The Westcombe Society Sat, 26 Sep 2020 07:28:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 178782305 Last Chance to see the Rainbow Tree at Blackheath Standard Sat, 26 Sep 2020 07:28:59 +0000 A message from the Council says:

“As part of the Royal Greenwich Residents’ Rainbow, eight impressive art pieces from local artists are on display near our rainbow wishing trees until Saturday 26 September.

Head down to your nearest wishing tree one evening to witness the light installations and beaming rainbow hues that bring the tree to life, and showcase the heartfelt thoughts from residents printed onto the colourful ribbons.”

The tree next to the library at Blackheath Standard is lovely and well worth a visit especially in the evening.  The tree is a wishing tree with each ribbon showing a message of hope, love and kindness.

The giant flag containing the word wisdom is called “Re-start” has been created by artist Manuela Benini.  Is is dedicated to the site next to Blackheath Library

If you can’t make it you can watch a video of the lightshow here

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Walk or attend our coffee morning in Aid of McMillan Nurses Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:49:40 +0000 THE COMMITTEE of THE WESTCOMBE  SOCIETY

invite you  to join us for

a riverside walk on Sunday 20th September


Coffee or Lunch on Friday 25th Septembr

to help raise money


McMillan Walk

On Sunday 20th September the Westcombe Society are organising an interesting walk along the river, discovering  historic sights and unexpected views to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The walk begins at St. Mary’s Gate at the bottom of Greenwich Park and ends at the Globe Theatre or Rotherhithe for those wanting a shorter walk.

We will start between 9 and 9.30 and provide maps so walkers can walk in socially distanced groups of six or less.

It is not a race, the walk is the chance for you to take on a challenge and do something for Macmillan Cancer Support and people affected by cancer.  You just walk at your own pace and enjoy the day in a small group (six or less), on your own or bring some friends.  The route is fairly flat so suitable for buggies.

It is just £10 to enter and there is no minimum sponsorship, so you can raise as much money as you can!

For more information download the application form – 2020 Macmillan Walk Registration Form (River Walk) or call Caroline Owens on 0208 853 0948


McMillan Coffee Morning

As part of The Biggest Coffee Morning In the World, once again we shall be holding our annual Coffee Morning at

Mycenae House Community Centre,  Mycenae Road,

on Friday, 25th September 2020

at 10.00 am – 2.00 pm.

Coffee, tea, delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches will be on sale and there will be a Cake Stall and Raffle too.   (Raffle to be drawn at 1.30pm)

For enquiries, or to offer help please

ring Caroline Owens on 0208 8530948.

This will be a socially spaced event.


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Works start on temporary walking and cycling improvements between Greenwich and Woolwich Wed, 09 Sep 2020 23:18:32 +0000 Works to improve the walking and cycling facilities between Greenwich and Woolwich have started. This is a Streetspace scheme to help Londoners during the Coronavirus crisis.

Until 19 September, works will take place overnight, from 21:00 to 5:00, daily. Overnight works are required to avoid an unprecedented impact on our network during regular working hours. Existing road markings will be removed and replaced with new ones in the following road stretches:

  • Old Woolwich Road, between Park Row and Hadrian Street
  • Trafalgar Road, between Christchurch Way and Blackwall Lane
  • Woolwich Road, from Blackwall Lane to Aldeburgh Street (including Angerstein roundabout, also known as Woolwich Flyover)

These night works will involve side road closures, which will have diversions routes clearly signposted, and the use of temporary traffic lights.

From 7 September until early October, works will be carried out during the day, from 7:00 to 17:00. These will see the installation of a cycle track and signals all the way from Trafalgar Road to the Angerstein Roundabout. Lane closures will be necessary to deliver the scheme as soon as possible.

Details of what is happening can be found in the following documents:

Note – These works will also result in changes to access to the A102 at the Angerstein Road.  The northbound access road will be closed and access onto the south bound slip road will be restricted (see the overview map).

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September Westcombe News Wed, 09 Sep 2020 23:08:04 +0000 The September 2020 issue of Westcombe News is now available on this website here.

Read the latest local news.

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Two Traffic trials that may affect Westcombe Park Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:18:16 +0000 Both the Royal Parks and the Royal Borough of Greenwich are trialling road closures which will prevent through traffic from using the park or residential roads west of the park. How this will affect Westcombe Park is unclear.

The Royal Parks are implementing their Movement Strategy which means that the park will no longer be open as a through route for traffic.  More information is available here.

