Bourne Society Forum Meetings

Following the success of our ‘live’ December forum meeting in the Jenkins Centre at de Stafford School, it has been decided that, virus regulations allowing, this venue will be used for the foreseeable future. However, the situation remains rather fluid, so please watch this space for any last-minute changes.

‘Indoor’ Forum Meetings

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 (at the Jenkins Centre, 7.30 pm): The Croydon Paintings of Evacustes Phipson (1854-1931). A talk by Carole Roberts and John Hickman. Carole Roberts is president of Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society and John Hickman is a past-president. In 2020 they produced a highly acclaimed book (published by CNHSS) on the life of Phipson that included copies of many of his outstanding water colours of local scenes. Copies of the book will be available on the evening.

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 (at the Jenkins Centre, 7.30 pm): Discovering Chipstead – an illustrated talk by Jon Grant on a rural oasis within the urban sprawl of north-east Surrey.

Special Events

Please note that some of the dates shown in the latest Local History Records have been subject to change. The following are correct:

The Bourne Society Annual General Meeting will take place live at the Soper Hall on 26 March 2022. The speaker has yet to be confirmed.

Landscape History Walks

Landscape history walks will resume in February 2022. Details are given in LHR 105, page 86, but the dates, including those on the back cover, should be ignored. The following are correct:

Saturday 12th February 2022: Bletchingley, Place Farm and Castle Mound. 3 miles; start 11.00 am.

Sunday 27th March 2022: Westerham and the greensand ridge. 3.5 miles; start 11.00 am.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Regular members of the group will be contacted with details of future visits.

Sanderstead Local History Group

The programme for January to April 2022 is currently as follows. The venue for meetings, whether live or on Zoom, will be decided closer to the date.

Wednesday 26th January 2022: Selsdon Park Hotel, 1800-2000. A talk by Joyce Hoad. On Zoom only.

Wednesday 23rd February 2022: Beyond the Wandle; some Surrey Rivers and their History, by Dee Palmer. (Venue TBA)

Wednesday 30th March 2022: Changes to Shopping Habits in Coulsdon from 1900, by Margaret Davidson. (Venue TBA)

Wednesday 27th April 2022: The Park Hill at Croydon, by Richard Link. (Venue TBA)

Meetings of the Sanderstead group would normally take place in All Saints’ Church Hall on the last Wednesday in the month at 2.00 pm. Meetings have continued at this time on Zoom, with links and passwords sent by email to regular members of the group shortly before each meeting. If you are not on the contact list please email Chris Harman or Joyce Hoad at

Chaldon History Group

To keep abreast of developments please follow this link.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

It is anticipated that the three or four day tours postponed from 2021 will be able take place in 2022.

Heritage Tours

It is very much hoped that a heritage tour will be arranged for 2022.