Founded in 1903, The Wimbledon Society is committed to protecting all those local amenities which contribute to our quality of life.
Community facilities and the built environment of open spaces, parks and buildings form a fundamental part of our lives. The Society has played a key role in the enhancement and protection of these vital facilities since its inception.
Civic Societies provide an army of volunteers from their ranks of members, who bring time, skills and commitment in seeking the preservation of the best of our heritage for now and for the future. Societies such as ours form a truly independent body of opinion acting entirely for the community benefit and, importantly for today, are free of political or commercial influence.
This homepage links to other main pages. We hope our site will provide you with all the information you may seek about Wimbledon and the Society. Most of all, we hope that, if you feel about our Town as we do, you will join the Society and help us to continue to provide a strong and effective voice in the community.
The Wimbledon Society is a Registered Charity, no 269478.
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The Society keeps up its active programme of events with the assistance provided by an army of willing volunteers. We are always looking for more members to come forward and take an active part in promoting the success of the Society. In particular, we are looking to fill a number of key roles at the moment. These are a secretary for our planning committee and a publications officer to manage the range of material we publish and sell. If any of these roles interests you, please click on the links, where you will find a role description.
We held two Society summer promotion events this year. On 30 May 2015, we set up our stall in the Piazza opposite Morrisons on the Broadway. There were gazebos, publications for sale, leaflets, large maps of Wimbledon and much more. Keen Society volunteers were on hand all day to answer questions. Seeking new members was an important day of the day for us, and we had a strong recruitment drive, gaining 13 new members on the day.
Then, on Saturday 27 June 2015, we once again took part in the Wimbledon Village Fair on Wimbledon Common. Organised by Wimbledon Guild, this is an established feature of Wimbledon summer, with a huge range of stalls and activities. We have a regular presence at the Fair, and this year was no exception. Once again, we put up our show in gazebos, and as with our day at the Piazza, we had a wide range of material on display. It is gratifying to feel part of the Wimbledon community by doing this. We focused on attracting new members at this event, and we gained 20 new recruits.
Richard Milward Local History Prize
This new biennial prize commemorates the work of Wimbledon’s notable historian Richard Milward (1924-2006). The first award was made by The Wimbledon Society during Bookfest October 2014 for an article or essay with a local historical connection. On 6 October 2014, the Society hosted the event at Cannizaro Hotel, when Professor Richard Tait gave a talk and judged the Prize. Prizes were awarded as follows.
First Prize Kirk Bannister: New Wimbledon - A story of suburban growth and metropolitan expansion l851 - l891
Second Prize Glenys Taylor: Keeping Up with the Joneses - The history of St John's Cottage (7 & 7A Copse Hill) 1858 to l950s
Click on the links below to read the essays
Local events diary
Useful quarterly listing of local events
Our Museum has a rich collection of material, and we do not have enough display space to show many interesting items. Storage of these items, and of a range of other Society material - eg, display panels, books, leaflets - has been a concern we have now addressed. We are pleased to announce a new agreement with Big Yellow Storage Company, New Malden, which has offered us a generous deal. This will allow us to create secure off-site storage for a wide range of our materials, and free up prime space in the Museum. More information on Big Yellow's storage facilities can be found by clicking on their logo shown below.