At the same time the Royal Borough of Greenwich are implementing traffic reduction measures in West Greenwich with road closures which prevent through traffic cutting through residential streets between the A2 on the heath and Greenwich High Road/Greenwich Town Centre.  More information is available here.

This means that the only routes connecting Greenwich Town Centre/Trafalgar Road/Woolwich Road with the A2 will be via the motorway or through Westcombe Park.

The Westcombe Society are very concerned as to what effect this will have.  We feel the effect will be difficult to measure because both changes are being implemented at the same time.  We are also concerned that, although both trials are for six months, consultation on the effect of the closure of the through route in the park will be consulted on after 3 months.  We feel that any trial needs to run through the winter and also needs to run beyond the time when all businesses return to ‘normal’ working, whenever that may be.

The Westcombe Society Environment committe would welcome resident’s views on this and any changes in traffic levels that residents notice.  Please contact us on or via the comments below.

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Application REFUSED – Is an 18m mobile phone mast appropriate in this location in the Westcombe Park Conservation Area? Sun, 09 Aug 2020 20:54:00 +0000 Update: We have now heard that the Royal Borough of Greenwich has REFUSED this application.  There were many objections.  The applicant may appeal, if they do all who commented will be informed.

Three have applied to install a mobile phone mast at the junction of Hardy Road and Beaconsfield Road.  The mast is 18m high, three times the height of a lamp post and significantly higher than surrounding houses and any of the trees in Ingleside Gardens.

Neighbours and the Westcombe Society are very concerned about the effect this will have on the Conservation Area.

More details are available on the Royal Borough of Greenwich Planning Website where comments can be made.  The deadline is Friday 14 August.

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Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society Plant Sale Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:53:37 +0000 The Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society are holding a plant sale this Sunday in the walled gardens of Charlton House.

The event will open at 11am and go on until 3pm (or until they sell out of plants).

The weather forecast is good, so please bring a picnic and chair/rug and have a socially distanced chat in the gardens. There will be displays about the history of the garden and the exciting plans for it’s regeneration for 2020, and there will be Volunteers on hand to answer questions.

CABAHS have been very lucky to secure a grant of £6,000 from the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund and are looking forward to making this lovely garden really special again.

Please enter through the Old Pond Garden iron gates (at the top end of the Long Garden). They will have signs up, you won’t miss it! Please maintain the usual 2m social distancing at all times, there will be markers around the plant tables. Facemasks are optional but recommended and a good idea to have one handy in case you cannot keep the 2m distance.

Payment needs to be exact cash only please, and they would be grateful if you can bring your own carrier bags.

There will be a range of Salvias, Penstemon, Geranium, Primulas and many other herbaceous perennials for sales.

The CABAHS Plant Sale Leaflet is available here.

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Open Gardens Festival 8 and 9 August Tue, 04 Aug 2020 23:14:37 +0000 Open Gardens
Festival 2020

in Aid of Greenwich and Bexley Hospice


Individual garden tickets will be £5 and a
season ticket will cost £10. They will be
available at any of the particpating gardens.
Children under 10 will be free.

The gardens will be open between 2pm and
6pm on both days.

See the Open Gardens 2020 Leaflet or the Hospice website for details of which gardens are open on each day.

Please observe social distancing when visiting
the gardens. A limit to the number of people in
a garden may be put in place at busy times to
maintain social distancing. Sanitiser will be
available at all gardens.

This year the actual open gardens is a scaled down
event. Our main effort was with the Virtual Open
Garden Event which raised its target of over
£10,000. But some garden openers have agreed to
open their gardens on the week-end of August
8th/9th to maximise the return for the Hospice
Emergency Appeal.
August is not the best month for most of our
gardens, but we are all making the effort to get
things looking as good as possible. Do come and
look round our gardens, have a cup of tea or a
drink, and support a very good cause. Unless
indicated otherwise on the individual entries
wheelchairs and dogs on leads are welcome.

If you haven’t already seen it the Virtual Open Gardens Event is still available to view here.

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July Westcombe News Sat, 27 Jun 2020 19:39:24 +0000 The July/August edition of the Westcombe News is now available on this website here.  It will be delivered to local residents and businesses in the next few days.

Read the lastest news from our area.

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Westcombe News June 2020 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:01:16 +0000 The June 2020 issue of Westcombe News is now available here.

Read all about Streetspace and what has been happening in Westcombe Park and beyond.

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