Tramlink and the ‘Berlin Wall’ talk – report and photos

Nick Barnett writes:

On 16 September, James Graham (our Chair’s husband) gave an illustrated talk on the campaign (in the late 1990s) to make the tram ramp which runs next to Waddon New Road less oppressive than it was first designed to be.

Among the exhibits (brought by one of the campaigners, our own Ursula Dyke) was a giant folder of evidence about the whole of the tram network proposal, with text, plans and photographs.

Here are some of the photos which were taken near/in the park.  Above: Waddon Marsh Station as it was. Left: Wimbledon branch and Sutton main line.

 

 

Right: Waddon New Road and the old footbridge

 

 

 

 

Left: Wandle Arms from the old footbridge

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Friends of Wandle Park AGM 2018 – Sunday 21st October

The AGM of the Friends of Wandle Park will take place on Sunday 21st October at 12 noon in the Park Cafe.

Please click here for links to the full Notice, papers for the meeting and details of how to stand for the Committee.

Membership of the Friends costs £1 per year and you can join at the start of the meeting.

If you have any queries please contact chairwandleparkfriends@gmail.com

 

 

Wandle Wheelers in the park

Explore the Wandle Trail and get a FREE GIFT & BIKE MOT

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As part of Wandle Fortnight (September 8th – September 23rd), a community led celebration of all things in the Wandle Valley, the regional park trust, will again hold its  ever popular Wandle Wheeler led bike rides along the largely traffic free Wandle Trail, suitable for all ages and levels.

On Sunday 16th September they will be holding one ride in Wandle Park.

The ride will leave at 12:30 and will be finished by 14:30.

To take part in the bike ride please register using the link

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandle-wheelers-fortnight-explore-the-wandle-trail-and-get-a-free-bike-mot-tickets-49357178650

Tramlink and the Berlin Wall Sunday 16th September

What does one of the most iconic symbols of the Cold War have to do with Tramlink and how was it involved with Wandle Park? Twenty years after the tram returned to Croydon’s streets, there is a tale to be told how local residents fought a plan to construct a tram flyover so ugly and over-powering it was dubbed the ‘Berlin Wall’ by objectors.

This tale is just the latest in some 200 years of tramway and railway activity involving Wandle Park which has seen the world’s first public railway run along one of Britain’s most industrialised river valleys on what is one of the world’s oldest remaining stretches of rail line in constant use.

Enjoy a talk by local resident and rail enthusiast James Graham on 200 years of history from the Surrey Iron Railway to the Berlin Wall and beyond.

 

Railways talk pic

Friends Garden Party 22nd July

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It’s London National Park City Week from 21-29 July designed to help Londoners explore our amazing outdoors, and to help make the city greener this summer. This event is not only for London itself but also surrounding boroughs including Croydon.

The Friends of Wandle Park have organised a free community event for all to enjoy this Sunday 22nd July with acoustic music and  children’s activities.  Never been to the park before? Then why not join in with the  #GoParksLondon Challenge

Visit Wandle Park with its river, pond, community garden, children’s play area, skate park and cafe and post a photo using #GoParksLondon for a chance to win a prize! To get started visit www.GoParks.London

For more information about all the events happening all week all over London and surrounding areas check out the London National Park City Week website.

For social media Wandle Park garden party poster 2018