Walks and talks to explore the area’s natural history

Get your diary at the ready: the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society has published its programme of events through to October 2016. The packed programme once again reflects the diversity of the Society’s interests.

CNHSSWalks are a prominent feature over the next six months, making the most of the summer with trips including Queen’s Road Cemetery, Mole Valley, Riddlesdown, the Grand Union Canal, Reigate’s Colley Hill, and the industrial landscape of Purley Way.

Visits planned include to the Shirley Windmill, Benjamin Franklin house, and a repeat visit to the Dennis Severs House in Spitalfields. Among the scheduled talks, the subjects are as diverse as medieval pottery, palaeontology and the Cane Hill Asylum.

The programme is available on the CNHSS website, or you can download the April to October programme in pdf format here.

Founded in 1870, CNHSS is one of the oldest cultural societies operating in Croydon. It traces its history continuously from the Croydon Microscopical Club and became Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society in 1902.

Its objectives are to encourage the study of the sciences, especially the natural and local history and archaeology of the Croydon area, by organising lectures, members’ talks, discussions, exhibitions, field meetings and surveys, by issuing publications, and by maintaining a library and a museum.

Unless otherwise stated, indoor meetings are held in the Small Hall of the East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, near East Croydon Station, at 7.45pm. If you are not a member of the Society, you are still very welcome at our talks, walks and other events, unless they are specifically advertised as members only.

The first few weeks of the new programme include the following events, one of whihc requires booking:

“You Don’t Know What You Are Talking About?”, by Ron Cox who is retiring after 68 years of talking local history. In his farewell talk to the Society he reflects on the changes that he has seen in the study of local history, both locally and nationally, and will relate some of his experiences on the way.


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

“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 1.30pm.

“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.

“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 25, £12 per person. Meet
outside at 10.45am.

“Northumberland”. A fully illustrated talk by Mary Moore about an historic and scenic county.

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