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Notes from Meetings: Sadly the September meeting had to be cancelled as our speaker was marooned in Scotland due to the severe storms. We hope to rearrange another talk by Brigadier Willing next year.

In October we enjoyed an entertaining performance by Tony Harris in character as King Henry VIII. He spoke about his domestic troubles and about the tragic sinking of the Mary Rose. A very enjoyable evening as usual when Tony visits us.


Forthcoming Meetings: 7.30 in the Methodist Hall unless stated otherwise

November 11th                       Village Remembrance Event at Memorial Hall

November 15th                       Transport of the Masses by Ian Gledhill

December 17th (Monday)       Join us for coffee tea and mince pies on the last Monday session of the year.

                                               Upstairs at the Pavilion 10 – 12.

January 17th 2019                  Newhaven Fort – Then and Now by Ian Everest

February 21st                          Eastbourne Police & Eastbourne Murders by Kevin Gordon

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


Visit us in the Sparke Pavilion every Monday morning 10 to 12


Group Visit to The Keep: we are planning a visit to the East Sussex Records Office (The Keep) at Falmer, sometime in March 2019. Please get in touch with Corinne or John if you would like to join us. The Keep holds a wealth of documents and maps that are not viewable on line. There will be a guided tour of the building and it’s collection and we will be shown how to access the records.


New Exhibit at the Pavilion: the old weather vane from St Mary’s Church dated 1858 has been rescued from the Churchyard and after receiving some TLC from Robin Goldsmith it is now mounted on the wall upstairs. This adds to our collection of items which includes a genuine Sussex Smock used at Pashley Farm, kindly donated by Diana Pilbeam. We also have a beautiful Bridle Set made in the workshop at Saddlers Cottage, Lower Street by William Wightwick in the 1930s/40s and a School Bell donated by Liz Darbyshire.


Via the Website: Published in the Eastbourne Gazette November 16th 1904 “Death of an Old Eastbourtnian – being taken with a sudden fit of coughing while out walking in Pevensey Road, Mr Edward Shoosmith was taken to his home where he died aged 84. He was a well-known figure throughout East Sussex, his services as a pianist being constantly in request at dinner and concert parties. He belonged to Ninfield and years ago, was associated with Mr John Beeching, a blind (piano) tuner who was educated by Lady Ashburnham. There is still a field at Ninfield called “Blind John’s Field” which was used for an annual festival which was very popular with the country folk.” This item was kindly sent in by Matthew Elliott.


Anyone have any info on Blind John’s Field, Mr Shoosmith or John Beeching?








Group Contacts:

Rod Ffoulkes (Chair)  Tel: 893635, 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, John Cheshire (Newsletter)  Tel: 892248, Jane Dommersen Tel 892428      



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