The Southwick (Sussex) Society is a registered charity. The objectives of the Society are:
- To stimulate public interest in Southwick and Fishersgate.
- To promote high standards of planning and architecture in Southwick and Fishersgate.
- To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Southwick and Fishersgate.
The Society’s Headquarters are in The Manor Cottage, Southwick Street. This is a timber-framed house dating from the 15th Century or earlier. It is listed as being of historical and architectural interest, Grade II.
The Society was formed in 1973 and is a registered charity (no. 284197). It was formed to protect the interests of the towns of Southwick & Fishersgate when Southwick Urban District Council was dissolved during the 1973 local government reforms. On 30/8/82 The Society acquired the lease of The Manor Cottage from Adur District Council and began renovating the then semi-derelict building with a view to preserving it and opening it to the public as a heritage centre. Most of this work was done by volunteer labour and took several years to complete. On 23rd April 1994 the cottage was officially opened as a Heritage Centre.