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 15 March, 7.00 for 7.15pm, West Side Church
The Society's Annual General Meeting after which at 8.15pm a talk by local historian Tim Walker –
The First Clapham Saints:
A London Village 1600-1720. From 1630 Clapham became home to a group of radical Puritan merchants. Their influence was far reaching; they financed the Mayflower, ran the Navy, and helped start both the slave trade and the first missionary society to New England. Tim will explain why they chose Clapham and the part they played in the major events of the time.
Friday 16 March
A visit to the Painted Hall, Greenwich
Join a group of members going up 60 feet to see Britain’s largest painted ceiling.
Conservation work now in train will allow the public to view the painting ‘up close’,a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this masterpiece from just a couple of feet. We plan a morning tour of around 50 minutes; depending on the time slot, we may add a short walk, modest lunch together and a boat trip back to Vauxhall (all optional extras). The cost is £10 (£5 for Art Pass-holders). Register your interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org (Caroline Pook, or on 020 8870 4958 (leave a message) by 24 February. You will then be contacted with details and options before you are asked to pay.
Thursday 12 April, 7.45 for 8.00pm, West Side Church
An election hustings is planned for the Council elections on Thursday 3 May.
Also of interest
At 533 Old York Road, the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery hss the first-ever UK solo exhibition of one of China’s best-known contemporary artists, Zhu Wei. 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.