Bourne Society Forum Meetings

Indoor forum meetings are held in the Jenkins Centre at de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, Caterham. Refreshments served from 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start. Please note that dates of meetings and other events are liable to change due to unforeseen circumstances. This page will always provide the latest information.

Indoor Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 1 May 2024: Chaldon Court, 1366, the story so far. Chaldon Court is a timber framed building with more questions than answers. Madeline Hutchins will outline what is known of its story so far and planned next steps, including its archaeology. Please note that this is a change to the original programme.

Outdoor Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 5 June 2024: A Stroll around Addington Village with Roger Packham. A short stroll to look at historic buildings, including St Mary’s Church; the Cricketers pub; vernacular buildings such as Home Farm, Old Post Office and the delightful Flint Cottage; and the last surviving forge in the area (1740). The walk will be accompanied by photographs of the village taken over one hundred years ago.

Meet at 7.20 for 7.30 pm in the cul-de-sac by the Cricketers and police station (Addington Park Road) where there is ample free parking. (Parking in the pub car park may incur a charge). The 466 bus from Caterham Hill, Old Coulsdon, Purley and South Croydon stops nearby and there is a frequent service late into the evening. Numbers need to be restricted so please register with Liz Bonsall at

Wednesday, July 2024: A Visit to Wandle Industrial Museum – the exact date and details to follow. Booking with Liz at

Landscape History Walks

Detailed information about timings, distances, meeting points and levels of difficulty are given in Local History Records, volume 112, Spring 2024.

Wednesday, 22 May 2024: Downe and Luxted, Kent, walk. A 3-mile amble through Charles Darwin’s village of Downe and the hamlet of Luxted.

Tuesday, 16 July 2024: The Lovelace Bridges, East Horsley, walk. A leisurely 4-mile walk through pretty woodland to explore the many ornate Victorian bridges built by Lord Lovelace to facilitate the removal of timber from his estates.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Please see Local History Records, volume 112, for details.

Thursday, 2 May 2024: The White Hart, Godstone, RH9 8DU.

Saturday, 1 June 2024: The Titsey Brewing Company, Clarks Lane Farm, Tatsfield, TN16 2JU.

Thursday, 4 July 2024: Barley Mow, Tandridge, RH8 9NJ.

Sanderstead Local History Group


Wednesday, 24 April 2024: The illustrious owners of Sanderstead Court. A talk by Joyce Hoad.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024: The widow of Camberwell; an early nineteenth-century character. A talk by Brenda Hawkins.

Wednesday, 26 June 2024: From village blacksmith’s to the Holy Family; the story of the Old Forge at Sanderstead, told by Lizzie Mould.

Wednesday, 31 July 2024: Hamsey Green Airfield and the Gardner Family connection to aviation and  Yardley Lavender. A talk by Phil Sparrow.

There is no meeting in August.

Wednesday, 25 September 2024: South London Palaces Past and Present. A talk by Dee Palmer.

Meetings of the Sanderstead group take place in All Saints’ Church Hall on the last Wednesday in the month at 2.00 pm. For more details go to our website where you will find information to get on our mailing list.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

For full details of forthcoming tours, please click or tap on ‘Coach Day Tours’ in the left-hand menu.

Chaldon History Group

Sunday, 12 May: Chaldon Spring Walk 2.45pm start

Sunday, August: Chaldon Summer Walk 10.45am – 4pm

Chaldon Church, with its 12th-century mural, is open every day for visitors, usually between 10am and 4pm (3pm in winter). Church Teas are available on Sundays in British summertime, 3.00 to 4.30 pm in the Hazell Room at the Church.

For more on the Chaldon group please follow this link.