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NLHG Newsletter Archive

September 2013


A Reminder!


As from SEPTEMBER, due to the increasing Membership of the NLHG we will be holding our meetings in the Methodist Hall Church Lane. There is a break in Meetings during August due to school holidays, but we will be busy planning the September Exhibition, future events and guest speakers.

Next year we have to stand on our own feet financially, as the extremely useful Heritage Lottery Grant will have been expended.


We are having an Open Day Exhibition at the Memorial Hall from 10am on Saturday 28th September in order to show what we have accomplished with your help in recording the many and varied aspects of Ninfield’s history.

This is where our Members will be of great help, to come along and assist on the stands, help with refreshments or setting up and taking down the displays. We have arranged for Hooe History Group to have their own display; as well as the local branch of the Sussex Family History Society, there will be 4 book sellers with their displays and also a confectionery stall.


There will be a display of War Time Bombings, the ever popular “Who/Where Is It?” photos section (updated thanks to all those who contributed Names and places!) we will also be displaying the superb Ninfield Centenary Village Map as a companion to the 1913 Deeprose Map.


Advance Orders (with deposit, please!) can be placed by anyone wanting a Village Map for family and friends. An ideal Christmas present for those who have everything else! (hint, hint!). We will have other Maps on display showing the timeline of how homes and business spread through the village. In addition to the Village Maps, we will also have details of historic buildings such as Luxford House amongst others. To complement that there will be a map of air crash sites, so again, any memories will be welcome. It may be the piece in the jigsaw which allows records of the Battle of Britain etc to be updated.


There will be refreshments available of course, and all help towards that will be appreciated, whether a member or not. Tea, coffee and soft drinks  will be available at reasonable cost. If you want to come along, dressed as a Land Girl, Home Guard or in any other wartime related clothing, please do so! Lastly – but by no means least – there will be a display from Year 5 at Ninfield School with their work. Some of it will be based on James Broughton’s excellent booklet on his Ninfield School Memories. We are arranging for a copy to be presented to each pupil in Year Five.



A Village Historical Walks Booklet has been compiled, providing information on the many interesting houses and places around Ninfield. A limited number will be available (First Edition!) at the Exhibition. Walking around the village is now a good excuse for some post Christmas lunch exercise, and showing off your local knowledge to your family and friends.



Future projects that you can become involved in helping to organise are:

An Afternoon  Reunion Event Saturday 19th October (at the MEMORIAL HALL – 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm))

Those who have already participated in our recorded “All Our Stories” project will been offered complimentary tickets (on an RSVP basis) as our “Thank You”; for others (who haven’t yet made up their minds)  tickets can be purchased by phoning 01424 892248 and they will be available at the exhibition and the village shop in the near future.



We are putting together an exciting programme of events for 2014. Obviously we realise it is the Centenary of the start of World War One and to that end we will be working on a series of projects involving the Ninfield school. It is also the 70th Anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy and more notably for this part of Sussex the V1 flying bomb campaign that saw thousands flying overhead in about 100 days. We have refreshed the Ninfield Roll of Honour with details of the 55 men and the Vicar’s daughter who did not return from WW1. There were also 12 killed in WW2.


Our next Meeting is on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19th at 7:30 pm at the METHODIST HALL in Church Lane. Ninfield and other Windmills Sussex Mills Group talk. New Members always welcome, so see you (and a friend) there!


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




Annual Membership currently is £10 per person, but everyone is welcome to the regular 3rd Thursday in the month Meetings in the METHODIST HALL in Church Lane. There is a small charge of £1 for Members and currently £2 for Non Members at the door to help towards costs of refreshments and guest speakers.




SEPTEMBER 19th Robert Bonnett (Sussex Mills Group) Talk on Ninfield and other local Wind Mills.


SEPTEMBER 28th History Exhibition – Memorial Hall - from 10.00 am

                                             Our work through the year plus some specialist History and Family History booksellers, confectionery stand and                                    

                                             our friends from Hooe History Group.


OCTOBER 17th   Quiz Night


OCTOBER 19th                Ninfield  Reunion Afternoon Tea - from 2:00 pm


NOVEMBER 21st Talk by Nick Austin on the Battle of “Hastings” - and what Ninfield did in 1066.


DECEMBER                Christmas Social – Mince Pies and Mulled Wine