Welcome to The Walton Society

Our background:-

Was formed 35 years ago as an Amenity Society dedicated to preserving historical buildings of merit in Walton at a time when redevelopment was threatening to destroy the town’s character.  

Has always had a wider interest in environmental conservation, including the impact of the growth in traffic as well as parking, speeding and traffic congestion issues.

Has always championed our open green spaces, with campaigns to prevent the sell-off of school playing fields and steadfast opposition to the overdevelopment of sites such as the former Walton Swimming Pool site and at Wheatleys Eyot / Fordbridge Road.   

Has long championed openness and transparency in local government, well before it became fashionable to do so.

Rescued the then derelict Riverhouse Barn in Manor Road converting it into a thriving Community Arts Centre as well as playing a key part in bringing back a cinema to the town.  

Has supported the annual Heritage Day events each September for the last 13 years.

As an independent organisation, without the constraints of having to stick to a Nationally agreed “party line”, the Society and its Councillors can, and do, speak up on behalf of the ordinary residents of our town to oppose cutbacks or inordinate hikes in charges that will unnecessarily and adversely affect Walton.

Latest News: Gwen Hitchcock….

Gwen Hitchcock, The Walton Society Councillor for Walton Ambleside 1982 – 1988   We have heard that Gwen Hitchcock, one of the Society’s first Councillors on Elmbridge Borough Council, died peacefully on July 9th from heart failure at the age of 92. The funeral is on July 28th and the family requests no flowers, but a donation to the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth (her favourite charity), should people wish to remember her that way.   ... Read More