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At the entrance to the Village, coming along the A25 from Redhill and Nutfield.

Latest News:

 

Welcome to our latest Season of Talks and Activities.

 

May 2024 Meeting: In a change to our scheduled talk this Thursday 9th May, Roger Packham will be speaking to us about 'The Bourne Society and its Villages'. 

The Bourne is the mysterious intermittent stream that flows from Caterham to Croydon. On the rare occasions when it rises it is said to foretell doom and disaster and was known as The Woe Waters. The Bourne Society, founded in 1956, takes its name from the stream and is the largest local history society in the country covering 13 parishes to the south of Croydon. The talk draws on an extensive historic postcard collection to describe each of these parishes and to unravel the secrets of the mysterious Bourne.

8pm in the Village Hall. Guests are welcome at £2 each, but why not convert your guest ticket to a full membership at only £8 for the year.

 

October 2023: 

The new programme for the forthcoming season has been published. See our WHAT'S ON page for full details

 

June 2023: An update to the web site software has resulted in some pages not displaying correctly on mobile devices. We are looking into this and fixing issues as soon as we can.

 

October 2022: 

The new programme for the forthcoming season has been published. See our WHAT'S ON page for full details

 

 

August 2022: our small Library of publications has now been catalogued. See here for New Additions for loan to members on request. 

 

 

December 2021: death of local curate

Christmas this year saw the very sad announcement of the death of an old friend of the village. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was appointed as Assistant Curate at St Mary's in 1965. He is very fondly remembered by a number of local residents. For some more detail about his life here see our People page. Our April 2023 meeting will also be a chance to hear, first hand, memories of his stay from local residents .  

 

 

May 26th 2021: The Surrey County Archaeological Unit has recorded Extensive Urban Surveys for the county. The report detailing the archaeological research carried out, and the history of the development of the village, can be found here.

 

March 2021: A new page on Wartime Bletchingley has been added, containing information on the village in World War II in particular, collected from past talks, magazine articles and society archives. Here you will find information on air raids and secret factories, reminiscences and much more. 

The newly published papers of Lt.Col Tom Mitchell can also be found here

Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm in the Village Hall

 

See Latest News below for more details

Meetings

Held in the Village Hall, behind Lawrences the antiques dealer, in the High Street (postcode RH1 4PA) on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm (except the AGM). Free car parking on site.

See our WHAT'S ON page for our latest programme

 

Come along to any individual meeting for £2 on the door or why not join as a member at £8 for the whole season - see our Contacts Page.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update:

We keep a close eye on the ever changing COVID-19 official guidance and advice.

This means that we may have to postpone or adapt meetings at short notice.

We will always try and notify members - usually via this site, a Facebook message or e-mail to members. Please make sure we have your up to date contact details in order to avoid a wasted journey for you.

 

This also means that our meetings at the Village Hall might look a little different to those held in the past.

The Village Hall Committee have their own requirements and there will be common courtesies to keep everyone as safe as possible. Social distancing and good ventilation will be encouraged and you may be asked to keep face masks on when moving around the hall. We are hoping to offer refreshments as near to normal as possible.

WORD SEARCH 100

 

Did you know that the word Bletchingley is a remarkably flexible word in that it is the home to many shorter words.

There cannot be many places in the world that can match the current count of over 100 words including at least one 9 letter word. 

 

For fun, how many can you find - we would love to hear from you

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