News Desk

I'm afraid we've had no visitors to the Museum since the last Newsdesk Report, owing to continued work in progress. Once the new boiler and heating system was installed it was decided to redesign the Museum layout. So a team of volunteers under the leadership of Meg Thomas, Marguerite Lee-Delisle and Eric Shaw have been pulling out all the stops to present an entirely new display of Museum exhibits which we hope to open to the public on Saturday June 12th at 12.00 noon during the Wandle Valley festival which will take place 12th/13th June with Wandle-related activities all along the river.

May Fair display

May Fair display [Full image 29.6kb]

I am happy to report that the Volunteers Annual Theatre Visit took place and everyone enjoyed their trip to the New Wimbledon Theatre to see "Crazy for You". We were also able to have the postponed Volunteers Quarterly Lunch Meeting in April when 15 volunteers met together for a delicious lunch prepared by Mary Hart. We were particularly pleased to welcome Connie and Derek Huxtable who both enjoyed the occasion - sadly Derek died last week after being a loyal and reliable volunteer Museum Shop manager for many years. He will be much missed. His obituary appears below.

The National Trust May Fair took place once again and we were pleased to take part. This year we mounted an Exhibition of Buildings Round Mitcham Green which attracted much interest. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us on the Monday, but a fine Sunday helped our takings reach 200 which was down on previous years. Many thanks to all volunteers, members and friends who helped make this a successful event.

Dates for your Diary:

Our waterweel model on display at Wandsorth Museum

Our waterweel model on display at Wandsorth Museum [Full image 28.2kb]

Grand Re-opening of new Museum, Saturday June 12th at 12.00 noon. Invitations to follow.

Wimbledon Village Fair; Saturday 19th June at Wimbledon Common from 10.30am to 5.00pm. Help is needed to man our stall- please phone or e-mail the Museum if you are able to help.

Wandle Valley Festival; 12th/13th June. A Programme of Events will shortly be made available. The Museum will be open to the public on both days. The website is www.wandlevalleyfestival.org.uk.

Education Update

Further to our attendance at the "Wonderful Things" conference at the Museum of London in February , we were invited to a River Wandle Project presentation evening at Wandsworth Museum to celebrate the success of the project with Burntwood School. Nicholas & Mary Hart, Meg Thomas, Auriel Glanville and myself were present, as were the Principal and staff members and pupils who participated. All had enjoyed being involved and a CD ROM had been produced about the River Wandle. We were also pleased to see Wandsworth Museum's new Exhibition on the River Wandle which runs until July 5th. The Museum has donated some models for this Exhibition- do try and view it before it closes.

Sheila Harris February 12/5/2004

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