A weekend of walks and visits: Shirley Windmill, Coombe Conduit and Riddlesdown

Shirley Windmill and Riddlesdown

Philip Talmage / Dudley Miles [Wikimedia/CC]

Saturday, 13 August: Shirley Windmill
Sunday 14 August, two events: Coombe Conduit, and botany at Riddlesdown

For the weekend of 13 & 14 August, CNHSS offers plenty to do.  A special opening and tour of one of Croydon’s best-loved landmarks, Shirley Windmill, takes place on the Saturday. It needs pre-booking, details for which are on the programme leaflet.

On the Sunday, one visit is to the 350-year old water system for Hampton Court: Coombe Conduit, Norton.  Meet at Norbiton Station at 13:45, or at Coombe Conduit, Coombe Lane West, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 7HE at 14:00.  Entry is free, and the visit will be led by Paul Rainey, with walking afterwards in Richmond Park.

The other event on the Sunday is closer to home, a botany walk on Riddlesdown, looking at the later wild flowers and butterflies of high summer, including seeking out Chalk Hill Blues butterflies.  Meet at 14:00 in the car park on the Downs at the end of Riddlesdown Road, Purley.  This is a joint event with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

TALK: The World of Grasses

Wednesday, 13 July – Dr Maria Vorontsova

Unmowed Grass (Photo: Natubico/Wikimedia (Creative Commons 4.0))

Photo: Natubico/Wikimedia (Creative Commons 4.0)

Lawn grasses are small but they belong to the most important family of plants. Dr Maria Vorontsova, taxonomist at Kew Gardens, introduces herbarium taxonomy as carried out at Kew Gardens, its application to the study of evolution, and its relationship to our knowledge of British plants. The evening includes a practical identification session for some British grasses.

WALK: Queen’s Road Cemetery

Tomb at Queen's Road Cemetery, Croydon

Tomb at Queen’s Road Cemetery, Croydon

Saturday, 4 June 2016 – Steve Dobson and John Hickman

Steve Dobson and CNHSS President, John Hickman, lead a tour looking at the graves of some well known Croydonians buried there since 1861, together with a number of remarkable trees in this little known, relatively undisturbed site in Croydon. The visit has been arranged to hopefully coincide with the flowering of the tulip tree Liriodendron sp.

Meet at the chapels, Queen’s Road, West Croydon, CR0 2PR, 14:30.

TALK: Northumberland

Bambergh Castle, Northumberland [Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons. User: Mattbuck]

Bambergh Castle, Northumberland [Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons. User: Mattbuck]

23 May 2016 – Mary Moore

A fully illustrated talk by Mary Moore about an historic and scenic county.

CNHSS publishes its programme of events through to October 2016

programme coverGet your diary at the ready: CNHSS has published its programme of events through to October 2016. The packed programme once again reflects the diversity of the Society’s interests.

Walks are a prominent feature in this programme, making the most of the summer with trips including Queen’s Road Cemetery, Mole Valley, Riddlesdown, the Grand Union Canal, Reigate’s Colley Hill, and the industrial landscape of Purley Way. Visits include to the Shirley Windmill, Benjamin Franklin house, and a repeat visit to the Dennis Severs house in Spitalfields. Amongst the scheduled talks, we take in subjects as diverse as medieval pottery, palaeontology and the Cane Hill Asylum just before it was demolished. Browse the web page or, if you prefer, download the printed programme pdf format.

TALK: “You don’t know what you are talking about?”

"The Happiest Days...?" Dr Ron Cox's Proceedings for the Society, 2012

“The Happiest Days…?” Dr Ron Cox’s Proceedings for the Society, 2012

Monday, 25 April 2016 – Dr Ron Cox

A talk by Ron Cox, who is retiring after 68 years of local history presentations. In his farewell talk to the Society he reflects on the changes that he has seen in the study of Local History — both locally and nationally — and will relate some of his experiences on the way.

TALK: Mapping the Geology of Croydon and East Surrey

View Down the Chipstead Valley [Wikimedia, Creative Commons: Peter Trimming]

View Down the Chipstead Valley [Wikimedia, Creative Commons: Peter Trimming]

Monday, 4 April 2016 – Paul Sowan

Paul talks about how geological maps have been made since 1819, and what they do and don’t tell us! Illustrated with examples from the Society’s collection.