Traditional tales at Storrington

Storrington Museum has a busy few weeks ahead. Its Traditional Tales exhibition is in full swing and volunteers have created an imaginative and fun look at fairy tales and legends with children in mind but with appeal to all ages.

Among many others featured are Red Riding Hood (and the wolf), Jack and the Beanstalk, the Three Little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty and her prince, and characters from Alice in Wonderland, including the Cheshire Cat!

One case holds a pot-pourri of items for visitors to work out the stories for themselves. This exhibition continues until December.

“The Story of Swallowfield”, a talk about a Sussex family who lived near Horsham in Victorian times, is to be given by to be given by Tony Turner on Monday October 1 at 7.30pm at the old school. Entry fee is £4.

On Saturday, 13th October, Stephen Turrell will be hosting another popular quiz evening on Saturday October 13 at 7pm for prompt 7.30 start. These evenings are always well attended so book tickets early. The cost is £9.50 to include fish and chip supper with tickets available from The

Programme Secretary, 01903 745756.

The annual Family History Day will be held on Sunday October 12 at the Old School from 10 am to 4 pm. Refreshments available. This event could be the beginning of a rewarding voyage of discovery – one museum volunteer has traced her family back to 1690. They were ordinary farm workers and she was amazed to discover that their records of baptisms and deaths were there to be puzzled out. She said that just for once it made her appreciate bureaucracy.

Non-members are always welcome at museum functions at The Old School.

Question of the month: Why is Spierbridge so named? Was there a Mr. Spierbridge, builder or local celebrity, or was there a farm of that name? Ravenscroft is named for the family who gave the land; Mill Lane is obvious, as is Church Street, but why Spierbridge?

Storrington & District Museum Society is based at The Old School, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LL.

Tel: 01903 740188. The museum is open Wed. and Sat. 10 am – 4 pm. Sun. 10 am – 1pm.