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August 2021


Greetings: We enjoyed a lively and entertaining talk from Mat Homewood last month on the History of Sports in Sussex. This included some weird and wonderful games in addition to the more familiar Stoolball, Cricket and Soccer. We were able to share some Ninfield specialities with Mat for his records, including Conjer and Pram Racing.

As Autumn approaches with darker evenings, I am aware that some members (and guests) who do not drive may need a lift to meetings. If you need (or can offer) a lift please let me know in advance of each meeting (892248).

Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise


September 9thAshburnham - by Maggie Evans

October 14th Herstmonceux Castle by Melinda Stone

November 11thNapoleon’s Last Days on St Helena by Brigadier Hugh Willing

DecemberNo Meeting

January 13thNinfield Residents of Note by David Swales

February 10thThe Magic of Pantomime by Ian Gledhill

March 10thA History of Herbalism by Jan Black (with samples!)

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Brede Steam Giants: You may recall the interesting talk by Barbara Atkinson we had some time ago on the Brede Steam Giants? These marvelous machines are now open to the public again on the 1st Saturday of every month and Bank Holiday Mondays. Well worth a visit if you have not already been.


The Seaside Pier: many towns along the coast of the UK have buildings specifically designed to entertain the many summer visitors to our coastal resorts. The most iconic of these being the seaside piers of the Victorian era. Most were built during the 1800s through to the outbreak of the Great War, the oldest remaining pier is in Ryde on the Isle of Wight (built 1814). The pier at Deal is an exception, being built much later in 1957. Their function was both to amuse holiday makers with their theatres, arcades and shops but also to encourage the healthy pastime of walking in the sea air. Many piers have disappeared over the years, through neglect and vandalism with fire being the deciding factor in many cases.

Locally we have Brighton (1899), Eastbourne (1870) and Hastings (1872) surviving on the original substructure. Large and damaging fires have occurred at both Eastbourne and Hastings in recent years.



These early photographs show Eastbourne Pier under construction (left) and the original entrance (right).


In Bexhill there was no traditional pier out across the sea but the Kursaal fulfilled a similar purpose. It housed amusements, shops, kiosks and a large hall for theatrical productions, exhibitions and concerts. Sited by the De La Warr Gates on the seafront it opened in 1896. Notable events held there were a piano recital by Paderewski (1897), the first moving picture show in Bexhill (1898) and in 1900 the building was extended and Jimmy Glover (Director of Music at the Drury Lane Theatre) was appointed to organize a series of concerts. By 1910 there were daily film shows and in 1912 the first official Sherlock Holmes films were made in the Kursaal by Georges Treville. By 1916 the Kursaal was renamed the Bexhill Pavilion due to growing anti-German sentiments in the country. The building was demolished in 1936 after the De La Warr Pavilion was opened.



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, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, Jane Dommersen Tel 892428.

September 2021