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The Mayor's Reception:
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Cllr Joyce Paton with Members and
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Committee members and volunteers were pleased to be invited to a reception in the Mayor's Parlour by Cllr Joyce Paton, Mayor of Merton. A group of about twenty, including our curatorial adviser, Simon Lace, Curator of Richmond Museum, and founder members Harry Galley and Eric Shaw, enjoyed a very pleasant evening.

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Our chairman, in the
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During the evening members were impressed with the very wonderful wood carving of a waterwheel by the late W. C. Ross, which is now mounted in a fine case in the mayor's Parlour and can just be seen at the back of the photo inset above - carved from a single stump of an ancient oak, its size can be judged from the fact that the formidable figure of our esteemed Chairman can not wholly obscure it!

Our thanks to Joyce Paton and Marie McCann her PA for a most memorable evening.

The Wandle Walk:
Organised by Merton Environmental Forum, and led by Meg Thomas and Ray Leyden - see article 4 The Wandle walk.

National Trust Fair:
Very many thanks to all those members who helped at this annual 3 day event, which is our main fundraising weekend of the year. A total of just over 400 was raised this year, which was our best ever.

Our new packs of notelets - "Watermills of the London Borough of Merton" were launched at the fair, and sold well. They are a set of 8 notelets and envelopes containing 4 designs of mills drawn by the late Peter Harris. The views are of Ravensbury Mill, Merton Abbey Mills, Morden Hall Snuff Mill, and Glovers Snuff Mill. Packs are available at the special price of 1-50 to members, so come along and buy some.

Members Evens:

Past Unfortunately, due to lack of support, the visit to David Evans Silk Mill in April had to be cancelled. We hope to have better support for our next event.
Present - Wednesday 21st June A visit to Wimbledon Windmill for a guided tour by Curator Norman Plastow, including the newly restored ground floor section. Meet at the Windmill at 7:30 pm.
Future A visit to House Mill at Three Mills Island has been arranged for Saturday 16 September at 2:30 pm. The mill is at Bromley by Bow (District Line tube) and a special guided tour has been organised for us. More details in the next newsletter, but please put it in your diary now - it is a very exciting site, and deserves our support and interest.
Annual General Meeting:
The date for our Annual General Meeting has now been confirmed as Monday September 4 at the Snuff Mill Environmental Centre in Morden Hall Park at 7.00 pm. Details to follow.

Membership:
There are still some members who have not yet paid their subscriptions for the current year. A reminder slip is enclosed with this Newsletter.

Sheila Harris 9 May 2000

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