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 Programme of Events 2018-19

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There is a charge of £1 for members to attend our meetings. Guests are welcome and there is a charge of £3. There will be advance booking for the event at the Clore Centre on Wednesday 23 May and the visits to Imber Court Museum, which will initially be open to members only. Details will be announced.

Events for 2019

‘1968 and All That’ – A History of Flooding in Molesey


Friday 22 March, 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 23 March, 10 am to 4 pm
Methodist Church, Manor Road

Saturday April 6th, 2:00 pm – 4.00 pm
Molesey History Family Fun Afternoon
St Mary’s East Molesey, St Mary’s Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0ST

Free! – Please drop in Come and join us at St. Mary’s Church for some local history family fun. You will be able to do the Bell Road picture trail and a quiz on what to look at in St. Mary’s Church. Volunteers from Molesey Local History Society will be on hand to tell you about the old village. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult, please. The café will be open for refreshments.

Thursday 16 May 2019, 8 pm
Hampton Court Pleasure Palace A Story of Two Palaces – Tudor and Baroque
Talk by Siobhan Clarke
Clore Centre, Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU

The story of two palaces: a Tudor palace made magnificent by Henry VIII, alongside a Baroque palace built by William & Mary. Its buildings, grounds and artefacts express the image of a magnificent monarch. Yet, dig a little deeper and you will find hidden stories covering five hundred years of royal history. We anticipate high demand for this meeting and numbers are limited. Details for booking are given at the end of this newsletter. Booking will initially be open to members only, but it may be possible to accommodate guests if all places are not taken. We will let you know nearer the date if there are spaces available.
Tuesday 16 July 2019, 8 pm
Brooklands into its Second Century
Talk by Tim Morris

St Lawrence School, Church Road, KT8 9DR

Tim Morris, Head Administrator of the Brooklands Trust, will be giving a talk on the history of Brooklands. In the twentieth century Brooklands was the birthplace of British Motorsport and the most prolific aircraft site in Europe. Racing took place at Brooklands from 1907 to 1939, and aviation developed at the site from 1907 to 1989. Brooklands Museum opened in 1991 to keep those twin histories alive and preserve the inventiveness, expertise and spirit of adventure which are Brooklands' real legacy.

Thursday 1 July and Thursday 5 September
Summer Stroll – Brooklands
Brooklands Rd, Weybridge KT13 0SL

Our Summer Stroll this year will be a tour of Brooklands. There is a charge of £20.50 per person (£19.50 over 60s), which includes a 90 minute guided tour, a cream tea and a voucher to buy a half price souvenir brochure. After the tour, you will be free to explore further (excluding Concorde). The final date for booking is Tuesday 16 July, the date of the Brooklands talk.


Events for 2018

Saturday 9 June 2018
Molesey Carnival

We will be at the Carnival as usual and hope you will drop into our tent to see the displays and have a chat.

Wednesday 25 July 2018, 10.30 am
Wednesday 29 August 2018, 10.30 am
Visit to Imber Court Museum
Ember Lane, KT8 0BT

Police horses are a familiar sight around Molesey and this is your opportunity to see behind the scenes, with a guided tour of the stables and the museum at Imber Court. Numbers are limited, so please email Doreen Freeman on or, telephone 020 8979 0059 to book a place.

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 8 pm
Archaeological Treasures of the Thames – a talk by Malcolm Head, Dredger Master
St Lawrence School, Church Road, KT8 9DR

Thursday, 18th October 2018
The Weybridge Diggers – a talk by David Taylor
Hurst Park School, Hurst Road, KT8 1QS

David has written several books on the history of Cobham, Surrey as well as contributing to a variety of other publications such as the Surrey Archaeological Society Collections and Country Life magazine. It was David’s early passion for local history that led him to research the history of the now internationally famous eighteenth century landscape garden at Painshill. (See Talk by Cherrill Sands - Wednesday 26 April 2017, 8 pm).
A particular interest in the 17th century has led David to make a study of the life and times of Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers, a nationally important revolutionary group which sprang up in the local area at the time of the English Revolution. It is this subject that will be the theme of his talk, so put the date in your diaries now.

Friday 23 November 2018, 8 pm
‘1968 and All That’ - A History of Flooding in Molesey
Imber Court, Ember Lane, KT8 0BT