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1990/6Bulletin / June 1990SOLE STREET / Work has started on the repair of timbers of Sole Street aisled hall. Roger Champion is undertaking the work and we hope to start site work for the re-erection of this building in November.
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990DATES FOR YOUR DIARY / June 26th Executive Board Meeting & AGM of Singleton Museum Services Ltd
June 29th/July 1st Building Conservation Exhibition
June 29th Picnic Party for Friends, Trustees, Stewards, Staff
July 22nd Rare Breeds Show
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990(none) / Since the last Bulletin two major events have taken place at the Museum - the Building Conservation Exhibition and the Rare Breeds Show.

The Building Conservation Exhibition was very successful in attracting people interested in the care of historic buildings. Exhibitors reported that the serious interest expressed by visitors was very satisfactory. The Exhibition was opened by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, a Vice-President of the Museum.

The Rare Breeds Show was also a successful occasion - more entries than ever were received, but on the day there were a number of withdrawals because of the heat. Attendance was almost up to last year's standards at 4,500. Show Founder, Jean Crozier, announced just before the Show that this would be her last on the organising Committee. The Museum is extremely grateful to Jean for all her efforts. Thanks to Andrew Hodby for organising and supervising the task of setting up and dismantling the Show. 1000 hurdles have to be moved - a considerable ta \\
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990JUNIOR FRIENDS / In the absence of an Education Officer, Nick Hutson and a small committee are keeping a programme of activities going for the Junior Friends. For this we are most grateful.
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990EVENTS / DAWN CHORUS WALK - this was enjoyed by all those who participated, although the weather was not up to the standard of the previous two years. However, this did not deter the birds and they put on their best twitters for the occasion! Thanks to Bob Holman and his assistant from Kingley Vale for leading the Twitchers!

OPEN DAY AT VANN - Trustee Martin Caroe and his wife most generously opened their house and garden to Friends of the Museum on Sunday 13th May. This proved a great success and
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990VOLUNTEERS / As the Museum grows we need more volunteer stewards. We are aware that we are expecting more and more of our existing volunteers, and this extra pressure cannot be sustained. Everybody concerned with the Museum can help by considering as a priority the recruitment of more people.

The best people to recruit new volunteers are most definitely those already "converted". PLEASE GO FORTH AND CONVERT THE UNCONVERTED!

While asking for help, two major events are coming up. The Building Conservation Exhibition and the Rare Breeds Show. Both of these require an immense amount of extra work in the days before and immediately after the event. If you have any extra time to offer, particularly in the setting up of the Rare Breeds Show, please let Richard Pailthorpe know. He would VERY MUCH like to hear from you!
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990STAFF / The Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of a replacement for Heather Champion. This job has been re-designated "Assistant Curator" and as such the duties of the new post holder will be changed.

We look forward to welcoming Bob Powell in July. Currently working in Morayshire, Bob has a particular interest in social and agricultural history. His experience will be extremely useful to the Museum.
1990/6Bulletin / June 1990CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS on his OBE / We would all like to congratulate Chris on this well deserved honour, and wonder what he will do
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990WARDENING / Unfortunately the new Assistant Warden has been unable to take up the post. We will therefore be managing during the summer with the existing team of wardens with assistance from Ray Finucane. Ray and his wife, Dicky, are well known to most of you and they have been regular helpers in the Mill over the last few years.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990LAMBING / The Southdown lambing has gone well and is now completed. The Romneys have just started, and the lambs provide an added attraction to the site.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990TIME MACHINE TOUR / We have now installed the "Time Machine Tour" in Bayleaf which should considerably enhance visitors' appreciation of the complex.

This is a "taped tour" of the building, garden and farmstead, lasting about 25 minutes. The lightweight machine is collected by visitors from Bayleaf, and is extremely easy to use.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990ASSISTING THE MUSEUM OF LONDON / Alan Waters has been helping to make an arbour for roses in the Museum of London's new courtyard exhibition on The History of Gardening in London.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990BANK HOLIDAY EXHIBITION / The Sussex Guild of Craftsmen were here from May 5/7. About 15 members of the Guild exhibited, including our tenants from Charlton, Jon and Val Hill, who make beautiful jewellery.

Visitor numbers over the Holiday amounted to 5,600 which was a very good total, and the best we have had over this particular weekend for a number of years.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990NATIONAL MILLS DAY - MAY 13th / We are celebrating this probably rather differently from other Mills in the country - we are offering, to all visiting dogs, a doggy biscuit, made from Lurgashall Mil Flour! The reason for this is that National Mills Day gives us the opportunity to launch Neill Wilkins' second cookery booklet, and doggy biscuits feature in it. There will be a photo call at 11.00 a.m. So please bring your dog to the Museum on Sunday May 13th and give him a really good day out!
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990DATES FOR THE DIARY / May 12th Dawn Chorus Walk - now fully booked
" 13th National Mills Day
" " Vann and Oakhurst Cottage opening
" 22nd Executive Board Meeting - 9.30 a.m.
" 26th "17th Century Cookery" Lecture - now fully booked
" 28th Sheep Dog Trials
June 7/9th South of England Show
" 10th Heavy Horses at Singleton
" 15th Evening Race Meeting at Goodwood with the "Weald & Downland Museum Stakes"
" 19th Trustees' AGM - 6.30 p.m.
" 22nd "Downland Shepherds" lecture by Richard Pailthorpe - now fully booked
" 26th Executive Board Meeting and AGM of Singleton Museum Services - 9.30 a.m.
June 29th/
July 1st Building Conservation Exhibition
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990HANGLETON / The garden is progressing nicely, and the resident Tamworth/Berkshire pig is settling in well, despite some initial difficulties.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990WINTER OPENING / Winter opening has achieved just under 8,000 visitors. Other than last year when we opened in the middle of March, this has been the best. However, Easter was particularly disappointing with poor weather, and our overall attendance of about 4,500 was well down.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990VISIT TO VANN / Mr Martin Caroe - a Trustee of the Museum - has kindly agreed to open his house and garden to the Friends on May 13th. A good response has been received, both to visit Vann and Oakhurst, a National Trust cottage nearby.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990RICHARD PAILTHORPE / The Executive Board has redesignated Richard Pailthorpe's post as Assistant Director (Visitor Services).

Richard's responsibilities remain largely the same, but the redesignation is intended to clarify the nature of his post.
1990/5Bulletin / April/May 1990PETERSFIELD BRICK DRYING SHED / Paul Russell and John Winterbottom are now tiling the roof, and the project is running both to time and to budget!

The Brick Exhibition has been written by Richard Harris, and he is working with Redland Bricks on the design, in particular the reconstructed brickwork which will illustrate different styles and periods.
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