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HELLO: The spring weather seems to have disappeared but don’t forget that British Summer Time starts this weekend now often called Daylight Saving Time – so put your clocks forward on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 01:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, 26 March 2017, 02:00:00

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS: A very well attended parish assembly took place on Thursday 16 March at the village hall. Our MP Huw Merriman attended and gave us feedback on issues which have been raised by local residents and the parish council at our recent meeting with him. He recognised local concerns around speed and congestion on the A21 and has raised them directly with Highways England. He also recognised the financial hardship which East Sussex state schools are finding themselves in with the new funding formula – this too he has raised with the minister for Education and has supported local head teachers in their lobbying of Parliament for a fairer deal. He understood the frustration experienced by residents about a number of issues particularly slow broadband speed and the lack of high speed rail links to London. All of which he is actively supporting both inside and outside Parliament. Parish Council Chairman Roger Fisher thanked Huw for both his attendance at the Assembly and the support he has demonstrated for the village.

Andrew Wedmore, parish councillor from Brightling, who has been working to improve broadband speeds for rural areas gave a very informative presentation on what is currently happening with East Sussex County Council planned projects to improve rural broadband. He also gave some simple tips to try to improve our own broadband speeds within the house ie was the router sited in the correct place etc and shared his web site hunters.farm/broadband which is a useful information site for local residents to find more information about broadband etc.

PARISH CHURCH NEWS: Sunday 26th March is Mothering Sunday and at Whatlington Church we will be holding a special Mothering Sunday Family Service at 10.30am, this will be taken by Rev. John Hawkins. During the service there will be flowers for the ladies and refreshments will be served following the service. We extend an open invitation to come and join us, whether you are a Mother or whether you would like to come and remember all your Mother has done for you.

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