One of the oldest literary societies in the UK has been forced to close after 120 years “due to a declining membership.”

The Epsom and Ewell Literary Society, which was founded in 1898, met on the first Wednesday of each month at Epsom Playhouse.

Over the years, the Epsom and Ewell Literary Society has brought several famous guest speakers to Epsom such as Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys and General Montgomery.

Michael Stevens, secretary of the society, said: 'We were very sad to see the demise of the Society which was founded in the town in 1898.

“However, due to a declining membership and lack of people willing to serve on the committee, the decision was taken with regret to close the Society.

“It was agreed that remaining funds in the Society's accounts, amounting to £9,012.72 should be distributed equally to four local registered charities”.

Charities to benefit are Age Concern Epsom and Ewell, Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, My Time for Young Carers in Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley, and Princess Alice Hospice.