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December 2017

Wivelsfield Carol Festival Friday 8th December 7.00pm

8th December 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and celebrate the season with members of other village clubs and societies.           ___________________________________

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January 2018

Funfairs and a social history of England

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

Thursday 18th January at 8.00 pm   Funfairs and a social history of England Robert Harris   Fairground amusements like merry-go-rounds, swings and stalls selling food and knick-knacks are all that remain from a time when fairs had an important business function. They were once wholesale markets for selling sheep or horses or hiring fairs, where labourers converged looking for a new master for the year ahead. Robert comes from several generations of the Harris family, who tour the South-East…

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February 2018

Sussex Gravestones & Graveyards

15th February 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 15th February at 8.00 pm   Sussex gravestones & graveyards Kevin Gordon  People have been buried in Sussex for thousands of years. I have toured Sussex looking for examples of odd and interesting gravestones and graveyards from simple wooden crosses to huge pyramids. An odd subject for a talk but one that people find interesting. We welcome Kevin Gordon to WHS for the 1st time, Kevin has published many books and videos on Sussex history and is the curator…

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March 2018

Gentry in the Landscape

15th March 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday 15th March at 8.00 pm   Gentry in the Landscape Geoffrey Mead   Firle Place has been home to the Gage family since circa 1470, when they moved into 'the old house' and even then they had married into the family that were the previous manorial holders. The village and its surrounding landscape has been heavily influenced by this continuity of landownership and the history of the land and family mirrors aspects of British history. This talk looks at…

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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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