An Evening with Humphrey Ocean RA on Saturday 14 May
The forecourt of Forest Hill station has been given a new lease of life.
Message from Helen Ferguson, Project Manager, Programme manager and Property at LBL:
Willmott Dixon Construction have been on site at Dartmouth Road for just over 2 months and in that time they have made a great start to the programme:
- The first few weeks were dedicated to enabling works, which included extending the hoarding line, carrying out remedial works to Louise House, setting up welfare facilities for the staff
- We received approval for all pre-commencement conditions from Lewisham Planning Department, which allowed Willmott Dixon to commence building works.
- Construction work began in early February with ground excavation and levelling; using crushed material from the demolition of the pool halls to form a ‘piling mat’, a temporary surface to carry the weight of heavy machinery such as the piling rig.
- To date Willmott Dixon have excavated and removed approximately 2,500m3 of soil, to be re-used on another site, and are currently carrying out piling works (piling 22 metres below ground level), in preparation for the new building’s foundations.
The start of building work on the new Forest Hill pool site was officially marked on 21 February by a ground breaking ceremony carried out by the Lewisham Mayor, Clllr Chris Best and Mark Tant MD of the Willmott Dixon Construction Group.
Willmott Dixon has already commenced work on the new pool and leisure centre in Dartmouth Road at the beginning of January. For more details see:
The Forest Hill Society are helping to organise this always popular annual event and will provide an authentic Forest Hill Scot to address the haggis. If you’d like to wear a kilt or recite some Burns poetry, then that would be great.
Book directly with the pub on 020-8699-3311. £14.95 per person All Inn One (The Foresters)
Here’s the menu:
Cock – a – Leekie Soup orVegetarian Scotch Broth
Haggis, Neeps and Tatties
(Traditional or Vegetarian Haggis)
****Complimentary nip of scotch whisky to toast the bard
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced that from 2015, eight museums including Horniman are to lose their government grant. The department has said that these museum are “local” not national museums and should therefore find suitable sponsors to ensure a sustainable future or be supported by local councils.
In a statement, a DCMS spokesperson confirmed that the funding of all its sponsored museums was secure until the end of 2014-15. “We are now exploring whether the department’s non-national museums may be more effectively sponsored through other bodies or programmes in the longer term. As part of the transfer arrangements the department will seek to be satisfied that new sponsors can offer a sustainable future for these museums.”
One of the museums on the list, the People’s History Museum in Manchester, has said that it may have to abandon its policy of free entry from 2015 as a result of these cuts.
The eight museums on the list are: Horniman, the Geffrye Museum, Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, the National Football Museum, the Tyne and Wear Museums, the Design Museum, the People’s History Museum and the National Coal Mining Museum.
The Forest Hill Society and Forest Hill businesses would like to hear from people who are interested in inspiring local residents in a fabulous event of local, community-run activities that celebrates just what is available in the community.
Forest Hill high street businesses are offering their venues and facilities for POP UP SHOPS to hold free activity sessions. And they are inviting you to take part. It’s a great opportunity to promote your project, interest or business to local people. They’d like to hear from people who are interested in inspiring residents of Forest Hill in a fabulous event of local, community-run activities that celebrates just what is available in our community.
Forest Hill Pop Up Shop event is on Thursday 2nd December 2010 6pm – 9pm; Children’s activities 3pm – 6pm
For further details on running a 45-minute activity session contact Hugh before the 15th November and we will include your session in the programme and publicity campaign.
People are already going to share
The exciting new pool development at Forest Hill, due to open in December 2012, is currently going through the planning process. So what new facilities are going to be provided and what does the building look like?
The new pools complex will include the following:
- a 25m x 13m main pool
- a 16.7m x 7m learners’ pool
- a 9m x 8m meeting space/multipurpose room
- a 11.5m x 15.6m studio
- a fitness studio, which (judged by the number of equipment “stations”) will be the biggest in the borough
- a cafe
And here are some external views of the building:
What was life like for destitute girls in the late nineteenth century? How did Louise House inspire a visiting paediatrician from Poland? Could the building find a new community use in the 21st century?
Louise House used to be a Girls’ Industrial Home providing care for destitute girls whilst they learnt skills (there is a laundry block to the rear of the building.) The foundation stone was laid by Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, in 1890. Built in the domestic revival style, it is highly decorated externally but it has a utilitarian interior retaining the original floor plan.
It also has links with Janusz Korczak, the Polish/German/Jewish paediatrician, children’s author and martyr whose visit to Louise House in 1911 inspired him to devote his life to the enlightened care of children.
He founded an orphanage in Warsaw, implementing many of the ideas he’d seen in practice at Louise House. On the morning of 6 August 1942, German soldiers herded the orphanage staff and 192 children towards the railway station with Korczak at their head. The group was forced onto a train bound for Treblinka extermination camp. That is the last that was heard of them.
The pdf below looks at the history of Louise House and plans for its future. Research by Steve Grindlay; documentation by Tim Walder; design and recent photography by Hilary Satchwell
Long-awaited improvements to the underpass at Forest Hill could now be within sight thanks to a decision of Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet on Wednesday 20 October.
The M&C agreed to provide up to £104,000 from money allocated to improve access to the East London Line stations in the Council’s capital programme to renovate the subway. Together with funds from Network Rail it looks at long last as if local residents may soon have a decent underpass to walk through on their way to and from Forest Hill Town Centre.
Let’s hope this long saga will soon come to an end.
Full details of the Mayor and Cabinet decision here