On the pages below you can read and download our newsletters and find information about the Society’s upcoming meetings, events and outings.
Follow the link to read current and past newsletters.
Indoor Meetings are a forum for discussion, presentations and research and are usually held on the first Saturday of every month from November to April. Follow the link for more details about Indoor Meetings.
A full programme of monthly meetings is planned for November to April, and will take place as circumstances allow. Tea will not be served after each meeting. Details will be announced in the Autumn Newsletter (October).
Visits are arranged during the summer on a half or full day basis to places of historical interest …. Follow the link for more details on Visits and May Weekends.
Centenary Celebration Tea
Well, it finally happened. After two years of preparation and a year’s delay, over 40 members and guests sat down to enjoy a formal Afternoon Tea with a 1920s theme at the Milton Hall on Saturday 2nd October 2021. The circumstances were not auspicious; it rained all day, the car park flooded, and some members unfortunately got very wet on their way home. The one thing we cannot plan is the weather. The invited guests were Trish Fivey, Mayor of Sutton, Elliot Colburn, M.P. for Carshalton and Wallington, and Amanda Hill, winner of our Heritage Treasure Hunt. The guests and members were welcomed by our President, Bev Shew, and Clive Orton revealed the answers to the Treasure Hunt. Our new series of Local History Notes were introduced by John Phillips, and members were invited to submit their own contributions to the history of our area. After the excellent Tea had been served by Edibles of Banstead, Jacky Oliver cut the celebratory cake (baked for us by Emma Fitch), and our President proposed the toast “the Society, past, present and future”. John Thornton and John Phillips recounted the past achievements of the Society in research, representation to the local authorities, and education for our members.
It was left to our President, in her final ‘Plans and Aspirations’ speech, to highlight some of the problems facing the Society as it enters its second century. In particular, we need members, new or old, to come forward to help the existing team run things, especially a membership secretary and people to help organise meetings and outings. We need new volunteers to ensure the society’s future.