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

PARISH COUNCIL: The council will meet on Monday at 7pm.

BINGO: The bonfire society Bingo is tomorrow, Saturday, at 7.30pm.

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

FORGET-ME-NOTS: This group meet on Thursday at 2.30pm (Penny’s).

FASHION SHOW: A Fashion Show in aid of the bonfire society is on Friday, July 17, in the village hall. Doors open 7pm. Tickets at Mr T’s or Yvonne Thomas, 01825 723275.

100 YEARS AGO: Sussex Express 16 July 1915. Lord and Lady Willingdon have set an example in the thrift demanded by war conditions by discontinuing the use of wine at Government House, Bombay, till the War is over. Whisky and brandy will be handed round at big dinners, but not champagne nor liqueurs.

RAINFALL IN PILTDOWN: A dry year continued with total rain in June of 23mm, about half the monthly average of 44mm. It is interesting to note that one hundred years ago on 6 August 1915 the Sussex Express reported: Cross in Hand. Rainfall. The amount of rain, as registered by the gauge at Heatherden, is one of the heaviest for July during many years past, and makes up for the deficiency of the dry spring and early summer. The largest quantity measured last month was 1.61 inches on the 17, and on the 23 1.23 inches were recorded. The total for July 1915 was 5.84 inches. I recorded 5.9 inches in July 2007.

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