The Society formed in 1985, saving from demolition, London's first public library in Great Smith Street
We respond on behalf of residents and businesses to local planning applications. Our 350+ members
enjoy local visits & talks of historic and other interest, social events and an archive of books, prints, plans
The Victoria Tower Gardens & The National Holocaust Memorial
2nd March 2017
30-40 local residents, interested parties and members of the House of Lords & Commons attended an exhibition in Westminster Hall of the 10 short-listed Architects submissions, followed by a meeting in the House of Lords chaired by Sir Peter Bazalgette of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation. With over 1,000.00 signatures on the petition now, the Foundation was left in no doubt of our opinions as to why this is the wrong site. READ MORE on the petition page.
More publicity for our cause, as it was featured in The Times page 31 on Saturday 25th February. Read the article here http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jewish-peer-criticises-holocaust-memorial-kwh3jjhfn.
9th February 2017
Sir Edward Leigh's adjournment debate in the House of Commons. Read Hansard transcript here.
PARK THREATENED !
To read more and SIGN THE PETITION - CLICK HERE
Here are some of the comments by those who signed CLICK HERE
5th February 2017 : Article in The Observer (Rowan Moore)
4th February 2017 : Article in The Guardian (Ian Jack)
27th January 2017 - On Holocaust Memorial Day, the Shortlist was announced. To view CLICK HERE
One of the submissions on the Shortlist :
Studio Libeskind and Haptic Architects
Visits & Events 2017
Wednesday 12th April - Talk by Victor Keegan "Shakespeare's lost London" 7pm at the William Gibbs Community Hall, Great Peter Street, SW1P 2LR
Wednesday 21st June - Summer Drinks Party, Grange Rochester Hotel 6.30pm - Tickets on sale in May
Wednesday 15th November - AGM, Grange Rochester Hotel 6.30pm
WE ARE WORKING ON SEVERAL INTERESTING VISITS AND WILL POST AS SOON AS THEY ARE FINALISED.
Thorney Tales (11) - The Abbey Garden
It is a little known fact to most people that the oldest garden in the country is located at the back of Westminster Abbey and is open to the public several days a week. It is an oasis of tranquility at the heart of one of the busiest cities in the world.
WCC say "No" (AGAIN!) to proposed sculpture outside Westminster Central Hall
UPDATE - January 2017
We regret to report that the Appeal has been dismissed by WCC. Many of the arguments used by the Council to prevent this small sculpture from being placed at Central Hall (eg. within its Monuments Saturation Zone) would apply to the Holocaust Memorial but will they take the same view ? We suspect not.
UPDATE - April 2016
Westminster City Council have disappointly turned down this application. Read more here in a Guardian article.
To sign the on-line petition to overturn the decision, click here.
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We support this application for the installation of the sculpture 'Homeless Jesus' in front of the Methodist Hall on Storey's Gate.
The sculpture is very moving and is appropriate in this location, near where there is so much wealth and yet so many rough sleepers.
Westminster Fire Station
UPDATE: December 2016
The Society is sorry to have to report that planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of this important heritage building.
Following a public exhibition in May, please see our response here or on the Planning page.
Newsletter Autumn 2016
Vauxhall Bridge Road/Tachbrook St Draft Development Opportunity
Out of our area, but important enough to comment on. The block that contains the Queen Mother Sports Centre is being considered as a 'Development Opportunity' by Westminster City Council. They produced a draft document which can be viewed at: https://openforum.
Our response can be viewed here and on the Planning page.
June Stubbs 1927 - 2016
It is with great sadness to the Society that June Stubbs passed away on Friday 14th October, suddenly after collapsing at her nursing home.
June was a co-founder of the Society and for over 25 years was its Chairman and driving force. From her flat in Westminster Mansions, Great Smith Street, she was in an excellent position to keep a close eye on Thorney Island, and never missed an opportunity to represent the Society in public. She presided over many meetings, Christmas bazaars, parties and dinners. She was honoured with the award of an MBE in 2011 for services to conservation in the City of Westminster. June moved several years ago to an excellent nursing home in the New Forest, close to her family and enjoyed her final years in comfort and rest.
To send condolences to June's family, please write to info@thethorneyislandsociety.
Visit to Tate Britain's Archives & Library, November 2016
With huge thanks to Derek Rice, Library & Archives Co-Ordinator for a fascinating visit behind the scenes.
We were shown around the archives and store room. Temperature controlled with tight security arrangements and flood protection in place. Large moveable storage shelves and cupboards house the many treasures. We were shown prints and documents relating to the Millbank Penitentiary on the present gallery site. Next we entered the library to see documents, books and computer displays about the Thames and its history, part of a special project that changes monthly called Show and Tell. Finally Derek took us to view the Nash exhibition. A fascinating visit.
One of the many in the collection, here is a photograph of the gallery at the time of the 1928 Thames Flood.