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he Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice is planning to raise funds this summer with a local Open Garden scheme similar to that run by the National Garden Scheme. The aim is to encourage those with an interesting gardening, whether large or small, immaculate or wild, designed or natural, to allow the paying public to view the fruits of their labours while contributing to an excellent cause. The gardens will be open from 2pm to 5.30pm on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June, and the charge will be £3 per garden or £10 for all the gardens on both days. Greenwich, Blackheath
and Charlton are well on the way to organising their cluster of 5/6 gardens and the organisers hope that Eltham gardeners will rally to the cause as well. Hosting is not too onerous and can be very rewarding and visiting is thoroughly enjoyable, both for the horticultural interest and the prospect of refreshment which some of the gardens will provide, with the help of friends and Hospice volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Helene Mitchell: email@example.com or phone 020 8852 1425.
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SEnine ISSUE NUMBER 88
We like to keep the magazine fresh, so from time to time we alter the format, layout or fonts used. Since the time that Marek Kolodziej cast his creative eye over the magazine and revitalised it with a totally new look, there have been only small changes. However, this month we are using you as guinea pigs, and testing a new font. It is on pages 20 & 21, Historic Eltham, and we would like your input on what you think. Is it more readable? Does it ‘fit’ with our style? And do you like it? Send your responses to mark@senine. co.uk with ‘Font’ as the subject matter.
Last month I spoke about a range of matters, but the one topic that seems to have created the most reaction was two or three lines commenting on what I would like to change on the high street. Many people read things that were not said or implied. The thrust was to give council control over what shops operate on our high street. The council because I can think of no other body that would have the ability to do so. This already seems to be the direction with the council’s cinema plans.
MARCH 2014 I do not want a high street that is overrun by one industry type or another, who by their nature, have a better ability to pay the rents and rates the high street demands. I am not talking about banning businesses but I do believe that the playing field is not level. The question for me is how many. How many pawn brokers, gambling shops, pop up shops, mobile phone shops, nail bars, pubs and dare I ever say it charity shops do we need on the high street? Now I think many will want me hung, drawn and quartered for mentioning charity shops. But before you call the Sheriff and cart me off to the tower, understand it is in the context of high street balance that their retail outlets are mentioned, not their motivation or the great causes they represent. Charity shops do a great job, and are an asset by recycling, offering opportunities for volunteers and raising money for their cause. But, as a high street 'business' they do have an advantage, and with that advantage can outbid small businesses for the high street space. Charities pay only 20% of council business rates , many sell new goods without having to pay vat and while
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OPINION, FROM MY DESK they may pay one or two staff, many of the workers are volunteer labour. The bottom line is free enterprise is just that, with business free, within reason, to do what they want. But it is sad to see one small business after another disappear from our community and I for one would treasure being able to stop or reverse the trend, somehow. It has been pointed out to me that we no longer have black smiths on the high street because we no longer have a general need for their service. Very true, but it would be great to have a butcher and a green grocer and other like stores on our high street. It would be great to be able to by a fresh ice cream cone. We cannot stop progress and in the end we are going to have the high street we deserve, the one we are prepared to stand up for and support. As Mr F Gump said, that is all I have to say about that.
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Cover: Winter colours - Long Pond, Eltham Park North. February 23rd 2014 Cover photo by: Mark Wall Cameo: World War One picture - Story page 4
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'Memories: A Hundred Years Young On the back lawn, playing football, he was the grandpa with a rocket shot and a tackle you wouldn’t argue with. John Webb and his Granfather's story.
eeing his tin leg hanging from a bedroom chair at night during his annual visits north was one of the things I was used to, as a child growing up. So was his cheerful manner, far removed from any hint of killing or warfare, and a London accent in my childhood of Yorkshireness. The artificial leg was his pension, he said, what would he have done without it? We understood his injury was something to do with a war long ago and, as we got older, were told that a piece of exploding metal had shattered his knee. During history lessons at grammar school, we learned of the First World War battles, the unimaginable loss of men and apparent pointlessness of it all. It all meant more to me, as my grandpa had been there and bore the scars to prove it, having sustained his wound at the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest conflict in the history of warfare. A million were killed or wounded in five months on a patch of land little bigger than the Royal borough of Greenwich. As we grew older, he told us some tales. How it really was said that ‘it would all be over by Christmas’. By the time they had done the basic training at Aldershot, it would be time to come home, easy money in the pocket.
the stretcher bearers arrived. His grasp of French was hardly more successful with only the line ‘voolay voo promenaday avec mwar se swar’, to be used with the local girls. The injury itself had not been a terrible one and modern medicine would have coped. The fragment had passed through his knee and made a mess. But it was the arduous journey from the front line, via medical tents to the hospital on the coast which took its toll. Two long days by train. Lying in bed at Le Treport, he’d seen the gangrene creeping up his leg. The doctor’s recommendation was amputation. It had been a relief. He knew the leg would have to go or it would be his life. Years later, we took him back to the battlefields. He was strangely detached, unable to match his memories of mud and carnage with rows of neat suburban houses, prosperous towns and the well-tended farmers’ fields. His incredulity that the basilica tower in the town of Albert, toppled during the fighting, had been repaired, as new. From his postcard of the hospital on the cliffs, only some steps to the terrace remained among some rubble.
But it wasn’t. Aged 22 years and one month, he’d become a member of the British Expeditionary Force, posted to the front line in France. As Le Camp Anglo-Canadian et I'Hospital General Anglais a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he’d had to make terrifying forays into ‘no man’s On return to England and after land’, on one occasion dodging bullets rehabilitation, he’d had a full working to collect an officer who, he said, had life, until 65, three children, seven just stood up and walked away when grandchildren, surviving the blitz and
buzz bombs of World War Two, a double whammy of war that our poor younger generation, due for lives of supposed penury into their 90s, might like to ponder. Most of them will do well to top his 95 years though. The wooden crutch he’d been given had been put into the loft, where it remained until his death. A delighted Imperial War Museum snapped it up as an exhibit, all but a few having been discarded decades previously. Among the internet scans of soldiers’war records can be found the documents of the ‘short service’ of John Boward Kere Webb, the official version both of his name, in fact John Burwood Keer Webb, and of what happened. His flowing confident handwriting, signing up in September 1914, two months after war broke out; his posting to the RAMC; his embarkation from Southampton to Le Havre in July 1915; marked ‘wounded in action’ on 3.9.16; recorded ’no longer physically fit for war service’ in September 1917 [having only one leg] and his 2 years, 359 days reckonable service. At a distance of hundred years on there’s no-one left to tell us how it really was. It’s now ‘people that knew people’. Having a personal connection shouldn’t alter one’s perception but it does, keeping a memory alive which will, sooner or later, just be old history. SEnine is happy to print your stories during the Centenary year of WWI.
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Right on Par A charity golf day at Royal Blackheath Golf Club raised more than £13,000 for local charities.
he day, with 18 teams taking part, followed by a black tie dinner and auction, follows a 20 year plus tradition at the world’s oldest golf club, in Court Road, Eltham. An awards ceremony at the club saw 13 local charities benefit, including the Friends of Wensley Close, Demelza Children’s Hospice and the New Lodge Riding Centre in Mottingham.
the years, we have raised more than £400,000 for charity.” Hilary Crawford, manager of the New Lodge, in Mottingham Lane, said that the donation from the golf day would help the stables meet the expense of maintaining their facilities.
