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foot tunnel lifts to get iphone app Plan to send alerts when they’re stuck


A SMARTPHONE app is planned to Council’s idea. It follows the failure of a says the council had promised that even if alert people to problems with the lifts bid to trial immersive technology in the the bid failed “resources will be found to footways, used by 3,500 people a day. fund an alternative scheme with the at Greenwich Foot Tunnels. The lifts are still unreliable despite an £11.5m refurbishment of the historic tunnels. App users would be alerted when the lifts are stuck so they could plan alternative routes if necessary. Tunnel Friends group Fogwoft says it “cautiously welcomes” Greenwich

The Royal Borough had applied for a grant from the Mayor of London’s Future Streets fund to test constant electronic monitoring of who uses the tunnel, when. Signs would have activated to tell cyclists to pedal if the tunnel was clear, or push if pedestrians were nearby. Fogwoft

group’s help.” But five months on both sides are said not to have met to discuss an alternative. A spokesperson for Greenwich Council said: “As explained to Fogwoft, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to Turn to Page 5

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OU may think the Queen’s House is all white…and you’d be all wrong. An expert has been checking ahead of the big refurb we revealed last month. And they found that not only were east and west wings different shades...they don’t match the central building or the stone columns of its collonades either. On his blog, Patrick Baty says there are three options: Paint all three buildings in the colour of the Portland stone columns; Paint the three buildings to match the Queen’s House; or make the flanking blocks the same colour and that the (central) Queen’s House maintains its difference... whatever they decide it’s an awful lot of Dulux. he Tall Ships Festival has been criticised by Conservatives here who want

About the GV THE Greenwich Visitor is published once a month – on the first day of the month – and is distributed every day. We print on average 40,000 copies every month. Of those around 30,000 are taken by RESIDENTS and 10,000 by VISITORS. Readers CHOOSE to read The Greenwich Visitor. We don’t go through letterboxes, so we don’t get mistaken for junk mail or magazines and end up straight in the bin. It means all our copies are taken locally, by people who WANT to read us, within easy reach of your business. Find your copy at: Waitrose, Greenwich: Dreadnought Wharf, Victoria Parade, 1 Thames St, SE10 9FR Sainsburys Greenwich: 55 Bugsby’S Way London SE10 0QJ. Co-Op Greenwich: 200 Trafalgar Road SE10 9ER Sainsburys Eltham: 1a Philipot Path SE9 5DL Sainsburys Lee Green: 14 Burnt Ash Road SE12 8PZ Asda Charlton: Bugsby Way, Charlton, SE7 7ST And at selected hotels, bars and restaurants. If you’d like to stock the Greenwich Visitor for your customers please call 07731 645828. And from our street distributors, Clive, Debbie and Senira. Advertising & Editorial: Matt Clark

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The Greenwich Visitor’s admirable social diary, brought to you by the spirit of Horatio Nelson to axe the £1.7m “vanity project”. True, it’s not cheap and there are worthwhile cases for more spending. But shouldn’t some of our money be spent on a community event we can all enjoy? t last you can inspect the Painted Hall’s ceiling from the safety of your own


home…a new video has been shot by the BBC using a drone. Check The footage at: embed/82hUd8XodFY ot pretty is it? Of all the developments growing high into the sky over us, Greenwich Square (inset)


really is poor. Iffy shades of grey (topical Ed) panels are studded by pointy...squares. An architect’s in-joke perhaps? It reminds us a little of the old hospital, really. But the apartments will sell. People need homes, after

here’s what YOU ask US There’s a lot of work going on at Visitor – good start. Next visit the Greenwich Market...are they Tourist Information Centre at building the new hotel they were Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark talking about? Not any more! Gardens (just next to the Cutty Greenwich Hospital, which owns Sark). It’s officially London’s best the site, won permission to build a TIC. And the excellent staff there hotel but the recession changed all won the Gold Award in the 2013 that. We were first to report the Information Provider of the Year plan had been delayed. Then the category of the Visit England landlords announced it was OFF. excellence awards (after landing But they are improving the roof, Silver last year). You don’t HAVE putting a new smaller market in a to be a tourist to use their yard next door and refurbishing expertise either. Get advice, buy shops and offices. You can see the tickets for boats, tube, DLR, rail, difference being made to the buses and coaches, book a tour, property on Page 10). It has new buy tickets for other attractions (if opening days during the work: you must!). Discover Greenwich Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and next door is great for kids. Sundays. There’s been a market We heard about a yacht race here since the 1300s. coming to Greenwich? Too late! Is the Foot Tunnel working yet? The Tall Ships Festival was in After a botched £11.5million September. And it was mostly refurb, the final touches were still great. Around 15 ships will be being put to the 112-year-old back in August and Greenwich Greenwich tunnel as the Tall Ships Council wants an annual event. arrived last September...only for a Is anyone using the cable car lift to fail. Things still aren’t right. yet? Cheeky! The Emirates Air See our story on Page 1 about Line is amazing. Sadly it’s a possible new app. Info: not much use for getting about but it Updates: www. is a fabulous, futuristic uk/Greenwich/ attraction that WANT TO ADVERTISE? Travel/footwe love. TfL tunnels just need to tell HAVE A STORY? I read that more people Call Matt on 07731 645828 Greenwich is a about it. You World Heritage know where we Matt@TheGreenwich Site? Yes, it gainsd are! UN World Heritage We watched the Site status in the Olympics in 1990s. It means our Greenwich. It’s a lot buildings and history are so different now. There was a amazing they’re UN-protected. 20,000 stadium here in 2012. It And it’s a Royal Borough? Yes. We was controversial, but most agree have 1,000 years of Royal links. the Games were great for our Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were global appeal. born here and christened at St Museums. Are they free? Yes – Alfege Church, in the town centre. except the Fan Museum, which In fact Queen Elizabeth played has no public funding but a under the oak tree that now bears world-leading collection of fans. her name in Greenwich Park. And the Wernher Collection of art Dating tests have just proved the at Ranger’s House, run by English tree – which fell down in a storm Heritage. There are some paid for in the 1990s – is the right age. The exhibitions at the National Queen Elizabeth granted Royal Maritime Museum. You pay to Status in February 2012. stand on the Meridian Line too. Wha t shou ld we do today? And since February it’s 20p to You’ve picked up a Greenwich use the loos in Greenwich Park.





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all. Which is perhaps why an estate agent is moving in to the Plaza building next door. The former cinema has had a chequered history – Stars nightclub, a restaurant; a bookies. Let’s hope the new tenants succeed. e’re privileged to publish the Blog of Samuel Pepys in our paper each month (see P23). Writer Tony Kirwood has just set up a website. And so to...www. ad to report that skateboarding on the new Swing Bridge at Millennium Quay is affecting people’s enjoyment of it...and damaging the paintwork already. One passer-by who asked the youngsters to stop got a mouthful of abuse. How selfish.



This is the place in The Greenwich Visitor where groups and people tell us what they do, why, and how you can help. This month: NCS with The Challenge

NCS: The Challenge WE are proud to live in a country with a rich mix of different ages, cultures and backgrounds. But instead of valuing our differences, we often let them divide us.

The Challenge is the UK’s leading social enterprise charity for building a more integrated, responsible and engaged society. We work on a local level to connect people across all ages and walks of life through youth and community programmes aimed at helping diverse groups mix. And we challenge them to make a difference in their community. This summer, 23,000 young people aged 16 and 17 will take part in NCS with The Challenge – an intensive three-week summer programme across London, Surrey, Berkshire, the West Midlands and the North West. They’ll do outdoor activities, meet new people, and give something back to their communities. They’ll also have new skills to put on their CVs or college applications. There are three challenges: NCS Personal Challenge: Sociallymixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities. NCS Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the community. NCS Real Challenge: Teams design and organise activities that will bring their community together over four weekends in September. To make The Challenge happen we are looking for 3,500 summer staff – first to set up the programme, then to lead and mentor the young people on it. Positions last from two weeks through to 14 weeks throughout summer. Residential and non-residential roles are available. We have paid positions available for people at every level of experience, from those who want to gain further experience working with young people through to experienced Project Managers. We run the programme across all London boroughs – including Greenwich – and salaries are very competitive at up to £1,540 per 14-day role. If you’d like to work on The Challenge then take a look at our website: or email me – Greenwich’s NCS Staffing Associate Mark Hatt – on I’m happy to answer your questions and queries. And I’d love to welcome you to NCS MARK HATT with The Challenge.



