For our latest achievements please click on our Summary of Grants given since December 2019 v2

See below for some of the Society’s  achievements since 1963

1963 The inaugural meeting took place on April 23rd  (St George’s Day). In his opening address the first Chairman, Mr  Mimmack,  said ”he hoped the Society would have the support of the whole District  and would approve good planning as well as working to preserve the beauty and amenities of the Town.”

1966 The Society organized a pageant with the object of raising funds to purchase St Cuthman’s Field as an open field. It did not succeed and part of the field later became a car park.

1977 produced the design for road signs featuring St Cuthman for entrances into Steyning——adopted by West Sussex C.C.

1980 First Edition of the Society’s popular Steyning Conservation Guide revised in 2018 and still available at £2.50 (40 pages). Details on how to order can be found on our Contact page.

1981 Opening of Steyning By-Pass. The society with others campaigned for many years for this facility.

1983 Steyning Museum founded, originally in the High Street. The Steyning Society initiated its creation and supplied artifacts. The museum moved to a purpose – built site in 1991.

1993 An Exhibition featuring 30 years of the Society’s existence was produced by Harry Ford.

2000 The Society supported the proposed creation of the South Downs National Park which eventually came into existence in 2011.

2001 The oak posts at the corner of Church Street and High Street which have existed for well over a hundred years , were replaced by the Society.

2002 Initiated and organized the first Steyning Showcase for all voluntary bodies and organized a second one in 2006 until organization of the Showcase taken over by Parish Council.

2004 Contributed £500 to the extension of the Steyning Museum.

2008 Successfully Campaigned for the continued use of the building housing the Public Toilets at the entrance to the High Street Car Park.

2009 Raised over £2000 and provided £1147 to retain the Clock Tower mechanism and  to be automatically winded.

2011 Contributed £500 to the refurbishment of the Steyning Memorial Garden.

2012  Held Garden Party to raise funds for the Steyning Festival.

2017   Supported the launch of ‘The Friends of Steyning Parish Church’ by hosting a cheese and wine party at The Steyning Centre

2018   Donated £500 to sponsor the Community Event on the final day of Steyning Festival

2018   Donated £220 for the repainting of the Ancient Pump near Springwells

2019  Donated £1200 to Steyning in Bloom for the planned ‘Stunning Town Entrance’ near the Catholic Church

For our latest achievements please click on our Summary of Grants given since December 2019 v2

2022 Over the past twelve moths or so, we have given grants to the following:

 * Steyning Festival Community Day * Steyning in Bloom * Restoration by Steyning Museum of William Cowerson headstone (famous local smuggler 1801-1832) * Steyning Heritage Day event at the Rifle Range  organised by Steyning Downland Scheme on September 18th this year.

We encourage all members to bring the Steyning Society Grants to the attention of any local worthwhile organisation. The Committee considers applications in May and November each year.