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)
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)
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)
Wednesday 12 July,
A Society Social Evening at Brady’s Fish Restaurant
Enjoy a fish supper (or vegetarian alternative) and be entertained by a saxophonist on a summer evening by the River – in the company of other Society members (be still my beating heart... ). Keep the date free and register your interest in attending before 1 July (Society members and guests only). You will then be contacted with details and asked for menu choices. To register, e-mail email@example.com or phone 020 8870 4958.
Walks and Visits
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 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.
Sunday 21 May, 2.45pm for 3pm
Society visit to Battersea Power Station
A rare opportunity to tour the building while construction workers are offsite, to view publicly accessible areas and learn about the project. Strictly limited to 20 people (Society members only). The tour is unsuitable for those with mobility difficulties, under 18, or pregnant. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8870 4958 to book a place. First come, first served.
Also of interest
At 533 Old York Road, the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery is showing until 3 June the work of Dawit Abebe: "Quo Vadis". 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.