Category: Talks

Posts about upcoming or past talks and lectures, as part of our events programme.

TALK: The History of Croydon’s Sewage Treatment 1852 – 1969

Monday 24th February, Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church, starting at 19:45. This talk by Robin Ashford considers the pioneering work to deal with the pollution arising from an increasing population density and industrial activities in the Croydon area. It looks at the need for and evolution of drainage systems and the development of…

TALK: What’s in a Name?

Monday 27th January, 7.45pm, Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church. A talk by Ian Payne. Based on my personal researches, we discover the origin of ‘Ian Garryk’. Then we look at my father, the perfect English gentleman, but documents in the loft prove otherwise. Why was the name changed to Payne? DNA reveals a…

TALK: The Croydon Ponds Project

Wednesday 8th January, Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church. A talk by Adam Asquith. In this Heritage Lottery Funded project, The Conservation Volunteers have been working with local volunteers to research the ecology and history of Croydon’s ponds.

FOCUS EVENT: Trees and woods

Saturday 30th November, at the David Sweet Hall East Croydon United Reformed Church starting at 14.30. Our annual Focus Meeting will this year concentrate on Trees and Woods. There will be talks by Aljos Farjon on Ancient Oaks in the English landscape and Sam Bentley-Toon on the Great North Wood Project. As usual tea will…

TALK: Vesta Tilley and her world

Monday 25th November, starting at 19:45 in the Small Hall East Croydon United Reformed Church. A talk by Keith Fawkes and Richard Norman. Vesta Tilley was one of the highest paid performers of the Music Hall era and making her reputation as a male impersonator. Her recorded songs and film clips will be used to…