Balcombe History Society

Balcombe History Society


Balcombe History Society was formally constituted on 14th October 2008 (see draft constitution).


Details of Meetings

An inaugural meeting took place on Tuesday 14th October 2008 and was attended by 80 residents. Votes were cast for Chair, Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer and other officials. Several short talks outlined future activities and were enthusiastically received. A collection of maps and other historical documents were perused during the tea break. During the meeting, several residents shared some of their interesting personal research into the village. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was announced that there were already more than 60 members signed up.



Meetings are announced in the Parish Magazine.


Tuesday 19th October
"Sussex Inns and their architecture" will be the subject for our illustrated talk. Our speaker – Dr. Janet Pennington has a degree in English Local History, was archivist at Lancing College for 18 years and taught local history at the University of Sussex.

An aerial archaeological survey map (LiDAR) of the Balcombe area in the High Weald will be on display. Field visits to some of the sites are being planned in which members will be invited to take part.

Refreshments after the talk will include a tasting of Harveys (of Lewes) Best Bitter. (Closing time about 10pm.)

The talk will be at the Victory Hall at 8pm. Tickets at the door are £1 for members and £3 for visitors. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday 11th November 2010
ALAN READMAN - "West Sussex at War - The Home Front 1939-45" - pictures and films. Alan Readman is the County Archivist at the West Sussex Record Office, Chichester.



September 2010

March 2010

February 2010 Details of a mini-exhibition of award-winning cartoons by Ross Thompson (the Balcombe artist).

January 2010 Includes Spring programme of events.

September 2009 Updates on recent activities and more details of upcoming events.



Membership is open to all. Annual subscription is £6 per person (£10 per couple). An entrance fee of £1 will be charged at meetings to cover costs (£3 for guests).


The Committee

Chairman: Graham Gosney

Vice chairman: Keith Parry

Secretary: Julie Budgen

Treasurer: Victoria Cripps

Membership Secretary: Jasmine Waters

Programme Secretary: Gillian Lindsay-Stewart

Archive Group Leader: George Wiginton


Further Information

Further information can be obtained from the Secretary (tel: 01444 811641)



Balcombe Memories


Date this page was last updated

14th July 2010


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