Looking back - 50 years ago

From Mid Sussex Times, Wednesday, August 1, 1962

About 20 men, women and girls were helping to gather the potato crop from a field at Wayfield Farm, Pyecombe, on Monday when the “spinner” being used in lifting the potatoes threw up half-a-dozen 2in mortar smoke shells.

Mr P Nelson, farm manager and a director of Messrs. George Hole (Pakyns) Ltd., of Hurstpierpoint, who own the farm, immediately called off the operations and contacted the police. The matter was referred to the Army and members of an R.A.O.C. unit from Hounslow came to Pyecombe to collect the shells.

Mr Nelson told a reporter on Monday evening that no more potatoes would be lifted from the field until the Army had made a thorough investigation of the area.

Meanwhile, other duties have been found for the workers.

‘Well, hit me over the head with a stomach pump and call me Laurence Olivier!’

Members of the staff of Cuckfield Hospital have had a bash at show business and gone into pictures, or rather one picture. And they have done it for a very good cause – to encourage people to take up nursing.

The Ministry of Health wanted to make a film about the two-year training period enrolled nurses go through and so they asked Cuckfield Hospital if they would cooperate in the project.

Cuckfield Hospital’s name appears in bold letters on the credit titles of the film. And ‘The Enrolled Nurse’ is a credit to Cuckfield.

Two well loved and respected teachers at Lindfield County Primary School retired last week. They were Miss E. K. Anscombe, who has taught at the school for over 40 years and in recent years has been deputy head, and Mrs C. Gare, who has been a teacher there for 14 years.

The headmaster, Mr J. P. Fleming, spoke of the teachers’ faithful service and hard work for the school.

“All of us children and grown-ups hope you both have a long and very happy retirement,” he added.

Miss Anscombe then presented the school with a new Ancient and Modern hymn book as the old one, she said, was getting a little more ancient than modern.

Mrs Gare’s gift to the school was a new clock for the infant department because, she pointed out, the old one was always stopping.