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                      January 2015       Happy New Year!      











Great News for Windmill Hill Windmill: The Windmill Hill Windmill Trust has been awarded £80,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the machinery and sweeps at Windmill Hill Windmill. Led by volunteers from the local community, this exciting project started in December and should be finished by the Autumn of 2015. The project will restore the mill to working order, grinding flour once again. This includes restoration of the machinery, the sweeps, the unique patented governor designed to control the speed of the sweeps and to restore the original outside stairs for easier visitor access to the trestle (first) floor.

An outreach activity programme organised by the University of Brighton will see local schoolchildren visit the windmill and take part in a media project. As a result of the restoration there will be numerous opportunities for volunteers to witness, experience and keep alive the practice of operating a windmill and producing stone ground flour.


The Windmill at Windmill Hill, originally built in 1814 and a Grade II* listed building, is the landmark that gives the village its name. It is the largest post mill in the UK – the structure was authentically restored and opened to the public in 2006 as a fine example of our industrial heritage. It is one of the few remaining windmills of its type in Sussex.

Commenting on the award, Trustee Crispin Freeman, said: “The initial restoration of the structure of the windmill back in 2001 was funded through a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and it is wonderful that this new grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund gives us the opportunity to progress the restoration of the windmill to working order. The public will be thrilled to see the historic technology brought back to life.”

Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Money raised by National Lottery players has helped to protect more than 1,300 buildings across the South East. In 2001, an HLF funded restoration took Windmill Hill’s namesake off the English Heritage Buildings At Risk register and we’re delighted to support its continuing development to introduce even more people to this unique example of the area’s industrial heritage.”


I think a Ninfield Local History Group visit to view the restoration of our nearest Windmill would be in order, once the work is underway. I will liaise with the Trust to identify dates when important phases of the project are happening.


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

January 15th                   The History of the Bluebell Railway by David Jones

February 19th                 Sussex Characters-Wacky, Weird & Wonderful by Chris McCooey

March 19th                     Historical Winchelsea by Malcolm Pratt

April 16th                        2015 AGM with a talk by Kevin Gordon on “The Lost Village of Tidemills”

May 21st                         Witches, Warlocks & Wellingtons by Dr Janet Pennington

June 18th                      TBC

July 16th                         TBC

August                            No Meeting



Other Local Events


At the De La Warr Pavillion: An exhibition of more than 200 original illustrations from  Ladybird books published between the late 1950s to early 1970s. Focusing on those books which reflected the world in which the reader lived, the exhibition will feature selections from the People At Work series, Shopping With Mother, the Science and Nature series as well as the Well Loved Tales and Key Words series. This exhibition takes its title from the new book to be published in March, Ladybird by Design written by Professor Lawrence Zeegen .

This wonderful slice of nostalgia will run from January 24th to May 10th, FREE ADMISSION.


General News 

Contributions for the Newsletter: If you have information to share on any aspect of local history or want to see something specific covered in the Newsletter please get in touch (John). Also, if you would like to suggest themes for speakers at our monthly meeting, let us know (Rod or Martin). We are booked up with speakers until May but as a committee we want to make sure we are giving you, our members, informative and entertaining talks. So if you know of someone who fits the bill please pass on their details.




A Photo from the Archive:









































The Ninfield Horticultural Society First Show in the summer of 1952.

We have Miss Leat at the front, Mrs Packham behind her, Harold Morris 2nd from left and Harry Seymour right at the back. Let us know if you spot anyone else you know.


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.