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NLHG Newsletter Archive

October 2013


Hello All

Don’t forget, we will be in the Methodist Hall in future. It’s a step forward to accommodate our increasing membership and hope that we will be able to enjoy the additional space during the winter months ahead. Also many thanks for all who came along and helped or participated in the Exhibition. The Memorial Hall certainly looks good for another fifty years after its refurbishment. I hope you all had a good day and enjoyed the event. There was certainly plenty to see and enjoy, and more importantly made you all think more about what we take for granted actually has a richer history than we ever thought when we began the Group. As they say, there is always more to learn! We hope to make it an annual feature, so you can see what we have been doing in the year. Next year we have to stand on our own feet financially, as the extremely useful Heritage Lottery Grant will have been expended.


OCTOBER 17th    Quiz Night/Raffle/Discussion on future topics and Talks

OCTOBER 19th    Ninfield Reunion Afternoon Tea - from 2:00 pm

NOVEMBER 21st    Talk by Nick Austin on the Battle of “Hastings” and what Ninfield did in 1066.

DECEMBER    Christmas Social, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies – bring your own best home made pies!


Thanks to all who came along to the excellent talk by Robert Bonnett on Ninfield’s own and other Windmills by the Sussex Mills Group. Even those who had no interest before in Windmills found something of interest in the infectious way Rob described his passionate interest in Windmills around Sussex. The inaugural Meeting at the newly refurbished Methodist Hall was very well attended, so “Thanks” to Rob and all of you who came along. An interesting Post Script is "A lady at the talk thought that the mill had been moved to its current position and asked if I knew where from. I didn't but said I would find out.

She was right; the Sussex Weekly Advertiser, June 15 1807 reported: 'On Tuesday last a post mill belonging to Mr. M. Edmonds, of Boreham Street, in the parish of Wartling, was bodily removed from that place, to Ninfield, a distance of three miles, it was only four hours on the road including above an hour taken removing the turnpike gate. The bulk of the mill, supposing to weigh about ten tons, was conveyed on a four wheel carriage constructed for that purpose.' I would be grateful if you would pass this on at your next meeting." Also note a Turnpike Gate between the two villages!


An Afternoon Tea / Reunion Event Saturday 19th October at the Memorial Hall 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, a repeat of the "coffee morning" event  held earlier in the year will be a celebration event linked into our Heritage Lottery Fund project of recording personal histories of Ninfield residents. Those who have already participated in our oral history project "All Our Stories” will have been offered complimentary tickets as our “Thank You”. For others, tickets priced at £2.00 which includes an afternoon tea, sandwiches, cakes etc) are on sale at the Ninfield Village Stores & Post Office now. Buy them before 5th October as we need to tell the caterers the numbers. Please tell anyone you know who may be interested!"


The Exhibition we put on was very well attended, and there was a lot on display, together with stalls selling Family and Local History books, so you can start your own research projects. If you do need help, you can always talk to us for any assistance required. Thanks especially to Rod for overseeing the planning, with John, David and Liz playing key parts in getting the staff, pupils (and hopefully parents when they realise that we bring the past to life) at Ninfield School involved with their own War related projects.


We are putting together an exciting programme of events for 2014. Not only is it the Centenary of the start of World War One but it is also the 75th Anniversary of the start of WW2, also evacuation of children from the major cities to more sheltered locations, the 70th Anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy and, most notably for this part of Sussex, the V1 flying bomb campaign that saw thousands flying overhead in about 100 days. There were 12 Ninfield related people killed in WW2.


The Village Historical Walks Booklet sold well at the Exhibition and we will be sending out the orders taken in the next week or so. Hopefully some of you will have already tried out the Walks and we would appreciate your feedback so we can make this something of interest to locals and visitors alike. Walking around these sights would be a good excuse for some exercise, at the same time showing off your local knowledge to your friends. If your house has some interesting background (What? You DON’T know? – time to ask us to find out!)


Future projects that you can become involved in helping to organise are:

The Great Storm (no, Hurricane!) 1987 – What are YOUR memories of that day? Do you have any photos etc that we could add to our archives?

Ninfield Farms, Businesses and Servants in the Village in the Victorian era. Any photos or info contact Jan Cooper.

Sports Teams: Stoolball, Football, Cricket and other pastimes.


The Roll of Honour booklet for WW1 contains 60 pages packed with information about those who died during the First World War. As 2014 is the Centenary Year, we want you help to update the booklet with photos or family reminiscences of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please contact Kevin on 01424 893867 if you would want to share these photos and stories to expand it to a really worthwhile tribute.


Don’t forget to visit our website at as we are constantly putting on more information. If you haven’t already done so, please bookmark the NLHG website on your computers and frequently have a look at what we have updated! We also have a facebook page to cater for all tastes and abilities!

Annual Membership currently is £10 per person, and everyone is welcome to the regular 3rd Thursday in the month Meetings in the METHODIST HALL in Church Lane. There is a small charge of £1 for Members and currently £2 for Non Members at the door to help towards costs of refreshments and guest speakers. Our next Meeting is THURSDAY OCTOBER 17th at 7:30 pm at the METHODIST HALL in Church Lane. New Members always welcome, so see you (and a friend) there.