Our event programme for 2018

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/April.  The listing below covers April to October 2018, and is also available in pdf form.

The vast majority of our talks take place in the Small Hall at East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP starting at 19:45 – 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.


Sunday 8th – ECOLOGY WALK – “Spring in Banstead Wood”.
Meet at 14.00 in the Holly Lane car park, TQ273582. Leaders Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings, in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday 11th – TALK – “The Green Belt”.
A talk by Graham Lomas about the rise in population and economic growth making the green belt vulnerable and about the problem of reconciling the competing claims of living space and conservation. Graham produced the first comprehensive map of the green belt.

Wednesday 18th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING – (Beginners Room, ECURC).

Followed, after refreshments, by the Presidential Address given by John Hickman. At the David Sweet Hall ECURC starting at 19.45.

Monday 30th – TALK – “Sword Hilts”.
A talk by Tony Tucker on the surviving ceremonial sword hilts, their design, their history and the coats of arms displayed upon them, based on his latest book for Friends of City Churches.


Sunday 6th – ECOLOGY WALK – “Beautiful Bluebells”.
Wander through the sheets of Bluebells and other wild flowers that make Kings Wood one of the best at this time of year. Meet at 14:00 in Kingswood Lane near the wood, access from Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead. TQ354598  CR6 9AB. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings, in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday 16th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

Saturday 19th – WALK – “Rolling Stones – Part 4”.
Addington Hills: Bramley Bank to Croham Hurst. Led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Coombe Lane tram stop at 14:00.

Monday 21st – TALK – “Conservation areas”.
This talk by Sanne Roberts, Senior Project Officer (Conservation) for Croydon Borough Council, will provide a brief outline of the Borough’s heritage assets and how these fit into the planning system. It will focus particularly on conservation areas and the council’s ongoing review of Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans – what they are and how they can be used.


Monday 4th – TALK – “Remarkable trees of Surrey”.
Liz Ramsay who produced a booklet on the subject for the Surrey Tree Warden Network will talk about tree protection (or lack of it), valuing trees, trees in the landscape and rewilding.

Sunday 10th – ECOLOGY WALK–“Botany and barrows”.
A walk for wild flowers and ancient history on Farthing Downs passing by an Iron Age field system. Meet at 14:00 in the car park on Farthing Downs, Ditches Lane, Coulsdon. TQ301571 CR5 1DA. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings, in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Saturday 16th – WALK – “Betchworth and Brockham Limeworks”.
Led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Betchworth Station at 13:00 – note earlier start time. Return by train to Redhill from Betchworth or Dorking.

Wednesday 20th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

Monday 25th – TALK – “Medieval pilgrims, Chaucer and Canterbury”.
A talk by Keith Fawkes, Chairman of the Hornsey Historical Society, giving an overall picture of pilgrimage both in England and the Continent including the story of how pilgrim badges and related customs evolved.


Sunday 1st – MUSEUM OPEN DAY
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 a series of short talks on the fascinating artefacts from the Museum, including some of its many items dating from the Stone Age. Come along and enjoy the collections with tea and cakes. For directions please call our Curator, Chris Taylor, on 020 8668 9570. There are good transport links by bus and train (Woodmansterne Station) or parking is available in nearby roads (not on site).

Wednesday 11th – TALK – “The Society’s Library and Archives”.
A talk by Paul Sowan, Librarian of CNHSS, on some of the resources available in CNHSS.

Wednesday 18th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

Sunday 22nd – WALK – “Upper Norwood”.
Led by Stephen Oxford of the Norwood Society. Meet at 14:00 at All Saints Church at the top of Norwood Hill (reached by the 468 bus from Croydon).

Saturday 28th – WALK – “Reigate Colley Hill to Merstham via Gatton Park”.
Led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Reigate Station (north side) at 14:00. Note: Stiff climb at the start then downhill to Merstham.


Sunday 12th – ECOLOGY WALK – “Late Summer landscape”.  
A walk through meadows and along hedgerows in Lloyd Park’s more remote parts, surprisingly close to the centre of Croydon. Meet at 10:00 in the car park at the Lloyd Park tram stop, Coombe Road, Croydon. TQ337645  CR0 5RA. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings, in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday 15th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

Saturday 18th – WALK – “Rolling Stones – Part 5”.
Charlton, led by Paul Sowan. Meet at Charlton Station at 14:00.


Wednesday 12th – TALK – “The Horniman Museum – a personal view”.
An account by Nigel Williams of the history of the museum, its founder, and some personal childhood memories.

Wednesday 19th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

Sunday 23rd – ECOLOGY WALK – “Autumn fruits and fungi”.
A walk exploring Nature’s bounty in early Autumn at Selsdon Wood. Meet at 10:00 in the car park at Selsdon Wood, Old Farleigh Road, Selsdon. TQ357615  CR2 8QF. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings.


Saturday 29th – WALK – “Rolling Stones – Part 6”.
Keston Common, led by Paul Sowan. Meet at The Fox at Keston at 14:00. Directions to The Fox – bus 119 from Croydon then bus 146 from Hayes ‘The George’.


Monday 1st – TALK – “Lapis Lazuli”.
A talk in which Chris Duffin will examine the geological occurrence of lapis lazuli, its mineralogy and importance as a popular but expensive and high status stone in Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Incan and Western European decorative art, including its utilization as the basis of the artists’ pigment ultramarine.

Wednesday 17th – ENTOMOLOGY MEMBERS’ EVENING. Beginners Room, ECURC.

NEW Sunday 21st – ECOLOGY WALK – “Autumn in Bramley Bank and Littleheath Woods”.
Meet at 10:00 in the Heathfield Car Park in Riesco Drive, TQ352638. Led by Jane McLauchlin and Malcolm Jennings.

Monday 29th – TALK – “Death on the Brighton Road: Execution sites in South London”.
A talk by John Newman, Archives Manager at Lambeth Archives.

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