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The Wimbledon Society

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Founded in 1903, The Wimbledon Society is committed to protecting all those local amenities which contribute to our quality of life.

Community facilities and the built environment of open spaces, parks and buildings form a fundamental part of our lives. The Society has played a key role in the enhancement and protection of these vital facilities since its inception.

Civic Societies provide an army of volunteers from their ranks of members, who bring time, skills and commitment in seeking the preservation of the best of our heritage for now and for the future. Societies such as ours form a truly independent body of opinion acting entirely for the community benefit and, importantly for today, are free of political or commercial influence.

This homepage links to other main pages. We hope our site will provide you with all the information you may seek about Wimbledon and the Society. Most of all, we hope that, if you feel about our Town as we do, you will join the Society and help us to continue to provide a strong and effective voice in the community.

On 1 January 2017, the Society became a company limited by guarantee. The key documents on the right show the Constitition for the unincorporated body, as well as the Articles for the new limited company.

The Wimbledon Society is a Registered Charity, no 1164261.

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Pasture to Platform - a new exhibition

WIMBLEDON STATION

HOW DID WIMBLEDON station change from its bucolic beginnings in 1838 as a country halt, to the busy suburban hub that we know today? The new exhibition will tell the story via a series of illustrated panels that reveal the early buildings and the people involved, along with amusing anecdotes, and some horrendous accidents. Offering fascinating insights into the changing landscape and impact of the railway on our town, there will also be previously unpublished and undocumented material.

 

‘From Pasture to Platform – The Story of Wimbledon Station’ is at the Norman Plastow Gallery, Museum of Wimbledon, 22 Ridgway, SW19 4QN from Friday 12 January to Sunday 4 February and is open Fridays from 12.30 to 2pm, Saturdays from 2.30 to 5pm and Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free.

 

Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 is a proposed new railway serving London and the wider South East. There is detailed information on the website www.crossrail2.co.uk. The proposals will have a major impact on Wimbledon. The Society's planning committee has been following the emerging proposals put forward by TfL, and as part of the consultation procedure, we have written two key letters, and a detailed report. These can be read by selecting the links below.

This is probably the biggest development to affect Wimbledon since the first railway to open up this area was built in the 19th century.

The letters and our comments can be viewed under the News Section of the Planning pages.

Richard Milward History Challenge 2016

The challenge to find new historians has come to a conclusion. The Wimbledon Society awarded the Richard Milward Local History Prize in December 2016. This award commemorates the work of Wimbledon's notable historian Richard Milward (1924-2006) and is part of the centenary celebrations for The Museum of Wimbledon.

The first competition held in 2014 was won by Kirk Bannister and Glenys Taylor - click on the links below to read their essays. The 2016 winners are Ann Bremner and Alice Fookes - links to their winning essays appear below.

It was a condition that the article or essay should have a local historical connection and be based to some degree on original research not previously published. 'Local' in this context means the area centred on what was the Borough of Wimbledon, as shown on the map in our current membership leaflet, to be found on our website's membership page. Submissions were required to be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length.

Away Day

  For the first time in the Wimbledon Society’s history, a meeting was held for all members (in addition to the AGM). This was an exciting event with an attendance of some 60 members, as well as several guests, including Stephen Hammond MP, and Councillors Daniel Holden and John Bowcott.

The Away Day was  held on the 4th November 2017 at Wimbledon Park Hall, Arthur Road. The main topic was a review of the Society’s strategy and plans for the future, followed by a talk on ‘Railways and Wimbledon’ by Kirk Bannister.

A wide range of constructive discussions took place, with many fresh ideas for the Society to undertake new activities. The board will take these points into account, and decide on appropriate follow-up actions.

 

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