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CHURCH SERVICES: Church of St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin, Sunday, 10am Family Service with Communion, 5.30pm Evening Prayer.

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE: We are delighted to announce the appointment of Father Brian Murphy as our next Priest-in-Charge. Father Brian is 52 years old, married to Catherine, and they have a 10-year-old daughter, Ella. He was ordained Priest in 1998 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton where, as a local priest-monk in an urban monastic community, he was frequently asked to preach at the Cathedral in Bristol, and the surrounding larger parishes. The appointment to Fletching will be his return to ministry, having recently transferred his Holy Orders from the Roman Catholic Church. Father Brian is able to accept this house-for-duty post as he and Catherine are co-directors of a ‘private practice’ offering meditation retreats for clients with a wide range of serious personal issues. He has strong links with a central London based clinic and various practitioners.

Father Brian’s Licensing Service will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday September 29 with the Bishop of Chichester officiating.

YOUTH CLUB: The club meets tonight, Friday, at 7pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: There is a council meeting on Monday at 7pm.

MARTIAL ARTS: Kobudo Martial Arts meet on Thursday at 5pm.

BONFIRE SOCIETY: The date of this year’s bonfire celebrations is Saturday October 22 so please put it in your diaries.

PILTDOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Meet the Residents day at Piltdown Golf Club on Sunday September 11. Golf from 1pm (green fee £20pp) followed by a barbecue (£14 adult, £7 for under 12s). Cheques to Chris Sainsbury, East Moons Cottage, Sharpsbridge Lane, Piltdown. TN22 3XG, or by internet to Sort Code 40-45-32, account 41519514.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 11 August 1916. Death of Mr C Dawson. Finder of the Piltdown Skull. We regret to record the death of Mr Charles Dawson, FSA, FGS, which occurred yesterday morning at his residence, Castle Lodge, Lewes, at the age of 52 years.

JULY RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: After well above average rainfall in June, July was a dry month with only 20mm recorded; well below the 18 year average of 64mm. The lowest July total I have measured was 13mm in 1999; the highest was 151 mm in 2007.

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