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April 2018

Farming in Kent in the 40’s and 50’s

19th April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 19thApril at 8.00 pm ****VENUE CHANGE TO WIVELSFIELD CHURCH HALL**** Farming in Kent in the 40's and 50's Peter and Jackie Bates   This talk is based on Peter’s first 20 years, brought up on a 48 acre, small, mixed farm smallholding in the Weald of Kent, with 12 cows, 3 pigs, 30 sheep, 50 chicken and a cart horse - no mains water until 1947, nor mains electricity until 1962

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May 2018

The Story of Wivelsfield Church

11th May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wivelsfield Parish Church

Friday 11th May at7.30 pm     Robert Wood   There has been a church here since Saxon times since when the building has been extended and remodelled over the centuries. The sometimes lively history of St Peter & St John the Baptist will be brought to life by one of its former Church Wardens. Not to be missed a talk by WHS chairman Robert Wood.   Park in the Church Lane car park and meet at church

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25th Anniversary open day & walk

12th May 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wivelsfield Church Hall

Saturday 12thMay9.30 am to 5 pm 25th Anniversary Open Day &Walk  WHS are now 25 years old and going strong and we invite you to celebrate this special occasion at the Church Hall. An all-day exhibitionin Wivelsfield Church Hall, celebrating the village’s history with displays and artefacts from the Study Group’s archive. WHS has thrived for 25 years with around 250 talks, a few dozen local walks and many visits to places of historical interest in the area.   25th…

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June 2018

An Old House: discovering timber-framed buildings and their people

21st June 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This richly-illustrated talk brings the Sussex timber-framing tradition to life,  showing why the carpenters’ skilled work can last over 500 years, portraying the people who lived here in the 15th and 16th centuries, how they furnished their homes, and their farming life. Based on research into a Chailey hall house, the talk will also show details such as how many trees were needed to build it, and reveal the evil-averting (apotropaic) signs to be found in almost all old houses.

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July 2018

Immigration control: 1066 to the Present

19th July 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 19thJuly at 8.00 pm   Immigration control: 1066 to the Present Robert Wood   This talk will be a saunter through the story of border control in England from 1066 to the present day. From1536 the talk will also include Wales and, from the Act of Union of 1707, Scotland. Have your passports ready!

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August 2018

The Blue Idol and Quakers in Sussex

16th August 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 16th August at 8.00 pm   The Blue Idol and Quakers in Sussex Robert Wilson   The Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House, where Quakers still worship, was one of the first established after the Toleration Act of 1689. Pacifist Quakerism was in part a reaction against the turbulence and violence of the English Civil War, and was aided by the relatively recent availability of the Bible in English and the new affordability of printing. From this Meeting, William Penn…

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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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