Southern Housing Group funds community project to honour residents killed in WWII
Southern Housing Group has awarded a grant of £3,300 to fund a community war memorial project in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Blitz.
The project honours the Group’s residents who lived at Hindle House in Hackney and were killed by a bomb that fell on the estate during the second World War.
A former resident from the area, Brian Longman, and his wife Natalie began the community project to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the bombing on 18 September 1940, causing the five storey block of flats to collapse and kill a total of seven people.
Anabel Palmer, Director of the Social and Economic Regeneration Department (SERD) at Southern Housing Group said that the project is an important contribution to the local Hackney community and future generations who will live in the area in years to come.
“When the war ended in September 1945, many families in the Hackney area had lost their relatives in the conflict and many were buried overseas or had no grave at all, so at the time a civic funded war memorial plaque was mounted on the wall of the Community Centre at Hindle House to pay tribute to those who died.
“Brian and Natalie Longman approached us with a grant application to fund the restoration of the original plaque that outlines the names of 14 soldiers, two sailors, a firefighter and seven civilians that were taken down some 20 years ago.
“We felt that the grant would not only be a great example of how we partner with our residents to support well thought-out community projects like these, but would also show our commitment to improve and develop local communities.
Brian Longman, founder of the Hindle House War Memorial Project, said that he is thrilled with the support from Southern Housing Group to fund the project.
“The first stage of the project has restored the original plaque and will be displayed on the wall of the Hindle House community centre, while the second part of the project will deliver a Blitz memorial plaque to be mounted on the external wall of the estate where the bomb fell.
“Interestingly, the bombing was covered up and not reported on by the media at the time, so we felt it extremely important that those who lost their lives would not be forgotten. With this in mind, the third part of the project will make the stories of the people commemorated on the memorials available online so the local community and future generations are also able to learn about their history and pay tribute.”
The restored memorial plaque and new blitz plaque will be unveiled at midday on Friday 18 September 2015 at Hindle House Community Centre.