Annual General Meeting, Steyning Bowl Awards and Next Talk on 19th April 2024.

The Annual General Meeting, the presentation of the Steyning Bowl Awards, and the next talk will take place at The Steyning Centre on Friday, 19th April 2024, starting at 7.30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m., when liquid refreshments will be served.  Guests are welcome; there will be no admission charge for guests on this occasion.

We initiated the Steyning Bowl Awards last year to recognise those who have made major contributions to Steyning and its local community.  This year, the awards will focus on individuals who have done this in the last few years by working on a voluntary basis with children and young people.  The awards will be presented by Mr. Adam Whitehead, Headteacher of Steyning Grammar School.  Nominations for the Awards may be made by anyone who lives locally, using the nomination form provided by the following link: nomination-form (1)Please make your nomination by Friday, 29th March 2024.

After the AGM has been completed and the Awards have been presented, Dr Susan Roe will give a talk about Charleston.  Charleston was once the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and is where the Bloomsbury Set used to meet.

Trips to Embassy Court

We have now made two visits to Embassy Court in Brighton, one in November 2023 and the other in January 2024.  Embassy Court is a block of flats  overlooking the seafront which was built in 1935, when it was a controversial Modernist building.   Mary Travers’ article about the visit can be seen by following the link: Visit to Embassy Court.  Thanks to Maddie Blackburn and Paul Dennison for hosting the two visits. Unfortunately, the visit to Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue was not possible because of events in the Middle East.

Trip to Chatham Historic Dockyard

We are sorry to say that the trip to Chatham Historic Dockyard has been cancelled because there was insufficient interest in it to make the trip economically viable.

Walking Tour of Old Portsmouth on 17th April

instead of the trip to Chatham, Brian Lavery will be leading a walking tour of Old Portsmouth on Wednesday, 17th April 2024.  The group will travel by train to Portsmouth from Shoreham.  Details of the trip can be seen by following the link:Old Portsmouth Walk 17.4.24.  Anyone interested in joining the trip should contact Brian Lavery at

Coach trip to Wimbledon on 22nd May.

Last year, several members joined a trip to Parliament organised by Probus.  This year, Probus is organising a coach trip to Wimbledon, the home of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, on 22nd May.  They have invited members of the Society to join the trip, which costs £55 per person.  The trip will include a guided tour of the Club.  The coach will leave Steyning at 9am and will leave Wimbledon at 4pm to return to Steyning, with an estimated time of arrival in Steyning of 6pm.  Further information about the trip can be found by following the link: Probus wimbledon[28337].  Anyone interested in joining the trip should contact Colin Harvey of Probus directly.  His telephone number is 01903 823396 and his email address is

Increase in Subscriptions

Subscriptions are due to be paid on 1st March each year.  The subscriptions for 2023/24 have been increased to: Single Membership £15; Double Membership £20. Do please change online banking payment details if you pay this way. It really helps the Treasurer if all subs can be paid during the month of March if at all possible.

The Local Heritage List

The Local Heritage  List has now been adopted by Steyning Parish Council and by Horsham District Council.  A limited number of copies of the list is being printed and will soon be available at £10 each.  They can be bought at the Society’s meetings or copies can be ordered by contacting the Society on

Horsham District’s Local Plan

Horsham District Council has published its new local plan for development in the District in the period up to 2040, which was put out for public consultation earlier this year.  The Council’s website contains a copy of the Plan, which can also be inspected at Steyning Library.  The Society has made representations in respect of the Plan, which can be viewed using the link on the Planning Section of this website.  A brief summary of the Plan can also be found there.

For  the latest newsletter, please click: February 2024