Museum History
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1991/4Bulletin / April 1991GOOD WISHES / Geoff Kent is recovering after a spell in hospital and we all send our good wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991FRIENDS TRIPS / The Friends depart on their annual trip this week - this time to Sheffield, and the Derbyshire peaks.

Bookings are coming in rapidly for the trip to the European museums in September and if you are interested in going we recommend you get your application in as soon as possible.
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991LOAN NOTES / The loan notes scheme has aroused interest and so far over
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991THE BRICK EXHIBITION / We shall be holding a lunch time opening of this Exhibition on 20 May. The opening will be conducted by Peter Johnson of Redland Bricks and Barry Sampson of Seaward Properties. Invitations will be sent out shortly.
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991LURGASHALL MILL / The Mill has had a good start to the season with a large amount of flour being sold over the Easter Food Fair weekend. The Wholemeal Cookery Competition attracted a lot of interest and entries; the winners were as follows: Mrs Corteen from Nutbourne for her wholemeal bread, Alison Chatfield from Chichester for her cake and Louise Arnold for her biscuits. It was good to see John Friar (former employee at the Museum) taking third prize for his bread.

If you are not sure about cooking with stoneground flour, do not forget that most of the delicious cakes and biscuits sold at the Museum's caf
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD / Cheesemakers, brewers, beekeepers, bakers, icecream makers and many other producers and suppliers connected with regional food and drink gathered on Easter Sunday and Monday for the Food Fair.

Following the success of the previous Fair held in British Food and Farming Year, this year's event once again proved extremely popular. Sponsored by the Observer Series and the West Sussex County Council and supported by A Taste of Sussex, 7,000 visitors came over the two days. The weather just held on to give us an excellent start to the season.

A preserves competition, sponsored by Dorothy Carter Preserves (part of Merrydown Wine) was won by Mrs Marie Jones of Storrington (ironically the winner of the last competition in 1989), with Mrs Phillips from Fontwell winning the chutney section. Details of the Lurgashall Mill bakery competition are given later in the Bulletin.
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991A GOOD START TO THE SEASON / Despite snow and a less favourable winter weatherwise, our additional openings at half term and throughout March have proved a success. By the end of March our running attendance stood at just over 14,000 compared with 7,891 last year. Even after discounting the three days of Easter in this year's total, we would still have finished the period a few thousand visitors up. The extra opening in March has enabled school parties to spread their visits rather than concentrating them into just Wednesdays; it has also meant that passing visitors, who in previous years had to be turned away, have been able to visit the Museum.
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991A SPECIAL THANK YOU / All that is left now is for me (Pat Melhuish) to say thank you for the warm welcome I have received from everyone here at the Museum. I am enjoying the work immensely - there's never a dull moment!
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991RETIREMENT / Les Whitecall, who has for over ten years kept the grass cut around the Museum and has been responsible for much of the tidy presentation that is so much appreciated, has finally decided to retire.

Very sadly his retirement coincided with the sudden death of his wife. I am sure all of you would like to wish Les well in his retirement and to join in expressing our sympathy for his sad loss. Later in the year, a special presentation will be made to Les.
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991THE PENNY ROYAL THEATRE / During the next few weeks, a re-grading of the yard behind Crawley Hall will take place. This is to give the area a regular slope in order to take the theatre seating. In addition, one or two other improvements will be made at the expense of the theatre, including the installation of a shower in the "boiler room" behind Crawley. This facility is needed for the theatre production but will be greatly appreciated by others - in particular our charcoal burner!
1991/4Bulletin / April 1991SUCCESSFUL LUNCH / The lunch held at Slindon was an entertaining occasion. Lord Nicholas Gordon Lennox presented an interesting and amusing account of his life in the Diplomatic Service. The lunch was well attended and raised about
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Volunteers - The Backbone of the Museum / An appeal for more volunteers. Every day we need at least six volunteers, increasing to ten in the next two years. Keith Bickmore is in charge of the volunteers. There's a description of the work done by volunteers and the qualifications (if any) needed. Contact Richard Pailthorpe.
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991The Day of a Thousand Hurdles / A shiort article on the problems of organising the rare Breeds Show, with particular reference to the work of Virginia Lyon and Richard Pailthopre. It costs
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Rosy's Foal / The Shire mare, Rosy, has produced a foal in May. The sire is Ruskington Edward of Smarden
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Picture / A picture of the thatching of Littlehampton Granary
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Education Officer Appointed / Geoff King is the new Education Officer
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Changes at the Top / Geoffrey Godber has retired as President, and is succeeded by Sir James Waddell. Chris Zeuner thanks Jimmy Woollings, Mike Roberts and Derek Bandey for their work as Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Leslie Weller is a new Trustee.
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991What is it? / Boib Powell illustrates an object based on a cow's toe with a steel addition, and asks what its pirpose was. He anwers this on page 17, saying that it was used by butchers to scrape bristles from pig's skins
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Penny Royal Theatre to stage Two Seasions at Museum / John Pollock and Maggie Pollock have been staging an Open Air Theatre for six years in Bosham. They will be moving to the courtyard behind Crawley Hall for 1991 and 1992, This year they will perform "Confusions" by Alan Ayckbourne and "The Provok'd Wife" by John Vanbrugh. There will be a gala night on August 5th with a special dinner by Rachel Ellis and Mrs R. Veltom of Sumptuous Picnic Suppers
1991/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 6 / March 1991Welcome News / The Museum has been commended in the South East England Tourist Board's Warmest Welcome Awards.
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