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 18th July at 7.30pm will include a talk from ‘Far From the Western Front’ revealing the extent of the involvement in the conflict of South Asian soldiers and non-combatants. In September the outstanding ‘Far From the Western Front’ exhibition will be hosted by 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 Precise details of further meetings and activities will be available soon.

Community Fun Day, Broadwater Road, Tooting

We look forward very much to taking part in this massive community event taking place in Broadwater Road, Tooting on Saturday 15th July between 12-5pm. We’ll be presenting some of the work we’ve been doing with local schools, showcasing our latest plaque and generally hoping to share with as many people as we can, the joy of getting involved in local history and how they might be able to help us!

Guided Walks and a new historic plaque

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 is scheduled for Saturday 23rd September as part of the Tootopia Festival – more details about this coming soon!

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. This was 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 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!

We’ll be combining this with a Summerstown Celebration in St Mary’s Church, marking a year of Heritage Lottery Funding and showcasing some of the work we’ve been doing. More details on this coming soon.

Funds to pay for the 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.