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NLHG Newsletter Archive





                Happy New Year! January 2016


I hope you enjoyed the Christmas Social and a big thank you to David for organizing the fun and games. Thanks too to Jan Wood and the other members who provided the excellent food.

I hope the program of speakers for the year will be decided before the next newsletter goes out, as you can see there are still some vacant slots. If you have any suggestions, let us know.


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


January 21st         North Eye Prison by Barry Wilkinson

February 18th       The History of Ninfield School by David Swales and Liz Darbyshire

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

April 21st               AGM

May 19th               tba

June 16th              tba

July 21st               tba

August                  No meeting, maybe a group outing?


Other Local Events

A very quiet time of year at the local museums and places of interest, nothing to report!


Family History

If you have been thinking of researching your family history you may be interested in this free on line course:

Run by the University of Strathclyde in association with the Open University Futurelearn platform, this 6 week course should be well worth looking into. You can do as little or as much as you like and it is aimed at people with either no experience at all, or people with some experience who want to go deeper into the subject.


An Addition to the Archive

The NLHG archives have acquired a genuine Sussex Shepherd's Smock as worn on farms throughout the district in years gone by. The smock was kindly donated by Diana Pilbeam. This will make a splendid display at our future exhibitions. Diana has also let us copy from the Pashley Farm Log Book for the years between the 1940's - 1970's.  This gives field names and crop records for those years and will be a great reference for anybody researching local historical farms/agriculture.


Panto Time Again

The tradition of amateur dramatics in Ninfield was started by the Womens Institute. Eileen Davidson was the driving force and with her professional experience she was able to write the scripts, produce and direct the productions. Each show would be very topical and would contain references to local events and characters. In addition to the Panto the group would usually put on a Summer Cabaret style show with supper included, or sometimes a serious drama. As the cast members dwindled the opportunity to take part was opened up to men and the group evolved into the Ninfield Amateur Theatrical Society (NATS). The productions were supported with live music, usually piano, drums and double bass (played by Charlie Watson who also played in a dance band in Eastbourne).





















                                                                                   Snow White 1974


The photo above has recently been donated to our group by Elaine Vidler and was among a large collection of pictures, scripts and programmes. This means we have some fresh faces to try and identify. It would be great to find out who painted the amazing scenery, anyone know who it was? The detail is really professional.


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.                  






snow white 1974