Monday, 6 October 2014

Limited Quantity of Gift-Wrapped Progress Estate Bone China Mugs for sale

You may remember seeing advertisements for our bone china mugs before.   Now, with the Festive Season approaching, we have gift-wrapped them.   The price remains the same (£8, or £15 for two).   Each contains individually-wrapped chocolates and arrives in an attractive cellophane wrapper.

To order your mugs, simply telephone 07947 043479.   No postage or packing charges if you live in SE9.   Payment in cash, or by cheque with a bank guarantee card, on delivery please.

Dates for your Diary - 2015 Centenary Events

We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2015 celebratory events:

Garden talk and plant sale.   Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road.
BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?   Live broadcast from
Gordon Primary School, Grangehill Road.
An evening with our Patron and Antiques Roadshow presenter
John Sandon.
Old Time Music Hall presented by the Priory Players, Progress Hall.  
Summer celebration on Lovelace Green and  a Treasure Hunt.
Art and photographic exhibition.   St Mary’s Community Centre, Eltham High Street.
Estate history walks.
Forgotten Voices.   Recollections of WWI.   Priory Players,
Progress Hall.
Christmas Carols and Social, Progress Hall.

Progress Hall Location
We will provide fuller details about each event nearer the time.   In the meantime, perhaps you would like to note the dates in your diaries.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Vacancy for a Committee Member Designate to take Responsibility for Planning Applications

Responding to planning applications from our Estate is a core function of the Residents Association.   Typically, 45-50 are submitted to Royal Greenwich each year.   About half are for work which will not be visible from the public highway so we do not comment on these.   As to the remaining 20-25, it is usually clear whether or not the proposed works fall within planning guidelines for our Estate.   We support those that do and object to those that do not.   Very occasionally we notify residents who will be able to view the proposed works from their houses if we think they are especially contentious.    This has only happened two or three times in the past four years.

Keith Billinghurst, the committee member who currently reviews planning applications, would like to hand the duty over to someone else by the end of 2015.   The intervening time will allow sufficient time for whoever takes it over to become accustomed to it and for him to be on call if required.

Under our constitution the Committee can co-opt up to two people between one AGM and the next.   This has already happened since our 2013 AGM, which is why we are referring here to a ‘Committee Member Designate’.   The existing two co-opts will stand for election at the AGM in December, 2014.   The person who takes on planning matters needs to be a full committee member because of the importance of the task.   We are therefore looking for someone who will be willing to stand for election this coming December. 

Committee meetings are held on the Estate on a weekday evening every 4-6 weeks.   However, planning work can be carried out at whatever time suits the individual concerned, because the need to meet with others is very unusual.   A reasonable level of computer literacy is a pre-requisite.

Estate Residents who are interested in applying for the role, or those who would like additional information about what is involved, are invited to contact Keith Billinghurst by email at

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

"Write home soon" - A new painting commissioned to recognise the Centenary of the Progress Estate

"Write Home Soon" @ The Progress Estate, Eltham - Lynn Bennett-Usher

Prints of a beautiful new painting of the Progress Estate entitled "Write Home Soon", which was painted by resident Lynn Bennett-Usher, are available to purchase.

The prints are £35.00 per print (16"x12")
A framed print is £50.00 (17"x13").

Please contact:  Lynn or Rita (07947 043 479) in order to find out more details

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Local Schools’ Contribution to Progress Estate Centennial Celebrations

Press Release no: 2014/05  
  19 August 2014
A selection of the entries.  Displayed at the Eltham Centre

Towards the end of this year’s summer term, the children of St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School and Gordon Primary School took part in a competition to design posters for the Progress Estate’s centenary events.   The winning entries are on display until Saturday, 30th August at the Eltham Centre entrance to Eltham Library.    Rita Billinghurst, Chair of the Progress Residents Association, said ‘We are delighted with the quality and quantity of the winning designs which will be used to publicise our 2015 celebrations’.

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

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Surface water flooding on The Progress Estate

An instance of surface water flooding was reported in Granby Road during the recent heavy rains.   Accordingly, the Residents Association raised the issue with local Councillors.   Cllr Wynn Davies (Eltham North) sought a response from Royal Greenwich who advised as follows: 

‘The Royal Borough is a Lead Local Flood Authority responsible for the flood risk management of surface and ground water flooding in the borough.   However, it does not have many powers over Thames Water, insofar as their maintenance and cleaning regimes are concerned.   Thames Water are responsible for their sewers and associated assets and have their own programs of cleaning the sewer networks.   This program is primarily based around the number of internal sewer flooding incidents and the assessed risk.   In the SE9 1 postcode area the very high level data we have access to shows between 1-5 incidents of internal sewer flooding compared to other parts of London where there are 100+ incidents of internal sewer flooding.   This would suggest the area to be fairly low in terms of risk.   However, Thames Water is committed to reducing the risk to all properties they are aware of (i.e. those who have reported it to them) who have suffered incidents of internal sewer flooding by 2027.   Royal Borough officers regularly meet with Thames Water and we will certainly raise [this recent report] with them at the next meeting.   

We have checked the Thames Water sewer data available to us and can confirm that there are both Surface Water Sewers and Foul Sewers within the majority of the estate. There are several instances where the foul sewer runs behind houses.   Some combined sewers are also present and these are mainly connecting several houses before discharging into the foul sewer network.   

If you are flooded, Thames Water ask that you call them on 0800 316 9800.   Anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing should call 0800 316 9898.     You should also report the matter to your household insurer immediately.   If you are a Hyde tenant you should also call them on 020 8297 7500.”

London Bridge Redevelopment

The following is reprinted from The Eltham Society’s Newsletter no. 197 (August 2104): 

In January 2015, there will be some drastic changes to our local train services.   This is as a result of the works to accommodate more Thameslink services at London Bridge.   Those who travel through London Bridge will have seen the preliminary work to provide new tracks and bridges over the roads.   From January to August 2016, no trains to Charing Cross will stop at London Bridge.   Only those to Cannon Street will stop there.   From August 2016 Charing Cross trains will stop but Cannon Street trains will not.

There are many changes from January 2015 and more will become clearer nearer the time.   Further information will be given in the Society’s November Newsletter but what we know is: No Charing Cross trains will call at London Bridge, New Cross or St Johns.   From 20 December to January 2018 no Thameslink trains will go through London Bridge, therefore those of you who may have changed at London Bridge to get to King's Cross will have to travel onward via the underground.
On the line through Eltham Station, the service to/from Victoria will run later in the evening Monday to Saturday with the last train leaving Victoria at 00.09.    On Sunday all trains will run to Victoria, with the last train leaving Victoria at 23:29 and none to/from Charing Cross.

Through New Eltham, all Sunday trains will be to/from Cannon Street.
The Thameslink works are to cause serious changes at London Bridge from next January. 
As a prelude, there will be some changes at London Bridge from Saturday 23rd August to Sunday 31st August.

Most train services on Southeastern (from Eltham, New Eltham, etc.) will not change. However, during that period there will be no Southern or Thameslink trains to or through London Bridge. 

Therefore, if you are going to Gatwick or Luton Airports you will need to go via Victoria for Gatwick or the Underground to St Pancras for Luton.

Also, there will be no London Overground between New Cross and Canada Water during that period – there will be a special replacement bus service.
 There will probably be other changes throughout the country during that period so it is best to check those train services.

Further info from

This information has been provided by The Eltham Society.