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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AGM 2016

The society held a very successful AGM on Thursday 30th July and would like to thank all those who attended. 

David Quarmby retired as President of the Society after 14 years and we are enormously grateful to his commitment to Blackheath.  We are very pleased that David will remain an active member of the Society.

The Society is delighted to announce that Neil Rhind has been appointed as its new Honorary President.  Neil is a well-known figure in Blackheath and is regarded as an authoritative local historian and writer.  He was member of the committee from 1969 and was Chair from 1993-1998 when he retired and was made a Vice-President.

F R (Bobby) Furber (1921-2016)

Bobby Furber

The Society deeply regrets to report the death on 29 June of one time Society Chairman Frank Robert (known to all as Bobby) Furber.  He had reached the great age of 95 and enjoyed a long and very useful life.  Bobby joined the Society in 1948, when he moved to a flat in the recently-restored No 14 The Paragon, on his marriage to Ann Wilson.

In the late 1960s the then chairman: Jack Bullocke, one of the founding fathers of the Society along with Douglas Percy Bliss and Alan Roger Martin, approached Bobby to sound him out as a successor in the Chair. Bullocke knew then that he was terminally ill and was concerned for the future of the Society.  Bobby agreed and, to his surprise and regret, his time came sooner than expected because Jack Bullocke died in 1969. Bobby took over and took a grip. There was some sensible reorganisation and a change of approach and he recruited young people of promise to the management committee, and then called the Council. 

For the next 20 years until his retirement in 1989 Bobby Furber ran the Society with great skill and reminded the local and national authorities (Greenwich, Lewisham and the LCC [later the GLC] that the Society was a body to be reckoned with.  It enjoyed nigh on 1,000 members and had a formidable reputation in winning most of its campaigns.  One of his first tasks was to field the local battalions against the hugely damaging motorway proposals which were planned to demolish Blackheath Village with a six lane highway. This was seen off with Blackheath joining a London-wide campaign.

Bobby Furber, a solicitor with particular skills in planning law, gave hugely to the Society and Blackheath people generally.  He was a kind, generous and outgoing. He opened his cellar, his library and his piano to the Committee on many occasions after business had been concluded, to everyone’s delight.


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).


New Cultural Heritage Trail

All Saints’ Church have published a new Cultural Heritage Trail for Blackheath Village.  They have done so to promote a greater interest in and understanding of the contribution of Victorian philanthropists to the cultural, religious and educational inheritance in Blackheath Village, most of which we still enjoy today.  It is part of the Piping Up! programme to celebrate the restoration of the historic organ in All Saints’ Church, and is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Pick up a copy at Age Exchange, All Saints’ Church, or The Conservatoire.   Or download and print your own copy here, printing front and back, and folding the paper twice to make a leaflet.  Further details can be found by visiting





Pheasant on the HeathPheasant on the Heath
           sant on the Heath

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

Neil Rhind Historical Walk of Blackheath
Sunday 18th September 2016
Booking form here Neil Rhind Walk Sept 2016

Heath Clean Up Day
Saturday 1st October 2016

Thursday 13th October, from 7.30 p.m.
St. Mary's Church Hall - talk by Roger Johnson, Editor for The Sherlock Holmes Journal, and co-author of The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany will give a talk on the many interesting insights about Conan Doyle and his connections with Blackheath.    Tickets £10.00 available here

Blackheath Village Day
Saturday 3rd December 2016


Other dates For The Diary

Age Exchange Book Sale
Saturday 10th September
10.00 - 4.00

Blackheath Assembly Meetings
2 November 2016
7 February 2017

Westcombe Woodlands

Volunteer Days:
Saturday 3rd September   10.00 a.m.
Sunday 2nd October 10.00 a.m.
Saturday 5th November 10.00 a.m.
Meet at the Seren Park car park gate
.  Please not there is no facility for parking here.

Farmers' Market
Every Sunday 10.00 - 2.00 in Blackheath Station car park.   A large selection of stalls selling a variety of fresh/organic produce





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