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A Calendar for 2021: we have put together a calendar for next year using

photos from the archive with a farming theme. The committee decided that due to all

the disruption in recent months, all members who renew their membership before

end of December will receive a free copy to say thank you for your continued

support. By now you should have received a membership renewal form but if not,

please contact Corinne our Membership Secretary on 892612. Extra copies of the

calendar will be priced at a very reasonable £5 and can be purchased by emailing

[email protected] or calling John on Ninfield 892248.


The November meeting is sadly cancelled: I had hoped that the talk on

The Sporting History of Sussex by Mat Homewood would have been able to go

ahead given the safety measures we had in place in September. Unfortunately the

announcement of a November lock down means this is no longer possible. Some

local history groups have already begun offering Zoom meetings to members (e.g.

Battle and Lewes) and this is something we could consider. I have major concerns

about taking this step because our group is a much smaller organization and many

members would not be able to participate. The Committee will keep this idea under


Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise


November 12th  CANCELLED The Sporting History of Sussex by Mat Homewood  

December                                    No meeting


January 14th                                Ninfield – The News of the World by John Cheshire

February 11th                               tba

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Over the Summer: there were archaeological excavations taking place on the

Downs above Willingdon (Butts Brow). The site known as the Beehive Plantation has

evidence of Neolithic earthworks and was first investigated by Heritage Eastbourne

in 2016. A ditch and embankment was found to encircle the hilltop and the work this

summer was looking to see if there were breaks or entrances in the fortification.

The dig was planned to discover more about the enclosure in order for it to become18

a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In particular they wanted to establish whether the

Butts Brow site is connected to the Neolithic Causeway Enclosure at nearby

Coombe Hill. That enclosure has 2 concentric ring ditches and banks and is

contemporary with other causeway enclosures in East Sussex such as Whitehawk

above Brighton and Offham above Lewes. The team also found a number of relics

including pottery fragments and an antler pick which is being carbon dated. Hopefully

we may be able to hear more about this work at a future meeting.







































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.

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