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NLHG Newsletter Archive






July 2014


Greetings: With the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings just over we enjoyed an interesting talk from Kevin on Thursday 19th June about the role Sussex played in this momentous event. 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.


Special Event!!  We are arranging an outing to Michelham Priory on Tuesday August 19th leaving Ninfield at 1.30pm ( as a summer treat. The admission is £6.50 (if we can get 15 people together and qualify for the group discount otherwise it is £6.80 for over 60s).Free entry to Historic Houses Association members and half price entry to English Heritage members. We need to book so if you would like to join us please call John 892248 by 1st August. We plan to organize a car pool for transport.



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



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 19th                Visit to Michelham Priory 1.30 departure


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



Ninfield Church of England Primary School: the children invite members of the Local History Group to the dress rehearsal of their World War 1 themed School production at 2pm on Wednesday 16th July in the Memorial Hall. Admission is free (please bring your NLHG membership card).


Two guided walks by the Bexhill Museum team:

Sunday 6th July: Guided walk of Northeye and Pevensey Levels, meet at 2pm at Star Inn

Sun, 20 July, 2pm: Buckholt farm and local ironworkings. Meet Sidley car park. £3 adults, accompanied children £1.50.

Open Mills:


Windmill Hill Windmill: 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month until October 2.30 -5.00pm.

Stone Cross Windmill: Every Sunday until October 2.00 -5.00pm

Polegate Windmill: Every Sunday until October 2.00 -5.00pm

Michelham Priory Watermill: Open from 2.00pm daily until end October.



General News

Remembrance Day: Our group will be joining the village Remembrance event on Sunday 9th November at the Memorial Hall. We are putting together a display of WW1 photos and other items (e.g. service records, medals etc). If you have anything we could use/borrow/copy/photograph please contact Jan Cooper or John.


News on the Parish Records: The Baptism records are complete and we cover the years from 1663 to 1938. A CD will be available to buy at the Carnival. Our records also include the Methodist Baptisms, recently liberated from the Chapel safe! We are about to start on the Marriages but these are more complicated and will take a while to do. Don’t forget if you have family ancestors you want to look up just ask.


Carnival: Once again Carnival Time is upon us. Our group is taking part with a float and we will provide an exhibition of old photographs and a sales/membership desk in our marquee. Come and say hello.


Hellingly Cricket Club: (who use and help maintain the cricket square on Ninfield Recreation Ground) have been trawling through newspaper archives to explore the history of the club. The oldest record so far is from the Sussex Weekly Advertiser/Lewes Journal from Monday 19th June 1775 which states that their club (then Horsebridge) came to play the “gentlemen of Ninfield and Hooe on the Ninfield Green”.


The Methodist Church celebrated their 143rd Anniversary at a special service on 15th June led by the Salvation Army. The foundation stone of the church was laid in July 1871 by Catherine Booth, wife of William, the founder of the Salvation Army.



A Photo from the Cyril Wells Collection

Carnival in days gone by. This photo shows the

Women’s Institute Carnival float from

(I would guess) the early 1980s??

Molly Hodgkinson is up front in the

yellow overall, who are the other people?

If you recognize anyone get in touch.

Don’t forget to come along and support us again this year!

Group Contacts:











Rod Ffoulkes (Chair)  Tel: 893635, Janice Wood (Secretary) & Martin Wood (Treasurer) Tel: 892895,   Corinne Gibbons (Membership) Tel: 892612, Jan Cooper (Archivist)  Tel: 893381,

Liz Darbyshire Tel: 893575, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248.   July 2014