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seal you later! Creature gives photographer a wave


gig it a go! “A HARMONIC phenomenon bursting onto the scene like a firecracker”…The Dowsing Sound Collective is coming to Greenwich. The collective takes groups of first time and experienced singers, mixes them with pro and semi-pro musicians, then gigs them in “serious venues with full sound, light and staging.” Founded by musician Andrea Cockerton (above), it’s had backing from artists like Basement Jaxx and Boo Hewerdine. Bands covered include The National, Rufus Wainwright, Sigur Ros, The Divine Comedy, Jamiroquai, Goldfrapp, Arcade F i r e a n d Va m p i r e We e k e n d . P l u s classical composers like Carl Orff, and Heinrich Isaac. Andrea says: “I founded the The Dowsing Sound Collective in Cambridge, where I was once a choral scholar at Trinity College. “ I t ’s v i s c e r a l , challenging, and utterly different to a n y th in g e ls e o ut there. We’re obsessive about great music – known and unknown. Around 40 per cent of our singers are men.” Weekly rehearsals begin in Greenwich and Deptford on Thursday 5 March and are open to men and women, beginners and experienced singers. There’s no audition, but, Andrea adds: “You need to be able to sing in tune and be willing to be pushed a little outside your comfort zone.” Find out more – and see performances – at thedowsingsound

WE ARE SEALING: Seal at Blackwall Point (arrowed) could be Judo, seen in our paper in March 2013

A SUN-BATHING seal appears to give photographer Edward Simmons a wave as he basks in spring sunshine here in Greenwich. Edward was on the Thames Path at Blackwall Point on the Greenwich

Nicola told us: “Wow! It looks quite SEND US Judo like. Its also the same time of that we spotted her. So YOUR PICTURE year she’s come back. I’ll OF A PERFECT DAY maybe keep a look out for her.” If you

Peninsula when he spotted the creature on the beach at low tide. It bears a striking resemblance t o J u d o – t h e N o r fo l k s e a l spotted here in 2013 by artist and mudlarker Nicola White. Send

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Lowry worked here HE was famous for painting matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs in Salford...but did you know LS Lowry painted here too? The Thames at Greenwich has gone on display for the first time in 40 years after KETCHUP stains were removed during a restoration. You can see the cleaner area on the right of the picture (above). It was painted in 1959, two years after a trip to London when Lowry (inset) sketched the industrial scene. It is believed to be part of a series of works in preparation for his large-scale View of Deptford Power Station – part of the National Maritime Museum’s collection. The Greenwich picture hung in a family home for three generations. It is now on loan and on display at the Lowry Collection in Salford. Curator Trevor Evers said: “Having been displayed in a family home for so many years the oil painting had a light layer of surface dirt, including two small, and very old, ketchup stains.”

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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s best events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on Page 19


WHO KILLED BAMBI? Borough Hall hosts the London premiere of this fabulously-titled work by the acclaimed Swiss choreographer Renaud Wiser which takes an uncompromisingly critical look at the state of our society today through a combination of dance, music, film and theatre. Mar 6

CREATURE: Wildlife thrives in the Creek

‘This is better than Legoland – and Legoland is brilliant!’

RAHMAN/DRUMMOND What a team! Brilliant jazz pianist and composer Zoe Rahman is joined by viola virtuoso Amanda Drummond - whose collaborators range from Courtney Pine to Gorillaz - for the annual Global Fusion Music And Arts International Women’s Day celebration at Charlton House. Mar 7

JEPHTE This glorious Baroque oratorio by the 17th century chamber music pioneer Giacomo Carissimi is the highlight of a concert by Eltham Choral Society at Holy Trinity church. The evening also features Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, which includes the exquisite Laudate Dominum. Mar 14

JUST Award-winning writer Ali Smith is a patron of Greenwich Theatre, so it’s fitting that the Crooms Hill venue is staging the tenth anniversary revival of her great satire on justice. What’s more, the work will be performed by actors from the excellent Kidbrooke Theatre Company. Mar 17&18


WEIMAR KABARETT/JOY DIVISION A double bill by Harry Denford at the London Theatre, New Cross, about two aspects of life in Nazi Germany. First: What happened to the Jewish songwriter who penned the immortal Falling In Love Again. Second: Polish girls forced into sexslavery. Mar 17-22

BLACK This challenging, unflinching yet timely look at racial tensions in Britain is the creation of prize-winning playwright Keith Saha and his theatre company 20 Stories High, who will be performing the piece backed by a live DJ - at the Albany as part of their nationwide tour. Mar 17&18

SPANDAU BALLET For those of you who hanker for the days when the New Romantics ruled the roost, dandy yourselves up and hot-foot it down to the 02 arena to revel in the nostalgia of mega-hits like Gold, Chant No1 (I Don’t Need The Pressure On), Through The Barricades and True. Mar 17&18

HAGIT YAKIRI Five dancers interpret the Israeli choreographer’s masterpiece ...In The Middle With You, taking the audience at Laban Theatre on a poignant journey though love and loss, friendship and emotion in this absorbing and universally admired study of what it is to be a human being. Mar 19

SCHUBERT FESTIVAL Nine concerts featuring the Austrian genius’s greatest piano compositions and songs, performed by two dozen different Trinity Laban students in a series of eight recitals in the Peacock Room at King Charles Court and one in the Old Royal Naval College chapel. Unmissable. Mar 24-27

BRUNDIBAR This Blackheath Halls opera especially for children is about a villain who persecutes a fatherless boy and girl busking to raise money for their sick mother. The brute meets his match when the pair enlist the help of a sparrow, a dog, a cat - and the town’s other youngsters. Mar 31-Apr 2

Deptford Creek was once a name known across the world as a key player in the British Empire’s international trade network.

That can be hard to believe now when you look at this final one-mile stretch of the River Ravensbourne before it joins the Thames, writes MILES HEDLEY. In fact at first glance it appears to be dead, a wasteland of rotting wharves, semi-derelict buildings, mouldering embankments, rubbish-strewn mudbanks and murky brown water. Yet it is very much alive. Its imperial past may have crumbled but today it is a haven for an amazing – and flourishing – array of birds, mammals, plants, shrubs, trees and invertebrates. Some of the tiniest creatures are invisible to the naked eye. But a wildlife survey for the Creekside Education Trust, based on land next to the river, found there are up to two million per square metre in parts of the siltrich mud. This abundance is directly due to the collapse of British industry in the 20th century which left the area largely abandoned and falling apart. As the Trust puts it: “This glorious decay has allowed nature to move back in.” LEARNING: Trust workers actively manage Primary School the creek to create biodiversity kids at Creekside with the result that it now supports more than 130 species of wildflower, thousands of fish – including young eels which swim nearly 4,000 miles from their western Atlantic hatching grounds – 50 types of bird and gazillions of creepy-crawlies. Wildlife highlights include the dazzling kingfisher and the humble freshwater shrimp – a superstar resident because it can’t live in polluted of prestigious awards. As ekside Discovery string w a t e r a n d Cre w e l l as regenerating the Centre, Deptford therefore Ravensbourne, the team have proves how created the Creekside Discovery clean the Centre, an eco-friendly wooden Ravensbourne building which serves as their Open all year base has become in its – and contains a bizarre post-industrial collection of oddments found in the neglect. The trust was creek, from mobile phones to ancient set up in 1999 to campaign for t h e bottles to plastic toy robots. regeneration of the creek and its banks. They once also found a set of stolen In the years since, a dedicated team of medals and were able to return the volunteers and staff have worked gongs to their owner’s delighted family. tirelessly to transform the river into A vital part of the trust’s work, what it is now – one of London’s according to coordinator Bettina happiest environmental success stories Kabutz, is to carry its green message to and one that has been celebrated with a local people and to schools, a task that


becomes ever more important as the old industrial sites are cleared for expensive – but ecologically sterile – waterside apartments. Organised walks along the creek at low tide, when the river is up to five metres below the high-water mark, are a r e g u l a r f e a t u r e o f t h e t r u s t ’s programme, which is aimed at people of all ages. As well as being educational, they are enormous fun. I joined a group of primary school youngsters on a freezing winter’s day to find out what was lurking among the mudflats, lumps of broken stonework and rusting supermarket trolleys – which, incidentally, are sometimes left

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up the creek with a paddle WILDLIFE: Starling at Creek

where they were dumped because they are colonised by fish and other aquatic creatures. We were led by trainer Brenna Boyle who was a fount of knowledge not only about the wildlife but also the history of the area. As you can imagine, the kids loved splashing through the muddy water, getting within a few feet of ducks, geese and swans and sieving the river with nets to catch shrimps and in one case – to shrieks of mock-horror – a jet-black leech. Their laughter and cries of excitement

RIVERSCAPE: From warehouses to the futuristic Laban building

echoed along the creek between the steep banks, the old railway bridge that crosses it here, the ultramodern multicoloured hull of the Laban dance centre nearby and the river’s strange collection of moored houseboats. Later, Bettina recalled how a lchild said during a river-walk in January: “This is better than Legoland – and Legoland is brilliant!” It could be a motto for the trust. For more information about visits, volunteering, family holiday activities or booking a walk, visit www.

