Murder Mystery Play 18th December 2020 7:30 pm

On Friday December 18th at 7.30pm we are delighted to invite you to a Murder Mystery Play which will take place on Zoom.   This replaces the previously announced quiz, which will now be rescheduled for next year.

In a special performance, just for Project Purley’s members, Shinfield Players will perform “Family Fortunes”.  Guests are welcome if they will be on the same computer device.

The evening will last for approximately an hour and a half and will include a short break.  Obviously there will be a murder and after the crime has been discovered and you have had a chance to ponder the clues, everyone will have the opportunity to direct a question to the cast and to then, finally, to guess the name of the murderer.  I am sure there will be an opportunity for an informal natter before and afterwards.

Shinfield Players are kindly giving their services for free and instead, we will be making a donation from funds, via them, of £100 to Blood Bikes, Shinfield Players’ chosen charity of the year.  Blood Bikes are a volunteer-run charity who support the NHS by getting blood to the place where it is needed.  They have been going for over 50 years and the money I believe will go to the local Berkshire group.  Since Covid-19 reared its head, blood bikes have been in more demand than ever, but at the same time overnight their traditional fundraising avenues all but dried up – so they are a very worthy cause.

Please do come along with a festive drink and nibbles, if you would like to.

Summer outing 1st August 2019 (date changed from 18th July)


Project Purley’s summer outing this year will be a guided tour of the Reading Abbey ruins and the Abbey Quarter, followed by a cream tea.  Our guide will be John Painter, who has been Secretary of the Friends of Reading Abbey since 2013, and who has also had a book published on the Abbey, so it is unlikely that any question will go unanswered!

The tour will take approximately 90 minutes, starting at 2:30 pm but for those who would rather not walk for so long, Forbury Gardens will be close by, with many benches available, and the tour group will return there before heading off for the cream tea.

The cost will be £10 per person – please contact Jean Chudleigh ( to book your place.

Sulgrave Manor trip 21st May 2019

Project Purley is hosting a trip to historic Sulgrave Manor on Tuesday 21st May.  Travel is being organised by coach from Purley, and there are still a few places available.  The cost is £35.50, including entry to the house.  Contact Jean Chudleigh to book a place –

Sulgrave Manor is in Oxfordshire, a few miles East of Banbury, and about 60 miles North of Purley.  The travel time will be about 1.5 hours each way.  We shall also have an opportunity to visit the 13th century Sulgrave Church, which has links to the Washington family, and have lunch at the Star Inn.

Attached are details and photographs of Sulgrave Manor, and a menu from the Star Inn.  Details of the church and more details of the Manor can be found on their websites:

Sulgrave Manor details

Star Inn menu


AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting of Project Purley will be held in the Barn, Goosecroft Lane, Purley on Thames, at 7:30 pm on 15th March 2019.  All members are welcome to attend.

The AGM will be followed by drinks and nibbles, and then the regular Project Purley meeting at 8:00 pm, with a talk on Mapledurham Mill by the resident miller, Corry Starling.