Talks and Events 2024

Talks at the Old School for 2024

We provide a programme of monthly talks at the Old School.

(Please note all talks will be held at the Old School, School Lane, Storrington. Starting promptly at 7.30 pm unless otherwise indicated. No pre booking required, pay at the door, everyone welcome.

Entrance £6 for members, £8 for Non Members

Teas and coffees will be available after each event.

If you would like to sponsor any of our events or talks please contact the museum on 01903 740188 or

2024 Talks

April 2nd (Tuesday) 7.30pm     

Life above the Railway Tunnel by David Porter

David has lived at the Clayton Tunnel North Portal, which is 7 miles outside Brighton, since 2003. After clearing the land of decades of rubbish and cutting back the rampant vegetation that seeks to overcome the cottage, he has sought to bring the story of this unique building to the attention of a wider audience through talks and the occasional tour.

David is an experienced public speaker and, during his day job, works as a freelance fraud investigator. In this talk he explains this Gothic folly’s historic origins and features a bold Victorian architect, plucky railway families, all manner of flora and fauna, railway disasters, secret passages and a few ghosts.

May 7th (Tuesday)   7.30pm  

I Never Knew Geography Would Be So Relevant! by Bill Avenell

June 4th (Tuesday) 7.30pm  

South Downs Film Makers  

It all started in 1989, when the era of cine cameras was coming to an end and a new club using video was announced locally.

The Club meet at Ferring Village Hall throughout the year, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Today, we have around 25 members who meet at this venue to participate in an interesting programme of activities for our members making comedies, dramas & local documentaries. As part of our commitment to the community, we welcome the opportunity to make promotional films for local charities and institutions.

The film show will comprise:- ‘The Christmas Tree story’, ‘Life on a cruise ship’, ‘This is Lancing’, ‘Trip wire’, ‘Krimmler Waterfall’, ‘Worthing Light Festival’ & ’Oh George’.

Previous audiences have commented ‘Lots of laughs and all professionally presented’ and ‘A thoroughly brilliant and entertaining talk and film show’.             

July 2nd (Tuesday) 7.30pm        

Folklore and Superstitions of the Hedgerows by Christine Iverson

August 6th (Tuesday) 7:30pm

The Home Guard by Steve Bird

September 3rd (Tuesday) 7:30pm

Portsmouth and the Marie Rose by Frances Farrer-Brown

October 4th (Friday) 2.30pm       

300 Years of Sussex Weather by Iain Currie

November 8th (Friday) 2:30pm

History of Champagne by Peter Griffiths

December 6th (Friday) 2:30pm

Chanctonbury Ring by Dr Janet Pennington


April 26th – Taylor Maid in concert

Doors open at 6.30pm – Tickets available from the museum office

1st June – Museum Workshop

Church Street

Come and view the current research of Church Street and share your memories to help build up a historical timeline of who lived and worked there.

October 26th (Saturday) 7.00pm  

Quiz (at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)

November 16th – 17th Art Exhibition