Merton Park has a considerable number of long-term residents who are stalwarts of the Society and who are keen to welcome newcomers to the area and part of our remit is to organise social activities to encourage a sense of community.
This includes annual events such as Music in the Park, our “ concert with a picnic” around the Bandstand in the John Innes Park and a Quiz Night held in the Church Hall. We also hold local events reflecting national celebrations, such as the suffragette themed garden party in Dorset Hall in 2018.
More regular activities include twice weekly bridge sessions which are hugely popular, and monthly coffee mornings, both held in our Coach House in Melrose Road. Occasional talks and exhibitions also take place there, as it affords access to our archive collection and publications of local interest.
We have supported some recent local initiatives such as the Scooter Park at Poplar Road School, and advised on the type of outdoor gym equipment in Mostyn Gardens.
We are also members of Merton Council’s Heritage Forum, have a regular stall at the annual Discovery Day at Morden Library and actively support the work of the Heritage Officer.
To ensure we are in keeping with wider external organisations we are also members of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies and The Small Charities Commission.
We also have had stalls at Merton Park Primary School Summer Fairs, to promote local nature study.
We encourage an interest in the wildlife and nature of our area, and our volunteers put up and maintain bird nesting boxes around the area, particularly in the Glebe Field.
With other organizations, we have taken part in local litter picks and we keep up a constant dialogue with the Council over maintenance and repair of our local heritage buildings such as the Bandstand in the John Innes Park.