HANDS FREE: Vehicles at O2

Driverless car trial launches AN £8m driverless car trial in Greenwich – revealed by The Greenwich Visitor – has been officially launched. Meridian shuttle buses which will carry people around North Greenwich peninsula were shown for the first time at a launch attended by Business Secretary Vince Cable, writes EMMA SUPPLE. The government-funded GATEway Project is being run by TRL in partnership with Greenwich Council, which is keen to make the borough a Smart City. Cycle lanes were closed for the launch. But Dr Reed insisted trials would not affect other means of transport. Project director Dr Nick Reed said: “The cars are programmed to be cautious. They have better judgement of risk than humans. They can also help elderly and disabled travellers. They’re also quiet, zero emission vehicles.” He said he hoped “different types of transport can work together in harmony.” Official trials start in May and residents will be able to test the vehicles themselves.

App for Foot Tunnel users From Page One exploring funding this work through another route. “We are still exploring opportunities with bidding partners but to date have not yet identified a way of funding the work at this time. “In the meantime we will continue to work with Fogwoft to encourage cyclists to act responsibly and not to cycle in the Foot Tunnels.”. Fogwoft secretary Ian Blore told The Greenwich Visitor: “Fogwoft have tabled an invitation to discuss options after the ‘failure’ of the TfL bid. No response from RBG as yet but we can fully understand their position.” He added: “There are proposals for a smartphone App to alert users of lift problems. We have asked to be involved and to be part of any trial. “The proposal perhaps does not reflect well on confidence in the lifts, but we cautiously welcome the initiative.” The council has been criticised for its management of the £11.5million scheme to refurbish the century-old walkways. The botched refurb took four years to complete and the council has taken legal action against three building firms to recoup money. Tell us what you think. Would you use an app to see if the tunnel is working? Email

Art Workshop:

Baroque Courtyard and Colonnades Fri 13 March, 10.00 – 16.00 Collage the ORNC in this fascinating workshop. Discover the exciting shapes, tones and textures of the famous courtyards. Suitable for all levels. £40, visit Meet at the Welcome Desk in Discover Greenwich

Balwyn High School Concert Wed 25 March, 11.30 – 12.30 Come to the Chapel at the ORNC and listen to a special performance of jazz and modern songs from Balwyn High School, who have come to the ORNC to perform all the way from Australia. Venue: Chapel

Hidden Details of the ORNC:

Easter Trail Sat 28 March – Sun 12 April, 10.00 – 17.00 Explore the ORNC and discover some of the surprising hidden details in the paintings, objects and buildings with the Easter trail, full of games, spotting and activities. £2 per trail, includes a map and prize. Suitable for ages 5+. Trails available at the Welcome Desk in Discover Greenwich.

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Laban stars in TV dance year


DANCERS from TrinityLaban are at the heart of the BBC’s Year of Song and Dance 2015. Documentary Strictly Modern Dance, will tell the story of contemporary dance through the journey of a group of Trinity Laban dancers. Cameras will watch them encounter, understand and then perform some of the most iconic and revolutionary modern dances from the last 100 years. Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne said: “Strictly Modern Dance is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent and quality to the world. I’m absolutely delighted that Trinity Laban has been selected to embody the wonderful world of contemporary dance, and open it up to a wider audience.” Other shows include the final of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015 in May, wh ic h wi l l b e j u d g e d b y experts including Trinity L a b a n p r o f e s s o r Wa y n e McGregor and alumnus Matthew Bourne. And BalletBoyz: The Talent will document the life and work of this ground-breaking independent dance company, which regularly includes Trinity Laban graduates. Info:

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WE love to see you sharing The Greenwich Visitor with people across the planet…and here’s one of our favourite pictures ever! Emily Hill took her copy to Tanzania where she met Maasai tribesmen Lucas (centre) and Kimaay at Loongoku Village in the Serengeti. We don’t carry the football results, so Lucas and Kimaay couldn’t read about their Manchester United heroes. But we’ll post a copy so they can see themselves in the headlines! Emily, from Greenwich, was visiting friends at St. Constantine’s International School in Arusha, with her dad Geoff. A world away from East Africa, reader Joan Petersen sent us a picture from the port of Gilleleje, in Denmark. She was in Greenwich with husband Jann visiting their son, who is studying music here. In Gillileje, Joan told us, there is “always fresh air and fresh fish,” This month we’re also in sunny Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Reader Sue Hennessey, of Sidcup, told us: “My husband Dave took this picture of me with my Greenwich Visitor at our apartment in Costa Teguise.” Wish we were there, Sue! Now Email your photo to Matt@

Find Easter fun for the family


KIDS love Easter fun...and there’s plenty coming up. Enjoy a traditional egg hunt at The Bridge in East Greenwich Pleasaunce on Sunday March 22 (2.30-4.30). It’s £2 per child, with seperate groups for Under 5s and Over 5s plus cakes and refreshments. Funds will help the self-funded, community-led children’s centre. Rivington Grill is hiding eggs in Greenwich Park on April 4 and 5. Find one to claim your prize. Take part in an Egg Decorating contest on April 5. And there’s an Easter Trail at the Old Royal Naval College from March 28 to April 12.


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Elbow, Manics, Madness and Kinks legend at ‘bigger, better’ festivals

A glittering array of talent is lined up for two big music festivals here this summer.

Elbow, the Manic Street Preachers and Madness headline the second two-day OnBlackheath festival on September 12 and 13. And Ray Davies, George Benson and the Gipsy Kings play at the second Greenwich Music Time event at the Old Royal Naval College from July 22 to 25. Te r r y F e l g a t e – o n e o f t h e OnBlackheath organisers – said: “From the very outset we always used Elbow as a reference point for where we saw OnBlackheath sitting, so it’s fantastic to have them headlining in our second year, and with the Manic Street Preachers sharing the bill on the Saturday too. “Madness’s only London show of the year is a great coup – that’s a band whose music a big part of our audience will have grown up with.” Last year there was criticism that few local businesses were involved. Terry says: “We’ve been listening to TOP GUY: all the feedback. Tickets have been Elbow’s Guy Garvey priced at a lower level than last year, and we have a residents discount on weekend tickets bought through our website, and an early bird price available until April.” Organisers are also said to have promised some modifications to lessen noise for residents. Last year the first OnBlackheath was headlined by Massive Attack, Grace Jones and Frank Turner and attracted 25,000 people. This year organisers are Greenwich hailing “a bigger and better” show. Saturday headliners Music Time Elbow have recored six studio albums, written classics like One Day Old Royal Naval College Like This and won Mercury Prizes and Brit a w a r d s . We l s h r o c k free. Tickets are at royalty the Manic Street In July Greenwich Music Time takes place 25 22July Preachers are celebrating against the epic backdrop of Sir Christoper the 20th anniversary of their Wren’s Old Royal Naval College. Last year over ground-breaking Holy Bible album. 16,000 fans watched Goldfrapp, Australian Pink On Sunday Madness – with a string of huge hits Floyd, Jools Holland and Russell Watson. over 35 years – play their only London date this The opening night headliner is to be announced but year. Supporting them are US R&B star Kelis, indie on Thursday July 23 its flamenco superstars Gipsy rocker Anna Calvi and British soul star Laura Mvula. Kings. On Friday 24th former Kinks frontman Ray DJ Gilles Peterson returns with the Heavenly & Davies performs songs from his legendary catalogue Friends Stage and Chris Holland features on the new including Waterloo Sunset, Lola, Days and You Really Meantime Sessions stage. Got Me. Saturday 25th is 10-time Grammy-winning The festival will again feature food, with a Chef’s jazz singer and guitarist George Benson. Club, Food Demonstration Stage, arts experience GMT spokesman Peter Taylor said: “The area and street entertainment. Weekend adult tickets inaugural Greenwich Music Time was a huge cost £89. Saturday-only tickets are £54.50 and success and we’re delighted that it will return in Sunday-only tickets £45. Tickets for 13-16s with an 2015.” Tickets costing from £35 to £125 are on sale adult are £35 and £29 respectively. Under 13 are at


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o2 has the blues BRITAIN’S biggest blues festival is coming to Greenwich this year. The Dave Matthews Band will headline the three-day BluesFest 2015 at the O2 in November. Last year the event was held at the Royal Albert Hall and 30,000 fans attended. This time events will be held at the O2 arena, the Indigo and Brooklyn Bowl. Bands include Grammy-winning blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band and British star Jo Harman. Festival Director Leo Green said: “This move is a clear statement of ambition from all involved in BluesFest. It became clear that it was time to find a new and bigger home.”

