Time-line of the Deaf community in Sussex

Milestones

1800s or before

1685: John Chaloner of Lindfield, a gentleman, made a Will to his daughter Jane Chaloner to provide a subsistence for Richard Chaloner and Elizabeth Chaloner, who were deaf and dumb from their birth.

1830s

1831: Alfred Thomas Fox (b.1831) of Brighton was the first pupil to admit at Brighton Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf & Dumb at Egremont Place on 2nd August 1841.

1840s

1840: The Sunday School was run by two Mohun sisters, Jane and Louise who opened for the deaf children on 20th October, a year before the formation of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb.

1841: Brighton Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf & Dumb at 12 Egremont Place, Kemp Town, opened on 2nd August. The first Headmaster was William Sleight.

1843: Charles Glover (b.1831) was the first to die whilst a pupil and died at Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb on 14th July.

1848: Brighton Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf & Dumb relocated to 127-132 Eastern Road, Kemp Town. Henry Elphie (b. 1842) was the first pupil to enter Eastern Road School in August 1848.

1850s

1851: Oliver Fenning became the first Deaf Pupil-Teacher at Brighton Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf & Dumb in about 1851.

1854: Brighton Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf & Dumb relocated to 127-132 Eastern Road, Kemp Town.

1860s

1865: Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb held its first Annual Athletics Sports Day.

1880s

1880: 2nd International Congress on Education of the Deaf in Milan, Italy in September. No other event in the history of deaf education had a greater impact on the lives and education of deaf people. This single event almost destroyed sign language.

1885: Rev. Richard Aslett Pearce, a private pupil of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb (1860-72) became the first born deaf to be ordained Deacon in the United Kingdom at the Parish of Farnham in Surrey by the Bishop of Winchester.

1885: The National College of Teachers of the Deaf was formed on 4th July.

1890s

1890: Rev. William B. Sleight, the son of the Head Master of the Brighton Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf & Dumb, became the first President of the British Deaf and Dumb Association (now known as the BDA).

1894: Miss Mary Hare's Oral School for the Deaf relocated to no.17 Michael's Place, Brighton from Upper Norwood, London.

1895: The Pure Oral Union organisation was formed on 28th March.

1896: Mr Frederick Carter, 4th Headmaster of the Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb, was born in Brighton on 19th November.

Time-line originally created by the Our Space community of practice in 2009, and further developed by Geoffrey Eagling with the SDH editorial panel. 

1900s

1901: Miss Mary Hare's Oral School for the Deaf relocated to no.19 Goldsmid Road, Brighton from St. Michael's Place, Brighton.

1901: Sir Arthur Henderson Fairbairn (1852-1915), the only Deaf & Dumb Baron, lived at no.45 Brunswick Square, Hove from about 1901 to 1909.

1909: Dr Bernard L. Pitcher, became the first congenitally deaf person in the United Kingdom to have achieved a PhD.

1909: Miss Mary Hare's Oral School for the Deaf relocated to no.8 San Remo, Hove from Goldsmid Road, Brighton.

1909: Sir Arthur Henderson Fairbairn (1852-1915), the only Deaf & Dumb Barontage, lived at the Wren House (now known as John Edes House), West Street, Chichester from 1909 to 1914.

1910s

1911: Mr Arthur Mortlock Sleight B.A. succeeded his father, William as the second Head Master of the Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb.

1911: Brighton Old Boys won the football match at home against Margate Old Boys 4 to 1. Venue not known. The Brighton scorers were J.Hyslop, E.F.Inwood & N.MacDonald.

1912: The Chichester Church Mission to the Deaf and Dumb was founded.

1912: William Sleight, 1st Headmaster of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb, died on 1st April.

1915: Sir Arthur Henderson Fairbairn died at his home, 'Dulcote' in Tunbridge Wells in Kent on 2nd June. He was buried with his sister who died in 1904.

1916: Miss Mary Hare's Oral School for the Deaf relocated to Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf in Burgess Hill on 11th November from Goldsmid Road, Brighton.

1918: The National College of Teachers of the Deaf and Dumb (established in 1885) and the National Association of Teachers of the Deaf and Dumb (established 1895) amalgamated to form NCTD.

