E.T.A.T. (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking) was the brainchild of Dr Mary Catteral  whose vision it was to set up a group for isolated lonely people who would be encouraged to be creative and share skills.

The group meets twice a week at the Thamesbank Centre on the Peabody Estate in Pimlico and its members live on and around the estate.

E.T.A.T. sits at the heart of the community and provides a family environment not only for its members but for the wider community by putting on regular events and by joint working with other local organisations such as the Tate Britain and the Abbey Centre.


Dr Mary Catterall 12th July 1922 to 4th October 2015

Mary Cotteral

Dr Catterall believed that “Many people live cut off from human contact and lead isolated lives, deprived of their human gift – speech and the other exclusively human gift is creativity – the visual arts, music, reading and writing”.

After forty years of working in NHS Hospitals as a physiotherapist, medical student, doctor and consultant, Dr Catterall believed that the most enduring medicine is encouragement and this is why she set up E.T.A.T.



A Selection of Our Arts



At E.T.A.T. we’re always busy making something to exhibit or sell and celWonderland15ebrating local culture.  In deed we have been known to re-create the London skyline and even the sky and its planets out of cardboard and papier mache.

The last event we held was a celebration of Christmas including Santa’s grotto and a skating rink on the estate.

We were also able to release our book of memories – Pimlico Voices, which went on sale at the event and is available now – pop in and buy one on a Tuesday or Thursday.

Excerpts from Pimlico Voices

Early Years

Pat: One time, when Doug was very young, he was told to go and tell a Policeman that the baby was about to be born. He ran and said to the Policeman,

‘It’s me mum…it’s dad, he’s done it and there’s blood everywhere!’


Ruby: During the war, I went dancing in Covent Garden for sixpence. A lot of Americans went there but I never got to know any and I didn’t know anyone else who did. I went in the afternoon and then went on to do a night shift.

Jane D: I danced everywhere in the 60s: Hammersmith Palais; Battersea Town Hall; Caxton Hall; Chelsea Town Hall; the Lyceum; and I met my husband at the ballroom under the Notre Dame De France. My parents met dancing at Fulham Town Hall in the 30s, people still dance there today.

Margaret: We had a big gramophone you had to wind up with a great big thick needle. We used to dance at home and I remember my aunt coming over and putting a marching record on.


Jane Buttigieg
Encouragement and Well Being Co-Ordinator
Thamesbank Centre
Peabody Avenue

mobile: 07903 955624               email: janebuttigeg@hotmail.co.uk


E.T.A.T Registered Charity number: 1159712

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