Events

There is a charge of £1 for members and £3 for non-members which can be paid by cash or card.

Our next event is in RED below.

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Thursday, 13th January 2022 Coffee morning at the British Legion at 11am – A Social event and we will be introducing our research project for the year – Tagg’s Island – so start looking out for your items of memorabilia.

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Wednesday, 26th January 2022 Our AGM followed by a talk by Norma Millard on The First World War Inscriptions on the war memorials in Molesey.

This will be the date of our next AGM (which will be kept as brief as possible). Followed by Norma speaking about some of those mentioned. She will have her records with her at the meeting to help with any specific queries.

St Paul’s Church, Church Road, East Molesey – 8pm

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Thursday, 24th February 2022A talk by Keith Hathaway – The Kaleidoscopic Life of Horace Warpole.

Creator of Strawberry Hill, renowned author, connoisseur, collector and inexhaustible gossip of the 18th century.

Hurst Park School, West Molesey – 8pm

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Thursday, 3rd March – Hampton Court Palace Visit with ‘Tour Guide’ Ian Franklin

Ian, a former State Apartment Warder, showed us some of the lesser known aspects of HCP.

We hope to be arranging a further visit with Ian later in the year, so keep an eye open for the date!

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Friday 25th March from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Saturday 26th March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MOLESEY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY EXHIBITION 

Refresh Centre 129 Walton Road East Molesey KT8 0DT 

To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the foundation of the Society, we are holding an exhibition at which we will display much of the material that we have obtained and prepared during our research over the years. Information will be displayed on each of our major researched topics – the Floods, Molesey during the Second World War, the Carnival, Sport on, Hampton, Molesey Then and Now, Molesey Boat Club, Education, the Flood Alleviation Scheme and Molesey’s Enclosure story.  

Entry will be free for Society members.

There will be a charge of £1 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. 

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VENUE CHANGE due to filming at Hampton Court Palace we have moved the talk to St Paul’s Church. If you have reserved a place, you will have been informed.

Tuesday, 10th May 2022 – A Talk by Anita Anand – Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Clore Centre, Hampton Court Palace – members should have received notice about this meeting and details of how to book a place. If you have not received anything yet, please contact us: enquiries@moleseyhistorysociety.org

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Wednesday, 22nd June 2022 – A talk by Pieter Morpurgo – Bushy Park and the Restorations of the Diana Fountain and the Water Gardens

St Lawrence School, East Molesey – 8pm

What connects a river which isn’t a river, a WW2 detonator, ants, a bouncing bomb and a statue moved for the third time? Bushy Park. It has a 4000-year history, a unique Water Gardens, and some of Christopher Wren’s work.  The three sections of Pieter Morpurgo’s talk explains all these questions.

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Monday, 11th July 2022 – Summer Stroll – Prominent Victorians buried in St. Peter’s / Molesey CemeterySt. Peter’s Church, West Molesey – 11am

Who were Molesey’s ‘Eminent Victorians’? This year’s summer stroll is a walk through the graveyard of St Peter’s Church and Molesey Cemetery to discover some of the important local people in the Victorian era who are buried there.

Anthony Barnes will set the scene with a short talk in St. Peter’s Church at 11 a.m. before the stroll. Important graves will be signposted, and people will be free to make their own way round.

The landlord of The Royal Oak has kindly agreed to let us meet beforehand in the pub garden. Coffee and other refreshments will be on sale from 10.15 a.m. onwards.

I hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s stroll. There will be a charge of £1 for members and non-members.

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Tuesday, 13th September 2022 – A talk by Julian McCarthy – Things about Kingston you (probably) didn’t know!

Hurst Park School, West Molesey – 8pm

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Wednesday, 12th October 2022 – Coffee Morning at the Royal British Legion –

Please join us for coffee and the chance to chat to other members. We shall be showing some clips of Molesey past. We would also be interested to hear your ideas for the future.

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Friday, 18th November 2022 – Findings of our research on Tagg’s Island

St Lawrence School, East Molesey – 8pm

We will be showing our research findings of Tagg’s up to the 1920’s when Fred Karno was declared bankrupt! So much information has been gathered that we are planning a second meeting to show what has happened after this time!

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This is an approximate agenda for next year (2023)- dates and meeting locations are still to be finalised, except for our annual Clore Centre meeting.

February – AGM followed by a talk.

March – Talk

May 23rd, Tuesday – Clore Centre – Tracy Borman talk on Anne Boleyn (Members Only)

June – Follow up talk by Julian McCarthy on Kingston

July – Summer Stroll

Late September / early October – Talk

November – Taggs Island part 2 – post 1920’s – findings of our Research team.