Programme for 2017/2018 Year

HHG Year (From Sept) Short Programme List

27th September 2017Treasures of The Keep with Christopher Whittick, Snr Archivisit
25th October 2017Sussex Hall Houses by Brian Braby
22nd November 2017A Celebratory History of Christmas with Andy Thomas
December 2017No Meeting
24th January 2018Annual Social with Choice Joyce - A flavour of Joyce Grenfell
28th February 2018The Hartfield Nursing Association by Linda Graham
28th March 2018The Life and Work of Sir Archibald McIndoe with Lucy Bailey
25th April 2018The Life of a Benedictine Monk in Battle Abbey during the Dissolution
23rd May 2018The Roaring Twenties presented by Don Dray
Summer Outings to be advised

Annual Programme Details. Also see Meeting Reports.

22nd July 2017Afternoon visit to Buckhurst Park Garden with a talk on the history by Lady De La Warr. Arrive by 2.30
26th July 2017Evening visit to the Bluebell Railway with conducted tour of the workshops where you will be able to see the heavy work involved with all preserved railways and I believe the construction of a new engine. We will also be given a talk on the history of the line and a light snack supper. Entry is £5 and snack also £5. Please book by pressing the blue button as we do need a good turnout!
28th June 2017The London Temple Garden of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with lunch
24th May 2017Gilly Halcrow - The Shetland Bus.
The story of the brave Norwegian sailors in their fishing boats who kept links open between occupied Norway and Britain during WWII, taking agents in with supplies for the resistance and escaping refugees out. Not only did they have to face sub-Arctic storms in the North Sea but also the might of the Nazi war machine looking for them. A moving account of what affectionately became know as ‘The Shetland Bus’.
26th April 2017Chris McCooey - Tales, Titbits & Trivia
The strange tale of Cromwell's head, the Goudhurst Tit, the Kent samurai Will Adams, Hawkhurst & it's connection with the OXO cube, The Horsmonden inventor of the stomach pump, cobnuts, the Uckfield missionary who ministered to the Ainu of Hokkaido, the adventures of Sarah, our Tamworth pig and how Malcolm Muggeridge saved my bacon.
22nd March 2017James Dickinson - The Battle of Lewes"The Battle of Lewes was part of the Second Baron’s War in 1264 between The Barons led by Simon de Montfort and King Henry III.

James Dickinson will set the stage for this important piece of history by giving us some background about Henry’s father, King John, who was a really wicked King resulting in the First Baron’s War and in due course the Magna Carta. As James said to me the only good thing he did was to die!

Whilst Henry III was not as bad as his father he was a weak man and extremely greedy and would take every opportunity to claim and extort money which led to the second crisis with the Barons and the Battle of Lewes at which he was defeated and put into custody.

The result of this overthrow was to lead to a whole new level of government and the beginning of Parliament as we know it today."
22nd February 2017Steve Alton, Conservation Officer, 'Ashdown Forest, An Unnatural History'
Steve joined the Forest in December 2013 and has over 25 years’ experience in the conservation sector. Originally a conservation officer for the Wildlife Trusts, he then spent 13 years running the UK programme of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank project. Steve oversees the day-to-day conservation management of the Forest, and has a particular interest in interpretation. He brings with him Zaf, an irrepressible flat-coated retriever cross.
For Future Readers of the Past this talk was taken over at the last minute by Rich Allum, Ranger. See report on his excellent talk.
25th January 2017Social - Food & Fun.
Once again we will be using the Village Hall and this time will be offering finger food, a delicious sweet and wine whilst entertainment will be by courtesy of Geoff Hutchinson in costume as "Mad Jack" Fuller, the eccentric Georgian Squire. Not to be missed - tickets at £10 a head will be on sale a.s.a.p.