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.

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.

OUR PROGRAMME FOR 2017

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: John Vaughan on ‘Our Local Railway’

8 December: Social: Speaker to be arranged

WALKS AND VISITS IN 2017

Bignor Roman Villa  – 23 April

St Andrew’s Church  – to be arranged

Victorian Brighton, Two Suburbs – Sunday, 18 June. A walk guided by Geoffrey Mead.   Meeting at main exit to Brighton station at 3pm.

Old Goring  – August (date to be confirmed)

Arundel  – 21 September

(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.

LIBRARY
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.

TO JOIN
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