Ivor Kinsey, trustee of the Neutral Ground child contact centre, in Abbey Wood said the donation would help the charity to expand its activities, moving from fortnightly to weekly sessions. The centre helps to bring together family members, mainly children and estranged parents in safe and supervised surroundings.
Organiser Conor Murphy said: “We’re delighted to be able to support local charities in their vital work in the community.”
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What A Knob !! E
very house has one: the leaky tap, the cracked pane, the wonky cupboard. It’s the little bit of DIY that never gets done. In our house, it’s the door handle leading to the kitchen.
is only bite-sized, used occasionally to flourish the contents of his chaotic toolbox in its direction. He has long since moved it from the DIY category to GSI (Get Someone In). But who?
It looks slightly posh, a floral porcelain number which is something of a family heirloom, having come from an old aunt’s house in Yorkshire and before that who knows where.
Sadly, the very next visitor sent it reeling around the kitchen floor with the familiar clonk. Why does the thing never shatter to pieces to give us, as they say these days, ‘closure’? Useful result for a door-handle I would have thought.
The only problem is that it’s turned into our equivalent of a ‘whoopee cushion’ for the unsuspecting visitor. Unless you know exactly how, the slightest tug detaches it from its spindle, sending it rolling around the floor. On the face of it, a good turn of its screw would fix it. Most of our friends, having been caught out, have tried. The only problem is that their repairs generally last about three days, or until the next visitor calls. Mr Jottings, whose appetite for DIY
Remarkably, the thing seemed more rigid than hitherto; maybe the impossible had been achieved. Vorsprung durch Technik!
The Door Handle Then an odd job man, who reputedly is capable of building the Aswan Dam with his bare teeth, was given the brief. A week and a half later and it had worked its way loose, like Houdini in a straightjacket. Next up was a dear friend, whose Teutonic extraction seemed to bring new levels of efficiency to bear.
Just when the family consensus was in favour of a trip to B&Q to bring this pantomime to an end, in walks Gary the Gasman. Having pulled the handle, with predictable results, after restoring our heating he set to work. It’s been good for a whole week. Well, it is supposed to be a ‘Homecare’ service. Perhaps we’ll call him out again when the inevitable happens.
Jane Webb has lived in Eltham since '85 with her husband and daughter. She has taught at several local primary schools
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People interested in Avery Hill’s Winter Garden can win the lottery…twice over.
A free session of dog microchipping and tag engraving is to be held at Anstridge Community Hall, Anstridge Road this month.
A bid of more than £2m to the Heritage Lottery Fund is being prepared by a team from the University of Greenwich for the Garden’s restoration.
The new sixth form at Eltham Hill School and Post 16 college has held its first sixth form arts exhibition. The team is appealing for the public’s help by giving their views of the listed building and experiences of A total of 18, Year 12 students exhibited their AS level visiting it. course work; eight in art and ten in photography. Those responding to the online survey stand to win a prize of their own as they will be entered into a The exhibition was held in the school’s atrium prize draw for a £50 shopping voucher. display space in their new buildings, the final stage of which, the sixth form centre, was completed in Funds from the HLF will be used to repair the September. building, replant the gardens and create new displays about the site and the people who lived, Madeleine Griffin, Principal: “I am so pleased to see worked and studied there. It will also help to so many people at the exhibition. It is a great way develop community and education activities. to showcase the excellent and creative work of our students. The ambition is that the work will take place from 2015. The survey can be found at https://www. Chawntell Kulkarn,16, said: “I focussed on Japanese surveymonkey.com/s/WinterGardens. It takes festivals and my final outcome is a combination of around five to seven minutes to complete. techniques and media I have learnt about, from studying new artists, as well as my personal style. The Winter Garden was built alongside the Avery Hill
Mansion in the 1880s by businessman Colonel North “The theme of my Art A Level course is “Celebration” but was sold for educational use less than 20 years and over the course of the project I have been able later. to create many paintings and work in new media like plaster, clay, wire and even experimenting with photography techniques.”
Nature Trip A trip to one of the country’s leading wildlife conservation centres is being organised by the Eltham Nature Club for Saturday 22 march. The whole-day outing, to the Wildwood Trust, near Canterbury promises close encounters with some of their 200 native animals including wolves, bison, deer, owls, foxes, red squirrels, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers. The day will include a two hour guided tour by one of the Centre’s conservation staff. The centre is set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland and undertakes breeding projects for species such as red squirrels, pine martins, polecats and dormice. Travel will be via coach from Eltham High Street. Anyone wishing to book a space should contact the club before Sunday March 9. Places cost £18 for adults and £10 for children, concessions for families. Contact 07894 711765 or elthamnatureclub@ hotmail.co.uk.
A programme of live music on Sunday evenings is being hosted by the Tudor Barn during March. Local talent will be to the fore led by Barn proprietor Suzie Bailey. In addition, there will be a themed St Patrick’s Night celebration on Monday March 17 with Irish duo Ceilimax and Irish dancers. A two course dinner starting with Guinness cocktail and concluding with Irish coffee will cost £25. Entry to the bar is free. The full programme includes Steve Mac and Gordon Mark Webber (March 2), Huw Price (March 9), Francesca Payne (March 16), Suzie Bailey & John Meaney (March 23) and Richard Finch Turner (March 30) combining a variety of pop, soul, acoustic and jazz songs.
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Staff from Battersea Dogs Home will be present to perform the procedures and are also on hand to give dog owners advice on husbandry. The Battersea home is keen that pets should be properly identifiable as part of responsible ownership as their rescue centres take in thousands of stray dogs and cats each year. The event will be held on Tuesday March 11th from 11am - 3pm. A microchip has a unique code which when scanned with a special reader can be matched to the owner's details on a central database. It is inserted by a vet in a simple procedure which is quick and painless. From April 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be microchipped.
Eltham Choral Eltham Choral Society are preparing to sing at two top venues in March. In conjunction with students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Blackheath Hall concert and orchestra, the Society will be giving two performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The first will be at Blackheath Halls on Sunday 16th March at 6.30pm, conducted by Leigh O'Hara. Tickets are £16/£14conc. or £5 for under 12s from Blackheath Halls Box Office 020 8463 0100. Soloists will be Grant Doyle (Elijah), Ailish Tynan, Louise Winter and Robert Anthony Gardiner. At the second, they are privileged to be conducted singing the same work at St John's Smith Square, Westminster, by Edward Gardner OBE, who is the Music Director of English National Opera. Tickets are £25/£20/£14 (£22/£18/£12 conc.) from St John's Smith Square Box Office, 020 7222 1061, www.sjss.org.uk. Soloists will be Matthew Rose (Elijah), Ailish Tynan (soprano), Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano) and Robert Murray (tenor). The choir rehearses each week at Eltham Park Methodist Church on Thursday evenings, more details at www.elthamchoralsociety.org.uk.
