Past Events

Here is a glimpse of the talks and visits organised by the Society in the past:

1985: February – ‘A Village at War’ play reading,  June – Visit to Castle Mill in Dorking, July – Display of photographs at Village Day, October – Vist to Nye’s Place in Newdigate, November – ‘A Village at War’ play reading

1986:  February – ‘Then and Now’ an illustrated talk by John Ede,  April – Open Day in Village Hall, July – ‘History of the Village – From Domesday to William Way’ a talk by John Callcut, September – Visit to Nye’s Place in Newdigate, September – ‘Timber Framed Buildings of Newdigate’ a talk by Joan Harding, October – ‘A Journey down the River Mole’ a talk by Edith Mercer O.B.E. Ph.D. and Doris Mercer, November – ‘Footpath Maps’ a talk by Diana Salisbury, November – ‘Shops and Shopping’ – Surrey Local History Symposium

1987: March – ‘Wealden Iron’ a talk by Jeremy Hodgkinson, June – An Open Forum, October – Open Day in Village Hall, September – ‘Memories of Newdigate’ a talk by George Green, November – ‘A Village at War’ abridged version performed at Surrey University on behalf of the Surrey Local History Council.

1988: January – An Open Forum, April – ‘Brockham’ a talk by Katie Dodson, July – ‘St. Peter’s Church’ A talk by George Green for the Surrey Local History Council, September – Open Day in the Village Hall.

1989: January – ‘Newdigate Bakehouse and the Weald and Downland Museum’ a talk by Richard Harris, March – ‘A Village at War’ play reading at Charlwood, July – Visit to the Weald and Downland Museum, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Then and Now’ by Bob Howard, November – ‘Leisure and Pleasure’ – Surrey Local History Symposium, November – ‘A Village at War’ abridged play reading.

1990: February – ‘London from the Top of a Bus’ a talk by George Spong, May – ‘How Buildings are Shaped by the Landscape’ a talk by Martin Higgins, June – A visit to the Dorking Caves, July – A visit to Tanhouse Farm in Newdigate, September – Open Day in the Village Hall, October – ‘A Village at War’ play reading at the Martineau Hall, Dorking for the Mole Valley District Council Arts Festival.

1991: February – ‘Heraldry’ a talk by Pat Lovatt, April – ‘A History of Woodlands’ a talk by Dr. Tony Whitbread, September – ‘History of St. Martin’s Church in Dorking’ a talk by Brian Carr, November –  ‘Food and Drink’ – Surrey Local History Symposium,

1992: February – ‘Dorking Ghosts’ a talk by Victoria Houghton, March – A Display of House Surveys by the Domestic Buildings Research Group, May – ‘ A Jouney down the River Mole’ a talk by Edith Mercer O.B.E. Ph.D., July – Visit to Lowfield Heath Windmill, August – Visit to Gaterounds Farm in Newdigate, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Family History’ by John Callcut, October – Open Day in the Village Hall and Morris Dancing by St. Mary’s Ewell Morris Men.

1993: February – ‘The National Trust’ a talk by Bruce Edwards, July – A visit to Petersfield Farm in Beare Green, September – ‘Newdigate Houses’ a talk by Joyce Banks, October – ‘Weather through the Ages’ a talk by Ian Currie.

1994: February – ‘Barns’ a talk by Rod Wild, April – ‘Origins, Problems, Management and Restoration of Ponds’ a talk by Julia Wycherley, August – A visit to Buckingham Palace, October – ‘Surrey Trees – Facts and Folklore’ a talk by Chris Howkins, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Then and Now’ by John Callcut.

1995: February – ‘Surveying Surrey’s Historical Landscape’ a talk by Steve Dyer, April – ‘The History of Box Hill’ a talk by Peter Creasey, October – One -Man Antiques Roadshow presented by David Battie.

1996: February – ‘Dairymaid’s Flora’ a talk by Chris Howkins, April – ‘Surrey Churches’ a talk by Doris Haddingham, May – A visit to Ewood conducted by Steve Dyer, July – A visit to Holmwood Common, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Lime Pits at Betchworth’ by Victoria Houghton, October – ‘Droughts, Deluges and Dust Devils’ a talk by Ian Currie.

1997: February – ‘Sherlocks – Funeral Directors’ a talk about the family firm by Jenny Sherlock,  April – ‘Light among the Trees’ a talk by Peter Beale, June – Visit to Dapdune Wharf in Guildford and Hatchlands, July – Display of archives at Village Day, September – AGM followed by a talk by Peter Ede concerning his life as owner of a local removals company, September – A visit to the Weald and Downland Museum, October – One-Man Antiques Roadshow presented by David Battie.

1998: January – ‘The Globe Theatre’ a talk by Stephanie Tickner, March – Open Day in the Village Hall, April – West Country Lighthouses’ a talk by Peter Smith, May – A visit to Southside House in Wimbledon, July – Display of archives at Village Day, October – An Open Forum, September – AGM followed by a talk from Peter Beale, November – ‘A Village at War’ a play reading.

1999: January – ‘Holmwood Common’ a talk by Rod Hewer, February – A visit to the Globe theatre hosted by Stephanie Tickner, March – ‘Crop Circles’ a talk by Andy Thomas, June – ‘Badgers’ a talk by Iain Tilbury, September –  ‘The AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Armada Quilt’ by Shirley Webster,  October – One-Man Antiques Roadshow presented by David Battie.

2000: February – ‘Old Farming Methods’ a talk by Tony Reid, March – A visit to Sutton House in Hackney, April – ‘Caravans’ a talk by Peter Ingram and ‘The Juniper Hall Field Centre’ a talk by Bill Lancaster,  July – Display of archives at Village Day, September – The AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘The History of Radio’ by Arthur Luke, October – A visit to Lambeth Palace, October – ‘The River Wey’ a talk by Bob Pounder.

2001: February – ‘The Broadwood Family’ a talk by Bob Verner-Jefferys, April – A talk by the Surrey Archeological Unit, June – ‘Sailing in the Olympics at Sydney’ a talk by yachtsman, Simon Hiscocks, September – Open Day at the Village Hall as part of Mole Valley Heritage Week, September – AGM followed by a film about the re-shingling of the church, October – Visit to the Ragged School  and the Geffrye Museum in East London, October –  A talk about The Woodland Trust.

2002: February – ‘The History of Newdigate’ a talk by John Callcut, April – Jenny Clark spoke about bats and brought a number of bats that she had rescued. May – ‘Senior and Carmichael’ a talk about fine furniture by Rupert Senior, May – Visit to the Cabinet War Rooms, July – ‘Dorking Museum’ a talk by Martin Cole, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Gardening at the Weald and Downland Museum’ by Bob Holman, October – Visit to Hammonds Copse, Newdigate hosted by Nicola Bannister.

2003: February – ‘Early Nineteenth Century Education in Dorking’ a talk by Dr. Rob Humphries,  April – ‘William Mullins – Dorking Pilgrim’ a talk by Pam Hunter, May – ‘Inn Signs’ a talk by Jane Pennington, September – AGM folowed by an Open Forum, September – Guided walk around Newdigate led by John Callcut as part of Mole Valley Heritage Week, September – A conducted tour of Shere, October – ‘The Work of an Air Traffic Controller’ a talk by Nick Crawford, November – ‘Country Houses within an Hours Drive of Dorking’ a talk by Chris Pringle, November – ‘Local Historians’ at the Surrey Local History Symposium.

2004: March – ‘Witches, Warlocks and Wellingtons’ a talk by Jane Pennington, June – ‘The Reigate Hoard’ a talk by Roger Mintey, September –   AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Slavery Today’ by Lady Lucy Chandler, November – ‘Box Hill Specimens’ a talk by Peter Creasey.

2005: January – ‘The Dendrochronolgy Project’ a talk by Rod Wild, March – A talk by Two Tudor Women and their Pie, May – ‘Memories of Newdigate’ by Kit Wallis, July – A visit to Painshill Gardens, September – AGM followed with a talk entitled’ My Childhood in Jersey during the Occupation’ by Pauline Habgood, September – Open Day in the Village Hall as part of the Mole Valley Heritage Week,  October – ‘Refurbishing the Jubilee Hall in Broad Lane’ a talk by Marcus Berriman, October – ‘Starting your Family Tree’ a talk by Sarah Brown from the Surrey History Centre.

2006: January – ‘Cycling Around the World’ a talk by Pam Goodall, March –  ‘Brockham Limeworks’ by Steve Glasspool, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Family History’ by John Callcut, October – ‘Quakers in the Local Area’ a talk by Rachel Hope, November – ‘Surrey Vineyards’ a talk (with wine tasting) by Professor Richard Selley.

2007: January – ‘Excavation of the Broad Lane Lime Kiln’ a talk by Jane Lilley, March – ‘My Great Grandfather, Edwin Lutyens’ a talk by Dr. Jane Ridley, April – A visit to Goddards at Abinger, April – ‘Serving in Iraq’ a talk by Tom Stimpson M.B.E., July – Visit to Ightham Mote and the Red House, September – Village Open Day, September – ‘Shot at Dawn’ a talk by Andy Thompson, November – ‘Climate Change’ by Professor Richard Selley.

2008: January – ‘My First World War Research’ a talk by John Callcut, April – ‘Lucy Broadwood’ words and music by Irene Shettle, May – Visit to Lullingstone Castle and Downe, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Bricks and Brickmaking’ by Ian West, September – Village Day.

