A Summerstown Celebration at St Mary’s Church, Keble Street, SW17 on Saturday 16th September, marks a year of Heritage Lottery Funding and an opportunity to showcase some of the work we’ve been doing over the past twelve months, particularly with local schools.

We are combining it with another of our fantastic plaque unveilings! Robert Sadler’s ‘Copenhagen Running Grounds’ is somewhere many of the Summerstown182 would have grown up hearing about. This was located off Garratt Lane between 1853 and 1864. Contemporary knowledge of it was practically non-existent until local historian Kevin Kelly wrote a book about it a few years ago. We intend to further publicise this remarkable story by placing a plaque at the site, opposite Tesco, near the junction of Garratt Lane and Burmester Road. Join us on Saturday 16th September at 2pm for a Grand Unveiling in front of some of Bob’s descendants!

‘Far from the Western Front’ Exhibtion at St George’s Hospital

This stunning exhibtion about the South Asian experience of the First World War, launches at St George’s Hospital Tooting on Wednesday 6th September at 530pm. Its located in the corridor space outside the University Library, 1st Floor, Hunter Wing. The lift is opposite the bust of Edward Jenner. We will be supporting it with two guided tours of the hospital and its vicinity, highlighting its historic role at the time and the stories of some of the individuals whose lives were touched by it. These will be on Wednesday 13th September at 6pm and Saturday 23rd September at 2pm. Both walks start from the rear hospital entrance on Cranmer Terrace.


A regular quarterly meeting takes place at St Mary’s Church Hall, Keble Street, Summerstown. These are great opportunities for people to get involved in the project, discuss ideas and initiatives. The next one will be on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm when we’ll discuss what we can do in the last year of the commemoration period.

Our last meeting was a talk from the curator of the outstanding ‘Far From the Western Front’ revealing the extent of the involvement in the conflict of South Asian soldiers and non-combatants. On Wednesday 6th September their exhibition will be launched at St George’s Hospital. Already this year we’ve been learning about genealogy, military research and how to record oral history. This has included visits to archives and museums and attending relevant talks and events. Just turn up or register your interest by emailing

Our Summerstown182 Walks have been described as ‘One of the best things I have ever done in Tooting’. They are a great way for people to get to know the neighbourhood a little better. Look out for the dates on our website and via social media. Our next Walks are a Summerstown Wandle Ramble on Saturday 9th September as part of The Wandle Fortnight. Following that, on Sunday 24th September at 2pm, look out for the Biggest Tooting Tour in History, part of the popular Tootopia Festival.

Funds to pay for the Robert Sadler plaque were raised via two Guided Walks ‘Historic Earlsfield’ and ‘The Industry of Garratt Lane’. Many thanks to everyone who attended these events and have contributed towards placing this important historic landmark.