The Society offers a varied programme of talks and other events.
We hold regular monthly meetings, usually with a gap in the summer and a Christmas party in December. Our talks, and the discussions that follow, deal with a range of matters of local concern or otherwise likely to be of interest to members.
Unless otherwise indicated, meetings, usually held on the second Thursday of the month at 7.45 for 8.00 (with refreshments available), are free and open to all, with no booking required. Our regular venue is West Side Church, Melody Road SW18 2QQ – corner of Allfarthing Lane, opposite Wandsworth Preparatory School (the former Alvering Library).
Other events from time to time include a programme of walks, outings to places of interest and social events – the latter including the Society's 'soirees' (informal evenings for musical or other performances, usually held in a member's home). All such events may require prior booking, sometimes involve a fee and may be restricted to Society members and their guests.
All Society members receive occasional e-mail communications – ‘alerts', reminders about events or news of any last-minute changes to the planned programme – from firstname.lastname@example.org. Members also receive an electronic PDF version of our Newsletter, published five times a year, plus a bumper (printed) ‘Bedside’ edition in December. A printed copy of the Newsletter can be provided as well (distributed either by Society volunteers or through the post). If we have your e-mail address, it will only be used for Society purposes and not passed to anyone else. But you can of course ‘unsubscribe’ from Society e-mails, if you prefer.
Society meetings (other than walks and visits – see below)
Our regular meetings programme resumes in
September. We are planning meetings on:
• Thursday 14 September
• Thursday 12 October
• Thursday 9 November
All three meetings will be at 7.45 for 8pm, at our
regular venue, West Side Church (corner of Melody
Road/ Allfarthing Lane, SW18 2QQ). Speakers and
dates are currently being juggled by the Events
team (see page 2). However, we have confirmation
that Sir David Henshaw will be one of our
speakers. Ajer 7 years as Chief Executive of
Liverpool City Council, he has held a series of top
management NHS posts, most recently serving as
Interim Chair of St George’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Friday 8 December, 7.30 for 8pm
Christmas Party at St Anne’s Church Hall
Our ‘performers’ for the evening, and booking arrangements, will be announced in the autumn. (This event will be for Society members and their guests only.)
Walks and Visits
Tuesday 29 August at 9.30am
Rose Harley will lead a leisurely walk (for members and their guests) around Docklands. No need to book in advance: just meet outside M&S Simply Food in Clapham Junction Station at 9.30am.
Tuesday 19 September
During the Wandle Fortnight* (9 to 24 September),
Joanna Ecclestone from the London Wildlife Trust
will lead a ‘walk and talk’ (for members and
guests), looking at wildlife in the Lower Wandle
Valley. This early evening event will last between
one and two hours. Details will be published in our
*Find out about others’ plans for the fortnight via
Also of interest
At 533 Old York Road, the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery is showing until 2 September the work of Jonny Briggs and Evy Jokhova : "The Manicured Wild". You can read more about this exhibition (and future ones) at www.kristinhjellegjerde.com.
Further west and nearer the Thames, the Maestro Arts Gallery in Wandsworth's Riverside Quarter, which organizes a wide range of arts events in various locations, is also worth discovering, if you do not know it – see www.maestroarts.com for further information.
A local heritage walk
A short ‘heritage’ walk beside the River Wandle was led for the Society by Shirley Passmore, our President, in 2014 and attracted some 40 people. The walk took us along the Causeway from the Armoury pub on Armoury Way to Feathers Wharf (via the listed II* Wentworth House in Dormay Street), across the Causeway Bridge over Bell Lane Creek and along the temporary riverside walk to the Thames. If you would like to guide yourself on this walk, Shirley’s notes on the walk and history of the area, including some (but not all!) recent developments, are available here.