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

Wednesday, 5 June 2024: A Stroll around Addington Village with Roger Packham. A short stroll to look at historic buildings, including St Mary’s Church; the Cricketers pub; vernacular buildings such as Home Farm, Old Post Office and the delightful Flint Cottage; and the last surviving forge in the area (1740). The walk will be accompanied by photographs of the village taken over one hundred years ago.

Meet at 7.20 for 7.30 pm in the cul-de-sac by the Cricketers and police station (Addington Park Road) where there is ample free parking. (Parking in the pub car park may incur a charge). The 466 bus from Caterham Hill, Old Coulsdon, Purley and South Croydon stops nearby and there is a frequent service late into the evening. Numbers need to be restricted so please register with Liz Bonsall at lizbonsall@aol.com.

Wednesday, 3 July 2024: Our scheduled visit to the Wandle Industrial Museum has been cancelled. In its place will be a free guided walk of Kenley Airfield led by Linda Duffield and volunteers of the Kenley Revival Project. The walk will cover some of the history, stories and accounts from pilots, servicemen and servicewomen at RAF Kenley, the most intact Fighter Command airfield associated with the Battle of Britain. The tour will start at 6.30pm and take roughly 2 1/2 hours. The length of the route is about 2 miles. We have a maximum of thirty places available. Please book with Liz Bonsall at lizbonsall@aol.com when you will receive a map and parking guidance.

Wednesday, 7 August 2024: A walk with Ron Williams and Jon Grant visiting the sites of the CMG Railway and the Merstham Stone Quarries. The walk will start at 2.30 pm and take 2 to 3 hours. There are limited places, so booking is required with Liz at lizbonsall@aol.com when the starting point will be given.

Indoor meetings

 Wednesday, 4 September 2024: Chaldon Church and the American Connection. Ted Howard will tell the fascinating story of the Beresford family inspired by a plaque to Mrs Sarah Beresford of South Carolina, buried in the churchyard.

Wednesday, 2 October 2024: Henrietta le Personne. Le Personne Homes are a well known community in Caterham. The trust supporting the homes was set up in 1941 in memory of Henrietta Frances Le Personne. She died in 1925 having devoted her life to helping the community. Eithne Webster, a trustee, will tell the story of this remarkable woman.

Wednesday, 6 November 2024: The Bourne Society and its Villages. This talk by Roger Packham will draw on his extensive historic postcard collection to describe each of the Bourne Society’s 13 parishes and unravel the secrets of the mysterious Bourne.

Landscape History Walks

Detailed information about timings, distances, meeting points and levels of difficulty are given in Local History Records, volumes 112 and 113, spring & summer 2024.

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.

Thursday, 5 September 2024: Dryhill Walk, Sundridge, Kent. A peaceful 3-mile walk from Dryhill Nature Reserve; once a stone quarry and now a geological site of scientific interest with exposed rock formations. We pass beautiful gardens, ancient Monks Well and 13th-century Sundridge Church.

Tuesday, 12 November 2024: Nonsuch Park Walk, Cheam. A 4-mile walk around the site of Henry VIII’s lost palace, visiting the London border villages of Cheam and Ewell.

Pub & Brewery History Group

Please see Local History Records, volumes 112 and 113, for details of how to join the meetings.

Saturday, 1 June 2024: The Titsey Brewing Company. Please note that this visit has been cancelled due to lack of interest

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

 Saturday, 3 August 2024: The Woodman, Woodmansterne SM7 3NL.

Tuesday, 3 September 2024: The Well House, Chipstead Lane, Mugswell CR5 3SQ.

Saturday, 5 October 2024: The Whyte Harte, 12 High St., Bletchingley RH1 4PB.

Thursday, 7 November 2024: The Greyhound, Carshalton SM5 3PE.

Sanderstead Local History Group

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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.

Wednesday, 31 July 2024: Hamsey Green Airfield and the Gardner Family connection to aviation and  Yardley Lavender. A talk by Phil Swallow.

There is no meeting in August.

Wednesday, 25 September 2024: South London Palaces Past and Present. A talk by Dee Palmer.

Wednesday, 30 October 2024: A look back at Shirley and its windmill by Chris Harman.

Wednesday, 27 November 2024: History quiz and pre-Christmas party nibbles.

Meetings of the Sanderstead group take place in All Saints’ Church Hall on the last Wednesday in the month at 2.00 pm. For more details go to our website sandersteadlhg.co.uk where you will find information to get on our mailing list.

Bourne Society Coach day tours

See ‘Coach Day Tours’ in the left-hand menu.

Chaldon History Group

Sunday, 4 August 2024: Summer Walk: Walking through the postcards. 10.45 am to 4.00 pm.

Saturday, 5 October 2024: Farthing Downs, a history. An illustrated talk by Graham Lomas, Chair of the Friends of Farthing Downs.  2.00 pm in Chaldon Village Hall.

Sunday, 13 October: Chaldon Autumn Walks. 2.45 pm start (see website for starting points).

Saturday, 2 November: Netherne from farmland to hospital to conservation village. A talk by Liz Bonsall. 2 pm in Chaldon Village Hall .

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.