Who are we and what do we do....
Horsham Historics was formed on the 16th October 1975 by a like minded group of enthuasists who wanted to create a society for the preservation of historic vehicles and machinery for the Horsham area. Nicholas Symes and Christopher Webb, co organisers of the vintage machinery and vehicle sections of the Horsham Lions Vintage Transport Rally gathered strength from 80 fellow enthuasists who met and decided to create a society. Once created they set about organising they're first rally which was held at Leechpool Lane School Roffey on the weekend of 15th - 16th of May 1976. Monthly meetings were set for the 3rd thursday of each month at the Queen's Head, Horsham and a get-to-gether for the owners of historic vehicles and machinery was held at the Chequers, Rowhook on Sunday 7th December. This proved a huge success, considering how cold it was that day, so a second event was planned on the 29th February.
The first newsletter was published in November and detailed the society's proposed constitution lacking in a logo and chosen name. By the december issue a logo and name- Horsham Historics had been selected by the members.
The membership drew in many different interests, large and small, handmade and manufactured. The society grew in strength over the years with an annual Rally and monthly indoor and outdoor meetings. The Rallies changed venues until finally settling at Ardingly in 1989. Sadly due to increasing overheads this ceased in 2014. The club still holds monthly indoor meetings including an auction night, antiques night, christmas social and talks and slideshows.
Our outdoor events include club displays at local shows including Wiston Steam Rally, Ardingly Autumn Show and Ardingly Autojumble, sunday morning get-togethers at Hilliers and Mayberry garden centres and visits to local landmarks including the Wey & Arun Canal. We produce a monthly newsletter including members adventures, show dates and items for sale. We have a pub meet and bar-b-q, Skittles evening in the summer.
We have recently taken over the running of the popular Ardingly Autojumble which is held twice a year. Dates can ve found on our Diary page.
Our society now has members from all corners of the vintage scene with a wealth of knowledge ready to share. If you have interests in vintage transport, farming equipment and machinery or collections of any kind then Horsham Historics may be the society for you. For information on joining the club or coming along to one of our evening meetings please use the contact form.