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Annual Review 2016 published

We published our Annual Review for 2016 at our AGM on 25th April 2017.

This captures the breadth and scope of our work throughout the year, and it is packed with information.

Highlights of 2016 include :

  • Reporting on the events we hold through the year including Community on The Green in July and Mitcham Heritage Day in September
  • Continued efforts to support Mitcham Cricket Club for example in the context of the ongoing saga of the development of the closed Burn Bullock Pub site – under the same ownership of the pavilion, and in raising funds for the Club at events throughout the year
  • Our ongoing work to support the natural environment and in paricular to protect our trees from increasing environmental pressures
  • Continued work to help protect our area from insensitive development – the amount of potential development in our area is constantly growing, and 2016 saw much activity on this topic
  • Our very significant involvement in the £5m Canons Lottery bid, with hundreds of hours of volunteer effort put in. A decision on this is coming in June 2017.
  • Proposals for items for addition to the Local List. which records significant structures across the borough

There is much more about us and our work in the Annual Review.

Get your copy of our Annual review 2016


Mitcham Heritage Day Saturday 17th September 2016 – full timetable of events

Please join us for Mitcham Heritage Day on Saturday 17th September.

We have brought together a number of organisations who will offer a range of free events including talks, exhibitions, and chances to see and try new things.

All the events take place between 10am and 4pm. Check the schedule on the printable poster below to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Participating this year are:

  • Wandle Industrial Museum – opening free of charge
  • Cricket Green School – view the 14th Century arch
  • St Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church – guided visit to church, exhibitions and more
  • The Canons & Dovecote – learn more about the Lottery bid and get a look inside the Dovecote
  • Mitcham Parish Church – exhibitions, bell ringing, displays and more
  • Mitcham Cricket Club – see inside the pavilion and watch cricket, displays and more
  • Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre – photographic exhibitions at various locations
  • Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage – guided walk around Cricket Green at 2pm

The day will round off with an evening choral concert at Mitcham Parish Church starting at 7pm.

Further details about the concert and tickets (£10 including cheese and wine) are available from Fr David Pennells on 020 8646 0666,

Thank you to all the participants and helpers who are giving their time making this year’s event happen.

Mitcham Heritage Day 17 Sep 2016 printable poster

Mitcham Heritage Day 17 Sep 2016

Community on the Green 27th July – open invitation

Join us on Wednesday 27th July at Cricket Green 6pm till dusk.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage invites you to join us on Wednesday 27th July for our annual celebration of Cricket Green and everyone who lives and works here.

This year we have a special focus on The Canons which is currently the subject of a multi-million pound Lottery bid. Take the opportunity to see the area as you may have never seen it before with a special 3D fly through display. There will also be a free guided walking tour of the grounds. Cricket will be played during the evening.

The event will include:

  • exhibitions and displays about what is going on in Cricket Green, The Canons and the Wandle Valley
  • a chance to quiz the experts who have undertaken new historical research of the area
  • opportunities to have your say on how Lottery funding should be invested in The Canons and its grounds
  • short speeches at 7pm
  • information on the multi-million pound bid to the Lottery for The Canons and its grounds, including a guided tour of the grounds at 7.30pm
  • the latest news on the future of the Burn Bullock and the Cricketers pubs
  • a celebration of the oldest cricket ground in the world
    opportunities to visit Mitcham cricket pavilion, Merton’s first registered asset of community value
  • drinks and light refreshments

The Mayor of Merton has also been invited.

We hope you will join other organisations, businesses and the local community for what will be a relaxed, enjoyable and informative evening.

It would be helpful if you could tell us you’re coming by replying to

We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday 18th June – the “3.8 million pound” free guided walk

We are celebrating Civic Day 2016 with a guided “3.8 million pound walk” around The Canons.

Starting from outside Mitcham’s historic cricket pavilion at 10am on Saturday 18th June the walk will explore the grounds of The Canons.

It includes two listed mansions, a 500 year old dovecote, historic carp pond and Mitcham’s famous athletic ground among other delights.

The walk will provide an opportunity to learn more about the £3.8m Lottery project currently being prepared and to share some of the new historic research which has been undertaken into the history of The Canons landscape and buildings.

The walk will last approximately 75 minutes and will be on flat ground.

Participants may wish to enjoy a lunch at Park Place afterwards.

Civic Day is part of a nationwide celebration by civic societies like ours and is organised by Civic Voice. It celebrates what makes us all proud about where we live.



Fantastic London Open House event at the cricket pavilion

What a fantastic time we had today opening the cricket pavilion for London Open House Weekend.

The pavilion is usually used by members of the Mitcham Cricket Club (the other MCC!) and their guests, but today it was opened to the public free of charge.

We ran a couple of special events at the same time. Local author Keith Booth, a Surrey and England cricket scorer, signed copies of his book “Lives In Cricket: Tom Richardson – A Bowler Pure and Simple” before dashing off to take part in a cricket match.

Meanwhile a specially organised walk around the Cricket Green took in some local historic sights and culminated in a tea in the pavilion.

We also had a display of historic photographs and a rolling slideshow of interesting information about the pavilion and the cricket club.

Not to mention tea and cakes on tap!

We had lots of visitors, both local and from further afield. All in all a very good day.

You can see the photos we took on the day at our Flickr site here.

Book signing at the Cricket Pavilion on 22 September

We’re really delighted to be able to announce that there will be a book signing at our London Open House event at the Cricket Pavilion on 22 September.

Surrey and England cricket scorer Keith Booth will be signing copies of his latest book “Lives In Cricket: Tom Richardson – A Bowler Pure and Simple” between 10 am and 12 noon at the pavilion on Cricket Green.

Although there have been a number of profiles and copious mentions of Richardson in cricket literature and his statistical achievements have been well documented, there has not until now been a full-scale biography.  Keith Booth has written a detailed and lively account of Tom Richardson’s life which should appeal to local people because of his long association with Mitcham Cricket Club.

Keith Booth said “I have played on the Cricket Green a few years ago, but that was before I knew very much about Tom Richardson. It is a pleasure to be returning now to where he played his early cricket. It should be a great day.”

Mitcham Cricket Club is the ground where cricket has been played longer continuously than anywhere else in the world – over 300 years.

The pavilion is opening free of charge to the public as part of London Open House weekend between 10am and 5pm.

The London Open House event is being hosted jointly by Mitcham Cricket Club and Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage.