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News from our Facebook page: An exciting Bronze Age hoard has been found on a farm near Catsfield by local detectorist Paul Crone. The find is comprised of 3 palstave axe heads and 10 pieces of broken Sussex Loop bracelets/arm bands. The Coroner for East Sussex has designated the find as Treasure and the British Museum are documenting the items. You can view the report and see photos at the Pavilion on Monday mornings.


Forthcoming meetings: 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall


March 15thThe Cuckmere River by Kevin Gordon

April 19th            AGM plus The History of Marriage Since Henry VIII by Carol Holland

May 17th             Heritage Crime by Daryl Holter of Sussex Police

June 21st            A History of Ashburnham Place by John Cheshire

July 19th             Lewes Priory: the Site and its People by Helen Poole

August                 No meeting

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        Newhaven Fort – Then and Now by Ian Everest

February              Police & Eastbourne Murders by Kevin Gordon

March 21st          A Farmer Moving South a film show by John Bishop


Yes, Henry VIII will be with us again in October! Due to a mix up in communication, Tony Harris arrived at the January meeting dressed as an Edwardian Gentleman wearing a cork life jacket not a Tudor King.  Nevertheless we had an enjoyable evening as he told us the story of a sinister conspiracy theory around the sinking of the Titanic.




**Time to renew your membership**:  for 2018/19. The annual fee has been pegged at £10 for the year and this gives you discounted entry to our meetings. Please send a cheque to Corinne at the address on the form or bring the form to the next meeting. We are proposing a small increase in entry fees for non-members to try and encourage more people to join the group. There will be a vote on this issue at the AGM in April.


A Ninfield Wildlife Artist - James T.A. Osborne


Born at Ingram’s Farm, Ninfield in January 1907, his parents were Scottish farmers who migrated to England at the beginning of the century. During his childhood he spent many hours sketching the wildlife in the countryside around Ninfield. He went on to study at Hastings School of Art. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art and worked in the Print School, then under the direction of Malcolm Osborn. His talent was instantly recognised and he went on to gain the highest accolade, the Prix de Rome Scholarship in Engraving.

He returned to England in 1932 and taught at the Polytechnic School of Art in Regent Street. In 1937 he married the sculptor Charlotte Ellen Gibson (1902-1994), also a Rome Scholar and a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. In 1946 he was elected an A.R.E (a member of the Royal Society of Etchers and Engravers, now called the Painter-Printmakers) and elected a fellow (R.E) in 1957. In 1964, together with Eric Ennion, Robert Gilmor, Elieen Soper, and Keith Shackleton, he founded the Society of Wildlife Artists and was a regular exhibitor with the Society at the Mall Galleries, London.

Osborne's prints are held in major public collections including The Ashmolean, Oxford, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Cuming Museum, London.


Group Contacts:

Rod Ffoulkes (Chair)  Tel: 893635, Janice Wood (Secretary) & Martin Wood (Treasurer) Tel: 892895,   Corinne Gibbons (Membership) Tel: 892612, Jan Cooper (Archivist)  Tel: 893381, Janet Savage Tel: 892749, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248, Jane Dommersen Tel 892428      


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