Thursday 30 April 2015

Jack-in-the-Green to reach Triangle 4.30-5pm, Friday May 1st

By imogene russell on 30 Apr 2015 09:17 pm

This is the route for this year’s May Day procession of the the Fowlers Troop and Deptford Jack-in-the-Green, 11.30 am to around 5pm. The Ashburnham Arms is the last pub on the route. 
Background of the tradition
The Jack in the Green tradition developed from the 17th Century custom of milkmaids going out on May Day with the utensils of their trade – silver cups, pots, spoons – decorated with garlands and piled into a pyramid which they carried on their heads. By the mid eighteenth century other groups, notably chimney sweeps, were moving in on the milkmaids’ territory as they saw May Day as a good opportunity to collect money.
Over the last 25 years several popular festivals have grown up around the Jack in the Green tradition. These are mostly on the May bank holiday weekend at Bristol, Brentham in North Ealing, Guildford, Hastings, Knutsford, Oxford, Rochester and Whitstable.
The Hastings and Rochester gatherings are now very large festivals. In contrast, the Deptford Jack in the Green, in South East London, is not very widely known although it has been running since the early 1980s.
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Sunday 26 April 2015

Davy’s Wine Vaults licensing extension – a resident’s complaint

By andrew steeds on 26 Apr 2015 07:56 pm

Davy’s wine Vaults and shop (161–71 Greenwich High Road SE10 8JA) wishes to have live music and a late bar until 1 am on Thursdays and up to 2 am over Fridays and Saturdays in its wine bar vaults. There is currently a lot of noise emanating from the outside bar of Davy’s. I think that a late licence will attract people from all over Greenwich, creating a huge increase in footfall to and especially from the venue. Unless there is specific soundproofing I am wondering how the music noise will be contained.
There will be no DLR or mainline trains after midnight, so customers will gather outside the venue before finding their way home in taxis or by other means. The outside area of Davy’s is tiny, and has no provision for parking of any vehicles or for more than a few people to stand in. It is only metres from flats and residential streets so at turning-out time customers will cause unacceptable noise and nuisance to local residents.
Currently there are single yellow lines on Greenwich High Road opposite Davy’s and outside Maitland House (three residential blocks of flats), and cars are consistently parked there by visitors to Greenwich. The local residents’ car parking spaces are also used, particularly those in Langdale Road – as 5 pm is the cut-off point for restrictions – which causes nuisance as drivers arrive and leave at late hours. I am hoping that local residents will be able to foresee the problems this licence will cause in future if left unchecked and I urge all ATA residents to object in writing by Wednesday 29 April to;
The Licensing Register of Royal Borough of Greenwich, The Council Offices, 4th Floor, The Woolwich Centre, 35 Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Security Alert: Motor Vehicle Thefts

By david scales on 14 Apr 2015 12:46 pm

At our most recent Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel Meeting, we have been made aware of a spike in thefts from motor vehicles not only in the Ashburnham Triangle but throughout the West Greenwich area.
There have also been reports of serious damage and vandalism to cars in Ashburnham Grove and Greenwich South Street.
In general, Vauxhall Zafiras and Astras are being targeted but we would remind all car owners not to leave Sat Navs, Valuables, Bags and Blue Badges (when they’re not in use) or any items on display or on seats and to always lock all car doors, shut windows and use internal security devices.
The Safer Neighbourhoods Police will be holding some more drop-in surgeries this May:
Friday 15th May, 7pm – 8pm at
Waitrose, New Capital Quay, SE10 9DD;
Wednesday 27th May, 9am – 10.00am at
Holy Trinity Centre, Bennett Grove, SE13 7RF.
We are hoping to arrange a drop-in surgery in the Ashburnham Triangle for the near future.
If you have any concerns about motor vehicle crime or want to speak to the Safer Neighbourhoods Team about anything police related, just turn up to one of these events. It’s a way for the police to listen and speak to the community and find out what affects people’s daily lives.

Thursday 9 April 2015

Do you have an event to publicise?

By imogene russell on 09 Apr 2015 06:04 pm

If you have an event you feel people in the Triangle would be interested in, let us know. It can be happening anywhere reasonably reachable. We can post notices by ATA email and website, and on the physical Community Notice Board outside St Marks. Send to
We are also thinking of creating community pages on Facebook and Twitter. Has anyone any views on that?

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Safer Neighbourhoods Meeting, 9th April 2015

By david scales on 08 Apr 2015 06:54 pm

There will be a meeting of the Greenwich West Ward Safer Neighbourhoods Panel on Thursday evening 9th April 2015 at 6:30pm.
The Ashburnham Triangle is a standing item on the agenda under ward issues. At the last meeting in January a few thefts were reported from motor vehicles in the Triangle WGSNT minutes 29 Jan 2015.
These meetings are not open access but are attended by the Ward Councillors, the Safer Neighbourhoods Police, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, Royal Borough of Greenwich staff, other agencies and both myself/Carolyn Carter as the Security Hub Representatives on behalf of ATA residents.
If you have become a victim of crime or have experienced any anti- social behaviour, please email either David Scales  or Carolyn Carter as soon as possible so that we can feedback any issues to the Safer Neighbourhoods police at the meeting. Any incidents of crime we are made aware of also strengthens the case for dedicating more police resources to the area. We will not give out any personal details or information unless required to do. 
Alternatively, if you have any concerns or want to speak to the Police about anything directly you can do so in person at one of the Spring drop-in surgeries already listed in the previous Security Hub post.