War dead: The Royal British Legion has published the names of the fallen in the two world wars on its notice board. Seven in World War II and fifty one in the 1914-1918 War. There were some 250-300 men of military age in Newick in 1914-1918, some of whom did not serve in the armed forces for one reason or another. A casualty rate of around 20%. A sobering thought. Around one family in ten will have lost a member, some more than one.
Rugby news: On a more cheerful note the Rugby club has now finished its domestic season, and ended up a respectable fifth in the league. One further match remains — a game against a touring side from Northampton on Saturday 29 April.
The John Lawson Circus: will be visiting Newick, on the Green, over the Bank holiday weekend at the beginning of May
Dry weather: Everyone will have noticed that we have had a very mild and dry winter.-, just how dry is surprising and rather worrying. Over the 41/2 months from 1 December 2016 to date we have had over 10 inches less than our normal average rainfall, and reservoirs are far from full. If this continues it will have serious repercussions for agriculture. Needless to say gardens will also be affected, and we shall have the customary hosepipe ban.
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