Our event programme for 2014/15

We arrange two full programmes of events, covering about six months each and running from April to October and November to March.  We are about to publish the new programme to coincide with our Annual General Meeting, but there are still a number of great talks and walks planned for the remainder of our Winter season. Take a look at the listing below, or you can download a copy of the winter programme for 2014/15 in pdf format.

The vast majority of our talks take place in the Small Hall at East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP – where this is not the case, the event listing will confirm the alternative venue, so do check. East Croydon United Reformed Church is convenient for East Croydon station, Tramlink and many buses, and there is parking available on site.

If you are not a member, you are still very welcome to attend. There is no entrance fee for our talks, but we do invite non-members to consider a small donation of £2.


Wednesday 14th – TALK – “The Cosmatesque Pavement at Westminster Abbey”
Dr Ruth Siddall will talk about her collaboration with the Abbey and the geology decorative of the pavement, a form of opus sectile decorative stonework, where different shaped pieces of coloured stones are arranged. 21 Wednesday – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room).

Monday 26th – TALK – “Seven o’ Clock and not a baby bathed”
The story of a Camberwell midwife. This illustrated lecture by Robert J Holden, with a display of artefacts are a celebration of her life and work.


Wednesday 11th – TALK – “The Wonder of the Era.”
On the 90th anniversary of the introduction of, “Electrical Recording,” Adrian Falks will describe and illustrate, with some rare recordings, the impact of this invention on communication, entertainment and the preservation of the legacy of great artistes of the period.

Monday 16th – TALK – “Animal Power – Muscle Mills”
The history of animal power, the variety of animals employed and the uses to which the power is put. Local examples will be explored. Jan Spencer of the Surrey Industrial History Group will discuss what he has learnt from constructing working models.

Wednesday 18th – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room)

Monday 23rd – TALK – “House of Reeves, its history, family and their activities”
A talk by Trevor Reeves. Edwin Reeves started trading in Croydon in 1867. His sole trader company, five generations later still exists in Croydon as House of Reeves.

MARCH 2015

Wednesday 11th – TALK – “Erith Forest”
Jane Sidell Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage talks about her research of the lost Bronze Age forest and the surviving stumps and roots.

Saturday 14th – BOTANY WALK – “Trees and ancient hedgerows in Winter”
A walk around Mitchley Woods, Ansley Berry Shaw and the surrounding Elizabethan field system. Meet in Tithepit Shaw Lane near the junction with Wentworth Way, Hamsey Green. TQ346595 at 10.00. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings.

Wednesday 18th – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room)

Monday 23rd – TALK – “The Last Monastic Herbal in England: Syon Abbey, before 1517”
An illustrated talk by John Adams, Member, Syon Abbey Research Associates; Fellow, Society of Antiquaries, London.

Saturday 28th – EXCURSION – Tunbridge Wells
Meet at East Croydon at 8.45 or Tunbridge Wells Station at 10.15. Looking at The Pantiles and Chalybeate Spring, and the Opera House, now a pub where we can have lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Museum & Art Gallery with Victorian paintings, Local History and Tunbridge ware. Please book with Celia Bailey 020 8686 5610.

Monday 30th – TALK – “…we will remember them”
The artists, funding, inscriptions and preservation of Croydon’s War Memorials. A talk by society member Ron Cox.

APRIL 2015

Wednesday 8th – TALK – “Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park”
Professor Joe Cain of UCL London will discusses how the dinosaurs fit into the larger setting of the park and into the history of science.

Sunday 12th – BOTANY WALK – “Early Spring flowers”
A walk in Happy Valley SSSI for the first signs of Spring. Meet in the car park on Farthing Downs, Ditches Lane, Coulsdon. TQ301571 at 14.00. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings.

Wednesday 15th – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room)


Followed after refreshments, by the Presidential Address given by Ian Payne, “History and Circumstance.” Family research reveals 18th C Inventory, Red shirt bandsman, Saskatchewan land grants, downed aircraft, Pogroms, Auschwitz, Nazi era insurance policies, mental asylum, questions of Jewishness, stolen grandparents and much more.

This event will take place in the David Sweet Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church

Monday 27th – TALK – “Stores, wars and theatres: the High Street Croydon 1901-1958”
This talk by Carole Roberts will include Grants and other High Street stores in the first part of the twentieth century, the effects of the First and Second World Wars on the High Street, the Grand and Davis Theatres.

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