Next Talk

Our next talk will be on Friday 20th September  2024, when Tom Willis will talk to us about Shoreham Port – Present and Future.  As well as being Chief Executive of the Port, Tom Willis is Chair of the Board at Sutton Decentralised Energy Network, which is an innovative sustainable energy concern.  He has extensive logistic experience, which he gained at Royal Mail and in aviation at Heathrow. .

The talk will take place at the Steyning Centre and will start at 7.30 pm. Liquid refreshments will be served from 7 pm. Guests at our talks are always very welcome at our talks, subject to an admission charge of £5 each.

Quiz Evening

We are holding a quiz evening at The Steyning Centre on Friday, 12th July, starting at 7.30 pm, for a social get together and to raise money for our grants.  You can participate in the Quiz in teams of six: either put together your own team and tell us when you book your tickets or we will allocate you to a team on the evening.   Our Quiz Master will be Canon Nigel Hartley.  Members and non-members are all very welcome.  Admission is by ticket only.  Tickets cost £20 each, which includes a curry supper, with the choice of a meat or a vegetarian curry.  Tickets are available at the  Bookshop until 6th July and will be available at the Farmer’s Market in the High Street Car Park on Saturday, 6th July.  Tickets will not be sold at the door, so please make sure that you buy your tickets in good time. There will be a pay bar serving larger, wine and soft drinks.  .

Trip to the D Day Museum at Portsmouth

The Steyning Probus Club is organising a trip to the D Day Museum at Portsmouth on 10th September 2024 and has said that members of the Society are welcome to join the trip.  The trip costs £36.50 per person, which includes the coach trip and the admission fee.  Anyone interested in joining the trip should contact Colin Harvey whose telephone number is 01903 418887.

Annual General Meeting and Steyning Bowl Awards

This year’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Steyning Centre on 19th April 2024.  The Annual Report presented to the meeting can be found by using the link Annual Report for 2023 – 24

The AGM was followed by the presentation of this year’s Steyning Bowl Awards, which were presented by Mr. Adam Whitehead, the Headteacher of Steyning Grammar School. The Steyning Bowl was presented to Jill Allen for her 41 years of outstanding work with Steyning Woodcraft Folk. In addition to the Bowl, she was presented with a certificate. Highly Commended Certificates were presented to Joan Denwood, for her work with the young at Steyning Museum, and to Wendy Francis and Sue Morris for their family support work at Steyning Parish Church. Certificates of Merit were presented to David Buckett, Linda Coleman, Mia Glass, Christine Humphries, Jane Oxley and Mike Kelly, Becky Smith, Percy Parsons, Paul Tiller and Samantha Wormleighton, all for their much appreciated work with young people at various organisations in Steyning.

The evening concluded with a talk by Dr Sue Roe about Charleston, which was once the home of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and where the Bloomsbury Set used to meet.

Photographs of the evening can be found by using the link AGM photos. Please make sure that you put your cursor on the photograph you want to see and that you then click on it because the images shown on the gallery page are incomplete and do not show the full photograph. We are very grateful to Edward for taking these photographs for us and for helping to put them on the website.

Walking Tour of Old Portsmouth

Brian Lavery led a walking tour of Old Portsmouth on 17th April.  The group trod in the steps of Fanny Price of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. They stood by the Common Hard, where the Baltic Fleet set off for the Crimean War. They passed Buckingham House, where the Duke of Buckingham was murdered in 1628. They walked Nelson’s last walk, taking in the George Inn where he ate his last on-shore breakfast and the beach where he boarded the barge to convey him to HMS Victory. They even climbed the winding stone steps of the Round Tower, where families waved goodbye to sailors off on deployment.  Catherine Mant has written an account of the tour, which can be seen by following the link OLd Portsmouth Walk

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 has written an account of the visit, which 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.

The Local Heritage List

The Local Heritage  List has been adopted by Steyning Parish Council and by Horsham District Council.  A limited number of copies of the list has been printed and are 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: June 2024