Thursday, 31 December 2015

A Year of Celebrations

Dear Resident
What a year it has been for us, celebrating 100 years of the estate, and thanks for being part of it.
The PRA had an extensive schedule of events, the highlights of which we recorded on our website progressestate.co.uk
The year kicked off with us featuring in an exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts entitled "100 Buildings, 100 Years: Views of British Architecture Since 1914"
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/100-buildings-100-ye…
Quickly followed by an acknowledgment from HM The Queen
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/the-queen-recognises…
Local Artist Lynn Bennet-Usher created the evocative painting "Write Home Soon" with the estate as a backdrop
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/write-home-soon-arti…
Then Russell Bowes entertained a packed Progress Hall on his talk on Digging for Victory
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/russell-bowes-progre…
And Jim Butress from BBC2's Big Allotment Challenge entertained residents with anecdotes from a lifetime in horticulture
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/jim-buttress-progres…
BBC4 Radio 4 hosted a special broadcast of "Any Questions?" in Gordon School with Jonathan Dimbleby
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/the-progress-estate-…
John Sandon (Antiques Roadshow), Patron of the events this year, hosted a special Antiques Roadshow style event in the Progress Hall
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/john-sandon-hosts-sp…
Local theatre group The Priory Players, produced and performed a couple of shows with history/war as the theme as part of the extensive programme:
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/priory-players-old-t…
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/the-priory-players-p…
Phew! The weather held out for our Summer Fete on Lovelace Green
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/progress-estate-fete…
And recently found glass negatives depicting the estate and surrounding area were exhibited in St Mary's Hall in Eltham High Street
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/progress-estate-cont…
Some of the pictures can be viewed in this short video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8HnxlU_rnM
Then we were featured on the Greenwich Show - making a TV star of the estate!
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/the-progress-estate-…
Keith Billinghurst lead a series of history walks detailing the historical significance of the Progress Estate
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/progress-estate-hist…
Finally, Dorothy Powell, long time resident took part of a ceremonial tree planting in the grounds of the Progress Hall
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/…/centenary-tree-plant…
Our extensive history section continues to grow - can you see your road/house?
http://progressestate.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/History
We are always on the look out for old photos of houses and roads on the estate to add to our digital archive - if you have any, please email them through to TheProgressEstate@gmail.com and provide any detail to the name of road and date that you can. If you haven't got access to a digital image, we can scan them in for you.
All images will be credited.
Many of the videos can be seen on our YouTube channel:www.youtube.com/channel/UCzo4VQlRqldJgJ4vaakRfaw
and, of course, our website
www.progressestate.co.uk
Wow, what a year it has been. Please join me in thanking the volunteers of the Progress Residents' Association for working tirelessly behind the scenes to run this series of events, it has been exhausting, but fun.
Here's to the next 100 years!
Happy New Year!

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