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  • hilly 9:15 pm on February 12, 2017
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    The future of Enderby House at the Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Enderby Wharf development

    Enderby Wharf development

    Dr. Mary Mills of the Greenwich Industrial History Society will be talking about the future of Enderby House at the next meeting of the Shooters Hill Local History Group which will be this Thursday, 16th February. As usual it will start  at 8pm and it will be held in Shrewsbury House. Steve e-mailed the details:

    The next meeting of the Shooters Hill Local History Group will be on Thursday 16 February at 8pm at Shrewsbury House.
    The presentation by Mary Mills of the Greenwich Industrial History Society will be about the future of Enderby House on the Greenwich Peninsula.
    Everyone welcome, a visitor fee applies.

    Enderby House is a grade II listed building which has been neglected and fallen into disrepair over the years. It was built in about 1835 by the Enderby family who established a ropewalk and a factory for making sales on the Enderby Wharf site around the house.  In the 1850s a company called Glass, Elliot & Co took over the site and it was where they jointly made the first transatlantic telegraph cable as well as many other early telegraph cables. Later they were absorbed into the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company (Telcon) which manufactured a second transatlantic telegraph cable at Enderby’s Wharf. This was successfully laid by the SS Great Eastern. Submarine cables were made by a succession of companies at Enderby’s Wharf up until 1975.

    The area has since been redeveloped and the river front is now crowded with blocks of flats, with more being built. It is also the proposed site of a controversial cruise liner terminal: there is concern about the air pollution created by docked liners which will have to generate their own electricity using their diesel-powered engines because no shore-based generating capacity is planned. Enderby House is still standing, sandwiched between blocks of flats and the cruise liner terminal, but its future is  not entirely clear. The developers say they “are proud to be refurbishing the building into a Gastro pub and cultural hub for Greenwich”, but a group of local people have formed the Enderby Group to “secure the future of Enderby House and the cable loading equipment on the Alcatel-Lucent jetty as a permanent centre for telling the story of the sub-sea cable industry on this site, its key role in world-wide communications”. They have their own ideas about what should happen to the house and its surroundings to ensure that the area’s historical importance to modern telecommunications is not lost.

    Thursday’s speaker is the secretary of the Enderby Group, so it should be a fascinating talk covering the history of Enderby House, and much more.

     

    Appendix 3 of the Enderby Group Pender Plaza Proposal: Barratt Model of Enderby House

    Appendix 3 of the Enderby Group Pender Plaza Proposal: Barratt Model of Enderby House

     

     
  • hilly 9:19 pm on February 9, 2017
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    February half term activities at Woodlands Farm 

    Goldfinch at Woodlands Farm

    Goldfinch at Woodlands Farm

    It’s half term next week, and as usual Woodlands Farm have laid on some interesting and educational activities for children. Hannah, the Education Officer, wrote with the details:

    February Half Term Events
    Wednesday 15th February. Print yourself a picture    1pm-3pm
    Come along for our afternoon of printing.  Come up with your own pattern or design and then using special paint and rollers you can print this picture onto paper to take home with you.  £3 per child.  Just drop in to make your own print.
    Thursday 16th February Woodlands Farm Trail – Then and now    10am – 1pm
    The Woodlands Farm Trust is 20 years old!  This trail is the first in a series of events celebrating the history of the farm.  Can you follow our photo trail and recognise the different places on the farm and how they have changed in the last 20 years.  £2 per child.
    Friday 17th February Get Wild in the Woods 11am – 1pm and 2pm-4pm
    Come and join us in the woods as we learn how to survive in the wild. Have a go at shelter building, wild cooking over a fire and learn what animals need to survive. £4 per child
    Age 7+  Booking essential, to book call 020 8319 8900

    For more information, see our website or contact Hannah Ricketts on education@thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org

    It’s the farm’s 20th anniversary this year – 20 years since it was established as a charitable trust with the aim of “promoting conservation, sustainable farming and education for the benefit of the community” – following People Against the River Crossing‘s successful campaign to prevent a motorway being built through  the farm and Oxleas Wood. Every time I visit makes me more aware of what a loss that would have been.

    Curious sheep at Woodlands Farm

    Curious sheep at Woodlands Farm

    Goldfinch at Woodlands Farm

    Goldfinch at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 5:01 pm on January 31, 2017
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    Falconwood Miniature Railway Public Running 2017 

    Welling and District Model Engineering Society public running

    Welling and District Model Engineering Society public running

    Welling and District Model Engineering Society  have just announced their programme of public running dates and other events for 2017, as their web site says:

    Public Running Dates 2017
    We look forward to welcoming you back in 2017 for another summer of nostalgia, riding behind our steam and electric locomotives. The dates and timings have now been confirmed.
    The railway and clubhouse will be open from 2:00-5:00pm. Train rides will be available for children and adults(!), with the last ticket issued at 4:30pm. Refreshments are available in the clubhouse.
    Sunday April 9th 23rd
    Sunday May 7th 21st
    Sunday June 4th 18th
    Sunday July 2nd 16th 30th
    Sunday August 13th 27th
    Sunday September 10th 24th
    Sunday October 8th (last running)

    Santa Special 2017
    Tickets for the 2017 Santa Special, to be held on Sunday December 10th, will be on sale at the last two Public Running Events, September 24th and October 8th. Ticket prices are to be confirmed, with a maximum of 4 tickets per family, Admission to the Santa Special is by ticket ONLY.
    The maximum age of children will be 8 years, and each ticket allows one adult to travel with the child. Please note that no parking  will be allowed on site on the day of the Santa Special.

