The Society was formed in March 2007 in response to an upsurge of interest in the history of Molesey following two events in 2006.
The first was the the reprint arranged by Molesey Residents Association of ‘The Book of Molesey’ by Rowland G. M. Baker, originally published in 1986. The book sold out in a matter of months and a second reprint has since been published. ‘Thameside Molesey’ by Rowland and Gwendoline Baker has also been reprinted. They are an essential starting point for anyone with an interest in the fascinating history of Molesey.
The second event was an exhibition of the history of Molesey in the last 150 years held at St Paul’s Church, East Molesey, in October/November 2006 to mark the 150th anniversary of the church. During the two weeks that it was open the exhibition attracted almost 3,500 visitors.
The Society’s objectives are:
- To awaken and foster an informed interest in the history of Molesey and surrounding areas
- To provide a forum for the exchange of information on the history of Molesey
- To encourage and undertake research into the history of Molesey and to record and publish findings from such research
- To arrange meetings and lectures on subjects related to the history of Molesey and to arrange visits to places of historical, literary, archaeological or architectural interest
- To collaborate with and support any other organisation which has similar interests to those mentioned above.
The activities of the Society are coordinated by a Committee of up to nine people, all of whom are volunteers. The Committee currently comprises:
- Jenny Wood – Chairman
- Paula Day – Secretary
- Dave Jupp – Treasurer
- vacant – Membership Secretary
- Claire Annable
- Lynda McCarter
- Anthony Barnes – People & Buildings
- Norma Millard
- Roger Hoad