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.


Wed 11 April, 7:45pm
“Bees Can’t Eat Kind Words”
by Dale Gibson

Dale will talk about the specific issues affecting the welfare of honeybees in London, including proliferation, forage availability and habitat. He will work through case histories and conclude with recommended remedies for the problems identified. Bermondsey Street Bees was 2016 Great Taste Awards ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’.

The Herne Hill History Hear team will also give a short presentation about this oral history project.

Wed 9 May, 7:45pm
“Seven o’clock and not a Baby Bathed: The Story of a Lambeth Midwife”
by Robert Holden 

Elizabeth Matilda Halston trained as a midwife in the 1920s and embarked on a career that was to last over 20 years. This culminated in seven years as a domiciliary midwife with the London County Council when, in the most dangerous circumstances of war-torn Lambeth and Wandsworth, she delivered hundreds of babies to women in their own homes.

Sat 9 June, 7:45pm
Thomas Lynn Bristowe Memorial Lecture
by Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

No talks in July or August

Wed 12 September, 7:45pm
“Respectable Tenants Wanted: Early Days of Rosendale Road Estate”
by Bob Reeves


Sun 2 September, 2:30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail / South
All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Road entrance
Led by Robert Holden

Sun 9 September, 2:30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail / North
Herne Hill Velodrome, Burbage Road entrance
Led by Robert Holden

Sat 15 September, 2:30pm
Herne Hill Heritage Trail / Central
Herne Hill Station
Led by Robert Holden

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.