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Ownership Builds Confidence

Developing community projects that bring ownership, inclusivity, empowerment and wellbeing.

Thamesmead community people


The Thamesmead Community Benefit Society (TCBS) is a newly formed organisation made up of Thamesmead residents and community development enthusiasts. Many have been involved with the South Thamesmead Garden Estate Project already through the Community Design Collective. TCBS will empower local people to bring what they want and need to their community.


Our Projects


Claridge Way Memorial for Ted Claridge

Claridge Way in Thamesmead is named after Ted Claridge. Ted Claridge was elected to Greenwich Council for the Thamesmead Moorings ward in 1982. He served as mayor in the municipal year of 1991-92.

He had been involved with Trust Thamesmead since the 1980s where he was chair and vice-chair, before the Trust made him its Life Long President.

Cllr Chris Roberts, the Leader of Greenwich Council, said: “Ted Claridge was one of those rare people whose contribution to the community was considerable, and will be remembered for many years to come.”

Ted moved to Thamesmead in 1976 from the east end of London, where he had previously held the mayoralty of both Hackney and Shoreditch.


Mural created by Gary of Drostle Artworks

Nature - Art

Nature - Art Mural piece was a Dynamic project, bringing art and nature together in Thamesmead. The aim is to involve a local artist, Gary Drostle, who aims to encompass nature and art into the grey urban landscape of Thamesmead.  It brought together colourful art and climbing plants to a local Thamesmead wall facade, along a frequently used and key walkway in Thamesmead. 


We have been working with the members of TCBS for a number of years now and we have been impressed and pleased by the community spirit and energy that they bring to the table and their practical, get-it-done approach to local activities.

Sean, Groundwork

Cory is delighted to be working in partnership with TCBS in preparation for the Bexley Eco Festival, not only have they opened loads of doors in getting the local community networking together, they have played a key role in identifying cost effective solutions with local businesses

Fiona, Manager CORY

TCBS offers valuable support to the Edible Garden and the Atrium’s garden. Each member shows hight interest in community engagement. They are full of initiatives, dedication and enthusiasm. TCBS is a great group to be part of and work with!

Georgiana, Peabody

I’ve been looking at the garden for two years and wanting to fill it with colour.
I’ve previously owned a small nursery which I used to run from my scrap yard.
My love for gardening and flowers has been ignited again.


Chris: Local Thamesmead resident

Upcoming Events

Thamesmead Community Fridge

Community Fridge Launch and Networking Event

The Atrium Community Centre,

Teeswater Court, DA18 4DG

14th July 2023

12 - 6pm

The official launch of Thamesmead's Community Fridge.

Pop by to collect free groceries, connect with local people and have a cup of tea and cake with us

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