The St. John’s Society

Chair Date
Ray Pennell 1998 – 2003
Robert Whimperley-Dixon 2003 – 2013
Roger Lewis 2013 – 2019
Litsa Breingan 2019 –

Local History

Thankfull Sturdee (1852 – 1934)

Thankfull Sturdee (1852 – 1934)

Born in 1852 at 209 Evelyn Street; his father was a tailor, then a stationer.  The family had a long connection with Deptford.  Thankfull Sturdee married Catherine Sarah Bland in 1883 when he was living at 27 Albyn Road, St. John's, London SE8. The 1901 Census noted:...

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that the former Deptford Power Station is regarded as the world's first centralised power station.  Since the sixteenth century, Deptford had provisioned all vessels associated with pioneering voyages. Sir Francis Drake departed from its banks in the...

Before the growth and expansion of London

Before the growth and expansion of London

Until the industrialisation of Britain that led to the rapid sprawl of London over the first half and middle of the Nineteenth century, south-east London was a series of market towns and villages each with an economy focussed on servicing what were then the two...

St John’s Society Timeline

1997 The beginning….

Two local mothers, campaign to stop the small lake in Brookmill Park from being filled in and lost forever (Sarah and Litsa). This is covered by the media and receives lots of local interest

1998 St John’s Society Established

  • St John’s Society Established as a body to campaign for locals
  • Campaign for ‘Plane Noise’ reduction (with BrocSoc)
  • Article 4 Direction applied to the area

1999

  • Campaign to improve double yellow lines’ signage in St John’s
  • Request for ‘free’ papers to be delivered

2000

  • Broadway Fields – working with Deptford Discovery Team for its new use
  • Children’s Playground in Brookmill Park, campaign to have it moved to its current location
  • Railtrack lobbied to reduce night time antisocial noise whilst doing essential maintenance

2001

  • Maintenance of the fountain in Brookmill Park to get it working again
  • Maintenance of the fountain in Brookmill Park to get it working again• Deptford Challenge Trust Grant applied for
  • Reinstatement of Victorian Canopy at St John’s Station
  • St John’s Society man a table at Hilly Field’s Fayre

2002

  • Campaign SE London Against Heathrow Expansion (with BrocSoc)
  • Traffic calming measures for St John’s
  • Seager Buildings – an attempt to stop it getting higher

2003

  • ‘Party in the Park’ 14/9/03 sponsored by Deptford Challenge Trust and local businesses
  • The bridge at St John’s Station painted by locals to get rid of graffiti

2004

  • ‘Picnic in the Park’ 12/9/04
  • ‘Save Our Trees’ campaign (4 trees replaced in Albyn Road)
  • Recycling boxes to all households and recycling points established (one of the first areas in Lewisham to get these)
  • Fireworks at St John’s Church promoted
  • Thames 21 River Clean Ups established
  • Talks on rivers (Thames 21), crime prevention and residents’ parking

2005

  • Supporting 150th Year Celebrations at St John’s Church
  • Despite campaign to save historic water pumping station and former water managers offices (built 1862) this was bulldozed to make way for the Stephen Lawrence Centre

2008

  • Stephen Lawrence Centre opened
  • Seager site applies to increase height. SJS are joined by BAG (Brookmill Action Group) to lobby against increase in height
  • Solar Powered Bollards are introduced to Brookmill Road
  • St John’s Consort (local musicians) give concert in the church in aid of the area
  • Ashmead School demolished for new school to be built

2009

  • Support establishment of ‘Friends of Deptford Creek’
  • Broadway Fields open to public with new park
  • Support opening of new Ashmead School (27/3/09)

2013

  • Society lobbied for extra trains and were granted the 7.01am from SouthEasternRailways

2014

  • Roll of Honour restored in St John’s Church (paid for by the Society)
  • Two trees planted outside of Brookmill Pub on island to commemorate those who died WW1 & 2 (paid for by the Society)

2015

  • Council lobbied to repave Admiral St and Strickland St

2016

  • Lobbied for Heritage light in St John’s Garden (behind church)
  • Website given funding/grant by Brockley Assembly
  • Noticeboard at station (funded by Brockley Assembly)
  • New sign for the Station

2017

  • Chair worked with BrocSoc on campaigns and issues of joint interest eg Street Trees
  • CPZ now live
  • Planning: Ashmead School, Aladdin’s Cave, Bakerloo Line discussed
  • Facebook page for Society introduced

2018

  • Commemoration Event 11/11/18 at the two planted trees on island (outside Brookmill Pub). Local residents and children from schools invited.
  • Bridge re-painted
  • Fingerpost sign (Friendly St/Albyn Rd) fixed

2019

  • Greening Fund applied for St John’s Garden (behind church)
  • Planning: EV charging points chased
  • Twitter for SJS introduced. Noticeboard fixed and is used again for promoting SJS

2020

  • Both FB and Twitter has been really important for communicating to locals during the Pandemic
  • Mailing List updated
  • Constitution updated

Please note that the Society is run by volunteers. 🙂