Talks for the 2018-2019 season
Brook Memorial Hall, Brox Road, Ottershaw
All talks begin at 8:00pm

Everybody is welcome to these events, whether they be members or non-members.

There is a fee of £1 for members and £2 for non-members paid at the door, to cover the speakers’ expenses and cost of refreshments.

25th September 2018 AGM

27th November 2018 ‘Horsell Common’ by Paul Rimmer

Paul Rimmer is the Estate Manager for the Horsell Common Preservation Society. Horsell Common is one of only a handful of privately owned areas of common land in England with public access. The Horsell Common Preservation Society Trustees, who manage the common, do so with great care out of respect for the wildlife living there and the general environment. This talk will cover its long history as waste of the manor under previous ownership, becoming a `Common` under HCPS and its increasing management as an area of nature conservation importance. Plus the recent restoration of the Muslim Burial Ground and the newer Heather Farm area of Cafe and wetlands.

22nd January 2019 ‘Country Houses around Ottershaw & Chertsey’ by Emma Warren

Emma Warren is the Curator of Chertsey Museum. She will be covering the history of some of the local Country Houses around Ottershaw, both those still in existence and some now demolished. This will include Botleys Mansion, Silverlands, Foxhills, Almners Priory, St Ann’s Hill and Sayes Court amongst others.



26th February 2019 ‘The Tank Factory at Longcross’ by William Suttie

William Suttie has written a book on the British Military Vehicle Development and the Chobham Establishment, located at Longcross, known now as the Longcross new residential development site. He worked there until its closure in 2002. He covers both the history of the site as a `tank factory and test track`, from when it was established on what had been part of Chobham Common, as well as the various tanks built here.


26th March 2019 ‘The Wey and Arun Canal’ by Graham Lewington

In 1816, The Wey & Arun Junction Canal opened linking the Wey Navigation near Guildford to the south coast via the Arun Navigation. Conceived during the Napoleonic Wars, the Canal was intended to provide a safe, efficient route from London to Portsmouth to carry goods supplying the dockyards. In its heyday, the Canal did carry many tons of cargo but the end of the war with France, and the arrival of the railways, sounded the death knell for the Wey & Arun as a business, and by 1871 it was formally closed. 200 years after it opened members and volunteers are working to reopen the Wey & Arun Canal for leisure. Already several miles of the Canal are in regular use by small boats, canoes, and the Trust’s own trip boats. Graham Lewington will be updating us on the restoration progress.

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