Friday, 28 October 2016

More notes and news

THE MATCHLESS COLLIERS
we have been sent a copy for review of this book by Bill Cakebread. Which traces the history of Matchless and the Collier family from start to finish
Don't say - who were Matchless??  Two things - one is that on the day the iron curtain lifted itself up enough to let a few people through - the first visitors to the Woolwich from the just freed Eastern bloc were a group of Czech bikers - why?? they had come to see where Matchless were made.   The second is that 'these wonderful machines' are now being made in replica - but, sadly, not in Plumstead.  Associated Motor Cycles - their proper name - were based in Maxey Road and there is apparently not a stone left of their works. They were run by the Collier family whose young men advertised the works by winning race after race after race in the 1930s.

Book is available from bvcakebread@btinternet.com.  £12 plus £2.50 post and packing


Note from the East London Waterways Group -
This is about the London Chest Hospital in Hackney (neither industrial and north of the river as well, sorry about that).   Anyway they are concerned that it is being considered for listing but that this is being opposed by a developer and there seems to be some confusion about what is happening.  They say that of course the 395 promised homes are important but so is architectural quality and clarity about objectives.  I am afraid that the Group sends all this out by email - try https://mail.aol.com/webmail-std/en-gb/suite

Note from our local pottery  -  Liza will be exibiting at the Oxford Ceramics Fair St.Edward's School, Woodstock Road, Oxford. 29th/30th October 10-5.30. Tickets can be bought at the door.

Your Devoted Frank - Greenwich Heritage Trust are putting on this event where you will hear Frank's story from the trenches of the Great War in his letters to his sweetheart.  11th November 7 pm   £8 via eventbrite or Charlton House office.

Docklands History Group are putting out a call for Thames shipbuilding papers for a conference in May 2018. info@docklandshistorygroup.org.uk.

Blackheath Scientific Society - programme - all held at Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road,  (think its 7.30)
18th November - Adam Masters Future Missions to Mars and Uranus
16th December - AGM and short talks by members
20th January     - Monica Marinescu Advances in Battery Technology
17th February   - Maria-Magdalena Titirici
17th March       - Christopher Mazur  Driverless Cars
21st April         -  Alvaro Mata - Designing and Manipulating Molecules for Tissue Engineering and                                Regenerative Medicine
19th May          -  Bioengineering and its Impact on Society

Heritage Ironworks Seminar
11th November 9.30-4.30 National Maritime Museum, Ferrous Metals in Heritage Ironwork
£45 including lunch. www.nhlg.org.uk/events by - er - today

Time Out - best public sculptures in London,  Our area has so many winners in the top ten London sculptures that I think the judges must be locals???

So - from the bottom of the list to the top.....................

15 - was ArcelorMittal Orbit - that's the curly red thing on the Olympic Park - and, well you can see it from Greenwich and it is rumoured that Amish Kapoor has a studio down on Morden Wharf, So its almost ours,

14  Royal Artillery Monument. This is in Hyde Park - but - again - hey ho - the Royal Artillery were founded in Woolwich and were still here a very few years ago. So we can count that as ours too.

12 - Richard Wilson - Slice of Reality.  this is the slice of ship down round the back of the Dome. Very much deserves to be better known.

6 Anthony Gormley. Quantum Cloud. That's the thing made of lots of sticks just off the QE pier near the Dome. If you look at it sideways it turns into a man,  Very good indeed.

3  Alex Chinneck - A Bullet from a Shooting Star - this is the upside down electricity pylon near the Dome.  Easily the best thing around locally on the arts scene. Terrific. I'd have put it at No.1. double star.

2. Yinka Shonibare Nelson's Ship in a Bottle. This is along Romney Road outside the National Maritime Museum. Ok if you like that sort of thing

Top at No.1. are the prehistoric monsters at Crystal Palace - sadly not ours but still in South London. Well worth a nice afternoon in the park.









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