We meet in the Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, RH15 8DX
on the first Wednesday of the month from
February to June and September to December
Doors open 7:15pm for 7:45 pm start
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Special Events - Admission fee for members and visitors will be charged as noted
Our AGM and Christmas Social Evenings are for members only
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Annual General Meeting
‘Shepherds of the Sussex Downs’
Ian’s paternal grandfathers were farm workers as far back as 1841 and probably for generations before.
He also worked on farms before attending Agricultural College in the late 1960’s. After further agricultural related work, he had a change of direction in 1987, when he became manager of Newhaven Fort and prepared the scheduled monument for opening to visitors the following year. During 1985 he started researching his family history and this on-going activity has led to the development of these local history talks.
Central to Sussex farming in past centuries and to the economy of the area, were the thousands of sheep that grazed on the Downs. The shepherds, who spent their solitary lives caring for their flocks, were a familiar part of the local countryside. Ian tells their story.