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The Wimbledon Society

The Society

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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The Street Names of Wimbledon Village

WIMBLEDON VILLAGE - A history told through its street names

The Wimbledon Society’s Museum of Wimbledon is proud to announce the publication of Neal Ransome’s new book charting Wimbledon’s unique and charming history told through the stories and reasons behind the street names of Wimbledon Village.

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.

New members' reception

Held on 12 May 2017, our annual reception was a great success. Some 40 new members came along to the event organised by our membership secretary Jennifer Newman, and were able to speak to experienced Wimbledon Society committee members about the workings of the Society. We were encouraged to see that several new members showed an interest in taking part in committee activities.

The success of the evening was due in no small measure to the wine-tasting sponsored by local wine merchants Hannibal Brown. Members were treated to a short presentation, and had the chance to taste a selection of delicous wines.The company will hold a wine-tasting in Raynes Park on 6 July - details can be seen here.

Local events diary

Useful quarterly listing of local events

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