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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)
In compliance with government directives, the Annual General Meeting (scheduled for 28th March) and the April and May forum meetings have been cancelled. The landscape walk on Sunday 22nd March is also cancelled. The April & May meetings of the pub history group have been cancelled.
Please watch this space for information regarding future meetings.

Special Events

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 page 83, volume 100 of Local History Records.

Saturday, 4th April 2020: The Kingswood Arms, Waterhouse Lane, KT20 6EB (by Kingswood Station). This meeting has now been cancelled.

Saturday, 2nd May 2020: The Well House Inn, Chipstead Lane, Mugswell, CR5 3SQ. This meeting has now been cancelled

Saturday, 6th June 2020: The Plough Inn, Church Road, Redhill RH1 6QE (near Earlswood Station).

Saturday, 11th July 2020: The Woolpack, 186 High St., Banstead SM7 2NZ.

Saturday, 1st August 2020: The Woodman, Woodmansterne St. SM7 3NL.

Landscape History Walks

Sunday, 22nd March 2020: Box Hill, Fort and Folly walk. For details please see Local History Records, 99, page 89. This walk has now been cancelled.

Sunday, 23rd May 2020: Sheepleas walk. For details please see Local History Records, 100, page 89.

Saturday, 25th July 2020: Reigate Heath walk. For details please see Local History Records, 100, page 89.

Sanderstead Local History Group

All Saints' Hall, Sanderstead

All Saints’ Parish Hall, Sanderstead

The Sanderstead Local History Group has cancelled all meetings until further notice. Those listed below are therefore subject to cancellation or postponement. Any future resumption of activities will be notified on this website.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020: Henry Keatley Moore: Mayor of Croydon, 1906-08. A talk by Jill Hall.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Sanderstead Court. A talk by Joyce Hoad.

Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Through a Sanderstead lens: newly acquired photographs, displayed by Roger Packham.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020: Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Croydon composer & musician. 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 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. For details of this year’s talks and walks please follow this link.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

Details of the following, together with instructions for booking, will be found in Local History Records, volume 100, pages 85 to 87.

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.