Friday, 8 May 2020

VE Anniversary Celebration

With social distancing rules in place, the Estate residents celebrated and remembered VE Day in front gardens, decorating houses with Union Jacks and other paraphernalia.  
The sun shone for the Bank Holiday Friday. Wartime music could be heard from behind wooden fences, together with the chink of china cups and popping corks.  
The spirit of the celebrations of 75 years ago was definitely evoked.  Well done to all those who participated!

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

VE Celebration on the Progress Estate

The Progress Estate has a unique connection to the war effort, having provided accommodation to munitions workers in the nearby Woolwich Arsenal.

Let's celebrate together (but separately - maintaining social distancing rules) for a "stay at home" street party on Friday 8th May.

The windows on the Estate are already decorated with rainbows, perhaps residents can also decorate using red, white and blue.  If you have any 1940's style outfits - you may want to also dress up!

A suggested schedule of the events is as follows:

11am - 2 minutes' silence on your doorstep
3pm - Churchill speech on the BBC, then grab your picnic blanket or garden table and head into your front garden for...
4pm - Tea & scones (or coffee & cake)
6pm - Dinner and raise a glass to your neighbours
9pm - Nationwide singalong to Dame Vera Lynn's "We'll meet again" with the British Legion after the Queen's address on the BBC

Monday, 13 April 2020

The Rainbow Windows of The Progress Estate

In these dark and unusual times, The Progress Estate residents have pulled out all the stops and decorated their houses with colour, good wishes and rainbows.  

On Easter Sunday, my family and I walked every road in the estate to capture this moment in time for prosperity and to celebrate our special community.  @jamesgarner

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