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Welcome to The Putney Society
The Putney Society is concerned with all aspects of the community which contribute to the quality of our local life.
These include the built environment and open spaces such as parks and commons; transport and community services. The Society has played a key role in the enhancement and protection of these vital facilities in Putney and Roehampton since its inception.
Members receive a monthly Bulletin either by email or in a printed version which gives all the latest news and photographs relating to the Society's work and issues and much more besides. The Society's Buildings, Open Spaces, Community and Transport Panels meet regularly to review what is going on in Putney.
If you are not already a member we hope that you will join the Society to help us continue to provide an effective voice in the community.
RECENT NEWS & FORTHCOMING EVENTS
See panel on the right for further information
PUTNEY SOCIETY AGM - Thursday 17 March, St Mary's Church, Putney Bridge
At the AGM we review the Society’s year and elect the officers of the Society (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and up to twelve other members of the Executive Committee (EC). You will have seen from the Bulletin that the Society has been very active this year on an eclectic range of topics including:
- Improving Putney High Street – lobbying to minimise the “canyon” effect in the High Street, supporting the ban on day-time deliveries to improve traffic flow, continuing to lobby South West Trains to smarten up the façade of Putney Station
- Improving road safety – a deputation convinced local councillors that 20mph zones were needed locally.
- Participating in London-wide seminars on air quality – in preparation for an extensive exercise to measure air quality across Putney
- Supporting Wandsworth Heritage Festival by organising a lecture on William Morris at All Saints Church -
- Setting up a discount scheme for our members supporting small local shops and businesses
- Encouraging cohesion amongst the citizens of Putney by publishing a monthly Bulletin, running a topical website and using social media to communicate with local residents
The Committee members are unpaid volunteers. We are very active because we are committed to the preservation and improvement of the local environment and amenities. We are ambitious for the future of Putney and hope to recruit more members to the EC and others who may have less time but are willing to commit a couple of hours a month. Download a nomination form to become an Executive Committee member here - new members welcome.
MEMBERS' MEETING; THE STORY OF PUTNEY'S BURIAL GROUNDS
Philip Evison has recently completed a history of Putney Old Burial Ground in the Upper Richmond Road and at our members' meeting on the 28 January at 19.30 in the Cromwell Room, St Mary's Church, will give an illustrated talk about it, St Mary's Church and the later burial grounds - Putney Lower Common Cemetery (1855 to 1891) and Putney Vale Cemetery (1891 to present).
PUTNEY SOCIETY APPEALS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP
WITH NEW PROJECT TO MEASURE NO2 POLLUTION
Despite attempts to reduce pollution from buses by retrofitting catalytic converters we have been concerned that the early reductions are not being maintained. Consequently, the Executive Committee has agreed that the Society would carry out a further exercise in measuring pollution, using tubes attached to lampposts and similar street furniture.
However, we need some help to do this, and are appealing for volunteers to assist. It won't be an onerous task: we just need to attach the tubes to suitable points and then, after a few weeks, remove them and send them for analysis. So if you would like to help us in this task, please do get in touch with me, as I'm co-ordinating the exercise. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I look forward to hearing from you!
NEW CATALPAS FOR OLD
The Socety has paid for the supply and planting of two new Catalpa bignonioides trees in Wadsworth Park. They have been planted in the forml beds at the south-eastern corner of the park where two earlier trees had reached the end of their lifeplan. The trees were planted last month with the help of Councillor Jim Madden, Pat Cross the Chair of the new Friends of Wandsworth Park, and John Horrocks Chair of the Society's Open Spaces Panel.
PUTNEY SOCIETY SHOPPER'S DISCOUNT SCHEME - Mebers' Monthly Meeting on Thursday 25 February 6.30pm, St Mary's Church, Putney Bridge
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Putney Promotions Discount Scheme, which, we hope, will run for many years. This is your chance to come and meet manyof the local independent retalers who have joined the scheme, and for you to meet them. The aim behind the scheme is to encourage more of us to shop locally, and to support the local retailers. A Welcome Letter and membership card will be sent out shortly, so when you have them do look out for the swan sticker in shop windows, and claim your discount or special offer.
PUTNEY STATION - SCHEDULE OF WORKS
The Society's Transport Panel has been monitoring the progress made by Network Rail who have revised their refurbishment timeline.
Work on the canopy for platform one is about to start. The next 'meet the managers' meeting is confirmed as Tuesday 19 January between 3-7pm at the station. The power supply in theory should be sorted out by the end of June(ish) and the compound outside the station will be scaled back in January.
PUTNEY SOCIETY'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 17 March at 7.30 at St Mary's Church, Putney Bridge
The AGM this year will be held on Thursday 17 March at 7.30pm at St Mary's Church. The Society has been very active this year on an eclectic range of topics - see the panel to the right for more details. We will be announcing a special guest speaker shortly. At the meeting we elect the officers of the Society (Chair, Secretay and Treasurer) and up to twelve other members of the Executive Committee (EC). We also approve the accounts. A nomination form for Committee membership will be included with the March Bulletin, and you will be able to download fromthe website.
TOUR OF MIDDLE TEMPLE -
Members' Visit, Wednesday 17 February at 11am
We are organising an historic guided tour of Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court. This venue survived the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. The visit will last approximately one hour. To book your place please send a SAE (or your email address) with your name, address and contact phone number and, together with a cheque for £12.00 (members) and £14.00 (non-members) made payable to 'The Putney Society' to Maureen Howley, 1 Elystan Court, 121 Howards Lane, London SW15 6QH. Places are limited so book early!