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 5 minutes walk from Caterham railway station and taxi rank, and 6 minutes from the 407 bus stop.

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019: Shut-up Shops: Bletchingley retail history. Presented by Derek Moore, president of the Bletchingley Conservation and Historical Society.

Wednesday, 1st May 2019: Planting Ideas: Sources for the history of gardening in Surrey. Presented by Julian Pooley of the Surrey History Centre.
This will be the last of the indoor forum meetings. Details of the outdoor meetings will be posted later.

Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM will take place on Saturday, 23rd March 2019, at de Stafford School. For details see the insert in Local History Records, vol. 97.

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, vol. 97, page 67.

Saturday, 6th April 2019: The Fox, Coulsdon Common, Old Coulsdon CR3 5QS

Saturday, 4th May 2019: The Bull, High Street, Limpsfield RH8 0DR

Saturday, 1st June, 2019: The Dog & Duck, Prince of Wales Road, Outwood RH1 5QU

Saturday, 13th July 2019: The Cricketers, Addington Village Road, Addington Village CR0 5AQ

Landscape History Walks

Due to illness there will be no landscape history walks until later this year.

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

Wednesday, 27th March 2019: The White Bear public house, Fickleshole, and the Alwen family, by Joyce Hoad.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019: Shirley windmill and the Alwen family, by Chris Harman.

Wednesday, 29th May 2019: Piltdown Man: how fake history was exposed by science. Presented by Diane Finlayson.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019: Secrets of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Phil Revnell.

Wednesday, 31st July 2019: Roman Road: discovering the route from Farleigh to Beckenham, by Frank Mercer.

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

Chaldon History Group

Saturday, 30th March 2019: Water in Chaldon: springs, water carts, ponds and pipes. Presented by Liz Bonsall.

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.

Heritage Tour: In and Around Staffordshire, 8-12 April 2019

There might be places left on this tour, full details of which you will find in LHR 95, page 93 and LHR 97, page 69.

Coach day tours

Saturday, 29th June 2019: Tenterden, Kent and East Sussex Railway, and Bodiam Castle. For details of this and the tour below, please see Local History Records, vol. 97, pages 68-69.

Saturday, 27th July 2019: Saffron Walden & Audley End House and gardens.

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, 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.