Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society –
Local History Group – 20 January 2018
Thank you again for the wonderful talk on Saturday [Lancing College and its Local History]. People have very much enjoyed it and some have already planned a trip to Lancing College to see the amazing Chapel.
Stefanie Freiling Hon.
Asst. Secretary (Local History)
The Steyning Society – 19 January 2018
Thank you, Janet, for a brilliant and entertaining talk on The Wiston Estate: a thousand years of history. It was wonderfully researched and put together, and encapsulated its whole history from Domesday Book to the present day. You showed lovely illustrations backed up with personal insights and anecdotes, and yet I did not see a note. You really brought the great families of the Sherleys and the Gorings to life. It was a most enjoyable and informative evening.
Henfield History Group – 9 January 2018
Sidesaddle Travels in England with Celia Fiennes (1690s)
Thank you very much for coming to give your talk on Celia Fiennes. Such a fascinating lady – I am surprised that I hadn’t heard about her before this. Her journal gives such a great insight into the everyday life of the people with the descriptions of their home life, environment, industrial work, and the way they lived. We only usually get to hear of the major events and the main historical characters at this time. I have since spoken to several of our members and they say that they found your talk very interesting and captivating. Thank you again for yet another great talk.
Bookham & District U3A – 5 September 2017
Visit to Wiston House 2 August 2017
I can safely say that we all enjoyed our afternoon with you at Wiston House, despite all the rain [it was sheeting down! JP]. Absorbing all your facts, anecdotes and stories was a task, as you are a mine of information! Fascinating, thank you so much. The icing on the cake was the delicious tea, which was absolutely scrumptious, and some of us wished we had taken a doggy bag…I am hoping Seaford U3A will all see you as a speaker again at one of our big meetings. Thank you again for a super afternoon.
Heather Johnson – Organiser
The Friends of Anne of Cleves’ House, Lewes, East Sussex, 7 April 2017
We all really enjoyed your talk about Witches, Warlocks and Wellingtons: The Ritual Protection of the Home, which was not only very interesting and informative but highly entertaining too. Your friendly and informal style went down very well with the Friends and there were many appreciative comments from members and guests. I do hope you will be able to come to us again.
Anna Crabtree, Chairman of the Friends of Anne of Cleves’ House
Sussex Family History Group – Worthing Branch – 17th November 2016
I would like to thank you on behalf of the SFHG Worthing Meeting Centre for the excellent talk you gave on Thursday [Witches Warlocks & Wellingtons: The Ritual Protection of the Home]. I think it opened all our eyes to the mysteries of past superstitions which our ancestors would have fully understood and participated in. I always marvel that we do have so many well preserved houses of such a great age, particularly in Sussex, and they are still revealing their secrets.
Friends of Worthing Museum 15 November 2016
Many thanks for your very informative talk on the magical, mystical Chanctonbury Ring, delivered with your usual enthusiasm and judicious use of humour. Lovely illustrations as ever. You covered so much, from the lay-out of the hill fort with its two types of Roman temples, to the original treeplanting, to the devastation of the Great Storm which provided opportunity for further excavations. So much to reflect on, I shall have to get to the Library for your book. Our members thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon – a brilliant talk.
Horsham U3A ‘Towns & Villages’ Group – 2 August 2016
We would like to thank you for the very interesting and informative time we had despite the weather.’
The Company of Biologists – Cambridge – 2013 – 2016
‘Thank you so very much for always doing such fantastic and entertaining talks at my Workshops at Wiston House. You add something very special to these Workshops and the delegates always tell me how much they enjoy your very informative talk [on the history of Wiston House]. You are now a permanent fixture on our programme and I always look forward to seeing you’.
Nicky Le Blond – Meetings’ Organiser
Tonbridge WEA – 5 July 2016
‘Thank you for giving us an excellent walking tour this afternoon in Steyning. Everyone enjoyed it so much and I reckon we’ll be back at some stage for one of your other walking tours! All in all we had a first-class day and the weather couldn’t have been better.’
Tillington Men’s Breakfast Club – 4 June 2016
‘What a happy & wonderful time you gave us Tillington Men on Saturday morning [with Sussex Inn Signs and their History, after the Celebration Breakfast for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday]. We were so pleased to hear you. You were the talk of the church coffee yesterday morning!
Dr Janet Pennington (“the lady in the hat”) who has a PhD in Inn and Tavern History, started with the difference between Inns, Taverns & Ale Houses. Inns were for the better heeled people who arrived by horse or carriage; Taverns in towns only, and Ale Houses were the bottom of the pile, a place for getting drunk, a brothel and whatever….A professional talk and great illustrations with Dr Janet saying how much she had enjoyed meeting us all.’
Gerald Gresham Cooke – Chairman
[And I must say how much I enjoyed the wonderful breakfast cooked by two ladies of the village. Tillington is to the west of Petworth, and has its own pub, the Horse Guards Inn. JP]
Methodist Ladies Wednesday Group, Horsham 4th May 2016
Dorking U3A – 25th April 2016
Many thanks for a wonderful walk [around old Steyning]…you really brought Steyning to life and we all enjoyed lunch in the Chequer Inn afterwards. Thank you very very much!
Mary Cowan – Walks’ Organiser
Bexhill Museum Society – 6 April 2016
On behalf of the Local History Section of Bexhill Museum I would like to thank you for a truly interesting afternoon talk [Shops and Shopping: The History of the Small Shop Through the Ages]. We also thank you for trying out our new equipment – which seemed to work well…We do look forward to booking you again and thank you again for a great afternoon.
Secretary – Local History Section, Bexhill Museum
Woodmancote & Henfield Women’s Institute – 21.11.15
I would like to thank you very much indeed for your visit…and especially for stepping in at such short notice…members all thoroughly enjoyed your presentation [on Sussex Inn Signs and their History].
– Vice President/Speakers’ Secretary
Shipley History Society – 24.3.15
Thank you very much indeed for the most interesting talk…about the Adur Valley… You provided a lively and enlightening description of this beautiful part of Sussex, and we enjoyed hearing your wonderfully clear and fluent insight into the formation of the landscape and the lives of its inhabitants. It is so nice to listen to a speaker who knows her subject so well, and can speak without notes…Thank you very much for taking questions and inspiring us about our heritage.