THE BOURNE SOCIETY is the local history society for northeast Surrey, and for those towns and villages subsequently removed from Surrey into the London borough of Croydon. It was formed in 1956 and named from the intermittent streams that sometimes emerge to the north of the North Downs to follow the lines of routes A22 and A23, meeting at Purley to flow northward into the River Wandle.
With around 2000 members in 1200 households the Bourne Society is believed to be the largest local history society in the United Kingdom.
The aims of the Society are to extend knowledge of the local history of Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham, and to ensure the preservation of records and other objects of historical interest.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS
In compliance with government directives, the Annual General Meeting (scheduled for 28th March) and the April and May forum meetings have been cancelled.
The landscape walk scheduled for Sunday 22nd March is also cancelled, as are all future meetings of the Sanderstead Local History Group.
The April and May meetings of the Pub History Group are cancelled.
Please watch this space for the very latest updates.