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July 2013


Dear Members

The main highlight this month will obviously be the Carnival. The theme this year is James Bond. We have a massive marquee so there will be plenty of room to shelter from the rain – for paid up Members! (Joke!) There will be a lot more photographs on display, and a loose copy for you all to add names to faces on. Any member is welcome to be on hand for a short stint of no more than an hour to help with enquiries etc – and hand out Membership Forms. So, please come along and show your support, in fact bring your neighbours too!


Last months talk by Richard Platt was excellent, a full house ensured every seat available in the Reading Room was taken and there were some very pertinent observations about how smuggling arose from the taxation of wool products, and how the sheep reared along the Sussex and Kent coast were best placed to have their wool taken over to Europe which was a great centre for the weaving industry. Perhaps a sheep farmer suddenly finding his flock shorn gave rise to the expression “You’ve been fleeced”!

Richard was a very competent speaker and also featured on Countryfile” last Sunday, also talking about smuggling and “secret” signs in churches. His website is well worth reviewing, and he has a range of books on a variety of subjects. Judging by the applause he is a speaker we could well book again and fill an even larger venue.

We continue with recording memories of village life, which is proving a valuable record of who and what happened in the village, and we have a growing list of potential interviewees. If you know someone who has a fund of tales of the village life, societies and activities, please ask them to get in touch before these memories are lost forever. If you can help in setting up these sessions in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, please do so, because often family or a friend will 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.

We are also working with Ninfield School on a range of Projects, details to follow.


Military History Project (WW1 Centenary mentioned). Perhaps use the Ninfield Roll of Honour (in St Mary’s Church and also the Memorial Hall) to research family members, especially if school considering visiting any WW1 related sites.

In addition, up and coming projects that you can become involved in helping to organise are:

A Coffee Morning/Reunion Event (venue and date tba) a repeat of the very successful event held earlier this year which will be a celebration event linked to our Heritage Lottery Fund project of recording personal histories of Ninfield residents.

A Village Nostalgia Walk looking for interesting sights would give us some exercise, perhaps with photographs for posterity and comparison with ones we already have.

Coronation in 1953 Do YOU have memories of the coronation? Where and who were you with, what can you remember about it?

Transcribing and note taking from the recordings we have made. You will need access to a computer for this one"

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! We are interested in anything related to Ninfield, so bear us in mind when de-cluttering or spring cleaning.

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, that DOUBLES our membership at a stroke, so do try that! Give us your views on what YOUR history interests are and suggestions on what you would like to know more about or what would be of general interest.

Don’t forget to visit our website at 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 to cater for all tastes and abilities!

Annual membership is £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 small charge at the door to help towards costs of refreshments and guest speakers.

Our next Meeting (AFTER the Carnival) is on THURSDAY JULY 18th at 7:30 pm at the Reading Room in Church Lane. Ninfield Bonfire Society talk. New Members always welcome, so bring a friend. So, see you there!


JULY 13th                   Ninfield Carnival Photo Displays  and lots more.

                                  Come along and tell us about your own areas of interest.

JULY 18th                   Ninfield Bonfire Society - Memories

AUGUST                    Summer and School Holiday Break

SEPTEMBER 19th       Robert Bonnett (Sussex Mills

                                 Talk on Ninfield and other local Windmills.

SEPTEMBER 28th       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

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