Events

Fogwoft Celebrates Anniversary (almost) of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel


Fogwoft had a stall at the Birthday Party of the Friends of Island Gardens (FoIG) on 5 August which was just one day later than the 115th anniversary of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel in 1902.
We dispensed strawberries and cream and information about the foot tunnels to the throng that was passing through and attending the event. The proposed new bye-law and fogwoft’s response to it and also how many use the tunnel was part of that information. We discussed local concerns many of which, though not wholly, were about cycling in the tunnel, especially by inconsiderate cyclists.
We hope all enjoyed the strawberries, as English as the weather on the day. The foot tunnel offered one of its many uses by sheltering us, and many more, in its entrance from the thunderstorm.
Many thanks to those who donated to us. We exist financially purely on donations from the public. Our gross takings for the afternoon were £ 57 which has helped with printing costs and a new banner. Many thanks also to the FoIG with whom we have shared many concerns over the last four years.
August 2017

Fogwoft AGM and Public Meeting 2017
Monday, 27 March 7.00 pm

Star and Garter Public House, 60 Old Woolwich Rd, Greenwich, SE109NY
All are welcome to come to our third Annual General Meeting which will be followed by a meeting to review the year of both the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels and our involvement. Fogwoft is a partner to the TfL-funded movement management scheme which is being trialled in both tunnels by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We will also take stock of the plans for new signs for both tunnels, events for the year and what the development of Charlton Riverside means for the Woolwich tunnel.
The small committee will be up for re-election and should you wish to nominate anyone for the position of Chair (currently Dr Mary Mills), Secretary (now Ian Blore) or Treasurer (now John Philips), or one of the three borough members, please let us know by email at fogwoft3@gmail.com. If you wish other matters to be on the agenda please again let us know.
The meeting will be in the back room of the Star and Garter pub. This is at the junction of the Old Woolwich Rd and Greenwich Park Street at the rear of the Greenwich power station and to the east of the Royal Naval College.
We hope to see you there.

New Plaque for Greenwich Foot Tunnel
On 5 July 2016 fogwoft members turned up at Cutty Sark Gardens to celebrate the unveiling of an interpretive plaque for the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. They were joined by a representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The ceremony was led by Deputy Leader Cllr. Danny Thorpe, whose staff had designed and commissioned the plaque. It will do a great job in explaining the history and original reasons for the historic foot tunnel. It may even answer the common visitor questions of whether this is a public lavatory or the Greenwich Observatory!
It is the latest in a series of projects by the Royal Borough to enhance users experience of the tunnel. Fogwoft have been closely consulted about all three projects.
Since the completion of the major refurbishment scheme in 2014, it would have been easy for the Borough to lose sight of the importance of this working heritage. It is to their credit that they have not; and fogwoft will continue to support innovative actions that improve both tunnels.

An evening about the foot tunnels
Tuesday, 15 January 2016 at 7.30pm

Greenwich Industrial History Society
Ian Blore, Mary Mills and John Phillips will talk through a history of these two rare subways under the Thames. They founded the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels (fogwoft)in 2013 and have consistently kept these marvels of Edwardian engineering in the public eye. But watch out for inconsiderate cyclists!

Where: The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath Village, SE3 (rear of Age Exchange)
When: 19.30, 15 January, 2016

AGM and Public Meeting
Monday, 25 January 2016 at 7.30 pm
Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich, SE18 6PN

All are welcome to come to our second Annual General Meeting which will be followed by a meeting to review new projects in both the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels and our involvement. Fogwoft is a partner to the TfL-funded movement management scheme which is currently being installed and will be trialled in both tunnels by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We will also take stock of the proposed remote lift status alert system and the plans for new signs for both tunnels.

The small committee will be up for re-election and should you wish to nominate anyone for the position of Chair (currently Dr Mary Mills), Secretary (now Ian Blore) or Treasurer (now John Philips), or one of the three borough members, please let us know by email fogwoft3@gmail.com. If you wish other matters to be on the agenda please again let us know.

Woolwich is easily accessible by various forms of public transport and there are cycle stands across the road from the Town Hall.

AGM and Meeting
Monday, 6 October 2014 at 7pm
In Room 4, West Greenwich Community and Arts Centre
141 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA
(Bus 177, near DLR/Mainline Station, bike stands outside the building)

The AGM will elect the following committee members:
Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, representatives from London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Woolwich; nominations may be sent to fogwoft3@gmail.com
The meeting following the AGM will discuss Greenwich Council’s proposals to better regulate traffic in the tunnels.

