Meetings and Events from Oct 2012 to Sep 2013

The following information is outdated and retained on the site solely to help give a feel for the type of events organised by the Reigate Society.

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Date & Time Monday 08 Oct 2012, 8:00pm Event Type Members Evening
Title of Talk The Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Iron Railway Guest Speaker Bruce Healey
Venue Woodhatch Centre, Hornbeam Road, Reigate, RH2 7LS.
Additional Information Admission by ticket. The Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Iron Railway was an extension of the World's first public railway, opened in the early years of the nineteenth century. This unusual and pioneering railway had the unlikely destination of Merstham. Although it was the object of much international interest, it is now largely forgotten. Bruce Healey is a railway historian.
Date & Time Wednesday 07 Nov 2012, 8:15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk Reigate Stone and its History Guest Speaker Lester Hicks
Venue Reigate Baptist Church, Sycamore Walk, Reigate, RH2 7LR.
Additional Information Lester Hicks is a planning consultant and from 1997 to 2007 was Deputy Director of Planning in the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is now Chairman of the UK Minerals Forum. From the 11th to the 16th centuries Reigate Stone was the principal English source of masonry for prestigious church and state buildings in London and the Thames Valley - used extensively at Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle. This talk follows and illustrates the rise, fall - and in places survival - of Reigate's major contribution to our national heritage.
Date & Time Thursday 13 Dec 2012, 8:15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk Twentieth Century Gardens Guest Speaker Cherrill Sands
Venue Priory School, Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7RL.
Additional Information Cherrill Sands is a garden & landscape historian and her talk covers the period from 1919. It will show the influence of modern architecture, art, space travel and ecology on landscape and formal gardens.
Date & Time Thursday 24 Jan 2013, 8.15 pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk Taking on the Climate Challenge Guest Speaker Rob Basto
Venue St Mark's Church Hall, Alma Road, Reigate, RH2 0DA.
Additional Information A look at how global warming affects us and at some possible solutions in the little time we have available. Scientist Dr. Rob Basto has been campaigning on climate change issues for the last ten years and has been involved in direct action campaigns, most recently against fracking - the controversial exploitation of shale gas.
Date & Time Thursday 21 Feb 2013, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk Local Mills and the SPAB Mills Section Guest Speaker Michael Yates
Venue Tanners & Woolsack Rooms, The Harlequin, Redhill, RH1 1NN.
Additional Information The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is involved in all aspects of the survival of buildings which are old or interesting. Emma Sheridan-Smith is administrator of the Mills Section dealing with traditional windmills and watermills.
Date & Time Monday 18 Mar 2013, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk An Introduction to Dragonflies Guest Speaker Dr Catherine Burton
Venue Reigate Methodist Community Centre, behind Methodist Church, High Street, Reigate, RH2 9AE.
Additional Information Dr Catherine Burton is the Biological Records Officer for the Surrey Wildlife Trust (a registered charity).
Date & Time Monday 01 Jul 2013, 8.15pm Event Type A.G.M. (Open to all)
Title of Talk Green Belt and planning for the future Guest Speaker Richard Bate
Venue Woodhatch Centre, Hornbeam Road, Reigate, RH2 7LS

Richard is a planning consultant concerned with protecting the environment. He has previously been head of planning at CPRE national office for 5 years, and has run his business Green Balance for over two decades. For the last 15 years he has also been specialist planning adviser to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee and its predecessors, including advising them on the emerging National Planning Policy Framework. He works extensively to assist National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Green Belts and protected heritage.