From Tooting to the big screen

Dear friend,

I would like to begin this week’s update by taking a moment to remember the thousands of people who sacrificed their lives 70 years ago today, when they took part in the D-Day landings. As the years pass there are fewer veterans around to remind us of the events of the Normandy landings, but we must not forget the sacrifices made to safeguard our future. I also make sure to celebrate and thank the Veterans who live locally, and have held a number of Veterans events in the past. I will be joining millions today, taking a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate price for their country in 1944, on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold Juno and Sword.

From war heroes to local heroes 

On Wednesday evening I was pleased to welcome local heroes to Parliament to celebrate all of the hard work they do in our community. I was joined by Earlsfield doctor Dr Mike Mclaughlin, the founder of Earlsfield Foodbank, Rev Colin Roberts and until recently, our Tooting Town Centre Manager, Audrey Helps. You can a photo of our local heroes with Labour Leader, Ed Miliband here

From Tooting to the big screen 

Have you heard about the Tooting-set, independent film Common People? If not, where have you been? Over recent months the film has been screened at Clapham Picturehouse, to sell-out audiences and received rave reviews.

The film was shot on our very own Tooting Bec Common, and follows the story of six people, brought together by the search for a missing parrot. I took my children to see the film earlier in the year, and it was just brilliant. It is a film that makes you laugh, cry and not doubt you’ll leave feeling very proud of Tooting too! 

Since its first showing in January, the film has gone from strength to strength, and the Picturehouse has now chosen to show it nationwide. Londoners can catch it in Clapham, Brixton and Hackney. This is a great achievement for the creators, and a good opportunity to showcase the best of Tooting to the rest of the UK. If you’ve not seen it already, don’t miss out – all the details of upcoming screenings can be found here

Until next time, 

Best wishes, 


P.S. Take a hike!

Tomorrow the 35th Nighingale Walk, from Walton-on-Thames to Putney, takes place. The walk is a good way to raise money for some very valuable local charities, such as Wandsworth Community Transport, Trinity Hospice and Oak Lodge School. If you would like to register for the walk there’s still time – all the information on how to sign up is here


Click here to sign up for your copy next year.

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