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1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Knatts Lane Horse Whim / The Museum rescued a horse whim from Knatts Lane in Knatts Valley, Kent. It had been a listed building but the owner had let it suffer damage. Roger and Heather Champion rescued the remaining timbers over a weekend. They are using the saw-pit from Sheffield Park in their repair work. They took four and a half hours to saw two wall plates 27 feet long.
1981/8Members' Magazine No. 16 / 1981Council of Management / Miss Kate Barson resigned from the Council in June. David Biart, Col. William Harrison, Nigel Talbot Ponsonby and Jimmy Woollings joined the Council. Geofffrey Godber, Sir James Waddell and Patrick Tye remain Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer respectively.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Fred Aldsworth / John Warren recommended that Fred Aldsworth, County Archaeologist, West Sussex, who has already been involved with the Museum's work be invited to join the committee. No objection was raised but the suggestion was not accepted.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Library / Mrs Hallam reported on progress with the Library. She also raised some practical difficulties. AGREED these should be solved as soon as preparations for the Friends' Auction freed Crawley Hall for normal use. The Director reported on progress towards computerisation of the Library material.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Poplars Cottage / The Director reported that this building would be dismantled in the late summer or early autumn. He suggested that the next meeting of the Committee could be held on site (original site of Poplars Cottage). AGREED.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Knepp Outhouse / Mr Armstrong reported on this building and photographs were presented. The building was previously associated with a house known to be timber framed but now demolished. It was uncertain but further research may reveal its purpose. The Chairman commented on the importance of outbuildings to supplement houses to give them a more real curtilage. He recommended its acceptance.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981West Wittering School / The Director sought views on possible sites for this complex. Both a site north east and one on the north west of the village were thought possible. Mrs Hallam recommended that further research might confirm the date of the school's foundation and that would affect the nature of its curtilage. A decision on its site would be made at the next meeting.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Purchase of timber / Roger Champion and the Museum Director raised the question of advance purchase of timber. This may have special benefit for building requiring elm which is now scarce. The advice of the members was sought. The Committee thought that if possible advance stocks of timber would be of great benefit. The problem of conversion to useful sizes in advance remained the most difficult to resolve. The Director and Master Craftsman would pursue the matter.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Catering Facility / It was reported that Mr Lawrie of Singleton Post Office had registered his objection to the application for planning consent. His reasons for objecting to the proposals are that the provision of catering facilities would jeopardise the viability of his shop and eventually the post office, to the detriment of the village. It was reported that he was currently trying to sell the business. The Committee felt that a letter should be sent to the Planning Authority to supplement the application making the following points i) the Post Office and shop did not serve refreshments; ii) few visitors left the Museum during their visit to use facilities in Singleton; iii) the Museum's facilities would be limited to serving beverages and simple food; iv) development was restricted by conditions imposed by the Museum's lease. A draft letter was read by the Museum Director and approved with some amendment.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Foot & Mouth Outbreak / Mr Heymann wished to raise the problem faced by the Foundation due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease and the creation that day of a restricted zone only 10 miles west of the Museum. AGREED Mr Heymann and Mr Zeuner would shortly discuss measures to help inform visitors of the danger to adjoining land. It was suggested that visitors' dogs should be kept in cars and that if needed disinfectant dips be installed. Members of the Committee and Council will be informed of the measures to be taken.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Toll Cottage / The Director sought the approval of the Committee to use the toll gates to be erected as part of the new Toll Cottage exhibit to close both the main site road and the road to the village. Mr Newell said he saw little point in this. The Director explained his wish to be able to separate the main site from the car parks as an aid to visitor management. AGREED to do this, John Warren suggesting that minor changes to the main site road at its junction with the village road would facilitate the new arrangement.
1981/3SBC Minutes / 22 March 1981Southwick Bell Frame / Roger Champion reported on the acquisition of the bell frame from Southwick, Hants. The frame was thought to date from between 1600 and 1620. It was a detached frame for four bells built in a flint tower. The Director reported that the tower had originally been timber framed and that the floor on which the frame sat would also be acquired by the Museum. There followed some discussion about possible ways of displaying the frame.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Report from Richard Harris - Walderton / Richard Harris reported Walderton was now in its advanced stages of progression. He had asked James Ayres for help in finding items of suitable furniture of which replicas could be made. Mr McDowall raised the question of heating to which Richard Harris replied that services had been laid into the building and the problem could be overcome in the winter.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Building Maintenance / Mr Zeuner reported that Roger Champion had started work on the smaller maintenance jobs and will continue into next year.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Bayleaf Farmhouse / It was proposed to take out the stonework below the sole plate on the West side and relay the floor.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Titchfield Market Hall / The Committee was asked to consider the problem in this building of the wetness between the brickwork and the timber of the West elevation. There had been no success with sealers. Chris Zeuner suggested a covering of tile hanging on as long term basis for the West elevation. Mr Russell suggested the use of Renofors 1200. However, Roger Champion explained that this material has already been used on other buildings but had not been successful externally. Richard Harris suggested experimenting by the removal of a glass panel from the West elevation to alleviate pressure. Roger Champion thought that this might work for a few feet either side of the removed glass but might not work at the extremities of the West wall. Roy Armstrong said he would like to see a more temporary covering which could be taken away in the summer months. Finally AGREED that the West end elevation (Gable and first floor) should be tile hung. This would be mentioned in the guide book. It was also suggest \\
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Crawley Hall / Chris Zeuner gave an informal report on the West end of the building. The Committee decided not to discuss the matter until the official report from J Warren and Alan Robson had been received.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Court Barn / Chris Zeuner reported on the problems of the thatch and that plastic netting would be experimented with on the West side.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Expansion of Museum site - Changes to Car Park / Chris Zeuner reported that it was increasingly apparent that the car parks were not adequate for our needs. A working party had been formed to look into the problem of either expanding the present car park or finding an alternative site for another car park.
1981/11SBC Minutes / 29 November 1981Catering facilities / Mr Zeuner reported that the catering facilities were completed and working satisfactorily. However, there was still a need to display a noticeboard for visitors.
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