Who are We?
We were founded originally in 1937 as the Ratepayers Association and Preservation Society, but became a charity in 1960 with the object of preserving and improving the village, its amenities and rural surroundings.
What have we done?
RPS and its predecessors have played a pivotal role in Rottingdean life over the last century. In the 1960s we took over the responsibility for the Windmill, which had fallen into disrepair, and restored it. In 1983, we purchased the Kipling Gardens, threatened by development, and in 1993 leased the Museum at The Grange and prevented its sale by Brighton Council. All these initiatives have changed the face of the village and contribute to its attraction as a tourist destination.
What do we do now?
Our current activities continue to promote village life by maintaining the Windmill and opening it to the public, working with BHCC to improve the facilities in the Kipling Gardens, and encourage a range of Events and Exhibitions at The Grange.
How can you help?
All our activities are only possible by the generous help of volunteers, and if you would like to help, please contact us. You may be interested to give a few hours to Steward at The Grange Museum and Gallery, or to help in the Grange Garden, or have an interest in The Windmill. Do contact us to find out more, and join as a member to support our activities!
GLITTERATI OF ROTTINGDEAN
Richard Coates, former resident of the village, has put together a delightful and well-illustrated account of some of the famous people who have lived in Rottingdean, which he has now given to the Society. It includes the well-known, such as Burne-Jones and Kipling, and the less well-known such as William Noyes and Mary Elizabeth Dear, who were all famous in their time. He also details the cavalcade of fascinating characters who passed through the village in the first half of the 20th century. The account is well-referenced and is a must for anyone interested in local history. You can download a copy and read it here:
RPS Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the RPS will be held on Thursday 30th October 2014, at 7.30pm, in the Main hall of the Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean.
All members are welcome. Non-members who would like to find out more about the work of the RPS and, perhaps become members are also welcome
KIPLING FESTIVAL July 10-22 2014
The Grange is playing a full part in the forthcoming Kipling Festival in the Village with new Exhibitions in both the Gallery and Museum. The Kipling Room in the Museum has had a complete facelift, and our Curator, Marcus Bagshaw, has managed to source a wealth of new photos of Kipling and his family during their years in Rottingdean which have never been on view before. The new Room will be opened on Jul 11 by Audrey Smith, wife of the late Michael Smith, who contributed so much to our knowledge of Kipling in the village. And building on this tradition, Amanda Davidson has involved local schools and artists to contribute to a new ‘Inspired by Kipling’ Exhibition, so come and see what 21st century children make of Kipling’s rich heritage!