Wimbledon Society Talks, Walks and Visits:

Although we are not quite out of the woods yet and things may yet change the Society has re-introduced plans for a wide range of activities, including lectures and walks curated by local experts and visits to historic houses and gardens. We also put together a comprehensive events diary for activities planned by a wide range of local groups.

All our events are planned to take into account current government guidance but as we all know these can change quite quickly so the events listed are subject to change.

Because of restricted places many of our most popular events are open to members only.  We’d love to have you as a member just click the JOIN tab above and help us protect Wimbledon, run our fantastic new Museum and then join us on our exclusive events.

TALKS:

 

 

It is with regret that due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel the talk planned for:

Thursday 19th May on the 1951 Festival of Britain.  

 

 

Theatres at Risk

A talk by Janina McBride, Theatres Trust

Thursday June 16th at 4:30pm for 5pm

Emmanuel Church, Ridgway

Janina supports Theatres at Risk work at Theatres Trust, focusing on project viability, organisational capacity and governance, and business plans. Having studied Heritage Management at the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, she has worked at the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the grants team, and for consultancies Barker Langham and Tricolor. Janina joined Theatres Trust in August 2021.

Janina can provide information and guidance on working with Theatres at Risk, particularly if you are a campaign group, building owner, or other stakeholder and want some advice about how to develop early plans to protect or restore your theatre

 

 

For online ZOOM talks don’t worry if you cannot come at the date and time shown – most events will be recorded and available in Past Talks Videos after the event.

 

WALKS:

 

Historic Richmond Walk

Jane Short (Richmond Heritage guide)

Wednesday 18th May at 11:00 am

The perfect introduction to the history of Richmond in its role as a Royal Residence. The ancient Green with splendid properties from the 17th and 18th centuries and the remains of the Tudor Royal Palace, together with the pleasant Riverside Walk to the Georgian elegance of Richmond Bridge.

Please note there is no need to book but there is a £5pp charge – please bring cash as there are no card facilities available. All members will be welcomed.

The walk is due to start at Richmond Station at 11.00am. Meet at the information kiosk.
 
Getting to Richmond Station:  there are trains from Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Putney Stations. Both Wimbledon & Putney are easily accessed by the 93 bus or other bus services.  The train from Putney takes about 12 minutes direct to Richmond; those from Wimbledon take about 35 minutes.  There are direct trains from Wimbledon via Kingston but several require a change and that may mean changing at Clapham Junction. Both routes out of Wimbledon take about the same amount of time.

Cost of the tour: £5 (cash please) per person paid directly to the guide

Morley Park Walk

Wednesday 8th June

Jane Barnes (Chair of Friends of Morley Park)

A guided walk around Morley Park, Merton’s new park. Learn about the history of the site, how the park was created, and how it is now managed. See the woodland and flowering meadow, and its wildlife.

Meet at 2 pm at Morley Park car park, Cottenham Park Road: easy parking

Public transport: 200 bus from Wimbledon to Atkinson Close stop. Walk back towards Wimbledon, take 1st right down Chambers Park Hill path into car park

This walk is free for Members and Friends of Morley Park welcome

 

 

TOWN VISITS: (For our members only)

 

Chiswick House Guided Tour

Monday 6th June at 2pm

A guided afternoon tour of Chiswick House.  A “glorious” example of Neo-Palladian architecture in west London, the house was designed and built by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, and completed in 1729. The house and garden occupy 26.33 hectares.  You will be able to tour the gardens and visit the cafe at your own pace either before or after the House tour if you want to make a day of it. There is a car park on site.

Meet at 2pm

Chiswick House is easily accessible by car and there is parking which is chargeable. The nearest tube is Turnham Green, the nearest train station is Chiswick and the service to the nearest bus stop is 190 – Hammersmith – Richmond.

Cost of the tour: £20 per person (members only)

Please contact Jane Healey on jane.healey55@icloud.com or call 07740700925 to book your place.

Tour of Fulham Palace House, SW6 6EA

Thursday 21st July at 10:30am

From feuding Saxons to faithful Bishops, discover the history of Fulham Palace. The captivating history of Fulham Palace spans over 1,300 years and 133 Bishops of London. The site of Fulham Palace was occupied during the Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman periods, probably because of its location next to an important Thames crossing. From medieval times the site was encircled by the longest domestic moat in England. You can still see part of the moat at the entrance to the Palace.

The site has been a residence of the Bishops of London since AD 704, when Bishop Waldhere acquired the Manor of Fulham – a vast estate covering most of Hammersmith, Fulham, Acton, Ealing and Finchley. Fulham Palace has always been a place of refuge. The Bishops of London used the Palace primarily as a summer retreat away from the crowded and dirty city. Bishop Stopford was the final Bishop of London to live here, leaving in 1973.

Today Fulham Palace is run by Fulham Palace Trust, a registered charity, established in 2011. If you have time once the guided tour is concluded you will have the opportunity to visit the Palace botanical gardens, including the recently restored 18th Century Walled Garden, and Drawing Room Cafe.

Cost of the tour: £10 per person (members only)

To book please contact Jane Healey on jane.healey55@icloud.com or 07740700925.

 

Windmill Museum

The Wimbledon Windmill Museum is now open!

After more than two years the Wimbledon Windmill Museum finally re-opened its doors on Saturday 2nd April at 2pm. The volunteer team welcomed back visitors of all ages. The Museum will be open for the season until October – Saturdays 2pm to 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am to 5pm. Come along and support this iconic community hub with its unique exhibition around the Windmill’s compelling story. As usual, admission is free.

Wimbledon and Putney Commons

22nd May 2022

150th Anniversary Celebrations – Games Day

The delayed celebratory Games Day will now be taking place on the Commons on Sunday 22 May 2022 from 9am until 5pm.

Come and join us for a celebration of the games and sports that have been played on the Commons throughout its history.

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Wimbledon Diary: March to June 2022

The Society’s Diary provides members with an easy reference list of events in the Wimbledon area. Details are believed to be correct, but can change and should be checked.

Click Here For The Wimbledon Diary

Please come back to this page regularly to find out about further new and re-arranged events and activities.

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