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WHAT'S ON Weds 12 March Quiz night at the White Hart On behalf of local charities Includes carvery meal £10 per ticket from 8850 1562 Doors open 6pm, quiz starts 8pm
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Live music at the Tudor Barn Entry free 7pm – 9.30pm
Sunday 2 March Acoustic and singing duo Steve Mac and Gordon Mark Webber
Wednesday 12 March ‘Russian Folk Art’; talk by Svetlana Quigley
Sunday 9 March
Includes material on architecture, toys, furniture and art Organised by Eltham Arts. Eltham Centre. Entry free 7-9pm
Acoustic and singer
Weds March 12 – Sat 15 ‘Pygmalion’ Classic play. Bob Hope Theatre £9 (£8 conc). 7.45pm
Sunday March 16 Jive Aces
Sunday 16 March Sultry singer Francesca Payne Live music at the Tudor Barn
Sunday 23 March Top cover singer Suzie Bailey with John Meaney accompanying
Top jive and swing band. Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road Tickets £15.50 (£14.50 conc). 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Wednesday 26 March
Sunday 16 March
A range of six wines plus three course meal £35 in advance only 0845 459 2351 - 8pm
Open Day Kemnal Park cemetery and memorial gardens Advice session with Kemnal staff Off A20 Sidcup bypass, New Eltham BR7 6RR Free 10am – 4pm
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Sunday 30 March Singer and guitarist Richard Finch Turner
Sunday March 16
Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 March
‘Elijah’ by Mendellsohn
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Eltham Choral Society, Blackheath Concert and orchestra and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. At Blackheath Halls SE3. Tickets £16 (£14conc, £5 for under 12s) Box Office 020 8463 0100 - 6.30pm
‘Flapper’ Musical set in 1920s New York Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road Tickets £13.50 (£11.50 conc) 7.45pm (plus 2.30pm Sat) www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk or 8850 3702
Monday March 17
Sunday March 30
St Patrick’s Day celebration
Tudor Barn, Well Hall Road Irish duo Ceilimax and Irish dancers Themed meal £25 or entry free at the bar Guinness cocktail on arrival, 2 course meal, finished with Irish coffee
Craig Murray, Paul Adams, Chris Ashton and Arthur Smith Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road Tickets £8 (on advance); £10 on the door From 020 8850 3702 or wwwbobhopetheatre.co.uk 7.30pm (bar opens 7pm)
Saturday March 22 Coach trip to Wildwood Conservation Trust nr Canterbury. Two hour guided tour; 200 native animals Eltham Nature Club £18 adults, £10 children, family concessions Tickets in advance elthamnatureclub@ hotmail.co.uk or 07894 711765
Monday 31 March Sing and Sign FREE taster session Babes, 0-6 mths 11.30am, Stage 1 - 6 mths + 10.30am Eltham Park Methodist Church, Westmount Road 07899 820205 www.singandsign.co.uk Call or go online to book your place.
Saturday 5 April Wednesday 26 March
Deansfield school choir performs
Quiz night at the White Hart
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A Romance in Five Acts Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion takes the stage
s there anyone who hasn’t seen My Fair Lady? Pygmalion is the original George Bernard Shaw play on which the musical was based, and is a less idealised tale. First performed in London 100 years ago, this parody of the rigid British class system of the early 1900s and commentary of women’s independence, is also a romantic comedy. Paul Marshall is the director, who was last at Bob Hope in 2012, with the farce ‘Caught in the Net’. The show will have a strong feel for the Edwardian period, and a desire for this to be as authentic as possible. There will be classical music to complement the action on stage, and Edwardian costumes, mainly from the Bob Hope Theatre’s own collection.
same character but without the singing.
The cast is extremely experienced, though some are debuting at Bob Hope. Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, is played Eric Whiting, who some may remember from the SEnine Concert in 2012, has been Professor Higgins before in My Fair Lady and is well versed in the character. He is enjoying the different experience of the
Bob Hope regular Maggi Law is playing Mrs Higgins, Professor Higgins elegant mother who is regularly embarrassed by his lack of sensitivity, and worries what will become of Eliza after the men have finished their bet. Peter Law plays Eliza’s father Alfred Doolittle, who sees himself as a member of the undeserving poor and wishes to remain as
Eliza, a cockney flower girl, is played by Jessica Jenner, it is her debut at Bob Hope Theatre, but she is fresh from playing Mary in the Christmas production at Bromley Little Theatre. Colonel Pickering is played by Mark Storey. It is his debut too at Bob Hope, though he has been in many productions at the Ashcroft theatre including the Importance of Being Earnest. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet with Colonel Pickering that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party.
such. But Higgins recommends him as the most original moralist in England, which results in a pension and being forced into the middle class and marriage. This is suitable for children of ten upwards and is bound to be very popular. Get your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out. Comedy @ the BHT The opening night was a sell-out, and the second show may already have sold out before you read this. With a mix of experienced and newer comedians hosted by Paul Adams, this is a long overdue, much needed comedy injection for Eltham, and the first packed room enjoyed a brilliant evening. The second evening at the end of March will open with Craig Murray, followed by the two newer acts – Chris Ashton and Kerry Billson. The headliner for this second event is Arthur Smith. Yes the Night Mayor of Balham is coming to Eltham. The Godfather of the London Comedy scene will stretch the capacity of Comedy @ the BHT.
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pproval for a new eight storey development of 144 flats has brought to an end Eltham’s longest running planning wrangle. The controversial re-development of the Grove Market Place site was approved by the narrowest of margins after last year’s Labour Mayor, Cllr David Grant, voted against. But the plans were approved by 4 – 3, with retiring council leader Cllr Chris Roberts tipping the balance in favour of going ahead. Cllr Roberts said that it would be futile for the council to resist because previous plans, of a similar scale, had been approved by the government’s Planning Inspectorate after being rejected by the council.
park to attend performances. A new Controlled Parking Zone will be created around the apartment block and residents will not be able to apply. The developers Citygrove believe many residents will not own a car. Residents in Court Road and North Park fear a spill-over effect from new residents who do have cars seeking the closest available spots. SEnine understands that building work may not begin for several months as detailed preparations are made and a construction company is chosen, a more difficult task now that the housing sector is booming in the capital.
A succession of speakers from local interest groups and residents argued against the development as an over-development of a site which had previously been only three stories high.
With the market for rentals also buoyant, it is possible some of the apartments will not be marketed for sale. Now that planning permission has been approved, Citygrove will undertake a more detailed study of the local housing market, including the scope for renting out a proportion of the units.
Concerns over the impact on adjacent houses and the effect on the character of the Eltham Palace Conservation Area, which runs up to the boundary of the new development, were also put forward to the council’s Planning Board.
Toby Baines, chairman of Citygrove, told SEnine: “We’re very pleased to have got the permission, which will enable us to develop this derelict site. There will be many benefits for the success of the High Street and the buoyancy of the local economy.”
Parking is a major worry for local residents, with only 49 spaces available, some of which are ring-fenced off for particular users.
He said he was willing to engage in constructive discussions with local residents and the Bob Hope over their concerns about parking. He said: “People are becoming less dependent on cars and the site is well served by public transport. Car clubs are becoming more popular and so residents taking this option wouldn’t need parking.” Mr Baines said that marketing would be via local estate agents and he believed that demand would be strong as Eltham was a desirable residential location. He said that existing plans for the site, which already had permission, had been modified to move the new block away from existing housing. “We have tried to take account of the views expressed in the consultation while making sure the development remained a viable one”, he said. Previous plans had envisaged a supermarket on Court Road and hotel fronting on to lower Eltham High Street but previous owners, Cathedral, had been unable to secure tenants for either. Citygrove felt that an all-housing development was more likely to be successful.
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More Racks than a Snooker Hall More than £250,000 is about to be spent on cycle paths in Eltham Park South and Avery Hill park.
he £4m re-development of Eltham High Street has been put on hold by the Mayor of London until provision for cycle lanes have been added to the proposals; the new Grove Market Place development of 144 flats will have 49 car parking spaces and nearly 200 bike racks.
existence of roads cycle networks. New cycle lanes have been added to thoroughfares, including Bexley Road, which intermittently run from Eltham to Avery Hill, disappearing for long stretches at bus stops and junctions. On Avery Hill Road, a new pedestrian crossing will be ‘Toucan’ style, allowing walkers and cyclists their own zones on which to cross.
