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NLHG Newsletter Archive







October 2016







The September Meeting: we were treated to a wonderful account of the life of a shepherd on the South Downs by Ian Everest. Ian showed us a delightful collection of old photos depicting sheep farming from the late 1800s through to the 1960s. He has done a huge amount of research into the characters who ran their flocks on the Downs during this period and he described their life stories in fascinating detail. You may remember that Ian showed us the excellent film of farming in the 1950s shot on his parent’s farm at Bishopstone near Seaford. There is another chance to see this film at the Ninfield Horticultural Society meeting on 21st November.


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

October 20th                The Battle of Hastings by Brigadier Hugh Willing

November 17th              Inside Lewes Prison by Barry Wilkinson

December 15th              Christmas Social

January 19th                  The Crystal Palace by Ian Gledhill

February 16th                 The Confederation of the Cinque Ports by Malcolm Pratt

March 16th                      Martello Towers (& William Pitt the Younger) by Geoff Hutchinson

April 20th                        AGM


Other Local Events


The WARTLING and Herstmonceux local history group present their LOCAL HISTORY EXHIBITION on Sat 15th October at The Horseshoe Inn, Windmill Hill from 1.30 to 5.30. Over 400 old photographs, documents & maps, family history, local crafts, books, postcards featuring: Wartling, Boreham Street, Windmill Hill, Bodle Street Green, Cowbeech, Herstmonceux, Magham Down, Ninfield, Hooe, Pevensey, Westham, Hankham, Pevensey, Pevensey Bay, RAF Wartling etc. Entry £4.00 (under 16 free) bar and refreshments available.


Our Local Windmill: There are some events coming up to raise funds for the Windmill at Windmill Hill. Ian Everest is giving a talk entitled “The Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major” on Friday 21st October at 7.30 at Herstmonceux Village Hall. The cost is £6 to include tea or coffee. Then in December a further two events: firstly, a Bingo Afternoon on Saturday 10th December at Herstmonceux Village Hall, all funds raised go to the mill funds. Secondly,  there will be a “Christmas at the Mill” event on Sunday 11th December. The mill will be open to visitors from 12 until 2.30 with music, mince pies, mulled wine and a visit from Santa!

A lift to meetings: could any member coming to our meetings from Bexhill or Whydown offer a lift to a fellow member? If you can, please contact Corinne for details.


Photos From the Archive                                          

The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was a Civil Defence organisation operating in the United Kingdom between October 1925 and  December 1995, when the Corps' civilian volunteers were stood down.

Composed mainly of civilian spare-time volunteers, ROC personnel wore a Royal Air Force (RAF) style uniform and latterly came under the administrative control of RAF Strike Command and the operational control of the Home Office. Civilian volunteers were trained and administered by a small squad of professional full-time officers under the command of the Commandant Royal Observer Corps; latterly a serving RAF Air Commodore.


























The Ninfield ROC post was opened in January 1962 in the grounds of the Stanford Reservoir on the north side of the High Street. It consists of an underground bunker and the brick built observation tower at the side of the reservoir. The post was closed in September 1991.




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.                  














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