Saturday, 2 April 2016

More News

GIHS - meeting on 19th - this will now feature Mary Mills - on some other bits of the Enderby site - the gunpowder works and the Beale foundry
Age Exchange Bakehouse, Bennett Park. 7.30


There is always something interesting in this monthly web based newsetter.  the March issue features a page on The AHOY Centre, based on the Greenwich/Deptford Borders. " The Centre uses maritime training in a range of projects to help  disadvantaged kids, and recently launched the Community Boats Fund Raising Challenge putting the 'expertise' of community volunteers to good use so that a pair of the club's own Watermen's Cutters can be built
the AHOY team needs more volunteers to help sand, varnish and do other tasks ......they are now just over half way through the fit out of the first boat and have cast the hull mould for the second".

PLA also point to the increasing size of boats on the Thames and mention that last May Viking Star was the largest ever cruise ship to come up and moor at Greenwich.

BRITISH TRANSPORT TREASURES  - Stuart has sent us....

Forthcoming meetings:  All at James Wolfe School, Royal Hill. 7.30
27th April - Greenwich. A photographic Memoir. By Horatio Blood
25th May  -  London's Sailortown - A social history of Shadwell and Ratcliffe. By Derek Morris
28th September - A History of Ballast Quay and Union Wharf. By Michael Graham Smith and Polly Carter
26th October - Bert Lloyd by Dave Arthur
23rd November - PC Wren by Neil Rhind.

26th April  Ada Salter and Ethical Socialism by Graham Taylor  Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1ODU (Farringdon Station).  Ada Salter was an activist working in Bermondsey in the early 20th century.

PRESERVE ENDERBY'S MARITIME HERITAGE -  Please see the write up of the recent Enderby Group event by Mandy Little in the Mercury

What can cause sea level change?? by Tom Armitage 15th April Mycenae House.

- The current issue begins with a picture of their trust board meeting 'at work'.  There is information about current refurbishment, including heating and work on the roof of the fitting shop and a new home for loco 'Woolwich'.  There are some pictures of gardening and various other events and activities - much detail of maintenance of 'Victoria'.  There was a visit from Sludgetech and a 96 years birthday cake. 
They advertise - Open Day just turn up 10.30-17.00 10th April, 22nd May, 5th June, 19the June (free to fathers), 3rd July, 24th July, 14th August, 4th September, 9th October, 23rd October (on some of these dates Prince Consort is in steam)
CET GUIDED TOURS book through Eventbrite  - 22nd April, 27th May, 15th July, 26th August, 23rd September.   
TOTALLY THAMES WALK - 4th September, 11th September  book through Eventbrite

15th-16th - Exhibition by the Marx Memorial Library on the role of Socialists and Trade Unionists who tried to keep us out of the Great War  from 9 am to 9.00pm Friday and 7.00 Saturday
15th lecture by Prof Mary Davis 7.30

The current issue includes an article by Hither Green based historian, Brian Sturt, about Charles Aird and Kingston Gas Works.  Brian does however also mention Charles' earlier work in Greenwich. He describes how in the 1840s his father John Aird was Manager of Greenwich Gas Works (the current Waitrose site) . Small main laying jobs led to the setting up of John Aird and Co. in 1848 - a major contractor. Charles kept a diary which has been published (Peter Stirling Aird, Deptford, Toronto and Kingston, The Early Years of Charles Aird, Victorian Engineer. Grimshay Press  2005). 

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