News Desk


Members were pleased to support Deen City Farm on their open day on Sunday 5th December 1999. A stall and display were set up on behalf of the Museum and considerable interest was shown, resulting in two new members and some donations for the Museum's archives.

Fund Raising Day

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Members Norman Fariey and Nicholas Hart collecting inside at Savacentre [Full size image 4kb]

At the Savacentre, 15th January 2000. To start off the new Millennium, a very successful day was held at the Savacentre.

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Member Auriel Glanville braving the weather collection outside Savacentre [Full size image 8.4kb]

Over 150 was raised for the Museum which was our best result out of the three collections Days we have held so far. Many thanks to Mr Potts, the store director, for giving us permission to hold this annual event, and a special thank you to all Museum members who responded to our request for helpers. We hope to see you all again at the National Trust Fayre, over the May Bank Holiday week-end.


A very successful farewell Christmas party was held at the Museum for Margaret Stanners who retired as the Museum's volunteer typist. Margaret very kindly presented the Museum with a book about William Morris, and received a Marks & Spencer voucher, a picture and a floral tribute from the Management Committee and Volunteers in grateful recognition of her five years help in the Museum office. We shall all miss her professional skills and her friendship and kindness.

Volunteer Harriet Bazley, who already assists with the Museum Archives has agreed to help out on a temporary basis with the typing, but we are still actively seeking a permanent replacement for Margaret. If anybody is able to offer help on Wednesdays in this capacity could they please telephone the Museum.


A large group of members enjoyed a frightening and thrilling evening at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre to see their Christmas production "Spooked" - see article on separate page.


Saturday April 8th - Visit to David Evans World of Silk in Crayford Kent for a guided tour (75 mins) to include a video presentation, tour of the Museum, visit to the factory shop and tea shop. Also visit a special exhibition on the History of Shawls. Cost 3.00 - concessions 2.50. Meet at The Beverley, Grand Drive, at 12.30. Please ring Mary Hart on 542-7534 if you require, can offer transport, and would like to book a place, as we need to know the numbers. David Evans is a 10 min walk from Crayford Station. Trains from London Bridge. Journey time half an hour.


A visit to the Wimbledon Windmill has been arranged for Wednesday \June 21st, at 7.30 pm, when Norman Plastow will be giving us a personally conducted guided tour.

We also hope to arrange a visit in August/September to The House Mill and Three Mills Island at Bromley by Bow, where Wandle Industrial Museum member William Hill can arrange for a guided tour

Details of Wandle Walks

A series of Walks are to be arranged during the next few months. Members might like to join some/all of these events.

Sunday 27th February

Eleven mile walk. Meet Waddon ponds 9.30 am. Lunch Morden hall Park. Tea at Wandsworth Museum. Tickets 2.00 to include tea and a free map. Contact Bob Lilliman, at the West Hill Library, Wandsworth Tel 020 8871 6386.

Sunday 27th February

Wandle Walk. Meet 10.00 am Earlsfield station. Walk to Mitcham Junction Station. Organised by Wandle Heritage Ltd. Contact Phil Ryder, London Borough of Merton, Tel 545-3074

Saturday 1st April

Organised by London Borough of Merton. Walk from The Watermeads to Plough Lane. Contact Sue Tanton. Tel 545-3457 for further details.

Other details

Thursday May 18th

Surrey Iron Railway. An illustrated talk at Wandsworth Museum ( 871-7074) about Britain's first public railway. Tickets 2.00. 7.30pm.


A big thank you to all members who have paid their subscriptions for the current year. A reminder slip is included for those who have not yet responded.

Finally, I enclose a roster sheet for help at the Museum's Sunday openings. Many thanks to all those members who helped last year, and we hope we may have your help again in year 2000.

Sheila Harris 27 January 2000

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