Ashurst Wood Historians was founded in 1979…“To research and record the history of our village, its landscape, dwellings and the lives of its people through the stories of our residents, past and present.”

Our next meeting will be our April meeting, on Tuesday 14th at 7:30pm when John Chisholm will take us on a tour of Sussex through the postcards of Alfred Robert Quinton.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in the UK, the Historians will not be meeting in April or May this year. The speakers that we had arranged look as though they should be very interesting and Keith is  trying to re-book them for the autumn in anticipation of us being back to normal by then.

To quote one of our members, “It is better to be Historians than History”

Stay safe everyone.

War Memorial Display

Keith and Wendy, with the help and input from Iain Tidey, have produced a display showing information about the soldiers from WW2 remembered on the Ashurst Wood War Memorial.

A document showing the information of the display can be seen here:

WW2Display (Final2)


You will see that there are 6 men for whom we have very little information. When we are able Wendy and Keith are going to visit the East Sussex County Council Record Office at Falmer who are holding the Electoral Registers for this period to see whether there is any further information we can obtain about the local connections – families and addresses.


40th Anniversary

Please click here to see some pictures from our 40th Anniversary celebrations.

In the first few years a great deal of research undertaken and the results are included in two books which are available for sale – see the section of the website headed “publications“.

The group has an extensive range of archive material. This is stored at Ashurst Wood Village Centre by kind permission of the Village Centre Trustees. The archives can be accessed by prior arrangement.

The group continues to meet monthly between September and July and most months have an invited speaker to talk about a matter of historic interest.

Villages at War

The Historians were invited to participate in the Villages at War project undertaken by East Grinstead Museum with the benefit of a grant from Mid Sussex District Council. Each of the neighbouring villages were offered the space on three pop up stands to tell something of what life was like in their village during WWI and some stories about some of those who fought. The Ashurst Wood stands put together by the Historians are now in the entrance to St Dunstan’s Church and will be there until the end of September. Do go in and have a look at them.

Recent Events

Click on title above to see a summary of some of our recent events.

AGM 2019.

Held on Tuesday 9th March at 7:30pm,  officers were elected as follows:

Chair: Keith Stacey

Secretary: Wendy Stacey

Treasurer: Angie Jones

Gwen Shuttleworth stepped down as Treasurer after several years in the post. The meeting thanked her for her commitment and loyal service to the group.

Those present reviewed some options for presentations next year, and discussed plans for celebrating 40 years on the Historians in Ashurst Wood.

Formal minutes will follow.

Our programme for 2019-20 can be seen here

If you have an interest in local history and would like to join the group please contact Wendy Stacey (01342 323880) or wendy@keithandwendy.net – annual subscription £15.
Visitors are welcome so if there is an item in the programme of particular interest you can come along on a one – off basis and pay just £3 which includes refreshments at the end of the talk.

If you would like to know more about what’s going on in the village today visit the Village Council website