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Wimbledon Society Events:

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Wimbledon Diary: March to June 2024:

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.

THE WIMBLEDON DIARY

TALKS

 

Online ZOOM talks: A ZOOM link will be sent to all members closer to the date of the talk. 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.

 ‘Elizabeth Beresford’ – a talk by Kate Robertson at Emmanuel Church

Thursday 16th May at 5pm

(c) White Owl

Kate Robertson, Elizabeth’s daughter, gives us this talk on her mother, creator of the Wombles.

Free lecture. Venue: Lounge, Emmanuel Church, Ridgway.

‘Summerstown 182’  – a ZOOM online talk by Geoff Simmons

Thursday 14th November at 7pm

(details to follow)

WALKS

John Innes Society’s Heritage Guided Walk

Sunday 7th April at 2pm

 

(c) Ed Foley

The walk will take us around most of the Conservation Area of Merton Park. It will begin with a brief introduction to the history and development of this garden suburb.  Points of interest will be identified along the way, including houses designed by local architects Quartermain and Brocklesby. The walk will last about 2 hours and will end up back at the Coach House where we will be kindly offered tea and cakes.

Meet at: John Innes Coach House, Melrose Road, Merton Park. Leader Alison Cousins

Wimbledon Society Members £5. Places are limited.
To book a place contact gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or on Whats App or call on 07817 419431

A Guided Walk around Kew Village

Thursday 25th April at 11am

(c) Paul Baker

As well as its famous Gardens, which we’ll walk past but shan’t visit, Kew is also blessed with an unspoilt village and village green and rural delights, as well as more blue plaques and famous and royal residents than you can throw a Who’s Who at. We’ll also have time for a delightful Thames-side stroll and hear about Kew’s beginnings as a fishing village and its development. The walk should be fun and informative. With Paul Baker, City of London guide.

Meet outside Kew Gardens tube station, Royal Botanic Gardens exit. The walk lasts two hours and finishes back at the station.

Wimbledon Society Members £12.50.  Non-Members £15.  Places are limited.

To book a place please contact gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or WhatsApp or call 07817 419431

A Guided Walk Hampton Court to Kingston, via Bushy Park

Wednesday 12 June at 10:15am

 

A gentle 3 mile walk through lovely Bushy Park, past several ponds, and through Millennium Wood. Plenty of wildlife to spot along the way, led by Ann Cantrell

(c) Ojw Wikipedia

Meet at Hampton Court Station at 10:15am

Wimbledon Society Members £5.  Places are limited

To book a place please contact gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or WhatsApp or call 07817 419431

VISITS

A Visit to Brooklands

Monday 20th May at  11.00am

 

(c) Sarah Hogan

Brooklands was the pre-eminent venue for motorsport in its heyday. It was the place to be seen, with a reputation for glamour and speed that thrilled competitors and visitors alike, and where pioneering engineers designed the leading aircraft of the day.
Our day will start with an hour long tour of the site after which you will be able to stay as long as you wish exploring the classic cars and bikes, or boarding many aircraft built at Brooklands including the Comet 4B and Concorde, explore the former aircraft hangars now housing classic old aircraft telling the history of flight, view the famous ramped race track, visit the huge London Bus Museum, testing your driving in a F1 simulator and much more.

Tour price includes your entry fee, guided tour and a voucher for tea/coffee and cake.

Wimbledon Society Members £28. Non-Members £32,  Note the Concorde Experience is an optional extra for £6 – please indicate whether you would like to include this as well. More details are available on the website – see below. Brooklands is a place you can spend several hours exploring and still not see it all.

To book a place please contact: gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or WhatsApp or call 07817 419431

Bookings for this outing will close on Friday 3 May 2024

How to get there:

We suggest guests make their own way to Brooklands, approximately 30mins down the A3. There is plenty of free parking. Please let me know if you are able to offer a space in your car for a shared lift.

Museum address: Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey. Satnav for visitor car park: KT13 0SL. Brooklands Museum is located between Weybridge and Byfleet in Surrey. Just a few minutes from Junction 10 of the M25 and the A3

https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com

Tour of the House of Commons

Monday 17th June at 10:30am

(c) Marcin Nowak

A 75-minute tour of the House of Commons explaining the work of the UK Parliament and its relevance today.  The tour will highlight some of the dramatic moments in the history of the Palace of Westminster and will explain how the areas we visit are used.

NB – if an election is called before the tour, the tour will be cancelled.

Cost £5.  Numbers are strictly limited.

To book a place please contact: gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or WhatsApp or call 07817 419431

 

The London Canal Museum

Thursday 27th June at 11:00am

(c) London Canal Museum

A guided visit to the Canal Museum including a 45-minute presentation on Carlo Gatti and the London Ice Trade. You can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London’s canals and how they came to be built, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker.

Meeting Place: London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, London, N1 9RT, the closest tube station is Kings Cross.

Wimbledon Society Members £14. Non-Members £16, to include coffee/tea and biscuits

To book, please contact gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or Whats App or call on 07817 41943

Tour of King’s Cross Area

Thursday 12th September at 11:00am

(c) Andrei Ianovskii

The area around King’s Cross station in the last few years has changed dramatically – from an industrial, almost no-go area after dark to being the open and welcoming area that is now home to Google, Central St Martin’s, The Francis Crick Institute and numerous bars, cafes and shops. The tour starts with an overview covering the past, present and future of the area using an architectural model in the Visitor Centre and then we get out and about to discover the north part of the area looking at some of the spaces and buildings previously talked about.

The tour lasts about an hour and a half to two hours.

Meeting Place: King’s Cross station

Wimbledon Society Members £5

To book, please contact gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or Whats App or call on 07817 41943

Surrey History Centre Visit

Friday 8th November 2pm to 4pm

(c) Surrey History Centre

A Behind the Scenes tour of the Surrey History Centre in Woking with one of the curators looking at its work rescuing, cleaning, and conserving Surrey’s, and Wimbledon’s history.  The Archive has six miles of shelving and thousands of manuscripts dating back to the Middle Ages.  The tour lasts about 90 minutes with time in the public search room afterwards looking at some of the documents relating specifically to Wimbledon.

If there are documents or items you are particularly interested in seeing let Gillian know when booking and she’ll pass on your request to SHC.

Wimbledon Society Members £10

To book, please contact gillian.darlington@wimbledonsociety.org.uk or Whats App or call on 07817 41943

Other Events:

Please check with the organisers’ website or other contact details to confirm details and timings

WIMBLEDON WINDMILL MUSEUM

The Wimbledon Windmill Museum  is open

WALK AND TALK

Local Weekly Walks every Saturday at 10:30am

This is a chance for all generations to take a stroll, chat, meet friends and neighbours, make new friends and help each other. From older adults to young children, from buggies to beagles – everybody can join in.

Wimbledon Village and the Common

The walks will leave at 10.30am on Saturdays from the Village War Memorial. No booking or reservations are needed – you can just turn up and you will get a warm welcome!

 

There are other walks local to Wimbledon and Merton (see below). No booking or reservations are needed – you can just turn up and you will get a warm welcome!

 

Here are our current locations: https://www.walkandtalkmovement.org/locations

Here are just a few – happy and healthy – Walk and Talk Merton numbers:

  • 3,500+ participants…
  • 650+ regular walkers and talkers…
  • More than 150 walk and talks…
  • More than 10,000km walked together..

For more information:
Website: https://wewalkandtalk.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wimbledoncommonvillagewalkandtalk

Volunteers needed:
And if you would like to volunteer contact us at: info@thewalkandtalkmovement.org

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