Thursday, 2 April 2020

Salute our superheroes

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of Greenwich Council writes: 
Tonight at 8pm, as they did last Thursday, millions of people will stand on their doorsteps, go onto balconies or open their windows and clap for our carers. It’s a simple way to show appreciation for our health and social care workers, emergency services, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, cleaners and all those making a difference to our lives.
If you are able to, the we hopes you can take part.
You may have noticed that lots of homes are displaying pictures of rainbows in their front windows  – they cheer up passers-by and offer a message of hope (as well as being a fun  activity  for kids to get  involved in).  You will no doubt have seen that the Government has set up a new hospital at the Excel Centre, NHS Nightingale, which will support up to 4,000 patients. Matthew Trainer, the Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS trust, which is based in Greenwich, has been seconded to run the hospital, which is a huge and daunting task.
We would like to show our support for Matthew and the hundreds of people working away from their families to transform the huge blank space of the Excel Centre into a working hospital that will save thousands of lives. To do this, we want you to join us in creating a wall of rainbows and messages of encouragement.
If you would like to get involved, please tag us into your rainbow pictures and messages on social media and use #GreenwichRainbows so everyone can come together and show our support for the people working so hard to keep us safe over at NHS Nightingale. We’ll share them with Matthew and the team to let them know that we’re all behind them.
You can subscribe to the Council's excellent daily email updates on the local impact the pandemic is having here.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Refuse Collections, Greenwich Park and Military Aircraft

Here at the ATA we are conscious of not overburdening you with endless information. However, in these strange times our daily lives are continually changing and we need to adapt fast. We will continue to deliver important information for both the Triangle and Greenwich in general to help you continue your daily lives. Please see below regarding waste collection, behaviour in Greenwich Park and the possible increase of military aircraft.

Waste Collection & Street Cleaning
Refuse collection is still continuing but with reduced numbers of staff the council have asked for everyone's help to ensure this can continue. 

Waste needs to be kept to a minimum. Now is not the time to spring clean and fill your recycling bins creating extra waste.

Garden waste (grass) should either be composted or bagged up and kept aside until collections are back to normal when you can deposit the grass into your green bin.  

If your bin is not collected on the normal designated collection day, please do not contact the council. They will collect bins as and when they can. Please continue to place bins on the kerbside ready for collection as this speeds up the collection process. 

The Reuse and Recycle Centre at Nathan Way is closed until further notice. 

Street cleaning is currently suspended. PLEASE do not litter if leaving your home for essential reasons or daily exercise. 

Greenwich Park

If you visit Greenwich Park for your daily exercise please make sure you do not congregate in groups, sunbathe, play football or even sit and talk on the park benches. Poor behaviour in the park will have consequences for us all. The park police are regularly patrolling and will be enforcing this too.

City Airport

City airport has temporarily suspended all commercial and private flights, effective from Wednesday 25 March. This is expected to last until the end of April and will be kept under review. The airport has become ‘RAF Nightingale’ and you may see military aircraft and movement around the airport. This is normal and is to support the new NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre

Friday, 27 March 2020

Be Alert - increase in Covid-19 Scams

If life wasn't difficult enough scammers are taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis. We're hearing growing reports of a range of new scams you need to watch out for.

Don’t believe bogus text messages saying you’ve been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown. It is the latest in a series of scams related to the virus that claims to be from the UK Government. This scam claims that your movements have been monitored through your phone, and that you must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty. Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) advises that ‘Anyone who receives this text should ignore it. It is simply another ruse to steal the payment details of users. 

Bogus message from the UK Government
Other bogus messages currently being circulated are:

HMRC goodwill payment. The MET police are warning of a fake message designed to steal your account details that says ‘As part of the NHS promise to battle the COV-19 virus, HMRC has issued a payment of £258 as a goodwill payment’. 

Free school meals. The Department for Eductaion has issued warnings about a scam email designed to steal your bank details saying: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.’ 

In all of these cases, do not click or tap any links that these messages ask you to.

So what can you do to protect yourself against scams and misinformation? 

