The GRA Programme of Social Events for 2017/18 is under way. Tickets are selling fast!
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Alison Chapman our Social Secretary by email or telephone 01903 506369. They will also be on sale at each social event.
Our social events also incorporate a charity raffle. Our two charities for this year (chosen by Members at our AGM) are Canine Partners and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. If you would like to support us by donating a raffle prize, please contact our Chairman Eleanor.
Scroll down the page to read reports of events in our Social Programme.
Here is our programme of events:
Thursday February 15th 2018
Murder Mystery Evening
The Cissbury Players take to the stage to present a Murder Mystery play in three acts...and the audience, joining together in table teams, will have to spot the clues and decide who did it!
Teams will be able to question the cast in order to tease out any critical information or to identify and red herrings...
Lubrication will be on hand in the form of a licensed bar serving a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks. Caterer Debbie will provide a deliciously devisive buffet menu, served after Acts 1 and 2 with a delicious sandwich selection, cocktail sausages, pork pies, samosas, bhajis, quiche and cheese straws after Act 1 and homemade cakes after Act 2 to boost the sugar levels and get the grey matter working....
Members £9 Non-members £10.50
Thursday March 15th 2018. 7.30pm
Talk by West Sussex Search & Rescue
Sussex Search & Rescue are the primary volunteer resource used by Sussex Police to search for and rescue vulnerable missing people. they are on call 24 hours every day throughout the year. the team is made up of volunteers and were called out 40 times in 2016, often at weekends, to assist Sussex Police.
Former Olympic champion Sally Gunnell, who lives in Steyning, became Patron of Sussex Search and Rescue in 2017.
Tea and coffee will be available.
Members free (bring GRA Membership Card). Non-members £1.50 (on the door).
Thursday April 19th 2018. 7.30pm
Charity Quiz Night with Fish and Chip Supper
Our Charity Quiz Night promises yet again to be a fun filled evening of outrageous Quiz questions answered by competing teams ranging from super competitive to the really laid back...!
A licensed bar will be available serving a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks. A fish and chip supper will be served up during the break.
Members £9. Non-members £10.50
Our 2017-18 Social Programme is under way. Here are reports of events so far:
Thursday January 18th 2018. 7.30pm
Traditional Jazz Evening
GRA Members and guests were entertained in fine style by the Arun Valley All Stars Jazz Band. It was a lively and entertaining evening which included a buffet supper by Debbie Ramsay, our caterer. The audience contributed to our two charities by supporting the raffle and making goood use of the licensed bar run by members of the Committee.
GRA Christmas Lunch Was An Excellent Occasion
63 GRA Members thoroughly enjoyed the annual GRA Christmas Lunch held at Worthing Indoor Bowls Club at Field Place on Monday December 4th 2017. In addition to an excellent three course lunch followed by coffee and mints, our raffle in aid of the two 2017/8 GRA charities raised £116. Here are some photographs of the festive occasion.
70 GRA Members Enjoyed the GRA Outing to Winchester Christmas Market
70 GRA Members visited Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market on Monday November 27th. It was raining as we left Goring but the weather bucked up the nearer we got to Winchester. Some of the group visited the Cathedral and other attractions, not to mention the regular shops!. City centre restaurants, cafes and bars proved popular at lunchtime. We arrived home tired, light of purse but with many shopping bags. GRA Committee Members took these pictures.
Thursday November 16th 2017 7.30pm
The South Downs Way - an Illustrated Talk
'Lively, informative and well-presented' was how one GRA Member described the talk about the South Downs Way. Over 80 members and guests enjoyed the presentation by Keith and Sally.
They have been organising self-guided walking holidays on The South Downs Way for over 20 years and each June they lead the Annual South Downs Way Walk along the full length of the 100 mile trail.
As well as giving attendees an introduction to the South Downs Way, the talk included a short history, a general overview of its changing uses, cultural connections and a look at flora and fauna as well as recreational opportunities.
Members donated £100 to our two charities through the raffle and tea/coffee contributions.
Thursday October 19th 2017. 7.30pm
Skittles and Ploughmans
The sight of two skittle alleys certainly brought out the competitive spirit amongst GRA Members and their guests. A sell-out crowd enjoyed the opportunity to compete in teams to knock down the skittles and notch up the points. Quite early on, there were cheers when the first strikes were achieved.
Debbie Ramsay, our new caterer, provided a delicious ploughman's supper with an assortment of bread and savoury biscuits, cheeses, pates, gammon, pickles, crisps and nuts. The licensed bar, with a selection of wines, beers and soft drinks, proved popular. The raffle and proceeds from the bar are donated to our two chosen chariities for the year.
In a tense shoot out, Chris was the winner. Here are some pictures from the evening.
Thursday September 21st 2017. 7.30pm
Music Quiz with Vocal Soloist Alexis
Local singer Alexis Twine received a warm and enthusiastic welcome from GRA Members and guests at our first evening in the new Social Programme. This talented, versatile vocalist based in Littlehampton sang many styles of music including modern pop songs, rock 'n roll and some 'classics'. She even sang some requests!
The audience were really challenged by quizmaster David Chapman's questions based on songs sung in the first half of the programme. After a mid-evening break, the audience was able to relax and enjoy the entertainment. The raffle raised funds for our two charities Canine Partners and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. Tickets for many other events in this year's programme were also on sale.
GRA Members Had a Great Day in Windsor
45 residents went to Windsor on a very nice day in October. Some toured Windsor via the open topped bus or by the Windsor ‘duck’, unfortunately the train station is now all food and coffee. Many found Patisserie Valerie cakes and ice cream and just had to taste to make sure it is suitable for Worthing! The Queens swan’s were very well behaved and shared the bread with the ducks. Several went and viewed the Castle but she was still at Balmoral. Several shopping bags appeared on the coach so there was something for everyone! Here are pictures of Windsor by our Chairman Eleanor Millward,
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.