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

FLETCHING PARISH COUNCIL: Following a Court of Appeal decision on a technical point, the Ashdown Forest 7km rule has been removed from Wealden District Council’s Core Strategy Local Plan. The district council is assessing the impact of the decision and will issue guidelines to town and parish councils as soon as possible. All planning applications will continue to be subject to the Habitats Regulations which protect the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area. In practical terms the appeal outcome will mean that applicant will still have to prove, to the satisfaction of Wealden District Council, that their development will not be causing damage to the Forest, or contribute to suitable mitigation measures.

GRANT AWARDS: A grant of £600 has been awarded to the Recreation Ground Committee towards the cost of repairs to the showers. This represents approximately half of the total cost of the works, the rest is being funded by the committee. A grant of £298 has been awarded to Fletching Pre-School to help pay for computer equipment and tablets for the children to use as part of the National Curriculum.

BURIAL GROUND: We are currently reviewing the fees and regulations for Fletching Burial Ground. There has been an increase in the use of glass/ceramic plant and flower containers, which can easily be damaged or broken by mowers and strimmers. Please can we ask you to remove all breakable containers, including jars and vases, by September 30. Any glass or ceramic containers remaining after this date will be removed by the council. New regulations will be issued later this year.

PCSO CHRIS COOLEY RETIRING: We are sad to lose our lovely PCSO, Chris Cooley, at the end of August. Chris is retiring and looking forward to doing some travelling round the world. We have been assigned two new PCSOs to cover our parish, PCSO Megan Gledhill and PCSO Tony Moore. Their contact details will be published shortly and we hope to see them around the parish soon.

ROAD SAFETY: East Sussex County Council has agreed to fund a speed data survey in Ruston Bridge Road in September/October. The County Council has also offered to fund 50 percent of the cost of speed data surveys in Shortbridge Road and Golf Club Lane. The parish council has agreed to contribute £400 towards this and the remaining £200 needed is being funded by the Piltdown Residents Association. Data will be captured 24 hours a day for seven days at each location, providing information on numbers of vehicles and their speeds.

PARKING: We are currently undertaking some research into parking issues in Fletching village and trying to identify some potential solutions. If you would like to help us by completing a parking survey, please e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org or pop into Mr T’s Village Shop for a copy.

We hope to be able to present proposals to local residents, more information on this will be available nearer the time. In the meantime, please send photos of badly parked vehicles to clerk@fletching-pc.org or report them to the police via https://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/report-something-online

COMMUNITY EVENT: We held our first meeting earlier this month to gather ideas for a new annual community event. We have decided to call this event Fletching Festival and a provisional date of Saturday 27 August 2016 has been set. We are now in the process of forming a committee to take the ideas forward and begin organising this exciting event. If you would like to help, please contact Katherine Rumble (contact details below).

CAN YOU HELP?: We are always looking for more volunteers to help us get things done. If you would help with any of the above, please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 3 September 1915, Marathon At Maresfield. Organised by Regimental Sergeant-Major Buckley and Sergeant-Major Fisher of the Army Gymnastic Staff, attached to the South East Mounted Brigade, a very successful Marathon race took place on Saturday, and was run by some of the men of the West Kent Yeomanry, who are stationed in the camp at Maresfield. The course was from the Camp to the Star Inn corner at Piltdown, thence to Shortbridge, Shortbridge Hill, Rocks Road, Church Street, High Street, Ringles Cross, Five Ash Down, Tanyard Lane, Underhill, the finish being at the Orderly Room in the camp. The event created a considerable amount of interest. The winner, Private Marsh, completed the course in 39 minutes. There were 25 starters.

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