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1988/10Bulletin / October 1988NEWDIGATE BAKERY / The bakery and the cobbler's shop have now been completely dismantled and brought back to the Museum. Local research has revealed that the last occupant of the cobbler's shop was Mr Foot! A more detailed report on this building will appear in the Museum Magazine to be published in the spring.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988BAYLEAF COMPLEX / Roger Champion has finished weatherboarding and it only remains for the threshing floor to be completed to finish this building (Cowfold Barn). Work on fencing the yard will start almost immediately and this will be followed by the fencing of the fields to be associated with Bayleaf.
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Landscaping / Mr Heymann reported that figures submitted by the Director accompanied by those of the Edward James Foundation would be presented to the National Heritage Memorial Fund following the hurricane damage. However, it was unlikely that an inspector would attend until November to assess any possible grant towards landscaping. Proposals for landscaping made by both the Foundation and the Museum would be presented shortly to the Trustees of the Foundation. Mr Heymann commented that research had revealed that the Museum site had not been included in the Park until the middle of the 19thC, and this could have an impact on the refurbishment of the Park as a whole.
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Storage of Buildings and Related Artifacts / The Director stressed the importance of solving the problem in the long term of accommodating and caring for buildings in store. At present accommodation was provided by Charlton Barns, the lease for which ran for a further 15 years, as well as the railway cutting. The various alternatives were outlined: 1) Moving into Charlton Sawmill. However, the project did not appear at present to be progressing, and it would probably command high rentals; 2) Remaining in Charlton Barns. The rental here could be high, bearing in mind alternative uses for the complex i.e. housing. Authority had been given by the Goodwood Estate for the Museum to use their architectural advisors, Critchell Harrington, with regard to establishing the most economic use of the space from the Museum's point of view; 3) The Railway cutting. The Director wondered what opportunities there were on this site for expansion or building. Mr Heymann suggested that the Foundation would be anxious to \\
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988FUND RAISING / The Friends of the Museum have kindly donated a further
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Future Building Priorities / Mr Armstrong circulated notes (see hard copy or pdf) that he had made as a basis for discussion, giving the priorities as he saw them. After discussion, the following order of priority was AGREED: 1) Sole Street Aisled Hall - subject to condition; 2) Bakehouse complex from Newdigate - possibly running alongside other projects because this building would use other skills than those employed by the Museum; 3) Poplars Cottage; 4) Tyndalls Cottage; 5) Ashtead Cottages; 6) Kirdford Barn/Granary from Claylands Farm, Ashurst; 7) Dovecote from Milton Street - this building could be associated with Scadbury Manor Folly; 8) Bersted Roundhouse. Scadbury Manor Folly has been removed from this list until a decision has been made as to its suitability for the Caf
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988Off Licence for Museum Shop / We have applied for, and been granted, an off licence for the shop to sell locally produced wines.
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988The Mill / Robert and Jackie Demaus are leaving the area for Herefordshire, and we wish them well. Arrangements have been made with Neill Wilkins to take over running the Mill.
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988Dates of Meetings taking place this month: / Saturday 9th January WEA Class
Sunday 10th January Walter Greenway's Quiz
Monday 11th January Executive Board Meeting
Thursday 14th January Sites & Buildings Meeting
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988Dates for 1988 / Saturday 12 March Seminar for Trustees
Friday 1 April Erection of Cowfold Barn
Sunday 17 April Walk through Charlton Forest lead by Richard Pailthorpe
Sunday 1 May Sheep Dog Trials
Sunday 12 June Heavy Horse Day
Friday 17 June Longleys' 125th Anniversary Celebration, to be attended by about 600 people
Sunday 24 July Rare Breeds Show
6th, 7th and 8th August Building Conservation Exhibition
1st and 2nd October Plant Sale
22nd and 23rd October Threshing Weekend
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988VAT / It was brought to the committee's attention that VAT on new construction would probably be introduced after 1 April 1989. It was possible that the Museum might be exempt from this in view of the unusual purposes of construction undertaken. It was not yet apparent what rate would be applied. The Director felt it likely that it might not apply to exhibits.
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988Museum Livestock / The Southdown Sheep are now the property of the Museum. Hopefully they are all in lamb, due around Easter.

Two Sussex calves are in residence in the Lurgashall Shed.
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988Experimental Evening Opening / This year we will be experimenting with three evening openings during the summer. These will be: 22 June, 20 July, 24 August.
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988Landscaping / Mr Heymann explained that due to the October storm, the landscaping he had outlined at the last meeting would now be postponed.
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988Bayleaf Buildings and Exhibition / Building work on Redvins was well underway, although it had been slightly slowed down by bad weather conditions. The building would not be roofed at present but would be covered in. It was evident that the building was of more historic interest than originally anticipated, and was considered an extremely good example of its kind. Work on the garden had commenced, and the layout set out on the ground. The hedge in front of Bayleaf had been removed; planting of the final shaw had been done. This had been moved slightly to the East in order to leave a sufficient area for felling around Gonville Cottage. The nurseries of Southampton City had been working with John Harvey and Sylvia Landsberg, although the bulk of the material would come from West Dean Gardens. Some plants, however, would be difficult to locate, including the vine. Arrangements for looking after the garden had been made with Mr Bop Holman. Research and collection of material was continuing. Richard H \\
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988Forge - Great Bookham / This building was currently being dismantled. The building was largely oak framed. It would go into store within a fortnight, and all relevant artifacts required have been removed. A nephew of the owner would be undertaking the work of recording the family and business. The building would complement the Southwater forge rather than replace it. Mr Champion suggested that an additional Iron Store building should also be rescued, and a decision would be made on inspection.
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988Catering - Temporary Covered Space / As a temporary alternative to additional built accommodation, it had been agreed to provide a marquee type covered area for the facility. The existing building would provide an enlarged kitchen space, with the present table space reduced by half. A marquee would be erected on the north side of the catering area, and suitable landscaping would take place to make it as attractive as possible. To design a purpose built pavilion type tent could not be achieved in time, and the immediate proposal was to erect an ordinary marquee which would come down each winter. Its only purpose was to seat people in a covered area whilst they were eating. It would contain wooden tables and chairs and floor. It would not be possible to improve the catering area further for the next three years. These proposals were approved, and it was AGREED that temporary nature of the marquee would be reviewed each year.
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988Priorities for completion of building projects / The deadline for the completion of the Bayleaf Complex was May 1989. Horsham shop: floors have gone in and staircase and doors on the first floor would be finished shortly. Shutters on the front have yet to be completed. Within a month or two two rooms would be useable. Reigate - no funds remained for further work on this building. The stone chimney could not be completed until the stone problem was solved. Railway Cutting - the covering would have to be repaired and improved. Winkhurst - Roger Champion was anxious that explanation panels should be produced for this building. AGREED. Richard Harris felt it would be necessary to put most projects on ice during the completion of the Bayleaf Project.
1988/1SBC Minutes / 14 January 1988Scadbury / Scadbury manor building had been removed since the last meeting of this committee.
1988/1Bulletin / January 1988Catering Concession / The arrangements with Mr and Mrs Fry to run the Museum's catering have not been renewed and therefore new arrangements will be made for 1988.
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