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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.

Covid 19 Update, 20th September 2020.

We have reluctantly decided to cancel the Autumn part of the 2020 - 2021 season.

Our decision was based on Government rules/guidelines (and those of the Purley URC) regarding gatherings, together with members' and speakers' responses about their willingness to come to meetings.

Based on first-hand experience, as well as feedback from both members and speakers, we do not think that computer-based meetings (like Zoom) would be useful to the majority of Purley Lit members.

Going forward, we hope to be able to host a Spring season of talks. Please watch this space!

Virtual AGM

Thank you to all members who took the trouble to respond to the questions that were distributed with our 'Virtual Annual General Meeting' package. This was sent to all members by email (for whom we hold an email address), and by post for the remainder.

We set a deadline of the 17th September for candidates wishing to join the Committee to contact us.
We can now report that no-one has taken up this opportunity.

Currently, 38 of you have responded, out of a total membership of 90. If you have not responded, please do take the time to send us your views. If the original email from us has become mislaid, please ask for another copy by clicking on this link:

In the normal course of events...

We engage 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.
We meet in the hall of the Purley United Reformed Church, 906, Brighton Road, Purley. CR8 2LN


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.

Please share these links with your friends and neighbours!

     To contact us about general enquiries:

     To ask about membership details:

And to visit us, go to purleylit.org.uk


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