Ewhurst History Society

Programme

Tuesday, 17th September 2019

Tuesday 17th September 2019 Ewhurst People – a trawl through the 1939 Register - Nigel Balchin

The Register was taken in September 1939, prior to the issuing of identity cards. Nigel will tell us about some of the interesting (and surprising!) people who were registered in Ewhurst at the beginning of the Second World War, including the first public showing for nearly eighty years, of a home-movie showing evacuees arriving at Ewhurst School.

Tuesday, 15th October 2019

Tuesday 15thOctober 2019 Margaret Beaufort – My Lady the King’s Mother – James Dickinson

The mother of Henry VII and grandmother of Henry VIII, Margaret Beaufort is known as the mother of the Tudor dynasty. James will tell us about her life and influence.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019

Tuesday 19th November 2019 Ultimate Folly - the Rises and the Falls of Whitaker Wright, the World's Most Shameless Swindler- Henry Macrory

Henry will tell us about the extraordinary life and death of Whitaker Wright and his extravagant estate at Witley, which includes an underwater smoking room.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019

Tuesday 10th December 2019 NB this is the 2ndTuesday, not the 3rd James Puttock, Wheelwright of Cranleigh - Joy [‘Joy of Cranleigh’] Horne

We welcome Joy for a return visit. This time she will be telling us about James Puttock who ran the smithy at Lucks Green (near Dobbe’s florist)

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020

John Evelyn in Surrey- Isabel Sullivan

Isabel, an archivist from the Surrey History Centre, will be telling us about the life and work of John Evelyn and his Surrey connections.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020

Special Operations Executive at Winterfold in WWII – Paul McCue

Paul will be telling us about Winterfold House near Cranleigh, which was used from 1943 - 1945 for the initial training of SOE agents, including Violette Szabo. 

Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Duxhurst – Lady Henry Somerset’s Farm Colony for Inebriated Women- Ros Black

Lady Henry Somerset was a philanthropist and campaigner for women’s rights, who was not afraid to support unpopular causes. Ros will be telling us about Duxhurst, near Reigate, where she set up a home for the rehabilitation of alcoholic women

Wednesday, 20th May 2020

Annual General Meeting and Members’ Evening Mary Somerville- Andrew Ferguson

Somerville College Oxford is named after Mary Somerville (1780-1872), a Scottish mathematician, astronomer and polymath. Andrew, a fellow Scot, will be telling us about her formidable intellect, her work, writing and legacy