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ST RICHARD’S CHURCH: Sunday, 10am Parish Eucharist with activities for children; Tuesday, 1.30pm St Richard’s Art and Craft Group in the church hall; Wednesday, 10am Holy Communion; Saturday July 2, 9am Parish Prayers in Church.

HISTORY SOCIETY: At this the last meeting before the summer break John Davey presented the members with a Sussex Who-Dunnit. One hundred years ago a crime was committed here in Sussex which reverberated throughout the western world. It fed into the fossil craze started when a Lewes doctor found the remains of an Iguanodon in a clay pit in Cuckfield. At the same time the church and the scientific establishments were rocked by the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. In 1912 Charles Dawson a local solicitor, discovered remains at Barkham Manor, Piltdown, which he claimed proved Darwin to be correct. Piltdown Man became a world sensation and the leading scientists of the day endorsed Dawson’s find. In 1953 radiocarbon dating proved beyond doubt that the whole thing was a hoax, but who was responsible for fooling the world? Mr Davey put forward six possible culprits and argued their cases but we still could not prove without doubt who was responsible, we still don’t know who dunnit but we have our theories.

An evening of entertainment: is coming to Cross in Hand Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday. A concert version of Sweeps! a musical set in Old London Town, will be specially performed by East Hoathly’s United Benefice Dramatic Society (UBeNDS). Don’t miss out on this unique production, proceeds from which will go towards the Cross in Hand Village Day being held on August 1. Doors open at the village hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are available on the night at £8 (£4 for children under 14 years).

ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Old Heathfield, 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 11am Family Service with Baptism. All Welcome for coffee after this service. St George’s Broad Oak, 9.30am Family Service with Communion. http://allsaintsoldheathfield.org/

BOWLS: A bowls afternoon has been organised for the parish tomorrow, Saturday, at Holy Cross Priory, beginning at 2.30pm. The only requirement for this social event is participants should wear flat shoes. It is expected that refreshments will be available. The surface is all-weather so easy to bowl on. Please see Alan Archer, who is very experienced in this sport, for more details.

THURSDAY TOPIC: FASCOH present their next Thursday Topic on Thursday July 9 at 7.30pm in The Space, All Saint’s Church, Old Heathfield. The venue is aptly named as the title of the evening is Travels with a Time Lord, the where, when, what and who of TV’s Dr Who. The speaker and presenter is David Guest, a fan for nearly 50 years who has written for a number of fanzines over the years, and in 2003 contributed to two books published to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who: You and Who, Contact Has Been Made (Vols 1 and 2). Tickets available from Jean Barnes 01435 863784 or jean barnes@consultants.com and on the door from 6.45pm. Adults £5, children free.

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