Chiddingly

WI CENTENARY: There has been a couple of months since the main events for this happened and things have been hectic here at Brymer’s Green which is why the muddle I am now living with temporarily has stopped me reporting this, but on June 2, in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Essex, Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Gloucester, Chiddingly WI sent their representative Jose Loosemore to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Toni Whewell also went, from East Hoathly WI. Some of you may have enjoyed the recent TV series Home Fires, I loved it, which was also linked to the centenary celebrations and depicted a branch of the WI in the run up to WW2. This was inspired by the book Jambusters by Julie Summers which tell the story of the WI during its early years and particularly in WW2 when they collected home-grown fruit and used it to boost the war effort. Jambusters has a particular resonance for us in Chiddingly as one of the villages it features is ours. It tells of the efforts of Peggy Houghton, known to us long time residents as one of the grande dames of the village in the later years, who was part of the jam-busting team for Chiddingly. The distribution centre for the village was Pilgrims in The Street. If anyone has a wartime memory or Chiddingly I am sure the Local History Group would be pleased to hear from you.

POSTAL HISTORY: I was contacted a few months ago by Lionel D Jones who is a leading light in the Sussex Postal History Society. He has a record of a letter written by John Goldsmith who gives his address as Rose Hill on April 9, 1832 referring to tithes and addressed to J C Billingham. The puzzle is that there was no postal delivery from Chiddingly prior to 1844. So any information relating to anything postal, do get in contact and I will pass it on. More details next week.

EVENTS: As always if you have anything for me, send it to ashcott@btinternet.com.

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