Bourne Society Forum Meetings

Because of the restriction imposed by the United Reformed Church on the number that might occupy the Harestone Hall while maintaining social distancing, it has been decided that ‘indoor’ forum meetings will continue on Zoom.
Numbers attending the two ‘outdoor’ meetings below are also restricted and booking is essential. Please email Liz at

Wednesday, 7th July 2021: Visit to Skaterham. An opportunity to look at the former Guards’ Chapel, Caterham-on-the-Hill, with Tim Rolfe, Chairman of the CR3 Project. This will be 6.30 for 6.45 p.m. start.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021: An Evening Visit (7.30-8.45 pm) to Coulsdon Manor, to commemorate the centenary of the death of Edmund Byron (1843-1921), including the launch of The Byrons of Coulsdon.

‘Indoor’ Forum Meetings on Zoom

Wednesday, 1st September 2021: Coulsdon Court and the Byron Family: Domestic and Estate Management 1863-1921. A talk by Nigel Elliott

Wednesday, 6th October 2021: Storms, Tempests and Hurricanes. A talk by Ian Currie, full-time weatherman, broadcaster and author and also the man who correctly forecast the October 1987 storm.

Wednesday 3rd November 2021: Some Notable People of Caterham. A talk by Liz Bonsall

Landscape History Walks

Thanks to Chris Stanton, we are delighted to announce the resumption of our popular walks. Full details will be found in the Summer issue of Local History Records, copies of which will be with members in good time.

Saturday, 24th July 2021: Sheepleas. Join Chris for a 3 ½-mile walk through the woodland of Sheepleas, its glades and dells carpeted in cowslips and abundant with butterflies.

Sunday, 5th September 2021: East Molesey. Join Chris for a 3 ½-mile walk beside three rivers, and meander through the streets of East Molesey.

Saturday, 16th October 2021: Reigate Heath. A gentle 3-mile walk through heathland and farm fields, following part of the River Mole.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Saturday, 4th September 2021: A visit to Pilgrim Brewery, Reigate, has been organised. Regular members of the group will be contacted with details.

Sanderstead Local History Group

Wednesday, 30th June 2021: The History of Theatre in Croydon. A talk by Dee Palmer

Wednesday, 28th July: Coombe: the lost hamlet of Croydon, by Chris Harman

Wednesday, 25th August: Wartime Memories in Farleigh, by Paul Lewis

Wednesday, 29th September: Selsdon AD 871 to 1800: A ‘country estate’, by Joyce Hoad

Wednesday, 27th October: Selsdon Park Hotel 1800-2000. From country mansion to magnificent hotel, by Joyce Hoad

For more information please follow this link to the Sanderstead group’s website.

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

Chaldon History Group

Meetings of the Chaldon History Group normally 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. The current season of meetings, all of which have taken place on Zoom, has ended. For details of any forthcoming meetings please follow this link.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

For obvious reasons, nothing has been organised for 2021.

Heritage Tours

There will be no Heritage Tour in 2021.