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Hedley J S Fleet last week joined the Royal Flying Corps, and is in training at Farnborough. He is a fine young fellow, and though under 17 years of age has been for some time a member of the Beds Volunteers.

Pte W Pratts, Bedfords, of High Street, who has been to France and Egypt on service, and who was moved to Palestine last Easter, writes from Gaza to inform his mother that the Military Medal has been awarded to him. He states that they made bombing raids on the Turks trenches on July 20 and 27, and on the latter date he succeeded in capturing and bringing back a machine gun. There are three other brothers, two in the Army and one in the Navy, while two sisters are engaged on munitions.
Owing to inability to produce sufficient petrol for lighting purposes at the Parish Church, the Vicar is holding afternoon services once a fortnight. The first of these was held last Sunday.
The Parish Council met on Tuesday evening. Present: Messrs A Norris (Chairman), F W Barnwell, G Page, F Peppitt and E Yates. A letter was read from Mr James Peppitt, who had been a member of the Council since it was formed in 1892, asking to be relieved from serving on account of indifferent health. This resignation was accepted with regret and the Clerk was instructed to write a letter thanking him for his services. Mr W H Dove was asked to become a member of the Council.
The letter from the Duke of Bedford relative to venison gifts was read, and it was decided to send a letter regretting that circumstances had arisen which made it impossible to continue the gifts: also to express thanks for the Duke's munificence in supplying such gifts for several years.
Mr F W Barnwell reported that in connection with the rat and sparrow scheme, he had received 373 rats' tails, 114 sparrows, and 36 sparrows' eggs, and that the sum of £3 3s 8d had been expended in payments. It was decided to continue the scheme but to reduce the payment for rats' tails from 2d to 1d.