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.
The next presentation is scheduled for Saturday February 20th and will be presented by Tim Anderson on Charlton Sports. Tim has lived in the Blackheath and Charlton area for 53 years, the last 36 years in Charlton. Tim has lectured in sports biomechanics at London South Bank University and also a senior lecturer managing the Sport, Music and Performing Arts departments at Southwark College. A long-term member of the Charlton Society, Tim has a special interest in local history and sports culture. He has served as the Chair of the Friends of Maryon Parks and is currently the Chair of Maryon Park Community Garden. We hope you can join us for his Talk.
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: