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Notes from Meetings: Daryl Holter was unable to come to the May meeting having been reassigned to a different role in the Police. Instead we had a talk on a Murder in Burwash, an intrigue which caused some controversy in Victorian times. There was a good turnout for the June talk on the History of Ashburnham Place. The information put together for this talk will be available in a booklet at the Resource Centre in due course.
Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall
July 19thLewes Priory: the Site and its People by Helen Poole
August No meeting also, the Resource Centre in the Pavilion is closed this month. Re opening 3rd September
September 20th Colonel Fred – Bravest Man in All England by Brigadier Huw Willing
October 18th Tony Harris as Henry VIII
November 15th Transport of the Masses by Ian Gledhill
December No meeting
January 17th 2019 Newhaven Fort – Then and Now by Ian Everest
Visit our stall at the Ninfield Village Carnival on Saturday 14th July. Offers of help to man the stall would be most welcome. Please contact Rod if you can spare an hour to help. Stop Press!! The new illustrated version of Ninfield in the Nineties by Alfred Ridel will be on sale at the Carnival.
The Common Toad: (a letter to the editor of a Natural History publication in the 1800s) “on arriving at the spot above described, they saw what was to them, a totally unprecedented sight. A toad was squatted on the ground, with its front elevated, holding the head of a viper in its mouth. The viper writhed its body occasionally as if trying to escape, but its exertions were to no purpose. After watching the two animals for a short time, one of the party attempted to separate the victim from its enemy with a stick. Failing in this, he threw both together into the glen below. The countenance of the toad evinced much ferocity and its eyes glared. The entire head of the viper was in the toads mouth, which seemed completely filled as a consequence and its jaws were completely closed. Yet it did not appear at all inconvenienced by the mouthful, respiring apparently without effort. The gentleman who, with his two companions, witnessed this, and who has related it to me, is the Rev.John Phillips, Vicar of Ninfield, near Battle and I am his curate. Should this relation be as curious as it appears to me, it will doubtless be worth your notice. But should it be nothing unusual, I must beg you will pardon my thus troubling you, and I may be permitted to remain. Your humble servant and well wisher in the cause of natural history Edward M. Sladen” John Phillips was Vicar of Ninfield from 1832 to 1853.
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