Barn Improvement 1994 – 1996

1994 September – Wick News – The Barn For some time it has been intended to make some improvements to stage facilities in the Barn Theatre. With the increased likelihood of funding being available once the national lottery begins, plans are afoot. Wick will have the opportunity to contribute ideas along with other users. Current […]

Elizabeth ‘Molly’ Penney

24 . 03 . 1903 – 02 . 02 . 1972 1972 February 4 – Shoreham Herald – page 15 ” Death of Mrs Molly Penney ” The death took place on Wednesday of Mrs Molly Penney, wife of county alderman George Penney, of 26 Church-lane, Southwick. Mrs Penney, who was born in Keymer, Sussex, […]

Miss Dorothy Stringer

WHO WAS DOROTHY STRINGER? BORN IN BRIGHTON in 1894, Dorothy Stringer belonged to a family well known for their contributions to public life. Her father, Joseph Stringer, was an alderman, her mother Emma was a member of the Board of Guardians and a cousin, Herbert Galliers was Mayor of Brighton in 1929. Dorothy followed in […]


verb – 1.to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy 2.to make obscure or unclear The one-act drama festivals organised by the Sussex County Education Committee throughout the 1960s at numerous locations across County had always resulted in a production being promoted to the next round. And of course those of us moving ahead thought ourselves as winning that festival. […]


1951 March 30 – Shoreham Herald – page 6 – Comment “PERSEVERANCE” “Two feats of achievement have been shown by Southwick during the past few months.  The first was the dedication of the old church tower, almost 10 years after the air raid which caused it to be taken down. The second is contained in […]

Our Earliest Days

2014 August Betty Dawes [nee Carpenter] recalled “Our earliest days” Having seen her first theatre show – December 1946 production of ‘Pick-Up Girl’ – with her father at The Hippodrome in Brighton, a teenage Betty returned to The Unity Youth Club full of excitement, wanting to start her own drama company. “I said to Mr […]