Brian Bloice started out his professional career as a Public Analyst for Southwark Council, however he was known internationally for his work as an archaeologist and historian with a special interest in Streatham history and London clay tobacco pipes. As well as being Chair of the Streatham Society, he contributed to the preservation of local monuments including the Silk Mill at Sainsbury's Streatham Common, the Beehive Coffee Tavern, Henry Tate’s Park Hill and the Dyce Fountain on Streatham Green. He work was recognised in 2008 with a Lambeth Civic Award and in 2013 he was named a Lambeth Champion. SYCT was delighted when he researched and wrote a history of the Wellfield Centre which can be found on our website.
Lona Kayes originally from Yorkshire, came to London to teach in a junior school. Joining a social club based in Leigham Court Road led her to make many friends and join a wide range of community groups. In time, she became a Committee member of the Darby and Joan Club and of the Streatham Constitutional Club. One of her positions of note was as President of the Streatham Rotary Club, one of the first women to hold this office in all of London. She was also a mainstay of Outings for Older South Londoners. All of these groups could and did call on Lona in time of need. In recognition of her outstanding local work she received a Community Service Award from Lambeth Council. She was much beloved by her many friends and was dedicated to enhancing life in Streatham.
We would like to thank Judy Harris, Ann Sutcliffe and Cheryl Edwards for their contributions to this article. Streatham Youth and Community Trust will use these legacies to continue our work with local children and young people.