Bourne 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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): In compliance with government directives, all forum meetings, together with the AGM scheduled for March, have been cancelled until further notice. Please check this page regularly for a resumption of activities.

April 2020 Forum Meeting:
100 Editions of Local History Records

As you would have seen from our calendar of events, Robert Warner and Gwyneth Fookes had prepared a Powerpoint presentation for the April forum meeting based on 100 editions of Local History Records. A great deal of work went into this presentation, so to prevent it going to waste the Society’s officers have agreed to make the projected pages freely available on this website as a continuous pdf file. We hope you enjoy looking through it, while possibly imagining your friends around you.

To download the presentation in pdf format please follow this link.

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.
Please read Paul Sandford’s note in the latest LHR, Summer 2020, page 86, and if necessary communicate directly with Paul.

The present situation is that all pub visits have been suspended until further notice.

Landscape History Walks

All walks have been suspended until further notice.

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

The Sanderstead Local History Group has cancelled all meetings until further notice in the hope of re-scheduling them for 2021. Any future resumption of activities will be notified on this website.

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 or Chaldon Church. Meetings are open to everyone. Entry is £5 at the door, proceeds from which, after costs, go to the Friends of Chaldon Church. For details please follow this link.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

All three of this year’s coach day tours were cancelled due to uncertainty regarding the epidemic.

Heritage Tour

Due to personal circumstances (not the virus) there will be no heritage tour this year. It is hoped to organise one in 2021.