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2007 Archive


Items from 2007

8 January 2007

Andrew Rosindell MP sends his support.

Andrew Rosindell, Conservative Member of Parliament for Romford, has sent his support

"I want to thank you for keeping me updated with this most excellent of causes which I commend you and your colleagues on. I wish you every success in your future campaigning to secure funding for a permanent memorial. Of course I support your campaign fully and would appreciate it if you could keep me updated with any future developments so that I can help, wherever possible."

You can read his letter here

11 January 2007

George Galloway M.P signs Early Day motion.

George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, has signed an Early Day motion

"That this House recalls that the worst civilian disaster in Britain during the Second World War took place on 3 March 1943 when 173 people were killed at Bethnal Green Tube station; notes the campaign by the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Group to establish a fitting memorial to commemorate the tragedy; this House congratulates the Group on its work and joins with it in calling on the Mayor of London, London Underground, Tower Hamlets Council and all relevant bodies to work with the Group to bring that about speedily, given that the station is currently undergoing refurbishment. George Galloway MP

Read Mr. Galloway's Early Day Motion in full.

15 January 2007

The LondonPaper features our Memorial Appeal.

Click here to read a transcript of the article in full.

20 February 2007

John Biggs backs Bethnal Green Memorial Campaign

Local Assembly Member John Biggs met and offered support to campaigners pushing for a Memorial at Bethnal Green Station

Click here to read full press release.

3 March 2007

Service at St. John's Church, Bethnal Green

The Memorial Service held at St.John on Bethnal Green Church on Saturday 3rd March was most successful with over 400 people attending, including many survivors and families of those who died in the disaster.

Also in the congregation were Mr.Jim Fitzpatrick, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, Mr. George Galloway MP, Denise Jones, Leader of London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council, several other LBTH councillors, and representatives of the Emergency Services - police, ambulance, fire, Civil Defence, Air Cadets from 444 (Shoreditch) Sqn and nurses from London hospital. Also Pearly King and Queen of Finsbury, representatives from the London Assembly, London Underground and London buses as well as TV, radio and news media.

The Service was conducted by Fr. Alan Green who gave an inspirational Address and the Bishop of Stepney led the wreath-laying prayers. The names of the 173 people who died were read out by the committee members and Louiza Patikas ('Helen Archer' from The Archers). Members of the 'Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust' committee and architect Harry Paticas spoke about the progress that had been reached since the last public meeting in October. The planning application is going through the due progress and a decision is expected shortly. Charitable Status has been applied for and it is hoped it won't be too long before this is formalised.

After the Service free refreshments were available courtesy of the Bethnal Green Road branch of Tesco's and everyone was able to sign the petition, fill in the marathon sponsorship form, write comments or tell the committee members their story or connection to various people involved in the disaster.

April 2007

Toby & Karen's sponsored walk.

We are very grateful to Toby Goodger for undertaking a sponsored walk in aid of the Memorial charity in April. Here is his account of what happened:

“My partner Karen and I completed a walk of 10k up to Martha’s Hill in Shalford. We started at around 10 am and completed the walk by around 3pm after a break for lunch. It is quite a steep ascent up Martha’s Hill and we were glad of a rest on completion of the walk. We have raised a total of £115 towards the Bethnal Green tube station memorial fund which is an improvement on last years total of £75 including generous contributions from parishioners at our local church.

My ‘interest’ in the tragic events at Bethnal Green stems mainly from a stint of around two years from 2004-2006 when I was working as a chartered landscape architect for a large firm of architects based in offices above Smithfield meat market. I worked on major residential development projects at the Tredegar estate in Bow Church, the Crossways Estate and elsewhere in the east end. I also had many previous years of working as a landscape architect in east London in Dagenham and along the Regents canal/Lee navigation for British Waterways at Old Ford Locks in Dace Road and Bow Locks. I visited a shop in Bethnal Green one lunchtime in 2005 to buy a sheet of perspex needed for a broken picture and noticed the memorial plaque at the tube station entrance. I looked up the history of the disaster on the internet and my interest grew from there especially when I realised that there was a plan to create a fitting architectural memorial designed by Harry Paticas and Jens Borstelmann.

I still manage a landscape architecture practice, Goodger Design Associates, based in Windsor not far from the castle.”

Toby Goodger

22 April 2007

Raju Vaidyanathan's Marathon effort.

Congratulations to Raju Vaidyanathan who ran the marathon in just over 5 hours in very difficult and hot conditions. Well done and thanks for such a splendid effort.

More pictures of Raju here.

May 2007

We can now accept on-line donations

Please click on this link to donate on-line

9 May 2007

Raju Vaidyanathan & Jessica Sapiano with their 2007 Marathon medals.

Raju Vaidyanathan with his 2007 Marathon medal and Jessica Sapiano, aged 12, with her medal for running the London mini-marathon on the same day. They are pictured outside Bethnal Green tube station together with Derek Spicer the Trust's fund raising co-ordinator.

Many thanks also to Toby Goodger who completed a sponsored walk for the Trust last month at Shalford Park, Guildford and raised over £75. Well done and a big thank you to all.

8 August 2007

The Inter Faiths Forum letter of support.

We were pleased to receive a letter of support from the Inter Faiths Forum.

Click here to read the letter in full.

16 November 2007


Alf Morris dance night on 16th November was a great success and it raised a magnificent £765. This was mainly due to Hornchurch Conservative Club loaning the venue free of charge and Asda Supermarket in Romford for donating most of the food for the buffet. Also, many of the members of Hornchurch Conservative Club donated prizes for the raffle and the entertainer, Peter James, gave the royalties from his CD's sold on the night to the charity too. So a big 'thank you' to everyone who helped and everyone who came along on the night. It is very much appreciated. Well done to Alf and Vera who worked so hard to make it such a successful and enjoyable evening.

17 November 2007


The Charity had a stall at the 'East London Past' history fair on Saturday 17th November at The Shadwell Centre, 455 The Highway, E1. It was a great day and there was lots to do and plenty of people came along to find out more about the Memorial and offer their support. So thank-you to the organisers and also to all the people that stopped by on our stall.

7 December 2007


Thank you to everyone who came along to our charity quiz night on 7th December at the Museum of Childhood.

The Mayor Tower Hamlets' team won both the highest score and on the snakes & ladders board, which is quite unusual apparently. However they will be donating their prizes to another good cause, so the rest of us did not mind losing.

The buffet was enjoyable and there was plenty of left-overs for everyone to take something home.

We raised £491 on the evening thanks to the food, prizes and raffle items being donated, so we just had to pay for the hall hire. This was a magnificient effort on everyone's part, so a big thank-you to everyone that helped and supported us. We owe a special thank-you to our quizmaster, Richard Darlington, and his team who made it such an interesting evening and to Ken Demby who organised the raffle tickets. Also to all the helpers who produced the buffet.

Thanks again to everyone for their support.