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NLHG Newsletter Archive

September 2015



A New Book: Liz Darbyshire has now published her new book entitled Ninfield 1840-1940: Shopkeepers and Traders. You may remember the excellent talk that Liz and Jan C did many months ago? Liz has taken the topic forward and, using our archives, the memories of village residents recorded for the Heritage Lottery project and the information held at the East Sussex Records Office, she has produced a beautifully illustrated and detailed account of the village amenities. The 60 pages are packed with details of the shops, businesses and the villagers who ran them. This is a great achievement and will be an invaluable reference for both local historians and anyone with an interest in the village of Ninfield in times past. The book is available from the Ninfield Village Stores, Hope Cottage Farm Shop & Rock’s Smallholding (in Windmill Hill). It will also be on sale at our exhibition and subsequent monthly meetings.


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


September 12th


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exhibition at the Memorial Hall 10.00 until 4.00 Admission £2 (children free). Offers of help to set up or to help with refreshments most welcome (please contact Rod)


September 17th    Twittens & Cat Creeps in Hastings Old Town Clive Richardson


October 15th         Sussex & the Napoleonic Wars by Helen Poole


November 19th     A Sussex Farm During the 1950s with Ian Everest


December 17th     Christmas Social details to be confirmed


Other Local Events

Guided Walk Sun 13 Sep 2015 14:00 – 17:30


Stepping out: Royal Visits to Bexhill. Royal visits have been part of Bexhill's 20th century life. This walk will take a look at those visits, along with those of the 19th century. The walk will concentrate on the Old Town and Marina area including the De La Warr Pavilion. Meet at Manor House car park, De La Warr Road 4 miles, leader David Hatherell.£3 per adult, £1.50 for accompanied children. Sorry no dogs.


Tommy’s War Sat 12th Sept 2.00pm at the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne. Popular historian Richard Van Emden talks about what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally told through the words and images of soldiers on the ground



In July we received the sad news that Brian Bird had passed away aged 90. Brian was the stepson of St Mary’s Rector Rev Harry Bradburn. He first came to Ninfield when he finished his tour of duty flying Spitfires both during the war years and for some time afterwards helping to keep the peace over Trieste to ensure Tito did not try to take that city. Brian was an amazing character and his memories were recorded during our Heritage Lottery project. He was a very generous man and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with young people sharing his stories. He was often on tour with a replica Spitfire visiting schools and colleges.


Don’t forget: NLHG Exhibition on Saturday 12th September: Once again our group is putting on an exhibition for the village at the Memorial Hall. This time the theme is Notable Characters from Ninfield and the Surrounding Area. We have brought together research on local people and families and also a range of “celebrities” with local connections. We hope you will enjoy the displays so come along and bring your family. The entry is just £2 for adults and children are free!



From the School Log Book

Summer 1875: Summary of Inspectors Report: The school at present is not in a satisfactory condition. The attendance is very irregular and the standard of attainment is low. The infants are indifferently taught and have no classroom. Desks are old and rickety and the fences are in a bad state of repair. My lords have great hesitation in allowing an unreduced grant, looking at the badness of arithmetic they will expect improvement next year. (RER Watts, inspector). The Head was Henry Nutley at this time.


April 1876: Summary of the Inspector’s Report: The school is poorly furnished. Books & apparatus moderate. Desks are rickety. Fences are dilapidated. The attendance is very irregular and as might be expected, the attainment is moderate. My Lords have ordered the grant to be reduced by one tenth under article 32(b) for defective instruction. The names of E. Hammomd, D. Parker, G. Crouch, M. Crouch, M. Mitchell & F. Mitchell have been struck off the examination schedule. (RER Watts, inspector). The Head was still Henry Nutley.


1877: The numbers have greatly increased since Mr Woodcock’s appointment (as Head) and the school is certainly improving under his management. There is no classroom for infants. Desks are old and rickety, better should be provided. The Geography having been a total failure, no grant can be paid under article 19(c).


March 23rd 1877: Whipped George Langridge for wickedness and filthy language. Seven stripes and sent home.


Feb 1914: Week 1; Fair progress. We have been able to take outdoor drills this week (the first time for 2 or 3 weeks). Week 2; attendance not so good as last week. Stormy weather so no drill for several days. Week 3; very stormy on Wednesday. 136 present in morning. Special attention given to the upper division’s arithmetic. Very little outdoor drill because field and playground too wet. No organized games. Week 4; Registers closed for the year. Good attendance during the week. Outdoor drill carried out every day. Registers were checked by Geo Botting. J. Baines visited the school.


Sept 1950: 14th Sept, school closed for one day only at suggestion of L.E.A. owing to local Sunday School outing to Chessington, the closure being one of the days in the gift of the managers.


20th Sept, Nurse Baxter visited to weigh and measure the children due for routine medical examination.


14th January 1947: Mrs Piper appointed as temporary supply pending return of Miss Crouch. Classes reorganized on suggestion of Mr Burnley, HMI as follows: Infants & Standard 1 (30 children) Miss Crouch, Standards 2 &3 (40 children) Miss Gander. Standards 4 & 5 (41 children) Miss Clarke. Standards 6 & 7 (24 children) Mr Wood.


Considerable quantities of canteen requisites received, unpacked, checked and stowed in canteen cupboard and air raid shelter pending expected increase due to introduction of free school meals.