Events & Activities

Friends of Whitehall Collectors Afternoon

An update on the Friends of Whitehall’s successful activity programme from Jenny Lugton, Friends of Whitehall Secretary.

A very successful Collectors Afternoon was held in the upstairs room at Cheam Library on 11th August, attracting people who were visiting the library as well as regular Friends of Whitehall members. Collections on show covered a wide range of topics and included cigarette cards, coins, cigarette cards, vintage toys, spoons, playing cards, model soldiers, postcards, paperweights plus a rather unusual item – a collection of rubber bands made into a large rubber ball. A bound copy of the 1938 Sutton & Cheam Advertiser was on hand for historical interest.

Cigarette Cards
A diverse collection of cigarette cards displayed at the event.

To add to the enjoyable afternoon, an impromptu competition was proposed suggesting people make a note of all the sweets they could remember. The winner displayed her brilliant memory by managing to name 46 different sweets.

Refreshments were enjoyed and an interesting afternoon was had by all.


This event was organised by the Friends as part of their ongoing programme of activities.

The Friends of Whitehall is a registered charity that supports Whitehall through volunteering and fundraising. Their support and enthusiasm are invaluable and in joining them you could play a valuable part in protecting this important historic building.

Annual membership £7 or £12 for families which gives discounts in the tea room and for selected events, plus a newsletter and a full Friends event programme.

For more information about the Friends of Whitehall visit their website.

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