Local History Walk on Thursday

The Ypres Milestone at Christ Church
The Ypres Milestone at Christ Church

Shooters Hill Local History Group will be holding a local history walk for their regular monthly meeting tomorrow (21st June), so it will be starting half an hour earlier at 7.30pm, meeting at Shrewsbury House as usual.

I don’t know what route they will be taking, but it’s sure to be interesting – the local historic landscape reaches right back to the Bronze Age Barrow on Shrewsbury Lane/Brinklow Crescent and includes a Second World War gas decontamination centre and other war-related sites, various ancient stones on Shooters Hill, the sites of several historic mansions,  not to mention significant historic military buildings such as the Military Academy and the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Should be a fascinating evening.

Bronze Age Barrow at junction of Shrewsbury Lane and Brinlow Crescent
Bronze Age Barrow at junction of Shrewsbury Lane and Brinklow Crescent


Shooters Hill Sunday

Friends of Eaglesfield Park PosterVolunteers were out in force in Shooters Hill last Sunday: one group continuing work on the wild flower garden at Eaglesfield Park Lilly Pond and another running the Tarts & Crafts fête at Shrewsbury House.

Madeleine from the Friends of Eaglesfield Park sent me the poster above with an update:

Friends of Eaglesfield Park and members of the local community met again on Sunday 1st April to continue work  on the creation of the wild flower meadow surrounding the newly restored pond.   The weather was wonderful, although the dry spell has had an effect on the soil!   Unfortunately fewer “gardeners” were available this time, but we did seem to have more visitors to the pond area – all expressing their enthusiasm and support for the return of the “lost and forgotten” pond.   The wildflower meadow area will take a while to establish, but already people have commented that the reflections in the water of the pond add interest and a feeling of tranquility.  A closer look in the pond revealed water boatman/water skaters and no doubt there were probably other “bugs” we didn’t spot.   We will continue to monitor the aquatic wild life and the wild flower meadow.  There is no doubt that it is very satisfying to see the transformation of the pond and surrounding area.   We certainly would not like to see the return of the old sad, overgrown and neglected pond!        
We still have much to do.  We will be meeting again on Saturday 7th April from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon to carry on with the “digging and planting”.    If you would like to join us, we would be very pleased to see you.  Whatever time you can spare will be a valuable contribution to completing the wild flower meadow.

Don’t forget to wear old clothes.  Can you please bring your own tools (especially, spade, fork, hand trowel, and if possible a builder’s bucket).

Work on the lilly pond garden is progressing well and there are even some lillies starting to grow in the pond.  Amongst the visitors expressing enthusiasm and support was local councillor Barry Taylor.

Meanwhile, just down the road in Shrewsbury House the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Jim Gillman, was opening the latest Tarts & Crafts fête. He also presented Shrewsbury House with a Commemorative Certificate representing the Royal Warrant recently issued to the Royal Borough.

The Mayor  presents Shrewsbury House with a Commemorative Certificate representing the Royal Warrant recently issued to the Royal Borough
The Mayor presenting the Commemorative Certificate to Shrewsbury House

Tarts & Crafts was very well attended again, and packed with stalls arranged throughout the building. The stalls included a variety of different crafts,  aperture photography society and an art stall by local artists Ray Marshall & Colin Fifield  manned by Ray himself and including copies of his collages of Shooters Hill, Eltham and Plumstead. Not to mention many very creative cup-cakes.

The fête raised much-needed funds for Shrewsbury House which has been run by volunteers for the last twenty years, and provides a home for a wide range of community societies and activities. There are around 40 in their list, including arts, dance groups, language classes, martial arts, millinery, music, photography and yoga. They are increasing their fund-raising activities following a reduction in income from the council’s use of their facilities, and are promoting the house as a venue for weddings, parties and celebratory events as well as use of their facilities for outside clubs and societies. They even have a sound-proof annex for band practice. Shrewsbury House provides an essential service to Shooters Hill residents,  and I wish them luck in their fund-raising activities.

A busy Sunday on Shooters Hill.

Tarts & Crafts at Shrewsbury House on 1st April

Tarts and Crafts Poster
Tarts and Crafts Poster

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Lady Mayoress will open the Tarts & Crafts fête at Shrewsbury House at 11 O’Clock on Sunday 1st April. The last Tarts & Crafts in November was very successful – some 800 people attended, visiting 34 stalls spread over both floors of Shrewsbury House selling a wide range of arts, crafts and foodstuffs. They will be adopting the same, successful format this time.

The Mayor will also be presenting Shrewsbury House with a Commemorative Certificate representing the Royal Warrant recently issued to the Royal Borough.

Shrewsbury House Community Centre is in  Bushmoor Crescent, Shooters Hill SE18 3EG. The entry fee to the fête is 50p which includes  a raffle ticket. The fête runs from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Contact the Shrewsbury House Community Centre for more information or stall bookings, telephone: 0208 854 3895

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