But are cycling campaigners pedalling into strong winds to persuade SEniners of its merits? A survey carried out by SPY suggests that pedal power has a steep hill to climb. In recent years, extra facilities for cyclists have been put in place. At first, stencils of bicycles were painted on carriageways; t h e n numerous signposts were screwed to lamp-posts indicating the nominal
New cycle racks have been marching across town in every available spot on pavements, outside shops and public buildings. But after nearly two decades of procycling publicity, is the campaign being embraced by the Eltham public? A snapshot survey of the racks across town suggest that the campaign has some way to go and the route is proving more bumpy than expected.
They were all found to be virtually unoccupied, apart from a desultory number outside stations and the Eltham Centre. Most were completely empty. Speaking to passing pedestrians, SEnine asked their views. Among the problems put forward were: •Most of the area is hilly. You need to be strong and fit to pedal up Well Hall Road, Eltham Road, Bexley Road and Footscray Road to the High Street; •The weather; not many people want to pedal around with the risk of rain, winds and cold; •Danger; it’s safer to reach the town centre on foot, on the bus or by car; •Carrying things; most people would struggle to carry purchases on a bike; office workers often carry bags; •Clothing; garments suitable for cycling are not always what you want to wear at your destination and vice-versa. With intractable problems to overcome like these, the cycling campaign seems to be freewheeling downhill at speed. The questions is, how many gears, and what expense, are campaigners in the Mayor’s office and the council, prepared to employ to pursue their vision?
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giant 30 storey tower is being planned for the Kidbrooke ‘village’ development, SEnine understands.
By John Webb It will be the largest building for several miles around, becoming a major landscape feature and will be flanked by other new blocks rising up to 20 storeys. A planning application is due later this month from Berkeley Homes who hope to start construction before the end of the year. The plans are sure to cause consternation among local amenity groups and neighbouring communities who will be aghast at the scale of the development. Buyers of the new homes on the estate might also rebel, having been sold a vision of ‘village’ life. It marks a major escalation to the Kidbrooke development which will now resemble a small new town when completed, housing up to 12,500 people. It is being put forward as a contribution to solving the housing crisis in the capital which will see at least 25,000 new homes provided in the borough over the next ten years. The Berkeley proposals could only have been put forward with the tacit approval of senior councillors and officers within the council. If an application is submitted this month as scheduled, approval could be received before a new council is elected in May, probably under different leadership. The giant tower will dwarf the area’s current largest buildings, the 17 storey Marlowe House in Sidcup and 25 storey new apartment blocks recently erected in Lewisham. One Canada Square, at
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Canary Wharf in Docklands weighs in at 50 storeys. It would dwarf the eight storey development which has just been approved for the Grove Market Place. It amounts to considerable ‘mission creep’ for the Kidbrooke development, which was originally intended to have a maximum height of 12 storeys. This was upped to 15 storeys when Berkeley lost the fight for land to the north of Kidbrooke Station, which TfL was allowed to retain for potential public transport development, including the stalled proposals for an extension to the Docklands Light Railway to Eltham. The escalation might have always been part of Berkeley’s internal vision, although the 30 storey proposal might be considered an ‘opening bid’. John Anderson, chairman of Berkeley Homes (Urban Development) told SEnine in 2009 that he hoped marketing of the estate would co-incide with an upsurge of the housing market. This has come to pass, and has now been combined with a forecast increase in the population in the capital. Ominously, Berkeley say that a ‘do nothing’ scenario would just mean there would be a need to identify another site to accommodate the number of residential properties identified by Greenwich as being required.
Upscaling Kidbrooke is seen by the council as a convenient option for meeting its housing targets. Berkeley has recently gained permission for a ‘Manhattan’-style development in Woolwich which will contain 6,000 apartments between the town centre and the river. The tower would be in the Kidbrooke ‘Phase3’ to the south of the Station, which will also contain the ‘village centre’ with supermarkets, pubs and shops. Between this and Sutcliffe Park, ‘Phase 5’ will contain 1,100 units, in blocks of up to 11 storeys, proposed for a building start in 2015. In Phase 6, next to the politically sensitive Blackheath Cator Estate, towers of up to 20 storeys are being envisaged, starting in 2016. In documents seen by SEnine, Berkeley’s admit that full consideration will have to be given to the landscape implications. Key issues identified include ‘visual prominence of the proposals and their relationship and contribution to the existing townscape and visual horizon and ‘the setting of the proposed developments within the existing townscape character, particularly in terms of the height, scale and massing It says: “The proposed developments of the scale envisaged may have a significant effect on surrounding townscape character areas.”
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Eltham’s proposed cinema complex would have six screens and two restaurants but the opening date looks like being 2017 at the earliest.
hese details emerged from the consultation exercise by Greenwich Council to gauge public opinion. Although an outline application has already been rushed into the planning system, Poundland’s lease on the old Co-op building, in a prime site in the High Street, doesn’t expire until next year. This would need to be followed by demolition and re-build taking upwards of two years to complete. Architects working on the potential development say they are determined to provide a modern facility for Eltham but one which complements the design and scale of the existing buildings. This serves to limit the scale of the complex to just six screens, smaller than equivalent facilities in neighbouring towns. The two restaurants are needed to improve the overall financial viability of the enterprise, despite the obvious risk to existing outlets in the town.
In all the six screens would have a total of 970 seats on the first floor and basement, with a auditoriums varying from 110 – 260 seats to cater for different attractions.
is expected most customers would use the Sainsbury’s car park for access.
The two restaurants would both need to overlook the High Street, according to the architects. Although there would be no entrance to the rear of the building, on to Philipot Path, it is intended to make this aspect open and attractive in order to ‘civilise’ this part of town, particularly after dark. It
After the outline planning stage, a bidding and beauty contest would be help to select an operator to run the cinema.
A large glass foyer on to the High Street would soften the bulk of the building.
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Sherard Mansions John Kennett looks at how part of Eltham has developed.
n 1905 work was completed on a new road alongside St John’s churchyard towards the railway bridge that turned a rural footpath into the Well Hall Road we know today as part of a scheme to update the lane to Woolwich. Houses were demolished at the high street end and a deep cutting made to meet the
The old lane by the churchyard in 1847
lane to Woolwich, which was renamed here as Sherard Road. The new road cut through fields behind the high street some of which were known as Dobell’s Meadows being once owned by Henry Dobell who resided at Sherard House, now site of Natwest Bank, from 1857 to 1895. Building soon took place alongside the new road around Spencer Gardens and Lassa Road but the eastern side
remained cultivated until 1916 when the Ministry of Munitions took it for hostels to house munitions workers at Woolwich Arsenal. Permanent houses and hutments had been built at Well Hall and Eltham Park for family occupation but these hostels were for single people, principally women, as the men were needed at the Front. Their journey to Woolwich was aided by a tram service, which started in 1910 along the new road. The hostels stood on land now mainly covered by the roads of Dobell, Strongbow and Archery. After the war hostels became empty as workers returned to homes in the UK or the Dominions and some were adapted on a temporary basis for homeless families by Woolwich Borough Council. In the early 1920s the hostels were removed by landowners for development, which saw houses erected in Archery Road and the appropriately named Dobell Road while some hostels were retained for the embryo Eltham Telephone Exchange, which opened on 15 December 1923; the permanent exchange, off Dobell Road, came on line on 24 August 1934.