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Guided tour for Duchess

THE Queen has been checking up on the new exhibition at the Fan Museum in Greenwich to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

When the Greenwich Visitor popped into the Fan Museum in Crooms Hill for a sneak preview, a visitor from Windsor Castle arrived to compare notes with the Royal Palaces’ own Waterloo exhibition at Windsor, writes COLIN BROWN. George1V, the former “bad boy” Prince Regent created a Waterloo room at Windsor and had a collectors’ fascination for all things Napoleonic. The visitor from Windsor Castle would have seen that the Fan Museum, too, has many gems from the period. It has captured a touch of the elegance – and the poignancy – of the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball in Brussels on 15 June – the eve of the fighting at Quatre Bras, just three days before the great battle that was to shape the future of Europe for another 100 years. Among the fans on display, there is a Hussar’s tunic tossed casually over the back of a chair, as though one of the Duke of Wellington’s officers has just gone off to dance with one of the many famous women who attended the ball. The glittering ladies included the notorious Lady Caroline Lamb, who scandalised Regency society over her love affair with Lord Byron, and Lady Frances Webster, a dazzling married woman of 21, who was rumoured to be engaged in an affair with the Duke in Brussels, though she was already four months’ pregnant. Fans – before the days of air conditioning – were fashionably small for younger ladies held tightly in corsets, though elderly dowagers may have resorted to bigger fans to combat their hot flushes. The fans on display reflect the changing fortunes that led up to the final battle – there is a brilliant ivory fan dated from 1802 which is titled: Long may we enjoy the blessings of peace with England and France. Another from the same date shows Napoleon carrying an olive branch of peace. Those hopes of peace were short-lived. Many – including a bone fan titled He Lives Forever – mark the death of England’s great hero Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805 in a decisive victory over the combined French and Spanish fleets that ensured that England really would rule the waves until the 2 0 t h C e n t u r y. A n exquisitely carved s cavalry, who would all be killed just eight circular ivory fan, Fan Museum, Croom Hill, Greenwich miles away on the rolling fields at Mont St dated 1810, bears the Jean near the town of Waterloo. coat of arms of the Lady Caroline wrote “There never was Earl of Lonsdale, such a Ball – so fine and so sad. All the young whose second son Until May 10 men who appeared there shot dead a few days fought in the Peninsular later.” War to force Napoleon’s The injured included her own brother, a forces out of Portugal and Spain, which ended in Napoleon’s capitulation in dashing cavalry officer, Sir Frederick Cavendish France in 1814. That was before his escape from Ponsonby, a cousin of Sir William, who survived exile on the island of Elba, and his triumphal despite being sabred, speared through the back, return to Paris in the Spring of 1815, promising and left for dead. Lord Byron captured the that the “Eagle” would fly from steeple to steeple poignancy of the hurried partings in his epic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: until it reached Notre Dame. Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro, The fans would have fluttered faster at Lady Richmond’s Ball as news arrived that Napoleon And gathering tears, and tremblings of distress, And cheeks all pale, which but an hour ago had crossed the border and was marching on Blushed at the praise of their own loveliness; Brussels. Wellington ordered his officers to go to their units straight from the ball. They included And there were sudden partings, such as press Sir Thomas Picton, who commanded the 5th The life from out young hearts, and choking sighs. His words, and the swirl of the dresses at the Division, the Duke’s favourite ADC Sir Alexander Gordon, and Sir William Ponsonby, Duchess of Richmond’s Ball are brought alive by commander of the Union Brigade of heavy the fans that fluttered in the ballroom in the coach

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house in the Rue de la Blanchisserie, Brussels, where the Richmonds had rented a house. Helene Alexander, owner of the Fan Museum, said the history of period is told in the way that the fans were manufactured, and not just in the events depicted on the fans. “The fans were small in this period because of the upheaval and war. A lot of young fan makers and apprentices went off to the war and there were trade embargoes (enforced by Napoleon) that prevented the import by sea of ivory and tortoiseshell. Fan makers had to use bone and horn instead of ivory and mother of pearl.” She added: “The fans are a reflection of the times in which they were made. I feel this is a wonderful opportunity for people to see the variety of fans and how they developed from the 18th Century into the 19th Century – and how they were affected by the Battle of Waterloo.” Author Colin Brown’s new book The Scum of the Earth, What Happened to the Real British Heroes of Waterloo? is published in May by Spellmount, an imprint of The History Press.

THE Duchess of Cornwall had a guided tour of new Fan Museum exhibition Waterloo: Life & Times, writes Emma Supple. The Duchess – a patron since 2009 – was shown round by founder and director Helene Alexander and curator Jacob Moss. Jacob said Waterloo was a “subject that particularly chimed with her. She was really enthusiastic about the overall show.” She also received a lesson from conservator Yuki Burt and left with “goodies” from the museum’s gift shop!

Wellington Celebration LEARN more about the Duke of Wellington at one of the Fan Museum’s unique In Celebration evenings. Robert Evans speaks about Wellington: The Waterloo Years on March 9 (7pm) – and explores the personal and public image of the Duke as the archetypal hero figure. The talk brings to life the extravagant social scene of the period including the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball. Robert Evans is a writer, researcher and lecturer in military history .

Over 55s to see for free ENJOY the Fan Museum for free this month...if you’re aged 55 and over. A Seniors Open Day on Monday March 23 will help introduce new people to its unique treasures. Yo u c a n t o u r t h e museum, enjoy curator-led tours and talks and fanmaking workshops, handle precious fans and even enjoy afternoon tea in the Orangery. You must bring proof of age on the day. Places on workshops are limited so call in advance on 020 8305 1441 or email j.munday@thefanmuseum.

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developers in for ‘our kew’ ELTHAM’S “Kew Gardens” is on sale with bids closing this month – and is tipped to become a housing development.

Avery Hill Winter Garden was part of the University of Greenwich campus. But the Uni is moving its operations there to its new £60million building in Greenwich town centre. It announced the sell-off on the day it abandoned a bid for Lottery Heritage Funding to improve the listed building, which is on English Heritage’s At Risk register, writes EMMA SUPPLE. In a brochure, estate agents GVA describe the property as an “outstanding redevelopment opportunity.” They would not reveal the price it is expected to fetch. But property experts told us a developer may build a development around the historic building – similar to Durkan Homes’ Woolwich Academy site. GVA added that there is “a further phased withdrawal envisaged by December 2018.” This month another 200 people joined the Save Avery Hill Gardens Facebook group – bringing it up to 2500 since December. They aim to make sure whoever buys the building protects it and keeps it open to the public. They fear an unscrupulous developer may let the building collapse and develop over it. Friends

SITE:Avery Hill in Eltham

secretary John Webb said: “The sales document doesn’t deal with the problems of the building”. It was put on the At Risk register in 2002 although the University insists it has spent “over £1 million in the conservation of the Winter Garden since 2010” so “the structure is sound and the roof weather tight and safe.” It says any new owner will have to stick to covenants. And Greenwich Council confirmed: “covenants will remain in place…and can be legally enforced by the council.” But a spokesman for English Heritage told The Greenwich Visitor: “The owners of listed buildings are under no legal obligation to maintain their property in a good state of repair.” One Save Avery Hill member Anne-Marie Dawe wrote: “I just hope it gets sold in a way that will help the community and keep it available for public use”.

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PRINCE Andrew helps top out the new 18-storey InterContinental Hotel – and got an amazing new view of London. The huge 453-bedroom hotel next the O2 has panoramic views across to Canary Wharf and the capital. Due to open this year, the hotel –operated by The Arora Group– will have a rooftop Sky Bar, a ballroom for 3,000

guests, a conference centre, 20 meeting rooms, spa with pool, restaurants and bars and a Tea Salon. Arora founder and chief executive Surinder Arora said: “We are delighted to reach this milestone. We’re on track to open one of the most significant new hotels London has witnessed for several years.”

q up again for show THERE’S another chance to see Avenue Q – the award-winning musical which was a smash hit at Greenwich Theatre last year. Sell A Door’s production returns from May 12-24 and is one of the highlights of the Theatre’s Spring season. This month, from March 4-8, the Lost Watch Theatre Company presents Kate, set in Iceland in 1940 when 2,500 British troops arrived after the outbreak of war. Eleven schools or youth theatre companies will perform during the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, including Corelli College who revive Ali

Smith’s Just on March 17 and 18. Greenwich Theatre director James Haddrell said: “Ali was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours and Corelli, as Kidbrooke School, premiered the stage adaptation of Just 10 years ago. So this will be a triple celebration of Connections, our partnership with Corelli College, and Ali as one of our patrons.” Thrill Me From April 8-18 is a chamber musical set in Chicago in 1924 about two college kids who think they have committed the perfect murder. Info:

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compare the market BEFORE AFTER

THE next big changes are underway at Greenwich Market with work to replace the market roof, re-lay cobbles, refurbish the portico and improve drainage, power and lighting.

