Summerstown182 January 2018 Update: Calendar of Events

Saturday 24th February 2pm

‘Wandle Wake Up’ Guided Walk
Starts 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17 0UQ
An entertaining and informative ramble through the industrial heartland of the Summerstown182 alongside the River Wandle and its nearby streets, featuring some of the words of the poet Edward Thomas who passed through here in 1913 ‘In Pursuit of Spring’. Also on the agenda; The Corruganza Girls, Wimbledon Stadium, the Lost Streets of Earlsfield, the Watercress Queen, Copper Mill Lane and the special place where the waters of the Wandle and the Graveney meet.

Saturday 24th March 2pm
Your chance to contribute to the placing of a historic plaque commemorating local jazz pioneer Sadie Crawford

‘Sadie’s Swinging Tooting’ Guided Walk
£5
charge – Starts 2pm at Edward VII statue outside Tooting Broadway tube station

A grand tour of local historical hot-spots, celebrating the world of jazz pioneer Sadie Crawford. One of the first women to play with the likes of Louis Armstrong, she featured in a recent BBC Radio 4 programme called ‘The Lost Women of British Jazz’. She will be the first woman commemorated in Tooting in this way, so we’ve dubbed this initiative #FirstLadySadie. Born Louisa Marshall in 1885, the youngest of seven children, Sadie spent her early life in a tiny house on Fountain Road. Scrubbing floors at the age of eleven, she escaped domestic service through music, dance and the London stage. She played all over the world with some of the greatest stars of the jazz age and spent the last thirty years of her life in America. Play your part in raising funds to pay for a plaque for this remarkable, inspirational woman by attending one of the guided walks lined up over the next months. ‘Sadie’s Swinging Tooting’ on 24th March, starts at 2pm from outside Tooting Broadway tube station. It takes in key locations in her early life and will stop at her childhood home. The Walk will include many other historical hot-spots with a particular focus on entertainment; the local personalities, cinemas, dance-halls and meeting places that were springing up in this area around one hundred years ago. If you can’t make this date, we will be doing another very similar fundraising walk a few months later, hopefully as part of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival, details to be confirmed. We are indebted to Sadie’s relatives, the Willis family and historian Howard Rye for their support in this initiative.

 

Saturday 21st April 2pm
Summerstown182 Guided Walk featuring Streatham Cemetery

‘Summerstown High Fliers’

Starts 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17 0UQ

Its one hundred years since the founding of the Royal Air Force. That seems like a good moment to highlight some of Summerstown’s airmen and women, some of whom rest in the delightful Streatham Cemetery. These include an original ‘Top Gun’ from the First World War called Captain Gilbert ‘Gibb’ Mapplebeck whose local connection and daring deeds only recently came to light thanks to The Cemetery Club. We’ll also be visiting the ‘Magnificent Seven’ graves commemorating women including WAAF, Beryl Troke and hearing the stories of four Summerstown182 who served in the Royal Flying Corps. All that and the almost unbelievable story of WW2 Hurricane hero and human cannonball, Flight Officer Paddy Flynn.

 

Tuesday 16th June 2pm

Sadie Crawford Plaque Unveiling Event
#FirstLadySadie

At 143 Fountain Road, Tooting, SW17

Plans are underway for a spectacular unveiling ceremony on Saturday 16th June, attended by her family, special guests and musical accompaniment. Everyone is welcome!

Summerstown182 Flier For Next Plaque Unveiling

Sadie Crawford Plaque Unveiling

Saturday 10th November 11am
A very special Summerstown182 Guided Walk to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War

‘Walk of Remembrance’

Starts 11am at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Road, SW17 0UQ

Walking in the footsteps of the Summerstown182, stopping at their homes, telling their stories. This unique ‘double circuit’ covers the Earlsfield area in the morning, Tooting in the afternoon. The Walk will finish with a viewing of the war memorial in St Mary’s Church.

 

 

@summerstown182
AWARD WINNING, LOTTERY FUNDED COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT
NEXT GUIDED WALK – ‘WANDLE WAKE-UP’ SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY AT 2PM
NEXT PLAQUE – SADIE CRAWFORD, JAZZ PIONEER  #FIRSTLADYSADIE

TELLING THE STORY OF A COMMUNITY THROUGH THE 182 NAMES ON THE FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIAL IN ST MARY’S CHURCH, SUMMERSTOWN, LONDON SW17

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