The Blackheath Society

Blackheath, with its Village and adjacent Heath, is a unique London environment.   The Blackheath Society, one of the country's oldest amenity societies, formed in 1937, exists to preserve and enhance our area.   Please join us in helping to do so.   In this site you can see what we do, and how you can help.

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The Annual General Meeting of the Blackheath Society will be held onTuesday 27th June, 2017 at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. at St Mary’s Church Hall

5 Cresswell Park, SE3 9RD The Agenda will be: 

  • The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 30th June 2016 
  • Presentation of the Report and the Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 
  • Appointment of an Independent Examiner of the Society’s accounts for the year ending 31 December 2017.  It is proposed to re-appoint Field Sullivan Ltd. 
  • Election of members of the Management Committee 

Attention is drawn to Rules 11 and 20 of the Society.  Philip Binns has given notice that he will retire at the end of 2017. Maureen Corcoran has given notice that she will retire at the AGM.   David Walker and Allan Griffin will retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election.  Nominations have been received for the election of Nicholas Patton, Nicola Peers and Fiona Sanderson. 

5.     Appointment of Honorary Vice-President.  The President and the Committee nominate David Quarmby to be appointed as Honorary Vice-President of the Society.

6.     AOB 

Following the close of formal business, the 80th Anniversary of The Blackheath Society will be celebrated with:

a.   The publication of the history of The Blackheath Preservation Trust

b.   The publication of “Walking the Village”

c. The launch of the new Blackheath Society logo

This will be followed by a presentation of the current consultation regarding the future of the disused changing rooms area in Talbot Place.  

Please note that informal drinks will be served from 7.00pm before the meeting. 

South Eastern Rail Franchise consultation - now extended

The Department for Transport is inviting responses to its consultation on the South Eastern Rail Franchise and the Society is keen for as many people as possible to respond. As members may be aware one of its most controversial suggestions (Question 17 on page 23) is simplifying the service on the Bexleyheath Line so that all services terminate at Cannon Street (as has been done for the Greenwich Line). The consultation document is at:

The page above has also a click through to an online response questionnaire and a questionnaire download for those preferring a paper copy.

The questionnaire is fairly long and takes about 20mins to complete. It does include the question about simplifying services but if your major concern is regarding the Bexleyheath Line it will be quicker and probably more effective to email the DfT on this topic directly. A click through to email is shown on the page ( Please give your name and postcode in your email (required by DfT) and we would appreciate being copied in to give us some idea of the number of responses from members (

The consultation has been extended and responses must be submitted by 30th June.

The Society's response can be seen here.

There are other local groups who are looking at the South East Rail Franchise Consultation and have information that may be of interest.

Transport for Charlton:

From the Murky Depths

Blackheath Village Archive Images

Tranquil Vale

Tranquil Vale, Westside c 1905

Over 1200 images of Blackheath Village have been published on our sister website

Many thanks to the scanning team of Sue Shields, Helen Doris, Jo Swadkin, Hilary Weedon and Philip Smith for the many hours of hard work they have put in.

Also thanks, of course, to Neil Rhind without whom the archive would not exist.

We are happy to see the archive continue to grow and are very grateful for the recent contributions of David Warren, Frank Smith, Roger Marshall and Olive Amos. We always welcome new additions, (particularly of Blackheath in the 1960s and 1970s).

Please contact if you think you have something you would like to add (original photos will, of course, be returned after scanning by the team).







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The Old Bakehouse,
11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA

Office normally open Mondays - Thursdays 9.30 - 1.30. Please call the office first to check.

Tel: 020 8297 1937


Society dates and news

The Graffiti Removal Team Meetings
first Saturday in the month

Meet outside the minicab office at Blackheath Station at 2.30 p.m. Further details from
Meg Dinkeldein on 020 8856 3545

Blackheath Society Drop In Session
in Age Exchange TBA


Other dates For The Diary

Age Exchange Book Sale
Second Saturday of the month 10.00 - 4.00 in The Bakehouse, behind Age Exchange

Blackheath Assembly Meetings

12th July 2017

Westcombe Woodlands

Volunteer Days:
  Please note there is no facility for parking here.





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