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Westcombe Society Blog
The main source of regular news relating to the Society can now be found on our Blog site linked above.
These Web pages will be maintained as a source of largely static information about the Society,
for longer news items and as a route to the regular monthly issue of the Westcombe News

Westcombe Woodlands
Management of the Westcombe Woodlands has recently been successfully achieved through a joint venture that began in 2011 when the BPT ran a pilot project with Trees for Cities to get volunteers from the local community involved in the management and improvement of the Woodlands. An extremely interesting Web site (linked above) has subsequently been created outlining the history of the woods and the regular sessions now being arranged by the Management Committee and volunteers to ensure its future development, including the creation of an orchard area that provides an insight in to one of its past uses.

The original Plan for the Woodlands was superceded by one put forward by the residents of Lasseter Close and Ulundi Road, but this was later abandoned. Discussions later resumed between the BWC/BPT and the Greenwich & Westcombe Societies over its future. The Westcombe Society has decided to leave this original document on-line as an indicator of the area under discussion, and the issues that, at the time, were associated with its future use.
Map of Westcombe Woods

Walter Bor Awards
In 2011 the Westcombe News was again successful, winning two Commendations in the bi-ennial Walter Bor Awards sponsored by the London Forum.
One was in the Community Newsletter category and the other in the Media Impact category.
Many congratulations to Neville Grant, the whole editorial and production team and to the contributors.
Thanks also to our advertisers without whom the publication of the Westcombe News would be impossible.

Greenwich Park & the London Olympic Equestrian Events
The Society spent a considerable amount of time during 2009 in consultation with all parties involved in the decision to locate the London 2012 Olympic equestrian events in Greenwich Park. In January 2010 it submitted a formal response to the London Olympic Planning Application for Greenwich Park and was very pleased with the successful outcome. The Park has now been almost completely restored to its pre-event condition together with a number of improvements that were the subject of conditions imposed on LOCOG regarding their use of the Royal Park.

The Westcombe Society is a fully independent amenity group which aims to foster community spirit and protect the character of the surrounding neighbourhood. It is currently considering applying for charitable status. These pages contain a range of information about local amenities – shops, services, schools, churches, buses, trains. Whether you are new to the area, or long established, we hope it will help you enjoy and support your local neighbourhood and make the most of living in this attractive part of Greenwich.

The Society was formed in 1973 following a severe winter with press reports of elderly residents alone and without help succumbing to the elements. Concerned that such events could occur in the Blackheath area, a meeting was arranged by John Ayling, Warden of Kidbrooke (now Mycenae) House, the local Community Centre. Such was the turnout that the Society, a fully independent amenity group, was formed with Tom Crowe as its first Chairman.

To disseminate information to residents a free newspaper, the Westcombe News, was first produced in June 1973. The late John Petty, then Transport Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, a resident of Vanbrugh Fields, whilst not the first, was certainly the best known, and longest-standing Editor of this popular local publication.

The focus of the Society has changed with time and the needs of the community. The News has developed in to an award-winning, lively, monthly broadsheet of information and opinions about local activities that volunteers deliver to 3,200 homes in the area*. New technologies allow us to use our Web site to make the Westcombe News more widely available, as well offering more immediate news and feedback opportunities through the Westcombe Society Blog.

The area covered by the Society lies between Maze Hill (Greenwich Park) to the west and the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach to the east, and between Vanbrugh Park/Charlton Road (Blackheath Common) to the south and the Greenwich-Dartford branch of the South-Eastern railway line to the north.

Our Planning & Environment Sub-Committee aims to preserve the locality for present and future generations. It monitors all developments, and has been particularly active in recent years with those that have occurred and continue on the 350 acre Greenwich Peninsula site - and their effect on local inhabitants. These include the various phases of the Greenwich Millennium Village, the Millennium Experience exhibition, Meridian Delta's new development of the Dome and its surroundings, and its use in the London 2012 Olympics. The Committee also studies all local planning applications and makes representation to the authorities when concerned about the effect these might have on the area. It maintains a high profile with the local authority (Greenwich) over such planning issues.

The Society’s annual programme of events, which are provided free of charge or at reduced rates for members, aim to appeal to all ages and to provide opportunities for both old and new residents to get together. Any profit generated is used to support local charities and groups. Society membership also offers a range of ‘Buy Local’ discounts. Both are listed here.

In the wider community the Westcombe Society is represented on the East Greenwich Management Agency, the Blackheath Joint Working Party, the Blackheath Society and on the Greenwich Peninsula Partnership Forum which seeks to guide the development of the Dome and the Peninsula. It is also a member of the London Forum and HACAN - Clear Skies, an independent organisation representing communities affected by aircraft flying in and out of Heathrow airport.

The Society is also now represented on the Blackheath Historic Buildings Trust (Executive Committee Member, Gordon Baker, is a Trustee) and the Greenwich Conservation Group.

If you would like to help with the administration or other activities of the Society such as events, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact the Society by any of the methods listed below.

Westcombe News Editorial: 020 8858 8489
Westcombe News Advertising: 020 8853 1312
Westcombe Society Web site:
Westcombe Society Blog:

* Members who live outside the Westcombe News distribution area are advised that copies can be obtained by post if they submit ten, large, A4, stamped and addressed envelopes to Myles Dove, 129 Maze Hill, Blackheath, London SE3 7UB

Westcombe Society Officers 2012-2013

Chairman & Treasurer

Marilyn Little

Assistant Treasurer

Theresa Pini


Jan Barnett

Events Secretary

Joanne Lucas

Chair of Planning & Environment Committee

Dick Allard

Membership Secretary

Margaret Ellis

Events Secretary Joanne Lucas

Editor, Westcombe News

Neville Grant

Committee Members

Jean-Jacques Aune (Deputy Chairman)
Gordon Baker
Jan Barnett (Secretary)
Barbara Henley
Caroline Owens
Patricia Slade-Baker

Dick Allard (Chair of P.E.C.)
Neville Grant (Editor, Westcombe News)

Planning & Environment Committee Members

Maggie Gravelle
Dr. Ann Hill (Deputy Chair)
Emily Norton (Secretary)
Barbara Morris
Anne Robbins
Lawrence Smith
Sarah Winterbottom (Westcombe News Environment Editor)

Local Councillors
David Riddle (Web)


Blackheath Society

Greenwich Society

Friends of Greenwich Park

Friends of Mycenae Gardens

Charlton Society do not currently do not have a full Web site of their own but there are membership details here. - a web thesaurus and lexicon listing under community, environment and events

WWW Westcombe Society Pages

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