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.

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.

Special Events

Bourne Society Annual General Meeting. This will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, 28th March, in the hall of de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, Caterham. The speaker will be Dominic North, the coutryside warden of Happy Valley, Coulsdon.

An Exhibition of Historic Photographs sponsored by the Bourne Society and the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society to mark the 150th anniversary of the CNHSS. This will take place in the Atrium at the Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon, between 1st February and 2nd May.

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.

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.

Please watch this space for forthcoming meetings.

Landscape History Walks

The walks will restart in February 2020. For details of ‘how gruelling’ or where to meet, see Local History Records, 99, Autumn 2019, page 89.

Saturday, 15th February 2020: Bletchingley, Place Farm, Brewer Street and Castle Mound.

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

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

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 Chris Harman.

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.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

Details of the following, together with instructions for booking, will appear in the next issue of Local History Records.

Saturday, 16th May 2020: Sudbury and Melford Hall.

Saturday, 27th June 2020: St Albans

Saturday, 15th August 2020: Sudeley Castle and Gardens.

Heritage Tour

Due to personal circumstances there will be no heritage tour this year. It is hoped to organise one in 2021.