Forthcoming Events Organised by the Bourne Society

7Bourne Society Indoor Forum Meetings

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URC Hall, Harestone Hill

Indoor Forum Meetings are held in Harestone Hall, to the rear of the United Reformed Church, Harestone Hill, Caterham, CR3 6JU; 7.15 for 7.45 pm. An admission fee of £1 is charged to cover costs and includes tea or coffee. Please note that, due to restricted space and the large numbers that regularly attend, Bourne Society forum meetings in Harestone Hall are open only to members of the Society.

Car Parking: Free car parking from 7 to 11 pm is available in Morrison’s car park, the ground-floor level of which extends almost directly opposite the church. About fifteen parking spaces are available within the church grounds, but these tend to fill up quickly. After 6 pm parking is permitted along Harestone Valley Road and Harestone Hill. The hall is 5 minutes walk from Caterham railway station and taxi rank, and 6 minutes from the 407 bus stop.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019: Blacking, blindness, bluffing… A talk by Neil Price on the life of Charles Day, entrepreneur and Caterham landowner.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020: Programme to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020: The birds of the Bourne area. Brian Thomas will discuss the changes in bird numbers over the past 150 years.

Wednesday, 4th March 2020: Croydon Airport. An illustrated history prepared by Graeme Roy and John Whitley of the Historic Croydon Airport Trust.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Meetings of the pub and brewery history group assemble at 12 noon in the car park of the selected venue, or if wet inside. A short history of the pub is followed by lunch for those wishing to partake. New members and guests are warmly welcomed. For details please see Local History Records, vol. 97, page 67 or vol. 98, page 65.

No further meetings are scheduled for this year.

Landscape History Walks

No further walks are scheduled for this year, restarting in February 2020. For details of ‘how gruelling’ or where to meet, see Local History Records, 99, Autumn 2019, page 89.

Saturday, 16th February 2020: Bletchingley, Place Farm, Brewer Street and Castle Mound.

Saturday, 22nd March 2020: Box Hill, Fort and Folly walk.

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

Wednesday, 27th November 2019: Pleasure gardens, spas and wells in South London and Surrey. A talk by Daphne Palmer.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020: School days – good and bad memories. Recalled by our members.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020: Addiscombe College – the East India Company’s connection with Croydon. A talk by Ken Harman.

Please note that there is no meeting in December.

Meetings of the Sanderstead Local History Group are held at 2.00 pm at All Saints’ Parish Hall, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead. All are welcome, come as often as you wish. No annual fee;  just £2 per head per visit to cover hall hire including tea or coffee. For further information please contact Joyce Hoad at

Chaldon History Group

Meetings of the Chaldon History Group take place at 2.00 to 4.00 pm in Chaldon Village Hall. Meetings are open to everyone. Entry is £5 at the door, proceeds from which, after costs, go to the Friends of Chaldon Church. For further details please follow this link.

Coach day tours

No more day tours are scheduled for this year.

Special Events

The Caterham Guards’ Depot: An Exhibition. This popular Bourne Society exhibition, on free public display at The ARC Caterham, was due to end in December 2017. However, it has now been accepted as a permanent feature of The ARC and will remain on display until further notice. For more details please click or tap here.