Ewhurst History Society


Tuesday, 21st September 2021

21st September 2021- Ewhurst in the Second World War

To be held at the Ewhurst Youth and Sports Building (EYSC) at Ewhurst Recreation ground at 8.00pm (NB - not the Baptist Church)

Ewhurst in the Second World War – a talk by Janet Balchin

Ewhurst received over 500 child evacuees in 1939 and 1940. Most of the young men and women of Ewhurst served in some way, some losing their lives, and others winning gallantry awards. Ewhurst people had an impact on the international stage with their involvement in the Liberation of Ethiopia and Anglo-Japanese relations. Much was going on the Home Front too, with the Home Guard, canteens for troops and an enormous amount of knitting and stitching.

Wednesday, 20th October 2021

- please note this is a Wednesday not a Tuesday

Spending Heritage Lottery Money – A talk by Jane Harry

Ewhurst Church has recently undergone a major lottery-funded restoration project. Jane will be telling us about the work to the chancel and also about the new Friends of Ewhurst Church charity.

EYSC at 8.00pm

Tuesday, 16th November 2021

Morgan Blair – Horseman of Coverwood – A talk by Nigel Balchin

Special General Meeting

This is being held to pass a vote to approve the on-line AGMs and accounts of 2020 and 2021; and to appoint the committee and officers for 2021 – 2022. The 2022 AGM will take place in May 2022

Followed by 

Morgan Blair – Horseman of Coverwood – A talk by Nigel Balchin

Morgan Blair, an amateur jockey, polo player and race-horse trainer, was a very interesting character. Nigel shares with us the results of his researches that started over lockdown.

EYSC at 8.00pm

Tuesday, 14th December 2021

Members Evening - Family History

Four of our members will be telling us about their research into their family history.
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Tuesday, 15th February 2022

‘Lonsesome Lodge – A lost Palladian Villa’ - a talk by Robin Daly. 8.00pm at the EYSC

Lonesome Lodge was situated in the upper part of the Tillingbourne valley near Broadmoor. The house was dismantled in 1854, but many of the water features survive, including the waterfall. Robin will tell us about its creation and later owners and occupiers, who included the wife of a former rector of Ewhurst.

Tuesday, 15th March 2022

‘Special Operations Executive at Winterfold in WWII’ – a talk by Paul McCue. 8.00pm at the EYSC

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, 19th April 2022

‘West Horsley Place’ a talk by Joy Davis. 8.00pm at the EYSC

West Horsley Place is a 15th Century Grade 1 listed house, with a 17th Century facade. The broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne inherited it in 2015 from his great-aunt the Duchess of Roxburghe and gifted the estate to a new charity ‘The Mary Roxburghe Trust’. It is also the home of the Grange Park Opera and has been used as a location for films and TV, including ‘The Crown’.

Tuesday, 17th May 2022

AGM Followed by ‘Duxhurst – Lady Henry Somerset’s Farm Colony for Inebriated Women’- a talk by Ros Black. 8.00pm at the EYSC

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.