Library Historical Roadshow

On Saturday 27th May, 1-4pm, our heritage roadshow ‘Researching Your First World War Ancestors’ will be coming to Tooting Library. With the help of expert genealogists and military historians, we will demonstrate to people how to research their First World War military ancestors. Attendees are invited to bring in any First World War artefacts to learn more about their origin – medals, diaries, photos or postcards. A memorabilia specialist will be on hand to provide advice. Part of ‘Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2017’ this is an exciting addition to the Council’s heritage programme.

Friends of Summerstown182 Meeting

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 on Tuesday 11th July at 7.30pm will be looking at the involvement in the conflict of soldiers from overseas and how we can support the ‘Far From the Western Front’ exhibition which will be coming to St George’s Hospital in September. 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 seminars. Just turn up or register your interest by emailing Precise details of further meetings and activities will be available soon.

Guided Walks

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 Walk on Saturday 20th May is part of the Wandsworth Fringe ‘Hazelfest’ event. Meet 1230pm on the green beneath Hayesend House, Blackshaw Road.

On Thursday 8th June we’ll be reprising ‘Tiny Ted’s Tooting Tour’ in case you missed it last weekend. Corporal Edward Foster, ‘The Dustman VC’ from Tooting was awarded The Victoria Cross for the great bravery he showed 100 years ago this spring at the village of Villers-Plouich. This Walk recalls his act of courage and covers significant locations in the area where he worked and lived. It will be preceeded by a talk from military historian, Paul McCue. This takes place at Streatham Cemetery Chapel of Rest at 630pm. All our Walks last approximately two hours.

Always popular on our Walks is the story of Robert Sadler’s ‘Copenhagen Running Grounds’ which many of the Summerstown182 would have grown up hearing about. These were located off Garratt Lane between 1853 and 1864. Contemporary knowledge of this was practically non-existent until local historian Kevin Kelly wrote a book about it a few years ago. We hope this year to further publicise this remarkable story by placing a plaque at the site, opposite Tesco, near the junction of Garratt Lane and Burmester Road.

Look out for this and other great stories about this historic route on ‘The Industry of Garratt Lane’ Guided Walk on Saturday 10th June. Also part of ‘Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2017’ all proceeds from this walk will go towards the cost of putting up the plaque. This starts 2pm at the junction of Mapleton Road and Garratt Lane in Wandsworth.