The main things to watch out for in emails and other messages are: 
  • Unsolicited emails and texts: be careful of anything you weren’t expecting that claims to be from an organisation such as a bank, BT, Sky, PayPal, Microsoft, the BBC and other large, trusted organisations. And at the moment, particularly watch out for unsolicited emails claiming to come from health bodies such as the NHS, the WHO and the CDC. 
  • An urgent tone: phishing and smishing messages are designed to scare you into clicking on their links.  
  • Grammar and spelling: the phishing email claiming to come from the WHO is clumsily written and has typos such no spaces after commas. 
  • No name: legitimate emails from services you have accounts with will always address you by name. Phishing emails and smishing texts usually start with ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Dear Customer’. 
  • Fake domains: scammers often set up website addresses that look legitimate in order to trick you. Security researchers Digital Shadows says that more than 1,400 domains linked to the Covid-19 disease caused by the coronavirus have been registered in the past three months. While many of those may well be legitimate, others will almost certainly be used to trick anxious consumers into thinking they’re genuine. 
When it comes to claims circulating via social media, there are a couple of things you can check. Snopes is the original fact-checking website: if it’s not true, Snopes has probably written it up. Other fact-checking websites are also worth keeping an eye on: Full Fact is a British website that can be trusted, while Channel 4 News has its own FactCheck website.  

Above all, make sure your computers, mobile phones and tablets are up to date, and for Windows, Macs and Android devices, you should install antivirus software and keep that up to date, too. Antivirus will protect you from threats such as the banking Trojan contained in the Italian emails, and can also warn you if you’re visiting a website that’s been reported for phishing or that contains malware. If you’ve been scammed, report what’s happened to Action Fraud, the UK’s national centre for reporting fraud and cybercrime. 

For further details or advice on coronavirus scams go to either Royal Borough of Greenwich Website or Which? provide a very useful Coronavirus Advice hub

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison
Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Urgent Public Appeal

Cllr Danny Thorpe appealing for donations of PPE
Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe has made an urgent public appeal for personal protection equipment for our frontline workers. Can you help? 

"Our PPE equipment for social care staff has not arrived for days. We have flagged up across London and through our command structures and not heard anything.

The situation is now extremely serious. We have at least 1 patient in the QE who could be discharged into a home if the staff had the kit they need to keep safe. They don’t, so a bed is blocked.

We have been told for days it is coming and it doesn’t arrive.
We urgently need the following:

  1. FFP3 Face Masks
  2. Aprons
  3. Gloves (Long sleeve and short if possible)
  4. Protective eye goggles

The type of masks we are after are often used in construction, garages, nail bars and spray painting.

I need this to be shared across your networks please. 
Many thanks


Councillor Danny Thorpe
Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Tweet: @DanLThorpe
Office: Town Hall, Wellington Street, London, SE18 6PW

The council leader has asked for any messages regarding donations to be directed via his email at

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

IMPORTANT Coronavirus (Covid-19] news updates

The Ashburnham Triangle Association recommends that residents subscribe to Greenwich Council’s daily email for the latest information on how the pandemic is impacting our daily lives:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020


Tubes, trains and buses are still rammed on day one of our lockdown. Please only travel if absolutely necessary.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Bars and restaurants in the Triangle

As you will have no doubt seen, the Government has said that cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants must close now as we attempt to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Guildford Arms will be joining forces with Hand Made Foods of Blackheath to supply takeout and delivery services for local customers. More details and the menu at the Guildford Arms website. Also, The Hill does a full takeaway service including its excellent pizzas:

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Coronavirus Scams

Be aware of various Coronavirus scams.  Fraudsters are sending out Coronavirus themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening attachments or revealing personal information. Full details from Action Fraud here: Action Fraud - Coronavirus Scam

Locally, it has been reported there are scammers pretending to be from the Health Authorities and are going door to door carrying out mass testing for the Coronavirus. Please note there is NO mass testing and these fraudsters are just trying to get into homes. Please inform all elderly friends, neighbours and family members to be wary and not to let anyone they do not know into their home. Remember, if in doubt, keep them out. 

