Sussex Steam Engine Club

Established 1993


The Sussex Steam Engine Club was founded in 1993 by a small group of enthusiasts who felt that while Sussex had a strong steam movement, it had no local club to consolidate their interests.

The Club hosts various events including Road Runs, a Steam Driving Experience, a Christmas meal/social evening and Winter meetings.

As a Club, our members support many local events including Wiston Steam Rally and Tinkers Park and the Steam Apprentice Club Driving Days.

The Club also gives support and guidance to members who run their own events.

Please look through our pages to find out more of who we are and what we do.

1918 Tasker Tractor No. 1765


Membership costs just £12 per year. (+ £4 if a plastic membership card is required)

Benefits include:

  • 4 issues of Steam News per year
  • Club Meetings held on the second Friday of each month between October & April.
  • Social Events and gatherings.For a number of years the Club has organised "Experience Days" which provide our members with the opportunity to get involved with an engine, learn the basics and have a go at driving or steering under supervision. (Some of our members return annually to extend their skills and experience.)

Latest News

  • Next Winter Members Meeting Friday 12th April 2024 at 8pm at the Kings Head, East Hoathly.  

Ian Everest returns giving a talk on Shepherds of the Sussex Downs

Club Merchandise

Various items of merchandise are available to purchase directly from our suppliers.

Items include:-

  • Sweatshirts
  • Polo Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Baseball Caps
  • Fleeces

We are also currently looking in to other ideas.

News & Announcements

      Upcoming Events

EventDate/time Venue
Members MeetingFriday 13th October 2023 at 8pmKings Head, East Hoathly
AGM Friday 10th November 2023 at 8pm Kings Head, East Hoathly
Xmas MealSaturday December 2023Kings Head, Lower Horsebridge
Members MeetingFriday 12th January 2024Kings Head, East Hoathly
Members MeetingFriday 9th February 2024Kings Head, East Hoathly

   12th January 2024      Winter Members Meeting - Brede  Steam Giants

Being held at the Kings Head, East Hoathly

Barbara and Stan Atkinson from the Brede Steam Giants will be talking about their pumping engines

   9th February 2024      Winter Members Meeting - Railway footage & High Weald Steam Working Weekend 2022 footage

Being held at the Kings Head, East Hoathly

   8th March 2024     Winter Members Meeting - Gun Founding in the Weald 

Being held at the Kings Head, East Hoathly

Gun Founding in the Weald by Jeremy Hodgkinson from the Wealden Iron Research Group

   12th April 2024     Winter Members Meeting - Shepherds of the Sussex Downs

Being held at the Kings Head, East Hoathly

Ian Everest returns again, this time to talk about Shepherds of the Sussex Downs.

   2024     TBA

Success stories

Austin Hawkins presentation

Club Achievement Award

Austin Hawkins was presented with the Club Achievement Award at the Xmas meal for his tireless work and efforts promoting the Steam movement with his Aveling & Porter roller "Lionheart"

The Award was presented by Club President Bob Langley.

Richard Croft presentation

Road Run Award

Richard Croft was presented with the Road Run Award by President Bob Langley chosen at the Autumn Road Run.

Dave Main presentation

Hard Working Secretary

David Main was presented with a tankard as a token of gratitude for his hard work whilst he served as our Club Secretary.  The tankard was presented by Club Chairman Graham Chaffer.


Steam Apprentices

Steam Apprentices are the young members of the NTET (National Traction Engine Trust).  Steam Apprentice Days are held around the country and our members help with the event at Tinkers Park.

Wiston Winners 2018

The Howard Stenning Achievement Award

Presented to the Volunteers of the Wiston Steam Rally in 2018 who have worked tirelessly to present the Wiston Steam Rally over the years.