About The Kew Society

About The Kew Society

The Kew Society, which is more than 100 years old, is an influential organisation dedicated to enhancing the beauty and character of Kew with its historic legacy of buildings and green spaces.

In 1987 the Kew Society became a registered charity.

Main Aims of The Kew Society

Main Aims of The Kew Society

To review all planning applications in Kew with special regard to the architectural integrity and character of the neighbourhood.

To play an active role in the improvement of local amenities.

Keeping residents in touch with what is happening in their community.

To achieve its aims The Kew Society

To achieve its aims The Kew Society

Works closely with Local Government Councillors and the local Member of Parliament

Monitors all the planning applications and comments as needed

Makes representations to public and private organisations

Works with other organisations involved with local environmental issues including our green spaces, the towpath, pollution and aircraft noise.

Committee and Volunteers

Committee and Volunteers

The Kew Society is run by unpaid volunteers.  The Executive Committee meets eleven times a year while sub-committees look after particular areas of interest.

The Society organises community events including parties, picnics, lectures and outings and produces the Kew Society Newsletter with information about general local issues, events, planning matters and forthcoming activities.

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EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    9am - 6pmCamberley

    Sandhurst tour

    Sandhurst horse

    Wednesday 10th August found a happy band of members up with the lark to board their coach and travel from Kew to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

    We were met by our guide for the day, Tony Merrifield, and were privileged to watch the splendid Commandant's Parade in Old College Square.  This formed the dress rehearsal for the official Sovereign's Parade which took place the following Friday.
     
    The precision of the March Past in Slow and Quick time was a joy to watch - the ceremony was accompanied by a rousing programme of music provided by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.
     
    The Sovereign's Parade marks the passing out from Sandhurst Military Academy for the  204 Officer Cadets who have completed the training for the Commissioning Course and is the result of many hours of hard work.  It means that they will be officially commissioned as officers of the British Army from midnight on the Friday - when the clock strikes twelve, the celebrations begin with the now newly commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly displaying their rank insignia for the first time ! 
     
    184 of the Officer Cadets were from the United Kingdom, whilst the remaining 20 were from overseas and will return to their countries' armies.
     
    During the ceremony, The Commandant, Major General P. A. E. Nanson CBE, rehearsed the presentation of the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword, the Overseas Award and the Queen's Medal to the top Officer Cadets.  
    The parade ended in splendid style with The Adjutant riding his horse 'The Black Charger' up the steps of Old College and following the graduating Officer Cadets through the Grand Entrance - a splendid piece of horsemanship which received a huge round of applause!
     
    Following a buffet lunch, our group was entertained with more stories about the history and current and changing focus for Sandhurst. During a visit to the Roman Catholic Chapel in the grounds, Tony revealed the interesting facts connected with the baptismal font, altar, stained glass windows and amphitheatre of pews.  Here resides the ship's bell of HMS Sandhurst commemorating links with the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval College Dartmouth.  
     
    Our group then moved on to the Royal Military Memorial Chapel and the fascinating rooms which house historic artefacts and paintings to hear more about the formation of this military institution in 1801 and links to Colonel Le Marchant, George III and his second eldest son Prince Frederick, Duke of York.
     
    The Kew Society members ended their day in style -  Tony gave us a running commentary as we toured the 500 acre site in the coach.  
    It was a wonderful day out and we are so grateful to Sue May, the Events team and Tony Merrifield for putting together this unique opportunity