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

February 2nd (Friday) 2:30pm  

Writing for Children…Then & now by Jill Atkins

Jill Atkins has been writing for children for thirty years. Her talk is about her life as a writer, how writing for children differs from writing for adults – and it isn’t easier! The talk is about getting published; the successes, the failures and the processes – editing, illustration. Her books range from historical fiction to workbooks on spelling and phonics, from fiction to non-fiction, from teenage novels to early readers.

Then – Jill began telling stories to her two younger brothers when she was quite a young girl. Later, while she was teaching infants, she realised that the ‘reading books’ the children in her class were reading were very dull so she decided to write her own. Whilst not published, these were a useful tool in the classroom!!

Having escaped from teaching, she ran a B&B establishment with her husband and this gave her more time to write. The breakthrough came with her first children’s book: Cooking with Rabbit!

Now – Two hundred books later, Jill is still writing.

April 2nd (Tuesday) 7.30pm     

Life above the Railway Tunnel by David Porter

May 7th (Tuesday)   7.30pm  

Sussex Lives by Brian Freeland

June 4th (Tuesday) 7.30pm         

South Downs Film Makers          

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


Tuesday March 5th (Tuesday) 7.00pm      

Museum AGM

Saturday March 16th

Quiz (at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)

April 26th – Taylor Maid in concert

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

Storrington & Sullington Council Offices

October 26th (Saturday) 7.00pm  

Quiz (at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)

November 16th – 17th Art Exhibition