NEWS from Ferring History Group

Group members have been receiving my e mail circulars over the past year or so via ”’Sendpulse’ Unfortunately that system became very unreliable, so I am now using ‘Mailchimp’, which seems to be very much better but until everything settles down please check this page for news of upcoming meetings, outings and other events.

Sunday 23 April: We had a very good conducted tour of Bignor Roman Villa this afternoon. Thanks to all members who supported this event.

Our next outing is very local – St Andrew’s Church on 9 May. More details soon. All members and guests are welcome to join us. – Ed Miller

Ferring History Group

Ferring History Group was founded in 2001. We have approximately 120 members and supporters. We research, celebrate and publish the history of our village in West Sussex, near Worthing.

We meet four times a year, in the Village Hall, Ferring Street, for presentations and discussions on the history of East and West Sussex, and the rest of the south coast. Members also receive our annual magazine, come on local guided walks, and visits further afield, with us, and get news of other local events via e-mail. Every December we have a Members’ Social evening, with good food, good entertainment and good company.

Membership is £10 a year (£15 for a couple). This covers the four presentation meetings (we have to charge separately for the Social).  Or, if you just want to come to the occasional meeting, you can pay £3 at the door.


We have put some outline information on Ferring’s history, and news from the History Group, on other public pages of this web site. Members of our Group have access to many other pages with more detailed articles, maps and photographs.


Meetings (all Fridays, 7.30 – 9.30pm)

3 February: Tony Pratt on ‘The River Arun Postcard Trail’

5 May:       Chris Hare on ‘Sussex Coastal Folklore’

4 August:      Ed Miller on ‘Ferring in the 1920s’

3 November: John Vaughan on ‘Our Local Railway’

8 December: Social: Speaker to be arranged


Bignor Roman Villa  – 23 April

St Andrew’s Church  – 9 May

Victorian Brighton, Two Suburbs  – 18 June

Old Goring  – August (date to be confirmed)

Arundel  – 21 September

(For details, please contact Ed Miller 01903 502267)



Researching your house, or Ferring ancestors? We can help (but there is a limit to what we can do for non-members). Like to do more general research on Ferring? We would welcome that, and help you get started.

We have a good selection of old maps, street directories and local history books which we can lend to our members. There are also back numbers of our Newsletter (2001-2017), with over 100 articles on the history of the village – available soon, for members, on this web site. As time goes on, the members’ section will also make contain our database of copies and transcripts of relevant documents from Ferring’s history, and a collection of maps, postcards and other photographs of the village’s more recent past.

Please email our Membership secretary, David Garnett with the following information for each member: NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, E MAIL; and he will give you the postal address to send your cheque (made out to ‘Ferring History Group’).  We will use your e mail address for the circulars we send out by email, using the ‘hidden copy’ system so that the email addresses of recipients are not shown.

You can also contact us by using the ‘contact’ feature on this web site or by e mailing the Secretary, Ed Miller: