Fletching news
Fletching news

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

CHROMATICS CHOIR: The choir rehearse 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.

AGM: Flething Bonfire Society AGM is on Friday, February 24, at 7.30pm.

BIG PANCAKE PARTY: Shrove Tuesday, February 28, 11am in Fletching Church. Pancakes and coffee, eat all you want. Donations split between Church Urban Fund and our local Family Support Group. To raise funds for families struggling to get food on the table. All welcome.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 16 February 1917. Uckfield Petty Sessions. The Late Duke of Norfolk. Major Thornton, D L, before the business was commenced, paid a tribute to the memory of the late Lord Lieutenant, the Duke of Norfolk. He said that the Chairman (Mr R J Streatfield) had asked him to make allusion to the death of the Lord Lieutenant of the county. He did not think many people realised the greatness of the loss sustained by the county through the death of his grace. He always took a great interest in all matters appertaining to the county. Nothing was too little for him to take an interest in providing it affected the county. Any work he was called upon to undertake he tackled well and whole heartedly. During the last three years he (the speaker) had worked with the Duke of Norfolk, and under him on several committees connected with the War, and he knew he had put great energy into everything he did. He was one of the kindest men he ever met. When he had lost his own son at the Front one of the kindest letters he received was from the Duke of Norfolk.

From theweald.org : Major R Lawrence Thornton, DL, JP, of High Cross, Framfield had an extensive life of public duty including being a barrister of the Inner Temple, High Sheriff of Sussex in 1900, Justice of the Peace in 1892, President of the Royal Sussex County Hospital and a member of the East Sussex County Council for forty years. He was Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Board and a member of the House of Layman as well as being churchwarden and choirmaster of Framfield Church for twenty years. In sport he was President of the Sussex County Cricket Club and secretary of the South Saxon Society for Lawn Tennis and Croquet. He was awarded the CBE as result of his activities in the defence of the country which stretched back to his war service from 1880 to 1901 with the 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. In Freemasonry he was Provincial Grand Master for Sussex, Grand Superintendent of Sussex and many other distinctions.

His son Robert West Thornton was killed in action near Ypres 16 June 1915. He is commemorated on a plaque within Framfield Church.

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