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. A few tickets are still available (£10) for the Social on 8 December 2017. Our Guest Presenter is Ian Gledhill, on A Brief History of Pantomime.

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 2018

Meetings (all Fridays, 7.30 – 9.30pm)
2 February: Helen Poole on Sussex and the Napoleonic Wars
4 May: James Sainsbury on John Pull, Sussex Archaeologist
3 August: Malcolm Barrett on A History of West Sussex Policing
2 November: Geoffrey Mead on Rye and Camber
14 December: Social: with guest presenter to be arranged

Visits and Walks
Dates and details will be confirmed early in 2018 but we are planning visits to High Salvington Mill, and Broadwater Cemetery (which is full of Worthing history), and guided walks in N Ferring and Highdown, Littlehampton, Angmering and Poling.

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