South Coast Branch

Meets: Southwick Community Centre, 24 Southwick Street, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4TE on the 4th Thursday of each Month, except December which is on the 2nd Thursday. The meetings start promptly at 19.30.

Contact: Mrs. Val Thompson, 60 The Grange, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9FD.

Tel: 01273 834446.

Publications: bi-monthly – South Coast Look Out; semi-annually – South Coast Packet.    [08.2015]


South Coast Branch Programme – January 26th 2022.

The presentation Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. (Part 2), will be given by Branch Member Frank Halliday. This covers the period when R.S.M.P. morphed into Royal Mail lines up until its virtual demise in 1972.

Branch Programme – Thursday 24th February 2022

Our member Neil Hawke will present “A Nostalgic Voyage Through my Photographic Collection”.

South Coast Branch Notes

November 2021

On Thursday 25th November 2021 our member Michael Shaw gave his presentation “A Voyage Round my Father, The Royal Navy in the 1940s – 1950s.”  The presentation covered a wide range of naval vessels during the period in which the Royal Navy advanced from battleships and propeller aircraft to jets, missiles and nuclear power. Michael’s father did National Service in the R.N. before moving to the role of N.A.F.I. Canteen Manager at sea, a role that required them to return to uniform when in areas of conflict and be allocated action stations. Michael’s presentation admirably illustrated the changes that took place during the 40s & 50s.

October 2021

Thursday 28th October saw the welcome return of Steve Spouse for another presentation on Thames shipping. Steve’s long familiarity with the river and his friendly association with a number of towage company skippers and staff, who have welcomed him onboard their vessels, has enabled him to gather an outstanding collection of photographic slides of the river, its companies and vessels, both large and small. The presentation was enjoyed by all and I’m sure we would welcome Steve back in the future.