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NLHG Newsletter Archive



March 2013



Dear Ninfield LHG Member


Hello again, apologies for the slight delay in issuing, but we had a last minute change for the March Meeting, so the Ibstock Brickworks talk will now be in May.

Your Committee have worked hard during the year to provide what we think is wanted from YOUR Village History Society, but it’s not just down to us! YOU are a very important Member and we need feedback from YOU and what your own particular interests are – YOU tell us and we can arrange it – within reason! Members are the backbone of our Group so we should cater for what interests you.


If you have books, photos, newspaper articles, old Kelleys or similar Directories, for the area, please let us have first choice before you throw them out! Anything related to Ninfield, we’d rather look after them than see them thrown away, so bear us in mind when de-cluttering or spring cleaning.


We have made a very promising start to recording memories of village life from a number of people, and we obviously want to continue. To do this we will need assistance in setting up these sessions in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, probably with a friend to help stir those memory cells. Please let us know who you feel would be good sources of memories of the village and contact Rod or any Committee member on the phone numbers below.


The Coffee Morning was a great success, but if you want a more convenient date and place (or even in your own home) that can be arranged. Perhaps using the Blacksmiths pub for a venue might tempt out a few more, in a convivial atmosphere! Buy your own drinks though! We know that there is a wealth of knowledge waiting to be set down - before it is too late and is gone and lost forever.


Another project that we feel will be of great interest is to produce an up to date Ninfield Village Map, as the Village Map was produced a hundred years ago, so it would be a nice comparison to have a new “Centenary” map to display and present to the Parish Council in recognition of the help and encouragement they provide to all in the Village.


It has also been suggested that we tap into the many talented people in the village to have a Talent Contest for artwork (paintings, sketches, photographs and similar) themed on “Old Ninfield” - which can be houses, people, places or other topics relating to Ninfield for inclusion in a Calendar for 2014. We’d like to have your entry submitted at the July Meeting, so get those nimble fingers working!


We will also be organising a visit to Bexhill Museum, especially if they have any talks which are of likely interest to our Members, followed by refreshments, perhaps at the De La Warr Pavilion. We think a Village Walk would give us some exercise, perhaps also seeing just where the Parish boundaries are, and taking photographs, not only for posterity and comparison with ones we already have. Lewes Records Office is another enticing place to visit with its large collection of records that relate to Ninfield, so we’ll be looking at how many are interested and possible dates to visit.


We do need some volunteers for St Mary’s churchyard to record family gravestones, so that could be the basis for quite a few to come along on a (hopefully) sunny day, subject of course to the Rector giving us his blessing (sorry about the pun – couldn’t resist) and complying with any restrictions that are required to be observed.


Don’t forget to visit our website at to keep up to date with what is happening for the year ahead, plus we are constantly putting more information on there. If you haven’t already done so, please bookmark the NLHG website on your computers and have a rummage through what we have already set up, and keep checking for future updates! We also have a facebook page to cater for all tastes and abilities! Regular notices will also be included in the Village Voice section of the Observer.


Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome to the regular 3rd Thursday in the month Meetings in the Reading Room in Church Lane. There is a charge of £1 for members (and £2 for non-members) at each Meeting to help towards the cost of refreshments and guest speakers.


Our next Meeting is on THURSDAY MARCH 21st at 7:30 pm at the Reading Room in Church Lane. New Members always welcome, so bring a friend. See you there! Don’t forget to renew your Annual Membership soon!


MARCH 21st Talk by Mark Collins from the Sussex OnLine Parish Clerks organisation with a presentation showing the work    

                                               of the OPC and how it is an invaluable source of family history information.



APRIL 18th NLHG AGM It’s YOUR Society, so please make the effort to be there! Followed by Brian Purdey on Sussex

                                              Customs and Cures. Tell us about any that you remember!


MAY                                Talk by the Manager of Ibstock Brickworks, Sidley


May                                         (Date and route to be finalised) VILLAGE WALK, perhaps Beating the Bounds


JUNE 20th Exhibition of progress and Carnival memories


JULY 18th Ninfield Bonfire Society - Memories


JULY (to be confirmed) Ninfield History artwork Display and Judging.


AUGUST Summer and School Holiday Break


SEPTEMBER19th Sussex Mills Group - Talk on Ninfield’s and other local Windmills


OCTOBER 17th                 To be finalised – Any ideas?


NOVEMBER 21st Talk by Nick Austin on the Battle of “Hastings” and Ninfield in 1066.


DECEMBER         Christmas Break