Thursday, 21 May 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
for our Estate History Walks, your chosen date and time

- By texting the above information to 07599 610262.
- By sending it by email to

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 ticket, 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 Priory Players present "The Maintenance Man"

By Richard Harris

A bitter sweet and perceptive look at the collapse of a marriage and the development and decay of an affair.

Bob and Chris's marriage has already sunk to the level of constant bickering and recriminations when Bob meets Diana, and it is not long before he has transferred his affections (and his box of tools) to her house. For Bob is a do it yourself enthusiast, a compulsive handyman with a longing to be needed.

Even after he is divorced from Chris he constantly returns to his former home, until Diana begins to resent having to face competition for his time, from both his children and his Black and Decker. Bob's relationship with Diana is heading down the same path to domestic disaster.

Dates and ticket prices

Thursday 4 June 2015
Friday 5 June 2015
Saturday 6 June 2015
Starts: 7.45pm

£8.00 Adults
£7.00 Concessions

Box Office: 07502 450 983

Friday, 1 May 2015

An Evening with one-time Lovelace Green Resident, Patron of the Progress Estate’s Centenary Celebrations and Antiques Roadshow Expert, John Sandon

PRESS RELEASE no: 2015/07    
1 May 2015

John Sandon
John Sandon is the International Director of European Ceramics and Glass at Bonhams, the international fine art auctioneers, as well as the porcelain expert on the BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow.   Each broadcast attracts an audience of around 5 million people.

On Friday 22nd May, John will provide an entertaining evening that will include tales from the Antiques Roadshow.   The meeting will be held in the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, SE9 1SL.   Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start.   There will be a raffle, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available from a cash bar.   The proceedings will end at 9:30 p.m.


For tickets, call or text 07599 610262 or email   £7.50 (£6.00 for the over-60’s) payable at the door in cash or by cheque supported with a debit card (no credit cards please). 

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


London  SE9 1JY

tel: 020 8856 5593 or 07962 877389


Twitter:             @ProgressEstate


Thursday, 30 April 2015

Well-Built Houses For Sale on the Progress Estate, Eltham

Phil Burkett @PhilBurkett shared this find recently of an early advertisement for houses on the Progress Estate (date unknown).

It states that the Estate is close to "Eltham station" and "Trams Nos. 46 and 72 pass through the Estate".  It also advises that some of the houses have " for a Garage" and have "Modern Conveniences"

House prices also range between £500 - £750, with only a £25 deposit.

Those were the days eh?

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Letter of Thanks from the Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich

We received a letter from the Mayor and Mayoress of The Royal Borough of Greenwich, thanking the Association for inviting them to the celebration of the inaugural event.

The letter reads as follows:

Dear Rita
Thank you for the invitation to attend the centenary event of the Progress Estate held on the afternoon of Saturday 21st March 2015.
The Mayoress and I thoroughly enjoyed the Garden Talk.  It was very entertaining and informative.
Best wishes for the rest of your centenary celebrations.
Your sincerely

Councillor Mick Hayes
Mayor of Royal Greenwich

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Progress Estate and Gordon School host the BBC's "Any Questions?" Radio 4 programme

The Progress Residents’ Association and Gordon Primary School in Eltham SE9, invited BBC Radio 4’s “Any Questions” to present a political debate and discussion from the School.

So on the 17th April 2015, Sadiq Khan (Labour), Mark Reckless (Ukip), Liz Truss (Conservative) and Humza Yousaf (SNP) joined host Jonathan Dimbleby for a lively and topical pre-election broadcast with a highly engaged audience.

The broadcast commenced with Jonathan Dimbleby stating from the outset that  “...Eltham is the best kept secret in South London”, which raised an approving applause from audience!

We caught up with the Headmaster of Gordon School Jason Taylor, Jonathan Dimbleby, Progress Residents’ Association (and organiser of the event) Keith Billinghurst, Former Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley Graham Holland, and Amanda Black (teacher at Gordon School who asked the final question of the evening).

You can view the interviews at the following times on the video:
Jason Taylor - 2.05
Jonathan Dimbleby - 2.30
Graham Holland - 5.25
Keith Billinghurst 6.03
Amanda Black - 6.57

Camera - Kenneth Kelsall
Interviewer - James Garner

Monday, 13 April 2015

Russell Bowes, The Progress Residents' Association Centenary Event

Russell Bowes, a local Garden Historian, entertaining a packed Progress Hall with a 45-minute talk centred on the Second World War’s Land Girls.