The cleared Well Hall Road frontage, on either side of Dobell Road, was zoned for shops and flats and two blocks were erected under the prestigious name of ‘Sherard Mansions’ around 1925. Firstly occupied was the brick faced block between Orangery Lane and Dobell Road alongside the entrance to the Eltham Telephone Exchange. Residential access is from two entrances between the eight shops, which have rear yards. The shops were originally numbered as Sherard Parade but were soon changed to Well Hall Road (as later were the flats) when the road was generally renumbered in the early 1930s. The first shop, 1 Sherard Parade, since 2004 Bernard Skinner estate agent, traded for about twenty-five years as Denise for lingerie and underwear until the 1950s (including some occupation of the next door premises); later users included Eltham Carpets & Textiles, and CWS Opticians. The third shop traded as a milliner for about fifteen years and a separate picture framer; post war a stationer and printer, Bryans children’s shoe shop, a flower shop, and since 2005 as The Bridal Chest. The fourth shop started in 1925 selling musical instruments, then art
First World War hostels opposite Spencer Gardens. These are the huts I am living in are on a hill and have fine views as the country is very pretty. Sherard Mansions opposite the churchyard, late 1920s
SEnine needlework followed by greengrocery; from 1937 to 1956 as Tom Thompson, restaurant, café and caterer. Later sales included china and glass by Gerald Armes, Singer sewing machines, fancy goods, and since 2012 as barbers Razor Sharp. The fifth shop was originally known as Aberdeen House when it was a fishmonger and poulterer, then Tutts fishmonger from 1930-1932 being their first shop in Eltham as a branch of a family business from Tanners Hill, Deptford. On 29 May 1936 the old established music business of Morley & Son moved from Eltham High Street to trade as Morley’s Music shop and still does today as Normans in its centenary year.
when it opened as the Eltham Billiard Hall and survived as such until 1949 after wartime closure. There were about 14 billiard tables and later six for table tennis. At the top of the stairs was a box office for entrance payment, a canteen on the left while the glass roof was covered in netting during the war. The premises were open from 10am including Sundays and in October 1926 billiards champion Arthur Peall attracted large audiences and played an exhibition match with son Arthur at ‘600 up level’ with a collection in aid of the
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The shop used by Alan’s Beds has traded as a baby carriage dealer, photographer, Citizen’s Advice Centre, upholsterer, Builders Hire and Supplies, E Jones timber merchant, furniture sales, flooring, and since 1992 as Alan’s Beds. At the other end of the parade, where Conran Estates have been since 2004, the premises were used by greengrocers until 1984 (Home Guard
The sixth shop sold art needlework, followed for many years by gents tailor Leo Cook. Later users were Eltham Antiques, Penny Royal handicrafts, Chapmans reproduction furniture, and since 2009 Alluring Nails. Sherard Mansions with the shops used for essential wartime services The seventh shop started as a butcher, then a gents’ hairdresser; post war as an upholsterer, Eltham Cottage Royal London Mutual Insurance from Hospital. From 1952-1979 and today as Loans 2go. around the mid Dairy products were first sold at the 1950s the former corner shop followed by a confectioner hall was used and tobacconist; post-war trading as by the Ministry grocers Glenlea Stores, later Chater of National butchers, Augustus Barnett off licence, I n s u r a n c e , and since 1991 as Well Hall Wines. which was later renamed The second Sherard Mansions as Health & block is to a different design Social Security and recent external painting and closed in has highlighted decorative January 1990; a features to the frontage and few years later it the unique surviving hanging was bought by The present day scene brackets, almost medieval, the Jehovah’s above the shops, which Witnesses and are used by two occupiers remodelled for their use. during the war, and an upholsterer to display their presence. just after) then for videos, comics, and The structure adjoining the During the Second World War all since 1998 as estate agents. The eight Eltham Spiritualist church, the shops were commandeered by flats here are still numbered as Sherard approached by steps and Woolwich Borough Council, boarded Mansions, as clearly stated above the now used by Alans Beds for blast control, and housed essential entrance doors. and the Jehovah’s Witnesses services including the Women’s All pictures are from the John Kennett collection to the rear, dates from 1925 Voluntary Service (WVS), Air Raid
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amilies appreciating the surroundings of the area’s recentlyopened cemetery and memorial gardens are taking advantage of a new option for their future needs. Being an independent concern, Kemnal Park is able to offer families sections of the cemetery for their own private use. This allows for the possibility of creating a space to their own design, with memorials, flowers and seating to meet their preferences.
It also provides relations with reassurance about meeting the wishes of loved-ones and can also take away any future financial concerns. Plots, enclosed by hedging and overseen by the gardens’ horticultural team, can be bought in advance with sufficient space for between eight and 16 family members, at reasonable cost. These can provide private spaces for remembrance and the memories of family members, facilitating their quiet reflection. A year after Kemnal opened, it is an option which is proving appealing for local families and plots are available for £25,000 upwards in a variety of locations. Another option is for people to choose, and pay for, their own individual plots in advance, for £2,500. An open day, for those wishing to consider these options and see the facilities is being held by Kemnal on Sunday March 16 between 10am and 4pm.
Twelve months on, the Kemnal Park, cemetery and memorial gardens, set in mature woodland off the A20 at New Eltham, are establishing themselves at the heart of the local community. Using the spacious and recentlyopened chapel, families are choosing the 160-seat chapel for funerals as a the perfect venue for an intimate or larger memorial service, which they are able to book for the length of time they prefer.
Services can be relayed via the internet for those unable to attend in person, already proving a popular option with families from all over the globe, including Australia, New Zealand and the Americas.
Each month, more than 2,500 people attend services, either for burials at the site or in conjunction with cremations carried out elsewhere.
Michael Burke, Kemnal’s general manager, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response of the local community to our new facility. Most of the burials and ceremonies have been for local people, so we feel we have been catering for a real need within the area.
A popular option is for families to choose sites for the placing of ashes within the beautiful and secluded grounds, which can be marked by a rose bush. Benches can also be dedicated for lovedones. Another possibility is the ‘eco-option’ which allows those seeking sustainable burials to be laid to rest among a small copse of trees. Bordered by ancient woodland, which is being respected and preserved, the memorial garden’s staff have been planting hundreds of new trees in the developing site, which has a natural stream flowing through. A spacious car park alongside the A20 provides a convenient and stressfree environment for those attending ceremonies. The light and airy chapel has the latest technological connections to run alongside traditional services, and is open to those of all religious denominations or none.
“We have the benefit of a new and secluded site which is right up to date. We offer the kind of facilities which people now expect, and flexibility so that people can have the kind of service that they would like". “People are especially welcoming the chance of being able to prepare in advance and choose what is best for them; our staff are here at all times to give them guidance”, he said. More details and contact information can be found on their website www. kemnalpark.org or on 020 8300 9790.
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The Great Wall Walk Eltham resident Dr Nikki Ramskill, 28, is taking part in a women-only challenge to trek The Great Wall of China. She is fund-raising for the charity Genesis Research Trust, helping women and babies. Matt Bell caught up with her. How are you preparing? I need to be ready to walk for six to seven hours a day for six days. I've started training by going out for an hour a day three times a week. At weekends I walk for three hours.
What else? I'm mixing them up with hills and different terrain. Oxleas Woods is great for that. Nearer to departure in September I will have to do some longer walks and I'll be getting into the gym as well."
What have you been told to expect? The highest point is 3,038 feet and the lowest 500 feet. There will be rocky points, a thousand steps to climb up and down, farming areas and villages to walk through. The trek is from Jinshanling to Mutianyu and finishing in Beijing. One of my mum's teacher colleagues did it and showed me her picture album.
Have you attempted anything like this before? No, not really. The most I've done is a 5km walk for cancer research. I don't see myself running a marathon so this seems a better option for me.
Do you have a fundraising target? You have to give the organisers ÂŁ3,100 ; half of that pays for the cost of the trip
and the other half is donated to the charity. But I've decided to pay the trip costs myself so that everything I raise will go to the charity. Where do you work? I'm an obstetrics and gynaecology doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. I trained at St George's Medical School in Tooting. Obviously I can relate to the work of the charity and the research it funds. Every day I see women who've suffered miscarriages, had difficulties conceiving or other issues. What is the Genesis Research Trust's aim? It funds research into the causes and cures for conditions that affect the
health of women and babies. It was founded by Lord Winston (well known for his TV work). This challenge is called Women For Women as the money raised will support women scientists and clinicians to specialise in such research.
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Flood Update Households in Westhorne Avenue who are counting the cost of flooding on Christmas Eve are preparing to sue the Environment Agency.
ore than 30 families were hit by Agency have as good as admitted their flooding caused by a ‘trash screen’ liability by planning to re-design the on the river Quaggy which became grille. clogged with debris. “They hadn’t thought what would Thousands of gallons of flood water happen if the grid became blocked. The spilt into adjacent houses and gardens only way for the water to go was into up to two feet deep. people’s houses. Some have had to rent temporary housing for six months while repairs are carried out and have seen furniture and kitchen fittings destroyed. The agency is looking to re-design and re-locate the grid, which is intended to catch debris before the Quaggy goes into culverts beneath Westhorne Avenue and Eltham Road. Lawyers acting for their insurance companies have engaged a flood defence specialist to demonstrate the Environment Agency’s key role in creating the disaster. They will be seeking to secure losses suffered by householders which are not covered by insurance. There is also concern that insurance quotes for the homes have risen from £500 to more than £6,000. Andy Drinkwater of the Water Resources Centre said: “These families are not living on a flood plain. The Environment
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“It should have had proper relief channels and been located away from houses”, he said. Many of the houses, which were built to high standards in the 1930s, will lose period features of hard wood panelling and flooring. The Environment Agency admit the grid became blocked early on Christmas Eve but they had been unable to clear it. They left the vicinity without directly alerting householders to the impending flooding of their houses, which happened a few hours later in the middle of the night. Eltham MP Clive Efford has met the affected householders several times and is taking up casework on their behalf. In particular, loss adjustors employed by insurance companies have been deducting their fees from policy holders’ pay-outs.
He said: This can’t be right. People should be fully compensated for the insured losses, not have fees deducted. I shall be contacting the insurance companies on their behalf.” A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “ When the Quaggy was inundated with storm water, following the exceptional rainfall, it overtopped the channel banks in the early hours of Christmas Eve. It was this overwhelming amount of storm water which led to the flooding in Westbourne Avenue." “We understand that local people want to know more about what happened over the incident, and we will be working with them our professional partners to support them throughout this process." "We will work closely with the local community and other risk management authorities over the coming months to further investigate the flooding and identify any plans that could reduce the risk of flooding in the future. “ One family had to cancel a £3,000 holiday of a lifetime to New York, others lost wages to having to take time off to deal with the clear-up.
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prize-winning Eltham school choir is to travel to the heart of choral singing to take on the world. The Deansfield Primary School choir has won accolades in recent years, singing in front of royalty and appearing on television.
the chance to hear them at a fund raising concert on Saturday 5th April at 7pm at Eltham Park Baptist Church, Westmount Road. Already, local businesses Kirk and Partners, The Alpha Club and The Book People have pledged their support.
Upcomming Gigs Friday 14th March Bromley Music Festival Wednesday 19th March Fairfield Halls, Croydon Saturday 5th April, 7.00pm Eltham Park Baptist Church Friday 13th June Blackheath Concert Hall He said: “Deansfield is very proud to have gained a place at such a prestigious event. Choirs travel from all over the world to share their love of singing”. “This achievement is the culmination of years of hard work by the children. They have delighted local audiences with their singing for many years.” The choir is looking to raise £5000 to ensure all its members can afford the three day trip.
But this summer, they take on their best challenge yet. In July, around 35 singers will travel to Llangollen to compete in the world famous International Eisteddfod of Wales. They will compete against choirs from across the country and beyond for the ‘junior children’s choir’ of the world, won last year by an entry from Hong Kong.
Headteacher Jo Gordon said “We are all so proud of our children and their musical accomplishments. We know they are all going to do very well”. The choir is led by full-time music specialist at the school David Moore who, since taking the post five years ago, has put music at the heart of the school’s activities.
Deansfield is hoping that their mission will be supported by individuals and businesses across Eltham, to help meet the costs of their travel and accommodation. In preparation for the competition, they will undertake a series of prestigious local concerts including Old Royal Naval College Chapel; Bromley Music Festival; Fairfield Halls, Croydon and Blackheath Concert Halls. In SE9 people will have
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espite urbanisation, SE9 still retains some signs of its previous role as a place of agriculture and forestry. In Oxleas Woods, coppicing was common, with trees being harvested for fencing, charcoal and the oaks for larger constructions and shipping. The signs of where the trees have been cut down, or coppiced, and the resulting ‘shoots’ being harvested as poles, can be seen today.
which was in use until the 1980s, has been demolished but its base, in Clothmakers Wood to the north, can still be seen.
date to the post-Roman period until the 17th century. The ridges became units for landholding, assessing the work of a ploughman and reaping.
Going further back into history, cultivation would sometimes involve ‘ridge and furrow’. The remains of the ancient technique can still be seen from King John’s Walk in the fields to the south side of Eltham Palace.
In Pippenhall Meadows the ridges and furrows are visable from Google earth.
A keen eye can see the parallel ‘wave’ Hops, previously used in the brewing effect, now covered by grass which is trade, still regenerate in hedgerows in grazed by horses. The earliest examples Butterfly Lane and there are the remains of walled gardens attached to ‘big’ houses. At Well Hall, the garden still hosts fruit trees and a small demonstration plot kept by the Friends group. At Avery Hill, Colonel North’s walled garden has long become a car park.
Traditional ploughs turned the soil over in one direction, meaning that the plough cannot return along the same furrow having the effect of moving the soil in each half of the strip one furrow'swidth towards the centre line.
On Shooters Hill, an old farm, used for many years by the Co-op for rearing pigs, is now Woodlands community farm, run by a trust. The old abattoir,
The movement of soil year after year gradually built the centre of the strip up into a ridge, leaving a dip, or "furrow" between each ridge. The raised ridges offered better drainage in a wet climate. The dip often marked the boundary between plots. Although they varied, strips would traditionally be a furlong (a "furrow-long") in length. In some cases the land became grassland, and where this has not been ploughed since, the pattern has been preserved.
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inal preparations are underway for the re-opening to the public after 25 years of Severndroog Castle.
As part of the preparations, tree surgeons lopped the top branches from the mature trees surrounding the Castle to fully open up views from the roof-top platform. From the platform, one of the highest spots within Greater London, visitors will be able to see more than 20 miles across Kent, south London, Blackheath, the river Thames and towards the City. A team of volunteer assistants is being recruited by the building’s preservation trust, to help to run its affairs, including meeting and greeting, tour guiding
The castle, which dates back to the 1780s, was closed when it was handed over from the abolished Greater London Council to Greenwich Council 25 years ago but without the budget to run or maintain it. Full details about the opening arrangements in SEnine’s April edition. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact project manager Laura Allan at email@example.com
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They performed the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ after a three month rehearsal period either side of Christmas. As a warm-up, they entertained pupils from Ealdham primary school.
