We are excited to announce that our regular monthly drop-in sessions at the White Horse are re-starting on Wednesday, 13 April at 2.00 pm 

Lockdown 2020 - Recording Life Today for the Historians of Tomorrow

When the world changed ... we find ourselves in strange and unprecedented circumstances and as a group of historians we feel it is important to capture the spirit of the times - with all its ups and downs - so we have an accurate record to share in the years to come.  Please join us in this project by keeping a diary or by posting your reflections, no matter how long or short, to the Lockdown Archive.

Fond memories of Ditchling Resident, Dame Vera Lynn, 1917 - 2020

Crowning the Fair Queen, 1960

'Ban the Lorries' Protest March, 1973

The Fair Proclamation, 1982

Crowning the Fair Queen, 2000

In the Sussex village of Ditchling we are mourning the loss of our long time resident, Vera Lynn.  She was part of the village from the days when she would push, Virginia, her daughter in her pram to do some shopping in the High Street.  She opened many a village fair and enjoyed sitting in the village barn gardens having tea with everyone else.  Many a time she would be seen walking to the village shops with her husband, holding a wicker basket to collect a loaf of bread. They would stay to have a coffee in one of the coffee shops where she would be greeted as Mrs Lewis which she preferred to Vera Lynn when she was in Ditchling.  Even though we have seen little of her in recent years it was always good to know she was here and we would notice the BBC equipment outside her house when there were wartime anniversaries.  She will long remain a source of pride that she lived in our village for so many years.  More ...  Should you wish to add a memory to our tribute page, please contact us.