In a village full of fine Listed Buildings the lovely Parish Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin is the only Grade 1 Listed Building and it can trace its origin back to the late Saxon / early Norman period.
The present imposing structure, which is cruciform Early English in style, was completed around 1230 and it was here in Fletching that Simon de Montfort and his Barons prayed and kept vigil on the eve of the Battle of Lewes in May 1264.  Following his victory over King Henry III, the bodies of more than a dozen of his fallen knights were buried under the nave in full armour.
Since then, the spire and buttresses were built in 1340, the porch and rood screen in the early 1400s, the pulpit was added around 1660 and a major restoration took place in 1880, including our first (coke-fired) central heating.  Electricity came later in 1937 and running water in 1953.
Today we are concerned with the expectations of a 21st century congregation and have installed a WC and a mini-kitchen in the church. This was the centrepiece of Project Refresh, for which we needed to raise £170,000.

Project Refresh- the final chapter!
It has been a long haul, with the idea being conceived in March 2012, but the work involved in Project Refresh has now been completed and the £170,000 required to pay for it has been achieved.
The fund raising ended in a flourish with two events. On September 18th 2015, an incredibly successful Golf Charity Day at Piltdown, brilliantly organised largely by Nigel Kay and Peter Ross, raised an astonishing £10,150. This was followed by the Friends of Fletching Parish Church’s annual address with a conversation between Colin Thubron and Francine Stock in the church which raised a wonderful £2,480. We are extremely grateful to the Friends’ committee for this and the enormous donation of £30,000 which they had already made.
Progress of the Project has been recorded for posterity in a beautifully compiled album by Nigel Symington.
A truly memorable Service of Dedication, led by the Bishop of Chichester, took place on September 20th 2015.
We were so lucky to have such an excellent architect in Richard Andrews and we could not have wished for more from the contractor, David Scott.
We were also lucky to have so much help from many others, but, in particular, from such dedicated members of our committee, namely John Shaw, Gillie Cuppage, Nigel Symington, Robert Cope and Susanna Martin.
Most importantly, once again we want to thank all of you who have donated to our Appeal as you are the ones who have made Project Refresh possible.

Lucy Murdoch, Peter Wigan and Andrew Wright.