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NLHG Newsletter Archive





August 2014


CONGRATULATIONS! To everyone involved in the Carnival Float and the Exhibition. Jan C, Jan W, Liz, Corinne, Gail, Anthony, Jim and Terry did an amazing job constructing a very realistic “Black Pig” for Captain Pugwash and his crew to sail up the High Street. This, our first attempt at a Carnival float, won us first prize!

The display in the marquee drew a big audience again with old photos of NATS (Ninfield Amateur Theatrical Society) and the WI Drama Group. Many of these photos were donated by Betty Clark. Thanks to everyone who helped us on the stand (Rod, Chas, Janet and others).


The De La Warr Family: Julian Porter from the Bexhill Museum gave a most entertaining talk with slides on the De La Warr family and their influence on Bexhill.  The De La Warr name began in the 1700s and Julian took us through the family history with its ups and downs.  Bexhill was developed by the family and Julian showed us maps of Bexhill in the first half of the 19th C and demonstrated how it changed from a small hill top village (the Old Town) to a town on the coast in just a few years when the 7th Earl developed it into a seaside resort on continental lines.  

It was the 8th Earl who built the Kursaal on the sea front as a pavilion for refined entertainment in 1896.  This was quite successful as he had interests in the London theatres and had acts coming down to entertain but was mainly for wealthy visitors.  He also had the cycle track laid down and in 1902 organised the first official motor race in this country which was won by Serpollet in his steam car at over 50mph.  The Kursaal was demolished in 1936.  The De La Warr Pavilion was championed by Herbrand Brassey Sackville  the 9th Earl and was opened in 1936 after a RIBA competition for the design.


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

August               no meeting

August 19th       Visit to Michelham Priory 1.30 pm. Departure. To book call 892248

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

March 16th 2015  Joint Meeting with Hooe History Society tbc


Other Local Events


There will be a guided walk to find the wreck of the Amsterdam off Bulverhythe on Monday 11th August at 6pm. This walk (3 miles/ 3 hours) is part of the Stepping Out program of events organized by Bexhill Museum. Meet at the top of Galley Hill, by the Coastguards Station (stout footware essential as clambering over wet rocks is on the agenda). Also, on Sunday 24th August at 2.00pm there is a walk called “Stepping Out Around Bexhill in the First World War”. The walk will show how the town adapted to wartime circumstances. Meet at the Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road (2.5 miles/2.5 hours). The walk will end back at the Museum with an opportunity to visit the WW1 exhibition that is currently running there.  On Saturday 9th August at 12 noon there is a free guided tour of the De La Warr Pavillion with    

fascinating stories about this grade 1 listed building.

For enquiries call the Pavillion on

01424 229111.




General News


Contributions Please: If you would like to write a short piece on any aspect of local history for this newsletter, please contact John. This could include your family history, an organization/shop/business, a village character etc. The deadline for submission is 25th of the every month and I am happy to type up hand written notes if you do not use a computer.


Parish Records: We are gearing up to begin transcribing the Marriage records for the Parish of Ninfield. If you can help with this task please contact John or Jan C. The more people joining in,  the less onerous the job!


A New Project with the School: Following on from the successful WW1 project with the children at Ninfield Primary School, we are going to be working with the same class as they move into Year 6 on the subject of “The Victorians” more details to follow. If you have any photos or objects that may help with that, or if you want to help  please get in touch.


Recording Remembrance: East Sussex and West Sussex County Councils are joining forces for an exciting project recording War Memorials within Sussex. The aim of the project is to ensure that there is a lasting record of all War Memorials within the two Counties detailing their inscriptions, locations and condition. The project is set to run during the commemoration of the centenary of World War One. They want volunteers to record location, inscriptions, condition (with photos). If you would like to do this for our local area please contact John.


Michelham Priory Visit: If you want to come along for this guided tour of the Priory let me know as soon as possible because we need to book places.  Telephone 892248.



A Photo From the Cyril Wells Collection:





















This photo shows a group of what appears to be Freemasons (presumably in Ninfield?).


Do you recognize any of these characters?


Were any of your relations in the Masons? (yes, I know it’s a secret!).


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.