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NLHG Newsletter Archive



December 2015


Farming in the 1950s: What a great talk from Ian Everest on farming in Sussex in the 1950s. He spoke about the history of Manor Farm, Bishopstone and showed a beautiful and unique film documenting a year in the life of the farm in the 1950s. Filmed by John Willett the son of the farmer Lionel, it detailed the changes happening in agriculture towards mechanization and increasing productivity.

As a follow up you  may be interested in watching this lovely film: in two parts and  it shows the story of a farmer's relocation from Skutterskelf Hall Farm, near Stokesley in North Yorkshire, to Perry Hill Farm, Hartfield, Sussex on the 31st December 1950, - a date recorded as the coldest night of that year. The family, animals and belongings all travel south by train.



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


December 17th      Christmas Social 2.30 until 4.30pm free for members

January                  North Eye Prison by Barry Wilkinson

February                 The History of Ninfield School by David Swales and Liz Darbyshire

March                      A History of Sussex Trug Making by Sarah Page



Other Local Events


Visit to Hever Castle: Friday 4th Dec

(Bexhill Museum trip)  Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and was built in the 13th Century. The gardens cover 30 acres. On this pre-Christmas visit, see the decorated rooms, follow the Christmas trail through the grounds and perhaps visit the gift shops. At 1.30 we have an included 2 course traditional Christmas lunch. £38 per person, first pick-up 9am. For more information please call 01424 846369.




Conservation Areas:  Wealden District Council are inviting comments on the new local plan and part of that includes looking at conservation areas. Ninfield has been left off the list of villages to get a new conservation area despite our rich heritage. We potentially have 3 clusters of listed/interesting buildings: a) Standard Hill to Luxford House, b) The Green (including High Knoll, Cross Farm, Rose Cottages and Fir tree Cottages and c) Lower Street. Rod and John have gathered the necessary information to back up these proposals so if you want to make your views known please email us asap. You can give your opinions via the Wealden website but the deadline is 14th December.


Resources:  Our group has a fine collection of books maps and research materials for members to look at and enjoy. If you want to borrow anything please contact Jan Cooper our Archivist.



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.