Wandle Valley Festival and Nelson Bicentenary Update

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The Wandle Valley Festival will be taking place on the 12th June, this year. Details of all activities are on the website (www.wandlevalleyfestival.org.uk) or can be accessed through the new telephone number 0870-714 07 50.

There are 7 leaflets in circulation giving these details as well, which you should find at the Museum, at Merton Abbey Mills, in the borough Libraries, and in the National Trust shop in Morden Hall Park. The text of the Merton entry is set out below, but there is something for everybody.

Linked with this is our own Summer Party, on the 11th June, when the the new Mayor, Cllr Judy Saunders, will open our new Nelson exhibition - Ménage à Trois in Merton, before going on to open the Mitcham Carnival.

You should all have had your invitations, and we hope to see you then. Mary will be laying on her usual excellent fare, but it would be helpful to have a clear idea of the numbers, so please let us know if you are definitely coming.

Meg's display ‘Ménage à Trois' in Merton will concentrate on Nelson's happy days in Merton, and the ‘little farm' he had bought for his retirement, and the two people who played such a large part in his private life, Emma Hamilton and her husband. Henry Hoare was a significant local landowner. His house, Mitcham Grove, lay in the eastern part of what is now Ravensbury Park, and his land extended from the Cricket Green in Mitcham to what is now St Helier Hospital. He died in 1828.

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