I've also been asked to confirm the authenticity of the volunteering form from Greenwich Council. I can confirm this is legitimate and it is once again below. Also, you can sign up to Greenwich Council for regular updates on the Coronavirus.  Link also below.

Stay safe everyone.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison
Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

Sunday, 15 March 2020

RBG asking for volunteers to help with Covid-19

This is a Royal Borough of Greenwich community response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We are trying to prepare and organise for the challenges ahead that we are going to face.

Many people are keen to volunteer and coordinate action in these challenging times so we can support people in a number of different ways.

Please note that this is a community response and you should continue at all times to follow the advice being given by Public Health England, which can be found here: 

Public Health England - Coronavirus (Covid-19) what you need to do

Royal Borough of Greenwich Volunteering Form

Friday, 6 March 2020

Road closures this weekend

From 10pm on Saturday March 7th until 9am Sunday 8th there will be phased road closures around Greenwich while engineering equipment is transported from North Greenwich to Norman Road. There will be phased road closures along Millennium Way, Blackwall Lane, Trafalgar Road, Romney Road, Nelson Road, Greenwich High Road and Norman Road.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Celebrate International Women's Day - 8th March

Celebrate International Women's Day this Sunday 8th March with Ashburnham Triangle's very own running and pilates expert Ellie Brown at her Market Studios. No booking is required and everything is FREE!  

Market Studios is located on Durnford Street, Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ.  Access via Durnford Street from the West entrance to the Greenwich covered market.


9.00am - Free 5K Run with Katie

10.00am - 3K HIIT & Run with Yasia
A 3K run with a 5 minute strength and conditioning session every one kilometer. 

(All levels welcome & No booking required) 
Meet at the bottom of Greenwich Park by the main Gate

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Free Health Improvement Course

The local Seventh Day Adventists church will be hosting another Community Health Champion course this month. This accredited course is aimed at those who wish to improve their own and family's health and the health of our community. Greenwich  Council Officials will run this free course at the Greenwich Church on Devonshire Drive on March 10th and 11th. More information and application details can be found here.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Help the Triangle go green in 2020

Our Environment & Gardening team have announced the following dates for the year:

15 March 10am

Plant swap Sunday 10 May morning
Daffodil planting14 Nov

As far as environmental issues and action, we are linking with other groups and will publicise through the ATA . We may have an event next Autumn/Winter. Do let us know if you have any ideas or a willing to help. For more information email Sara Emanuel 

Monday, 24 February 2020

Police Drop-in

There is a Greenwich West Police Drop-in on Tuesday 25th February at Frank Smith Room in St Alfege Church Hall (at the rear of the church), Greenwich Church Street SE10. This is between 1pm and 2pm. Please come in and speak to police regarding any issues you may have.

Monday, 17 February 2020

EE Scam Alert

Please be aware of a current scam text that appears to be from EE. The message reads as follows:
“EE: We were unable to process your latest bill. In order to avoid fees, update your billing information”. A link is provided at the end of the text but if you click the link in the text, they’ll ask for bank details & are in a position to clean your account out.
EE are not the only provider/customers they are targeting. O2 are also having the same problem and both providers are trying to put a stop to it.
You can report the text free of charge to EE (or whichever provider it has supposedly come from) by forwarding the text and number it has come from to 7726.
If you receive a text like this please report it to your provider. Never give your details out. Always check with your provider directly first using their official customers service number.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison
Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

History Group

The notes from February’s History Group meeting may be found here.

Still Life Workshop

There’s a Still Life Drawing Workshop with Dawn Harverson, artist and stylist this weekend. Takes place at her  home on Egerton Drive on Saturday 22nd of February from 14:00-16:00.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Have your say on the Council's bin collection proposals

If you have not done so already please consider completing this survey regarding Greenwich Council’s bin collections proposal. They are considering reducing service and charging for things like green wheelie bins.
Fill out the consultation and tell them your thoughts on how proposed changes to our bin collections would affect you.

