The Museum has been open every Wednesday and first Sunday of the month during the Autumn; thanks are due to all the volunteers who have helped man the Museum throughout this period.
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On Wednesday 9th1 October we were pleased to entertain the Mayor of Merton Councillor Edith Macauley, JP, at the Museum, when she formally presented us with our Certificate of Registration as a fully registered Museum. The Mayor toured the Museum and then joined the Volunteers and guests for a buffet lunch and celebration cake baked by Volunteer Mary Hart. We were fortunate to have a photograph and report of this event in the local Guardian newspaper thanks to volunteer Auriel Glanville (see box).
On Thursday 14th November a party from the London Appreciation Society, founded in 1932, visited the Museum for a video and Guided Tour. Twenty members from all parts of London were a very interested and appreciative audience.
Also, on Tuesday November 26th, an Adult Group studying "London's Hidden Waterways" spent an interesting morning exploring the Wandle Valley and visited the Museum as part of their tour of the area.
Once again a group of Volunteers under the direction of Ellen Eames took part in the annual Wandle Clean Up Day in October when they undertook to clear the pathway alongside the Watermeads, for which the National Trust was most grateful. On Sunday December 19 at the Savacentre from 11.00am-5.00pm we are once again having a Fund Raising Day to raise money for the Museum. All help on that day will be much appreciated!
After more than a year's hard work discussing issues and preparing and updating Policies and Procedures, interviews of our Vice Chairman, Administrator and five Volunteers took place on September llth. Having seen our Evidence File and listened to all the interviewees, we were thrilled to be told on October 19 that we had got the Award!
The 18th Annual General Meeting of the Wandle Industrial Museum took place at Drake House, Wimbledon, on Thursday 14th November. Despite a very wet evening there was a good turn-out of Members and guests. After the Business Meeting there was a short talk by our Vice Chairman Nicholas Hart about our involvement with "Investing in Volunteers" followed by the presentation of the Award.
This was followed by refreshments of wine, cheese and canapes once again kindly provided by Mary Hart. The raffle prizes donated by Members and friends raised £70.00 for Museum funds. Finally, we were privileged to see a selection of slides from the recent digs at the Merton Abbey site, presented by Dave Saxby, Senior Archaeologist at the Museum of London. See report by Ray Leyden later in this newsletter.
Don't forget Fundraising Day at the Savacentre on Sunday lst December from 11.00am5.00pm. Ring the Museum if you can help.
Christmas Party at the Museum, Monday 16th December from 7.00pm. Mulled wine and mince pies provided FREE. Invitations to come shortly.
Subscriptions for the coming year are now due, and the rates remain the same. A subscription Reminder is enclosed with this Newsletter.
We hope to see as many Members, friends and supporters as possible at our Christmas Party; to those who can't make it we wish a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sheila Harris November 02