About Us



A small group of people, led by Joy Gadsby, researched the history of Sanderstead, resulting in the publication of the "Village History of Sanderstead" by the Bourne Society in 1998. This small group , having finished their research, decided to continue meeting as a local history group under the leadership of Joy until her death in 2018.


Joyce Hoad and Chris Harman then became leaders and the group grew by 2020 to host around 40 people. All are welcome to listen to our illustrated monthly talks, held on Wednesday afternoons, which during Covid-19 contine to be held by Zoom.


When lifting restrictions allow, we'll meet again in person at All Saints Church Hall, Sanderstead. There is no membership or annul fee, just a charge of £2 for each talk to cover the cost of hall hire and refreshments. You can visit as often as you wish.


We don't have professional speakers as our ethos is to remain informal and encourage any member to offer a talk of their own choice. We are not limited to the history of Sanderstead and a talk can be on any historical subject. Experience isn't necessary in either speaking or technology. Having talks illustrated makes them more interesting and if you have images we can help you put them into a PowerPoint presentation. We have a digital projector and access to a large screen.


We are affiliated to the Bourne Society where details of our meetings are shown on their web site and printed in the Local History Records. Of course we'll keep this web site up to date about our activities.





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