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The Ditchling Horticultural Society - held their Autumn Flower Show in the Village Hall on Sunday 13th September. This was the second time the Society has held their Autumn Show on a Sunday and has proved very popular with members and visitors. Over 140 entries were on display providing a very autumnal scene.This show was also the last in which Muriel Brayne would be runing her renowned “Muriels Raffle” She has decided to retire from taking an active roll in the raffle which she has organised for the past 60 years and raised over £12000 for the Society a most remarkable achievement. Muriel is very precious to the Society and she has promised to still keep a watching brief on all proceedings. 
The following were Cup and Trophy winners :- The Wheelwright Challenge Cup - Mercedes Madden
Davy Challenge Cup - J Laing
Presidents Challenge Cup - R Morley
Geo Blackstone Trophy - N Strafford
The Margaret Bucknall Trophy - A and M Leneghan. The Ralli Challeng Cup - S Parker. Henry Weller Trophy - D Crawford 
1st Prize Winners were:- Fruit and Vegetable Section - Mercedes Madden J Trais L Van Stiphant R Morley J Heinze B Newman J Corney L Parnham A Sandercock G Ironside J Oughton M Holman N Strafford J Beck. Flowers and Plants Section - N Strafford H Houston S Campbell. Floral Art Section - J Laing R Taylor. Cookery Section - Mercedes Madden G Ironside J Trais A Sandercock S Campbell H Blackhall S Parker J Morley. Photography Section - S Parker

THE WW1 MEDALS OF PRIVATE CHARLES PRATT, who was the son of the landlord of the White Horse, Ditchling, are to go on display one hundred years after his death. The three WW1 medals, bought at auction by Ditchling History Project will be kept on display in the village where Charles is one of twenty men from World War I remembered on the village War Memorial. 
On Friday 25th September at 12.30pm the medals will be handed to the present landlord, John Davies when members of Ditchling History Project will be joined in the White Horse by representatives of Charles Pratt’s family, still living locally. A representative from the Royal Sussex Regiment will also attend bringing the Regimental Standard as well as members of the local branch of the Royal British Legion. 
Private Charles Pratt was born in Southwick and came to Ditchling in 1908 when his father George became landlord of the White Horse. In 1913, he joined the Second Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment and, when war broke out in August of the following year he went to France, aged nineteen, with the British Expeditionary Force. He was twice wounded and in hospital but was back with his Battalion when the Battle of Loos began on 25th September 1915. His battalion was ordered to advance to the German trench however, the wire had not been cut and it was reported that all officers and men who reached or got close were either killed or wounded. Charles was listed as missing presumed killed that day and his name is one of 20,000 commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Loos. His medals will remain on display in the White Horse where locals and visitors might remember the sacrifice made by Charles and so many others. 
You can find out more about the local history of Ditchling, including information on the men named on the village war memorial, at www.ditchlinghistoryproject.org Janet Cragg 01273 845383

Ditchling Village Association Council Meeting A Council Meeting of the DVA will be held on Thursday, 24th September at 7.30pm in the Quaker’s Meeting House. All are very welcome.

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