Our event programme for 2016

We arrange two full programmes of events, covering about six months each and running from April to October/November, and then again through to March.  The listing below covers May through to October 2016.  Take a look, or you can download the printed version in pdf format. Nearer the time of each event, clicking on its title will take you to a page with more details.

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.


Monday 2nd – BOTANY WALK – “Bank Holiday Bluebells”.
Bluebells and other Spring flowers at Great Church Wood. Meet 14.00, at St. Agnes Church, Church Lane, off Northdown Road, Woldingham. In conjunction with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Saturday 14th – WALK – “Mole Valley III”.
Walk from Mickleham to Dorking via Headley and Box Hill and back, led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Box Hill Station at 13.30.

Monday 16th – TALK – “The medieval potters of Cheam”.
An illustrated account of the discoveries of evidence for a medieval pottery industry in Cheam, leading to a summary of how the industry is seen today, by Clive Orton of CADHAS.

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

Saturday 21st – VISIT – “Dennis Severs House”.
A second chance to visit this magical Georgian house at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, more than just a time capsule, it is both a breathtaking and intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers. Pre book and pay with Celia Bailey (020 8686 5610), as numbers are limited, by April 25th, £12 per person. Meet outside at 10.45.

Monday 23rd – TALK – “Northumberland”.
A fully illustrated talk by Mary Moore about an historic and scenic county.


Saturday 4th –WALK AND TALK – “Queen’s Road Cemetery”.
Queen’s Road, West Croydon, CR0 2PR. Steve Dobson and CNHSS will 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 at 14.30.

Sunday 12th – BOTANY WALK – “Wild flowers and butterflies”.
Meet at 10.00, Dollypers Hill Nature Reserve. If the weather is kind to include the rare Small Blue. Meet at the junction of Caterham Drive and Austin Close, Coulsdon. In conjunction with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Monday 13th – TALK – “Prefabs, 70 years on”.
Just after WWII more than 150,000 prefabs were built. They were supposed to last 10 to 15 years! Seventy years on, hundreds are still lived in and cherished. Elisabeth Blanchet of the Prefab Museum will discuss why they lasted so long.

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

Saturday 18th through to Sunday 26th “Croydon Heritage Festival”.

Starting with the Heritage Fair in North End, where the Society will have a stand selling publications. Members will also be giving talks in various venues around the town. See Croydon Heritage Festival website for details.

Sunday 26th – MUSEUM OPEN DAY
Regulars at the Museum will be there from 13:30 to 16:30 to show you round and answer questions. There will be a handling collection available and a series of short talks on the fascinating artefacts from the Museum including some of the many items it has dating from the Stone Age. For directions to the Museum please call our Curator, Chris Taylor, on 020 8668 9570. Parking is available on site. Come along; enjoy the collections with tea and cakes.

Monday 27th – TALK – “Inside Cane Hill – The Final Farewell”
A talk by Laurence Fisher about what it looked like immediately before demolition.


Sunday 3rd – BOTANY WALK – “New Hill chalk downland”.
A visit to view the results of recent large scale scrub clearance in this area. Meet at the junction of Tollers Lane and Drive Road, Coulsdon at 14.00. In conjunction with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Saturday 9th – WALK – “The Grand Union Canal and Osterley Park”.
A 5 mile walk looking at the Hanwell flight of locks, Brunel’s Bridges and Osterley Park, (National Trust). Optional pub lunch and afternoon tea at the house. Meet at Osterley Park Underground Station at 10.00, led by Celia Bailey.

Wednesday 13th – TALK – “The world of grasses”
Lawn grasses are small but they belong to the most important family of plants. Dr Maria Vorontsova, taxonomist at Kew Gardens, will introduce 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 will include a practical identification session for some British grasses.

Wednesday 20th – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room).

Thursday 21st – WALK – “South Norwood Church Townscape”.
A walk led by Brian Lancaster. Meet 19.00 at the front of Norwood Junction Station.


Wednesday 3rd – WALK – “London Wall”.
Led by Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for London. We will look at the ancient Roman wall that encircles the old City boundary. Meet at 18.00 outside the Museum of London. Please book with Celia Bailey (020 8686 5610) as numbers are limited to 20.

Saturday 6th – WALK – “Colley Hill, Reigate”.
Walk from Reigate around the mining and quarrying site at Colley Hill and back, led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Reigate Station (main entrance on North side of the line) at 14.00.

Saturday 13th – VISIT – “Shirley Windmill”.
A special opening and tour of one of Croydon’s best loved landmarks. Meet at the Windmill, Postmill Close, Croydon, CR0 5DY at 14.00. Numbers are limited so please pre book with Tony Skrzypczyk on 020 8406 4676. Refreshments available and donations welcome.

Sunday 14th – VISIT – “Coombe Conduit, Norton”.
To look at the 350 year old water system for Hampton Court. Meet at Norbiton station at 13.45 or at Coombe Conduit, Coombe Lane West, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7HE, at 14.00. English Heritage, free entry, and followed, by walking in Richmond Park. Led by Paul Rainey.

Sunday 14th – BOTANY WALK – “Riddlesdown flora and fauna”.
A high summer walk for later wild flowers and butterflies. In the past, thousands of Chalk Hill Blues flew here, but are there any now? Meet at 14.00, in the car park on the Downs at the end of Riddlesdown Road, Purley. In conjunction with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday 17th – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room).


Your chance to come along and showcase a visit or share your research. Please bring along items to display or short 10 minute presentations. Topics from our range of interests. Please contact Celia Bailey beforehand.

Wednesday 14th – TALK – “A Brief History of Life in 10 Fossils”.
Showcasing 10 important fossils that represent milestones in the development of life on earth, a talk by Dr Paul Taylor, research palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum.

Wednesday 21st – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room).

Monday 26th – TALK – “Booze and Bastards: the tale of an eighteenth century Welsh squire”.
A talk by Pam Buttrey showing how cases in the Court of Chancery can add to local and family history.


Saturday 1st – Visit – “Benjamin Franklin House”.
Meet outside Embankment underground station, river exit, at 1.40pm. Cost £6 payable on entrance (reduction for National Trust members). Numbers limited to 12, please pre book with Brian Lancaster on 020 3561 4549.

Wednesday 12th – TALK – To be confirmed.

Monday 17th – TALK – “Purley Way Industries”.
An illustrated talk about the industries and architecture of Croydon’s first bypass. Presented by Celia Bailey with contributions by Paul Sowan.

Wednesday 19th – ENTOMOLOGY – Members’ evening (Beginners Room).

Monday 31st – TALK – “The Classical Roman World, with special reference to Roman Britain”.
A talk by Stephen Humphrey.

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