off-site – with 11 layers of paint to be removed! The Market will be open Thursdays to Sundays while work is completed, with a temporary market yards away in Fry’s Court off Durnford Street. Shops in the Market open seven The roof and its struts will be removed days a week. Gillie Bexson, of owners in two phases to be stripped and cleaned Greenwich Hospital, said: “The vision is

not to change but to refine – sensitively, carefully and for the long term.” An example of the new work, she said, was the transformation of shops and frontage at 20-22 Greenwich Church Street (above) and the newlyopened Sticks’n’ Sushi in Nelson Road. Info:






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with GAYNOR WINGHAM @ @ElthamArts


ave you written a book? Or would you like to? We have great writers in Eltham. The wonderful entries for our community poetry and short story competitions, and our anthologies of them, have produced a lot of published authors. But we also have authors who have gone it alone and have published their own books. earl Thompson was born in the 1950s in London with parents from Guyana and Jamaica. Her book A Vibe Rant Pearl tells the story of her life as a black child and woman in London. Writing under the name of Elizabeth Campbell, she examines her life-journey through poetry and prose. A Vibe Rant Pearl can be a difficult read as Pearl’s pain spills out in her book as she relates the joy and heartache of her life. Now in her 50s she is happily settled in Eltham and is working on her poetry and another book. nother Eltham resident David Brinson has written a very different book. Dead South: The Zombie Apocalypse in London is set in our own area of South East London. Zombies take over Eltham and there is ensuing chaos. We see familiar places in the grips of terror, as the local population tries to survive. David Brinson says he reads avidly but has never seen South East London get much of a look in and Dead South is an homage to the books he loves and to the place he calls home. Not sure if it is good for tourism, but great fun! It is available on Kindle and soon in paperback. It has been top of the Amazon Post-Apocalyptic Best Sellers List! The advice David gives others is: Stop thinking about it. Start writing it...and don’t give up. f you live here and have written a book – or want to – get in touch. We want to share your passion and encourage your creativity. here is so much going on in Eltham‚Äôs Progress Estate this year. Built in 1915 for Woolwich Arsenal World War Onw munitions workers, it is a wonderful garden village in our area of South East London. This is its centenary year and their first event is a free talk on Gardens and Garden History, by Russell Bowes and Jim Buttress on Saturday March 21. More details at uk.


CLASSIC: Clare College Choir

WIN tickets & exclusive CD

THE Choir of Clare College is known worldwide for its fabulous choral music – and this month they perform at Blackheath Halls. And you can see and hear them for FREE. We have free tickets for the show and an exclusive set of six CDs. One of them Ascendit Deus: Music for Ascensiontide & Pentecost has not even been released yet. The mixed voice Choir, led by director Graham Ross, was founded in 1971 and is one of the leading university choral groups in the world. As well as the CDs, the winner will receive four tickets to the show on Saturday March 14 (7.30pm). Six runners-up will receive a pair of tickets each. Just answer this question:

What year was the Choir of Clare College founded? A 1961 B 1971 C 1981

The winner will be selected at random from all correct answers. Email your answer to Matt@ TheGreenwich or text 07731 645828 by noon on Thursday March 12. You must add your name and contact details.



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CoLab’s brilliant creation Letting students not only choose what to do but also allowing them to put their choices into practice might seems like encouraging the lunatics to take over the asylum. Yet this is pretty much what the staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance do every year in CoLab. The result is a winner. This year was my first as a spectator and I’m bound to declare I went into it with low expectations. How wrong I was. I didn’t see all the dozens of performances given at the Old Royal Naval College, St Alfege’s or Blackheath Halls but the ones I did see were spectacular in range, virtuosity and, most surprising, wit. I was hooked from the first w h e n I s a t i n S t A l f e g e ’s watching Malpractice/ Composing For Myself, which featured a Mozart piano concerto in C played simultaneously with a Mozart oboe concerto in D. It fitted exactly to its brief – to examine “creative ways” of interpreting classical music. A day later at the ORNC Chapel a group of string students, suitably disguised, gave a fabulously theatrical performance – with eerie accompaniment – of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic story Masque Of The Red Death. The second half was a fabulous collaboration with South Korean students who played Vivaldi as if they were born to it and then offered Asian folk tunes using traditional Korean instruments. Charpentier ’s opera Les Plaisirs De Versailles – staged the following week at St A l f e g e ’s – w a s s i m p l y magnifique, the singers posing as hedonistic Louis XIV courtiers being tempted by the delights of music, conversation, feasting and gambling. The Fifth Wall at Blackheath Halls featured the London Democratic Orchestra and Laban dancers in a spectacular take on Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The musicians moved around the floor constantly without ever missing a beat – and some even joined in the dancing. It was an amazing achievement given the cast had had only four days to rehearse. The finale of this year ’s CoLab was riotous. Blackheath Halls was packed to bursting as crowds surged from room to room watching an extraordinary array of events. My favourites were a trio playing and dancing John Cage’s mysterious Water Music, an astonishingly good blues band belting out T Bone Walker’s Stormy Monday, a display of harpists playing jazz a n d S a t i e ’s w o n d e r f u l l y whimsical Sports And Hobbies reimagined for a chamber quintet of piano, viola, clarinet, narrator and drawings. The event finished with an epic prog rock set – the icing on the cake for an old King Crimson fan like me. I can’t wait to find out what’s in store next year... MILES HEDLEY More reviews - Page 18

WRECKED: Steve shows then and now photos of damage from WW1 Zeppelin raid at Tranquil Vale, Blackheath


Step back in time on moving tour of sites THE Blitz started early in the borough o f G r e e n w i c h – o n We d n e s d a y September 4 1940 a bomb dropped by a single German aircraft destroyed St Paul’s Church in Charlton.


It earned the unhappy distinction of being the first church in London to be destroyed by enemy air attack. The next day large crowds gathered from across London to inspect the damage, writes STEVE HUNNISETT. Sadly the novelty value would very quickly wear off. On Saturday September 7 the Blitz began for real. 30,000 people would die over the coming months. Seventy-five years on, our BlitzWalks help people understand the huge impact the waves of air raids had in our part of south east London. What began as a hobby with my friend Neil Bright – and is still juggled around our day jobs – has grown into a popular series of walks across London including Westminster, Chelsea and along the River Thames. But my favourite is still the Blackheath & Greenwich walk. We start overlooking the Heath at All Saints Church built in 1857. The church suffered blast damage during the war, when it also lost most of its stained glass windows. But perhaps the most lasting wartime scar can still be seen as the stumps of a fine set of wrought iron railings that once surrounded the church and which were surrendered, in common with many others across the country, as part of the drive for scrap metal to build tanks, warships, Hurricanes and Spitfires. The truth is that the alloy was too lowgrade for use in aircraft manufacture but it was a great morale boosting exercise. We head for the junction of 1 Royal Parade and Tranquil Vale, scene of “London’s First Blitz” All Saints Church, during the Great War. The Mary Blackheath Evans Picture Library was originally built in the 1920s as All Saints Church Hall (and served during the Second World War as an Air died on June 8 1945, one month Sun Mar 22 Raid Wardens’ Post) in place of after the end of the War in Europe. buildings destroyed in a Zeppelin Raid on London was truly a front line city, August 24 1916. Lieutnant Heinrich Mathy’s almost until the end of the war against Hitler. L-31 dropped 36 bombs in 10 minutes on Deptford, The building was totally destroyed in the attack Greenwich, Blackheath, Eltham and Plumstead and perhaps as a result in the general falling off in before returning to base in Cuxhaven. church attendances, was never rebuilt. The site was We cross briefly to visit the car park backing sold to the local authority and was eventually put 2 onto Wemyss Road. In 1945, this was the site to temporary use as a car park, a function which it of Blackheath Wesleyan Chapel but shortly after still fulfils some 70 years later! midday on March 8 1945 it suffered a direct hit Buildings close by show tell tale signs of their from a V2 Rocket, which had been fired four repairs using a mixture of differing and nonminutes earlier from a mobile site near Den Haag, matching brick colours which demonstrate the in the Netherlands. Four people were killed shortages of building materials encountered during instantly, and a further 134 seriously injured. One the wartime and immediate post war years. of these was 64-year-old ARP Warden Albert Next we walk past Blackheath High School for Brown. He was taken to Lewisham Hospital but Girls. Within days of war being declared in 1939,


2 DEVASTATED: Rescuers at scene of V2 rocket at Blackheath Grove, where the busy car park now stands.

the pupils and staff of the school evacuated to Tunbridge Wells High School in Kent as part of a pre-determined plan, leaving just a skeleton staff to maintain the building. In 1944 the pupils were evacuated even further – to Taunton, when it was found that Tunbridge Wells was on the flight path of V1 flying bombs heading to London. Arriving at The Paragon, we learn that the Luftwaffe was no respecter of historic buildings and can see the evidence of repairs made following devastating damage caused in two raids – on March 19 1941 and again on the night of April 16/17 1941. This latter raid was the second heaviest of the entire Blitz and it was so heavily etched on the memories of Londoners that it became known simply as “The Wednesday”. Using archive photos that always accompany our

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TIN HAT: Steve with ARP Warden’s hat as prop

Book a Sunday at the library WOOLWICH Library – said to be the busiest in London – is going to get opening on Sundays too. From March 1 the library is available between 12 and 4pm so residents can use its facilities including Baby Rhyme Time and Messy Morning session for families, Knit and Natter and an introduction to reading groups for adults.

