Society meetings 2020 update – online presentations

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In view of the current coronavirus lockdown situation, your Committee has reluctantly had to postpone the 2020 programme of talks for the foreseeable future.

However, we have approached all invited speakers to deliver their talks as a presentation which will be posted on the website. To start with we have the presentation from Jessica Lyle from Nature’s Gym, who was due to speak this month, outlining the conservation work the company does to protect and enhance our natural habitats in Lewisham. Please go to Online Presentations 2020 tab for the full presentation it makes for very interesting reading.

Additionally, all invited speakers are on standby to reschedule meetings, as and when it is appropriate to be able to do so.

As you know, the Government guidelines on easing coronavirus lockdown are constantly evolving and therefore we are reviewing our talks programme on a month-by-month basis.

The Charlton Society Committee is holding monthly meetings online, the minutes of which will be posted on the website, so all members can be kept informed of the discussions had and the work the Society is progressing with. Please go to Committee tab at the top of the page for information.

The Committee is also committed to working on the Save Our Village Action Plan (SOVAP), this was presented by Chair, Carol Kenna, at our last meeting. For details of the current status of activity with SOVAP, please click here

We will also be keeping the website updated with local events which are adhering to social distancing guidelines, plus virtual events members and residents can participate in. Please go to Local Events for information.

The other important area in which the Society is involved in is in scrutinising Greenwich planning policy. The Society and other community groups have been rigorous in challenging recent proposed developments. We are delighted to report that both the Rockwell development proposals at Anchor & Hope and the Meyer Tower development in Woolwich have been rejected. For further information on other planning the Society is involved in, including news of the White Swan in the Village, please go to Planning tab at the top of the page.

There is also an account of how the above successes were achieved by the working together of community, council and residents presented by Vice-Chair, Roden Richardson.

Obviously we are all still dealing with lockdown, and the Committee thought it would be good for members to share images of what we have been doing to pass the time. Please feel free to send images to Membership Secretary, Pauline Langley, click here. Please go to Lockdown Adventures tab to see what images we have received so far including some lovely video footage recorded from the top of St Luke’s tower. Please keep the images coming in!

We are also celebrating our Golden Jubilee this year, and are currently putting plans in place for a Village exhibition to mark the anniversary. Please go to News tab for updates.

We wish you all the best wishes, stay safe and keep well.

The Charlton Society Committee