Events and Trips

Other major activities over and above our monthly talks include trips, lobbying, commenting about planning applications (see our planning section), providing grants for local projects and our Annual Christmas Supper.


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 a full account of the tour, which can be found by following the link OLd Portsmouth Walk

Trips to Embassy Court

We have also 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 a full account of the visit, which can be found by following the link: Visit to Embassy Court.  Thanks to Maddie Blackburn and Paul Dennison for hosting the two visits.

Coach Trips

Coach trips are open to non-members.  The visits are well researched and convivial days out. Usually departing from The Steyning Centre car park at about 8.30 am by coach and returning about 6  pm. Time is allowed for coffee, lunch and tea stops. Reductions to the cost are made for National Trust members or English Heritage members where appropriate.

If you need to cancel after making a booking, please remember that booking charges will not be refunded if you cancel less than 42 days before the trip, unless we find a substitute after all the unsold places have been sold.  However, you can find a substitute because booking fees are transferable, provided that you notify us before the trip.