Dulwich Society members will recall the public meeting held in support of the Herne Hill Velodrome in 2009 out of which sprang the 'Save the Herne Hill Velodrome' which raised awareness of the Velodrome’s plight, both locally and nationally. The approach of the 2012 London Olympics further highlighted the need to preserve the historic velodrome, the scene of the cycling events of two previous Olympic Games. Lord Coe, the chairman of the Olympic committee launched the official campaign at City Hall.

The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust was set up in 2011 as a response to the highly successful Save the Herne Hill Velodrome campaign. The Trust is responsible for securing the future of the Velodrome for generations to come. The trust is a registered charity and is reliant entirely on volunteer funding and support from individuals, companies and funding bodies as well as the fundraising activities of the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome.

As well as managing specific improvement projects such as the Southwark Olympic Legacy Project, the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust works on a day to day basis to increase participation at the track through a management committee and the new cycling development officer. The Trust is particularly keen to increase participation amongst women and girls, young people, disadvantaged communities, disabled riders and educational establishments.

In 2011 the Trust was able to obtain a longer lease from the Dulwich Estate for the track area and British Cycling and a local beneficiary put up the funds to resurface the track and to pay for a new track fence.

In 2014 Southwark's Olympic Legacy Fund guaranteed (for the first time in the track's long history) the installation of floodlights, an inner warm up space and a children's track and a ‘Multi Use Games Area’.

The most recent, and probably the most anticipated development is the building of the new pavilion. Work began in April to demolish the old and derelict grandstand and replace it with a new structure which reflects its former design. The Trust has negotiated with the Dulwich Estate and been granted a 99 year lease on the area occupied by the new grandstand. The £1.8 million project is funded by The Marathon Trust, Sport England, Southwark Council and the Mayor’s Fund.

The pavilion is designed by local supporter Mike Taylor of Hopkins Architects, the partnership which designed and built the the iconic indoor cycling velodrome, the first completed building for the 2012 London Olympics, it is due to be completed in January 2017.

Membership of The Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome costs £15 or a Special Friends of HHV membership scheme costs £30 (+ £1 p+p for the unique membership card) where members get access to a range of exclusive offers at a host of local and London-wide retailers. For details, visit http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/hhv-friends/)