Friday, 7 February 2020

DoubleTree Hotel on Catherine Grove

You may be aware that the Council have served a Planning Breach of Condition on the Hotel over their continued use of Catherine Grove for their coaches and delivery vehicles arriving and carrying out servicing etc on the street which isn't currently permitted. The Hotel has had to resubmit revised Servicing and Transport Plans in a new application which can be found on the Council's Planning Portal (the reference is 19/4348/MA).
The target decision date for the application is 17th February 2020 and any comments you wish to make in regard to it should be sent in as soon as possible and before that date to be able to fully considered.

History meeting

The next ATA History Group meeting will be on Monday 10 February in the back room of the Ashburnham Arms at 7.30pm.
The meeting will feature a talk by Triangle resident Neil Sinclair. Neil is going to kick off the theme of Triangle Lives with a talk on the journalist, author, playwright and film scriptwriter Edgar Wallace. Wallace was born illegitimately into poverty in Ashburnham Grove in 1875. Despite leaving school at 12, he rose to great acclaim and fortune as a novelist and scriptwriter.
Wallace’s eventful and colourful life ended far from its beginning in a terraced house in Greenwich. He died in 1932 in Beverley Hills, California while working on the script of Hollywood blockbuster King Kong.
Please join us for a drink. There will be an update on our other projects and please bring ideas for future talks.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Spring Lectures at The Brookmill

Our Environmental and Gardening Group have informed us of a series of Spring lectures at the Brookmill pub that may be of interest to our members. Full details here.

A carbon neutral Greenwich by 2030 and cleaner streets

Many of us are thinking about what more we can do about the Climate Emergency how we can keep our streets free of litter and graffiti. We can work with the Council on both of these issues.

Climate Emergency Network
The Council is setting up a Climate Emergency Network as part of the work it is doing to become carbon neutral by 2030. See here for details. 
The Council says that the reason for setting up the network is:
“about 25% of the borough’s total emissions come from the council’s offices, vehicles and housing, so we need everyone’s help to step up to the carbon neutral challenge. Everyone can make a difference and together we can tackle the climate crisis.”
When you join the Network you’ll get information about what you can do to reduce your carbon emissions. The Council will send you updates about what steps they are taking, and give you the opportunity to do your bit for Greenwich.
Please sign up to the Climate Emergency Network, it only takes a minute or two and many of us living in the Ashburnham Triangle are doing so. You can join the network here.

Environment Champions
Are you bothered about dog mess, litter or graffiti? If so have you considered becoming an Environment Champion? The Council has set up a network of Environment Champions who are a special type of volunteer and who help deal with environmental issues that might have a negative effect on our neighbourhood. They would support you in this role as would the ATA. For more information see

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Watch OUT Watch OUT....Car thieves about

Sounds obvious, but please make sure you fully lock your car when you leave your vehicle. Over the past two days, two cars in the Triangle have had possessions stolen as the vehicles were not locked.

We know thieves are operating in this area as two different individuals have been captured on camera trying car door handles in the early hours of the morning. They got lucky on several occasions this week and gained entry to cars in Ashburnham Place and Ashburnham Grove.


  • Don't just rely on your key fob to lock your vehicle. Before you walk away, double check your car door and boot is fully locked. 
  • Don't attract thieves by NEVER leaving anything on show in the car, especially a bag or even a coat on the passenger or back seat. Police have advised to leave your glove compartment open to show would be thieves there is nothing to steal.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Six Nations at the Ash!

There’s no better way to enjoy the Six Nations than watching it on the Ashburnham Arms’ massive screen this weekend. It all kicks off on Saturday with Wales v Italy at 2.15 then Ireland v Scotland at 4.45.
On Sunday France face England at 3pm.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Reporting fly tipping and graffiti

A reminder that Greenwich Council has a Fix My Street section on its website for reporting things which are broken, dirty, damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing, including:

  • graffiti
  • flytipping
  • broken playground equipment
  • street lighting
  • potholes
Report a problem here:

Severndroog Castle

Did you know that on Thursdays and Fridays (and occasionally on Saturdays subject to availability)  group visits can be arranged to local wonder Severngdroog Castle?
(Details of Severndroog Castle can be found here.)
If you are please email and they will be in touch with booking details. They are already taking bookings throughout 2020, so if you are interested best email them ASAP.