Talks and Events 2023/24

Talks at the Old School for 2023/24

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

me interesting features and places in West Sussex including the South Downs and Fulking Escarpment, Sussex-by-the-Sea ,  Hammer Ponds ,  Chichester Harbour,  Arundel from the South and Hunston and the Wey & Arun Canal.

Friday 6th October at 2.30pm

Sentinels against the Storm by Simon Quail


A fascinating talk on Scottish Lighthouses and how they were built. Impossibly slender yet amazingly strong, these sentinels against the storm stand testimony to the engineering brilliance of the famous Stevenson family. How did they do it? Why did they? I am fascinated by how they were constructed in the face of storms and the surge of the sea. I was a navigator for nearly twenty years, many of them around the dangerous coastlines of northern Scotland. I know these light towers from two perspectives – from the sea and from the land. Assisted with an array of historic and original images I paint pictures in words to cast light on the fascinating story those brilliant Stevenson engineers and their elegant creations.

Captain Simon Quail, Master Mariner, is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1966, serving as a Deck Apprentice with Elder Dempster Lines. ‘Gangway – A Life at Sea’ published by Racing Rabbit Press is his maritime memoir. 

Friday 3rd November at 2.30pm

History of the Victoria & George Cross by Tony Gledhill

Friday 1st December at 2.30pm

Shackleton – Man & Myths by Michael Smith

Talks 2024

January 5th (Friday) 2.30pm       

The ATA Spitfire Girls in Sussex  by William Lonergan

February 2nd (Friday) 2:30pm  

Writing for Children…Then & now Jill Atkins

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

October 4th (Friday) 2.30pm       

300 Years of Sussex Weather by Iain Currie


Sunday 24 September –

A walk through Storrington’s history – Part 2

Saturday 28th October – Quiz Night at 7.00pm

At the Storrington and Sullington Parish Council Offices, Thakeham Road, RH20 3PP Book you place by calling 01903 746569 (tables of 6)

£10 per person with light supper provided, cash bar available

Exhibition weekend of the 18 – 19 November – Art Exhibition at the The Old School, School Lane

Art Display from 2021

Local artists will display their work and purchases can be made from these displays.

2024 Events

March 5th (Tuesday) 7.00pm      

Museum AGM

March 30th (Saturday) 7.00pm

Quiz (at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)

April – Taylor Maid in concert

(at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)

October 26th (Saturday) 7.00pm  

Quiz (at Storrington & Sullington Council Offices)