2009: January – ‘The Ashtead Pottery’ a talk by Angela Sherbourne, February – Schermuly re-union at the Six Bells, March – ‘Manufacturing Fine Furniture’ a talk by Charles Wheeler-Carmichael, April – ‘The Work of Headley Court’ a talk by Tom Stimpson M.B.E., July – A visit to Cherkley Court, September – AGM followed by a talk from Kathy Atherton entitled ‘The Holmwoods’, September – Open Day in the Village Hall as part of the Mole Valley Heritage Week, November – ‘Antique Jigsaws’ a talk by John Hyde.

2010: January – ‘The History of Westcott’ a talk by Peter Bennett and Terry Wooden,  March – ‘Why doesn’t Britain do Better? – Are we to Blame?’ a talk by Sir Geoffrey Chandler, March – Schermuly re-union at the Six Bells, April –  Display of archives in the Six Bells, May – A visit to Dover Castle, July – ‘The Woodcarvers of Newdigate’ a talk by Jane Lilley and John Callcut, July – Village Day, September – ‘A wander around Newdigate’ a guided walk led by John Callcut as part of the Mole Valley Heritage Week, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘The Significance of May Day’ by Matthew Alexander.

2011: January – ‘Ancient Trees’ a talk by Tom Cole, March – ‘The Wey & Arun Canal’ a talk by Jim Phillips, May – Boat trip on the Wey and Arun Canal, September – ‘The Woodcarvings of St. Peter’s Church’ a talk by Jane Lilley as part of the Mole Valley Heritage Week, September – ‘Newdigate’s Socialist Past’ a walk for the Surrey Hills Society led by John Callcut and Jane Lilley, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Murder Most ‘Orrible’ by Bob Bartlett, November ‘A Village at War’ play reading performed by the Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society at the Green Room in Dorking. November – ‘My Family Firm’ a talk by David Ansell.

2012 – January – ‘Tales from the Archives of the Surrey Union Hunt’ a talk by Julian Womersley, March – ‘National Parks’ a talk by Les Lockett, April – ‘An Easter Stroll’ led by John Callcut and Jane Lilley, July – A visit to the Watts Gallery at Compton, July – A guided tour of the Ibstock Brickworks at Beare Green, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘The Refurbished Dorking Museum’ by Kathy Atherton, September – Visit to the London Museum and Postman’s Park, October – Schermuly re-union at the Six Bells, November – A walk around Charlwood led by Brendon Sewill.

2013: February – ‘Policing before the Police’ a talk by Bob Bartlett, March – ‘The Story of Henry Smith’ a talk by Donald Thwaites, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Suffragettes’ by Kathy Atherton, September – Open Day ‘What’s in a Name’ as part of the Mole Valley Heritage Week, October – ‘Gatwick Airport – Second Runway?’ a talk by Brendon Sewill, December – ‘Surrey Christmasses and Customs’ a talk by Matthew Alexander.

2014: January – ‘Wealden Iron’ a talk by Jeremy Hodgkinson, February – A visit to Windacres Farm in Charlwood for a ‘Trench Experience’ followed with a talk about Newdigate in World War One by John Callcut, February – A visit to Christ’s Hospital,  March – ‘The Construction of Tower Bridge’ a talk by Alan Holbrow, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘Farming at New House Farm 100 Years Ago’ by Jane Lilley, November 1st-7th – The entire script of Village at War was broadcast by Susy Radio, December – A visit to Dorking Museum

2015: March – ‘Armchair History Tour of Dorking’ a talk by David Hilliam, May – A guided tour of Dorking led by Kathy Atherton, September – ‘Words and Music’ through the ages as sung or written by Newdigate people. Performed in St. Peter’s Church as part of Mole Valley Heritage Week, September – AGM followed by a talk entitled ‘History of Rusper, by Margaret White, September – A walk around Rusper led by Margaret White, October – ‘White Ship – Red Crosses’ a talk by Nicci Pugh.

2016: March – ‘Newdigate 100 Years Ago – in Postcards’ an illustrated talk by John Callcut, March – An Easter walk around Ewood, July – Remembering the start of the Battle of the Somme by the War Memorial at 7.30 am. September – AGM followed by a talk entitled Fanny Burney and the French Connection by Sir Brian Unwin. October – Newdigate Arts Festival, two playlets – ‘Making a Mark’ and ‘The Angels of St. Peter’s’. November – Coaches and Coach Horns an illustrated talk by Colin Pawson.

2017: February – ‘The History of the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment’ an illustrated talk by Col. Patrick Crowley,  March – Guided walk around Newdigate for Cranleigh U3A,  April – The Story of the Grand National winner ‘ Rough Quest’ an illustrated talk by Andrew Wates. May – Guided tour of Clerkenwell. September – AGM followed by a talk by June Davey about Clandon Park, the fire and restoration. September – Open Day as part of Mole Valley Heritage Days.