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A Great Success: The exhibition on 12th September was very well attended. Group members had researched a wide variety of local characters from the local area, some widely known (John Logie Baird, Grey Owl, Vanessa Bell, Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington) others were Ninfield villagers from days gone by (Daff Cosgrave, Sir James Ashby, the Sargent family, the Packham family etc). As always the game of “Name that Face” proved very popular as we ran a slide show of old photos encouraging people to identify anyone they recognized in the images. The Bizzie Fingers craft group ran a charity stall and gave us the proceeds which we have donated to Cancer Research UK.

Our group raised over £400 and we sold most remaining copies of Liz’s book. Most importantly we have learnt more detail about some of the photos in our archive.


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


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

January   21st        Tba

February 18th        Richard III

March  17th           A History of Sussex Trug Making by Sarah Page

April  21st              AGM


Other Local Events


Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AQ, Tel: 01323 410300 Twighlight Tours. October is a spooky month at the Redoubt, as the 200 year old fortification opens up for Twilight Tours every Friday and Saturday at 7pm. From ghostly sightings and mysterious objects to tales of gruesome battles, the torchlit guided tours around the creepy corridors and tunnels of the Redoubt Fortress are sure to be spine-chilling. Friday tours are aimed at adults and older children (teens) and Saturday tours are aimed at a family audience. Book in advance, adults £5 and children £3.


The Redoubt are also hosting a lecture entitled Ethnic Minorities on the Western Front presented by Domineik Dendooven, scientific researcher from In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. At the front in Flanders and France, inhabitants of more than 60 actual states were present. Apart from the European powers, the United States and the “white” dominions such as Canada and Australia with their many ethnic minorities, France and the United Kingdom brought over hundreds of thousands of soldiers and labourers from their colonies to the western front. This talk will present an overview of all those who gained war experience in Flanders between 1914 and 1919, what happened to them during and after the war, and what consequences the war had for these ethnic groups, with an emphasis on a intercultural relations. Saturday 10th October 2pm until 4pm, coffee served in the interval: £12 (£10 for concessions).


Windmill Hill Mill: Talk on Friday 16th October on Restoring Windmill Hill Windmill. Herstmonceux Village Hall 7.30, Admission is free.




New Resources: The NLHG now have a copy of "St Oswalds Church Hooe Monumental Inscriptions" available for members to borrow.   Also we now have Street Registers for Ninfield & Ashburnham and the Ninfield Church Grave Diggers Burial List 1916 - 1965 (1948-1961 missing) and although limited, there are one or two interesting nuggets of info to help with family research.

Don’t forget we have a good selection of local history books, maps and other resources you can borrow.


Bonfire Season is Upon Us!

The Sussex Bonfire Tradition began essentially as a glorified pub crawl!  A tradition linked to Pagan Samhain festivities marking the end of the harvest season, it was common for workers to go from house to house asking the residents for food and alcohol.  In order to avoid repercussions (as many of these home owners were landlords or employers), it was customary to either dress up in costume or to paint their faces black. This way the revelers were free to cause mischief and mayhem without fear of punishment. These nights of revelry date back much further into history than Guy Fawkes. 19th century historian Mark Anthony Lower is credited with starting the "cult of the Sussex Martyrs" inspired by an etching by James Hurdis showing Richard Woodman and nine others being burnt at the stake in Lewes. Woodman, an iron master was arrested because he preached a sermon in Warbleton, his home village, which identified his protestant leanings.

Guy Fawkes' night in most parts of Great Britain is traditionally commemorated at small family bonfires or large public firework displays and also relates back to conflict between Catholics and Protestants. Today the Bonfire Societies use these events to collect money for local charities.



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.                  

October 2015