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Past Talks

2021

Jul 2021

Brian Aldred VIA ZOOM

London Underground (Pt II)

Jun 2021

Daphne Jefferis VIA ZOOM

Images of Sunlight: Impressionist Paintings

May 2021

Malcolm Nelson VIA ZOOM

'Why do I always feel so guilty?'

An insight into the work of Customs officers

Apr 2021

Howard Slater VIA ZOOM

A History of Rock'n'Roll 1950-1980

Mar 2021

Extra Talk VIA ZOOM

Sally Schofield/Mark Mullally 

Scam Awareness, and how to avoid becoming a victim

Mar 2021

Bob Sinfield VIA ZOOM

Bob Monkhouse - Who Knew?

Feb 2021

Andrew Baker VIA ZOOM

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma (Winston Churchill)

Jan 2021

Simon Ritchie VIA ZOOM

Alan Turing & the Enigma machine

2020

Dec 2020

Patricia Gentry VIA ZOOM

The History & Highlights of Kew Gardens

Nov 2020

Carol Harris VIA ZOOM

Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

Oct 2020

AGM VIA ZOOM followed by

Brian Aldred

Underground London

Sept 2020

Ian Bevan VIA ZOOM

The Great Exhibition 1851

Aug 2020

Dr Helen Naylor VIA ZOOM

The Spirit of Westminster: Gin, from the slums to the Savoy

Jul 2020

Terry Johnson VIA ZOOM

Lady Chatterley's Lover: The Trial of Penguin Books

Jun 2020

Ladies Summer Lunch

No talk CANCELLED

May 2020

Tony Matthews CANCELLED

The Story of Cherkley Court

Apr 2020

Graeme Roy CANCELLED

Historic Croydon Airport

Mar 2020

Andy Thomas

The Crop Circle Mystery

Feb 2020

Terry Johnson

The Great Train Robbery

Jan 2020

Sarah Lott

Creating a Memory Book

2019

Dec 2019

Christmas Lunch

No talk

Nov 2019

Neil Sadler

Gongoozling on English Canals

Oct 2019

AGM

No talk

Sep 2019

Lorraine Spindler

Surrey Spies & the Village of Headley

Aug 2019

Bob Sinfield

The Gag Trade

Jul

Stephen Chater

The Social Life of Coffee and Tea

Jun

Summer Lunch

No talk

May

Rupert Matthews

The Wreck of the Titanic - unsolved riddles & misconceptions

Apr

Ian Bevan

The Inns of Court

Mar

Terry Johnson

The Profumo Affair

Feb

David Hatcher

The First World War Memorial Woodland, Langley Vale

Jan

Kathy Atherton

The impact of WWI on Dorking and its surrounding villages

2018

Dec

Xmas lunch

Nov

Mike King

The Sacred & Ancient Art of Bodging

Oct

AGM

Sept

Rob Rennie

Rob Walker: Dorking's Motor Racing Legend

Aug

John Field

A History of Magic

Jul

Colin Jones

The Secret Gardens of London

Jun

Summer Lunch

May

Matt Symonds

Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Edge of  the Roman Empire

Apr

Tim Caffell

The Leatherhead Theatre. Its History, Present

and Future

Mar

Richard Hughes

The Disgraceful History of the Deepdene Hotel

Feb

Sheila Willis

Who dun the Whodunits?

Jan

Chris Richards

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

2017

Dec

Xmas Lunch

Nov

John Griffin

Christmas is coming – a selection of prose & poetry

Oct

AGM

Sep

Rachel Greening

Walking with Lions

Aug

Paul Whittle

Toy train to the Clouds

Jul

Ian Bevan

The History of Drury Lane Theatre

Jun

Summer Lunch

May

David Henderson

Air Traffic Control

Apr

Mel Rees

“And another thing I meant to say”

Mar

David Richmond-Coggan

Iceland, its coastal geography, flora and fauna

Feb

Stephen Chater

City Livery Companies

Jan

Rupert Matthews

RAF Bomber Command and WWII

2016

Dec

Xmas Lunch

Nov

David Hassard

Bat Boat to Red Arrows

Oct

AGM

Sep

Peter Grobel

Edward VII and Polesden Lacey

Aug

Peter Waterhouse

Risk! What risk?

Jul

Dr Margaret Chilton

Nutrition and the Microbiome

Jun

Summer Lunch

May

Michael Gilbert

A Tonic for the Nation

Apr

Lucy Quinnel

The Art and Science of Blacksmithing

Mar

David Williams

The life of Lawrence of Arabia

Feb

Ian Bevan

W.G.Grace

Jan

Sheila Willis

Poisonous plots. A fascinating insight into devious and deadly deeds

2015

Dec

Xmas Lunch

Nov

Michael Bramwell

Governance of the Square Mile

Oct

AGM

Sep

Kenneth Barr

Surrey Hills Society

Aug

Meeting cancelled

Jul

Nigel Arch

Dress and Death in the field of Waterloo

Jun

Summer Lunch

May

Mike Hoare

The 1970s – new crimes, new technologies

Apr

Michael Brown

Voyage to the Antarctic

Mar

Ian Bevan

The Victorians and their leisure and pleasure activities

Feb

Barry Mold

The Ashtead Transition Group

Jan

Winston Fane Bailey

The life of a Royal Protection Officer