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 12 April, 7.45 for 8.00pm, West Side Church
Council Elections Forum. Our panel of speakers will include:
Conservative - Cllr Ravi Govindia (Council leader since 2011; standing in East Putney ward);
Green - Fergal McEntee (standing in Roehampton, Putney Vale and Putney Heath ward);
Labour - Cllr Simon Hogg (Council Opposition leader since 2016, standing in Latchmere ward);
Lib Dem - Olly Glover (standing in Nightingale ward).
What questions would you like to ask the candidates?
Each speaker will introduce themselves and their policies in a short statement. They will then be invited to debate a range of questions submitted in advance preferably by e-mail to email@example.com.
This 'Question Time' approach has worked well for previous Society 'hustings events'.) Debate with the audience, as well as between the speakers themselves, will be encouraged.Our principal aim of course is to hear candidates' views and reflect on how we should vote on 3 May! Please send in your question(s) as soon as possible!
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
A visit to 'The Line'
A contemporary art walk with sculptures by modern artists including Anthony Gormley and Damian Hurst. The route runs between Stratford and the O2 (formerly The Millenium Dome), following the line of the Meridian.
Wednesday 6 June,
Naturescope on Wandsworth Common
The Management and Ecology of Wimbledon Park
A talk by Dr David Dawson. This talk is the Society's contribution to the Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2018 - for which this year's theme is 'Open Spaces'.
You can download the programme for the Heritage Festival here.
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 forthcoming April-May Newsletter.
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.