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NLHG Newsletter Archive





April 2014



As you will know, the next Meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, when the new Committee will be chosen. I believe all existing Committee members are willing to continue, but as always, there is scope for new enthusiastic volunteers to step forward. If YOU have something you feel will add to the development of the NLHG, let’s hear from you! You can contact Rod Ffoulkes in the first instance to discuss your participation. We welcome all who want to see the Group go from strength to strength. Talking of which we seem to be gaining new members at every Meeting, so a warm welcome is assured to those coming along, to test the waters!


April 17th          Annual General Meeting followed by John Cheshire with a talk on "Extracts from the Photo Collection of                                                        

                         Cyril Wells and the Molly HodgkinsonScrapbooks/Albums".

May 15th           David Swales - Talk on Farming in the Ninfield Area.

June 19th          Kevin Regan - Talk on 70th Anniversary of D Day and the V1 Campaign over Sussex.

July 12th           Carnival - Offers of help will be most appreciated!  Volunteers for helping with an entry, float, fancy

                          costumes and an Exhibition Marquee on the Arena later.

July 17th           Julian Porter (Bexhill Museum)The De La Warrs.

August School Holidays – No Meeting

September 18th   Kevin Regan: How Sussex Helped Win The Great War.

September 27th  A village display of Cyril Wells' photographs and slide show in the Memorial Hall

October 16th      Jan Cooper: on Assisted Passage to the Colonies

November 20th   Family/Military/Local History Workshop

December 18th  NLHG Christmas Social


Chairman Rod welcomed everyone to the meeting, briefly updated everyone on the recent visits to The Keep at Falmer.

Another good talk was given, by guest speaker Ian Everest, who has a large supply of Talks relating to, and about, virtually every aspect of Sussex life. The numbers were slightly down, but thanks to some new faces, ultimately well attended for a fascinating talk about how WW1 affected Sussex, from not just the loss of men to the military, but the need for horses, and the ways in which the problems of feeding the Nation when the German U-boats tried to cut the supply lines, and gave a broader understanding of how society in general picked up again after the War. Ian was also very complimentary about our research for the Ninfield Roll of Honour, which doesn’t just give a Name and Regiment, but goes into as much background as possible, Birth, Marriage, Census, family links etc. Who knows, one or more may

have lived in YOUR house! Now is the time to start your own research and we are running a Family/Military History Workshop in September to help those wanting to start but don’t know where to begin. Now you know- You can ask us!!



HELP WITH FAMILY HISTORY. Following our group visits to the Keep (East Sussex Records Office) a band of volunteers have been putting the Baptism records into a spread sheet (thanks to all involved – vouchers for Specsavers may be available!). This means that we can search the records which cover from 1600 to 1930 as easily as we can with our Census and Burial Records. The plan is to upload these onto the Sussex Online Parish Clerk website, This will aid us to help people without internet access to more easily research their family history. We offer a free!! Help You Search and Look Up Service. Contact John for more details.


Corinne announced that we have more members signing up, so a warm welcome to Sydney Munn, Jackie Cheshire & John Harrison - and many more to come!.


Don’t forget that 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 more in the pipeline! All these booklets are moderately priced, contact Jan Cooper if you want to order any of our publications.


Perhaps of more interest in the Centenary year, the Ninfield and District 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.


With all the publicity and interest in WW1 centenary, 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 also the 75th Anniversary of the start of WW2, 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. We also have a facebook page to keep in touch!



All Members welcome, please make the effort to attend, we want your input! 7: 30 pm 17thApril at the Methodist Hall

Followed by a photo slide show from the Cyril Wells and Molly Hodgkinsons photo collections, so come along and help with the details of each one! (With thanks to Jim Hoad for his invaluable assistance in saving these photographs for the Village records.)