THE TALKS PROGRAMME IS BEING RESUMED – SUBJECT TO CHANGE YET AGAIN IF COVID CASES RISE DURING THE AUTUMN. ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS WILL BE FOLLOWED, AS SAFETY REMAINS OUR PRIME CONCERN.

All events are held at the King Edward Hall, Lindfield.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free to members and non-members, but a small donation

at the door for the illustrated TALKS would be welcome, to defray costs.

TALK: Wednesday 8 September 2021 2.30pm. “Hearth & Home: aspects of Sussex housing and its building materials”. by Geoffrey Mead. “Hearth & Home” looks at the variety of traditional building materials available in the county and how geology and trade routes have given us the rich legacy we have today of vernacular buildings. From the complex of sandstones, clays and limestones that is Sussex, plus its accessibility to Continental influences, we have a wide range of building types, with styles which have influenced much later architectural work.


Our AGM scheduled for April 2020 had to be Cancelled due to Covid restrictions. Although we have fulfilled our obligations as a Charity by circulating the 2020 accounts and the Committee nominees for approval, we intend to have a short update session during the November Talks meeting.

TALK: Wednesday 6 October 2021. 2.30pm “Sinkholes, Deneholes, Mining, Landslips and Other Geological Hazards which could affect your house” by Roger Smith. This talk shows little known geological features which can be encountered in S E England, including examples from Mid Sussex. The areas in which they are most common are identified and need to be recognised and allowed for by designers and builders. Other features discussed include Radon, Earthquakes and the positions of former quarries and sand pits.


TALK: Tuesday 9 November 2021. 2.30 pm “An Introduction to Timber-Framed Buildings of the Weald” by Jeremy Clarke. The talk will introduce the study of timber-framed dwellings and some of the features used to determine their age, and will provide an overview of the progression of traditional house designs from 1400 to 1700 and how, along with other construction details, this can be used to date standing buildings and their subsequent alteration.

We intend to have a short AGM up-date session during this meeting.