Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Progress Estate reaches its 100th birthday

Everyone is invited to our Celebratory events– not just Residents.

It is recommended that people book.
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All events will take place at the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, Eltham SE9 1SL unless otherwise stated.   The Estate history walks will commence at the Hall.
How to obtain tickets

Other than for the Priory Player’s presentations, tickets are obtainable in any of these ways:

- By calling 07599 610262 and leaving the following information:

your name
your phone number 
the date of the event(s) you would like to attend
the number of tickets you require, stating if full and/or concessionary for paid-for events

- By texting the above information to 07599 610262.
- By sending it by email to 2015tickets@gmail.com

Tickets are to be collected on the day.   For events other than free events, payment must be made at the door in cash or by cheque supported with a debit card (no credit cards please).

Although people may arrive without having booked tickets (other than for Any Questions?) we ask everyone to apply for them so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

Where relevant, additional event-specific details are as follows: 

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The Queen Recognises the Progress Estate Centenary

HM Queen Elizabeth II has recognised the 100 year celebrations of the the estate.  In a letter to Buckingham Palace, Resident Association Chair, Rita Billinghurst wrote:
Loyal greetings to Her Majesty The Queen from the Chair, Officers and committee members of the Progress Residents Association and from the Residents of the Progress Estate, Eltham, London SE9 who are celebrating their Estate's centenary this year.
Building work commenced on 6th February 1915 to create 1,350 houses for munition workers at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.  The first residents moved in during May that year.  The Estate was finished before the year's end.
Queen Mary made an unofficial visit to our Estate on 24th March, 1916, stopping for tea with residents en route from Buckingham Palace to The Royal Arsenal where she was to meet ladies working in the munitions factory. 
The Estate was designed by HM Office of Works as a Garden Suburb, incorporation the ideals of the Arts and Craft Movement, and is now a Conservation Area.  One of its houses in the 1915 entry in the Royal Academy's current exhibition: "100 Buildings, 100 Years".



The Office of Her Majesty replied:
The Queen has asked me to thank you, the Officers and Committee Members of the Progress Residents' Association and all Residents of the Progress Estate for your loyal greetings sent on the occasion of the centenary of the building and completion of your Estate. 
Her Majesty was interested to learn of the history of the Progress Estate and of the variety of celebratory events that have been organised throughout the year.  The Queen appreciates your thoughtfulness in writing as you did and, in return, sends her good wishes and congratulations to all concerned as you celebrate this most notable anniversary year.


Progress Estate’s Celebrations Start With A Bang

PRESS RELEASE no: 2015/06 
23 March 2015


Cllr Mick Hayes
The starting gun for the Progress Estate’s centenary celebrations was fired on Saturday, 21st March when its inaugural event, a Garden Talk and Plant Sale, was held in the Progress Hall. The afternoon was opened by Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Mick Hayes. He is one of the Estate’s Councillors and shares his birthplace, Stepney, with Frank Baines, Chief Architect at HM Ministry of Works in 1915 when the Ministry was appointed as architects for the Estate. He was pleased to read out a letter of Loyal Greetings HM the Queen had sent to the Estate and its Residents to mark the centenary.


Jim Buttress
Russell Bowes, the local Garden Historian, proceeded to entertain a packed Hall with his 45-minute talk centred on the Second World War’s Land Girls. During the ensuing interval tea or coffee, together with cakes provided by residents, was served at £1 a head. Afterwards Jim Buttress, the former Royal Gardener and growing expert from BBC2’s Big Allotment Challenge, entertained everyone with anecdotes from a lifetime in horticulture (‘a 50-year holiday’). He gave those who asked extensive lists of plants that would grow in the ‘difficult’ parts of their gardens.

The afternoon was rounded off with a garden-themed raffle whose prizes were donated by local residents.

The Residents Association would also like to record its thanks to the local residents and the owner of the flower stall opposite Argos in Passey Place, Eltham for donating plants for sale on the afternoon’s Plant Stall.


Note for Editors:

Originally named the Well Hall Estate, The Progress Estate was built in 1915 to provide housing for the many additional workers the Woolwich Arsenal needed to manufacture the armaments required by the services during the First World War.   Conservation Area status was granted in 1975, in recognition of its unique architectural character.






