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1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Ardingly / The Museum will be having its regular stand at the South of England Show on 6th, 7th and 8th June. If you are going to the Show and visit our Stand, please make yourself known to those on duty on our behalf.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985MSC Library Scheme / We have received unofficial word that a new scheme has been agreed. It is hoped that this will start immediately the existing scheme finishes. Christopher Zeuner would like to take the opportunity given by this Bulletin to record appreciation of the work done by all on the team. The increased activity in the Library is most welcome and it is hoped that those leaving the scheme will find suitable and rewarding jobs as soon as possible.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Visitors Numbers / After an extremely disappointing April when we recorded our lowest ever visitor number of 11,675 for that month, things picked up during May and although we are still approximately 8,000 behind our 1984 running total, we are about 2,000 ahead of our 1983 running total, when we also recorded a bad start to the season.
This year's running total as at May 22nd is 28,900 compared with 37,200 at the same date last year.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Exhibition / An Exhibition of Victorian Tiles opens at the Museum on June 1st for the month and we think this will be very interesting. Over the weekend 15-16 June, Mrs Diana Hall will be demonstrating the making of medieval tiles in the Crawley Hall Lobby whilst the exhibition of Victorian Tiles is at the Museum. Mrs Hall runs her own tile printing business and is currently making replica medieval tiles for Lewes Priory using local clays. Her family own the Breaky Bottom Vineyard, Rodmell, Nr Lewes.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Gates / PLEASE NOTE that the gate by the Caf
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Friends Country Fair / This was a success with just over
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Royal Forestry Society / This Society held an evening meeting at the Museum during their Conference at West Dean in May.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Heavy Horse Day / This is on June 9th and this is a good chance to mention that extra help in stewarding is still required on the day.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Chichester Gala / On Saturday, 13th July, there will be a demonstration of 17th Century English Country Dancing directed by John Dibdin, with musical accompaniment. The performance starts at 2.30 p.m. and tickets will be available from the Museum Office or, on the day, at the Gate.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985REMINDERS / 6.5.85 William will represent the Museum at the Heavy Horse Parade in Portsmouth.
3.00 Sompting Village Morris Men will dance at the Museum.
14.5.85 10.00 GPC Meeting.
15.5.85 11.30 Curatorial Meeting.
18.5.85 09.45 First Aid Lecture. Finishes at 1.15. Details from Keith Bickmore.
19.5.85 COUNTRY FAIR
29.5.85 11.30 Curatorial Meeting.
1.6.85 Exhibition - Victorian Tiles, Ends 30.6.85.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985U.K. Institute of Conservation (UKIC) / The Wall Paintings Section held a meeting at the Museum at which the techniques of conservation and the re-mounting of removed paintings were discussed. The meeting was organised by Ann Ballantyne and Elizabeth Pye and fifty conservators attended. Ann Ballantyne will be undertaking the conservation of the Reigate paintings.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Barn from Ockley / We have been offered a small hay barn from Ockley. It is hoped that we shall be able to accept this offer and that dismantling will take place shortly.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Friends Auction / This was held in Horsham on April 12th and raised in excess of
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985A.G.M. / The Council of Management held its Annual General Meeting on April 30th with the Museum's President, Lord Watkinson, in the Chair. David Biart was re-elected as Chairman, Sir James Waddell as Vice-Chairman and Pat Tye as Hon.Treasurer. Peter Careless has retired as Company Secretary and Jimmy Woollings agreed to take his place and was appointed. General Hawes was elected a Vice-President of the Museum in recognition of the service he has given over so many years to its foundation and development.
The Council discussed proposals from the Chairman for the re-organisation of the Council of Management. Important changes were agreed, the details of which will be established shortly.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Virginia Lyon / Virginia opened her garden to the public on April 14th and despite some rather unpleasant windy weather she raised
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Jim Hampshire / Our best wishes go to Jim and Betty who are leaving shortly for Canada.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Andrew Hodby / Andrew takes up the duties of caretaker/cleaner immediately and we welcome him and his wife, Jean, and the family to the Museum.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Piglets / Two piglets are in residence and creating great interest. They are Gloucester Old Spot/Berkshire cross and are the closest to the traditional type of pig as is possible. They come from Ashdown Forest Farm at Wychcross and the pig sty came from the Petworth Estate.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Sponsored Cycle Ride - May 26th / Alan Waters is doing this 800 plus miles ride from Lands End to John o'Groats in aid of Museum funds. Sponsorship forms are going out with the Newsletter and are available now from the Office. Please support Alan by getting as much sponsorship for him as possible.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985TVS. 30th May at 10.35 p.m. / "Putting on the South", a series produced and directed by Stuart Nimmo, will feature the Museum generally and the erection of North Cray Hall House in particular. We have seen a pre-view of this programme and the general opinion is "Try not to miss it."
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