Caring about Wandsworth's buildings, open spaces, rivers
and transport

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 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 20 April, 7.45 for 8.00 (West Side Church)
Community engagement: Community Gardens & Orchards
Transition Towns & Pollinator Paths
A session led by: Martin Cobley (Wendelsworth Community Garden & Orchard) and Ollie Smallwood (Bramford Community Garden). Follow-up site visits have been organised by the speakers (see below).

Tuesday 25 April
Osterley Park outing
A visit to an imposing 18th century house designed by Robert Adam. The self-guided visit to the house and garden will be preceded by a one-hour walk in the park and on the nearby canal bank. Entry to the house is £8.80 (free for National Trust and Art Fund members). There is a café for lunch. No advance booking required; just join the group, led by Caroline Pook at Clapham Junction, 9.30am outside M&S Simply Food, on the day. (Contact if any queries.)


Sunday 7 May at 2.30pm
Site visit to Bramford Comminuty Garden
The location... as described on the Transition Town website, is "within a few metres of Wandsworth Town train station, opposite the glorious landmark which is the Wandsworth Gyratory roundabout!" An opportunity to reflect on the impact of the proposed Homebase re-development on the neighbourhood, including the garden.

Thursday 11 May, 7.45 for 8.00 (West Side Church)
Uncertain Light - an illustrated talk by local author Marian Molteno about her latest novel.
(Wandsworth Arts Fringe event)

Sunday 18 May at 2.30pm
Site visit to Wendlesworth Comminuty Garden & Orchard
This community garden and orchard is to be found on the Wandsworth Estate, located at the corner of Allfarthing Lane and Vermont Road (nearest postcode SW18 2LH). Enter from Iron Mill Road.


Thursday 8 June, 7.45 for 8.00 (West Side Church)
Industrial life in the 1930s - work in a Wireless Factory
An illustrated talk by Dr Tom Going.
(Wandsworth Heritage Festival event)

Walks and Visits

Thursday 23 March
A visit to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin for 40 years, where he developed his revolutionary theories and wrote the Origin of the Species. The garden was his laboratory and worth a visit in its own right. The visit will include a short walk from the village and bus stop. Full entry cost is £11.10 (£10 for concessions); free for English Heritage members. Lunch is available at a village pub. Start is at Clapham Junction station, outside M&S Simply Food, at 9.30. No booking required; pay on the day. The trip is within the Zone 6/ Freedom Pass areas. Any queries to

Also of interest

At 533 Old York Road, the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery is showing until 25 March the work of Ruprecht von Kaufmann. No Not Never None. The Gallery explains: "At the heart of von Kaufmann’s artistic practice is a blending of figurative painting with a sculptural approach, and an exploration of space and of the three-dimensional. His paintings take on an installation-like aura, sometimes spilling over the perfect linear bounds of the work itself, either through bits and pieces left hanging over, or, occasionally, jumping onto the walls of the gallery itself”. You can read more about this exhibition (and future ones) at

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 for further information. Wandsworth’s New Stagers offers – for performers and audiences – “amateur drama at its best in South West London”. It produces a wide range of work. Its next show is ‘The 39 Steps’, running from Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 April, at St Anne’s Church Hall, Wandsworth. For more details, visit

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.


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