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September 2018

Roman Settlements in the Ouse Valley

20th September 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 20thSeptember 8.00 pm   Roman Settlements in the Ouse Valley David Rudling   Early Roman villas at Bishopstone, Beddingham and Barcombe have yielded evidence of earlier round-house farmsteads with flint tools dating back to Neolithic times. They appear to have been occupied by Romano-British farmers who shipped their produce down the Ouse and brought materials upstream as they prospered, adding rooms and bath-house.Each site has produced finds of Samian pottery, Roman coins and burials of ritual items like animal…

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October 2018

Printed music – A valuable commodity’

18th October 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 18th October at 8.00 pm   Printed music – A valuable commodity’ Mark Orchin  Music distribution has always been dominated by the ability to print it effectively and economically. This talk will examine the early days of painstaking handwritten parchments for religious music to block printing, litho printing and the evolution of software and laser printing for music. Examples of great performances of the major works will bring this to life, along with how concerts were advertised and promoted…

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November 2018

Thursday 8th November AGM at 7.30 pm

8th November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Thursday 8th November AGM at 7.30 pm   The Society’s business matters will, as usual, be dealt with speedily and members can air their views and give suggestions for future activities.   followed at 8.00 pm by   a Quiz   plus mulled wine and finger food.

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December 2018

Spirit of Christmas event Friday 14th December – Village Hall & Car Park.

14th December 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Friday 14th December at 6.30pm - Village Hall Spirit of Christmas will run from 6.30 to 10pm on Fri 14th Dec at the Village Hall, inside & out. Plummers lorries will take half the car park, overflow parking on the verge. lots of carol singing, Christmas tree, food & drink, stalls in the hall. T here is lots of info on Wivelsfield Christmas Facebook page for those of you on Facebook.   This replaces the previously advised Carol Festival which…

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January 2019

From Mails to Males – Tony Turner

January 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

When the First World War ended what might be expected is that the public would start travelling on commercial airlines. However, this did not take place at first, because the railways were so efficient. The only thing that took to the air was post. Then a series of key events occurred which kick-started the airlines and passenger traffic started in earnest. This is the story of those critical years.

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February 2019

Thomas Cromwell’s Sussex Connections – Helen Poole

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Thomas Cromwell remains one of the most enigmatic figures of Tudor history. His first contact with Sussex came with the contentious dissolution of Bayham Abbey. Later in the more widespread dissolution, he was granted Michelham Priory and then Lewes Priory where he hoped to set up home in the former Prior's Lodgings but his disastrous promotion of Anne of Cleves as Henry VIII's fourth wife led to his death.

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March 2019

Bygone Sussex Sports Days – Mat Homewood

March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A light-hearted look at the history of sporting events in Sussex. Sport has been a key feature of Sussex life throughout the centuries, with cricket, football and horse racing being commonplace events, as well as the much-loved Sussex game of stool-ball. Local village sports days were also host to many lesser-known sporting activities, including jingling matches, menagerie races and piano bashing. Mat will regale us with tales of all these events, and more, in an entertaining and informative talk.

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April 2019

A Woman Living in the Shadow of the WWII; Helena Hall’s Journal from the Home Front Margaret Nicolle and Linda Grace

April 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The journal of no ordinary woman, Helena Hall provides a fascinating glimpse into the local, national and international scene during the Second World War. Diaries are important because they provide a unique perspective of life at the time, without the possible distortions of hindsight, subsequent knowledge and memory. Having read Miss Hall’s journal, we considered it to be unique and fascinating and wanted to share it with others. Our talk will explain why we wanted to do this.

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May 2019

Outing to Lewes Priory led by Helen Poole

May 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Cluniac Priory of St Pancras at Lewes was one of the richest in England. Despite Cromwell's massive destruction of the Great Church, the remaining walls tell their own story of a once magnificent building, ranging from the original 11th century church to more mundane structures. Nearby is the monument to the Battle of Lewes which was the most dramatic event to take place there, but other personalities have also left their mark. If St John's Church is not in…

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June 2019

Early Sussex Railways – Kevin Gordon

June 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Our speaker Kevin worked on the railways as a British Transport Police officer for over 30 years and will tell the story of the early Sussex Railways and how they impacted on the county. Kevin will explain how railways were invented, and how, after the first railway between London and Brighton was opened, they spread across Sussex. This well illustrated talk includes information on why a whale establishes a Sussex Railway Station and details of the Sussex Railway Police. Kevin…

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