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

BINGO: Bonfire Society Bingo Tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

MUSIC: Weald Ukulele Players and Singers at the Rose and Crown, 8pm Monday. CHROMATICS CHOIR: The choir meet on Monday at 7.45pm.

PAINTERS’ CLUB: The club meet on Wednesday at 1pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS: Meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

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

AGM: The village hall AGM is on Thursday at 7.45pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Fletching Village Christmas Fair is on Saturday November 28 at 2pm. Father Christmas will be in attendance; lots of stalls run by local organisations and a raffle. Any enquiries please call Yvonne Thomas 01825 723275.

ADVENT CONCERT: Saturday November 28 at 7.30pm at the Church of

St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin. The Fletching Singers conducted by Nick Milner-Gulland. The programme will include Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and other Christmas works for choir, orchestra and soloists. There will also be carols for choir and audience, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Net proceeds from this concert will be donated to charity. Tickets (£12) available from 01825 712462, or at the door, or from a choir member, or online from www.fletchingsingers.co.uk

PARISH ACTION PLAN: Fletching Festival. We are looking for volunteers to help us plan, set up and run the Fletching Festival on Saturday 16 July 2016. The event will start with a soap box derby at noon, followed by fun and games on the recreation ground from 2pm until 5pm. Then from 5pm there will be a street party in the High Street. Here is a list of the stalls and activities we need more volunteers for: Candy floss, children’s pet show, children’s stilt race, classic cars – do you have a classic car you would like to bring to the event?, Coconut shy, face painting, hook a duck, wooden/blow up horse races, Maypole dancing, shove halfpenny, slippery pole, welly throwing, wheelbarrow races. There are also competitions to be organised and we would appreciate any help with gazebos, tables and chairs. If you run a local business, perhaps you would be interested in sponsoring one of the stalls or activities?

The next Fletching Festival Committee meeting is on Thursday December 3 at 8pm in the Village Hall, anyone is welcome to attend. If you are able to help with any of the above, please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: Wealden District Council has started working on a new Local Plan called the Wealden Local Plan. It has launched an Issues, Options and Recommendations Consultation Document which includes recommendations for changes to the Fletching Conservation Area and a proposal for a new Conservation Area at Splaynes Green. Parish and town councils are being consulted and members of the public are also able to comment on the document until December 14. You can review the documents online at www.wealden.gov.uk. Paper copies of the document are available from Wealden District Council’s and East Sussex County Council’s offices, various libraries and some town council offices in the district. Please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.org for more information.

BUDGET FOR 2016/2017: We are preparing our budget for 2016/2017 and would like to hear from any local groups or organisations who might request a grant. Grants are available for projects which benefit the community, please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.og for more information.


COMMUNITY LEARNING: Acres runs daytime and evening adult learning courses in Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst and the surrounding areas. Would you be interested in attending a course in Fletching? If we can meet the minimum numbers, we may be able to work with Acres to run a course at a local venue. There are a wide range of course subjects available including arts and crafts, digital photography, computing and business skills, English and Maths examinations, history and culture, creative writing, brain training, guitar, belly dancing, yoga, languages, jewellery making, painting, stained glass etc. Please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.org for more information.

GOODBYE TONY MOORE: PCSO Tony Moore has left the role for another job, we wish him all the best for the future. PCSO Megan Gledhill will continue to cover our parish. Megan can be contacted on 07912 893180.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 26 November 1915. Fletching: Agent for this paper: Mr Parkes, Post Office, Fletching.

Three Soldier Sons. Our Gallery of Fighting Sons of Sussex this week includes the portraits of the three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs J Neale. Sergt Fred Neale joined the ASC 14 years ago, and four years ago became attached to the 1st Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Frank and Ernest have joined the Royal Flying Corps since the War commenced.

James Neale, a boot maker, married Esther Newnham in 1876 and they appear living in Fletching in the census from 1881 onwards. In 1911 their address is given as Whites Houses. Their son Ernest is recorded on the Fletching War Memorial. He died at home May 1920 and is buried in Fletching. After a medical examination in Reigate, he attested for the Royal Flying Corps at Farnborough in June 1915. He was discharged as no longer physically fit for War service on 9 February 1918.

SUSSEX EXPRESS: 28 May 1920. Funeral at Fletching. The interment took place at Fletching on Wednesday of the remains of Mr. Ernest Neale, son of Mr and Mrs J Neale, who died after a long illness. During the war he did good service in the Royal Air Force, in which he held the rank of Sergeant. Some years ago he was in business with his brother-in-law, Mr P Ireland where they carried on the business of a general stores and Post Office. (The shop was in Hadlow Down.) The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev T E Roberts, and included the hymns ‘For all the Saints who from their labours rest,’ and ‘Nearer, my God, To Thee.’ There were many sympathetic friends in the congregation.

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