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Welcome to the Purley Literary Society.

The Purley Literary Society, affectionately known as 'Purley Lit,' started in 1901, and has being running continuously except for the war years - and the recent pandemic.   This will be our 108th programme.

What do we do?

The Society engages guest speakers to present talks on a variety of topics, usually illustrated.
Meetings are held fortnightly on Tuesdays at 8pm from October to March, and last about an hour, followed by questions and answers.
We meet in the hall of the Purley United Reformed Church, 906, Brighton Road, Purley. CR8 2LN

Covid 19 Update, 23rd January, 2022.
We re-opened for the 2022 spring season on Tuesday, 11th January.

Until the Government changes the rules, for the time being, we have to wear masks in the hall.
This compulsory mask wearing is expected to have ended in time for the talk on Tuesday, 8th February.

Chairs will be in twos and threes, with generous spacing, and the high-level outside windows will be open.


The last talk of the 2021 - 2022 season, on 22nd March, will be preceded by a brief AGM (at 7:30pm)
It will be followed shortly after 8pm by Nick Brazil's talk about Chile and the Easter Islands.

The AGM documents for 22nd March will be placed here about a fortnight earlier.


We offer membership of the Society in two 'sizes':

the entire Autumn and Spring set of 11 talks for £22,
or just the Spring set of 6 talks for £12.

Membership tickets are transferable - if you are unable to attend a meeting, you are encouraged to let a friend use your ticket.

Visitors pay £5 per talk, but any visitor fees already paid are refunded on taking up a membership.

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     To contact us about general enquiries:

     To ask about membership details:

And to visit our website, go to purleylit.org.uk


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