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NLHG Newsletter Archive






February 2014


Hello All, We hope you all had a good New Year without being too adversely affected by the gales and incessant rain. I think there has only been two clear(ish) days since the beginning of December! Firstly, here’s the upcoming programme for 2014:


February 20th   An illustrated talk on Ninfield’s shops & businesses by Jan Cooper & Liz Darbyshire (and other members).

March 20th       Talk by Ian Everest “Sussex during the First World War”

April 17th          Annual General Meeting with talk by John Cheshire on Cyril Wells’ photos.

May 15th          Talk on Farming in the Ninfield Area

June 19th         Talk on 70th Anniversary of D Day and the V1 Campaign over Sussex (Provisional – Tell us of your memories).

July 17th           Possible Hooe & Ninfield joint meeting (to be confirmed).


The talk by Kevin Regan was extraordinarily well attended with about 30 turning out. We experimented with a slightly different seating layout to ensure we get the maximum seating possible. I was rather apprehensive that fellow committee members tended to congregate at the rear, no doubt worried about a possible hail of rotten vegetables! Fortunately the talk on Old Toll Roads by me, Kevin, was well received, without too many eyes glazing over! At least we now know that things can only improve! I rather enjoyed it as I found the subject far more interesting than I first thought, from simply wanting to know about the old Paygate Cottage opposite the Kings Arms. It links into so many other aspects that despite having several pages of notes, I was able to talk with too many references to them! I’ll see if they can be put into some sort of booklet perhaps.


Our Chairman Rod welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2014, ran through the routine aspects and notices including a proposed visit to the Records Office (see attached) and also informed everyone that the NLHG were looking to enter a float in the Carnival, the second weekend in July. If you would like to be involved with costumes, designing the float or in any other way, please contact Jan Cooper.


John Cheshire was unable to attend, but has these Notices for you:-

REUNION PHOTOS!! The Ninfield Village Reunion back in October was a great success. The event was a celebration of the conclusion of our Heritage Lottery Fund project (although the work of collecting old photos and gathering oral histories will continue). We have a double CD of photos taken at the event by a professional photographer, these are available to buy at the cost of £6. Contact John to place an order.


HELP WITH FAMILY HISTORY. Our group has a large set of records available including Census Records from 1841 through to 1911 and Burial Records from 1700 -1715, 1813-1878 and 1916-1965. We also have access to online Birth and Marriage records. If you are interested in finding out more about past residents of Ninfield/ ancestors but don’t have internet access please get in touch. We are offering a free!! searching service. Contact John for more details


Jan also wants me to include her thanks as follows:-

Thank you to those who gave me info regarding the Crouch family.  Adrian Crouch in Australia has sent us for our archives, an interesting article that a member of his family put together in 2000 when they had a family reunion. It is an account of his family leaving Ninfield in 1840 and their assisted passage to Australia on the ship “Apolline”. This excellent article can be included when we have a talk on the emigrants from Ninfield later this year. Please contact me if you would like to view it before this. It refers to the CROUCH and BROOK families.


Please find attached a separate Notice regarding visiting the new East Sussex Records Office now at Falmer. A large number indicated their willingness to go and see what is now available at these new premises, so that is being organised by Jan Cooper with able assistance from Janet Savage. The proposed dates are 25th February and again on 4th March. A Maximum of EIGHT people per visit, so please contact Jan Cooper without delay with your preferred date.


Corinne announced that we had gained another new member signing up that evening, so a warm welcome awaits and we hope that’s the first of many more.

In addition, we have several publications on sale; the Village Historical Walks, the Village Map (in various convenient sizes), Ninfield School in WW2, Ninfields Oldest Houses and (hopefully of more interest in the Centenary year) the Roll of Honour, packed with 60 pages of information about those with links to Ninfield who died during the First World War. If you have any information regarding any of those detailed in the booklet, especially photographs or medals. We want your help to update the booklet with photos or family reminiscences of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All these booklets are moderately priced and sales will help keep our accounts in the black! We also have one more 2014 Ninfield calendar for sale at £4.00.  Please contact Corinne Gibbons on 892612 if you would like it.


With all the publicity and interest in WW1, many people will start to look into any relatives who served, but don’t know how to go about it. If so, contact Kevin and he’ll help steer you through the maze! 2014 is the 75th Anniversary of the start of WW2, and also the 70th Anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy, and the V1 flying bomb campaign. 12 Ninfield related people died in WW2. If you have local information or need help, contact Kevin.


There were thriving Clubs and Societies in the village previously, and we’d like to document all the Societies so that we can trace those involved as part of an ongoing project. Do you have photos or any memorabilia relating to them?


Don’t forget to visit our website at as we are constantly putting on more information.

NEXT MEETING: 7: 30 20th February at the Methodist Hall