Judith Chegwidden, Putney Society

Judith is a longstanding Putney Resident, and member of Putney Society the local amenity society. Judith sat on the Putney Partnership Board which was co-ordinated by the Council Economic Development office and then became an observer on the Board of Directors when Positively Putney BID was established. Read about what she loves most about Putney.

Judith representing Putney Society at 2019’s Upper Richmond Road Christmas Fayre

Tell us about yourself and why you chose to live in Putney?

I first came to live in Putney when I was a postgraduate student in the late 1960s.  It was convenient for my lab and I already knew people in the area. Apart from a very short while in Balham, I have lived here ever since. 

What do you love most about Putney?

The open spaces, street trees, conservation areas, transport links (of course, when we can move around again!) and the convenience of local shops. Putney is where I call home.

Putney has so many beautiful green spaces nestled around the town centre. Here is Wandsworth Park @photo credit John Kelly

Which is the first hospitality business you will be heading to when we are able to socialise again?

I’ll start by going to The Bakehouse on Upper Richmond Road for a cup of coffee and some bread, then Home SW15 also on Upper Richmond Road for lunch and end the day at Kashmir Restaurant on Lacy Road for dinner.

The Bakehouse getting their daily Sourdough Bread batch ready
Chicken Tikka from Kashmir Restaurant
A moreish Shrimp burger from Home SW15

Which shop in Putney have you missed visiting during lockdown?

Our local Putney Waterstones located in Putney Exchange Shopping Centre.

Waterstones in Putney has an amazing wide selection of books and a connecting cafe

Describe Putney in three words

  • Friendly
  • Green
  • Accessible

As a strong supporter of Putney town centre, what would be your top tips for how people can support local businesses?

I would give the same answers many other people would say – spend locally whenever you can, buy a takeaway or delivery in Putney; order online from a local business or click & collect whilst we can’t go into shops; support businesses by following them on social media and sharing positive feedback with others. But, I would also like to give a top tip directly to landlords who own commercial properties in our town and on the High Street, which is to reflect the requirements of the Putney community by being more flexible to pop ups and temporary uses of empty units and looking to bring in businesses besides retail which will help to make our high street thrive again post the pandemic.

Tell us about Putney Society?

Putney Society, a registered charity, is an amenity society. Amenity societies are run by volunteers who contribute their time and skills to preserve and enhance their local heritage and community. We have four panels; Buildings, transport, community and open spaces. Each hold monthly meetings to discuss local issues. The Society also organises social, cultural and heritage events for members. Why not play your part in keeping Putney and Roehampton pleasant places to live and work in and join Putney Society. It is simple to become a member. Head to their website, click on the membership tab and you can fill out details to sign up online.

Judith sits on the Executive Committee for Putney Society.

For more information about Putney Society please visit https://www.putneysociety.org.uk/

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