    Open Day 2017
    We will be holding an open day for visiting clubs on 7 October.

    Before heading down to Falconwood it’s worth checking the Welling and District Model Engineering Society web site for any updates or late cancellations.

    Details of how to get to the WDMES site, plus a sound recording and video of the miniature railway in action can be seen in previous posts about the model railway. The location of the site is shown in the Google Earth snippet below. It’s hidden behind the Electricity Station on Rochester Way, sandwiched between Falconwood Field and the railway line. Entrance is from Rochester Way.

    It’s great that WDMES have been able to keep going on their local site.

     

    WDMES is located South of Falconwood Field and North of the railway line behind the electricity sub-station. Entrance is from Rochester Way

    WDMES is located South of Falconwood Field and North of the railway line behind the electricity sub-station. Entrance is from Rochester Way

    Welling and District Model Engineering Society public running

    Welling and District Model Engineering Society public running

     
  • hilly 6:01 pm on November 29, 2016
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    Christmas Fairs at Christ Church and Woodlands Farm 

    Woodlands Farm Christmas fair poster 2016

    Father Christmas has a busy weekend coming up in Shooters Hill: he’s visiting St Nic’s Fête at Christ Church on Saturday and Woodlands Farm Christmas Fair on Sunday.

    St Nic’s Fête runs from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, 3rd December. There will be a visit from St Nicholas who will bring a gift for all the children present. There will also be Mulled wine, mince pies, homemade cake, crêpes, biscuit decorating, tombola, a treasure hunt, children’s activities, a Christmas gift stall, and local craft stalls. Then there is a children’s disco from 5.00pm. Entrance costs £3.00 per child with a £5.00 cap per family.

    Christ Church St Nic's Fair poster

    Maureen sent me details of Woodlands Farm‘s annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 4th December from 11.00am to 3.00pm:

    All are welcome at the Woodlands Farm Trust Christmas Fair.  Come and meet Father Christmas, sip mulled wine whilst browsing stalls of local produce and crafts for early Christmas present ideas, or relax in our café while the kids enjoy crafts and games.  A great festive day out for all the family.  Entry is free, but donations are welcome – all money raised helps us to care for our animals. A great family day out!

    No parking on site – please use public transport.

    While at the farm there may be a chance to see some of the farm’s new arrivals: British White cow Clover’s new calf and two other recent additions to the farm’s herd.

    Father Christmas arriving at Woodlands Farm drawn by Bob the pony

    Father Christmas arriving at Woodlands Farm drawn by Bob the pony

    Clover and her new calf

    Clover and her new calf

    Woodlands Farm's new calves

    Woodlands Farm’s new calves

     
  • hilly 3:21 pm on November 28, 2016
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    Film Night at the Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Memorial in Woolwich Cemetery to those killed in the Princess Alice disaster

    Memorial in Woolwich Cemetery to those killed in the Princess Alice disaster

    Shooters Hill Local History Group will be meeting on Thursday, 1st December at Shrewsbury House starting at 8.00pm. Steve wrote to me with the details:

    The Shooters Hill Camcorder Club are putting together a local history film night for the Shooters Hill Local History Group on Thursday 1 December at 8pm at Shrewsbury House.
    Short films will include ‘After the Storm’ about the 1987 storms; ‘Down to Earth’ featuring the tunnels under Greenwich Park and ‘The Princess Alice Disaster’ telling the story of the sinking of the passenger paddle steamer.
    Everyone welcome.
    A visitor fee applies.

    Sounds like a really interesting meeting!
    There’s an imposing memorial to those who died in the sinking of the paddle steamer Princess Alice near Woolwich in 1878. The inscription on the memorial tells the story of what happened:

    The Saloon Steamer
    “Princess Alice,”
    Returning from a pleasure excursion
    Was wrecked off Tripcock Point
    By collision with
    The steam collier “Bywell Castle,”
    On the night of
    September 3rd 1878.
    It was computed that
    Seven Hundred
    Men women and children
    Were on board,
    Of these about 550 were drowned
    One hundred and twenty were buried near this place.
    To the memory
    Of those who perished
    This cross
    Was erected
    By a
    National sixpenny subscription
    To which
    More than 23000 person contributed.

    Inscription on memorial to those who died in The Princess Alice Disaster
    Inscription on memorial to those who died in The Princess Alice DisasterInscription on memorial to those who died in The Princess Alice Disaster
     
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