1920s

1922: Mr Joseph Bertie George Usher became the 3rd Headmaster of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb on 1st September.

1924: Daniel Chandler of Winchester, Hants (b.1895) and Herbert G.Dawson of Bishopstoke, Hants (b.1898), both former pupils of the Brighton Institution, participated in the Athletics and Football Sections at the International Games for the Deaf (now know as Deaflympics) in Paris, France.

1926: Joseph Bertie George Usher, 3rd Headmaster of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb, died suddenly on 14th August.

1926: Mr Hasting was an Acting Headmaster after the death of Mr Usher and prior to the appointment of Mr Carter.

1926: Sussex Deaf team lost the match against Southampton Deaf team for the BDDA Healey Shield Football Competition. The score was 0-8.

1927: Mr Frederick Carter became the 4th Headmaster of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb on 1st April.

1928: Margery J. Hastings (b.1930) won one gold and three bronze medals for Tennis in the International Games for the Deaf in Amsterdam. She was a pupil of Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf.

1929: "Sleight" Diocese of Chichester Deaf & Dumb (Church Benefit Society, Lodge no. 1149). Mr C.H. Knight of Hove as a Secretary.

1929: Miss Emily Brown, a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, privately trained Adults with speech defects, lip-reading, etc at no. 36 Tower Road West, St. Leonards.

1929: National Association of Teacher of the Deaf Conference held in Brighton. Mr Carter of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb was the main organiser.

1930s

1934: The Chichester Church Mission to the Deaf and Dumb became the Sussex Diocesan Association for the Deaf and Dumb and an ordained priest working with Deaf people was appointed.

1934: Sussex Deaf Quarterly News magazine was issued.

1935: Margery J. Hastings (b.1930) won silver and bronze medals for Tennis in the International Games for the Deaf in London. She was a pupil of Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf.

1935: The Sussex Deaf & Dumb Association Gazette magazines were issued from 1935 to 1937.

1939: Arthur Mortlock Sleight, 2nd Headmaster of the Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb, died at his home in Stone, Kent on 16th December.

1939: Dr Bernard L. Pitcher, became the first congenitally deaf person in the United Kingdom to have achieved a PhD at the University of London in May.

1939: Joan V. Connew (b.1915) and Betty Gibbons (b.1918) participated in the Tennis tournament at the International Games for the Deaf in London. Both were pupils of Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf.

1939: Miss Mary S. Corbishley founded Cuckfield House Oral School for the Deaf, Cuckfield in April.

1939: St Stephen's Church was discontinued as a place of worship and became the home of the Chichester Church Mission to the Deaf and Dumb.

1940s

1940: Eastbourne Deaf Club was founded in Bolton Road in about 1940.

1940: The children of the Residential School for Jewish Deaf Children in London were evacuated to Brighton Institution where they schooled for seven months ending in September.

1941: Anthony J. Dove (b. 1934) was the first pupil to enter BIDD's Coldharbour Farm School, Wivelsfield Green on 20th October.

1941: Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb were moved out of Kemp Town to Coldharbour Farm in Wivelsfield Green.

1942: Worthing Deaf Club was founded and the members met in a house on the corner of Broadwater Road and King Edward Avenue whose house was that of Mr and Mrs Calder.

1943: Gerald George Hartley (b.1937) was the first pupil to enter BIDD's Ditchling Common Nursery School on 8th May.

1945: Miss Margaret McNab Taylor founded Hamilton Lodge School in 7 Walpole Road, Brighton.

1945: Miss Mary Hare died on 5th November and was cremated at Downs Crematorium in Brighton three days later.

1946: Mr E. Mundin became the 1st Principal of Mary Hare Grammar School for the Deaf in January (formerly Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf).

1945: The Ovingdean Hall and its walled grounds, covering approx 26 acres were sold to the Brighton Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.

1946: Mary Hare Grammar School for the Deaf was established in Burgess Hill (the same buildings as former Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf).

1947: Cuckfield House Oral School for the Deaf became overcrowded so Miss Mary S. Corbishley moved out of her school to a larger premises and renamed Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf in Cuckfield.

1947: Mrs Margaret E.L. Gwyer founded Bepton Grange Oral School for the Deaf, Midhurst.

