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NLHG Newsletter Archive





May 2014


AGM: It was encouraging to see a good turnout at our AGM on Thursday 17th April. The committee remains unchanged with the exception of the departure of Kevin Regan (thanks for all your hard work over the last couple of years and we hope you stay involved in the group) and Janet Savage has agreed to join the committee so a big welcome to her.


Rod, our Chair, gave a summary of the progress we have made over the last year outlining the successful events the group organised (Carnival stall, Exhibition and Reunion) and he looked forward to a successful year ahead. Our membership has grown to 48 people! There is a busy programme of events planned (see below) and we are hoping to work with the local Scouts as this year is their 30thAnniversary.


Martin, our Treasurer, presented an excellent financial report showing that the group has a healthy budget going forward into the next year thanks largely to sales of our publications and also fundraising at our events. The business of the meeting was followed by a picture show of a selection of photos from the collections of Cyril Wells and Molly Hodgkinson recently donated to the group. The audience was able to chip in and help identify people and places shown in the pictures.


Forthcoming meetings: 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise


May 15th             Farming in the Ninfield Area a talk by David Swales


June 19th            D Day and the V1 Campaign over Sussex by Kevin Regan


July 12th             Ninfield Carnival – we are organising a float and an exhibition of our work (volunteers wanted for either

                            or both!)


July 17th             The De La Warr Family by Julian Porter


August                 no meeting


September 18th   Mad Jack Fuller by Geoff Hutchinson


September 27th   An Afternoon of Local History 2.00pm at the Memorial Hall


October 16th       Assisted Passage to the Colonies by Jan Cooper


November 20th   Tracing Your Ancestors – a family history workshop


December 18th   Christmas Social an afternoon event, time tbc




Other Local Events


There are a couple of events going on at the Bexhill Museum during May which are related to World War 1 that you may find interesting: Firstly, on Weds May 7th at 7pm 'First World War Commemoration & The Bexhill War Memorial'

by Claire Eden. Advance booking required tel 01424 787950 or email:

Then, on Sunday May 11th at 2pm, a guided walk 'Stepping Out to Explore Lowther's Lambs and the Mysteries of Cooden Camp, part 1' by David Hatherell & Heather Morrey. 2 miles, £3 adults, £1.50 accompanied children, no dogs.


In addition, the Museum celebrates its Centenary with a Birthday Party on Thurs 22nd May at 7pm.

Booking is essential (see above for phone number etc).  


General News

Liz Darbyshire is planning a new booklet on the Shops and Businesses of Ninfield which will be available soon. This follows on from the work that she and Jan C have already done (their talk a couple of months ago on this subject wasreally fascinating and created a lot of interest). We are often asked about holding daytime meetings so with that in mind our “Afternoon of Local History” in September will feature another opportunity to hear their talk (updated with all the latest info). We are also putting on A Cyril Wells Memorial Lecture. Cyril was a keen local historian and amongst his collection of photos we have also inherited his lecture notes. The plan is to present Cyril’s lecture on the history of Ninfield using his photos and original notes. There will be a small exhibition of some of his other photos and refreshments will be available. More details nearer the time.


News on the Parish Records: Jan C, Jan W, Jan S, Liz, Lin and Rod) have all been busy putting the Baptism records into a spreadsheet and are almost finished. Well done everyone, some of that writing is extremely difficult to read! The Baptism records run from 1663 to 1938 (with a few gaps). When finished the whole list will be put online at

If you want any info from the lists to find out more about family history just ask. The Marriage records are next on the list to do and for those we have copies of the registers from 1663 right up to 1980 so if you have access to a computer with MS Excel and want to help please call John or Jan C.


Archives: the NLHG Archives have a number of items that may be of interest to the members. We also have over 1000 photos which are displayed at our Exhibitions and on the website. So that members can see this material, at all future meetings Jan C will have something from the archives on a table display for members to view. There will be a list of

items in the archives which members can request to borrow for their research or interest.


One of the Photo from the Cyril Wells collection is of Richard Wenham, pictured at the age of 90. He fought alongside Nelson. Richard was born in Hastings around 1775 he and his wife Sarah lived in Ninfield around 1814 when daughter Delia was baptised at St Mary’s. in his early career he served on the Flying Fish, a Corsair (Privateer) that worked out of Hastings.

We are not sure where they lived in Ninfield as the dates preceed the Census by quite a long time.