2004 Balchin Family Gathering – Dorking, Surrey

The 2004 Family Society Gathering was held in Dorking, Surrey during the weekend of 11th/12th September.

Saturday 11th September.

Although not a full two-day event, the Gathering coincided with Heritage Open Weekend and we were invited by the Westcott Local History Society to join them on the Saturday afternoon for a walk around the village. Westcott is a delightful village just outside Dorking. It is truly Balchin territory with a Balchins Lane, Balchin Stores and much more besides. On Saturday evening there was a family dinner in Dorking, at the “Old House at Home”, a recently refurbished Dorking Inn.

Sunday 12th September

The Gathering followed the pattern of previous events.
The theme this year was Agriculture.

9.30 – 9.45
9.45 – 10.00
10.00 – 11.15
What have you found?everyone
11.15 – 11.45
Coffee and a chance to browse the Society archives
11.45 – 12.00
Balchin Artists -introducing a new theme – Sue Shafrir
12.00 – 12.30
Balchin InnkeepersWilliam Balchin
12.30 – 1.00
John Walker and the Dorking Balchins Jenny Dixon
1.00 – 2.30 Lunch and more browsing
2.30 – 3.00 Annual General Meeting of the Society
3.00 – 3.30
Balchin and HeraldrySir Robert Balchin
3.30 – 4.00
Tea – Break and browse
4.00 – 4.30
Balchin Heroes Roy Balchin
4.30 – 5.00
10 years on, where are we now? – update on the Balchin family since the Society started in 1994