on Saturday October 24. We have decided now to have a procession for local people and villagers from the Church Corner up to the bonfire and fireworks at Atheralls Farm. We would like villages to dress up (in flame retardant costumes) and join us. There will be a fee of £1 per adult and 50p per child to join the procession due to insurance purposes and anyone under the age of 12 years will not be able to hold a lit torch. We felt it would not be the same without a procession and because we want to make it a family evening and get the village to join in. The outline for the evening is as follows, but final details will be confirmed next month. Road closures from Church Corner to Splaynes Green from 7pm to 10pm. 7pm Registration for procession, 7.30pm lighting of poppies at war memorial, 7.45pm procession moves off to the bonfire and firework field led by the society, 8.30pm bonfire and firework display.

We are putting on the firework display for free to everyone this year but would ask that you give generously on your way out in order for us to put on a display next year. We have also decided that as from next year we will be charging to watch the firework display as it costs several thousands and we obviously do not make this up in fund raising throughout the year. Lastly we hope that you will be able to come and support us and join in. We will need volunteers on the Sunday morning to help sweep the streets and pick the rubbish up and also we need to pick up all the empty firework cases, fuses, plastic etc from the field so if anybody can help on Sunday with the clearing up then please contact me on 01273 476360 or 07591993051. Sarah Bradford, Chair Fletching Bonfire Society.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 13 August 1915. Insuring the Workhouse – Guardians and Zeppelins. How Long Will The War Last? Major Thornton asked if the Board would deal with the question of insurance against aircraft. He said that the premium was 2s in the £, and the amounts on which insurance would have to be paid were the same as in the case of insurance against fire, viz., £700 on furniture and £10,260 on the buildings. This would come to about £11. The Chairman said the question was whether it was advisable. Major Thornton – In order that the matter may be discussed, I move that the insurance be effected. Sir Francis Osborne seconded. Major Price – I don’t think it is worth it. Mr Troy moved an amendment that the matter be referred to the House Committee to report upon. Major Thornton thought this matter had to do with the ratepayers, and was not one of personal risk. The chairman said that if the House was destroyed the ratepayers would have to rebuild, and that the Guardians were the trustees for the ratepayers. Major Price. They would be down on us more than they are now. Sir Francis Osborne urged that the War could not continue for more than two years, and that the insurance was well worth £22. Mr Troy said the War might go on for four years, and Major Price said that if so they would all be in the Workhouse. Major Thornton’s motion to insure was adopted by eight votes to four.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: Two very wet days near the end of the month resulted in a total July rainfall of 51mm, still below my monthly average of 67mm and much less than the 151mm which inundated us in 2007.

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