LHS ‘AGM Plus’ Wednesday 27 March 
Michael Hubbard contributing to a LHS event

Following the very short official AGM business, Maggie Benzimra will interview well-known local character Michael Hubbard, grandson of ‘Winkle’ Ayling the Lickfold ‘Bun King’, long-term postman in this area, previous Petworth Town Crier and regular, well informed and amusing contributor to all our meetings. See What’s on? for more details.

LHS 2019 autumn event
RNAS Cowdray Park at South Ambersham
RNAS Cowdray Park at South Ambersham

Tania Pons, author of ‘A Midhurst Flying Field – The story of a forgotten Naval Air Station at War 1941-1945‘  has agreed to speak at out autumn event on Thursday 14 November. She will tell the story of the South Ambersham airfield which was where the polo fields are now located and where two war-time hangers still stand.

A competition for everyone
101 Facts about Lodsworth’
Mock-up of planned publication

We recently found a surprisingly interesting little book entitled ‘100 facts about Harlech’, the small town with the castle in North Wales. We decided to copy the idea!

We plan to publish a little book this autumn with interesting, unusual and amusing facts and tales about our parish of Lodsworth. The ‘facts’ will cover history, places, people, events, strange occupations, sports, societies, famous artists, unusual nicknames and much more. Each ‘fact’ will have a short one or two paragraph description and, where possible, an illustration.

101 Facts about Lodsworth’ will be on sale in Lodsworth Larder and should be of particular interest to newcomers and visitors to Lodsworth, and we expect that even long-term residents will learn something from it!

We need your help! Rather than researching and writing this ourselves, we will be running a competition with prizes. The competition is open to everyone of all ages. Do some research; write a paragraph or two; if possible, add a photo or other illustration; and send it to us. We hope to publish all entries and add a few ourselves. Two prizes will be awarded – one for under 16 year olds and one for over 16s. If you need some ideas about possible topics, we have jotted down over 50 without too much effort and can let you have a copy. Entries should be submitted by 1 July 2019.

For more details contact us.

“From St Peter’s to Oakfield – An architectural historian’s view of Lodsworth”

Our guest speaker at our November event was Jeremy Musson, a former architectural editor of Country Life. Jeremy is an architectural historian, writer and broadcaster and a recognised authority on British country houses. His talk was based on his recent work revising the Pevsner Architectural Guide to West Sussex. Jeremy had encountered some delightful experiences during his investigations in Lodsworth and the evening was both educational and humorous.

We also had on display and for sale the two new illustrated volumes of St Peter’s Church, Lodsworth – Graves, memorials & monumental inscriptions.

The Society wins Best Website of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that LHS is the proud winner of the ‘Best Website’ category of the prestigious annual awards from the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG).  An extract from their press release follows:

“The Lodsworth website stood out for its all-round design, accessibility and quality. It is evident that a lot of thought has gone in to using easily-available templates and functionality, with clear links to the society’s research into local history and encouraging local residents to take an interest. Events pages are kept well up to date and the whole site contains a real community feel.  While some websites focus on visual impact alone, the Lodsworth just seemed rooted in offering a quality experience.”

The awards were announced on July 11th at the CAHG annual conference held at University College, London.  The photograph shows Dr Nick Barratt, known for his presentation of the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? who presented the award, with Ian Buckingham, the designer and creator of the website.

Exploring the history of our village