News Desk

Since our last Newsletter when we had not officially re-opened the Museum after the flood damage, new heating system installation and re-design of the Museum displays, much has been happening.

We were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Merton, Cllr Margaret Brierly to launch the newly designed Historic River Wandle Exhibition on Saturday 12th June. This Exhibition was part of the celebrations for the first Wandle Valley Festival which proved extremely popular and it is to be hoped will be the first of many such Festivals.

The Mayor and Mary Hart cut the cake

The Mayor and Mary Hart cut the cake [Full image 41.8kb]

Our fifty members, friends and guests enjoyed viewing the new Exhibition, and the refreshments were provided once again by Mary Hart. Special guests attending included Cllr Andrew Judge, Leader of the Council, Siobhain McDonagh, M.P. for Mitcham and Morden, and several Councillors from the London Borough of Merton.

The Mayor formally declared the Exhibition open by switching on the lights for the Stained Glass Heritage Display, and later on in the proceedings cut the Celebration cake.

The Wandle Valley Festival proved a great attraction with all manner of events taking place along the river and involving the four Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon through which the Wandle flows.

Outreach

Apart from participating in the Wandle Valley festival, we were pleased to participate once again in the Wimbledon Village Fair when over 100 was raised for Museum funds. We were not able to have a stall this year at the Mitcham Carnival, as both events were on the same date - organisers please note!

Volunteers

The Volunteers meeting, chaired by Nicholas

The Volunteers meeting, chaired by Nicholas... [Full image 41.2kb]

We owe a debt to all our volunteers who have worked so hard since January of this year to clean out the Museum and re-organise all the exhibits. There is still some more work to be sorted out 'backstage' and lots of black bin bags have been taken to the dump.
...and attended by over 20 volunteers

...and attended by over 20 volunteers [Full image 42.8kb]

We had a very successful Volunteers' Quarterly Lunch in July at which we were pleased to welcome Connie Huxtable. As you know her late husband Derek managed the Museum shop for us over many years. If any of our members or friends who read this Newsletter feel they would like to help run the shop, can they ring me at the Museum on 020 8648 0127. We also need volunteer helpers to fill in on Wednesdays when regular volunteers are on holiday or off sick, or to help at Fetes or Fairs, or join the Sunday Opening Rota. If you feel you could offer help in this way please give me a ring and we can have a chat about it.

Dates for your Diary:

The Annual General Meeting has now been arranged for Thursday November 4th at the South Wimbledon Community Centre, Haydons Road, Wimbledon at 7-OOp.m.

There will be an illustrated lecture by member Judith Goodman on Nelson at Merton. This is appropriate, as 2005 is the bicentenary of the death of Nelson and we hope to arrange a new Exhibition about Nelson next year to coincide with this.

There will once again be a Museum Christmas Party in December - more details in the next Newsletter. I hope to see as many of you as possible at our Annual General Meeting in November.

Sheila Harris 24/8/2004

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