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Situated on the South Coast of England

 between the towns of 

Worthing & Shoreham by Sea

"Pastfinders” is a group of enthusiasts who meet once a month as a focus and forum for the local history of these two coastal villages.                                   


Programme for 2019

April 2nd  - "Harriet Johnson & education in Sompting" Eileen Colwell
May 7th - "Shepherds and the Findon Sheep Fair" Graham Langford.
June 4th  - "Sussex during the first world war" Ian Everest

Goring not Boring:

This email has been received by Pastfinders; the Gorings have played a very significant part in the local history of the two villages. 

"We are incredibly proud to say that ‘LIVES, LOVES AND LETTERS – THE GORING FAMILY OF WISTON, SUSSEX 1743-1905’ has finally been self-published, after 13 years of hard work and enjoyment.
We have pleasure in advising you of our website www.liveslovesandletters.co.uk as we are sure this lovely book will be of immense local and social interest to your members.
Featured in the WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES, STEYNING/SHOREHAM HERALD (both front page) and shortly to feature in SUSSEX LIFE and ETC MAGAZINE, there has been huge interest in this unique book, composed of family letters received at Wiston House, and stored in a wooden estate box. It also contains diary entries and over 100 illustrations of sketchbooks and portraits.
We hope you enjoy reading about our book, which can be purchased online via the website, or by email.
With kind regards Janine Harvey [mailto:liveslovesandletters@gmail.com] "

"Penstone House and the Basque children" ~
The Blue Plaque is now in place.

Earlier this year, Alan Bradley gave us a fascinating talk and we wish him well with his very laudable efforts to get these children remembered by a blue plaque at Lancing Library. 

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If you are interested in potential Blue Badgers, please visit:
Click: Local Worthies

The late Bill Lindfield
Also please take a look at our most recent page which is a mirror (with consent of the Trustees) of the original on the Sompting Estate Website:    http://www.somptingestate.com/bill-lindfield  It deals with many aspects of the fascinating life of the late Bill Lindfield of Sompting, soldier, poet, countryman and local treasure:

Local History Booklets (click here)

Please have a look at our range of local history booklets.

If you are interested in the History of Lancing & Sompting, you may enjoy the

pages entitled  Some Little Known Facts", "Research by Members" & "READ


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Heritage Lottery Fund

Since 2012 we have carried the logo of the National Lottery Heritage fund on our website in recognition of its support in funding the purchase of essential equipment to scan and store many negatives, original photographs and archives held by Lancing & Sompting Pastfinders. We still feel it necessary to acknowledge the support of HLF and whilst keeping the logo have moved its position.

Meetings are held generally on the first Tuesday of each month in Sompting at Harriet Johnson Hall, Loose Lane, starting 7.30pm..

Annual Membership: £6 plus £2 each meeting attended. Visitors: £2.50 per evening.

Please e.mail our Contact below if you would like to know more.