The Group

There are plenty of things to do in Sussex.  It’s just a matter of knowing where to find them – so says the founder of a Sussex club for unattached people.  The Group was started in 2006 and has welcomed single people, aged 50 plus, ever since.  Well, until Covid changed everything.

In March 2020, like many clubs, The Group stopped meeting.  But now that regulations have been relaxed, The Group’s social diary is already filling up.  And in October it opens its doors again to new members.

Tricia Bentley explains how The Group operates.  “We have venues in five Sussex towns; Worthing, Burgess Hill, Brighton, Horsham and Lewes, and each of those venues hosts a club night every month”.

There are hundreds of events every year, each one arranged by The Group’s own members.  “That way we get loads of variety in the things we do.  We have three holidays coming up, restaurant meals, theatre and walks but an event can be as simple as making new friends by meeting in a coffee shop.  It’s all about getting out, being with people, and having fun.  We are definitely not a dating organisation.  Some members have got together of course, and some have married, but our target is just to help people kickstart their social lives”.

The Group has a website,, and there’s loads of information there.