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, the forthcoming November meeting will be on Zoom only. Assuming that the Covid situation does not deteriorate, it is hoped that the December meeting will take place live at de Stafford School. Please watch this space for further details.

‘Indoor’ Forum Meetings

Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 7.30 pm, Zoom only: Some Notable People of Caterham. A talk by Liz Bonsall. Please contact Liz ( for the entry ID and password.

Wednesday 1st December 2021, to be held at the Jenkins Centre at de Stafford School: Botany at Christmas – an illustrated talk by Jane McLauchlin together with mulled wine and mince pies.

Wednesday 5th January 2022 (venue to be announced): Old Coulsdon in Picture Postcards – a talk by Roger Packham illustrated with many of his historic postcards.

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 (venue TBA): “Walker Miles” – a ‘Lowland’ Wainwright! – a talk by Diana Jones on the life, achievements and legacies of Edmund Seyfang Taylor (1853-1908) who, for a short time, lived in Godstone and is buried in St Nicholas’s churchyard.

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 (venue TBA): Discovering Chipstead – an illustrated talk by Jon Grant on a rural oasis within the urban sprawl of north-east Surrey.

Special Events

The Society will be represented at the Christmas Fair in the Soper Hall, Caterham, on Saturday, 27th November, and at St Mary’s Church Christmas Fair, Caterham (Saturday 13th November, to be confirmed). Next year’s Annual General Meeting is currently scheduled to take place live at the Soper Hall on 26th March 2022.

Landscape History Walks

There are no more walks scheduled for this year.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Regular members of the group will be contacted with details of future visits.

Sanderstead Local History Group

Wednesday, 27th October: Selsdon 871-1800: a country estate. A talk by Joyce Hoad (on Zoom).

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 for the time being, 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

Saturday, 13th November 2021: Welcome back talk and tea in Chaldon Village Hall, 2.00-4.00 pm. Although we have had several outdoor events and Zoom talks, this will be our first in-person talk since before lockdown. We will be looking at historic maps of Chaldon. 2.00 pm start, no need to book (but it is useful for us to have numbers attending), £5 cash on the door. For further details of forthcoming meetings please follow this link.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

For obvious reasons, nothing was organised for 2021.

Heritage Tours

Watch this space!