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Meeting Report: Battersea Power Station

Jeanne Rathbone & Alex Baker gave a fascinating presentation to an audience of 65 (a record for January). Jeanne galloped through 300 years of history of the site culminating in the story of on-off re-development plans since the power station stopped operation in 1983. Alex then gave us an update on current plans for this giant mixed use scheme of apartments, office development for Apple and others, small work spaces, leisure, a shopping mall and more including public open spaces. A fuller report will be in the February 2019 Newsletter.

A New Year, a new National Park?

Welcome to 2019 and the National Park City Festival. From the 1st May through into August a series of activities will kick start the London National Park City Festival which will be a celebration of London’s outdoor spaces and involve a broad range of activities, from culture and health and fitness to wildlife and the environment. Find out more on
http://www.nationalparkcity.london

Society Christmas Party 2018

This year’s party in St Anne’s Church Hall was as usual well attended, with musical entertainment from Chris Beaumont on the xylophone and Derek Carden on piano. Chris Beaumont keeps alive the music of Patrick Moore and recounted anecdotes about this fascinating man between numbers. As ever, excellent food and a glass of wine was included in the £15 ticket.

Chris Beaumont in action

Council calling for progress on re-design of the one way system

The council’s is calling for firm  reassurances from the Mayor and TfL that they are serious about carrying out the long-awaited and much-needed redesign of the Wandsworth one-way system.

The current scheme – which would remove all through traffic from Wandsworth High Street, significantly improving the town centre’s main shopping areas for pedestrians and cyclists – was first unveiled about a decade ago.

Removing through traffic from the one-way system has been a long term strategic aim of the council, but the works can only be approved and carried out by TfL. The council has set aside more than £27milllion to help fund the scheme.

Work was originally scheduled to commence in 2017 but TfL recently confirmed that this would not now happen until 2021 at the earliest.

Meeting Report: Growing up in Wartime Battersea


Sue Denton, one of the research team has written an interesting 50 page book as a report of the project. Cost £5

On Thursday 8 November Carol Rahn gave a fascinating presentation at the November meeting on an oral history project assembling the memories of local people who were living in Battersea during World War II. Their recollections of their childhood, their experiences of air raid shelters, brushes with death and evacuation made fascinating listening. The talk was accompanied by footage of the interviews which brought home the realities of a life far distant from that of children today.