Letter from our Chairman


Extraordinary General Meeting of the Rottingdean Preservation Society to be held at the Whiteway Centre Rottingdean
Thursday 26th March at 7pm

  1. Chairman’s introduction

  2. To approve the change of the Society’s name from Rottingdean Preservation Society to

    Rottingdean Heritage

  3. Any other business

Wine and Refreshments will be provided

Dear Member,

This meeting is called following the discussions we had at our AGM in November 2019 where it was proposed that the Society should change its name as part of an overall strategy to obtain new members. The committee has been aware for some time that our membership has been falling, and that one of the reasons for failing to attract new residents to the village was that the name itself was confusing. The single item on the Agenda of this EGM will seek to approve this change in accordance with the Society’s Constitution.

When it was first formed as a charity in 1960 from an active Ratepayers Association the priorities were very different from the present. Then, the Society was the main pressure group against unwanted development of the village, and most notably prevented the development of Kipling Gardens in the 1980s. The role of the Society changed radically, however, in the 1990s when John Commin successfully negotiated the lease of the Grange Museum and Gallery from Brighton Council. Since then, the development of the Grange has become the main focus of our activities, and the Museum now attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year. Whilst the RPS still maintains close scrutiny of developments

Committee: Chris Davidson (Chairman), Rob Upward (Vice-Chairman), Rowena Bennett (Sec.), Anne Johnson (Treasurer), Barry Wright (Memb. Sec.), Colin Dellar. Associate Members: Anne-Sara Odor (Gallery Director), Mike Laslett (Archivist), Marcus Bagshaw (Museum Curator).

Extraordinary General Meeting of the Rottingdean Preservation Society to be held at the Whiteway Centre Rottingdean
Thursday 26th March at 7pm


in the conservation area, the primary responsibility for planning decisions in the village now lies with the Rottingdean Parish Council.

After extensive discussions with individual members and Trustees of the Society over a period of some months, the executive committee have decided to recommend a change in the name of the Society to ROTTINGDEAN HERITAGE. We took the opportunity to sound out members of the public about this during the recent Rottingdean Treasures exhibition, and the feedback was very positive. One of the comments read:

“Very much in favour of the proposed change. Building on the past, acknowledging it, but also seeing forward into the future. A much better name”

I do hope that you will be able to attend this meeting – to be quorate we need the attendance of at least 20 members. If you want to ask any further questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or any other member of the committee.

This summer is the 60th anniversary of the founding of the RPS. We are planning to celebrate this with a Rottingdean Heritage weekend on June 5-7th with a garden party, a special exhibition, talks and guided tours of the village. We hope that this marks the beginning of a new era for the Society, with further developments in the museum and, in collaboration with other organisations, in the village as a whole.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Chris Davidson

Chairman RPS

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