Historic Buildings Group Holds Annual Meeting

Non-members wishing to attend asked to get in touch beforehand

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Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group is holding its Annual Meeting in the Community Hall of the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation on Wednesday October 24.

Doors open for refreshments at 7.15 pm and the Meeting starts at 8.00 pm. Non-members of the group are welcome to attend but are asked to get in touch beforehand with Hon.Sec. Richard Scott at rbc.scott@yahoo.co.uk.

This year the group is looking forward to welcoming Dr Alan Powers who will address this year's topic, Twentieth Century buildings of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Since he is Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, this will be sure to be a most interesting presentation. In addition Nick Shatford will be talking about The History of Stoll.

Marie-Lou Jennings, Chairman of the HBG says: " We are delighted to be having this year’s Annual Meeting in Fulham. We are very pleased that we are able to hold it at Stoll, a pioneering foundation for services veterans occupying one of the landmark buildings of the Borough.

Hammersmith & Fulham Historic Buildings Group works to research, promote, preserve and enhance the Borough’s historic environment. This includes historic buildings and structures of all types, open spaces, parks and gardens, landscape, views, the Thames and the Grand Union Canal.

The Group’s many activities include: commenting on proposals affecting historic buildings, conservation areas and open spaces; appearing at planning enquiries; recording historic buildings before demolition; proposing buildings for statutory listing; making representations to the Mayor, Government and Council on policy and legislative matters; working with the Council and other groups on major developments across the borough.

The Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation, now known simply as Stoll, was founded in 1917 as The War Seal Foundation, its aim being the proper housing and welfare of wounded and disabled servicemen. Its first manifestations were the erection of War Seal Mansions, three blocks of 72 flats at 446 Fulham Road. There were also 138 apartments for seriously wounded servicemen and their families.

As well as housing people with combat injuries, Stoll now offers support to a wider group of veterans facing issues such poor mental health, substance abuse and homelessness. In addition to the original buildings, Stoll now runs a further 76 homes in and around west London.

 

October 16, 2012