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

This is the agenda for next year (2023)- meeting locations may still be subject to change but members will be notified.

Wednesday, 18th January – 11am Coffee Morning and Molesey Quiz at the Royal British Legion


Tuesday, 7th February – 8pm – AC Cars in and around Thames Ditton – A talk by John Spencer at St Lawrence School

AC Royal Saloon 1927


Thursday, 23rd March – 8pm – A Slice of Eel Pie – Boatyards & Bands, Artists & Inventors – A talk by Celia Holman at St Lawrence School

Island Hotel c1900


Thursday, 20th April – Ham House guided tour –booking required as detailed in our newsletter.


Wednesday, 3rd May – 8pm – Odette Hallowes – Special Operations Executive Agent, WWII – A talk by her granddaughter, Sophie Parker at St Lawrence School.


Wednesday, 28th June – 8pm – More things about Kingston you (probably) didn’t know! – A talk by Julian McCarthy at St Lawrence School.

Come and hear how, what took place in these two, fairly innocuous-looking, red brick Kingston buildings, arguably, can EACH be separately said to have changed the course of the History of the World.

This is the second talk by Julian who specialises in discovering the stories behind the streets and buildings and the people connected with the town.

Julian is Chair of Kingston Tour Guides and author of three books on Kingston.

Copies of Julian’s books will be on sale.


Wednesday, 12th July11am – Summer Stroll – Royal British Legion, St. Mary’s Road – The stroll will be preceded by a short talk by Roger Hoad.

Tea and Coffee will be available at the British Legion prior to the walk.

The walk will start from the Summer Road bridge and will go along the River Ember, looking 
at the construction work under the Flood Alleviation Scheme, the new weirs and river alterations.

We will return via Creek Road, Bridge Road and Walton Road looking at existing buildings 
and talking about the history of other buildings that have been demolished.  

A copy of the map will also be available in the Members Only section soon after the talk.



Indian Army Camps at Hampton Court – A talk by Ian Franklin

In 1902, 1911, 1919 and 1937 “colonial” troops from India and nearby countries came to 
the UK to take part in the coronation processions of Edward VII, George V and George VI, and, in 1919, to commemorate World Peace Day. They were based in Home Park. Ian’s talk 
will tell us about the camps and their impact on the British people and give us an insight into what the troops did while they were here.

Ian hopes that his talk, with many rare images, will transport you back to a time when a visit 
to Hampton Court was one of the highlights of previous Coronation years. 

If anyone has any memorabilia relating to the camps, in particular any photographs of the 
1937 camp, Ian would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact us and we will pass the message on to him.


Thursday, 7th September – 8pmArtists, Antiquaries and Collectors: Illustrations of Surrey by John and Edward Hassell collected by Robert Barclay of Bury Hill, Dorking, c.1820 A talk by Julian Pooley

The late eighteenth century witnessed a craze among antiquaries and gentlemen collectors for collecting engravings and portraits to bind into published works of local history.  Robert Barclay’s collection of over 2000 prints, watercolours and drawings, compiled to illustrate his copy of Manning and Bray’s History and Antiquities of Surrey (1804-1814) includes over 500 original watercolours of Surrey buildings by John and Edward Hassell, John Carter and Henry de Cort, which reflect the conflicting contemporary tastes for picturesque views and antiquarian precision and provide a wonderful glimpse of Surrey buildings and high streets two centuries ago. This illustrated talk will include examples of the Hassell’s work around the Molesey area 


Wednesday, 4th October – 8pm – Ann Boleyn and Elizabeth I: The Mother and Daughter Who Made History – A talk by Tracy Borman at The Clore Centre (MEMBERS ONLY).


Thursday, 16th November – 8pm – Tagg’s Island part 2 at St Lawrence School.