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Oral Memories

School Project

As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund work we are running a joint project with Ninfield Church of England Primary School which kicked off on Weds 18th September 2013. We are working with Year 5 on their World War 2 subject area and the first event was an assembly to talk through the background of how the war affected ordinary people. Several events will be happening over the next few months where the NHLG is providing resources for the pupils to use in their work. We are also involving local residents who lived through the war and some of them will be going into school to share their wartime memories with the children. We donated a copy of the excellent book based on the memories of James Broughton called "Ninfield School in World War Two" to each Year 5 pupil and we gave the school a CD of wartime memories extracted from the oral history recordings we have done. The clips included recollections of using the air raid shelters, Doodle Bug crashes locally and the Messerschmidt straffing Ninfield Green and the High Street.

Other events planned include an Evacuee Day and a Victory Party!




     Saturday OCTOBER  19th    

                         NINFIELD REUNION 2013

An event for people who lived in the village in the 1930s up to the 1960s it was a huge sucsess.

With old friends meeting up after many years.















Football Across the Generations

Some keen young footballers (Youth Forum) met up with 2 players from the 1954 Ninfield United team on Thursday 14th Nov 2013. The youngsters were able to ask the veterans about playing for the village team in the 1950s and chat about how football has changed since then. The event was recorded as part of the oral history project.

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All Our Stories


Living History Day

Yesterday 4 volunteers who have contributed to our All Our Stories oral history project came into the school to talk to Year 5 about village life during World War 2. The children were fascinated to hear all about the aerial battles, air raids, Doodlebugs and gas masks. It was interesting to hear about the soldiers billeted in Ninfiled, they came from Australia, Canada and from all parts of the UK. Sounds like they were really friendly with the village children, giving them chocolate bars and slices of roast beef! Take a look at the movie clip.

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Evacuee Day

Members of the NLHG acted as "Host Families" for the year 5 chinldren who re enacted what it must have been like to be evacuated during World War 2. They assembd at the church with their luggage and gas masks and waited to see who was going to re home them!

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A double CD of over 170 photos taken at the 2013 reunion is now available for sale

priced at £6.00

(p&p) £1.00.

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The Ninfield Odeon goat carts and ice skating Berthan Sparke granny watches the wrestling Health Service 1st World War skills oily alice

The Exhibition was a great Success!

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Year 5 Classroom display on our joint project.

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