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Picking through the entrails of BBC3’s ‘Tough Young Teachers’ series, SPY understands Crown Woods parents are wondering how the school became involved. The question of whether Eltham can be considered an ‘area of deprivation’ or Crown Woods ‘challenging’, as indicated by the programme, is also being asked. The ‘Teach First’ website says their project is for ‘primary and secondary schools in ‘low-income communities’. This is pushing it, even when counting some of the poorer sections of the College’s catchment and surrounded, as it is, by houses nudging £1m a pop. The programme’s producers washed their hands, only commenting that their map, showing Crown Woods sited somewhere between New Addington and West Wickham was only intended to be ‘rudimentary’ (Guess that means wrong?).
A range of opinions have been coming SPY’s way about the Poundland Picturehouse. The radical cynics sniff a pre-election gimmick. The world-weary are ready to add it to the pile of phantom town centre projects which never see the light of day. One surprise, at least to SPY, was that the Royal Borough intends to maintain possession of the building.. No harm, perhaps, although it then puts the council in the position of ‘poacher and gamekeeper’ in terms of the town’s development, particularly their attitude towards independent restaurants, when they have a financial stake in the success of the two proposed for the new centre. Having taken his seat, alongside four others, and 400 empty ones, in a cinema complex elsewhere recently, SPY wonders if the boost to the town’s night-time economy will be matched by one in the day-time.
Good news is no news... During the campaign by local politicians to save Woolwich Fire Station, one statistic which wasn’t given much of an airing was the remarkable reduction in the number of fires over the last ten years. Apparently Greenwich borough registered some of the highest falls in London, with a massive reduction from 3,254 fires in 2003/4 to 712 in 2012/13, a fall of more than three quarters. A big help has been the pro-active work done by the brigade in fire prevention, effectively putting some of their number out of a job. Made a good photocall for aspiring local politicos and lickspittles though.
Alarming… SPY receives word that one unintended consequence of the Woolwich station’s closure might be an addition to the cacophony of sound from the emergency services in the vicinity of Well Hall Road. The constant wail of sirens is more consistent with conditions in central Baghdad rather than a peaceful ‘nothing ever happens here’ suburb. More lightning charges to Woolwich can only make things worse. Isn’t it time for a campaign to quell the constant state of crisis that locals are subjected to? SPY recently heard from the horse’s mouth of a ‘Charge of the Blue Light Brigade’, for 10 miles across south east London to collect a young lady who had vomited and, on arrival at QE, paused for a cigarette before entering A&E. And a man who caused a similar response because he wanted an ambulance to take him home for a change of trousers. Shouldn’t the emergency services be a little more discriminating about when their fleet is instructed to give it the ‘blue lamp’ treatment?
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Reeling them in… As to who will run the new cinema, SPY has been given heavy hints by those close to the negotiations that it will be one of the chains operating in neighbouring suburbs. SPYbet has accordingly narrowed his odds on Odeon (Greenwich Peninsula and Beckenham) and Cineworld (Bexleyheath and Greenwich Picturehouse)
It’s all history now…. Much gurgling in the undergrowth about the latest addition to Eltham’s bibliography, SPY hears. The charmingly titled ‘Eltham Through Time’ apparently strayed too close to fiction for those charged with protecting the area’s historical integrity. Although perhaps the expression ‘littered with errors’ might be a little harsh, it seems the decision to produce a book without recourse to some cosy chats with the local cognoscenti was probably not wise. Apparently the author answered an advert for the job, publishers Amberley not taking the more obvious step of making some phone calls to either the library service or Eltham Society to identify a person with a reasonable background knowledge of the subject in hand. So the book tells us about the Tudor Barn having been demolished and the Avery Hill Winter Garden having been damaged in the WW1 (in fact WW2). And so on. As SEnine reported last month, Eltham is blessed with a number of excellent local history tomes, all still available on the internet. The question is, with the more obvious candidates already in print on the subject, is there anyone else Amberley could have turned to in Eltham to do the job?
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History re-written… However, so much for official statements. The dreadful flooding on Christmas Eve of homes in Westhorne Avenue was caused by debris clogging a ‘trash screen’ on the river Quaggy behind their homes. SPY knows, because residents told him and Environment Agency officers, charged with preventing this happening, said so in his hearing. But the official statement from the EA’s spinners blamed it on an ‘overwhelming amount of storm water’, something well removed from the truth, the quantity of storm water being distinctly underwhelming in the context of an English winter. SPY understands the EA have yet to admit their liability, just adding to the residents’ woes.
Partying the Last Poston.. As the political cudgels are being wielded in anger for the May council elections, a temporary truce was called in honour of Eltham North councillor Dermot Poston, standing down after 46 years. Fresh from receiving his MBE at the Palace, a cross party dinner was held at the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. SPY spotted MP Clive Efford, his predecessor Sir Peter Bottomley, council leader wannabe Cllr John Fahy, all orchestrated by Cllr Spencer Drury recently selected by the Tories to arm wrestle with Mr Efford for the Eltham constituency at the general election.
Very small is beautiful SPY understands it’s been decided there’s scope for micro Pub in Eltham. Expect plans to be unveiled soon for a micropub in Westmount Road under local ownership.
Good bye and Good ….. SPY understands the council is preparing to throw in the sponge on its weekly publication of Greenwich Pravda. It plans to fall in line with every other council in the country by coming out quarterly, after the government passed a law allowing it to force change on the borough. So, having claimed to have saved itself £700,000 a year, the Royal Borough has decided to splash out £76,000 a year on a new post ‘Head of Media’. The post holder will have ‘responsibility for our communication networks with our local communities and key stakeholders’. SEnine looks forward to meeting the new appointee and is happy to form the kind of positive relationship with the council we sought when the magazine was founded eight years ago.
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www.senine.co.uk I was very interested to see in the current issue of SE-nine, in the page devoted to books about Eltham, mention of a book on Eltham and the immediate environs, which I wrote and published in 1992. You did not however mention the revised and updated edition which appeared in the year 2000. This book is also available online, but at an unbelievably high price, considering its published price was only £5.99. The new edition was rewritten and much expanded, including a full description of Eltham Palace (which had in the intervening years become accessible to the public), but leaving out Grove Park and Morden College (which might be considered rather peripheral to Eltham). It benefited from the critical scrutiny of your contributor John Kennett, and is in fact a much better book. Though I live in Blackheath, I remain very interested in what happens in Eltham, and am an avid reader of your magazine. Long may you thrive and continue to publish! Darrell Spurgeon SE3
Renting Dilemma I have searched the internet, rang the local estate agents and checked every noticeboard, surely its simple enough to rent a two bedroomed home in Eltham? There are many suitable places advertised, some are a perfect for my son and me, I have a deposit, can supply references and I work. So why is it so difficult? I will have to claim housing benefit because I am one of many who are single and not earning enough to cover the cost of living. I have even offered 4 months rent in advance (on loan from family). Not everyone who has to get help from the government are sitting around with their hands out taking all the tax payers money, of which I have been one for all my adult life. I am hard working, house proud and would love to find a place to call home. To add to my problem I have committed the crime of being a dog owner, so if a miracle did happen and something turned up my poor 10 year old pooch will have to be sent off to be rehomed.So if you are a landlord , PLEASE give us low earners a chance. Julie SE9
RE:-PUB 1. I am mortified. " A rusty Triumph Convertible" - " sold for a "few hundred quid"? (SEnine Feb 2014)
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GYV 139 C as purchased by me, from Stan, was a very tidy ' 63 1600cc Triumph Vitesse in British Racing Green, with a white waist flash, and a black convertible roof. Top of the range in her day. She later went on to have a Brabham Racing conversion fitted, assisted by my good friends at "Oliver's Auto's" of 64 Footscray Road.
