The Society usually plans 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.

Because of the uncertainty caused by the current coronavirus emergency we are uncertain as to when it will be possible to fully restart these events but rest assured we are working on this and as soon as the situation is safe and government regulations and guidance allows we will resume these activities.

Wimbledon Society Walks and Talks Autumn 2021

We have an enticing programme of walks and talks planned for the autumn. Do have a look and reserve your place on the events that appeal to you.


The Enclosure of Richmond Park in the Seventeenth Century

Thursday 28 October 21, 10.30am start.

Meeting point: Pen Ponds car park, Richmond Park

Until its enclosure in 1637 the park comprised of lands belonging to Ham, Mortlake, Petersham, Roehampton, Kingston, Richmond and Putney. The Park got its name through the association with the Royal Palace of Richmond. Charles I began to covet the good hunting country and wanted something larger than the hunting parks of his predecessors. In April 1635 he ordered the construction of a nine foot high wall around the whole area. His master plan to create an unparalleled deer hunting paradise had begun.

The walk takes 2 hours at a leisurely pace and will end with refreshments at the small cafe in the car park.

To book a place on this interesting walk at a cost of £5 per person please contact Jane Healey on 07740 700925 or email There will be a limit of 20 people on this walk – first come, first served!

A Stroll Through Chelsea

Tuesday 16 November 21, 10:15am for a 10:30am Start.

Meeting point: Outside Sloane Square Tube Station

Join Blue Badge Guide, Viv Haxby, for a walk through the streets of Chelsea. This picturesque and historic area of London has evolved over time. It has been a village of Royal palaces, an artistic enclave, the birthplace of the mini-skirt and punk, the stomping ground of rock stars, and a desirable residential quarter. We will hear about former residents from princes to painters, pensioners to potters. There are not many areas of London where characters as diverse as Keith Richards and the creator of Mary Poppins have felt at home!

The walk will take approximately 2 hours and we will finish on the Kings Road on Glebe Place.

To book a place on this fascinating stroll at a cost of £18 per person please contact Jane Healey on 07740 700925 or email There will be a limit of 20 people on this walk – first come, first served!


The Workings of Local Government

Wednesday 20 October 21, 3pm.

An online (Zoom) talk by Leonie Cooper, London Assembly member.

Leonie Cooper represents Merton and Wandsworth on the London Assembly and has been a Wandsworth Councillor since 2006. She has a particular interest in environmental sustainability and energy conservation. She chairs an economy committee that has considered high streets and the economic impact of the pandemic on businesses. Leonie will talk to us about the workings of local government in the context of the London Assembly.

This talk will be conducted on Zoom – all members will receive a link by email in good time. There is no charge for the talk.“

All the World’s a Stage

Thursday 11 November 21, 3pm.

An online talk (Zoom) by Michael Norman-Smith of the Wimbledon Society.

Did you know about Shakespeare’s visit to India? It was a long time ago of course. He was enormously popular, and many thousands were in his audiences. Intrigued? Why not be led by an expert guide on this journey involving drama, travel and history, not to mention comedy and romance. It is a tale worthy of the Bard himself and could be titled not Romeo and Juliet but Raj and Jennifer.

Michael is Chairman of The Wimbledon Society Local History Group and commissions the talks we have been providing for your interest and information.

He is a teacher, writer and actor who has lived locally for over fifty years.

This talk will be conducted on Zoom – all members will receive a link by email in good time. There is no charge for the talk.

My Life as an Auctioneer

Wednesday 1 December 21, 7pm.

An online (Zoom) talk by Charles Hanson, auctioneer and presenter.

This is a talk by Charles Hanson. He is well known to television audiences for his appearances on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Roadshow. Bringing huge enthusiasm and energy to his role, he loves being on the rostrum watching the drama of the bids coming in. His career began at Christies and he launched his own business in Derbyshire in 2005. Charles will share with us his story and explore current trends in antiques. There may be some treasures tucked in your attic, who knows!

There will be a charge of £5 per person. Please contact Jane Healey on 07740 700925 or email

The talk will be conducted on Zoom – members who book a place will receive a link by email in good time.


For online (Zoom events) don’t worry if you cannot come at the date and time shown – the event will be recorded and available on our website after the event.


The History of Merton Priory

(Organised by The Friends of Nonsuch)

Tuesday October 12th at 2:30pm

John Hawks from the Wandle Valley Trust will unearth the secrets of Merton Priory in the Service Wing of Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AP. Followed by refreshments.

£ non-members, Members FREE

Warm and Well Fair

(Organised by the Wimbledon Guild)

Wednesday 13th October 2.30pm to 4.30pm

If you’re a Merton resident and would like to find out more about staying well as the colder weather approaches come and join us at Wimbledon Library on Wednesday 13th October from 2:30 – 4:30pm.

Get your blood pressure checked with One You Merton, pick up your free information pack (with a handy room thermometer) and enjoy our free brownies and refreshments.

Stall holders include: Wimbledon Guild, Age UK Merton, Thinking Works, Healthwatch, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Police, the Fire Brigade, WDP, MASCOT, Merton Uplift and Diabetes Champions

Click here for more information 

Wimbledon International Music Festival

(Organised by the WIMF)

Pre-festival from 7th November

Festival: Saturday 13th – Sunday 28th November

WIMF are back with a full programme, live in Wimbledon from Saturday 13 until Sunday 28 November 2021.

Due to ongoing uncertainty with the lifting of social distancing measures, and some caution from our venues, priority booking will open from Saturday 11 September (with tickets general available from Saturday 18 September).

There is something for everyone to enjoy, with performances by internationally acclaimed artists including Sir Willard White, Imogen Cooper, The Tallis Scholars, a tribute to the pioneer of American swing, Benny Goodman, and an evening of tango with music by Piazzolla. Things may still feel a little different this year, but it will be wonderful to experience live music-making in the heart of our community once again.

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