Old Friends

Sussex Branch

Welcome to the Old Southeronians'

Association - Sussex Branch

We hold a variety of social events during the year across Sussex, and we are gradually bringing them back to life after the hiatus of the past year.   

 

Details of forthcoming 

get-togethers are shown below:

Sussex Branch

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Sussex Socials

​We meet up for coffee/tea and a light lunch, both of which are provided free of charge.  A cash bar is available.  Venues are Newhaven, Hampden Park, Lancing, Bognor Regis and Hassocks.   Please feel free to bring an item for the raffle, and please buy some raffle tickets as this is how we fund the following months' events!  Members may bring their partner or one other guest.

The forthcoming 2021 dates and venues are:

Thursday 5 August - The Hassocks Hotel, commencing at 11.00 hrs.

this will include our AGM and a Speaker

Tuesday 7th September - Hampden Park Railway Club, commencing at 11.00hrs.

Thursday 7th October - Bognor Regis Railway Club, commencing at 11.00hrs.

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KENT SOCIALS

Meet up for a drink from 11.30 onwards - and have lunch too if you like - at Wetherspoon pubs across Kent.   These are open events. Nothing is pre-arranged; all drinks and food are at your own expense.  All are welcome to just come along for a chat with old friends.

2021 dates and venues are:

awaiting date confirmation

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Our Rambles are more like "Ambles"

Our "Ambles"  (we wouldn't claim they're as long or arduous as Rambles) nrormally take place on the last Thursday of the month, April to October each year.

Led by our own Members who have devised and tested the walks, our Ambles are not full-day hikes or hardcore country route marches with stiles, fields full of bulls and muddy streams.  No, ours are leisurely walks through towns, along seaside

promenades and the occasional rural idyll, at a pace that is not going to challenge you.   And we try our best to finish at a suitable hostelry for a well-deserved drink and/or lunch (strictly optional!),

We also have an annual Amblers' Lunch in the late autumn each year, to celebrate the end of another season of walks with friends. Dress code - no hiking boots!

This year's Ambles:

awaiting dates from organiser

 

Details appear in Sussex Branch's quarterly newsletters, set out to subscribing members.

Newsletters

Our quarterly newsletters are posted or emailed out to all our subscribing Sussex Branch members. They contain details of forthcoming events and lots of people news and rail travel information.   

 

A small annual subscription for the newsletters is renewable on 1st January each year.  Priced at £3 for 4 quarterly emailed newsletters, OR £5 for 4 quarterly posted newsletters  (incl. P&P), we think it's a great way to keep in touch.

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Our Outings and Matinee Club

Throughout the year, we organise outings and theatre trips for members and their partners to enjoy. Theatre trips and some of our outings are also open to friends and family - see details of individual events.

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Matinee Club

We love going to the theatre to see all sorts of shows.  Especially musicals!   We get great discounts on ticket prices by going as a group.   Most ticket offers are in London's West End, but sometimes we visit local theatres in Sussex, especially our favourite, Chichester Festival Theatre.  Our one rule?  Must be a MATINEE PERFORMANCE!

If you're interested in going to the theatre with us, whether in London's West End or more locally in Sussex, just let us know.  We send out details of ticket offers by email free of charge, or you can elect to receive details by post by providing us with some stamps or SAEs.  You can bring as many guests as you like too - all are welcome.

Outings

We enjoy group outings to locations around London and the South East, enjoying discounted group rate admission prices and sometimes refreshments too.  We don't travel by coach; to keep the cost down we make our own way to venues by public transport. 

Details of forthcoming outings are publicised in our quarterly branch newsletters.  You can bring guests on most of our outings, including friends and family if you wish.

Our Annual Events

Some events take place just once a year, but they're always worth the wait.  Our Annual Lunch is always a highlight - a great chance to enjoy the company of other members over a nice lunch.

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Annual Lunch

Once a year lots of us meet up for lunch together in a hotel restaurant.  We have a raffle and a short welcome speech, but the rest of the time all you can hear is the clinking of glasses, the clatter of cutlery and a buzz of conversation from old friends and colleagues.

Our 2020 Annual Lunch was to have taken place on Thursday 26th March 2020, and Sussex branch members received a booking form with their Winter Newsletter which was sent out in late November 2019. However the Annual Lunch had to cancelled for obvious reasons - no new date was set and no Annual Lunch was planned for 2021 either, but members will be kept informed through newsletters and social media when we next have a planned date for the next one.

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Annual General Meeting

Not just the election of Officers and Committee Members, and the adoption of the Accounts.  Oh no, that's not the half of it.  After the brief business formalities, we have a break for tea/coffee and biscuits, and then sit down for an entertaining talk by our Guest Speaker.

Our 2021 Sussex Branch AGM will now take place on Thursday 5th August 2021 at 14.00hrs. in the function room of the Hassocks Hotel, adjacent to Hassocks railway station. Following the AGM, we will have a talk by our Guest Speaker, Laurence Leng, on the topic of Galton and Simpson (the writing team who worked with Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd and Les Dawson amongst others, and who wrote Steptoe and Son).