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Visits to the Museum:
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At the beginning of October we had three Educational visits to the Museum from students from Ricards Lodge High School as part of their William Morris GCSE Coursework. This is the first time this school have visited the Museum and the work had to be carefully planned with the school staff. They combined their Museum visit with a trip to Merton Abbey Mills and, according to the letter received from the staff, the project is producing some good results, and they are looking forward to repeating the process next September. Thank you to all volunteers who helped with this new project.

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Sunday 17th September - Heritage Open Day. Ray Leyden led a walk around Ravensbury Park, using notes kindly supplied by Eric Montague, who was stranded on the South Coast by the petrol situation. See Ray's article below.

Thursday 5th October. Museum member Meg Thomas lectured about the Mills on the River Wandle to the East Surrey Family History Society.

Sunday 22nd October. Wandle Clean Up Day. Ellen Eames organised our contribution, based on the Phipps Bridge section. Cllr Ian Munn, present Mayor of London Borough of Merton, dropped by to lend moral support, and encourage group photos. The skip that had been left for us to fill with Wandle Clean up rubbish had first to be emptied of the old beds and other rubbish it had collected over night, to avoid the photos giving a wholly false impression of the type of rubbish in the Wandle.

Ellen Eames attended the Mayor's Forum on heritage - "Meeting the Regeneration Challenge".

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