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COPPED IT: Police Station at Park Row where Bernard Angell House now stands.

3 DEFENCE: Firing points in walls of Greenwich Park.

walks, we can match the damage with the current view and can still determine exactly where the repairs were made. Now we retrace our steps slightly to compare further bomb damage and replacement building next to the Princess of Wales Pond, before heading across Blackheath. The Heath itself could have helped deter a German airborne invasion after the fall of France in June 1940, and how Blackheath was home to a sizeable anti-aircraft battery and the site of barrage balloons to deter low flying aircraft. Outside the walls of Greenwich Park, 3 opposite the famous Tea Hut at the junction with Charlton Way, we learn about the role of the Home Guard during

World War Two. Although inspired by elements of real life, we can see proof that Dad’s Army image is not true – we can still see evidence of their preparations for war in firing positions cut into the wall, from where they would have tried to halt the invading German army in its tracks as they headed towards central London. These were brave men who would have sold their lives dearly in the event of an invasion. At this spot, we also learn the story of Richard “Dickie” Reynell, an Australian fighter pilot with 43 Squadron RAF, whose Hurricane exploded on September 7 1940 during combat with Luftwaffe Bf109s. Although he was thrown clear of his damaged fighter, his parachute failed to open and he fell to earth fell in nearby Dartmouth Grove. Amazingly, Dickie was still alive when he was found but died before he could be taken to hospital. At Greenwich Park we pass the rear of t h e R a n g e r ’s H o u s e , w h i c h w a s requisitioned as Station 43X of the Auxiliary Fire Service during the war, and head towards the Royal Observatory and the General Wolfe Statue, where we try to debunk an urban myth relating to the shrapnel marks in the statue’s plinth. Come on a walk and we’ll tell you more! 4 In Greenwich Park at the corner of Park Row and Trafalgar Road we learn of the former Greenwich Police Station that stood on this spot until July 8 1944 when it was obliterated by a German V1 flying bomb, or “Doodlebug”. Amazingly, nobody was killed.... The Old Royal Naval College was alive during wartime years as a training school for junior Royal Naval officers of both sexes. The historic building suffered hits in 1940 and 1943 and we stand in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill, seen in another of our contemporary photographs inspecting bomb damaged incurred at the start of the Blitz on September 8 1940. Having started outside one church, our final stop is St Alfege’s Church in Greenwich town centre, a place of worship since 1012, marking the spot where Alfege, Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by Vikings on the April 19. The Hawksmoordesinged current building dates from 1718. Its outer walls bear many scars from wartime raids, one of which – on March 19 1941 – gutted its interior. Our first Blackheath and Greenwich walk of the year is on Sunday March 22. There are even more interesting sights than I can tell you about in this article. As we Battlefield Guides say, there is nothing like “walking the ground” to see what is out there. Info: or read my wartime blog

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Artist’s film is worth a look ACCLAIMED contemporary artist Dryden Goodwin’s first feature-length film – Unseen: The Lives of Looking – is to premiere at the 17th century Queen’s House. It focuses on three people who have “looking” in common: an eye surgeon, planetary explorer and human rights lawyer. The accompanying free solo exhibition is at the Queen’s House until July 26.

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kids’ ocean adventure DON your lifejackets…an amazing immersive seafaring experience opens here this month. Children brave treacherous seas, mutinous crews and ruthless pirates at Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted. Innovative immersive theatre group Punchdrunk Enrichment as produced the interactive show for six to 12 year olds and their families at the National Maritime Museum. Visitors join the crew of HMS Adventure, and take on roles of Ship’s Watch, Navigation, Midshipman and Salvage as they navigate the exhibition.   Punchdrunk say the show “harnesses the heroics of Grace Darling, who rescued shipwrecked sailors, the intuition of Captain Bligh, who journeyed 4,000 miles with just a sextant and compass after being abandoned, and the intellect of Sir Francis Drake, one of the first men to circumnavigate the globe.” “It promises to be exciting, enlightening, and perhaps just a tiny bit dangerous.” Punchdrunk has established an international reputation creating immersive theatrical experiences. The show runs from March 28 to August 31. Tickets are £19.75. Info and tickets: 020 8858 4422 or

“At any time of the year, Greenwich boasts one of London’s favourite markets.” Time Out

Join in the crafty fun for kids in Greenwich Market Visit Greenwich Market and meet our talented art, craft and designer makers. Delicious street food to go.

Mother’s Day card and gift making workshops Saturday 14 March Make something lovely for Mum – decorate a jewellery box for her or design a special card with the help of our designer makers.

Market open Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5.30pm and Bank Holiday Monday 6 April

Easter egg decorating, card and print making workshops

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Decorate your own chocolate eggs, make cards to send to your friends or design a special Easter print. Kids love our crafty workshops.

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hsd for 5 years A LEGENDARY club night for disco fans that started life in Greenwich is celebrating it’s fifth birthday. Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! was launched in March 2010 by Nikki Spencer – fortysomething journalist and media tutor – who wanted to go out without “feeling like I was gatecrashing a teenagers’ party.” Nikki says: “There was nowhere to go where I felt comfortable dancing to the music that I love – 70s and 80s soul, funk and disco – so I started my own club night. “I wasn’t sure how many others would feel the same but the response has been phenomenal. We had over 200 people at our launch night at The Trafalgar 5 years ago and we now run over half a dozen events every year.” The anniversary HSDY night is back at same venue on March 7. “It’s fabulous that we are celebrating our fifth birthday at The Trafalgar where it all started,” says Nikki. HSDY nights kick off with choreographer-led dance routines to get everyone into the groove. Party-goers strut their funky stuff to DJs Lord Anthony & Hula DJ Da’Lynne. There are prizes for best outfits plus free retro sweets and ice pops. And 10 per cent of profits go to Cancer Research UK. Tickets for the anniversary night are £15, in advance only, from Retrobates Vintage in Greenwich and at www. haventstoppeddancingyet.


Yacht Club’s impressive food THERE is a place in Greenwich which serves food and drinks at very reasonable prices, has its own beach, floor -to-ceiling windows with amazing views of the Millennium Dome, the Thames Barrier and the cable car. Any idea where it is? Here are some clues: It was founded in 1908 by river workers. It started in a Thames sailing barge named Iverna. Now i t ’s i n t h e T h a m e s i n a n architecturally striking timber and aluminium building on stilts. Still wondering? Welcome to The Clubhouse Bar at the Greenwich Yacht Club. I first visited a few years ago for an Open House event and received a wonderful welcome. The sun was shining on the Thames, the views were iconic, there was a party atmosphere and the place was teeming. No food was served but the beer was flowing! Returning for the second time, there was only the tinkle of flags on the masts of the boats outside to welcome us. We tried the electronic gate...but waving to attract attention proved much more effective! Greenwich Yacht Club caters for cruiser and dinghy sailors, motor-boaters, rowers. Visitors are allowed in six times a year and need to sign-in. “It’s to protect the members as the food and drinks are so cheap,” it was


ot too sure where to get your Easter chocolates yet? Try J Ayre Master Baker in Eltham. We’re told they’re is plotting metrehigh chocolate eggs among its Easter treats. Order fast...Christmas is for butchers, Easter is for bakers. he Ashburnham Arms, in Greenwich, has a new chef – Finbar Curran – whose recent Burns night menu was excellent.


IMPRESSIVE: Spaghetti Pomodoro, Sea Bass... and those amazing views of the Thames

explained to us. And they have a point. Main courses cost between £6.50 and £9, a pint of beer £2.50. With a pint of Shepherd Neame and a perfect pour of Guinness, we sat in the spacious table area, watching the boats cruising below and a few planes taking off from City Airport. The decoration is spare – a cabinet with trophies, a frame with nautical knots. The club is divided into two distinct areas: tables and chairs or comfy seats and coffee tables. (Whichever you choose, the


ove ale? The Long Pond micro pub in Eltham has perfectly kept beers, poured from casks. No internet. No music. People here talk to each other about...ale. fter the popular farmers’ market and award-winning restaurant, now Brockley has a microBrewery in Harcourt Road, open Friday nights and Saturdays for bottled and freshly brewed beers.

