Indoor Meetings are usually (but please refer to the programme below in case of changes) held on the first Saturday of every month from November to April at 3.00pm at Milton Hall (the Darby & Joan Club), Cooper Crescent, Carshalton, SM5 2LG. Cooper’s Crescent is off Nightingale Road and not far from Carshalton Station.
Lectures of local or general interest are given at all indoor meetings except the one in March – when the Annual General Meeting is held and slides are shown of pictures taken on visits during the preceding year. All meetings are followed by tea and cakes – which are provided free to members.
Previous recent lectures have been on Merton Priory (David Saxby), the Portable Antiquities Scheme (David Williams), Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon (Beryl Palmier), The Changing Face of London from the Air (Tom Samson) and British Heritage Railways (Paul Whittle). Roman Food (Joan Alcock), London’s Other City – Westminster (Pete Smith), Treasures of the Thames (Elliot Wragg), and Thames Road Bridges (Richard Fitch).
Non-members are welcome to attend any lecture on payment of £2.
Saturday 4th November 2017
Talk about local archaeology
With John Phillips and Cheryl Bailey
Saturday 2nd December 2017
Richard Fitch, our secretary, will be telling us about the history of Kenley Airfield.
Kenley Airfield played a prominent role in WW2 but its history goes back further. It came into existence during WW1 as an Aircraft Acceptance Park assembling aircraft from parts manufactured locally. When completed the aircraft were flown over to France for the war effort.
Kenley is still an RAF airfield although it is only used for gliding. It is the most complete WW2 fighter airfield remaining. Richard is the Chief Flying Instructor at the Surrey Hills Gliding Club which operates out of Kenley and has been flying there since 1995.