About the Society: Society meetings

Forthcoming meetings and how to get there

Our public meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of most months at Herne Hill United Church Hall, Herne Hill (junction with Red Post Hill), London SE24 9PW.

Autumn 2016 programme

For venue (unless otherwise stated), see the map at the bottom of this page. Our guest will normally speak for 50 - 60 minutes, followed by around 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Then we take a refreshment break, a raffle and announcements.

Meetings are free and open to non-members, so bring your friends along. But as no tickets are issued, we cannot guarantee a seat.

We start promptly at 7:45pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Please arrive before the speaker is introduced to avoid disturbing others.

Download A4 poster for our next event [PDF, 180 KB]

Wed 12 October, 7:45pm
“Lt. George Bemand”
by S.I. Martin

Dulwich College-educated Jamaican George K. Bemand was probably the first non-white officer to be accepted into the British Army in World War One. He lived with his brother and mother in Denmark Hill, and his life shines a light on Black people in WWI and South East London’s small Black community 1900-1919. 

Wed 9 November, 7:45pm
“River Effra, South London’s secret spine”
by Jon Newman

The Effra vanished underground 150 years back, leaving just a few legends and a nagging fascination. This willow-fringed haunt of eels and herons had been transformed by unregulated suburban development from a small river into a large sewer until finally it was covered over. Yet it still flows below South London and, just occasionally, it floods.

The venue, and how to get there

Herne Hill United Church Hall is the smaller building next to the Church. It is on the 68/468 and P4 bus routes, and a 15-min walk from the following stations: Herne Hill, Denmark Hill, Loughborough Junction and North Dulwich.

The hall is accessible to wheelchair users.

Meetings you may have missed

To get an idea of the sort of events we put on, go to our Facebook page. Talks are reviewed in our quarterly Herne Hill magazine.