It is with great sadness we announce the death of one of the founding members of The Charlton Society, May Wellard. May died at the grand old age of 104, and was still fiercely active in life. A number of the Committee attended May’s funeral, much to the gratitude of May’s family. We are delighted to announce that the family would like to bequeath the papers May had collected throughout her years as an active member to The Charlton Society, we are thrilled to add them to The Charlton Society archive and look forward to finding out what treasures they hold. The picture above is of May attending the garden party The Charlton Society hosted at the Woolwich Garrison church to mark the start of the 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2020, where May was guest of honour.
Rev Tony Crowe
The Charlton Society is saddened to share news of the death of Tony Crowe, the Rector of St Luke’s from 1973 to 1994. Tony, his wife Ailsa and their 6 children, played a huge part in the day-to-day life of Charlton as a community. Tony’s ministry was radical and progressive. A champion for social justice including the ordination of women, the remarriage of divorcees in church, the rights of gay people, and for Palestinians, Tony embraced these causes when many others didn’t or were afraid to speak out. His influence extended far beyond the parish boundary. On his retirement from parish ministry Tony relocated to Whitstable where their seafront beach hut was named St Luke’s in celebration of their enduring connections.
Friends of St Luke’s
The Friends of St Luke’s presents Meet the Collection, on Sunday 6th March, 1.00pm-4.30pm, at St Luke’s. As well as an afternoon of learning about the history of Charlton, Meet the Collection will invite you to view artefacts from the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Museum Collection Archive & documents from St Luke’s archive. Additionally the church tower will be open, climbs will be organised every 20 minutes between 1.30pm-3.30pm. Weather permitting this offers panoramic views over London, including Westminster!
It is with great sadness we share the news that life member of The Charlton Society, Jim Gillman, has passed away. Jim was a previous Chair of The Charlton Society and long-standing champion of maintaining the heritage of where he lived. A lot of the work The Charlton Society is currently involved in is shaped by Jim’s advocacy.
Jim was Mayor of Greenwich, not once, but twice, and always maintained that the success of Charlton Athletic Football Club was due to his time as Mayor! As an active member of the Labour & Cooperative parties in Greenwich, Jim was first elected Councillor in 1974, and never ceased in his passion for caring for the community where he lived, which was over 70 years.
Our thoughts are with Jim’s wife, Janet, and family.
Thank you Jim for leaving such a legacy.
SUCCESS FOR CHARLTON VILLAGE
La Baguette in Charlton Village is one of 5 Street Eats being sponsored by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Street Eats is an innovation by the Royal Borough of Greenwich when, post April 12th, we are now able to enjoy food and drinks outside again.
The Council has helped approve pavement licences and waived the costs for businesses serving food and drink outside in order to allow tables and chairs where outside dining is possible, so we can start to enjoy meals together again alfresco.
See you at La Baguette soon!
The 5 Street Eats RBG locations are:
- Abbey Wood and Thamesmead – outside Abbey Arms
- Charlton Village – outside Village Green Grocers
- Eltham Town Centre – Pound Place and Passey Place
- Greenwich Town Centre – Cutty Sark Gardens
- Woolwich Town Centre – Beresford Square
A NEW ADDITION TO THE WEBSITE!
You are now able to purchase all The Charlton Society’s published material through the website, please go to our newly created Shop page to see what is available. For starters we have a 5-pack selection of A5 postcards taken from the Society’s hugely successful 50th anniversary Village exhibition (shown above)
Charlton House Summer House
As many may have noticed when walking past Charlton House work is currently being undertaken on the Summer House, please click here for further information from Edward Scholfield, Visitor and Operations Manager at Charlton House.
Online Society meetings for 2021
As members know, in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Committee reluctantly had to postpone the 2020 programme of talks, and as things stand as we enter 2021, meetings will still not be able to be held at Charlton House for the foreseeable future.
However a development for the new year, the Committee has embarked on virtual member meetings via Zoom instead, the first of which was held earlier in January. It was very well attended, thank you to all who did so. The presentation was hosted by Dr Peter Coles, visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, discussing the famous Mulberry Tree in the front grounds of Charlton House, purportedly over 400 years old. This presentation was originally scheduled as part of the Talks programme for 2020.
We also hosted our second Zoom presentation on Saturday February 20th and was presented by Tim Anderson, discussing the historical relationship between sport and Charlton, and it doesn’t just include The Valley! This was followed in March by Lynne Dixon‘s presentation on the Women of the Well Hall Estate in WW1.
