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Visits to the Museum

We are pleased to report visits from St. Mary's R. C. Primary School who came for 3 Textile Workshops in June. They travelled on the Tramlink from Wimbledon and enjoyed their time here very much. They were accompanied by an enthusiastic group of parents and volunteers. Thanks to Volunteer Meg Thomas who helped out with Auriel and myself in the absence of Mary Hart through illness.


Members and Volunteers manned the stall once again at the annual Mitcham Carnival on June 8th. Good weather helped make the occasion enjoyable and over£60 was taken for Museum funds. On June 22nd a similar band of helpers had a stall for the first time at the Wimbledon Village Fair. We were lucky again with the weather and took £70.50 with sales of publications and souvenirs. This was a new venue for us in a different part of the Borough. During the summer we have promoted the Museum in all parts of Merton - Morden, Mitcham and Wimbledon. Thanks to all volunteers and friends who have helped at all these events .

Members Events


On 29th June a group of us met to walk the Wandsworth Wandle Walk - hopefully an article later. The weather was kind to us and the walk proved very interesting. The afternoon was rounded off with a visit to the beautiful new De Morgan Centre in West Hill Library in Wandsworth.

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Our next event will be the Annual General Meeting probably in October at the Vestry Hall Meeting Room in Mitcham. The Business Meeting will be followed by cheese and wine refreshments and talks by Dave Saxby of Museum of London about the recent Merton Priory dig (hopefully), and Vice Chairman Nicholas Hart on "Investing in Volunteers". More information to come nearer the time.


A Christmas event is planned. Details in the next Newsletter.

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 7th September

Green Fair at Deen City Farm - helpers are needed! All day.

Wednesday 9th October

At the Museum 12.00 noon till 1.00pm The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith Macauley, will visit the Museum to present us with our Certificate of Registration. Everyone is invited! Refreshments available.

Investing in Volunteers

Nicholas and 1 attended an Awards Ceremony "Celebrating Success" at Wandsworth Civic Suite in June. Twenty-eight organisations from the four Boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth received their Awards from the Mayors of their respective Boroughs for having successfully attained the necessary standard to receive recognition.

Our Evidence File has now been completed and collected by the Assessors. We should be interviewed for further Assessment on 11th September. With luck, a decision should be made before the Mayor's visit on 9th October - watch this space!

Volunteers' Outing to Old Time Music Hall

Fourteen volunteers enjoyed a very entertaining afternoon at Wimbledon Theatre listening and joining in with all the old time songs. Some of us had our photograph taken with the Pearly Kings and Queens. A good time was had by all!

Sunday Openings Roster

We need helpers from September to December. A roster for these months is enclosed with your Newsletter.

Subscription reminder letter - also enclosed.

We hope to see many of our Members and friends at the AGM and the Mayor's visit.

S.Harris Auguest 2002

Late breaking news

The Jubilee Baton passing us on 12 July 2002.

The Jubilee Baton passing us on 12 July 2002. [Full image 23.5kb]

The ruite of the Jubilee Baton passing cross the borough.

The ruite of the Jubilee Baton passing cross the borough. [Full image 32.7kb].

The Council have sponsored an investigation by specialists, Vision Works Ltd, into the viability of a heritage centre at the Merton Priory site. A preliminary meeting was held by them with Wandle Heritage on 5th August, and satellite meetings will follow with all interested bodies - including the Museum, of course.

One piece of news dropped at this meeting is the possibility that Time Team may do a televised excavation towards the end of September.

The technology available to them is so advanced that a much more complete idea about the whole site is likely to emerge, and the work of their artists in illustrating what once was is always impressive.

For the record, the Jubilee baton passed the Museum on 12th July, on its way to the celebration at Morden Park.

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