WALKS AND TALKS
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 will be a very special Walk of Remembrance on Saturday 11th November. The Walk will start at 2pm from outside St Mary’s Church in Keble Street. As well as stopping outside the homes of some of the Summerstown182 to tell their stories, we will be leaving a candle to be lit in their memory on Remembrance weekend.
Other dates to look out for are Walking in a Tooting Wonderland on Saturday 2nd December, starting from the King Edward VII statue outside Tooting Broadway tube station at 2pm. On Saturday 24th February we are back on the Wandle, with a ‘Pursuit of Spring’ Walk including readings by the poet Edward Thomas.
Our next talk will be about Sidney Lewis, Tooting Boy Soldier. This will be at The Streatham Society, Woodlawns, Leigham Court Road, SW16 on Monday 6th November at 8pm.
SUMMERSTOWN CELEBRATION AND PLAQUE UNVEILING
A Summerstown Celebration took place at St Mary’s Church, Keble Street, SW17 on Saturday 16th September, marking 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 combined 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 have now further publicised this remarkable story by placing a plaque at the site, opposite Tesco, near the junction of Garratt Lane and Burmester Road.
We are always thinking about new plaque opportunities and have a couple of possibilities lined up for next year. Look out for more exciting details coming very soon.
‘Far from the Western Front’ Exhibtion at St George’s Hospital
We were very proud to play a leading role in bringing the stunning Far From the Western Front exhibition to this area. It outlines some of the South Asian experiences of the First World War and launched at St George’s Hospital Tooting in early September. Over the month, the response from the local community was phenomenal with so many people telling us they were delighted to have the opportunity to learn something about this largely untold history. We supported it with two guided tours of the hospital and its vicinity, highlighting its historic role at the time.
FRIENDS OF SUMMERSTOWN182 MEETINGS
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. In the last one we discussed our plans for the final year of the commemoration period. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd January at which we’ll be discussing imaginative ways to finalise our project later in the year.
We welcome speakers at these meetings and one of our talks this year was 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. We later initiated them bringing their exhibition to 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 email@example.com.