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.


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.

Chatham Historic Dockyard

We are still looking at a visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard, probably in mid-April to be clear of Easter and Bank Holidays. It will be relatively expensive at an estimated £55 per head.  It is about 1 ½ hours drive away and would last all day, returning to Steyning about 5.30 to 6. The main attractions include;

The dock where HMS Victory was built

The historic ships – the Victorian Sloop Gannet, World War Two destroyer Cavalier and Cold War Submarine Ocelot.

The RNLI historic lifeboat collection

Locations for the TV Series Call the Midwife.

The Historic Railway including working industrial locomotives

Historic architecture including the Queen Anne Commissioner’s House, the oldest naval building in the country

The Old Ropery with demonstrations of ropemaking

The exhibitions Hearts of Oak on building Georgian warships, and Steam, Steel and Submarines, on the later history of the yard with a focus on social history

And many others, including restored locomotives, traction engines and military vehicles, and the timbers for an old warship found under a building

Brian Lavery, who worked there for two years and met his wife Sarah there, will talk on the history of the yard on the way there, and offer guidance about which areas to visit.  It is a large site of about 80 acres, so be prepared for some walking, or use the internal transport

It is essential that people indicate their interest in the Chatham trip by 16 February so that we can get on with planning and booking. Email Brian Lavery at

General points about coach trips

Coach visits 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.