Social Events

Goring Residents' Association Social Programme 2018/19
GRA Social Secretary Alison Chapman has put together our programme for this winter. 


Our Social Programme and outings help us to deliver our second objective
'To promote community spirit amongst residents'.


Meetings: 7.30pm,St Mary’s Church Hall, Ilex Way, Goring-By-Sea BN12 4UZ Doors open 7.00pm



Reserved Seating

We are now getting large groups of people attending our social events and, obviously, wish to sit together.  This year we are trialling a ‘reserved’ table system for those who require 5 or more tickets.  These tickets must be purchased under one name.


How to purchase tickets

  • Tickets are on sale at monthly social meetings
  • Send slip from Autumn Newsletter and a SAE to Alison Chapman, 22 Southsea Avenue, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 4BW
  • Email

Please send a separate cheque for each event. Cheques should be payable to Goring Residents’ Association

GRA Social Events 2018/9 

Reports of events that have taken place appear after the diary of future events.

Thursday October 18th 2018  7.30pm

Annual General Meeting


Our AGM has moved to an autumn spot following last year’s changes to the Constitution which brought membership and financial years into line. The Committee will report on GRA activities and put forward proposals to adopt a newly drafted Constitution and also proposals on changes to membership.

Councillors will be in attendance to summarise local issues and to answer questions. Please come and support your Committee…

The two nominated Charities for 2017/18, Canine Partners and the Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Air Ambulance Service will each receive a cheque and deliver short presentations on their work after the refreshment break (Tea and coffee).


Members free, Non Members £1.50 (on the door)

Thursday November 15th  7.30pm
Race Night


Fancy a flutter for free? Join us on a fun filled Race Night where our Nick our host will guide us through the intricacies of betting and working out the odds…

 DVD screenings of real races, pretend money and betting slips will all be provided. Who will be the winning pundit? Will everyone be a winner?

In addition, Debbie our Caterer will be providing a Sausage and mash supper (vegetarian option available), and there will also be a licensed bar.


Members £10 Non-members £11.50


Tuesday November 27th 2018  9am - 6pm
Coach Trip to Kingston-upon-Thames Christmas Market


Join us on a day trip to attractive Kingston-upon-Thames with its riverside walks and quirky ‘telephone box’ Art Installation. The Christmas market is located in the Ancient Market Place and pretty surrounding streets.

Sparkly cabins are packed with a range of foodie treats, handmade arts and crafts, beautiful decorations and more. The city centre also hosts a wide range of shops and food outlets.

£16.50 per person (includes all gratuities)


Tickets must be booked by 1st October 2018 and can be ordered:
at our first meeting on September 20th
- sending the slip from Autumn Newsletter, cheque and SAE to Eleanor Millward 142 Alinora Crescent, Goring-By-Sea, BN12 4HL
- e
mailing your request for further details to


Monday December 10th 2018  1230pm for 1pm

Goring Residents' Association Christmas Lunch


Last year, over 60 members enjoyed a superb three course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings followed by coffee and mints at the Indoor Bowling Centre Restaurant at Field Place. Tickets for the lunch and menus will be available at our autumn meetings and on the website soon.


Approximate cost £24 per head

Thursday January 17th 2019 7.30pm

Traditional Jazz Evening


We welcome a return visit, following last year’s sell out event, from The Arun Valley All Stars Band with their superb blend of musical talent and humour.

There will also be a ploughman’s supper and licensed bar.


Members £11, Non Members £12.50


Thursday February 21st 2019  7.30pm

Talk by Littlehampton's Harbourmaster


Littlehampton is an important port for sea fishing, bulk cargo, commercial fleets, yachting, and recreation.

Billy Johnson, the Harbourmaster, will take us behind the scenes of daily operations, reflect on the port’s historic past and identify future challenges.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Members free, Non Members £1.50 (on the door)

Thursday March 21st 2019  7.30pm

The Alternatives


Travel back to the 60’s and 70’s for an excellent evening of musical entertainment from Arundel based band ‘ The Alternatives’ who sing and play for charity. From ‘Spirit in the Sky’ to ‘Born to be Wild’, the band will perform a wide range of songs you probably know and love.We will be limiting ticket numbers to a maximum of 80 to  allow a little bit of ‘bopping’ space too.


The band features bass, drums, keyboards, acoustic guitar,and electric lead guitar. They have recorded two two CD’s and sample tracks can be listened to on their website


There will also be a sandwich supper and licensed bar.

Members £11, Non Members £12.50

Thursday April 18th 2019 7.30pm

Charity Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper


Following last year’s record breaking attendance, our popular Quiz night promises an engaging evening of varied, quirky and amusing questions that draw on the memories and talents of all members of the team. Committee members will guide you to make up table of 8.

There will be a fish and chip supper and licensed bar.

Members £10 Non Members £11.50



Reports of Events in the GRA 2018/9 Social Programme


Thursday September 20th 2018 
'Think Before You Throw'


Rachel Carruthers from the West Sussex Waste and Recycling team held the attention of an audience of over 60 GRA Members with an illustrated talk about how our waste and recycling service operates. The audience was taken on a journey from household to recycling and shown how the whole process operates. Rachel demonstrated an amazing knowledge and passion for the subject. Members were really impressed with the way she answered their questions. She brought examples of recycled products.

West Sussex is a leading exponent of recycling. The 'Recycle for West Sussex' website includes information about the process and what can be recycled. 


The GRA Committee hopes to follow up this talk with a visit to the recycling plant at Ford. More news soon.

Pictures taken during the evening are in this gallery. 


Here's what our Members said about our 2017/18 Social Programme.
Social programme 201718 comments (1).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [46.6 KB]

Annual General Meeting April 20th 2017

Over 70 GRA members attended the final event in our 2016/7 programme. 

Key outcomes of the meeting were:
a. Members approved the minutes of the 2016 AGM and the accounts for 2016/7.
b. Members received a report from the Committee on various actions taken during the year on behalf of members.
c. These changes to the GRA Constitution were approved:
     - two additional officer positions Hon. Social Secretary and Hon. Web Manager
     - the financial year will now run from June 1st to May 31st with the AGM being held by the end of the following November.
     - the membership year will now run from June 1st to May 31st
d. Eleanor Millward was elected as Chairman for the coming year.
e. Officer positions and committee members were also elected - details are on the About Us page of the website
f. Councillors Roy Barraclough and Stephen Waight answered questions from members
g. A cheque for £1,300 was presented to representatives of National Coastwatch Shoreham, GRA's chosen charity for 2016/7.
g. Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and Canine Partners were selected as charities to benefit from GRA fund raising in the 18 month period until the next AGM.
h. After the meeting, Central Operations Group Station Manager Roy Barraclough of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service gave a brief illustrated presentation on the Shoreham Airshow Crash of 2015.

 A full report will be included in the GRA Newsletter to be published in August. Read coverage from the Worthing Herald here.


The Committee's Report to Members can be downloaded below and there is a gallery of pictures from the evening. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

GRA Committee Report 2016/7 presented at AGM
2017 AGM Committee Report .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [786.1 KB]
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