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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 2017     Click Programme

Coming Soon

May 2  
James Gardner – 
will be talking about ‘The Skeleton Army’ which recounts the problems in Worthing between the Salvation Army [temperance] and some of the local townsfolk [non-temperance] plus the riots that followed.

He has written some discounted books which he will bring along for sale:

           A history of the Brighton Workhouses.    

·       Sweet Bells Jangled out of Tune, a history of St Francis Hospital, Haywards Heath.

·       The Trail of the Serpent (Balcombe Tunnel Murder).

       The First British Railway Murder.

May 20    Unveiling 20 May 2017

"Penstone House and the Basque children" ~ a Blue Plaque?
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.  Click Here:

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

June 30 - July 2    Sompting Festival   Click Here:

July 4   Ian Gledhill – "Art Deco" – The style that defined an age.

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 ALL ABOUT IT".

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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 £1 each meeting attended. Visitors: £2.50 per evening.

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