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 email@example.com. 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)
Thursday 10 May West Side Church
Panorama of the Thames
A presentation by John R Inglis and Jill Sanders of the filmed record they have made of a restored 1829 'Panorama of the Thames' (from Westminster to Richmond, some 52 miles) showing the architecture and open spaces on both banks, interwoven with contemporary film of the riverbanks that we can see today.
This presentation is the Society's contribution to the Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival 2018 (4-20 May). The Festival offers a veritable cornucopia of arts-related events -beauty, wisdom and wackiness. You can peruse details at www.wandsworthfringe.com
Thursday 17 May, 9.30 am. Meet at Clapham Junction Station
Walk 'The Line'
We will take a gentle 2½ mile stroll along The Line, a collection of sculptures, many by eminent modern artists (including Anthony Gormley and Damian Hirst), following the Meridian from the Olympic Park to the O2, including a trip on the Emirates Airline and a stop to see an innovative community project at Cody Dock on the River Lea. Meet at 9.30am outside Simply Food in the mall inside Clapham Junction Station. No booking required.
Wednesday 6 June,
Naturescope on Wandsworth Common
The Management and Ecology of Wimbledon Park
A talk by Dr David Dawson - the Society's contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2018 - for which this year's theme is the borough's parks and open spaces.
Naturescope on Wandsworth Common sits alongside the Skylark Café. It can be approached from either Dorlcote Road (parking available in the vicinity) or from John Archer Way. If weather suits, there is the opportunity for a pleasant walk across the Common, and refreshments outdoors.
Our splendid Events team are also planning, among other things, a visit to the Langdon Down Museum (near Hampton Wick) which which contains a theatre and museum and is home to the Down's Syndrome Association. And a Society 'summer social'. More details in our next Newsletter.
Also of interest
At 533 Old York Road, the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery two artists from Harare, Takunda Regis Billiat and Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, reflect on life in Zimbabwe. 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.