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.

WALK: The Great North Wood

Sunday 1st December. Following the Focus meeting on 30 November on Trees and Woods, a walk through some fragments of the Great North Wood, from Crystal Palace to the Horniman Museum, where there is a café. Meet at 10:00 at the junction of Farquhar Road and Crystal Palace Parade. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Celia…