About the Society: Society meetings

Our meetings and how to get there

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

For venue (unless otherwise stated), see the map at the bottom of this page. Our guest will normally speak for 45-60 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, 120 KB]

Wed 13 December, 7:45pm
“In Search of a Baker’s Story - My Grandfather’s Herne Hill Connection”
by Alice Graysharp

Alice will talk about her grandfather’s links with Herne Hill and Nevill’s bakery in the wider context of the family’s life in Brixton and West Norwood. She is the author of The Keeping of Secrets.

Wed 10 January, 7:45pm
“The Lost Effra Project”
by Rachel Dowse

The history of the underground River Effra, the need for the project, explanation of completed work and showing what can be done in your own garden. Rachel is Project Officer, Community Sustainable Drainage Systems, London Wildlife Trust.

Wed 14 February, 7:45pm
“The Ruined Subway at Crystal Palace”
by Stephen Oxford and Sue Giovanni

Stephen and Sue from the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway will introduce a film and answer questions about this hidden gem, a beautifully designed and crafted relic of Victorian construction, and a unique part of our cultural heritage.

Wed 14 March, 7:45pm
Annual General Meeting
followed by “Lambeth’s Victorian Architecture” by Edmund Bird

Wed 11 April, 7:45pm
Speaker to be confirmed

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.