Our sincere apologies but it has been necessary to cancel the meeting of tonight Wednesday 11th September due to illness of the speaker.

We hope to see you at other events – those this month are as follows:

Wednesday 18th – ENTOMOLOGY SECTION MEETING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

Sunday 22nd – ECOLOGY WALK – “Fruits and Fungi”. Meet at 14:00 in the Addington Hills car park, Shirley Hills Road TQ354643. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings.

Monday 23rd – TALK – “The life and times of Old Palace”, by Janice Barter. Croydon Palace is a building of tremendous historical significance hidden in Croydon old town. A medieval manor that was for centuries a residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury, it suffered years of decline from the 18th century before being lovingly renovated to its current position housing a modern, thriving school. We explore its past and reflect on its present.

Thank you,



TALK: The Magic of the Mind

Wednesday 10th July, starting 7.45pm at the Small Hall East Croydon United Reformed Church. A talk by Michael Symes, a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, who is involved with curating the Museum at the Magic Circle in addition to performing regularly.  He has a particular interest in the history of magic and is returning to the Society to give this follow-up to his previous talk a ‘History of Magic as Entertainment’.


Sunday 7th July. Regulars at the Museum will be present from 13.30 to 16.30 to show visitors round and answer questions. There will be a handling collection available, and information is available on the fascinating artefacts from the Museum, including some of its many items dating from the Stone Age. For directions please email There are good transport links by bus and train (Woodmansterne Station) or parking is available in nearby roads (not on site).

TALK: The Great Fire of London

Monday 24th June, starting 7.45pm at the Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church. By Andrew Warde, an official City of London guide. The Great Fire of London in 1666 devastated two-thirds of its buildings. The talk is not only about the devastation of the City but also about its amazing recovery.

TALK: The Big Croydon Birdwatch

Monday 3rd June, starting 7.45pm at the Small Hall, East Croydon United Reform Church. By John Birkett. This talk looks at the history, planning and some results of the BCBW which is an annual bird race monitoring birds in Croydon.

TALK: Source and Serendipity: 50 years of Family History

Photo courtesy of Celia E Bailey

Monday 20th May, 7.45pm in the Small Hall at East Croydon United Reformed Church. A talk by Brenda Hawkins. Getting the best of both worlds: exploring the family history revolution and how old techniques may resolve modern problems. With a few happy accidents thrown in.