Wandle Fortnight is a celebration of all things Wandle. This year over 50 activities were put on by the community.
Wandle Valley Forum was pleased to support nine organisations with micro grants for their Wandle Fortnight activities. These were Friends in St Helier, Mole Valley Orienteering Club, Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers, Ethnic Minority Centre, Wild in the City, Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage, Object Book, Wendelsworth Community Garden and Workshop 305.
We distributed £1000 to support events which attracted over 440 people and inspired over 220 volunteer hours for the benefit of the Wandle Valley.
Read what the groups did with their microgrants in their own words here.
We are grateful to the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the support that made the micro grants scheme possible and are expecting to be running a similar grants programme for the 2017 event.
Wandle Valley Forum Charter launched
The Wandle Valley Forum Charter was launched at our Annual Meeting in April 2016. The Charter is grounded in the views of community groups, voluntary organisations and local businesses that support Wandle Valley Forum. The Charter:
Download and print the Wandle Valley Forum Charter here.
Help our petition to save the Hackbridge railway bridges from demolition reach 1000 supporters
The 100 Acre and Irrigation bridges over the railway north of Hackbridge have been earmarked for demolition in May by Network Rail. This is despite the key role both these Victorian bridges can play in providing public access to the newly restored Beddington Farmlands when it opens. We understand Network Rail's assessment shows it would be less expensive to maintain the bridges than demolish them.
This is short term thinking. It risks squandering the vast environmental opportunity that this area of green space - three times the size of Hyde Park - presents right at the heart of the Wandle Valley Regional Park.
Working with Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group and Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust we have set up a petition to save the railway bridges.
We call on Network Rail to call off the bridges demolition and allow Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust and Sutton Council to find a long term solution which secures their role in providing public access to Beddington Farmlands.
You can sign the petition here or use the buttons above or below and read coverage of the campaign in the Sutton Guardian.
The winners of our 10th anniversary photographic competition were announced in December 2015. See some of the winners and entries below:
Wandle Valley Forum
Wandle Valley Forum provides support and an independent voice for over 80 community groups & voluntary organisations and for everyone who shares a passion for the Wandle. Our campaigning was instrumental in establishing the Wandle Valley Regional Park and we are integral to its future development. Support us by offering your time or giving a donation.
Our priorities are set out in the Wandle Valley Forum Charter.
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