Bridge Cottage, Uckfield.

Talks coming up at Bridge Cottage

A variety of talks are coming up at Bridge Cottage on the first Thursday of every month – starting tonight (January 2).

They range from one about the people who founded Sussex, to the history of Punch and Judy and another about Tudor dance.

Each will begin at 7pm and admission will be £5, or £3 for members of Uckfield and District Preservation Society.

They start today, January 2, with Anglo-Saxons by Mak Norman.

Mak (aka Osgar) will talk about the Germanic tribes that migrated to the eastern shores of lowland Britain in the fifth century, including the people who founded Sussex and gave it its name.

Osgar brings his audience closer to the Anglo Saxons, who not only created our county and our country; but gave us, and the world, the English language.

The Anglo Saxons were capable of incredible artistic work, which expressed their understanding of their world. A world of gods, elves and magical runes, all of which inspired J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of The Rings’.

Other talks include:

February 6 – The origins and history of Punch & Judy and my journey with them, Ray Sparks

The talk covers the first sighting of Punch and Judy by Samuel Pepys in Covent Garden in 1662 to its continued popularity today throughout the UK, together with anecdotes of his work with the show over 30 or more years.  The talk also features Ray’s puppet booth and memorabilia.

The basis of each character is explained to the audience, giving information on such people as Jack Ketch the executioner in London during the 1600’s and Joseph Grimaldi, the famous “Father of all Clowns” who performed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

March 5 – Sussex Scrapbook 2, Chris Horlock:  Following his successful talk at Bridge Cottage in 2019, Chris will again entertain the audience with anecdotes of famous people, local history, buildings and much more.  It will be a completely different talk to his previous presentation.

April 2 – Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service, Trevor Weeks MBE:  Trevor will outline the origins of this organisation and the invaluable service it provides to Sussex wildlife.

May 7 – From the Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major, Ian Everest:  The story of oxen on Sussex Farms, their impact on the countryside and the ‘modernising’ of agriculture with the arrival of the first tractors.

June 4 – Gallyard Tudor Dance: A local group who perform Tudor dances, and encourage the audience to join in.

• Contact details for Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Educations, Function Rooms, Heritage, History, Meeting Venues, or Visitor Attractions.

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