In May 1916 the war altered time itself! Daylight saving time had been suggested in 1907 as a way to make the most of the long summer days by starting the working day earlier. Arguments raged for years over the pro and cons of the proposal and how it would be implemented. It was the war that finally galvanised the British Government to adopt what is now known as British Summer Time. The Summer Time Bill of 1916 was quickly passed through Parliament and the new scheme came into force on 21st May 1916, just a few weeks after the German nation had introduced a similar change. THE DAYLIGHT SAVING ACTThe Royal Assent was given to the Summer Time Bill on Wednesday afternoon.The Home Office have issued a notice regarding the operation of the Summer Time Act, stating that in the night of Saturday Sunday 20th – 21st May, at 2a.m., the time on all railways, at all Post Offices, and other Government establishments will be put forward one hour to 3a.m. The normal time will be restored at 2a.m. on the night of Saturday Sunday, 30th September – 1st October. WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES 20 May 1916 At the local Post Office it was incumbent on the Peskett family to ensure that their business operated in accordance with the new times, and thus set the example for the residents of the village to follow. Clocks and time keeping were relatively new to residents of Barns Green. In an agricultural economy, the working day and its tasks were dictated by the daylight hours and the seasons. Clocks and pocket watches had long been expensive items well beyond the reach of an agricultural labourer, who had no real need to know exactly what time of day it was. It was the growth of the railways and the opening of a school in Itchingfield for the children of ordinary labourers that brought the necessity of keeping time into the daily lives of rural people in the later years of the 19th century. By this time mass produced clocks were more widely available and thus more affordable, so most homes would have a clock and a few labourers would have a pocket watch. To what extent this change of time was observed by the residents of Barns Green we do not know, but there was a significant portion of the national population who simply did not bother.