For additional information, please contact:
Keith Billinghurst

Progress Residents Association committee member

56 Arsenal Road

Eltham

London  SE9 1JY

tel: 020 8856 5593 or 07962 877389

email:               TheProgressEstate@Gmail.com

Twitter:             @ProgressEstate

Website:           www.progressestate.co.uk

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fencing Renewed, Well Hall Road West Side

PRESS RELEASE no: 2014/05    
17 March 2015

The Progress Estate Conservation Area Character Appraisal, adopted by Greenwich Council in December 2007, states ‘fences play an important part in giving unity to the Estate’s character’.   In response to some complaints that fences were falling into disrepair, the Progress Residents Association undertook a survey to establish their condition in March, 2011.

The survey identified that the fencing to the communal gardens fronting the west side of Well Hall Road needed to be replaced so the Association set itself a target for this work to be carried out by 2015, when it would celebrate its centenary.   Peoples’ opinion of the Estate was more likely to be set by the appearance of this road more than any other, because it is the major bus and vehicular route traversing it.

For historical legal reasons, The Hyde Group is liable to maintain the communal gardens on the Estate.   We were therefore delighted when they agreed to renew these fences in the 2014/15 financial year.   Their contractors for the work are Axis Europe plc, a £90.6ml annual turnover business with established operations throughout the Midlands, East Anglia, London and Kent.

The new fence is of oak, which will be allowed to weather naturally.   The posts have been bolted to the previously-installed concrete half-posts.   The arris rails are fixed to the new posts with mortise and tenon joints.   The concrete posts are not exactly equi-distant, so the right-hand tenons for the top rails (when viewed from the road) were machined before delivery and those to the left cut on site.    

We would like to thank The Hyde Group, who own about 25% of the homes on the Progress Estate, for undertaking these repairs during a time of financial constraint.    The Residents Association is firmly of the view that the outward appearance of the Estate contributes significantly to social harmony.

Relevant photographs below.




Note for Editors:

Originally named the Well Hall Estate, The Progress Estate was built in 1915 to provide housing for the many additional workers the Woolwich Arsenal needed to manufacture the armaments required by the services during the First World War.   Conservation Area status was granted in 1975, in recognition of its unique architectural character.






For additional information, please contact:
Keith Billinghurst

Progress Residents Association committee member

56 Arsenal Road

Eltham

London  SE9 1JY

tel: 020 8856 5593 or 07962 877389

email:               TheProgressEstate@Gmail.com

Twitter:             @ProgressEstate

Website:           www.progressestate.co.uk

Monday, 9 March 2015

Travelling to the Progress Estate's Centenary Events

Other than for the Quiz Night (being held at the White Hart, Eltham High Street) and BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? (to be broadcast from Gordon Primary School, Grangehill Road, Eltham) all indoor Centenary Events will be held in the Progress Hall.

Our Summer Celebration and Treasure Hunt will be held on Lovelace Green unless bad weather intervenes, in which case this will transfer to the Hall.   The last page of this note includes a map showing the whereabouts of the Hall and the Green.

The Progress Estate is well-served by public transport.   In addition, other than in parts of Well Hall Road and Rochester Way, street parking is unrestricted.

Bus services

This table and the notes that follow it summarise the bus routes to the venues.   For more precise information (including stops not included in our list) please consult the usual timetables.   To use the Transport for London Journey Planner (http://tfl.gov.uk) enter the appropriate destination postcode on website’s page Plan a Journey:

Progress Hall SE9 1SL
Lovelace Green SE9 1LF    

You will find Stop names, as displayed inside buses, below the Notes.


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Granby Road Pavement Renewal

PRESS RELEASE no: 2014/02
4 March 2015

Those who designed the Progress Estate in 1915 (then called the Well Hall Estate) could not have conceived of the impact motorised transport would start to have on society only 20 years later, when it became common for developers to include garages in their designs.   This historical fact has always had a particular impact in Granby Road where the prevalence of flats creates more or less twice the pressure of cars per metre than elsewhere on the Estate.   The problem is exacerbated by its narrowness.   Residents have no option but to park on the pavement, because there would otherwise be no room for emergency or refuse vehicles to travel up
or down.   This, inevitably, caused the flag stones (which are probably not of 1915 origin) to crack, thus rendering the pavements uneven.

