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Meetings are held in Blechingley Village Hall, behind Lawrences the antiques dealer, in the High Street (postcode RH1 4PA) on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm unless otherwise noted.

Free Car Parking available on site.

 

You may attend any meeting as a guest for £2, but why not consider joining the society for just £8 per season

Audio recordings and copies of the Parish Magazine articles for these talks are available – please use the Contact Us page to request copies

2023/2024 Season:

 

We are very pleased to present a complete programme for the forthcoming season - details below.

 

We hope you will agree that there is once again a good mix of subjects and speakers. 

This season we will as always be covering topics specific to Blechingley's history, including the Risbridger family, the Drew family, local hospitals and post WW2 farming in the area. In addition we hope to look at neighbouring areas including Chaldon, Nutfield, Gatton Park and East Surrey Museum.

Our first meeting has the intriguing title 'Corsets and Cameras: 19th Century Costume for dating old photographs which will be of interest to anyone who has been researching their family history. 

 

The committee remain conscious that COVID has not gone away entirely, meaning the format of the meetings may be slightly different to previous years and could also result in postponement and/or cancellation at short notice.

2019 - 2020

Speaker

 

Date

 

Subject

 

Jane Lewis. Surrey History Centre

 

 

 

9th November 2023

 

 

"Corsets and Cameras" 19th Century Costume for Dating Old Photographs

Venue advised

to Members

 

 

14th December 2023

 

 

 

Christmas Party 6pm at Local Historic House

 

 

 

Annie Risbridger Hind

 

 

 

 

11th January 2024

 

 

 

"The Risbridgers in Bletchingley"   

 

 

 

Peter Connelly (Curator)

 

 

 

 

8th February 2024

 

 

East Surrey Museum

 

 

Bob Evans

 

 

 

 

14th March 2024

 

 

East Grinstead: 'Weird, Wealden and Wonderful'

 

 

Chaldon History Group

 

 

 

 

11th April 2024

 

 

 

Medieval Chaldon

 

 

 

Roger Packham

 

 

 

 

9th May 2024

 

 

 

 

The Bourne Society and its Villages

 

 

John Berge

 

 

13th June 2024

 

 

 

 

Bletchingley Hospitals

 

 

Alan Mortlock

 

 

11th July 2024

 

 

 

History of Gatton Park with a nod to Capability Brown

 

Dame Sarah Goad

 

 

 

12th September 2024

 

 

My Family and Local Houses

 

Venue to be announced

SUNDAY

 

13th October 2024 NOON

 

 

Annual General Meeting and Visit to Local Historic House (at NOON)

2020 - 2021

October 2021

Annual General Meeting and Visit to Local Historic House 

 

September 2021

Three Hundred Years of Prime Ministers 1721-2021

Bob Evans

 

August 2021

No meeting

 

November 2020 - July 2021 

All meetings postponed

Next meeting: 9th May 2024: The Bourne Society and its villages.

In a change to our published programme, Roger Packham will be talking 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.

 

2021 - 2022

October 2022

Annual General Meeting and Visit to Local Historic House

 

September 2022

Anne of Cleves: Flanders Mare or Bletchingley Beloved?

- Bob Evans

 

August 2022 

No meeting

 

July 2022

Village Anecdotes - Various Speakers

 

June 2022

"Herbal Leys, Hedges and Herbivores" - Conservation Initiatives at Sandhills Farm - isit led by Chris Mighall

 

May 2022

1921: A Book, A Bell and a Memorial - Daphne Constable

 

April 2022

The Conservation Areas of Tandridge District - Bob Evans

 

March 2022

Public Art in Surrey - Bill O'Brien

 

February 2022

The Downlands Trust - Conserving Our Chalk Grassland 

- Peter Wakeham

 

January 2022

Postponed

 

December 2021

Christmas Party - postponed

 

November 2021

Merstham High Street - Chris Green

Previous seasons

 

Listed here are our more recent talks. 

2022 - 2023

October 2023

Annual General Meeting and visit to St Mary's Church

 

September 2023

Gazettes, Chronicles, Standards and Expresses - Bletchingley through old newspapers - Roger Packham  

 

August 2023

No Meeting

 

July 2022

Bletchingley Village Anecdotes (part 2) 

-Led by Richard Fowler

 

June 2023

New Towns: Past, Present and Future

- Bob Evans

 

 

May 2023

Brewer Street Farmhouse

- Chris French

 

April 2023

Desmond Tutu in Bletchingley

- Various Spreakers

 

March 2023

The Grange (and Book Launch)

- Dave MacLeave

 

February 2023

Titsey: medieval Knights, Bishops and Bankers to the King

-Stephanie Allen

 

January 2023

Old London Bridge: 600 Years of Residence and Retail

- Chris Green

 

December 2022

Christmas Party

 

November 2022

"Biggin on the Bump" - The Story of RAF Biggin Hill

- Bob Ogley

 

 

October 2020

Annual General Meeting - held virtually

 

April - September 2020

All meetings postponed

 

March 2020

Tales of the Caves: the Mines and Quarries between Reigate and Godstone - Peter Burgess

 

February 2020 

Fuelling The War - Bletchingley's Secret Pipeline -

Tim Whittle

 

January 2020

Merstham in Old Picture Postcards - Liz Bonsall

 

December 2019

Christmas Party at Tollsworth Manor

 

November 2019

The History of Tollsworth Manor - Gordon Gillett