More about Sidney Michael Poland
A part of the Poland Bequest was land by the river known as the Old Orchard where Trustees have erected benches and maintain the ground as public space of quiet and beauty. Dominating the centre of the riverside land is a pill box from the Second World War. Crossing the 1968 temporary foot bridge (replacing the old pack horse bridge destroyed in 1968 floods) Mill Lane passes through the centre of the propert with the Old Orchard on the right and woodland on the left.
In 1968, the big flood the footbridge was washed away as was the bridge by the Old Orchard on Poland House lands. In the early 1990s the road bridge was almost completely replaced and a bailey bridge was erected and used during the repairs. A new foot bridge was then erected, many saying it was the wrong one as it was not the design as agreed.
Brockham Angling Club have access to the Mole from Poland lands to fish free of charge.
The Bowls Club:
The club which has a beautiful new green, a grand new pavilion and the same delightful venue, next to the river at the end of Mill Hill Lane. The Sidney Michael Poland Charity, which is the club's landlord, provided the pavilion and Mole Valley District Council helped towards the cost of the green. So the basic tasks were carried out by professionals, but members have worked hard too. Jobs included preparing the site, landscaping the area, replacing the outbuildings, turning the old pavilion into changing rooms and lavatories, preparing the pavilion base and fitting out the building once erected - as well as fundraising.