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May 2013



Dear Member


Many thanks to all those who turned out for our  AGM on 18th April and particularly to those who renewed their memberships for another year.  If you were not at the AGM please renew on 17th May or pop a renewal form and cheque into my letterbox at Sunnyside House, Church Lane. The AGM talk on Sussex Customs & Cures was fascinating and very humorous so a big thank you to Brian Purdey.


Chairman's Report


Rod expressed his pleasure that the Group has grown throughout its first year although we have not attracted members from the younger age groups.

We heard about the Grants that have been received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and from Sussex Police Property Fund.


Treasurer's Report


Martin reported a fairly stable financial situation at present ,

Equipment purchased included laptop computer, A3 printer/scanner, Microsoft Office and Photoshop software , sound recording editing software, digital projector, display boards and voice recorders. Monies from the Lottery grant must be used by January 2014.

David Swales thanked Martin for the accounts and proposed they be accepted – Corinne Gibbons seconded the proposal – all agreed.


Membership Secretary's Report


Corinne reported 28 paid up members and encouraged all to try to recruit at least one new member.  It is important that we have full contact details for everyone to ensure they receive newsletter etc.


Election of Officers


With unanimous agreement of the members, the current committee of 7 members was re-elected on block as follows:


Chair – Rod Ffoulkes

Secretary – Janice Wood

Treasurer – Martin Wood

Membership Secretary – Corinne Gibbons

Researcher – John Cheshire

Archivist – Jan Cooper

Military History – Kevin Regan


David Swales proposed Liz Darbyshire to join the committee, seconded by C. Gibbons, all agreed.


To comply with our Lottery grant we are obliged to hold exhibitions.  It was proposed that we hold a 2 day event over a weekend at the end of September in the Memorial Hall to include photos and recordings.  Running a slide show on the laptop proved very popular during the Jubilee weekend exhibition therefore will be repeated.


And finally, a vote of thanks was given to Pat Ffoulkes for preparing refreshments for our monthly meetings.


David and John  met with Chris Brown, Headteacher, Ninfield School last week with a view to developing a project.  This could include a presentation at assembly and possibility of getting pupils involved eg. producing artwork for our exhibition.  


Hope to see you all at our next meeting.



MAY 16th               TALK by the Manager of Ibstock Brickworks, Sidley.


JUNE 20th TALK by Richard Platt on Smuggling in Sussex


JULY 18th Ninfield Bonfire Society Memories


AUGUST Summer and School Holiday Break


SEPTEMBER                TALK Sussex Mills Group - Ninfield and other local Windmills


OCTOBER                 Local History Plus Quiz Night


NOVEMBER                TALK by Nick Austin on the Battle of “Hastings” and Ninfield in 1066.


DECEMBER                Christmas Break










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