All Welcome, and Refreshments Provided

Agenda
1. Welcome, apologies and introductions (Mary Mills)
2. Matters arising from the Minutes of the General Meeting 23/1/2014 (Mary Mills)
[Dick Vincent, London Towpath Ranger for the Canal and River Trust will take the Chair]
3. Review of the year (Mary Mills)
4. Finance (John Phillips)
5. Committee Vacancies and Elections
Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Press Officer (now vacant),
Representatives of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Woolwich (now vacant)
6. Any Other Business

The AGM will be followed by a General Meeting
This will primarily be to discuss the initiative of the Royal Borough of Greenwich to bid for funds to better manage traffic in both tunnels
1. The London Towpath scheme and reflections on the tunnels (Dick Vincent)
2. Summary of the RBG proposals, status and the fogwoft position (Ian Blore)
3. Discussion of the proposals and suggestions for:
a) Design of any scheme (including opposing it)
b) Scheduling and publicity
c) Managing user behaviour
d) Monitoring and evaluating its success
4. Summary of the discussion
5. AOB

Celebrate Greenwich Tunnel

Sunday, 3 August at 3pm at Tunnel South Entrance, Cutty Sark Gardens

Join Fogwoft to celebrate the opening of the tunnel on the 4th August 1902 and the completion of the refurbishment works

Live music from Trinity musicians Michael Underwood and Oscar Laurence
Short addresses from Dr Mary Mills and Ian Blore of Fogwoft, and
Walk through the tunnel to Island Gardens where refreshments will be served

Event supported by Apex Lifts

Talk on 20th May    

The history and geology of the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels will be the subject of a talk by Jackie Skipper (of the Brunel Museum) at a meeting of the Greenwich Industrial History Society on Tuesday 20th May at 7.30.                                                                                                                 
GIHS meetings and talks are open to non-members for a nominal fee of £1.The venue is The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA –rear of Age Exchange and roughly opposite Blackheath station. (There is no  parking in the immediate vicinity).

 

General Meeting Thursday 23rd January at 19.30

The Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels will hold a General Meeting in Room 4, West Greenwich Community and Arts Centre
141 Greenwich High Road SE10 8JA (Bus 177, near DLR/Mainlne Station, bike stands outside the building)
at 7.30pm on Thursday, 23rd January 2014
All are welcome and soft liquid refreshments will be available

Agenda
1. Matters arising from the Minutes of the Inaugural Meeting
2. Committee Vacancies and Elections
Please if possible nominate any candidates before the meeting to fogwoft3@gmail.com
3. Finance
4. Progress on Tunnel Refurbishment
5. Options for Managing Considerate Use
6. Mechanisms to Enhance Visual Appearance
7. Future Events
8. Date for Next General Meeting
9. Any Other Business

Locals Celebrate 101 Years of the Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Over thirty people gathered at the Woolwich foot tunnel to celebrate its opening exactly 101 years ago to the day and hour.  They came from both banks of the river, on foot, cycle, bus and even taxi to proclaim that this secretive tunnel is important to so many east Londoners.  Some were appropriately dressed in Edwardian gear whilst some wore cyclists lycra.      Exif_JPEG_PICTURE      Exif_JPEG_PICTURE At the tunnel they were met by Fogwoft Chair, Mary Mills , and Trinity Laban sax player, Mike Underwood, the first with a short speech and the latter with music.  The local police were also in attendance, not so much to control the crowd as to mark and register bikes.

After enjoying a celebratory cupcake  most descended the stairs into the early 20th century tunnel ambiance. The acoustics in the tunnel were found to be perfect both for sax players and singing “Happy Birthday”.  Busking must surely be permitted.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREl Exif_JPEG_PICTURE Twenty one souls walked the tunnel and relived the occasion of its opening by returning via the Woolwich Free Ferry (long may it live). The party then went their various ways hoping that the resumption of works to the tunnel will restore it to its former glory.

Ian Blore and John Phillips

Saturday 26 October – A Commemoration of the 101st Anniversary of Woolwich Foot Tunnel
 
The tunnel was opened 101 years ago, to the day, by luminaries of London and Woolwich led by Major-General the Right Hon. Lord Cheylesmore, chairman of London County Council.
We will follow the arrangements of 1912, but without a Major-General, and proceed under the Thames to the north bank in the Borough of Newham, in an area still known as North Woolwich.  From there we will return by ferry.  One pass through the tunnel was obviously enough then for Edwardian luminaries. The only difference between then and now is that we will have the benefit of taking exercise down and up the stairs.  The good Major-General had lifts and we hope to see those again installed and working one day.
Those who make it back from the north bank will have the chance of a tunnel birthday cupcake (children first) and may take tea either at the Waterfront cafe or an alternative for those who the cycle back.
Pedestrians please assemble at Woolwich Tunnel entrance by 11.00.
For cyclists  we’ll start at Cutty Sark Gardens at 10.00am. The ride is short, about 12 miles, flat, almost entirely off-road and easy even for children.  We will return to Cutty Sark Gardens at about lunchtime. Bikes may be locked to the limited cycle stands in front of the Waterfront Leisure Centre or to the railings on the river side.  We will also have a guard to keep an eye on those during the commemorative walk.
or Ian Blore 07900253658
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Thursday 5th September – Inaugural Meeting Our Inaugural Meeting took take place at The 10 Centre, Tarves Way, Greenwich starting at 7.00p.m. The agenda included acceptance of our aims, the constitution and election of officers.  All were welcome.  The venue is behind Greenwich DLR station at the end of Straightsmouth.