1947: Southern Deaf Amateur Sports Association, (now known as Southern Deaf Sports Council) was formed on 11th October and one of the co-founder was H.Blunden of Brighton.

1948 Ann Lillian Bolt (b. 1935) was the first pupil to enter BIDD's Ovingdean Hall School in 6th September.

1948: Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb were moved out of Coldharbour Farm to  Ovingdean Hall and became Ovingdean Hall School.

1948: Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan, announced the arrival of the free NHS Medresco hearing aids to all Deaf schools in the United Kingdom from 5th July.

1949: FLDC won the football match against SDASA 5 to 0 at Hackney Marshes, London on 26th November.

1949: Mrs Simmons (possibly Mrs E.B.Simmons), hard of hearing lady of no.22 Montague Place, Brighton, run Brighton Homely Board Residence and that she reserved all the accommodations for deaf people during the summer season.

1950s

1952: Closure of Bepton Grange Oral School for the Deaf, Midhurst.

1953: Diane Berman (b.1922) won two gold and one silver medals for Tennis in the International Games for the Deaf in Brussels. She was a pupil of Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf.

1953: The British Deaf & Dumb Association 23rd Congress was held in Brighton.

1954: Jimmy Case, a midfielder for Liverpool FC, worn two hearing aids in his 30's, played at one time for Brighton & Hove Albion from 1981 to1985, was born in Liverpool on 18th May.

1955: Douglas Old (b.1923) of Portsmouth, participated in the International Games for the Deaf (now known as the Deaflympics) in Milan, Italy for Table-Tennis. He was a former pupil of Brighton Institution.

1957: Mr William Edward Wood was the first Headmaster of Burwood Park Technical School for the Deaf, Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. He was a former teacher at Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb.

1960s

1961: Mr Williams became the 5th Headmaster of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb when Mr Carter retired (1961). 

1961: Valerie D. Williams (b.1929) won a bronze medal for Tennis in the World Games for the Deaf in Helsinki, Finland in 1961. She was a pupil of Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf.

1961: Eastbourne and District Young Deaf People's Deaf Club formed on 30th October. This club eventually became the Eastbourne Deaf Club. See [3].

1962: Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb renamed Ovingdean Hall School for Partially Deaf Children.

1963: Douglas Old (b.1923) of Portsmouth, participated in the World Games for the Deaf (now known as the Deaflympics) in Washington DC, USA for Table-Tennis. He won the bronze medals for Men's Doubles and Team. He was a former pupil of Brighton 

1965: Mr John Jansen became the 2nd Principal of Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children in November.

1965: Michael A. Harding, a Teacher of the Deaf at Ovingdean Hall School, was awarded the Eichholz Price for the best student.

1965: Valerie D. Williams (b.1929) participated in the Tennis for the World Games for the Deaf in Washington, USA in 1965. She was a pupil of Dene Hollow Oral School for the Deaf.

1969: Angela M. Bodenham (b.1946) won a bronze medal for Tennis in the World Games for the Deaf in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1969. She was a pupil of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf.

1969: James R. Isaac (b.1950) of Exmouth, Devon participated in the Tennis for the World Games for the Deaf in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He was a former pupil of Ovingdean Hall School.

1969: The Reginald M. Phillips Research Unit opened and began research on methods of teaching deaf children.

1969: Sussex Deaf Association is formed as a registered charity and located at Montpelier Place, Brighton.

1970s

1972: Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb premises were demolished to make way for widening of Eastern Road but the plan was scrapped.

1972: Miss Mary S. Corbishley, founder of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf, received her MBE from the Queen Mother on 15th February.

1972: National College of Teachers of the Deaf conference took place at University of Sussex, organised by Dr. Bill Watts.

1972: Sussex Group of Breakthrough Trust was formed and the aim was to integrate the deaf and hearing people and children. The philosophy was to improve communication through sign language and lipreading and everyone had the opportunity to partake in various activities on equal terms. David Warner (Group Leader)

1973: Angela M. Charles-Edward nee Bodenham (b.1946) won the silver and bronze medals for Tennis in the World Games for the Deaf in Malmo, Sweden. She was a pupil of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf.

