54 Greenvale Road
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© The Eltham Society
Charity Commission Registered No. 257691
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The Eltham Society was founded in 1965 by a group of local people who wished to ensure that Eltham retained its distinctiveness by:
Membership rapidly grew and the Society has flourished. It passed its 50th Birthday in 2015 and continues to promote its original raison d'etre through the work of its committees and Executive Council.
The Amenity Committee deals with planning applications, offering sound observations at borough planning meetings and is, at times, consulted by Greenwich borough, and a very respected group. The committee also comments on changes in transport through the South Greenwich Forum, and sends representatives to the Eltham Town Centre Partnership and various Parks Friends Groups and other ad hoc meetings.
The society's motto, "Preserving the past, Conserving the present, and Protecting the future" aptly describes the work of the amenity committee as all its deliberations have some impact on the past, the present and the future of Eltham.
One of the major areas of work done by the Amenity Committee is to seek out new projects worthy of the Eltham Society Award. The Eltham Society initiated Heritage Awards in 1975, as our contribution to the European Heritage Year. In some years there has been more than one award while in others there have been none.
The aim of the award is to recognise improvement in standards of design, layout and amenity of buildings, land and public areas within Eltham. Both major and small developments are equally eligible for the award. The main criteria for assessing whether a project is worthy are:
Nominations for an award are made in the year following construction, opening, first use. The award recognises achievements made in the Eltham area, which in recent years have included:
A full list can be seen by clicking on the “Awards” button at the top of the page
The Social Committee organises events for members throughout the year. These include walks and visits to notable places of interest. The current programme can be seen by clicking on the "Diary of Events" button at the top of the page.
Recent excursions have included:
Recent walks have included
Apart from producing the quarterly Newsletter, the Publications Committee commissions, edits and publishes booklets. Recent booklets were Trams in Eltham by John Kennett and Severndroog Castle by Sally Simmons and Margaret Taylor. The Society has just published Sitting Pretty in Eltham, the stories behind the names on High Street benches that were the subject of our Eltham in Pictures exhibition in February 2018. All our publications in print can found by clicking on the "Publications" button at the top of the page.
Monthly illustrated lectures can be found by clicking on the "Diary of Events" button at the top of the page.
Some recent talks covered Eltham topics such as:
Whilst others are of broader interest: