15 January 2017

A historical year ahead in Earlsfield

The local history dynamo that is Geoff and the Summerstown 182 project is setting up for another busy year ahead. Below are some key dates for your diaries, and keep an eye on their website https://summerstown182.wordpress.com/ for the latest. You can also follow the project on Twitter @summerstown182.

Geoff says: "We are open to any other ideas or suggestions. If you would like to play a part in this project, please come along to our next meeting on 17th January in St Mary's Church Hall."

**Now Tuesday 4th April 7.30pm
Friends of Summerstown182 Meeting Oral History Workshop
St Mary's Church Hall (entry from Keble Street) SW17
Learn how to capture stories using camera and sound at this oral history workshop. More details coming soon to FOS182 about our planned trips to The London Metropolitan Archives and The Imperial War Museum.

Saturday 28th January 2pm
Summerstown182 Winter Guided Walk, Earlsfield
Starts 2pm at St Mary's Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17
A delightful winter amble through the industrial heartland of the Summerstown182 passing locations where many of them once lived. Also featuring the Corruganza Strike, Wimbledon Stadium, the Lost Streets of Earlsfield, Coppermill Lane and Garratt Mills.

**NEW Thursday 23rd February 6.15pm
Bringing a Wandsworth war memorial to life, Tara Arts, Earlsfield
Learn more about the experiences of Jamaican soldiers in the First World War, to coincide with the production of 'Chigger Foot Boys.' Tickets for the talk are £3 and they have a beautiful refurbished venue but space is limited so you will need to book!
**Now Saturday 25th February 2pm
Summerstown182 'Waterloo Sunset' Walk, Lambeth
Starts 2pm outside St John's Church, 73 Waterloo Road, Lambeth, SE1 (off Waterloo Bridge roundabout close to IMAX cinema)
In a unique diversion from our usual orbit, we use Charles Booth's maps to track the movements of the family of one of the Summerstown182 in the Lambeth area, 100 years ago. A fascinating insight into the much-changed area between Waterloo Station and The Elephant and Castle.

Saturday 11th March 2pm
'Women of Summerstown' Guided Walk, Tooting/Earlsfield Celebrating Women's History Month
Starts 2pm at St Mary's Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17
This very special walk will celebrate the stories of the mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters and daughters of the Summerstown182 and examine the effects of the war on the home front.

Monday 13th March 2pm DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED
Tribute to 'Forgotten Soldier' William Mace
Streatham Cemetery, Garratt Lane, SW17
13th March is the centenary of the death of an underage soldier from Tooting who served for 18 months with the South Wales Borderers. He became sick and was discharged from the army, died of TB and is buried in an unmarked grave. There is no formal recognition of his service. We will be holding a short simple ceremony that day to remember him.

Tuesday 4th April 730pm
Friends of Summerstown182 Meeting MORE DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED
St Mary's Church Hall, (entry from Keble Street), SW17

Saturday 22nd April 2pm
Guided Walk in celebration of Corporal Edward Foster V.C. 
'Tiny Ted's Tooting - The Dustman V.C.'Starts, 2pm St Mary's Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17
Corporal Edward Foster from Fountain Road won the Victoria Cross 100 years ago this spring at Villers-Plouich. This walk remembers his bravery and covers significant locations in the area where he worked and lived. We will also visit his grave in Streatham Cemetery.

Friday 28th April 8pm
Wandsworth Historical Society Talk
'The First World War memorial in Summerstown and its 182 stories'
Starts 8pm, Friends Meeting House, Wandsworth High Street, SW18
ALSO, more details coming soon on -
- our second 'Heritage Roadshow' in Tooting Library
- a plaque to commemorate the 'Lost Copenhagen Running Grounds' of Garratt Lane
- talk/exhibition visit to learn more about extent of Indian and Caribbean involvement in the First World War, including potential visits to the Muslim Burial Ground and Peace Garden in Woking and the Chattri Memorial near Brighton - talks/presentations on Summerstown182 to the Furzedown Project, Generate, Wandsworth U3A, The Streatham Society
- we will continue our workshops with Burntwood School and are about to start our involvement with Smallwood Primary

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