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I B views are stunning. Have I said that already? Greenwich Yacht Club is also a wedding venue. Imagine the photos!) The menu too has a binary quality to it: Specials and Old Friends. We picked one from each of the categories. Both our dishes had real home-cooking quality. There was nothing pretentious in the presentation. Butternut Squash and Spinach Curry was served with a reassuringly large amount of rice – makes a nice change from gastro-pubs. Spaghetti Pomodoro with Meat Balls was packed with flavour and my Pan-

Fried Sea Bass was a good dish too. There was only one dessert on the menu: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Custard. No complaints there either. Service was efficient, fast and simple. It may not be a place where everybody knows your name unless you’re a member of the nautical community but it’s a good place to be, in stunning surroundings with traditional, wellexecuted, simple dishes. Greenwich Yacht Club, Pear Tree Way, Greenwich SE10 0BW SOLANGE BERCHEMIN

EASTER at Rivington 28 March - 5 April

Fun for all the family during the Easter holidays; endless reasons why you should put all your eggs in one basket at Rivington!

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ince the long-awaited launch of Sticks’n’Sushi, the Danish-owned Japanese restaurant in the heart of Greenwich, the question on many people’s lips is: “Have you tried their sushi, yet?”. Yes I have. The 90-seat restaurant has two very distinct rooms, the ingredients are high quality, the choice is vast and this dining spot makes a welcome change from the large chains beginning to abound in the centre of Greenwich. I enjoyed my experience and it made me curious to find similar places. So, I turned the tables on you, asking for your favourite spot to savour your sushi... t seems there isn’t much of a contest and in first place Zaibatsu. This tiny cafe-style place on Trafalgar road steals the show. I got rave reviews for its excellent sushi and tempura but don’t try to be adventurous – not everyone was so quite so passionate about the rest of the menu. suru or Sensuru – previously known as Ginza – on Woolwich Road may have an identity problem with its name but not with its décor which has remained unchanged since it opened s o m e e i g h t y e a r s o r s o a g o . Yo u recommended their Dragon rolls, fine traditional sushi and described it as one of the best for special occasions. n Deptford, locals point to Banh-Mi and Panda-Panda which are popular Vietnamese spots, serving mostly small filled baguettes used for the national sandwich of Vietnam (banh mi) but no sushi here. ut what if you want to make your own? Blackheath Cooks – the cookery school and kitchenalia shop in Old Dover Road, offers pan-Asian cuisine courses. As the phrase: “If you can beat them, join them”. Here, it’s a case of joining Chef Matt Hedges, for one or more classes including Sushi held in July. Keep an eye on their website for more information.

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Garden Games on the Terrace Bounce around outside this Easter with our giant garden games available on the terrace for all the family to play.

Kids Eat Free Mon-Sat 12-7pm

‘Chish & Fips’ Ickle burger & chips Heap’s bangers & mash Chicken, chips ‘n’ peas Ice cream.

Egg Decorating Competition Order a kids meal and receieve an egg to decorate.



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ne Monday night I had a panicky message from a pal who’d got the curry munchies and found our town centre Indian the Mogul closed. Monday is the night staff take a break and owner Dev plans new events. (One of which, I’m pleased to inform you, may be a return to the curry and beer/whisky pairing evenings hosted by yours truly. More later.) As I told my curryless friend, the quickest alternatives are to hop on the DLR one stop to Island Gardens, and the Gaylord, or stroll along Trafalgar Road for umpteen excellent choices. nd, if signs are to be believed, at 166 (formerly Mr Chung), joining Kerala Village, Mountain View and Gurkha’s Inn along this road is a new restaurant called Spice Room. Welcome! easoned pro Rom at Mountain View a few doors along is unlikely to be fazed. He reports that as well as the ever-popular Chicken Aishwarya (breast stuffed with spinach, cheese and garlic) and Gorkhali Lamb, the Malabar Fish Curry is proving so popular he’s added Sea Bass fillets (served with salad and sauce for £13) to the menu. riting of fish, the Curry Club’s next venue is Kerala Village, which pays plenty of attention to things that swim. Fish Molly, Fish Masala, Green Mango Fish Curry, Squid Curry and King Prawn Masala, among others, are all on the impressive menu. or something a bit cheaper in Trafalgar Road you could do worse than Lahore, which serves a range of curries including Mixed Veg, for just £3. nd finally...the next Spice Night at the Plume is on Monday March 23. Spicy Lamb Shanks take centre stage. Email me on the address below for more details.



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We will pick our favourite on Sunday, 5 April. Cuddly prize to be won!

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roar hyde there was a terrific performance by Rowena Lennon who was a one-woman Greek chorus, commenting on the doomed doctor’s fall from grace in roles including gun-toting bodyguard, wageslave cleaner and potential murder victim. But the show had problems. The dramatic tension vital to any gothic plot was repeatedly broken by sly jokes or Lennon’s soliloquies, which often became sermons. And the scenes of transformation from Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde, which should be high points, were at best hackneyed, at worst cartoonish, as IvesMoiba writhed and groaned in a manner we’ve all seen in any number of films or TV versions of the story. That said, Ives-Moiba was otherwise a towering presence who owned the stage and slipped seamlessly between his two personalities. It was worth seeing for him alone. And the packed house didn’t hesitate to give the production a rousing reception at the end. MILES HEDLEY

Robert Louis Stevenson’s 130-year morality tale about the worthy Dr Jekyll and his evil alter ego Mr Hyde is one of the most famous stories in all literature. Unperturbed by its reputation, awardwinning playwright Jo Clifford has reimagined the story, setting it in the near future and making its protagonist a famous cancer specialist. This adaptation was unveiled at Greenwich in a Sell A Door production starring Nathan Ives-Moiba as the doctor who succumbs to the murderous temptation of absolute self-indulgence created by a drug he has concocted. The modern setting allows for some neat observations about contemporary mores, particularly gender politics and the cult of celebrity – neither of them issues when Stevenson was writing. But the greatest strength in director David Hutchinson’s production was the presence of Ives-Moiba, who showed a sinisterly sinuous, serpentine grace as he slithered and slipped around the stage as the increasingly unhinged Hyde. And

LIFE & LOVES of a nobody

A CYNICAL STING IN TALE There’s a truly shocking secret at the heart of The Life And Loves Of A Nobody which I won’t reveal if you missed it at Albany in case you get the chance to see the show later during its UK tour. The intimacy of Albany was the perfect venue for this new work by Sheffield-based Third Angel company, a bleak, post-modern and profoundly relevant look at how “ordinary” people cope in an increasingly uncaring but celebrity-obsessed society. Writer-director Rachael Walton and her co-star Nick Chambers slipped easily between their multiple roles of protagonists, incidental characters and TV commentators as they revealed the story of a divorced mother of two with a hopeless past and an even more hopeless future. Don’t be fooled by the

Trio of treats

THE tiny London Theatre in New Cross was the perfect place to stage a triple bill of Chekhov comedies – the plays’ mix of dark slapstick, pitiless satire, human tragedy and emotional strangulation gained extra intensity by being revealed within touching distance of the audience. Director Grace Smith got the tragicomic balance exactly right as her cast expertly took us on a journey where laughter quickly became tears and vice versa. In The Harmful Effects Of Smoking, Paul Foulds was terrific as the monumental hen-pecked failure of a man giving an antitobacco lecture that degenerated into self-pity and a whining rant. Self-pity was key to The Bear, with Amanda Lara Kay as a deranged widow hellbent on proving to her monster of a dead husband that she was as pure as he was vile. It was a magnificent display, particularly as she unleashed her scorn on furious creditor Ross Forder - and their negative passions became mutual lust. The Proposal, also starred Kay, this time as the daughter of a penurious aristocrat (Dermot Dolan) who is offered a financial lifeline when a rich but hypochondriac neighbour (Nick Williams) offers marriage.The pair jeopardise everything with insults that almost kill their potential saviour. It was a great decision to put this trio of tasty Russian treats on the same bill and having such an excellent cast was the icing on the cake. If I had to choose, I would say Kay was the evening’s stand-out performer – but in truth it was a night of outstanding performances. MILES HEDLEY

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title, which suggests a cross between Fay Weldon’s The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil and the Grossmiths’ classic The Diary Of A Nobody - this has nothing in common with either and has a sting in the tail even more cynical than Weldon’s as our heroine puts her life on the line to escape her plight. It’s a brilliant study of naive and doomed ambition. My only gripe is that the action was repeatedly interrupted by scene-changes at best jarring and at worst almost interminable, seriously damaging the rhythm of the play. But catch it if you can because this is not only a fine example of performance art - it’s also an important piece of writing that is at once a polemic, a parable, a protest and a poem. MILES HEDLEY


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ParkLife GLOBAL :Should spaceman replace General Wolfe?

