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

Ferring History Group was founded in 2001. We have over 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 and one copy of the group’s magazine (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)

We had to cancel our 5 February and 7 May meetings because of the Covid restrictions, but meetings resumed on 6 August when John Bleach gave an excellent talk on Castles of Sussex. The programme for the rest of the year is:

3 September – Sqn Ldr Joe Marsden on RAF Tangmere and Museum
5 November – Tim Baldwin on Sussex and Painters
10 December – Trevor Povey on Brighton – from Fishing Village to Railway Town

VISITS AND WALKS  In  2019 we had  walks in Findon and North Ferring & Highdown We visited Marlipins at Shoreham and  the new Rustington Museum. In 2021 we shall have  two more guided local walks, and we hope to arrange visits will  to Shoreham Fort and Tangmere Museum of Military Aviation. Details and dates to be announced.

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? There is a lot to do and some of it can be done on at Worthing Library or on the  internet. If you would like to help we can get you 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 – 2021) 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 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 out of print but there are copies in our local libraries and Group members can see an updated on-line edition in the ‘Further pages for Members’.

Please email our Membership secretary, David Garnett david.garnett@talktalk.net with the following information for each member: NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL; and he will give you the postal address to send your cheque (made out to ‘Ferring History Group’). We will use your email 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 then ask for a password to access the Members’ pages.
You can also contact us by using the ‘contact’ feature on this web site or by e mailing the Secretary, Ed Miller: Ed@ferringhistorygroup.co.uk