Hob Nob Group

AT our January meeting we welcomed our speaker Brion Purdey. He gave a very interesting illustrated talk on A Winter Holiday in Hastings in 1835.

A boy named Nathaniel Peter Edward Lathbury aged 14 came to Hastings with his mother and two sisters for the winter until May 10, 1835. They lived in Bury St Edmunds and stopped in Lewisham on their way to Hastings to visit relations.

He kept a diary of his visit and drew the flora he saw on his visits to the gardens and woods in Hastings, Pett, Fairlight and so on. Besides his drawings he wrote all the names of the flora as he knew them all. We saw pictures of the fishing industry, Mr Burtons shops, Bohemia House (now demolished), Pelham House where Henry Pelham lived, Hop Gardens (now Alexandra Gardens), Fairlight Mill and many more interesting places.

They also visited many churches, All Saints, St Clements and St Mary in the Castle where they had to pay for their pew. A very nostalgic afternoon.

Our nect meeting is on February 19 when our speaker Don Valentine will give an illustrated talk on the History of St Helen’s Hospital, followed by our AGM.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, South Terrace. New members are always welcomed. All enquiries ring 01424 717709.