Community Projects

Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Centre

The Archibald Corbett Society worked with Community Teachsport and the Council to establish the Abbotshall Healthy Lifestyle Centre in May 2015. It’s a brilliant local healthy lifestyles centre with football and cricket pitches, athletics track and field areas and an indoor studio with a huge range of classes from step aerobics and zumba to yoga and pilates (and much more!).

The centre also features vintage tea room Truly Splendid, serving a range of soups and stews, sandwiches and salads, as well as a delicious range of teas and cakes.

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Older community projects

Since its launch in 2013 the Society has set up a number of projects designed to achieve its main objectives of preserving Archibald Corbett’s legacy and developing the Corbett Estate in the future for the benefit of its residents. Projects range from setting up a Neighbourhood Planning Forum, building a community garden, developing a healthy lifestyles awareness campaign to a campaign to save our local shopping parades, a photographic competition, making a film and exhibition about Archibald Corbett. Find out more about our older projects below.

Corbett Portraits

Over 50 people attended the inaugural awards ceremony of ‘Corbett Portraits’ at Torridon Road Library, Catford, on Thursday 6th November 2014, a photographic competition organised by the Archibald Corbett Society. The photographs feature local residents, their families, shop keepers, street cleaners, the local butcher and other people who live and work on the Corbett Estate.

‘The House Across’ was the winning photograph by Aidan Henrickse in the under-18 category

Aidan Hendrickse is presented with his prize by Heidi Alexander MP

MP Heidi Alexander handed out prizes in the Over 18 category (won by David Rose with runner-up Sarah Baldock) and the Under 18 category (won by Aidan Hendrickse with runner-up Lola Williams). The winners received digital cameras and will attend a day-long photographic workshop run by local professional photographer Tom Broadbent.

Lola Williams’s amazing image, entitled ‘Not So Black And White’ received the runner-up prize in the under-18 category

Lola receives her prize from Heidi Alexander MP

The event was organised by local resident and Archibald Corbett Society member Ben Honeybone, who said “people took some fabulous photographs, and I think were really proud to see their work exhibited in the Library. We hope to run the competition again next year, and build up a ‘living history’ of people on the Estate that future generations will be able to look back on”.

‘Costa Del Catford’ by David Rose won the over-18 category

Heidi Alexander presents a very happy David Rose with his prize

The Society was launched in October 2013 to preserve the legacy of Archibald Cameron Corbett, a philanthropist and social housing reformer who built the Corbett Estate, comprising over 3000 family homes on 287 acres of farm land across Hither Green and South Catford between 1896 and 1913.

Sarah Baldock’s photograph ‘ Millie On The Stairs’ received the runner-up prize in the over-18 category

MP Heidi Alexander presents Corbett Portraits Competition Awards