It’s our 90th Birthday!
Katherine Low Settlement is 90 in 2014, having been officially opened on 17th May 1924 by HRH Duchess of York. We were named in memory of Katherine Low. Katie (as she was known) was a rich and active philanthropist mainly with the United School Girls Mission and the Peckham Settlement. Upon her death in 1923 her friends, influenced by Booth’s poverty maps, decided that Battersea was an area in need of support, and so established the Settlement, building on charitable work that has been going on in our centre since 1882 (yes, 132 years). We plan to publish our history later in 2014.
We are celebrating with key supporters and the wider community throughout 2014, which in turn will enable us to develop stronger relationships with local people and organisations, raise the profile of the Settlement, and raise specific funding to make the building more accessible by installing a lift.
To kick off our 90th birthday celebrations we hosted a Volunteers Award evening on 23rd January. The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Angela Graham, presented 139 Wandsworth Volunteer Pins, and placed them on the borough’s ‘Roll of Honour for Volunteering’, in recognition and thanks of our volunteer’s massive contribution to building stronger communities in Battersea and Wandsworth.
Whilst the main focus of our birthday celebration is through our growth and development of new projects and services, we have thrown the odd party or two. These celebration events include:
- Easter Egg Hunt on 14th April
- Battersea Question Time, a political husting on 1st May in time for local elections
- 90th Birthday Party, our official birthday on 17th May
- Pump House Gallery exhibition, opening night on 25th June
- Annual General Meeting (AGM) + Party on 1st October
- Christmas Party in December
Do come and join us!