Social Events

Goring Residents' Association Social Programme 2018/19
GRA Social Secretary Alison Chapman prepared 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




GRA Social Events 2018/9 

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

Goring Beach Clean 2019 - Organised by Goring Residents' Association
Your committee is working on plans for this year's event.It will be on Saturday July 27th from 10am to 12 noon. In our 2018 Beach Clean, over 60 volunteers removed 30 bags of rubbish including a number of dangerous items that were a safety hazard. See a report and pictures of last years event here.


Please register that you will be participating on July 27th here

Reports of Events in the GRA 2018/9 Social Programme


Thursday April 18th 2019 7.30pm

Charity Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper


About 100 GRA Members and guests demonstrated healthy rivalry as they battled to become GRA Quiz Champions of 2019. Our popular Quiz night provided an engaging evening of varied, quirky and amusing questions that drew on the memories and talents of all members of the team. It was a closely fought contest with team 'Selsey' emerging as the winner to claim Easter Eggs as the prize. 


The fish and chip supper and licensed bar helped members to bring the 2018/9 social programme to a rousing close.


The raffle raised £198 for Worthing Sight Savers, our charity for the year. 


New GRA members Maxine and Mike Siggs said 'We would just like to say a huge thank you to the Committee for organising the quiz night.  We are new to Goring and the Quiz night was the first function we could attend.  Everyone was so friendly and welcoming - we had a lovely time and just wanted to say thank you.'


A bottle of Worthing sparkling wine was presented to Peter Hall, the GRA web manager, in appreciation of his excellent contribution to the Association. Peter and his wife Gill are leaving Goring to relocate to Surrey and we wish them well on their new venture.




Thursday March 28th 2019
Visit to Ford Recycling Plant


A group of 13 from the Goring Residents’ Association enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Ford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) run by Viridor (translation from Latin ‘become green’). The group was greeted by Viridor’ s Education’s Officer, Jo Norman, who gave a presentation and then took the group into the Plant to see their recycling in action.

Viridor have a contract with West Sussex County Council to recycle and process all residential waste and recycling and separated material is sold on, to reprocess for reuse.

Examples include:

  • Paper > to paper mills, to make more paper
  • Glass > Glass is separated into two sizes, the larger sizes is sent off to make new glass bottles and jars, and the smaller size is used for road building
  • Plastics >Plastics are reprocessed into more plastic bottles, garden furniture, pot, tubs and trays
  • Foil – to make more aluminium products
  • Cans – to make more steel products

West Sussex have already met the Government’s target for 2020 of half residential waste to be recycled by local authorities, with 51.3% being reached in 2017/18.There are no more operational landfill sites for residential waste in West Sussex. All general waste is sent to a Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant.

The group was kitted out in high Viz jackets, gloves, protective glasses and safety helmets with radio communication for their walk from the sound proofed Education room to the viewing platform in the MRF. Jo used a laser torch to demonstrate the journey and sorting process of recycling products, and pointed out specialist machinery, such as the optical sorting machine which scans and recognises different types of plastics.

The group appreciated the tour and in particular Jo’s friendly and knowledgeable approach, which was an inspiration to us all to ‘Think before You Throw’.

Some photographs of the visit are shown below, including a flower montage and curtain made from recycled plastic by pupils from Glebe Primary School, Southwick.

Recycle for West Sussex A-Z identifies items which can and cannot be recycled in the household recycling bin click on this website.



Thursday March 21st 2019  7.30pm

The Alternatives


Another sell-out crowd of GRA Members rocked the night away at the latest event in the Association's Social Programme. Members travelled 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 performed a wide range of songs the audience knew and loved. Right from the start, the audience were singing along and after about four numbers the dance floor filled up. 


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


The audiience of 80 GRA Members and guests enjoyed an excellent sandwich supper prepared by GRA's caterer Debbie Ramsay. 'That was brilliant' and 'Can you book them for next year?' were two comments from satisfied customers.


The raffle raised £140 for GRA Charity of the Year Worthing Sight Support. Profits from the licensed bar also go to the charity.


Thursday February 21st 2019  7.30pm

Talk by Littlehampton's Harbour Master


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

Billy Johnson, the Harbour Master, enthralled an audience of over 60 GRA Members and guests with a 90 minute talk about the history of the port, his area of responsibility (up the River Arun as far as Arundel) and the legal framework that governs the operation of the port. Billy described the various types of port users, how revenue is derived and many of the challenges he faces. He spent half an hour answering questions from the audience. Residents may like to visit the Littlehampton Harbour website for more information or read an article from the December 2018 edition of Practical Boat Owner magazine about Littlehampton Harbour.. 


A raffle in aid of GRA's 2018/9 charity Sight Support Worthing raised £44.



Thursday January 17th 2019 7.30pm

Traditional Jazz Evening


The Arun Valley All Stars Band with their superb blend of musical talent and humour entertained an enthralled 'full house' in St Mary's Church Hall. GRA Members and guests also enjoyed a top quality ploughman’s supper prepared by Debbie Ramsey and a licensed bar. The raffle raised £182 for GRA's charity of the year Sight Support Worthing. Proceeds from the bar also go to the charity.

Pictures taken on the evening are in the gallery below.


Monday December 10th 2018  1230pm for 1pm

Goring Residents' Association Christmas Lunch


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. The raffle raised £130 for our charity of the year Sight Support Worthing. Merry Christmas everyone!


Pictures from the event are in the gallery below.


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


A foggy morning in Goring didn't deter the 70 GRA Members who set off in two coaches for a day trip to Kingston-upon-Thames with its riverside walks and quirky ‘telephone box’ Art Installation. On arrival, the weather was chilly but pleasant and the Christmas Market, located in the Ancient Market Place and pretty surrounding streets proved popular. Unfortunately, the rain started in mid-afternoon. Wet and weary travellers returned to the coaches with bags of goodies a plenty! The market had sparkly cabins packed with a range of foodie treats, handmade arts and crafts, beautiful decorations and more. The city centre with its wide range of shops and food outlets was also popular. Our photographers were on hand to capture the day out in this gallery.


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. 


Thursday November 15th 2018
GRA's First Race Night Was a Great Success

'Sold-Out' notices were posted nearly a month before this event. A capacity crowd of 64 GRA members enjoyed having a flutter on 13 horse races shown on the big screen. Would 'Banoffee Pie in stall 3 beat Chocolate Fountain in stall 8' was a question to consider in one of the races! 

Racegoers really enjoyed a supper of sausages and cheesy mash prepared by GRA's caterer Debbie Ramsay. Funds were raised for GRA's 2018/9 Charity Sight Support Worthing from the licenced bar and raffle. A good time was had by all, especially the individual winner Sue Harris who won a bottle of English sparkling wine.  Pictures from the evening are below.

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