Green Man Estate Community History Project
Residents share memories of the estate
Current and former residents of the Green Man Lane estate have been sharing their memories of life in the area as part of a community history project which has been launched in West Ealing.
The coffee mornings and afternoon teas, organised by Rydon, A2Dominion and Conran & Partners, part of the estate’s redevelopment team, have proved popular with residents, including the Green Man Lane over 50s club, as they have been able to discuss and share their own accounts of the estate and surrounding area.
Each person has also been given a diary to write down what they remember about growing up in the area.
The first coffee morning had over 20 residents from the estate and local community attending. Residents reminisced about using the air raid shelter in nearby Dean Gardens, working at the Autotype Fine Arts Company (pictured above) and the original names of the pubs in the area.
Robert Copland, a neighbouring resident of the Green Man Lane estate and member of the over 50s club, comments:
“Participating in the community history project has allowed me the opportunity to reminisce about my past and share experiences with people who have similar memories of the estate and area. For example, when I was a sixteen year old lad working at the Autotype Fine Art Company, I was called up to serve in the forces in the Second World War. Before going off to serve, I remember being evacuated to the air raid shelters in Dean Gardens as soon as we heard any gun fire or bomb alerts.”
The next community history project tea afternoon is taking place on 7th July at 3pm in Jubilee Hall on Green Man Lane.
Information collected will be put on display in the Green Man Lane community centre, along with old photographs of the estate and the local area. There are plans, if there is enough interest, for a book to be published on the history of the estate which will be sold locally in shops in Ealing and all of the proceeds will go towards future community projects.
David Price, A2Dominion’s Regeneration Director, comments:
“It is lovely to see so many member of the community coming together to share their accounts of growing up at the Green Man Lane Estate and in West Ealing. “The coffee mornings and afternoon teas have been extremely popular and some wonderful stories have come out, not only about the area but also about the residents and neighbours who have lived here.
“Projects like this one enable the past of an area to be remembered and passed down through the community to the younger generations.”
For more information on the Green Man Lane community history project or to become involved, contact Jennifer Jones from A2Dominion on 0208 840 3458
For more information, visit www.greenmanlane.co.uk
June 2, 2010