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1991/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 7 / October 1991Any Old Sheets? / Bob Powell needs old sheets or blankets to wrap items in the ollection. Interesting additions are a horse-drawn lawn mower made by Green and Son Ltd. of London, and a roller mill made by Hunt of Earles Colne
1991/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 7 / October 1991Spreading the flour nessage. / Volunteers are needed to spread demand for the flour further afield. Ruth Stock and Peter Stock have helped.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991FRIENDS DINNER / The fund raising dinner held at the Coronation Hall, Slindon, on 1 November was a most enjoyable occasion attended by fifty Friends. After dinner Ross Wood (better known to some of us as Rosemary McGregor-Wood, the wife of our Trustee, Neil McGregor-Wood) entertained us by reading some of her poems which were much enjoyed by her audience. She very generously donated the profit of copies of her volume "A Pen Dipped in Some Ink" which were sold. The whole evening made
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991TIMBER SNIGGING / 11 November - 7 am
I had to wait for Andy (nothing new!) because the plug from the caravan did not reach the horsebox; there was just a short delay before William and I were off to Lewes - unfortunately, we met the rest of the South going to work on the way. There was one stop for milk, bread and Polo's for William.

When we arrived at Ashcombe Farm we were met by Ray Hatley of Esus, who told me I would be staying until Thursday, which was Press Day. (I had thought I would only be there until Wednesday!)

I got William out of his box, cleaned his hooves and gave him a quick groom before going to the woods to begin snigging out the timber. An hour and a half later we had brought down so much wood that Dave (whose job it was to cut it) could not keep up with us, so a second chainsaw was brought in so that they could catch up before the lunch break.

Willy had his feed and water first - a very happy horse! Then I grabbed a quick cuppa and sandwich before getting back to work. We br \\
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991PUBLICITY LEAFLET / Next year's publicity leaflet is being sponsored by Carringdales of Bognor, the local Volvo agents. We are most grateful for this support as we had no sponsorship last year for this important marketing tool.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991FINDON FAIR SHEEP HURDLES / We have purchased the Findon Fair Sheep Hurdles from the Managing Agents, Handleys. The Hurdles were due to be disposed of and it was essential for the future of the Rare Breeds Show to rescue the collection intact, as well as saving a very important part of Sussex's rural history. The WSCC has kindly donated
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991CHARCOAL / The charcoal dust that Alan Waters has accumulated from two years successful burning has been sold to a company on Humberside. This necessitated the filling of a rigid tilt lorry to transport it.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991STAFF / We are sorry to report that Neill Wilkins, the Miller, has left the Museum staff but he will still visit us from time to time due to the nature of his work.

Another member of staff whom we shall be sorry to lose at the end of the month is Jonathan Roberts, our Librarian, who has been with us for several years. We wish him well for the future.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991PLOUGHING AND STEAM THRESHING WEEKEND / The weekend in October was a success with more ploughing teams of horses and tractors than ever before. The weather was good over the two days and the event attracted some 3,800 visitors.

Bert Dibben as usual came with his threshing tackle and the process went through very smoothly, aided by a spell of dry weather. An extra amount of long straw was threshed for a special order and in general the quality of the straw was good if a little short.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991FILMING / Various companies have been filming here recently. Look out for the Museum on the television over Christmas.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991FROM THE COLLECTIONS / It is with pleasure that I have welcomed the return of the "Tuesday Gang". With a hard-core of five (George, John, John, Ted and Walter) a start has been made on many tasks mainly with an outdoor emphasis. Braving dust and dirt, Watersfield Stable has been given an "Autumn clean", and our Ransoms cultivator at Gonville stables has started to undergo a face-lift including painting. Further stirling work has also happened at "The Cutting" were several of our larger items have been wood preserved, greased and oiled into a state of care that they have not experienced in years. In spite of these and other tasks, I am still asked "When are we going to see the horse drawn lawn mower?" Rest assured, troops, the day will come!

On the subject of large equipment we have now acquired our own six food Massey Harris binder, courtesy of Mr Robert Crossley of Hambledon. Dating from the 1930s the binder is in quite good condition and is seen as a useful addition to our equipment in relation \\
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991REQUEST / Mrs Lesley Large would be grateful for any pickle or jam jars with screw lids. She would also welcome Schwarz-type spice jars. If you have any of these, please leave them at the Museum office.
1991/12Bulletin / December 1991DATES FOR YOUR DIARY / Carols in North Cray 7 pm 19 December 1991
Volunteers' Training Session:
Provision for Disabled Visitors * 2 pm 20 December 1991
Walter's Quiz 2-3.30 pm 29 December 1991
Novice Sheep Dog Trials 11 am 29 December 1991
Volunteers' Training Sessions:
Schools/Edctn Services/Guiding * 2 pm 14 January 1992
New Roles for Volunteers * 6.30 pm 27 January 1992
Volunteer Briefing 9.30 am 28 February 1992
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1991/12Bulletin / December 1991VISITOR NUMBERS / Totals for the end of the main season were 167,950. This represents an increase of 7,548 on last year. The most notable factors to be observed are the increase in parties and family visits but there is a fall in the number of visitors paying the full amount.
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Picnic witrh Sussex Songs Planned for June / The Friends are arranging a Picnic party with Bob Copper and Family providing an evening of traditional songs.
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Sole Street Aisled Hall / Work on Sole Street continues. It will form part of the new catering facility, which will open at Easter. It will provide covered space for visitors to sit after collecting their refreshments. A new kitchen is being added to the old wagon shed. The planning was undertaken by Miller Hughes Association. Pictures include Roger Champion, Alf Peacock and Dave Gabbitas at work
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991New Visions for Independent Museums / Victor Middleton has produced a report on the future of independent museums for the AIM. It includes many recommendations. [These are not reporduced here].
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Dismantling and Re-erection of Timber Framed Buildings: Problems and Opportunities / This is a paper given by Richard Harris at the ICOMOS UK Seminar on "Understanding Timber Framed Buildings" [It should be read in the original]
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991The Shop - A Hive of Activity within the Museum / Monica Hannevold describes the history of the shop and its present activity. It started in the Toll House and John Lowe, Doug Bryant, Marjorie Bryant, Daphne Chanmdler, Joan Brooks, Ethel Buvyer and many others all took their turns there. Then it moved to the Littlehampton Granary, and later to its present home in the Lavant House. Keith Bickmore took over its running in 1983, and is now helped by Ann Kirby, Betty Putnam and Monica Hannevold. The shop sells literary and educational material and souvenirs to all comers. Its profits help the finances of the Museum. It also receives comments from visitors about their day at the Museum.
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Andrew's Magic Litter Machine / Cleaning the Museum is the responsibility of Hazel Bleach and Christine Holden, Andrew Hodby has built a vehicle which looks like an antiquated ice cream seller's machine to carry full litter bags, John Chattaway also harnesses William to his cart for the same job.
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