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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







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



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



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