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.

‘Outdoor’ Forum Meetings

Saturday, 9th July 2022: A visit to Riddlesdown Common with Matthew Johnson, City Commons warden. This will be an opportunity to see how a landscape has been shaped by its geology, human history and past industrial use, and to see the diversity of wildlife. Matthew will keep to the upper slopes. Booking please with Liz at or telephone 01883 340508.

Wednesday, 3rd August 2022: A guided walk around Netherne Conservation Area with Liz Bonsall. To reserve a place contact Liz at or telephone 01883 340508.

Indoor Forum Meetings

Wednesday, 7th September 2022: The Selsdon estate from 871 to 2000. Joyce Hoad will take us on a pictorial journey via owners, including an earldorman, an archbishop, Knights Templar, Ownstead and Bowyer, including bank-ruptcy and the transformation of a private mansion to a ‘magnificent’ hotel.

 Wednesday, 5th October 2022: Purley Railway Stations. Roger Packham will illustrate the development of railway stations in the Purley area.

 Wednesday, 2nd November 2022: The Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in the local area. A talk by Kevin Barnes, CWGC, Regional Operations Coordinator (South East).

Wednesday, 7th December 2022: Netherne-on-the-Hill. A talk by Liz Bonsall on the development of Netherne from farmland to hospital to conservation village. Seasonal refreshments will be available.

Landscape History Walks

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

Saturday, 23rd July 2022: Banstead and Chipstead Valley Walk. See LHR 106

Tuesday, 6 September 2022: Mickleham Walk. See LHR 107

Saturday, 1 October 2022: Titsey and Tatsfield Walk. See LHR 107

Pub & Brewery History Group

Regular members of the group will have been contacted with details. Alternatively, see the notice in Local History Records, vol. 107.

Tuesday, 5th July 2022: The Kingswood Arms, Tadworth, KT20 6EB.

Saturday, 6 August 2022: The Barley Mow, Tandridge Lane, Tandridge RH8 9NJ

Tuesday, 6 Sepember 2022: The Wattenden Arms, Old Lodge Lane, Kenley CR8 5EU

Saturday, 1 October 2022: Ye Old Ship, Westmore Rd, Tatsfield TN16 2AG

Tuesday, 1 November 2022: Brewery visit to the Titsey Brewing Company. Location TBA

Sanderstead Local History Group

Wednesday, 27 July 2022: Selsdon Farm, 1800-2000; from bankruptcy to private mansion to magnificent hotel. A talk by Joyce Hoad.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022: Beyond the Wandle; some other Surrey rivers. By Dee Palmer.

Wednesday, 26 October 2022: Coulsdon from 1900. By Margaret Davison.

Wednesday, 30 November 2022: Members’ Christmas meeting.

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 this year’s tours, please click or tap on ‘Coach Day Tours’ in the left-hand menu.

Chaldon History Group

Sunday, 7th August 2022: Summer History Walk: ‘Holes in the ground’. An all-day walk exploring historic holes in the ground and hearing their stories.

Saturday, 8 October 2022: 100 Years Ago: Chaldon Village Hall. By Liz Bonsall.

Saturday, 19 November 2022: Medieval Chaldon: 1066 to 1266.

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.