'Heroes of Postman's Park: The Secret History of the Watts Memorial'.
On Friday 13th May 2016, the Friends of the Watts Memorial, in collaboration with the Friends of City Gardens, held its first fundraising event, 'Heroes of Postman's Park: The Secret History of the Watts Memorial'.
Around 75 people enjoyed exclusive after-hours access to Postman's Park, refreshments including delicious homemade cakes, and a talk and guided tour by John Price, the historian of the memorial and author of the recent book, Heroes of Postman’s Park: Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Victorian London. There was also a short talk about the tablet commemorating P.C. Alfred Smith, delivered by Alf's Great Newphew, Robert Jeffries.
The event was a huge success, raising over £500 to support the work of the Friends and spreading the word about our ambitious long-term plans to complete the memorial. Numerous people joined the Friends on the night and several more joined in the following days. The success of this event has spurred us on and we are currently planning a 'Poems and Carols' event for December 2016.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event and an extra-special thanks to all the volunteers from the Friends of the Watts Memorial and the Friends of City Gardens who gave up their time to organise and run the event; we couldn't have done it without you.
Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016
The Friends was well represented in Postman’s Park for Open Garden Squares Weekend on Sunday 19th June. Our small table was bustling all day as we fielded questions and queries from interested visitors.
Members of the Friends delivered talks and tours and we welcomed many people who enthusiastically signed up on the day. The sun shone, tea and cakes were consumed, and much was learnt about the Watts Memorial; all in all, the perfect day out!
Many thanks, again, to members of the Friends who helped out on the day.