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1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Carnegie Interpret Britain Awards / We are delighted that the Museum has been awarded a Commendation for the publication of its Children's Activity Book "Look Here", written by Elizabeth Newbery and designed by Susan England. His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester presented the eight Awards and fourteen Commendations at a ceremony in the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Departures / It is with regret that we have to let you know of a recent departure and another one within the next few months. Firstly, as part of the campaign to reduce the cost of running the Museum, Val Price left us at the end of September. Val came to the Museum Office at a time when it required formalising and putting on a footing much more in line with the level of activity which then existed at the Museum. This contribution to the Museum was considerable, if largely hidden. I am sure that over the time Val has been with us, most of you will have appreciated this important contribution and will join with me in wishing her all the best for the future.

At the end of the year John Friar will be retiring. He was one of the first members of the Museum staff and has been involved in most of the stone and brick projects over the years and, in particular, has been responsible for some of the large moving operations that have been undertaken, the Redford Roundhouse being an example. John also re-buil \\
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985REMINDERS / 2.10.85 Friends Committee 2.30pm
22.10.85 Council of Management 6pm
26.10.85 Autumn Activities
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1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Presents for Christmas / Museum ties at
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Winter Lectures at the Museum / A varied programme of lectures has been arranged for the Winter, the first one being "The Farmer Brickmakers of the Weald" on October 7th. These lectures are open to Friends and the public at a cost of 50p each, they will start at 7.30pm in Crawley Hall and a limit of 50 persons will be operated. Full details from the Museum Office.

The Adult Education Department of the University of Southampton is running a 26 meeting Course of illustrated lectures, discussions and study visits to explore the variety of villages from the Middle Ages to the present day and their celebration in art and literature. These lectures commence on October 1st in Crawley Hall. Brief details and enrolment forms are available from the Museum Office but all correspondence to be addressed to the University.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Major Farm Collection Acquired / Mr Stevenson of Furnace Farm in the Ashdown Forest has sold the entire contents of his farm to the Museum.
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Historic Farm Buildings Group / The Autumn Conference is being held at West Dean from 11th to 13th October and the Field Excursion Leader will be Richard Harris.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Typewriter
Competition / The Museum Office wants a good typewriter
The Museum's photographic competition Is open until October. The themes are "Architectural Details" and "Animals or Craftsmen at Work"
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Grants / We have received the Grant of
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Harvest / This year's harvest is now safely in stacks and we are pleased to be able to report that it looks like being a first rate crop. 30 acres have been cut and threshing will start at the Autumn Activities Weekend.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Poland / Marjorie Hallam's proposed visit to Poland has had enough response.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Pigs Come and Go / Two pigs, Gloucester Old Spot/Berkshire crosses, were given to us by Ashdown Forest Farm. They occupied the sty in the toll Cottage Garden from April. They've gone and been replaced by two saddle-backs bought from the Old Rectory, Singleton.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Thatching Straw Harvest A Good Crop / A picture of the harvest in the field below Boarhunt, yielding 17,000 sheaves. The crop was of Marris Wigeon, grown for length of straw. It will be threshed on the Autumn Activities Days.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 19851986 Field Trip - Coventry / The 1986 Field Trip will be based on Coventry, including one morning exploring Spon Street. Other visits will be to the Chiltern Open Air Museum and Maxstoke Castle. Apply to Walter Greenway
1985/10Bulletin / October 1985Autumn Activities Weekend / This will take the usual form, a great deal of hard work by a few giving a great deal of pleasure to, hopefully, a large number of visitors.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Jimmy Woollings / Jimmy Woollings has been appointed as Company Secretary and Treasurer of the Museum.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Newick Plumber's Workshop Arrives at the Museum / A 19th century plumber's and glazier's workshop from Newick in East Sussex was transported complete by lorry, and is standing on temporary pillars behind the Shop. It was donated by Mrs J. Hunt. It was hoisted complete onto a lorry provided by Horley Road Services and was stripped to go under bridges, clearinng the Shoreham bridge by one and a half inches. Alf Fuller, the last user of the workshop, watched the lifting. The Science Museum has granted
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Bad Weather Affects Museum Attendances / Bad August weather has depressed visitor numbers, but money is still needed for our service to the community. The Horsham/Reigate project will continue. Visitor statistics are 1983: 35,846 in August and 132,485 running total; cf 1984, 40,970 and 149,868; 1985, 33,211 and 139,542
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985North Cray / Daubing of North Cray is being undertaken in association with John Ashurst of English Heritage who has analysed many daubs. Heather Champion is supplying a number of different mixes.
1985/10Magazine Vol. 2 No. 25 / October 1985Horsham Shop / Chandlers of Lewis have roofed the Horsham Shop with Horsham stone. The tile hanging and roofs of the neighbouring buildings by John Booker and Son is nearly complete. Ann Ballantyne is restoring the wall paintings in the Riegate Town House
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