Bourne Society Forum Meetings

Indoor forum meetings are held in the Jenkins Centre at de Stafford School, Burntwood Lane, Caterham. Refreshments served from 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start. Please note that dates of meetings and other events are liable to change due to unforeseen circumstances. This page will always provide the latest information.

Indoor Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 6 March 2024: John Evelyn in Surrey. Isabel Sullivan, Senior Archivist for Surrey History Centre, will discuss the diarist, virtuoso and horticulturalist John Evelyn.
The talk will start at 8.00 pm and will follow the Bourne Society 68th Annual General Meeting scheduled to start at 7.00 pm. Refreshments will be served between the AGM and talk.

Wednesday, 3 April 2024: Dr Anne Sassin will give a talk about the history of the Surrey Archaeological Society and recent work in East Surrey.

Wednesday, 1 May 2024: Henrietta le Personne. Le Personne Homes are a well known community in Caterham.  Henrietta died in 1925 having devoted her life to helping the community.  Eithne Webster, a trustee, will tell the story of this remarkable woman.

Outdoor Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 5 June 2024: A Stroll around Addington Village with Roger Packham

Wednesday, July 2024: A Visit to Wandle Industrial Museum – the exact date and details to follow. Booking with Liz at

Landscape History Walks

Detailed information about timings, distances, meeting points and levels of difficulty are given in Local History Records, volume 112, Spring 2024.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024: Beddington Park walk. A leisurely 3½-mile walk across the Beddington Estate parkland and nature reserve reclaimed from the sewage farm.

Wednesday, 22 May 2024: Downe and Luxted, Kent, walk. A 3-mile amble through Charles Darwin’s village of Downe and the hamlet of Luxted.

Tuesday, 16 July 2024: The Lovelace Bridges, East Horsley, walk. A leisurely 4-mile walk through pretty woodland to explore the many ornate Victorian bridges built by Lord Lovelace to facilitate the removal of timber from his estates.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Please see Local History Records, volume 112, for details.

Saturday, 13 April 2024: The Fox, Old Coulsdon, CR3 5QS. Please note the revised date for this meeting (previously 6 April).

Thursday, 2 May 2024: The White Hart, Godstone, RH9 8DU.

Saturday, 1 June 2024: The Titsey Brewing Company, Clarks Lane Farm, Tatsfield, TN16 2JU.

Thursday, 4 July 2024: Barley Mow, Tandridge, RH8 9NJ.

Sanderstead Local History Group


Wednesday, 28 February 2024: Benjamin Beeson, Sanderstead’s policeman and Crimean War hero. A talk by Phil Swallow.

Wednesday, 27 March 2024: Family history – the wider perspective – local and national connections. A talk by Dee Palmer.

Wednesday, 24 April 2024: The illustrious owners of Sanderstead Court. A talk by Joyce Hoad.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024: The widow of Camberwell; an early nineteenth-century character. A talk by Brenda Hawkins.

Wednesday, 26 June 2024: From village blacksmith’s to the Holy Family; the story of the Old Forge at Sanderstead, told by Lizzie Mould.

Meetings of the Sanderstead group take place in All Saints’ Church Hall on the last Wednesday in the month at 2.00 pm. If you are not on a contact list please email Chris Harman or Joyce Hoad at

Bourne Society Coach day tours

For full details of forthcoming tours, please click or tap on ‘Coach Day Tours’ in the left-hand menu.

Chaldon History Group

Saturday, 2 March: Talk (tba) in Chaldon Village Hall

Sunday, 12 May: Chaldon Spring Walk 2.45pm start

Sunday, August: Chaldon Summer Walk 10.45am – 4pm

Chaldon Church, with its 12th-century mural, is open every day for visitors, usually between 10am and 4pm (3pm in winter). Church Teas are available on Sundays in British summertime, 3.00 to 4.30 pm in the Hazell Room at the Church.

For more on the Chaldon group please follow this link.