Forthcoming Events Organised by the Bourne Society

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

Please note that the current season of indoor forum meetings has now ended. Indoor meetings will resume in September, until which members are invited to the outdoor meetings below.

Bourne Society Outdoor Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 6th June 2018: A private tour of the historical features of Gatton Park, Reigate. See LHR 94, page 70, for booking formalities and contact details.

Wednesday, 4th July 2018: Holmesdale Natural History Club, Reigate. Meet at 7.30 pm for a talk about the history of the club, followed by a tour of the museum. See LHR 94, page 70, for details.

Special Events

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, we are pleased to announce that 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. The following venues have been proposed for 2018. For details please see the latest Local History Records.

Saturday, 2nd June 2018: The Carpenters’ Arms, Limpsfield Chart, RH8 0TG

Saturday, 7th July 2018: The Plough Inn, Coldharbour Lane, Leith Hill RH5 6HD

Landscape History Walks

For details of the latest landscape history walks, where to meet, etc., please see the latest Local History Records.

Sunday, 8th July 2018: South Holmwood (see LHR 94, page 73 for details).

Saturday 8th September 2018: Oxshott Heath and Esher Common (see LHR 94, page 73 for details).

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

Joy Gadsby, who for many years organised the Sanderstead Group, passed away peacefully on 14 March 2018 at the age of ninety. As Joy was intending to present several of the forthcoming talks, changes to the published programme have been made as follows:

Wednesday, 30th May 2018: “King Canute, the most effective king in Anglo-Saxon history”: 1018 and Royal Charters. Presented by Chris Harman.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018: History of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Presented by Joyce Hoad.

Wednesday, 25th July 2018: Visit to St John’s Jerusalem (National Trust property) at Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Kent, DA4 9HQ. Make your own way there; car sharing available.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018: Thomas Chippendale (b. 1718), his life and times. Presented by Daphne Palmer. (Please note that this meeting will take place in the garden room behind the stage).

Wednesday, 26th September 2018: Aspects of building the new Globe Theatre. Presented by Stanley Shakespeare.

Wednesday, 31st October 2018: Closing time in the garden? Gertrude Jekyll and gardens before and after 1918. Presented by Diane Finlayson.

Wednesday, 28th November 2018: Discover Sanderstead occupants in 1939. Presented by Joyce Hoad.

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. For further information please contact Joyce Hoad at

Coach Day Tour

Saturday, 30th June 2018: Chichester City and Uppark (NT), near Petersfield. See LHR 94, page 72 for details. This excursion is now fully booked and has a waiting list.