Talk on the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building

On a freezing snowy evening 80+ people sat in the warmth of theiir own homes to hear Mark Justin give a fascinating talk on the history of this iconic building and tell us about its use today. A full report will be available in our March newsletter.

Mark, the owner of Le Gothique Restaurant, believes he is the longest serving pub landlord in London. Once we are permitted, the restaurant and bar will re-open and is well worth a visit whether for a drink or meal and enjoy the peaceful garden.

Society Meeting – The Huguenots in Wandsworth

Thursday saw a massive turnout – probably due to an article and unsolicited publicity in a recent Brightside – to hear Tim Kidd give an interesting talk on the history of the Huguenots and their fascinating impact on the industrialised past of Wandsworth. Many apologies to those for whom it was “standing room only”.

We will be holding a walk around the area – including Mount Nod when it becomes a public open space – in the early Summer; this will be publicised to Society members through the Society Newsletter and monthly flyers but open to all, so watch this website for details.

Leonie Cooper speaks to the Society about control of vehicle emmissions

A lively meeting which started with an interesting presentation by our elected London Assembly Member for Wandsworth & Merton. It moved to debating the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed local ULEZ due to be launched in October 2021 for all areas within the North & South Circular roads. There was some clear dissent about the fairness of the scheme on those owning older cars but the consensus view is that we will all benefit from cleaner air particularly those living on heavily trafficked roads.

To see how bad the air is around your home go to the website Even homes 200 meters from heavily trafficked roads like East Hill only just meet just under the WHO’s annual legal limit of 40mcg/m3 – so what is the impact on those living closer?.