Volunteer Making a Difference. How you can help your centre and the people who use it. We have history of volunteers who have done great things for the Trust since AG Linfield first guaranteed a loan in 1948. The British Empire Medal was awarded here. Volunteer Ashington Centre, Volunteer Ashington, Volunteer Sussex, Volunteer Horsham, Volunteer Worthing, Volunteer Storrington, Volunteer Steyning.

The Ashington Community Centre Trust Volunteers

To all those who have served the Centre and the Village ... we thank you

This page is dedicated to those people who make all this possible.

Without them the Trust would close and the village be all the poorer for it.



We always need your help and skills, from working with people to maintenance to communications and IT and the many more beside.

If you would like to help the village and make a difference, please contact one of the committee members or use contact us to find out more.

On the right is Margaret Alford accepting her British Empire Medal. Click on the picture to learn more ...

Margaret Alford Picture



Roll of Honour




to all our volunteers

who are so numerous

across the years.




we are building a list of those who have served as an officer. We will also recognise those who have made distinguished contributions.



We plan

to add to this roll of honour periodically to highlight the dedication of friends past that has got us to where we are now.


1. Sir Arthur George (AG) Linfield

Sir AG Linfeld c1960s


AG Linfield, later Sir Arthur George Linfield, was a co-founder of the Village Hall and Fields charity that birthed the Ashington Community Centre Trust in 1948-9 when the first Village Hall was officially opened. As well running and part-owning the well known local business, he moved to the Oast House and was a figure of renown locally and across the country professionally. 


Sir AG Linfield is our first honouree in recognition of his work, 70 years go, in securing land and buildings, acting as guarantor for a loan of £1,500 and co-founding the charity and trust. He was also the first Chairman. We are grateful for his contribution that has so strongly inflenced the shape the trust and its work. Read more about his contribution here.


Sir AG Linfield was known for good works and was involved with countless organsisations throughout his life. He also acted as a horticultural advisor to the Queen. We are grateful to his grandson, Malcolm Linfield, for providing this fascinating biography and a picture of AG Linfield in 1949 with the West Sussex War Agricultural Executive Committee.

Past Officers

The following table is under construction but please do let us know if you can add to any information on this page.

Name Role or Service Dates
Anthony Gilsenan Chairman 2014 - 2017
Roger Yates
Chairman 2009 - 2014
Howard Tingley Chairman - 2008
Karen Dare Chairman  
Stuart Harrison Chairman 1980s
Brenda Sandell Chairman 1970s
Frank Willard Chairman 1960s, 1970s
AG Linfield Chairman 1940s, 1950s
Enid Foster Secretary 1960s – 1980s
Frank Willard Secretary 1940s, 1950s
Trevor Pratt Treasurer 2011 - 2013
Howard Masterson Treasurer 2008 - 2011
Roger Spreckley Treasurer To 2008
Mr Spicer Treasurer 1970s
Brian Norton Treasurer 1970s
Mr Tipper Treasurer 1960s, 1970s
Frank Willard President 1980s

Nearly 70 years at the heart of Ashington Village