Ferring History Group

Ferring History Group was founded in 2001. We have approximately 130 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.

INFORMATION ON FERRING’S HISTORY                                   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:  Ed Miller on ‘Ferring in the 1920s’

4 August: Ian Everest on ‘Shepherds of the South Downs – their life and times’

3 November: Bill Gage on ‘Steam in the South’

8 December: Social Evening: Seasonal buffet and entertainment with Ian Gledhill on    A Brief History of Pantomime (Admission by ticket only)


Bignor Roman Villa  – 23 April

Victorian Brighton, Two Suburbs – Sunday, 18 June (with Geoffrey Mead)

St Andrew’s Church, Ferring  –  2pm, 26 July (with David Garnet)    

Old Goring  – 2.30pm, 15 August (with Ed Miller and John Vaughan)

Arundel  -1.30pm,  22 September (with Adge Roberts)

(For details, please contact Ed Miller 01903 502267


RESEARCH                                                                                                     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  david.garnett@talktalk.net 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: EdMiller43@msn.com