Tramlink and the ‘Berlin Wall’ talk, Sept 2018 – 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


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



Block printing workshop – Saturday 7th April

Join us for a block printing workshop in Wandle Park facilitated by Wandle Industrial Museum
Date: Saturday 7th April

Time/place: 2pm at the cafe
Cost: £3 per person (this price is subsidised by the Friends of Wandle Park)

The Wandle Industrial Museum will be facilitating a block printing workshop at the cafe in Wandle Park on Saturday 7th April at 2pm.

You will learn about the process of block printing that was used by the calico print works along the River Wandle including the Morris Works and Liberty Print Works.

After viewing a film showing how block-printing was done there will be an opportunity to handle original Liberty blocks and the tools used. This will be followed by a talk looking at a selection of patterns and designs produced by the printers. To close the workshop each attendee will have an opportunity to produce their own print using Morris inspired blocks.

Tickets cost £3 to be paid on the day in cash only (£3) – but please book a place in advance, either
~ by email to Catherine at  or
~ by text to 07530247643 quoting WIM in the message.

This event is being supported by The Friends of Wandle Park and Mum’s the Chef at Wandle Park (

To find out more about the Wandle Industrial Museum check out their website (

RESCHEDULED for Sunday 25th March – Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean event in Wandle Park. RESCHEDULED.

Keep Britain Tidy Spring CleanJoin us on the rescheduled date Sunday 25th March to help clean up the Waddon New Road footbridge entrance to Wandle Park.

Time: 10am – 4pm (note later end time)
Meet: at the Bandstand at 10am, or (if you can’t make it at 10am) look for us near the footbridge and join in at any time.

This event is part of the Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean – and you are welcome!

Cleaning up - photo Andrew DickinsonThe team getting busy – don’t worry, there’s still lots more to do.

(This event has been rescheduled from 4th March.)

Wandle Park Haiku

Six park users sat in Wandle Park Café on the 24th of September to learn how to write park inspired Haiku.  The simple form of three lines, with 17 syllables of 5, 7 and 5, provided an easily learned structure.  I think all the participants were delighted with the work they produced and the enjoyable time they had.  I include below the work they submitted and have used initials to preserve their modesty, although Andrew Dickinson is earning the title of the new Poet Laureate of Park Haiku!

I believe more sessions could be in order and maybe a Haiku Book that could be left in the Café for people to add new haiku?

George Wright

Leaves rustle gently
Autumn breezes shake the trees
Twigs will soon be bare

Children in the sand
Enjoying the autumn sun
Laughing filling pails

Flowing gently now
The river restored to view
Glistens in the sun

They pass cautiously
Dogs and their owners walking
Sharing the same space

Sat in the cafe
Penning haiku together
We get creative

A frog from Frogges Mead
In the meadow liked to feed
Keeping bugs off crops

Bottles tins and cans
Have fallen from thoughtless hands
Never a bin used

Fountain waters cool
The marble keeps it constant
People drink thirstily

Conker on my head
Causes a lump I forget
Remembered when washed

Swings river bandstand
The beautiful Wandle clear
Laughter shouting fun

I went to Wandle
The beauty left me in awe
Everybody calm

Together we write
Talking about the Wandle
Its beauty on show

Travellers were here
By the Wandle Park river
Causing a nuisance

The leaves turning brown
The bandstand river and more
The Wandle story

The park has plenty
Of needles unfortunately
They are not from pines

What lurks in the pond
Hippopotamus or snake
Maybe dragonflies

Leaves on trees are clocks
Telling the time of seasons
In gold green and brown

There is sadness in
Crushed chestnuts their shiny brown
Lives exterminated

Do community
Gardeners dig Sundays so
Much when its raining

The Wandle flows soft
On summer days we forget
Her winter rages

The Wandle is host
To dippy flights of wagtails
Rather like my mind

Late summer sun shines
On the many shades of green
That fill winters void