The Women’s Land Army — A Sussex Connection

The Women's Land Army

The rescheduled talk by Ian Everest to Henfield History Group at 8:00pm on Tuesday 9th May 2017 in the Free Church Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield. The talk covers the role of women on Sussex farms and their vital contribution to feeding the country during both WWI and WWII. Their efforts only gained official recognition many years after they were disbanded in 1950. The speaker’s mother was one of 80,000 Land Girls during WWII and the talk will include some of her personal memories as a ‘Cinderella of the Soil’.

[GJMG notes: I have attended two different talks by this speaker in recent years. They are among the best local history talks I have heard.]

Saddlescombe Farm Open Day

Dew pond at Saddlescombe Farm
The National Trust writes:

Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden. Displays and demonstrations of traditional work including hurdle making, shepherding, carpenters’ workshop and more. Watch out for newly born lambs and the sheep dog Belle. Tea and home-made cakes available.

Sunday 23rd April, 10:30am–4:00pm, adult £5, child £2, family £13.

The Women’s Land Army — A Sussex Connection

The Women's Land Army

CHANGE: Ian Everest has had to postpone his talk to Henfield History Group originally scheduled for 8:00pm on Tuesday 10th January 2017 in the Free Church Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield until May this year. In his place, Professor Douglas Chamberlain, an eminent cardiologist who set up the first paramedic course in England, will give a talk on the History of Resuscitation.

Mid Sussex District Plan Examination

Structural Plan of a New Garden City
LAMBS writes:

The Mid Sussex District Plan Examination Hearing Sessions begins on Tuesday, 29th November. It is anticipated to take three days .. Last week, Mayfields sent a letter to all Mid Sussex District and Parish councillors encouraging them to make the choice to support their new town which patently undermines the Neighbourhood plans already in place.

Click the image to read the full letter.

Sussex Agricultural History

Threshing machine C19
A talk by Dr. Geoffrey Mead (University of Sussex) to Henfield History Group at 8:00pm on Tuesday 10th May in the Free Church Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield. The Sussex landscape is a complex linkage of natural features and processes — the geology and topography of the county. This has been adapted by man into a human landscape which is largely one of agricultural development. The talk will consider the regional and historical variation in Sussex agriculture.