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1853

Billet Club Formed - Old Leigh's fishing fleet gained the Billet Club this year.  Helping the fishermen who operated within a mile of the Crooked Billet Pub.  In times when a fisherman through illness could not earn his keep, he could rely on the Billet Club to help him out.  The rules of membership were strict although for some unknown reason the local policeman was also allowed to join which caused the club some serious financial problems as he did go long term sick and subsequently drained the financial resources.

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