Forthcoming Events Organised by the Bourne Society

Bourne Society Indoor Forum Meetings

URC hall 2

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 3 minutes walk from Caterham railway station and taxi rank, and 5 minutes from the 407 bus stop.

The current season of indoor forum meetings has come to an end but will resume in September. In the meantime, please consider our outdoor forum meetings described below.

Bourne Society Outdoor Forum Meetings

During the months of June, July and August, Bourne Society forum meetings move outdoors, taking advantage (one hopes) of the balmy evenings to visit nearby places of interest and beauty. However, due to the limited availability of places, or because of the forward planning involved, it is essential that prospective attendees notify their intention in advance. Full details of the meetings, and how bookings should be made, are given in the latest issue of Local History Records, May 2017, pages 72-3.

Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 6.30 pm: Open Garden Evening, Chauffeur’s Flat, Tandridge Lane, Tandridge. Specifically for Bourne Society members under the National Garden Scheme. Admission will be £6 per person to include a glass of wine on arrival and a donation to the Sutton and Croydon MS Therapy Centre. Advance booking is essential.

Wednesday, 26th July 2017: Visit to Tollsworth Manor, Rook Lane, Chaldon, including an illustrated talk and tour, and refreshments. A donation of at least £5 will be expected, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Advance booking is essential. (This event is now fully booked but you can still be placed on a reserve list in case others drop out.)

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, 6.00 for 6.30 pm: ‘Foray into Farleigh’. A gentle stroll around the historic buildings of Farleigh, beginning at St Mary’s Church. Advance notification of participation is desirable.

Special Events

Friday, 16th June 2017, 7.00 for 7.30 pm: ‘The Caterham Guards Depot, 1877-1996’. A talk by Dick Moran with accompanying exhibition at The ARC, Weston Drive, Caterham CR3 5XY. Admission is free. Organised by the Bourne Society in association with the Caterham Festival. For further details see Local History Records, May 2017.

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 page 74 of the latest Local History Records, May 2017.

Saturday, 3rd June 2017: The Bletchingley Arms, formerly The Plough, Bletchingley, RH1 4PE.

Saturday, 8th July 2017: The Jolly Farmers, Whitewood Lane, Horne, RH9 8JL.

Saturday, 5th August 2017: The Running Horses, Old London Road, Mickleham, RH5 6DU.

Landscape History Walks

Sunday, 9th July 2017: South of Milton Heath (Dorking) Walk. A 4-mile walk in the area just west of Dorking passing through the lakes of Bury Hill Fisheries. Meet at 11.00 am at Milton Heath car park. For details see Local History Records, May 2017.

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

Wednesday, 31st May 2017: ‘The Fields Beneath: the Significance of Local Field and Road Names’, by Joy Gadsby.

Wednesday, 28th June 2017: ‘Music and Musicians in a local context’. A talk by Chris Harman.

Wednesday, 26th July 2017: ‘Jane Austen Centenary – local connections’. By Joy Gadsby.

Meetings of the Sanderstead Local History Group are held at 2.00 pm at All Saints’ Parish Hall, Onslow Gardens, Sanderstead. All are welcome; you don’t need to be a member of the group although, naturally, membership is encouraged. A fee of £2 per head is charged to cover costs, and includes tea or coffee.

Coach Day Tours

For booking formalities and details of the tours below, see the current issues of Local History Records.

Saturday, 24th June 2017: Winchester and Hinton Ampner.

Saturday, 16th September 2017: Chatham Historic Dockyard.