Meetings and Events from Oct 2009 to Sep 2010

The following information is outdated and retained on the site solely to help give a feel for the type of events organised by the Reigate Society.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 12 Oct 2009, 7.30 for 8.00pm Event Type Members Evening
Title of Talk Betchworth Castle, Past and Present Guest Speaker Martin Higgins
Venue Woodhatch Centre, Whitebeam Drive, off Hornbeam Road, Reigate, RH2 7LS.
Additional Information Betchworth Castle is one of the county's least known 'castles'. Martin Higgins will identify prehistoric features on the site, its time as an impressive medieval fortified manor house, its refurbishment as a country house for Sir John Soane, and its part demolition to form a romantic ruin in 1835. Martin recently purchased the ruins of Betchworth Castle from Mole Valley District Council and plans to consolidate the remains and make them freely available to the public.
Date & Time 05 Nov 2009, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk News from Surrey Wildlife Trust Guest Speaker Nigel Davenport
Venue Holmesdale School, Alma Road, Reigate, RH2 0BY.
Additional Information Nigel Davenport is the Chief Executive of Surrey Wildlife Trust ( which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Trust now manages 80 nature reserves covering over 4,000 hectares of Surrey's countryside.
Date & Time 10 Dec 2009, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk The Origins of Reigate and Tandridge Priories Guest Speaker Dennis Turner
Venue Priory School, Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7RL.
Additional Information Dennis Turner (past president of the Surrey Archaeological Society) is reluctant to reveal his plot but says that things are not always what they are thought to be.
Date & Time 28 Jan 2010, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk Reigate's Heathland Riches Guest Speaker Jeremy Early
Venue St Mark's Church Hall, Alma Road, Reigate, RH2 0DA.
Additional Information Despite massive reductions over the last century, and continuing pressure necessitating vigorous defence, Surrey retains a significant body of heathland. The habitat offers stunning locations for fauna and flora as well as human relaxation and Reigate is well placed in this regard. Reigate Heath leads the way, backed by other smaller sites along the sandy Greensand Ridge. Jeremy Early, local photographer, naturalist and species recorder for Surrey Wildlife Trust, has a passion for Heathland which he is going to share with us when talking about Reigate's heathland riches. Some of Jeremy's photographs and much information can be seen on the web site
Date & Time 25 Feb 2010, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk Gatton Park - Bringing an 18th Century Landscape to Life Guest Speaker Glyn Sherratt
Venue Tanners & Woolsack Rooms, The Harlequin, Redhill, RH1 1NN.
Additional Information As Landscape/Heritage Officer of Gatton Park ( Glyn Sherratt deals with the daily challenges of bringing an 18th century landscape back to life.
Date & Time 25 Mar 2010, 8.15pm Event Type Talk
Title of Talk How Britain Manages its Waste Guest Speaker Lester Hicks
Venue Redhill UR Church Hall, Shaw's Corner, Hatchlands Rd, Redhill, RH1 8AU.
Additional Information Waste management is a contentious issue everywhere and, although we all generate waste either personally or through the goods and services we consume, no one wants waste to be managed anywhere near where they live. Lester Hicks was responsible for national planning policy on waste from 1997-2007 when in the Department for Communities and Local Government and its predecessors.
Date & Time 01 Jul 2010, 8.15pm Event Type AGM (Open to all)
Title of Talk Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign Guest Speaker John Byng
Venue Woodhatch Centre, Whitebeam Drive, off Hornbeam Road, Reigate, RH2 7LS.
Additional Information John Byng is the Vice Chairman of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (


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