CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Parish Communion and Sunday Club. At noon Farewell to Lucy, buffet lunch in the church. 5.30pm Holy Communion.

CHROMATICS CHOIR: The choir meets on Monday at 7.45pm.

FLETCHING SINGERS: The singers meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

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

PARISH COUNCIL: Collision on A275. There was a serious road traffic collision at the junction near Trading Boundaries on 11 January 2016. We have confirmed with Highways and Sussex Police that the collision was not caused by road or weather conditions. A witness has stated that the collision was caused by a driver turning directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle and there was no time for that vehicle to stop. The driver of the oncoming vehicle sustained very serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital. Speed was not considered to be a contributing factor, however we are still trying to get a Community Speed Watch site approved at this location to enable us to gather data on this stretch of road.

If you notice any safety issues with visibility, road markings or signage at any junctions in the parish please report them to the Clerk on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org

BURIAL GROUND: We are continuing to reconcile our burial ground records and would like to hear from anyone who purchased a burial plot before 2012 or has moved house since their purchase. Some minor tree works will be undertaken in the next few weeks and we have a local contractor working on the mole problem. Our burial ground fees will be increasing slightly with effect from 1st April 2016 and the new fees will be available on our website. Please contact the Clerk on 01444 483080 or clerk@fletching-pc.og with any information or queries.

WEBSITE: We are re-designing our parish council website www.fletching-pc.org and would welcome any feedback or suggestions you have to make it more user friendly. We would like to make it easier to find the information you want, as well as complying with legislative requirements. Please contact the clerk on clerk@fletching-pc.org with any suggestions.

ACTION PLAN UPDATE: Road Safety. Speed data surveys were done in Shortbridge Road and Golf Club Lane in November, following a petition to reduce the speed limit to 40mph on both roads. The data has now been reviewed and Highways have agreed to consider a speed limit reduction. The Piltdown Residents Association is working with Highways and Fletching Parish Council to take this forward. We have been considering installing traffic mirrors in various locations around the parish to improve visibility for road users and pedestrians. Unfortunately, we have now discovered that these types of mirrors are not permitted on the public highway and can only be installed by individuals for private use. If an accident were to occur due to distortion or glare from a mirror, the person who installed it could be liable. This means that we won’t be progressing this idea any further.

FLETCHING FESTIVAL: Our plans for the Fletching Festival on Saturday 16 July 2016 are taking shape and everyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings (usually on the first Thursday of each month at 8pm in the Village Hall). We are still looking for volunteers and sponsors to support this exciting event, as well as anyone who might like to have a stall and sell their own local produce.

THE PAST YEAR: We will shortly be producing an updated version of the Parish Action Plan, showing you the progress we have made in the past 12 months on the issues you raised in our questionnaire. If you would like any further information, please contact Katherine Rumble on 01444 483080 or e-mail clerk@fletching-pc.org

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 25 Feb 1916. The question of alleged sheep-worrying by ownerless dogs in districts where there are military camps was discussed on Monday by the National Sheep Breeders’ Association. A resolution was passed in favour of raising the dog licence from 7s 6d to one guinea.

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