The next talk will be on Saturday April 24th presented by Mayor Linda Bird: A Day in the Life Of A Mayor in Lockdown
Royal Borough of Greenwich Mayor Linda Bird shares her experiences throughout the pandemic.
We will be posting the presentations after the meetings. Please check under the Presentations 2021 listings.
An invitation to the presentations will be sent via email to all members ahead of each meeting, along with instructions as to how to use the program as Zoom may be new to some members, along with an open invitation to other interested parties, who are welcome to participate. Please click here if interested. We look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to participate, and hope to continue with online meetings throughout 2021 until we are able to meet again at Charlton House. We hope you can join us online in the meantime.
Charlton Society Golden Anniversary Street Exhibition
During 2020, despite Covid-19 restrictions, The Charlton Society Committee was hard at work and arranged a Golden Anniversary Street Exhibition in Charlton Village, highlighting the uniqueness of the Village, recognising the traders and successes The Charlton Society has achieved over the last 50 years which was very well received.
The Exhibition opened on Friday October 30th, and was very well attended by both members, Village traders, plus interested Charlton residents and beyond. The event was hosted by The Charlton Society Committee and the guest was the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr Linda Bird. Sadly the Exhibition had to come to an end, but a very big thank you to all participating shops, and those who attended and enjoyed.
Due to the success of the Exhibition, we are in the process of publishing The Charlton Society postcard gift packs for 2021 using some of the images in the Exhibition. These will be available to purchase through The Charlton Society Committee, we will keep you posted with details.
We would also welcome your feedback on the Exhibition, please contact us here as we have compiled an online visitors’ book to celebrate the Exhibition, thank you to all those who contributed.
Also, for a look at the all images of Charlton used in the Exhibition, plus images of them being installed, please go to the Charlton Village Street Exhibition tab.
The Charlton Society Committee Activity
In the absence of live meetings, the Charlton Society Committee will continue to hold monthly meetings online in 2021, the minutes of which are 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 for further information.
The Committee is also committed to continue to work on the Save Our Village Action Plan (SOVAP), this was presented by Chair, Carol Kenna, at our last meeting at the beginning of 2020 at Charlton House. 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 were delighted to report that both the Rockwell development proposals at Anchor & Hope and the Meyer Tower development in Woolwich were rejected in 2020. For further information on other planning issues the Society is involved in as we enter 2021, 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.
Congratulations to Gwen Zammit!
We are delighted to announce that Gwen Zammit has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community of Charlton, The Royal Borough of Greenwich in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.
Many congratulations to Gwen, and long may the work continue. Gwen was due to deliver a presentation to The Charlton Society in November 2020 on the Charlton Village Assembly Rooms, hopefully this will be rescheduled for 2021.
The Charlton Society, established 1969, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year and we are undertaking a number of activities to celebrate the anniversary.
- The lion image imprinted on the exterior of Charlton House, nicknamed The Beastie and adopted by The Charlton Society as its logo
- The Lloyd & Son Victorian coal hole cover in Charlton Village*
- The carved lunette above the entrance to the Summerhouse at Charlton House (The Charlton Society initially suggested the Summerhouse itself, but it was deemed too large to be classified as an object!)
* There is also a feature on the coal hole presented by the President of Woolwich & District Antiquarian Society, Jim Marrett, please click here
We look forward to seeing as many volunteers as possible.
Charlton Parks Reminiscence Project
The Charlton Society is very pleased to continue its association with Charlton Parks Reminiscence Project. Charlton is the home to six different parks and open spaces, each at the heart of their different neighbourhoods. The project looks at the history of each park, how they developed and stories relating their importance to local people over the past 100 years.
For further information, please click here
During the current coronvirus lockdown, all parks are open to be enjoyed but please be respectful of current Government social distancing guidelines, no more than 2 people from separate households, and always keep at least 2 metres apart
Recently the Charlton Society received a message from a gentleman in his eighties living in Dorset who used to come to Charlton to watch the football as a child. He remembers seeing a waterwheel on his visits. Due to some excellent sleuthing by our Chair, Carol Kenna, and our Membership Secretary, Pauline Langley, we think we have found the answer.
James Hulme, who undertook the employment and heritage study for RBG Charlton Riverside Masterplan says: