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John Cheshire

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Living through history: the Covid-19 pandemic is having a major impact on all of us. The changes to our lives seem so far reaching and the uncertainty about when and how the lockdown will be lifted is extremely worrying and we can expect our lives to be very different for some time to come. Social distancing will be necessary for an extended period until a vaccine becomes available and staying 2 metres apart will make our lives hard to manage in so many ways.


Our history group has been one of the key organisations in Ninfield over the last 9 years and hopefully we will eventually get back to some sort of normality, however it is very unlikely that the June or July meetings will go ahead.

Although we were unable to have the AGM there are a few changes to take note of. Firstly, our founder member Rod Ffoulkes has decided to stand down from the committee. We owe a huge debt to Rod who brought the group together at the outset in 2011 and has worked really hard for the group ever since. Rod is remaining a member so we will see him at meetings and events, thank you Rod!! Secondly, Steve Allen is also standing down due to increasing work commitments, thanks Steve for your help over the last year. This means we need some new committee members, if you are able to spare some time to help us please let me know. Thirdly, as I did not receive any comments against moving our meeting date from 3rd to 2nd Thursday and we heard from several members who thought this was a good idea, the committee decided that from September the new date will be adopted.


I have been able to reschedule Barbara Atkinson’s talk. Barbara was going to speak at our April AGM but she has kindly agreed to come in September instead. This will be on the second Thursday (10th). The committee also agreed that annual subscriptions will run on until September and will be reviewed then.


Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise


June                                   The History of Herstmonceux Castle by Melinda Stone

July                                    The Sporting History of Sussex Matt Homewood

August                                No meeting

September 10th                 (2nd Thursday of the month)The History of the Brede Giants by Barbara Atkinson


Pavilion sessions are suspended at the moment


Visit our Website:  

Find us on Facebook – I have been uploading photos from the archive onto Facebook which have generated lots of discussion and fun!


How about keeping a journal while lockdown and social distancing is going on? This will be a really valuable contribution to our social history records for future generations.


From the Archive:

Normanhurst Court was built for Thomas Brassey the Victorian railway engineer in the style of a French Chateau. Unfortunately Thomas died shortly before its completion in 1870 and it was his son (Thomas, 1st Earl Brassey) and his family who lived there for many years. Lord Brassey was MP for Hastings for 18 years and also served as Governor of Victoria in Australia for 5 years. The Normanhurst Estate comprised 3,400 acres and included several farms. In World War 1 the house was used as a military hospital. Between the wars it became a girls school and then a prisoner of war camp in WW2. The house was demolished in 1951.



Group Contacts:

John Cheshire (Chair/Newsletter) Tel: 892248, Anthony Gibbons (Treasurer) Tel: 892612 , Jackie Cheshire (Secretary) Tel: 01323 833897, Corinne Gibbons (Membership)  Tel: 892612, Jan Cooper (Archivist) Tel: 893381,16 Janet Savage Tel: 892749, Jane Dommersen Tel 892428.

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