Our aims are to:

  • protect and enhance the character and amenities of the town and surrounding area
  • help preserve the best of Chertsey’s historic buildings
  • encourage good design and environmental awareness
  • make representations in person and in writing to give the Society’s views on proposed
  • developments, Structure Plans and environmental legislation


The Chertsey Society

is an amenity society with no political affiliations that acts as a voice to represent views on local issues.
Some of our success stories so far:

  • initiated the establishment of the Chertsey conservation area and produced guidelines for its protection with Runnymede Borough Council
  • encouraged the Council to set up Chertsey Museum
  • helped the Council restore and preserve the remaining part of the Abbey walls and create the adjacent Freda Atkins Memorial Garden and place the Dorothy Everall Memorial Seat
  • worked with and put pressure on the relevant authorities to act on local flooding issues
  • resisted the demolition and encouraged the restoration of historic buildings such as: Wheeler’s Green; Cowley Almshouses; Hareton Cottages; Willat’s Almshouses; 9-15 Windsor Street; 132-134 Guildford Street; Lockkeeper’s Cottage, Thames Side; Abbey Barn; and Chertsey Courthouse
  • made representations at Public Enquiries on local and County Structure Plans and been closely involved with the Local Strategic Partnership
  • restored the Office of Town Crier and providing ongoing sponsorship
  • resisted gravel raising and the erosion of the local Green Belt
  • co-ordinating Christmas Lights for Chertsey town centre
  • helping to co-ordinate the fundraising to replace the flagpole on St. Peter’s Church













































The Chertsey Society is now 50 years old, the first meeting being 19th October 1960. Since then many people have helped us achieve our aims.
During the winter we hold monthly meetings, usually at St. Peter’s Church Hall, with interesting speakers on varied subjects. These can range from talks on matters of local interest eg. flooding or local historic houses to organising the annual Town Forum and visit to Chertsey Museum.
Other social events take place, such as our involvement in Lighting the Beacon for national occasions, for instance for the Queen’s Jubilee. We take display stands to Black Cherry Fair, Chertsey Agricultural Show and similar venues to increase public awareness of local issues.
We also have our own historic archive and are custodians of the Tom Banner Collection of photographs.
The committee meets each month and maintains a continuous representation to the Borough and County Councils, Government departments and MPs on topics affecting the town and environs. We also liaise with other groups and the Council about planning applications, gravel raising proposals and structure plans. We are affiliated to many of the national and local groups, such as The Georgian Group and CPRE, who share our aims. Members are kept up-to-date with our activities through three regular, illustrated newsletters a year. Please join us to help us continue our work for the community.

Annual subscriptions are due 1st September:
Single Membership - £7.00
Family Membership - £10.00
Corporate Membership - £20.




















You can print out a Membership Application here.
For more information please contact the Chairman or Membership Secretary.