1973: Helen E. Salomone (b.1943) won silver the gold medal for Tennis in the World Games for the Deaf in Malmo, Sweden. She was a pupil of Hamilton Lodge School for the Deaf.

1973: Jeremy Fraser-Evans (b.1940) and George M. Salomone (b.1941) participated in the Tennis for the World Games for the Deaf in Malmo, Sweden. Both were pupils of Hamilton Lodge School for the Deaf.

1974: Joyce Sewell-Rutter, a Teacher of the Deaf at Ovingdean Hall School, was awarded the Eichholz Price for the best student.

1975: Mrs Helga Webster became the 2nd Principal of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf in Easter. Miss Corbishley retired.

1975: [4] First Deaf social worker (qualified) for deaf people in West Sussex, based in Crawley and covering Haywards Heath, Horsham & Storrington.

1977: Mr. Reginald M. Phillips CBE Hon LL.D (1888-1977) of Brighton, Sponsor of Deaf Studies Research in 1969-77, died on 10th October.

1977: The British Deaf Association 31st Congress was held in Eastbourne.1978 Miss Margaret Moore became the third Principal of Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children.

1978: Sussex Deaf Post magazine was issued.

1979: SDSA lost the football match against BDSC with a score of 1-2 at Crawley in Sussex on 27th October. This was SDSA's 10th Anniversary and was played for the last time.

1979: Eastbourne Deaf Club opened at the YMCA.

1980s

1981: Judith Hennessy (b.1949) participated in the Tennis for the World Games for the Deaf in Cologne, Germany. She was a former pupil of Ovingdean Hall School.

1982: Brighton Deaf Club moved from Montpelier Road to Carlton Hill.

1983: Mr David Braybrook became the 7th Principal of Ovingdean Hall School for Partially Deaf Children.

1983: The Danny Sheldon House for residential home for elderly people was built on the former site of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb, Eastern Road.

1984: Mr Frederick Carter, 4th Headmaster of Ovingdean Hall School, died on 2nd January.

1984: Mr Michael Bown became the 3rd Principal of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf in April. Mrs Helga Webster retired.

1989: Miss Sally Pantridge of Midhurst, Sussex won the bronze medal for Badminton in the World Games for the Deaf (known as Deaflympic) in at Christchurch, New Zealand in 1989. She was a former pupil of Mary Hare Grammar School.

Hastings barn dances (David Moller and Davina Merricks).

1990s

1990: British Deaf Association's 100th Anniversary Conference hosted by HRH Princess Diana of Wales.

1990: RNID care homes opened.

1991: Mrs Morag McGlip Rosie, a Director of Friends for the Young Deaf, received her MBE for her services to Deaf People on 15th June.

1992: Punch and Judy club (club for Deaf Lesbian and Gays in Brighton) opened in the Bulldog.

1993: Miss Mary S. Corbishley founder of Cuckfield House Oral School for the Deaf & later renamed Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf.

1993: Mr David Braybrook, 7th Principal of Ovingdean Hall School left to become OFSTED Registered Inspector.

1993: Mr Michael Bown became the 8th Principal of Ovingdean Hall School for Partially Deaf Children. Previously he was the Principal of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf (1984-93).

1993: British Deaf History Society founded.

1993-2000: Deaf meeting (Wednesdays) in the Crescent Pub, Brighton.

1994: A sheltered home in Somerset Street, Brighton, was built and named 'Evelyn Glennie' Court, a renown Scottish Deaf solo percussionist.

1994: West Sussex Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association (now known as Action for Deafness) became a registered charity.

1994: Mr Paul Simpson became the 4th and last Principal of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf in January. Mr Michael Bown left to became the Principal of Ovingdean Hall School.

1994-1997: A group met at the Regency Tavern, which attracted a mixed crowd.

1994: Eastbourne Deaf Bowling Club was set up under Eastbourne Deaf Social Club in about 1994.

1995: Miss Mary S. Corbishley, founder of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf, died.

1995: Mrs Anne Duffy became the 4th Principal of Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children.

1995: Several workshops delivered by University of Sussex for Deaf people, in partnership with a film project.

1996: Closure of Mill Hall Oral School for the Deaf in Cuckfield, Sussex in August.