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Tony Lane, son of Donald Oliver Lane, ( Thus "Oliver's Autos" ) is still a good friend of mine almost 40 years later. The car was spectacular, I trust the statute of limitations is applied here, but we often got 125 MPH out of her on the Sidcup By-Pass, 4 up, between what is now the Swanley Roundabout with the M25, and the start of the old A20 where the McDonalds drive-thru now is. She went to Southern Ireland with me on my first foreign road trip (with my now Wife ), and towed a boat all over Wales with myself and my friends ( who were on Motorbikes - we were all apprentices at the MOD "Aquila" site in Bromley. Now long gone. GYV 139 C ( Ex PUB 1 ) was a brilliant car, I had all the history from Stan, including the old cardboard style log book with PUB 1 on it, struck though with her new plate number. Not a rust bucket at all, I suspect I would still own her today if some 'scroat' hadn't stolen her. I had all the documentation, as well as the fuel crises Petrol vouchers, which I had to hand in to my insurers when the car was never recovered. AAlso, I should like to point out then in the mid 70's, " a few hundred quid" - I think I gave Stan £300 - was quite a lot of money for a car. when yyou could buy a new Datsun for about £900. SSo there is a bit more people-centric local history for you. You woke up some happy memories for me, and I sstill have some photo's "A rusty Triumph convertible"? My posterior! :) Nick Craddy.
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I was about 19 at the time, my buddies and I regularly drank in the "White Hart" at the time, we used to call it ( I hope you can print this ) "The Wet XXXX - In Transylvania" (Slang for break wind, Ed) due to the Gothic decor and the colored lanterns in the Saloon. And I guess Stan's sometimes pithy attitude to a load of un-washed oil and grease covered youths drinking his beer. We were not in the Golf Club :( Nick Craddy
World Trip For the last 6years I have been visiting Geelong in Victoria Australia. My friend there, comes back to the UK on an annual basis . Each visit copies of the SEnine magazine are transported to be given to a resident in the very same retirement village as my friend. The lady, as a child lived in Dunvegan Road Eltham. She very much enjoys her read. In turn she has sent copies to a friend in Texas USA, also, as a child lived in Eltham. I understand this friend is now one of your subscribers! How about that for an around the World trip! Christine Withams SE9
Motivation I know that when SENine started started, you had hoped to steer well clear of things political. Nevertheless, I do not think you should be too worried if certain pparties think you are now politically motivated. As the various arms of government extend the scope oof their powers, it is inevitable that what was once nnon-political becomes nothing of the sort. Of course, the authorities would like us to believe otherwise, aas it is never comfortable to be watched while you aare working - but that is how a democracy should ooperate. DDavid Culver
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MORE LETTERS High Street I may have misunderstood your comment in your recent editorial about charity shops, but it appears ot me that you think there are too many on our high street. I wanted to write a defence of them as I disagree with this opinion. Firstly you had previously said you need more businesses that give back to the local community, but what better example of community pay back is there than a Demelza, or Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, charity shop? Even the others are indirectly going to benefit our fellow residents with their national schemes. Then there is the fact that they are mostly run by volunteers. Not only does this provide a positive example to my son on giving back to your community, but I always find the staff of charity shops willing to engage in friendly conversation. Additionally, there's the fact that Scope have a policy of offering work to people who, due to misassumptions about the abilities of people with learning disabilities, would have trouble finding work elsewhere. And finally, in these times of money saving, what better way to make your money
SEnine go further than buying second hand? Or even buying some of the new items many charity shops now commission? I regularly find excellent bargains for my son, who is at an age where his interests change too regularly for me to support them at full price, as well picking up nearly new clothes for a fraction of the cost. The fact that your money then goes back into a worthwhile endeavour is an added bonus. So I shall continue to support our local charity shops and hope my fellow readers will also. Katherine Trill
High Street Wh thi Why this concern about b t the th number b off nailbars ilb in i EEltham High Street. Better nailbars than empty sshops. Look at the number of vacant shops. Only tthose offering personal services, meals, haircuts, nnails, not those with competition from internet sshopping, can flourish. And I would have tthought you would welcome competition, rather tthan monopoly by one local store. S Newman
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Book Errors Your article on Kristina Bedford and her newly ppublished picture book of ‘Eltham through Time‘ sstates that she discovered the pictures ' taken by RR.R.C. Gregory ' to illustrate his history book ‘The SStory of Royal Eltham’, in 1909. Mr Gregory did NNOT take the photographs. His title page credits the man who ddid, namely F.W.Nunn (then the Vice-President oof the Greenwich and Woolwich Antiquarian SSocieties). Photograph number 1 shows the aauthor Mr Gregory and photograph number 2 sshows F.W.Nunn beside his large camera, on its ttripod. R.R.C. Gregory was an honest and honourable man who would never claim credit that belonged to another. His title page also acknowledges the contributions to the volume of W.H. Browning, who made the index and, with R.R.C. Gregory's son R.W. Gregory ( known as ‘Walter’ ), added the drawn illustrations. Miss Margaret E Taylor
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Our Old Boy Dreams of Times Gone T he combination of waterlogged plot and cold winter is not good for Herbaceous’ cold and waterlogged mind.
And the Worcester Pearmain (Below), of course, not a pear, but an early season apple with a red flushed skin and a faint strawberry flavour.
His idle thoughts turn to yesteryear, before the world was run by smartsuited marketing types, when there was space for eccentricity and flights of fancy. Stuck indoors and flicking through old plant catalogues, he approves of the names of old varieties conferred by his long-gone predecessors.
They were the product of a more gentle age, of muddled thinking and misconceived ideas. Top of his list of purchases each year is some pink fir apples. Not an apple, nor yet a fir, neither particularly pink. Rather a very waxy potato variety with a nutty flavour, probably the product of a very nutty plantsman.
The apple varieties of Green Custard and the Herefordshire Beefing have names that wouldn’t have come through the consumer panels and market testing of today’s bland supermarket offerings. Unlike the Celtic Tiger, the Cornish Tiger is not an overheating economy but also an apple, surprisingly not with stripes, while the plum variety Mallard must presage the concept of a sauce eaten with a bird of made of the eponymous species. The Swan’s Egg is, of course, a pear.
Or the Ashmead’s Kernel, not a nut but a very juicy apple. Pitmaster Pineapple definitely doesn’t come in chunks and the Nutmeg Pippin isn’t the slightest bit spicy. And on the topic of pippin this must be the daftest, thinks Herbs. All apples have pips in don’t they? Sinking deep into his armchair before a roaring fire, he ponders the varieties which don’t even sound like fruit. Like the Duck’s Bill which should be a platypus rather than an ancient variety of apple. And the Peasgood Nonsuch, surely something from Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Completing his reverie on the subject, Herbaceous wonders whether the Worcestershire Drooper follows on from the Hoary Morning perhaps ending with a Clapp’s Favourite. So, what would be his favourites? It must be the Appleford Serendipity. For a pear, the Hendre Huffcap; Wild Langley Bullace for a plum and as for cherry? It must be Nimble Dick. Roll on the better weather and quick please.
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