Southwick Society Christmas cards

Our new Christmas cards are now available to purchase. Featuring 3 local scenes a pack of 6 cards (2 of each design) costs £3.50 and are available from our shop, at our meetings or for collection by emailing southwicksociety@gmail.com.

Santa’s Workshop

Following last year’s hugely successful Santa Days we are delighted to be hosting this event at the Manor Cottage once again. Adur East Lions have invited Santa and his elves to come along for the first three weekends in December. The cottage will be beautifully decorated and Santa himself will be sitting in his workshop…

November Heritage Talk

The History of the Southwick and Shoreham Oyster Fishery by Kim Matthews Monday 14th November at 7.30 pm in Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 This illustrated talk describes how hundreds of first-class oyster smacks and fishermen from Essex, Jersey and Sussex battled winter gales, government interference and tragic loss in order to land…

October Heritage Talk

West Sussex at War 1938 – 1945 by Matthew Jones Monday 10th October at 7.30 pm in Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 The talk will focus on the Home Front in West Sussex, drawing on the extensive archives of documents and photographs held at West Sussex Record Office, looking at themes including civil…

September Heritage Talk

Mass Observation: World War II and beyond by Suzanne Rose Monday 12th September at 7.30 pm in Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 The Mass Observation Archive is a unique collection of everyday life in Britain and the Mass Observation Project continues today, based at The Keep in Falmer. Suzanne Rose will provide an…

Those Valiant Men

by John Young On 11 May 1956 an RAF Valiant jet bomber crashed on the railway line at Southwick narrowly missing a nearby boys junior school, houses and the busy Shoreham Harbour.  Three of the crew were killed but miraculously no local people were seriously injured. It was lunch time and people were settling down…

New Exhibitions

The Manor Cottage Heritage Centre will be re-opening on Saturday May 28th. The museum is open every Saturday morning from 10.30 to 12.30. We have three new exhibitions this year. Southwick’s Royal Connections which will run throught out the season. Southwick’s Miraculous Escape, the day a Valiant jet crashed runs from May 28th to July…

March Heritage Talk

Knepp Castle Estate: Rewilding in Action by Geoffrey Mead Monday 14th March at 7.30 pm in Southwick Community Centre Members £3, non-members £5 The Knepp Estate is at the forefront of the UK re-wilding movement; this talk looks at the historic background to the estate further north up the Adur valley and its current re-wilded…

October Heritage Talk

West Sussex at War 1938-1945 by Matthew Jones Monday 10th October 2022 at 7.30 pm (postponed from March) at Southwick Community Centre £3 for members, £5 for non-members The talk will focus on the Home Front in West Sussex, drawing on the extensive archives of documents and photographs held at West Sussex Record Office, looking…