1996: Hands Can Talk (teaching of sign language in Hamilton Lodge School).

1997: About 20 pupils in Years 6 & 7 from Burwood Park School when it was closed down on 20th December and transferred to Ovingdean Hall School the following month.

1998: First courses set up by University of Sussex.

2000s

2000: Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf Ladies FC formed in October.

2000: Dr Bernard L. Pitcher, became the first congenitally deaf person in the United Kingdom to have achieved a PhD, died on 17 April. He was buried at Durrington Cemetery in Worthing on 9 May.

2000: Southdown Deaf Bowling Association was formed and the first Chairman was Mr Cockerson.

2000: Brighton and Hove Albion Deaf Women FC formed.

c2001: Southdown Deaf Bowling Association and Eastbourne Deaf Bowling Club amalgamated to form Southdown Deaf Bowling Association.

2001: March for the recognition of British Sign Language.

2001-2003: Brighton and Hove Deaf Equality and Access Forum.

2001: First Deaf social worker for the deaf in Brighton (Donna Davies) [First Deaf social worker in Sussex is Derek Simmons (1975)].

2002: The Deaf Sussex Today, a magazine for the Deaf Community in Sussex was issued for the first time in Summer. The Editor was Hilary Warner.

2002: The Sussex Union of Deaf People changed the title to Deaf Sussex on 27th July.

2002: Brighton, Hove and West Sussex Deaf Children’s Society (BHWSDCS) was formed by Geoffrey Harbor.

2003: The Association of Sign Language Interpreters hosted the 11th European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters AGM and Conference at the Thistle Hotel in Brighton on 3-5 October.

2004: Deaf Sailing UK Club was formed in London on 2nd October. One of the training area is at the Sussex Yacht Club in Southwick, near Shoreham-by-Sea.

2005: Joanne Elizabeth Davison (b.1964) won the gold medal for Hammer Throw at the Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia on 19th January. Joanne was a member of Worthing Athletics Club.

2005: Mr Christopher Owen became the 5th Principal of Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children.

2005: The British Deaf History Society held its Workshop at Hastings on 16th July. Davina Merricks of Coghurst gave her talk about the history of Hastings Deaf Centre.

2005: British Deaf Association conference in Brighton (Metropole Hotel) [1].

2005: Corrina and Roanna Simmons won bronze in woman's football, representing the UK, at the Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia.

2005: Revolution at the Sussex Deaf Association (three progressive Deaf people were asked to be removed from the club by way of a solicitor's letter).

2006-2007: Grenadier Pub (Hangleton) and Kings and Queens Pub (Grand Parade).

2007: Mr Sheppard became the 6th Principal of Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children.

2007: Alexander T. Cranford (b.1993) was selected for the GB squad at age 13 for the World Deaf Swimming Championships. He was a member of Worthing Swimming Club.

2007: Sussex Group of Sign Language Interpreters formed.

c2008: Mr Charles Hackett the 9th and last Principal of Ovingdean Hall School for Partially Deaf Children when Miss Carter retired.

2008: A group met at the Bee in the Mouth pub on a weekly basis.

2009: Joanne Elizabeth Davison (b.1964) won the bronze medal for Hammer Throw at the Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan on 11th September. She was a member of Worthing Athletics Club.

2009: Alexander T.Cranford (b.1993) participated for the Swimming Team for the Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan, in September.

2009: Ian Berry (b.1966) from Maidenbower in Sussex, dragged a sled across 112 miles of ice when he reached the pole on New Year's Eve. He raised the fund for the National Deaf Children's Society.

2009: John Smith Show set up by Diana Neal, Editor of Deaf Sussex Today magazine.

2009: Our Space meetings held at Friends Meeting House in Brighton.

2009: [2] James Meyers (b.1992) participated for the Table Tennis Team for the Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan, in September; he was sponsored by Simon Cowell (X-Factor judge). He is a pupil of Ovingdean Hall School.

2010s 

2010: Blue commemorative plaque was unveiled outside the Danny Sheldon House on the former site of Brighton Institution for the Deaf & Dumb on 15 May.

2010: Deaf Culture Day to be held on 15th May 2010 at Hamilton Lodge School.

