Invicta Primary School marks 79 years since wartime bombing

Fireman Harry Dixon’s family joined East Greenwich’s White Watch at the ceremony

Children at Invicta Primary School gathered this afternoon to remember the 15 people who died when the school was bombed during World War II.

Year 2 children joined White Watch from East Greenwich Fire Station for the short ceremony, 79 years to the day after the then Invicta Road School – which was being used as a fire station – was destroyed by a parachute mine which fell into trees opposite the school before exploding. Twelve firefighters and three others died.

Among those at today’s ceremony were members of the family of Harry Dixon, one of the firefighters who died that night.

Steve Hunnisett led the ceremony at Invicta Primary School

Local historian Steve Hunnisett led the ceremony, which came as the Year 2 children spent a day learning all about World War II. Steve was also on hand to talk to the children about the war, showing them shrapnel, an air-raid whistle, a gas mask and other items; while the firefighters also took questions from the children.

The plaque was installed at the school in 2017 by Firemen Remembered, an independent organisation devoted to raising awareness of the work of the fire services during World War II. It is on a Victorian wall at the back of the playground, the only remaining part of the original school. The replacement 1950s buildings were demolished in 2016 when the current school opened on the site of the old playground.

You can read more about the bombing of Invicta Road School on the Blitzwalkers blog.


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Westcombe Hill to get new bus to North Greenwich from October

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The new 335 service will follow the red route to North Greenwich

Bus users who live on the western side of Charlton will get a new service to North Greenwich from October after Transport for London confirmed its new route, the 335, will run via Westcombe Hill.

The new double-deck service will run between Kidbrooke and North Greenwich every 12 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes and every 15 minutes during evenings and Sundays. TfL hopes to begin the service, which will provide relief to the often-overcrowded 108 route, on 26 October.

Two options were presented in a consultation, with the possibility that the route could run straight down the A102, as the current 132 service does now. TfL – backed by Greenwich Council – opted to for a route via Kidbrooke Park Road, Shooters Hill Road, Stratheden Road and Westcombe Hill, to follow the 108 to North Greenwich.

The Westcombe Society – an amenity society for the Westcombe Park area – had led objections to the route serving Westcombe Hill, which has been a bus route for over a century. According to TfL, the society said running via Westcombe Hill was “unacceptable to residents who already suffer from frequent buses on a residential road”. It claimed the area was already “well served for buses to Greenwich Peninsula and North Greenwich”.

Another group, the Westcombe Traffic Group, complained about noise and pollution and called for buses on route 132 to be given double-decker buses to serve passengers from Kidbrooke. Double-decker buses have operated route 132 for ten years. TfL plans to use hybrids on the new 335. (Read the full consultation report.)

While the new route will be of huge use to those who have struggled to squeeze onto routes 108 or 422 to North Greenwich, it remains to be seen whether buses will already be crowded by the time they reach Westcombe Hill. The service is being funded by money from Berkeley Homes, which is developing the Kidbrooke Village development; while Transport for London – which has been cutting services in recent years due to financial problems – says it is using business rates income to bring the introduction of the bus forward.

It will also add to crowding at North Greenwich bus station, which already struggles in the evening rush hour. Plans are afoot for a new bus station, but a dramatic design with 24-storey towers has reportedly been dropped.


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Parksfest 2019 at Mycenae House this Sunday

Following on from June’s Charlton Park Parksfest, Mycenae House & Gardens hosts a Summer Sunday Extravaganza on the 28th of July, from 12pm to 5.30pm.

It’s the sixth time Friends of Mycenae Gardens has hosted a summer garden party and they promise a family friendly day with dance, theatre, arts & crafts, and a packed programme of workshops and activities.

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Organisations participating in the day include Emergency Exit Arts, JK Performing Arts, diddi dance, Theatretrain Greenwich, Tiptoes & Tappers, BoPeeps Preschool, Follies Face & Body Painting, Baby Sensory Greenwich, Toddler Sense Greenwich and Kerry on Dancing.

You can also hear live music from The Kimberleys, Roslyn Lloyd, Mary and The Lost, and Blackheath Centre for Singing, plus Morris dancing from Greenwich Morris Men.

See below for a video of last year’s event, and as with all Parksfest events, entry is free.

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