Executive Committee

Sue Ball (Chair)
Louise Cartledge (Hon Membership Secretary)
Graeme Cottam (Planning/Archives)
Peter Deakins (Architecture)
Rosemary Fitch (Local History)
Victor Keegan (Parks, Books/Archives, Social Media, Thorney Tales & Blogs)
Lucy Peck (Planning, Newsletter & Blogs)
Juliet Shellabear (Hon Secretary, Events & Visits, Website, Archives)
Robert Timms (Hon Treasurer)


Corporate Members

Marsh Charitable Trust
Rochester & Wellington by Blue Orchid Hotels, Integrity International Group


Honorary Members/
Vice Presidents

Rt Hon Lord Dubs
Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG
Mrs M Fox-Pitt
The Very Revd David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London
Peabody Trust
St Andrew's Club
St Matthew's School


Patrons of St James's Park and The Green Park

Rt Hon Lord Hattersley PC FRSL
Jools Holland OBE DL

Ex-Chair and Co-Founder
June A Stubbs MBE MCSD FRSA (decd)

Co-Founder
Ann Carlton (decd)

Consulting Archivist

Margaret Woodall

 

 

THE SOCIETY'S CONSTITUTION - Click Here

 

The Thorney Island Society takes its name from the island in the Thames upon which Westminster Abbey was first built.

A Westminster conservation and amenity society founded in 1985 – its objective then being to save the Library erected in Great Smith Street in 1893. Today it continues to look after the interests of both residents and businesses within the area and acts as a ‘watchdog’ on local planning and development issues. The Society is also concerned about the extension of conservation boundaries and the scale and aesthetics of building programmes within its remit.

Some of the most historic landmarks in the capital are situated here including Westminster Abbey, The Palace of Westminster, Tate Britain and St. John’s, Smith Square.

Many of its street names evoke medieval origins – Horseferry Road, Old Palace Yard, Abbey Orchard Street, Strutton Ground and Perkins Rents. Much to the Society’s regret, there have been adverse material changes to the area including the closure of the library in Great Smith Street and the demolition of 18th Century and Art Deco houses in Marsham and Tufton Streets. The area continues to be under threat from further construction and development work thus removing the village of old Westminster with its hospital, library, swimming pool, post office and local shops.

In 1994, the area covered by the Society was extended by being asked to adopt St. James's Park and The Green Park. Later, to commemorate this, an oak tree was planted in St. James's Park. A tree to mark the millennium was planted in The Green Park.

The Thorney Island Society has been at the forefront of attempts to preserve the heritage of old Westminster whilst understanding the importance of striking a balance between conservation, improvement and new building programmes. It has particular regard for the residential, ecclesiastical and commercial interests of this important part of London. Westminster City Council send planning applications for our architects to consider and report on.

Since its foundation, the Society has grown in numbers and influence. It has over 300 members including corporate members and is particularly active in local history and research matters which have encouraged the opening of a neighbourhood resource centre and archive at 10 Old Pye Street where we collect paintings, prints, photographs, period post cards and small relevant artefacts. The Society also nominates representatives to attend conservation events and wildlife studies in the capital and to undertake committee work with a number of public bodies including The Metropolitan Police, The Royal Parks Forum and the Wild Life Forum.

There are regular visits to places of local interest, intriguing landmarks and venues within the area covered by the Society - some of which are not readily accessible to the public.

Our members include many prominent people and businesses and we are grateful not only for their help and support but for the time which so many other members dedicate to the Society’s aims. We are, of course, always keen to welcome new members. If you are interested, please complete and return the membership form.

 

 

Our Annual General Meeting 2020 was held on 10th November 2020 via Zoom and was chaired by Sue Ball.  Please see the Annual Report below.  The Financial Report was given by Gordon Slater which marked his final AGM as he then stepped down after 15 years in the post.  The meeting thanked him for his many years and huge contribution to the Society.  New nominations were proposed and seconded for the posts of Hon Treasurer (Robert Timms) and Hon Membership Secretary (Louise Cartledge), as well as all other Committee positions.  After the business of the meeting, Dorian Gerhold gave a great talk on the History of Victoria Tower Gardens, a recording of which can be found on our Events page.

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Annual Report 2019-2020

Financial Statements & Treasurer's Report

Minutes of AGM 2020 - Not approved

 

 

To view details of previous AGM's, Annual & Treasurer's Reports, Financial Statements and Previous Minutes

 

Our Annual General Meeting 2019 was held on 12th November 2019 at the Rochester Hotel thanks to the co-operation and hospitality of the Blue Orchid Hotel group.  The meeting was chaired by Gordon Slater, Treasurer who gave the Financial Report.  The society's Chair, Sue Ball summarised the Annual Report and called for members to volunteer for roles in the society, including Membership Secretary and from next year, Treasurer, as the exisiting Committee were hugely overstretched.  The meeting thanked Anthony Harrow for his tremendous service to the society over 14 years as Membership Secretary.  Ashley Dickenson resigned from the Committee this year and Graeme Cottam was elected and welcomed.  After the business of the meeting, Warwick Rodwell, consultant Archaeologist at Westminster Abbey gave a fascinating talk on recent finds and other Abbey history. 

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Annual Report 2018-2019

Financial Statements & Treasurer's Report

Minutes of AGM 2019 - Approved

 

Our Annual General Meeting 2018 was held on 13th November 2018 at the Grange Rochester Hotel.  The meeting was pleased to welcome Ptolemy Dean, architect of the new Weston Tower leading to the Queen's Jubilee Galleries and 19th Surveryor of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey, who gave an excellent talk with slides on the background, design and construction of the tower and explained some of the future plans and challenges facing the Abbey in order to improve the overall visitor experience, ticket hall, security check and storage areas.

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Annual Report 2017-2018

Financial Statements & Treasurer's Report

Minutes of AGM 2018 - Approved

 

Our Annual General Meeting 2017  was held on Wednesday 15th November 2017.  Following the business of the meeting, Caroline Sheldon spoke on her book Mr Barry's War, the sequal to The Day Parliament Burned Down.

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Annual Report 2016-2017

Financial Statements & Treasurer's Report 2016-2017

Minutes of AGM 2017

 

Our Annual General Meeting 2016

was held on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at the Grange Rochester Hotel, Vincent Square, SW1P 2PA. 

Before the Annual Report was read, the attendees were invited to stand for a few moments silence in respectful memory of June Stubbs.  Mark Wasilewski, Park Manager of The Green Park & St James's Park described his friendship and coroboration with June over Parks matters and condolences were read from Godfrey Woods, the Deputy Director of Planning at Westminster City Council.  Please see the unapproved Minutes below. 

After the official business of the meeting, Jill Sanders gave a presentation and showed the film of her and John Inglis' project to restore Leigh's 1829 panorama of the Thames and create a current photographic panorama.  Please see the link on the front page for more details.

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Annual Report 2015-2016

Financial Statements & Treasurer's Report 2015-2016

Minutes of AGM 2016