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Reports on Events in 2017

This is a cumulative record as events pass during the year

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January  The South Downs Way – an illustrated talk

Keith McKenna and Sally Dench from Footprints of Sussex have organised and led the 106 miles annual walk along the south downs way national trail for the past 37 years.  

February  Backstage Brighton Friday


Geoffrey Mead is Brighton’s best known history tour guide. He is a popular and well-known figure, having grown up in Brighton and is recognised for his engaging talks.



March  The National Gardens Scheme

Lesley Chamberlain is an Assistant County Organizer for the National Gardens Scheme and looks after the gardens in Worthing.

April  The Amazing World of Magic

John Field is a solicitor, however his main passion in life is magic and he has been performing as a magician for almost 50 years. He is a member of the Magic Circle and is accredited with a rank held by only 310 or so magicians worldwide.


April  Smallhythe Place and Chapel Down Vineyard

Smallhythe Place in the Weald of Kent was the home of Ellen Terry, the Victorian actress and the cottage contains her theatrical collection.  To the rear of this 16th century cottage is a barn which is a theatre and still holds productions there.

April  Leith Hill Place

This afternoon trip took us to the childhood home of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.  There are glorious views over the South Downs.  This National Trust property opened to the public in 2013, having been a school for many years.

May  Saddlescombe Farm

Lunchtime at Devil’s Dyke, then to Saddlescombe Farm in the valley for a guided tour, showing the way life has changed there over the centuries.

June  Mottisfont Abbey  


Mottisfont Estate contains an 18th century home with a medieval priory, a world famous rose garden and the River Test runs through the grounds.

July  Claremont Landscape Gardens and The Homewood

Beautiful gardens and a modern movement house

   August  Afternoon Tea at Indigo





Tales of An Air Hostess

Angela Waller was an Air Hostess in the 1950s and 60s when it was considered to be a very glamorous job and much sought after by young girls.

She describes the conditions of the era and tells a few tales.

History of The Titanic

A breath-taking story of a true life adventure in which speaker Rob Goldsmith dived 2½ miles down to visit the wreck of the Titanic.