Most enduring families in Mid Sussex feature in exhibition

Some of the most enduring families in the Mid Sussex area are to feature in a new exhibition at Balcombe on the 11th May about local history. Families such as the Bottings, Irelands, Newnhams and Testers have lived in both Balcombe and it surroundings areas for several generations and records and memorabilia from their family histories will be on display to the public.

These items will take their place amongst a massive collection of archives, which will include articles and several biographies about other well known families from Balcombe and they can be seen at the Victory Hall in the village. Among the others who will he featured are the recently retired Dr Rob Morris, the practice GP from Ouse Valley, Paul Schofield the late and great Shakespearean actor and the Greenwood family and Lord and Lady Denman, both famous from the Balcombe Estate.

Graham Gosney, the chairman of the Balcombe Historical Society, along with Julie Budgen the secretary and other fellow members have brought togethet numerous different items of material, of which many have never been seen before, and given them the title of ‘The Life and Times of Balcombe People’.

References can be obtained by copies of a Balcombe Census from 1841-1911, as well as several inscriptions which have come from monuments in the St Mary’s graveyard. In addition to this there will also be over 40 features to view from the Mid Sussex Times dating from the 1960’s-2000’s, which have been collated from a collection of scrapbooks belonging to Dorothy Johnson.

Visitors can have some fun trying to identify their relatives from a wide selection of group photos that have come from the scouts, sports clubs, Balcombe School, the railwaystaff and from major local events that have taken place over the years. The exhibition in the Victory Hall takes place in the 11th May from 10am-2pm and admission is £1.