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Royal Greenwich 2016 Calendar now on sale

September 1, 2015 by  


THE 2016 edition of the Royal Greenwich calendar is now on sale, online and in local shops.

It's the fourth time that has produced a photo calendar using images from Greenwich and nearby.

This new calendar has sought to capture some wonderful moments such as a seal on the foreshore, a hippo (!) passing Greenwich, a Royal Navy ship passing the Thames Barrier and dozens of hot air balloons floating over Blackheath - a photo provided by Stu Mayhew.

There's also classic shots of Greenwich throughout the seasons with the cherry blossom of spring in April, autumn leaves in October and a snowy, wintry scene for December.

The price of the Royal Greenwich 2016 calendar is £6.99. If purchased online, postage and packing is £1.80 or free if two copies are bought. The calendar is already available in a range of local retailers with more being added soon.

Buy Royal Greenwich 2016 Calendar Online

Or find it in the following stockists:

  • E.M. Sabo newsagent - Stockwell Street, SE10
  • SBS Stationery - Stockwell Street, SE10 & Greenwich South Street, SE10
  • Susan Clark Interiors - Humber Road, SE3
  • Warwick Leadlay Gallery - Nelson Arcade, Greenwich Market, SE10
  • Karen Woolven Flowers, Royal Hill, SE10 (* as of Fri 4th Sept)
  • Pegga Cards & Gifts, Westcombe Hill, SE3
  • Old Cottage Coffee Shop - Charlton Park, SE7
  • Firepower Museum - Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18


Pennycook resigns as councillor ahead of General Election

March 16, 2015 by  

Matthew PennycookCOUNCILLOR Matthew Pennycook has today announced his resignation to the Chief Executive of Greenwich Council.

The move means that a by-election in the Greenwich West ward can now take place on the same day as the General Election in which Pennycook is standing to be the MP for Greenwich and Woolwich.

Cllr Pennycook's letter to Chief Executive John Comber says it has been an "enormous privilege" to serve as Greenwich West councillor but he has decided now "is the right time to stand down from the council in order to avoid the costs which might arise if a by-election has to be held after Thursday 7 May."

Pennycook was first elected as a councillor in 2010 and then re-elected at last year's elections. He was selected in December 2013 to be Labour's candidate at the General Election after incumbent MP Nick Raynsford announced he wouldn't be standing again.

The General Election takes place on May 7th.

Full text of Matthew Pennycook's letter to John Comber:

Dear John,

 I am writing to let you know that I have decided to stand down as an elected member of the Royal Borough of Greenwich with effect from today.

 As you know, my normal term of office ends in 2018. However, I have decided that now is the right time to stand down from the council in order to avoid the costs which might arise if a by-election has to be held after Thursday 7 May should the people of Greenwich and Woolwich give me the honour of electing me as their Member of Parliament at the forthcoming General Election.

 It has been an enormous privilege to have served the residents of Greenwich West ward over the past five years and I’m incredibly proud of everything that we have been able to achieve together during that period. I very much hope to have the chance to continue to serve the area and its residents in the years ahead.

 Lastly, can I thank you for your support during my time in office and ask that you please pass on my sincere thanks to the dedicated officers with whom I have worked over the past five years. Their support, advice and commitment to making our Borough a better place in which to live is appreciated enormously. 

Best wishes,

Cllr Matthew Pennycook

10pm update - response from Twitter

From fellow Greenwich West councillor, Aidan Smith

From Conservative Greenwich & Woolwich candidate, Cllr Matt Hartley

From Charlton Lib Dems

Nelson in Greenwich website goes live

March 2, 2015 by  

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GREENWICH.CO.UK has today launched a new website all about one of this country's greatest heroes.

The dedicated Nelson in Greenwich mini website catalogues the connections in life and in death between Nelson and maritime Greenwich.

The centrepiece of the microsite is a brand new Nelson in Greenwich trail, detailing fifteen places to visit in Greenwich to see Nelson related statues, busts, memorials, plaques and more.

The trail, which is available to view on the website and as a printable download, also includes two of Nelson's Band of Brothers, Sir Thomas Hardy and Sir Thomas Boulden Thompson, along with his faithful servant Thomas Allen.

There's also details of streets and pubs named after Nelson in Greenwich and a section for new articles about Greenwich where long forgotten or untold stories about Nelson and his connections with Greenwich will be shared.

The first article is all about the astonishing scenes witnessed in Greenwich as thousands of people waited - sometimes impatiently, sometimes violently - to see the body of Nelson as it lay in the Painted Hall in January 1806.

More articles are planned over the coming months. The new site is now live at:


Royal Greenwich 2015: The calendar made where time begins

December 4, 2014 by  

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The Royal Greenwich 2015 calendar celebrating the spectacular sights of the borough is available to buy now. has produced the annual calendar for the third consecutive year, selecting photos from across Royal Greenwich.

The calendar features a tall ship which took part in this summer's regatta on the cover and inside there are photos of the Thames Barrier from a different perspective, Greenwich Park at summer solstice and a snowy Old Royal Naval College.

The view from Severndroog Castle which reopened this year also features and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery make a welcome return.

The calendar, which was printed in the borough, is available to or you can find it at a range of local retailers.





English Oak planted in memory of Thomas Masterman Hardy

June 18, 2014 by  

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AN OAK tree planted in memory of Vice Admiral Hardy was unveiled in Greenwich yesterday.

The planting of the English Oak marks the 180th anniversary of the appointment of Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy as the Governor of Greenwich Hospital in 1834. He was the flag captain to Lord Nelson and it was to he that Nelson famously said "kiss me, Hardy" as he lay dying.

The tree, planted by the Nelson Society, is close to the old hospital mausoleum in the grounds of Devonport House under which Hardy was buried following his death in 1839.

The unveiling was carried out by Paul Ganjou, Chairman of the Nelson Society. The new leader of Greenwich Council, Denise Hyland and deputy mayor of Lewisham, Alan Smith joined Richard Upton, CEO of Cathedral Group - owners of Devonport House - at the event.

Richard Upton commented: "I am delighted Cathedral Group has been able to plant the Hardy oak tree near to Hardy's burial place. It was a pleasure to welcome the new leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the deputy mayor of Lewisham to Devonport House. I look forward to there being a closer working relationship between the two neighbouring boroughs."

From L-R: Cllr Alan Smith (Deputy Mayor of Lewisham), Cllr Denise Hyland (Leader of Royal Greenwich) and Richard Upton (CEO of Catheral Group)

Local MP Nick Raynsford and St Alfege's Chris Moody were also in attendance, along with representatives from the Nelson Society, Devonport House, Greenwich Hospital, the Greenwich Foundation, the Greenwich Society, the 1805 club and local businesses.

The blessing of the oak was carried out by Revd Susan Blackall from the Old Royal Naval College chapel.

Almighty God, bless this oak,
that it may grow in strength, beauty and resilience
and that it may inspire the lives of all who pass this way
with the example of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy,
in his heart of oak
and in his loyalty and love
for his friend, Lord Nelson, and for his country,
and for you, most steadfast and loving God:
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 


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