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Just received this from the BAA for funeral details.

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BAA electronic bulletin No. 00408 British Astronomical Association - Home


Further to the earlier announcement by Richard Miles (BAA e-bulletin 407),

we now have further details of the funeral service to be held for Neil Bone,

and a number of other related matters.

The funeral service will be held at 2.00 pm on Tuesday, 5th May at the

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, off Appledram Lane South,

Apuldram, Near Chichester, West Sussex. The service, which will be

conducted by the Reverend Clive A. Ashley, Rector of Fishbourne, will be

followed by the committal in the churchyard, which Neil's family have said

may be attended by all those who wish to do so.

There is a zoomable map showing the location of the Church on the 'Contact

Us' page of the Church website at Contact Us

The Ordnance Survey map reference of the Church (marked, no tower, no spire)

is SU 841033 (Lat. 50.823818 N., Long. 0.806511 W.)

Please note that some of the tracks close to the Church are rather narrow

and are not suitable for vehicle access.

Directions to the Church:

From the A27 (Chichester bypass), at the Stockbridge roundabout, turn south

onto the A286 (signposted Birdham, Itchenor, Witterings). After about 500

m, continue on A286 at mini-roundabout (the B2201 to Selsey goes off to the

left). A little over 1 km further on, as the road curves to the left, turn

right onto the road signposted to Dell Quay, and after about 100 m, turn

right again. You are now heading north on Appledram Lane.

After about 500 m, take left turn (marked 'Church'). The Church car park can

hold only about a dozen cars and some overspill parking is being arranged,

but depending on numbers parking may be quite congested on the day. A narrow

path (marked 'Footpath') leads north to the Church of St Mary the Virgin.

(Note that on Google Earth, the church itself is only just visible, being

screened by trees, and the church car park (to the south) is effectively

invisible.) The nearest railway station is Chichester, and taxis are

usually available at the station to bring people down to the Church.

To help us with the planning of the car parking at the Church, it would be

very helpful if all those who are planning to attend the service, and who

are travelling by car, could drop an email to John Mason at

docjohn@dircon.co.uk to let him know.

There will be family flowers only at the funeral, but if you wish to make a

donation to St. Wilfrid's Hospice (Neil's chosen charity), you can do this

either at the Church, or at the reception afterwards. Donations may also be

sent by post to: Trevor James Esq., Swanfield Chapel, 117 Swanfield Drive,

Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6TD. All cheques should be made payable to

"St. Wilfrid's Hospice" and clearly marked "in memory of Neil Bone" on the


Following the funeral service, there will be a reception with refreshments

at Swanfield Chapel, 117 Swanfield Drive, off Spitalfield Lane, Chichester,

PO19 6TD, where all are welcome. There is a map with directions on the

'Contact' page of the Swanfield Chapel website at

Swanfield Chapel - Contact

The Ordnance Survey reference for Swanfield Chapel is SU 871054

(Please do not confuse the Chapel, which is close to the junction of

Swanfield Drive and Spitalfield Lane, with the Swanfield Community Centre)

Again, so that numbers can be gauged, would you please advise John Mason on

docjohn@dircon.co.uk if you plan on attending the reception. It is hoped

that people with cars can help ferry those without their own transport from

the Church to Swanfield Chapel.

John Mason


Tel: 01243 814307

Mob: 07901 7890061

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Very sad news to here indeed. I will miss reading Neil's articles in Astronomoy Now as I always found them interesting and inspiring. His passing is certainly a loss to the astronomical community and my feelings go out to Neil's family and friends in this difficult time.


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