Sometimes Syston Your Memories

Following on from the mention of our Facebook Group in the February issue of the Syston Town News on page 21, we just thought we’d introduce ourselves and our wonderful Facebook group.
The Sometimes Syston Your Memories group was set up in 2020 during the start of the first lockdown to allow Systonians to share their memories of Syston and to provide some joy during a very difficult time.
The group is moderated by four admins who are Mike Arnold, Elaine Constable, Steve Quinn and Chandida Newby.
Since then, this friendly group has grown to just under 2,900 members and has members from places as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Canada and America. It is an active group with new content being added daily which helps spark memories and discussions. In addition, this has allowed members to reconnect with lost friends and family as well as sparking new friendships.
Besides sharing memories of Syston the group also focuses on sharing the social history of our wonderful town through pictures, videos and stories. Despite the group being set to private which is for security reasons, the group is open to all who have a connection to Syston and everyone is welcome. We look forward to welcoming new members and the memories they are happy to share.
The group is continuously growing and with this, we are looking at other ways we can help benefit the local community further. One of the ways in which we are looking at doing this is to explore the avenues of having a museum in the town to help promote the history and bring visitors into Syston, from the surrounding areas.
There is a clear interest in the history of Syston, therefore a museum would make these memories more permanent and make more living memories from further back in time also to be featured. A museum could also give new residents of Syston a sense of place and help them learn about the general history of Syston town, which was a village. To make this happen, we would very much like to work with the Syston Town Council as well as the Syston Historical Society to further progress this idea.