Past Reports

November 2014: Westcott and The Great War – Peter Bennett

This talk, held on Remembrance Day, marked the centenary of the Great War and looked on how the war affected Westcott and what life was like during the war years. The year 1914 began well. The football team came top of the league, but grim events were to follow. By August the nation was at […]

September 2014: Sex & Scandal In The Sussex Weald – Jane Le Cluse

Jane’s research into Sussex church court records provided the basis for her talk. The records, now held at Chichester, are extensive, unlike those of Surrey which have largely been lost (or were Surrey people better behaved?). Jane described how the courts worked and took us into some of the cases. The courts dealt with misdemeanours […]

July 2014: A Look Round Our Church

This “Members’ Evening” took place in our Parish Church. Knowledgeable members gave ‘mini-talks’ on different features of the church to give us an informative and most enjoyable evening. Designed by George Gilbert Scott and built in 1852, the church is a near-replica of a church in Sudbury, near Harrow. Most of the stone came from […]

May 2014: Pillboxes – Surrey’s WWII Defences – Chris Shepheard

In the Surrey Hills we frequently come upon the remains of pill-boxes. Chris Shepheard, who is the Director of the Rural Life Centre at Tilford, told us their story. When Britain faced invasion in May 1940, the appropriately named General Lord Ironside was put in charge of the nation’s defences. Woefully short of trained manpower […]