Just over 70 people enjoyed a most stimulating illustrated talk plus a sociable two-course meal in pleasant company at our fund-raising event on Saturday 30th September. This was thanks especially to the speaker, Richard Mantle, a local historian who gives history talks on a regular basis, and his wife Jill who handles all the catering with great skill. Richard’s subject was Hubert de Burgh, Lord of the Manor of Banstead in the 13th century but a great deal more beside – in fact, one of the most significant political players of his time, and one of the few Banstead people who figure in a play by Shakespeare. The road De Burgh Park now marks the site of the Manor House where he died.
The event raised £1303 (including proceeds of £243 from the raffle) for the SOS Repair Appeal. We’re grateful also to Ralph Maciejewski for his technical expertise with the graphics – and for showing a delightful film of 1950s Banstead during supper.