2010: The ICED conference held in July 2010, the same conference that passed a resolution to ban sign language in education, 'regrets' the 1880 resolutions and seek a period of 'harmonisation'.

2010: Ovingdean Hall School closed.

2010: Silent Walkers group, a hiking club for BSL users, formed by Alison Rogers, Tom Kent and John Walker.

2011: New Social Enterprise established in Sussex called DeafCOG, or Deaf Community Outreach Group, led by local Deaf professionals.

2011: Deaf Diaspora held on 24th September 2011 at Hamilton Lodge School. A one day festival with an evening event for adults.

2011: Two new pub meets organised  on a Thursday every week: the Bee in the Mouth pub in Hove and Wetherspoons pub on North Street, Brighton. Bee in the Mouth is run by a deaf person and they offer a monthly subtitled cinema at the end of every month.

2011: Social care for Deaf adults is reduced to 'assessment only' and services are bought in by a 'personalised budget' via 'direct payment'.

2012: Deaf Diaspora 2 took place on 29th September 2012 at the Brighthelm Centre on North Road.

2012: Pearl Linguistics were removed as the provider of BSL interpreter services for the Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, after several complaints and resistance from interpreters and community alike.

2012: On 31 July, Ovingdean Hall School trust becomes Ovingdean Hall Foundation - a charity and grant-making organisation committed to supporting education projects for deaf young people.

2012: A new on line exhibition published on the Sussex Deaf History website, titled 'Deaf Education in the Seventies'. 

2012: The privatisation of audiology. Services for people above the age of 55 can now receive services from Spec-savers.

2012: Neal Communication Agency ceased trading. Action Deafness took over the interpreter contract in Brighton and Hove city and East Sussex.

2013: DeafCOG launches a new website called 'DeafProSussex'. A search facility to find 'deaf friendly traders'. The website was created by Michael Ernst and Dan Whiteland-Smith, two students from University of Brighton. The project was funded by the Office of Disability Issues.

2013: Deaf Diaspora 3 took place at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, on 21st September.

2013: University of Sussex offers the first BSL courses for undergraduate students at the Sussex Centre for Language Studies, which was created by John Walker, Teaching Fellow.

This page was added on 01/12/2009.
Comments about this page

[1] BDA Conference in Brighton, when was in 2005, not 2004. As in 2004, was in Inverness, Scotland.

By Lulu
On 26/03/2010

You say Eastbourne Deaf Club was formed in 1979. Not so. Eastbourne Deaf Club existed in the mid-1960s. I think you mean it moved to Decoy Drive in 1979?

By richard goulden
On 16/05/2010

Another page is been written with newpaper cuttings on the launch of the Eastbourne Deaf Club at the YMCA. Have a look at the section, 'Eastbourne Deaf Club', for more information.

By John Walker
On 23/06/2010

[2] 2009 = James Cowell. No, no, its James Meyers, born 1992, from Kent. It was Simon Cowell (from X-Factor on TV) who paid James to fly out to Taipei. Full story in Deaf Sussex Today magazine. :-)

By Diana Neal
On 15/03/2011

[3] Eastbourne & District Young Deaf People's Deaf Club was formed on 30 October 1961. The Club provided several outdoor activities for young Deaf people during the summer months and a very popular annual dinner dance for many years. It is beleived this club eventually changed to Eastbourne Deaf Club as members got older.

By Derek Simmons
On 21/08/2011

[4] 1975 - First Deaf social worker (qualified) for deaf people in West Sussex based at Crawley & covering Haywards Heath, Horsham & Storrington (Derek Simmons).

By Derek Simmons
On 21/08/2011

I have found the timeline really useful to get a quick snapshot of history of deaf sport in Sussex.

By Stuart harrison
On 21/08/2011

Thank you for your input Derek. They have been added to the time line.

By John Walker
On 22/08/2011

Brighton, Hove & West Sussex Deaf Children's Society was formed in 1996 not 2002.

By June Garner
On 16/01/2012

I dont know when Ovingdean school changed its name, but it was definitely long before 1962, and certainly before 1956. It was called the School for the Partially Deaf when I started there in 1956.

By Judy Hennessy
On 13/08/2012

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