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Once again I am happy to report that the Museum has opened to the public on a regular basis and there has been a steady flow of visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Education Update:

We were pleased to welcome Lonesome Primary School in January for two Textile Workshops. This was a return visit to us from this school. Also in January we made our first on site school visit, to Merton Park Primary School. The Education team were happy to work with the teachers during the school's Art Week, and two classes, amounting to sixty children in all, enjoyed a printing session, with Mary aided by Meg, in small groups, whilst the rest learned about the art of block printing by watching our video with me.

The London Appreciation Society making their third visit to our museum enjoyed seeing the Video, having a guided tour of the Museum and then watching a block printing demonstration, with Mary this time aided by Auriel, after which they all had a go themselves. We were very thrilled to receive a letter of thanks from the Society Organiser saying that the visit had gained top marks equalling excellence from their committee. This is high praise indeed as this society has a waiting list of people keen to be members and is a very long established prestigious organisation.


A very enjoyable quarterly lunch meeting took place in January with 18 Volunteers present. After discussion the Volunteers Outing for 2005 was planned. It was to be a visit to Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 31st March to see ‘Broadway - the Star-Spangled Celebration' - a selection of songs from well known Broadway hits like Chicago, Cabaret and many more. It sounds as though it is going to be a great night.

Events Past:

Marguerite Meg and Sheila with the certificate

Marguerite Meg and Sheila with the certificate [53.3kb]

The annual Christmas party in December was a resounding success.

Thanks to Mary Hart for providing the spread. In October the Executive Committee had reluctantly accepted Marguerite's resignation as our longstanding archivist, of which mention was made at the AGM, but had determined to do more to recognise her enormous contribution over the years.

We took the opportunity of the Christmas Party to do so, by presenting her with a Certificate of Honorary Life Membership (an honour permitted by our constitution but never previously awarded) together with flowers, a card signed by many members, volunteers and friends, and a present.

Future Events:

Morden Hall Craft Fair, Saturday 30 April to Monday 2nd May - your help is always needed. Rota and information to come, but please mark your diaries and keep a slot free for us.

A members visit to William Morris' Red House is being planned for late Summer, more details to follow.

Members Event:

A visit to Little Holland House has been arranged for Saturday 2nd April 2005. This is about 3 weeks earlier than first discussed, owing to difficulties with the arrangements, and our wish to accommodate as many as possible. The visit starts at 2.00, and will cost £3.50 a head, but will include a talk and guided tour. Our thanks to Val Murphy - Museums and Historic Houses Officer from the LB Sutton who is coming in especially for us on her day off. The tour lasts about 90 minutes. There are no facilities on site, but, for those who want, Honeywood Heritage Centre is nearby, in Honeywood Walk, which has a café, and admission is £1-25 if you wish to view the exhibits as well. Please ring Mary [020 8542-7534] if you would like to come to book your place. See articles below about the house and its importance. Little Holland House is at 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton, where there is on- street parking. The 154 Morden to Croydon bus passes the door, and Carshalton Beeches station is 3 minutes walk.


Are now due for 2004/5. Thanks to all who have paid. A reminder slip is enclosed for those who have not.

Sunday Opening Roster:

a copy is enclosed and we would be glad if you could fill in and return it to the Museum, or telephone us with you offer of help.

Sheila Harris. 9 February 2005

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