Huge thanks to Chris Harris

Founder member Christopher Harris has retired from the committee of the Shoreham Society after 32 years of devoted service.

He was one of the passionate band of people who set up the society in 1984 and he served on the committee without a break until retiring from it in November 2016.

His contribution to the society and to the town of Shoreham over more than three decades has been immeasurable.

As a professional architect he has given his experience, skill and advice to the society over countless important issues affecting the built environment of the town.

He was the inspiration behind the society's highly-prized conservation award scheme which recognises good building design and promotes development sensitive to the town's character.

He has been a driving force behind many of the society's initiatives in the interests of the town and its history. 

A determined campaigner, he was responsible for saving the historic roof of The Vinery in St Mary's Road - a rare and very important example of glass canopy construction.  Thanks to Chris'stireless efforts, this irreplaceable structure was saved from destruction and is now safely preserved at the Beamish Museum.

Although he has stepped down from the committee, the society is keen to continue calling on his expertise and experience in the interests of the town.

Chris Harris