For some years, the local authority’s answer was to cover broken flagstones with tarmac.   However, this offended people’s conception of how a Conservation Area should look (albeit highways are not governed by conservation area regulations) and, equally importantly, did not provide a long-term solution, as our first photograph demonstrates.

Largely due to the persistence of a Granby Road resident, the matter was raised in Council by Cllr. Spencer Drury and, in due course, Cllr. Wynn Davies discovered that funding could be made available under the Highway Improvements with Local Labour Project (‘HILL’) to renew the worst-affected stretches of the Road.   

HILL is a project run by Royal Greenwich designed to provide people with work experience.   HILL’s aim is to improve the Borough’s local streets
(funding for the Principal Road network being via the Dept. for Transport funding stream).    

Although footway works are mainly targeted to areas of high pedestrian usage, it was decided that Granby Road was an ideal HILL project as it would save future damage to the footway and the type of paving used would provide great experience for those employed.


The new paving stones are a relatively recent development.   They are laid on concrete foundations and, being smaller than flagstones, are better able to withstand the weight of parked cars.






Note for Editors:

Originally named the Well Hall Estate, The Progress Estate was built in 1915 to provide housing for the many additional workers the Woolwich Arsenal needed to manufacture the armaments required by the services during the First World War.   Conservation Area status was granted in 1975, in recognition of its unique architectural character.






For additional information, please contact:
Keith Billinghurst

Progress Residents Association committee member

56 Arsenal Road

Eltham

London  SE9 1JY

tel: 020 8856 5593 or 07962 877389

email:               TheProgressEstate@Gmail.com

Twitter:             @ProgressEstate

Website:           www.progressestate.co.uk

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

BBC Radio 4’s “Any Questions?” To be Broadcast During The General Election from Eltham’s Gordon Primary School

PRESS RELEASE no: 2015/03
25th March 2015

Gordon Primary School and The Progress Residents Association are delighted to announce that BBC Radio 4's Any Questions? will be broadcast live from the School on Friday, 17th April as part of the Progress Estate's 2015 centenary celebrations.   Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., from which time questions may be submitted.   The broadcast will start at 8:00 p.m. and end at 8:50 p.m., after which everyone attending (including the BBC's Team and the Panelists) is invited to remain behind for refreshments.

The broadcast is expected to take place during the 2015 General Election campaign.   Due to our proximity to London, we are hopeful the panel will include well-known politicians.

Although tickets are free, seating in the School’s Hall is limited.   Places may be booked by calling or texting one’s name, phone number and the number of tickets required to 07599 610262 or by emailing the same information to 2015tickets@gmail.com.   Tickets are to be collected on the day, at the door.

Those wanting details of all the Association’s 2015 events should click click on ‘2015 Ticketing info’.

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS   There will be an opportunity for the press to take photographs of the panel during the warm-up session that starts at 7:30 p.m.   Photographs cannot be taken once the broadcast is underway.   Electronic photographs of the presenter, Jonathan Dimbleby, are available by email from pictures@bbc.co.uk or via the website www.bbcpictures.co.uk.   Photographers should make contact with the BBC’s producer when they arrive.   Members of the press who wish to stay for the broadcast must apply for tickets, as described above.

Note for Editors:

Originally named the Well Hall Estate, The Progress Estate was built in 1915 to provide housing for the many additional workers the Woolwich Arsenal needed to manufacture the armaments required by the services during the First World War.   Conservation Area status was granted in 1975, in recognition of its unique architectural character.






For additional information, please contact:
Keith Billinghurst

Progress Residents Association committee member

56 Arsenal Road

Eltham

London  SE9 1JY

tel: 020 8856 5593 or 07962 877389

email:               TheProgressEstate@Gmail.com

Twitter:             @ProgressEstate

Website:           www.progressestate.co.uk