Nick Steiner, Chairman of the Friends of Wimbledon Park and SGRA Clonmore Street South Rep was amazed and delighted to be one of the six recipients of this years Wandsworth Civic Awards. The award was presented by His Worshipful the Mayor Cllr. Adrian Knowles at the Mayors Annual Civic Dinner on Wednesday 28th November 2012.

The names of all six award recipients was a closely guarded secret and Nick had no idea he had been put forward or been successful until the Mayors announcement.

The following is from Tina Thompson, former Wandsworth Mayor about Nick Steiner and his continued involvement in the Southfields and Wandsworth Community

Nick is a retired Firefighter with a strong sense of local duty and when the Southfields Grid Residents Association [SGRA] started in the early 1970s, Nick joined. He soon became an active member and became a representative in the early 1980’s and continues to this day in the South end of Clonmore Street where he lives with his wife Molly.

The SGRA also became an early Neighbourhood Watch area and the largest in the Borough at the time. In 1984, the Neighbourhood Watch became a sub committee of the SGRA and Nick became its Chairman looking after over 2000 properties..

Nick also became a parent Governor of what was then Southfields School and the Chairman for a couple of years. Nick is still very active in the SGRA he is also on his local Doctor’s Surgery Patient Panel and is a Justice of the Peace.

All this takes up a great deal of Nick’s time. He is someone who never blows his own trumpet he just gets on and does the job. He has given so much time to his local community to help improve it.

He has now taken on the challenge of Wimbledon Park and is a founder member of the Friends of Wimbledon Park [FoWP]. This organisation has brought together all the local residents associations, the Golf Club and the Angling Club and hopes to involve local schools and the AELTC. It has the support of the local Councillors from Southfields and Wimbledon Park (Merton) and the two local MPs and the leaders of both councils.

Nick is the Chairman of FoWP and he is working very hard to get everyone to work together for the benefit of Wimbledon Park and its visitors/users. There are a number of areas of concern with the park and we know that its beautiful lake is dying. Thus, a major project is to Save the Lake.

Nick thoroughly deserved this Civic Award as his work has gone unnoticed by many but Southfields would miss him if he were not there to step in when needed.

Tina Thompson

Below is the line up of all Civic Award Winners including Mozir Uddin Ahmed who lives on Clonmore Street. More later on Mr Ahmed when I can track him down plus further images to follow including Cadet Sgt. Niall Rymill of the Adult Cadet from 132 Signal Detachment in Merton Road.