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NLHG Newsletter Archive







March 2017





































































































The talk by Malcolm Pratt was well attended with another full house in the Methodist Hall. Malcolm spoke about the origins of the original Cinque Ports which were set up by Edward the Confessor. In return for lending the Monarch ships when needed, the Ports were given special rights and privileges. It seems Hastings was the first port to suffer from the drift of shingle banks along the coast. Hastings harbor (where the Priory Meadow shopping centre is now) was blocked and they linked up with Rye and Winchelsea which became “Limbs” of Hastings.

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

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

April 20th               AGMLowther’s Lambs & the Mysteries of Cooden Camp by David Hatherell

May 18th                Inside Lewes Prison by Barry WilkinsonJune 15thRomney Marsh & its Historic Churches

                              by Clive Richardson

July 20th                 D Day Landings by Brigadier Huw Willing

August                    No meeting


A New Museum Exhibition: 'Roaring Twenties & Stylish Thirties’ 1 February to 17th December 2017. “a shimmering display from the costume collection”.  Discover silk chiffon flapper dresses covered in bugle beads and sequins, unmade dress panels of equal splendour, accompanied by purses, shoes, hats and a suitably attired gentleman!


exhill Heritage Trails, Offsite audio tours - all year round. Bexhill Museum, working with Geotourist, has developed audio tours of Bexhill Heritage Trails. The Geotourist mobile app is free to download and using GPS brings you tours available in your location. Heritage Trails currently available are: West Parade-Old Town-Buckhurst Place-Devonshire Square.


The Hastings Chronicle: a great website for exploring local history of the Hastings area is  Containing feature articles, photographs, films and lots of interesting bits and pieces.


Future Newsletters

From April 2017 the newsletter will switch to quarterly publication instead of monthly. This is mainly because I am finding it difficult to fill the space each month and devote the time to the necessary research. No one came forward when I asked for assistance….but there is still time!

If you want to help with preparing articles or to suggest ideas so we can maintain a monthly bulletin, please let me know. John.


The King’s Arms


At a recent Parish Council planning meeting there was a proposal by the new owners to revamp this historic building by painting it blue and white and installing several illuminated signs. We recommended refusal but we are waiting  to see if Wealden District Council agree with us. The building is not listed, maybe it should be?



















Club Day:

annual event took place on the 3rd Thursday in May. The assembly rallied at the King’s Arms, then processed to the Church  (anyone not doing so was fined 6d). They then marched accompanied by a band, to a marquee set up in the Club Field (behind the garage). Here they had a meal and after that to the fair set up in the field with roundabouts etc. The members of the club, the National Friendly Society paid in a weekly sum of 3d as an insurance against illness.


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, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248.                  
















































































































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, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248.                  

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