August 22nd 2016
An outing to Buckinham Palace to see the 2016 exhibition called
Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe.
The Queen's wedding dress and Coronation dress along with many
others worn by the Queen on her State visits around the world
throughout her Reign were on show. It was a lovely sunny day and
after the tour we had time to sit in the palace grounds.
August 5th 2016
Also a trip to Seaford Museum was organised by the NLHG this August. The museum was established and located in a Martello tower in Seaford in 1979. The group was invited to a private viewing of the museum’s exhibits. There are a large collection of displays relating to the local history of the Seaford area.
August 20th 2015
Luckily the weather held for the NLHG outing to Herstmonceux Castle. After a light lunch, we were taken on a tour of the Castle. Built in the 15th century, it is one of the first English buildings to be built entirely of bricks. Although not generally open to the public as it is a Canadian university, guided tours can be arraigned.
April 16th 2015: The AGM was well attended and the business was settled quickly. The committee remain unchanged and the group is in a very healthy financial situation with a substantial income stream from the sale of our publications. We currently have 33 members and a large contingent of regular visitors. After the reports we heard a talk by Kevin Gordon on the Lost Village of Tide Mills (between Seaford and Newhaven). Kevin is a curator of the excellent Seaford Museum and presented a well researched and engaging history of this important part of East Sussex industrial history.
October 16th 2014
For our October meeting, Jan Cooper presented a lively and informative illustrated talk on the history of emigration from England during the Victorian Age with particular reference to members of the Crouch & Brook families from Ninfield in the 1840s. Jan read an extract from a family reunion of the Crouch family held in Australia in 2000 and sent to the NLHG by Patricia Button whose husband is a descendant of the Crouch family.
September 27th 2014
Our Afternoon of Local History drew a good crowd to the Memorial Hall. We enjoyed two presentations:
1) Ninfield of the Past, presented by John which was a re creation of the lecture that local historian Cyril Wells used to give using Cyril's original notes and over 100 of his photos, and
2) Shops & Businesses of Ninfield presented by Liz and based on her extensive research into this aspect of village life.
In addition to the talks we had an exhibition of the Wells photos (there are hundreds and they were kindly donated to our group by Cyril's daughter Diana) and we also presented the brilliant work of year 6 at the school who have been working with us on the Victorians this term.
At our September meeting we were entertained by Geoff Hutchinson on the life and times of Mad Jack Fuller. Dressed in period costume, Geoff gave us a hugely enjoyable account of the larger than life MP and Peer. Although eccentric, Jack Fuller was a generous benefactor to the people of Brightling, the village in which was his family Estate.
Our group outing to Michelam Priory just outside Hailsham was a agreat success.
It was a beautiful sunny day and ideal for exploring this ancient house and garden.
The group benefited from a guided tour and had the chance to dress up in tudor
See the noticeboard for lots more pictures.
July 12th 2014
This is just a few photos from a very
enjoyable day at Ninfield Carnival in
which the NLHG took First Prize in the
best float entry of childrens TV programs
for Captain Pugwash.
June 19th 2014
We enjoyed an interesting talk from Kevin about the role Sussex played in the D-Day Landings. He talked about the V1 (Doodle Bug) and V2 campaigns, relating these to local events and he described the mid air crash of 2 Marauder aircraft over Battle using eye witness accounts. In addition, we heard about the actual D-Day landings and how the fighting developed in the ensuing months.
May 15th 2014
A talk by David Swales on ' Farming in the Ninfield Area ' was enjoyed by a large turn out of local people and our members. David who is from a northern farming family took us through the farming year showing many slides of the working farms of Ninfield's past. Evoking many happy memories to a very appreciative audience.
April 17th 2014
The NLHG held their Annual General Meeting. The committee members were re-elected and welcomed Janet Savage as a new member to the committee. Many thanks were given to Kevin Regan who has stepped down as editor of the Newsletter, for all his hard work the past two years. John Cheshire is to take over as Editor in May.
The AGM was followed by a short slide show of some of the Cyril Wells photos and the Molly Hodgkinson Scrapbooks/Albums
February 25th 2014
The NLHG paid a visit to the New purpose built East Sussex Record Office. Seven of our members managed to get a significant amount of the Births, Baptisms, Marriages and other useful records copied. These will be transcribed in due course, as time and volunteers allow. The new building is easy to get to and is a great improvement on the old Lewes site. We have another group going on Tuesday 4th March with confirmed booking of the “glass room” where groups can work together.
February 20th 2014
With a break in the weather today we managed a good turn out for the talk on Shops of Ninfield given by Liz Darbyshire and Jan Cooper. The once many shops and businesses in our village were shown on a screen from the many photos in our NLHG archives. After which a Q & A session filled in a few gaps. An interesting and enjoyable evening.
January 16th 2014
The talk by Kevin Regan was well attended with about 30 turning out. A talk on Old Toll Roads was well received.
The road through Ninfield was once a Toll road and although the old Paygate Cottage and the Toll gates have long gone, we learnt how it lead to greater improvements to the roads. (well, apart from the pot holes!)