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  • hilly 10:06 pm on February 13, 2016
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    St George’s Garrison Church presentation at Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Visitors to St. George’s Garrison Church Sunday opening

    Visitors to St. George’s Garrison Church Sunday opening

    Shooters Hill Local History Group‘s next meeting at Shrewsbury House this Thursday, 18th February at 8.00pm is a presentation about St. George’s Garrison Church. Steve wrote with the details:

    Julie Ricketts, Heritage Project Officer for St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich will be giving a presentation to the Shooters Hill Local History Group on Thursday 18 February at 8pm at Shrewsbury House, Bushmoor Cresent, Shooters Hill.
    A visitor fee applies.
    Julie will be covering the Garrison Church’s past and present and discussing plans for future events as well as volunteering opportunities.
    All welcome.

    It’ll be interesting to hear about what’s planned for St George’s. They have recently appointed a board of trustees to be responsible for the church and the area of land around it as far as the Second Boer War memorial on the corner with Woolwich New Road. The board will be chaired by Tim Barnes QC, champion of many Greenwich causes: he was chair of the Greenwich Society and the St Alfege’s restoration appeal and is currently also a trustee of the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice and chair of the Friends of Westcombe Woodlands. Other trustees include the Bishop of Woolwich, the officer Commanding the Woolwich Barracks and Woolwich Common councillor David Gardner.

    Royal Artillery Barracks seen from St George's Chapel

    Royal Artillery Barracks seen from St George’s Chapel

    Now that phase 1 of the restoration of the chapel is complete the team there are thinking about raising money for phase 2. They are keen to replace the wooden doors at the entrance with glass doors so that the interior will be visible to passers-by, and further work is needed on the pulpit and altar as well as the other mosaics. Public access and use of the chapel is important, and from the start of the year it has been open every Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm, with help from a team of volunteers, and it is planned to open for longer when the weather improves later in the year.

    Volunteers will be key to the future of St George’s, and Julie will be talking about volunteering opportunities at her presentation on Thursday. It should also include some of the marvellous photographs of the garrison church in it’s heyday. Well worth a visit to Shrewsbury House.

    Detail of the altar at St George's

    Detail of the altar at St George’s

    Memorial to the fallen of Woolwich

    Memorial to the fallen of Woolwich

     
  • hilly 5:07 pm on January 19, 2016
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    Film Night at Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Entrance to Beresford Square Market

    Entrance to Beresford Square Market

    Shooters Hill Local History Group‘s next meeting at Shrewsbury House this Thursday, 21st January at 8.00pm is a film show featuring three locally-made local history films. Steve wrote asking me to post a reminder:

    It would be appreciated if you could provide a brief update about Thursday’s film show featuring:
    ‘The Catherine Wheel Dig’ – the archaeological search by members of the Shooters Hill Local History Group and friends for the “Catherine Wheel” ale house at the crest of Shooters Hill, which predated the “Bull” as a stop for stage coaches on the road to Dover.
    ‘This Girl went to Market’ – a young lady researches the history of Beresford Square market and finds her future (real life) husband.
    ‘The Plumstead Make Merry’ – the preparation for this popular local festival and the many aspects of how people enjoyed themselves at the two day event on Plumstead Common.

    All are welcome. There’s a small visitor fee to cover the cost of the room.

     
  • hilly 11:53 am on December 15, 2015
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    Shooters Hill Local History Group meeting on Thursday 

    The Ypres Milestone at Christ Church

    The Ypres Milestone at Christ Church

    Shooters Hill Local History Group‘s final meeting of 2015 will be a “Social and Curio” evening at Shrewsbury House this Thursday at 8.00pm. Steve sent me details:

    The next meeting is on 17 December and will be a Social & Curio Evening.
    Everyone is encouraged to bring along an item with a history and talk about it.
    It does not necessarily need to have a link with Shooters Hill, it could be a book; map; photograph; medal; football or concert programme to name but a few.
    All welcome, bring nibbles, drink and a glass!
    Visitor fee applies.

    The group has also been planning their programme for 2016. Currently they have:

    21st January: Films of Shooters Hill and area – “The Catherine Wheel dig” and “This girl went to market” etc.
    18th February: TBA (perhaps St George’s RA Chapel
    17th March: Talk on the local tram system

    Should be interesting.

    Detail of moulding at Shrewsbury House

    Detail of moulding at Shrewsbury House

     
  • hilly 9:21 pm on November 18, 2015
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    Talk on the History of the Greenwich Peninsula on Thursday 

    The cover of Mary Mills' Greenwich Peninsula history book

    The cover of Mary Mills’ Greenwich Peninsula history book

    Shooters Hill Local History Group  will be hearing about the history of the Greenwich Peninsula from local historian and former councillor Mary Mills tomorrow, Thursday, 19th November at Shrewsbury House. Steve wrote with the details:

    Mary Mills, Secretary of The Greenwich Industrial History Society will be giving a presentation to the SHLHG about the history of the Greenwich Peninsula next Thursday.
    The presentation is based on her new book ‘Innovation, Enterprise and Change on the Greenwich Peninsula’.
    The book is ‘a snapshop of the Greenwich Peninsula showing how it was home to industries which brought change both in Greenwich and worldwide’
    See also, http://greenwichpeninsulahistory.wordpress.com/book/
    Meeting starts at 8pm, a visitor fee applies.

    I’m enjoying reading Mary’s book about the highlights of peninsula history from 1194 to the present, and it should be a very interesting presentation. All are welcome: there is a small charge for non-members to cover the cost of the room

     
  • hilly 11:04 am on October 12, 2015
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    Baby Killers Over Woolwich – local history talk on Thursday 

    British propaganda postcard from 1916. Text reads: "The End of the 'Baby-Killer'". Public domain, source Wikipedia

    British propaganda postcard from 1916. Text reads: “The End of the ‘Baby-Killer'”. Public domain, source Wikipedia

    Steve wrote to tell me that Shooters Hill Local History Group will be hosting a talk by local archaeologist Andy Brockman on Thursday about Zeppelins in the First World War. Andy posted further details in the History Mill Facebook Group:

    “Baby Killers Over Woolwich – how Zeppelins brought the First Blitz to south east London”
    A talk for the Shooters Hill History Group by Andy Brockman
    8pm Thursday 15 October 2015
    Venue: Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill
    A century on form the first blitz on London, the talk will tell the story of the attempts of the German Imperial Navy and Air Force Zeppelin crews to attack London and their impact on Woolwich and Plumstead.
    All welcome
    Cost: Free to SHLHG Members, Guests: £2 to help cover room hire.

    The area around Shooters Hill was subject to a number of bombing raids by Zeppelins during WW1, including one which severely damaged a number of homes in Dickson Road on the Progress Estate. There was also an anti-aircraft gun in Eaglesfield Park, the base of which was uncovered by the Digging Dad’s Army project.

    Andy is a very engaging speaker on our local history: it should be a fascinating presentation.

    Andy Brockman at Colonel Bagnold's air raid shelter

    Andy Brockman at Colonel Bagnold’s air raid shelter

    WW I poster from Wikipedia - "It is far better to face the bullets than to be killed at home by a bomb. Join the army at once & help to stop an air raid. God save the King" Public domain.

    WW I poster from Wikipedia – “It is far better to face the bullets than to be killed at home by a bomb. Join the army at once & help to stop an air raid. God save the King” Public domain.

     
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