Hello again, I’m now back from sunning myself in Spain and I see that the Newsletter standard has been well maintained in my absence, so I’ll have to look to my laurels!
I’d like to welcome Liz Darbyshire onto the Committee and her help with schools we will attract some younger members – or at least their parents! To that end, we have been working on a Project with the primary School and hope to have more details shortly. Hopefully, we can find something challenging that will help occupy their time during the long summer holiday break. I remember my summer holidays as always being sunny, so let’s hope that’s true this year!
We will also be working on a Carnival Project (July 13th – don’t forget!) so all volunteers for either of these ambitious (!) projects will be welcomed.
JUNE 20th Talk on Smuggling by Richard Platt.Richard is a prolific author and authority on a kaleidoscope of subjects. We could probably book him every month!See http://www.richardplatt.co.uk/booksmaritime.html
JULY 13th Ninfield Carnival – Display of the new Ninfield Centenary Map. Order your copy there before they sell out! Photo Displays and lots more. Come along and tell us your own areas of interest.
JULY 18th Ninfield Bonfire Society - Memories
AUGUST Summer and School Holiday Break
SEPTEMBER 19th Robert Bonnett (Sussex Mills Group)Talk on Ninfield and other local Windmills.
SEPTEMBER 28th NLHG History Exhibition – Memorial Hall 10:30 on
OCTOBER 17th Quiz Night/Talk by Kevin on Old Toll Roads.
NOVEMBER 21st Talk by Nick Austin on the Battle of “Hastings” - and Ninfield in 1066.
DECEMBER Christmas Break
Your Committee have worked hard during the year to provide what we think is wanted from YOUR Village History Society, but it’s not just down to us! YOU are a very important Member and we need feedback from YOU and what your own particular interests are – YOU tell us and we can arrange it – within reason! Members are the backbone of our Group so we should cater for what interests you.
If you have books, photos, newspaper articles, old Kelleys or similar Directories, for the area, please let us have first choice before you throw them out! Anything related to Ninfield, we’d rather look after them than see them thrown away, so bear us in mind when de-cluttering or spring cleaning.
We have made a very promising start to recording memories of village life from a number of people, and we obviously want to continue. To do this we will need assistance in setting up these sessions in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, probably with a friend to help stir those memory cells. Please let us know who you feel would be good sources of memories of the village and contact Rod or any Committee member on the phone numbers below.
Our Members are our lifeblood and inspiration for new Projects and help, so can you please help promote our Group amongst your friends. If each of us can recruit just one new member each, that DOUBLES our membership at a stroke, so do try that!
Our Committee members Liz, John and David are working with Ninfield School on a range of Projects, amongst those suggested are
A School Class Reunion Event (venue and date tba) at which former pupils in year format etc. Perhaps more memories, also ask for interests and skills which could be useful to NLHG.
Involvement in a suitable History Project (WW1 Centenary mentioned). Perhaps use the Roll of Honour to research family members, especially if school considering visiting any WW1 related sites. Also the 60th anniversary of the Queens Coronation?
Research their own homes. When was it built, is the name of interest, who lived there before, and what was on the land before the house was built, etc.
A Village Walk looking for interesting sights would give us some exercise, perhaps with photographs for posterity and comparison with ones we already have.
Do YOU have memories of the Coronation in 1952? Where and who were you with, what can you remember about it? If you have ideas about how to continue raising funds to further our aims, please don’t be shy, we’d love to hear from you. Perhaps you know of someone who has received a grant, so tell us about it.
Give us your views and suggestions, we need your feedback on what we do right and what we can try to do better! (OK, stop Kevin giving talks might be the answer!!)
Don’t forget to visit our website at www.ninfieldhistorygroup.org as we are constantly putting on more information. If you haven’t already done so, please bookmark the NLHG website on your computers and have a rummage through what we have set up, for updates! We also have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninfield-Local-History-Group/206758869459743 to cater for all tastes and abilities! Regular notices will also be included in the Village Voice section of the Observer and in the Parish News and local meeting places.
Annual membership only costs £10 per person, but everyone is welcome to the regular 3rd Thursday in the month Meetings in the Reading Room in Church Lane. There is a charge to help towards costs of refreshments and guest speakers.
Some of you have overlooked renewing your Membership. Our next Meeting is on THURSDAY JUNE 20th at 7:30 pm at the Reading Room in Church Lane. New Members always welcome, so bring a friend. See you there!