A Safe Place to Play

When Patsy Sullivan grew up on the Boundary Estate in the 1950s much of the surrounding area was still a rubble strewn bomb site.

These bomb sites often served as a dangerous playground for the  children of the area.

World War II bomb damage, East London, April 1960.

World War II bomb damage, East London, April 1960.

In the clip below Patsy describes how St Hilda’s offered a safer  place for her and her friends to play. She also describes the excitement when a shipment of apples and oranges arrived from Canada after the war.

A Whole Different World

Rosemary Harvey came to St Hilda’s after leaving Cheltenham ladies college in 1965. In the clip below she describe her first impressions of the estate having lived in the country for all of her life.

Watch our film online!

St Hilda’s East: the Story of a Community tells the story of our centre in the words of the people who have made it special over the years. Now you can watch it online by clicking this link.

If you would like a copy to own, we have lots here in the centre and are inviting a donation of £5. This will go towards the ongoing costs of running all the activities and   happen in St Hilda’s East, from our older people’s lunch club to our coffee mornings and ESOL classes for local women.

We also have copies of the film which was made in 1957, “St Hilda’s East”, which filmmaker John Hall has kindly allowed us to duplicate. These are also available in the centre and again we are inviting a donation of £5.

If you would like a copy of either of these DVDs, please email mail@sthildas.org.uk for more details.

St Hilda’s East on film

On Monday 8th November, staff, volunteers and service users gathered together to watch our film, ‘St Hilda’s East: the Story of a Community’. Made by members of our youth projects and volunteers from Cheltenham Ladies College, the film shows the special role that St Hilda’s has played in local life over the past 120 years.

John Hall, who made the original 1957 film about St Hilda’s East, met with Imran, Abu, Rayhan, Furqan and Imran who were responsible for the camera work on our new film. John travelled all the way from Cornwall for the screening and the boys were very interested to hear about his experiences back in the 1950s.

More than 150 people turned up to watch the film and look through the photos on display from the community archive which we are building here in Club Row. You can read more about the event in the East London Advertiser by clicking here.


Pearly King and Queen

Summer Play Scheme