FERRING HISTORY GROUP – who we are and what we do.

Ferring History Group was founded in 2001. We have over 150 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, Ferring Village Hall)                                          Friday 1 February: Ellen Cheshire – Sussex and films
Friday 3 May: Adge Roberts – A short history of Littlehampton
Friday 2 August: Sylvia Endacott – Butlins and Bognor
Friday 1 November: Trevor Povey – Shoreham’s Maritime History
Social: Friday 13 December 2019: Guest speaker: Peter Hill


In 2018 we had visits to High Salvington Mill, and Broadwater Cemetery (full of Worthing history), and guided walks in N Ferring and Highdown, Angmering and Poling. The 2019 programme  starts in the Spring and  includes walks in Findon and North Ferring & Highdown , and visits to Tangmere Aviation Museum, Marlipins at Shoreham and the new Rustington Museum opening in October. Further information will be posted here.

The Findon walk was on 19 May. the Marlipins talk and visit was on Saturday 29 June. The visit to Tangmere Aviation Museum will now take place next year, following a talk on Tangmere at our May meeting.The North Ferring and Highdown walk is on Sunday 11 August, meeting outside the Henty Arms, at 2.30pm. 

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 (2001-2014) and Magazine (2015 – 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.                                                                                             The book , ‘The Day Before Yesterday – Ferring in the 20th Century‘  by Ed Miller is now on sale – at Pinkertons (Ocean Parade, Ferring), at our meetings. Large format, 90 pages and many fascinating photographs of Ferring’s past. £15 but Group Members can buy one copy each at £12. Copies by post are £17 including p&p) – please e mail Ed Miller.

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