By Greenwich Park manager Graham Dear


have always liked numbers. In my school days we learnt the times tables up to twelve by rote and I can still remember the sums instantly. Ask me the thirteen times table though and I’d have to think about it. My kids are worse though – they only know their tables up to ten. I blame decimalisation! ast month I received the results of the 2014 Ipsos-Mori visitor survey of Greenwich Park. Now we are talking some really big numbers – 4.7million to be precise, which is the estimate of visitors to Greenwich Park in one year. The survey was conducted by randomly selected face to face interview and by installing CCTV cameras at the gate entrances to the Park, so the figures are pretty accurate, or to use the language of the statisticians “robust”. here is a lot of great data here but as Park Manager the most satisfying is that 99 per cent of visitors rated Greenwich Park as good or excellent. Incidentally the quality of maintenance was rated highest of all the Royal Parks which is a real tribute to our Assistant Park Manager, Michael, who runs the grounds maintenance contract and all of our gardeners. ther figures that are interesting to note are that 67 per cent of our visitors are from London proving what a great local asset Greenwich Park is. If February half-term is anything to go by, 2015 might see even more people visiting the Park. Those two sunny days really bought out the visitors. The playground was heaving. I tried to do a quick head count but everyone was moving so I applied the technique that bird watchers use to estimate the size of a flock of birds – they count a group of 10 or 50 and use this group size to calculate the numbers of birds in the flock. There were almost 300 people using the playground. Soon they will have an even better facility as the next phase of refurbishing the playground starts in March. s well as children the warm sunshine brought out butterflies from their winter hibernation. I saw my first of the year – a Red Admiral (inset) – in the Park on February 17. Other signs of spring are here too. In the long pond by the deer park are several clumps of frog spawn. Using the birders technique again I reckon that each clump is made up of about 250 tadpoles. That explains why there are so many little frogs in the Flower Garden bedding displays each summer.




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MUSIC Naufal Mukumi Piano recital. Blackheath Halls 11am FAMILY Make Your Own Postcards Severndroog Castle 11am KIDS The Feather Catcher Albany 1, 3 MUSIC Funda Arar IndigO2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Lionel Richie O2 COMMUNITY Kapustnik The London Th 8

Monday 2


MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10am HISTORY The Queen’s House Queens Queen’s House 1 MUSIC The Leading Ladies Blackheath Halls 1.10 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 2 TALK The WRNS 1917-19 NMM 2 MUSIC Meantime Jazz Blackheath Halls 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 3

PERFORMANCE The Honey Man Albany 11.30, 7 MUSIC Saki Matsumoto, Arsha Kaviani Piano recital. ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC The Black Keys O2 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Forest. The Valley 7.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Reiss Beckles Oliver’s

Wednesday 4

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton FILM/PLAY Love’s Labours Won RSC Live Picturehouse 7 JAZZ Stefania Arcieri Trio Jazz At The Row Clarendon 8 PERFORMANCE The Honey Man Albany 7.30 MUSIC Snow Boy & The Latin Section Brooklyn Bowl DRAMA Kate Greenwich Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 5

ART Unseen: The Lives Of Looking Dryden Goodwin Queen’s House till July 26 LECTURE London’s Whaling Past Philip Hoare NMM 11-1 MUSIC Eleonora Murgia, Solenn Gran Harp recital. St Alfege 1.05 DANCE Wendy Houston: Pact With Pointlessness Laban 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Orch Blackheath Halls 7.30 DRAMA Kate Greenwich Th8 COMEDY Jo Burke London Th 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9 JAZZ Malcolm Earle-Smith Oliver’s

Friday 6

MUSIC Junior Guidhall Scholars Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Saxophones Old Royal Naval Coll chapel 1.05 ART Friends of Charlton House exhibition and sale 7-9 COMEDY Hatched: Sophie Willan Albany 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban Jazz

FAMILY Spring Equinox Walk Woodlands Farm Trust Sunday March 22 10am

Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 DRAMA Kate Greenwich Th 8 MUSIC CMA Songwriters IndigO2 DANCE Renaud Wiser: Who Killed Bambi? Borough Hall 8 COMEDY Inel Tomlinson, Sarah Callaghan, Nico Yearwood, Nick Elleray, Dave Fulton Up The Creek JAZZ Meskala Oliver’s

Saturday 7

ART Friends of Charlton House exhibition and sale Charlton House 10am-4pm FAMILY Musical Statues Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TALK The Queen’s House Queens Queen’s House 1 MUSIC Louise Cournarie Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Country 2 Country Festival O2 PARTY Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! Traf Tavern 7.30 MUSIC Blackheath Does Broadway Blackheath Halls 7 MUSIC Zoe Rahman, Amanda Drummond Global Fusion gig for International Women’s Day Charlton House 7 DRAMA Kate Greenwich Th 8 COMEDY Maff Brown, Tom Toal, Twayna Mayne, Francis Foster, Dave Fulton Up The Creek MUSIC Dave Sutherland Oliver’s

Sunday 8

ART Friends of Charlton House exhibition and sale Charlton House 10am-4pm TALK Bethan Rigby: Lady Anne James Int Women’s Day event, Severndroog Castle 11.30am FAMILY Musical Statues Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Rosie’s Magic Horse Albany 1, 3 FILM/BALLET Romeo & Juliet From the Bolshoi Picturehouse 3 MUSIC Battle Of Bollywood IndigO2 MUSIC Country 2 Country Festival O2

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Friday 20 March 2015 8pm Andrew O’Neill Cerys Nelmes Jo D’Arcy Angus Dunican

TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 DRAMA Kate Greenwich Th 8

Monday 9

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10am MUSIC Annie Yim Piano recital Blackheath Halls 1.10 TALK The WRNS 1917-19 NMM 2 MUSIC Meantime Jazz Blackheath Halls 7 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 10

FILM/PLAY Love’s Labours Won RSC Encore Picturehouse. Noon PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Flute Choir Old Royal Naval Coll chapel 1.05 MUSIC Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds O2 HISTORY Greenwich in the Great War. Linda Cunningham. Greenwich Uni QA Lecture Rm 5.30 TALK Elizabeth Blanchet Greenwich Ind History Society: The Lewisham Excalibur Estate prefabs. Old Bakehouse 7.30 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Concert Orch Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s

Wednesday 11

ART Curator’s Tour of Unseen exhibition Queen’s House 1 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 7 JAZZ Deborah Carew Duo Jazz at The Row Clarendon 8 MUSIC Angell Trio Blackheath Halls 7.30 FILM/OPERA La Traviata From ENO. Greenwich Pictureho 7.30 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

DANCE Woolwich United Celebration Woolwich Common Community Centre, 16 Leslie Smith Sq SE18 4DW. 11am-1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Guitars St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE Darwin’s Captain Robert Fitzroy, by Charlie Connelly. NMM 11-1 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 7 HISTORY Dark Tours ORNC 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton FILM/PLAY Behind The Beautiful Forevers National Th Live. Picturehouse 7 PLAY Dalloway Greenwich Th 7.30 FILM Lolita London Th 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9

Friday 13

MUSIC Melansan String Quartet Charlton House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Percussion Dept ORNC chapel 1.05 PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 7 MUSIC The Script O2 MUSIC Hats Off To Led Zeppelin Brooklyn Bowl PLAY Dalloway Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 7.30 COMEDY Ian Smith, Sunil Patel, Dane Baptiste, Jamali Maddix, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek JAZZ David Vaughan Oliver’s

Saturday 14

BOOK SALE Friends Of Age Exchange SE3 9LA. 10am-6 LECTURE Portrait Of A Scottish Fishing Community NMM 2 MUSICAL The Producers Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Blackburn. The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath RFC v Darlington. Rectory Field 3 FILM/OPERA The Lady Of The Lake Live from New York Met. Picturehouse 4.55 MUSIC The Script O2 MUSIC Kantanti St Alfege 7 PLAY Dalloway Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Simon Standage & friends In aid of Age Exchange. 7.30 at St Margaret’s, Lee Terrace SE13. Info: MUSIC Clare College Cambridge Choir Blackheath Halls 7.30 PARTY Music Nation Building Six MUSIC Carissimi’s Jephte Eltham Choral Society 7.30 Holy Trinity, Southend Crescent SE9 2SD DANCE St Patrick’s Day Ceili Borough Hall 8 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Tez Ilyas, Dane Baptiste, Phil Jerrod, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek JAZZ David Angoll Oliver’s

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MUSIC Wihan Quartet Blackheath Halls 11am KIDS Monkey Albany 1, 3 FAMILY How The Koala Learnt

March 2015 Page 19 To Hug Greenwich Th 2 PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 5 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PLAY Ladybird Greenwich Th 8

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MUSIC Meantime Jazz Blackheath Halls 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 17

FILM/OPERA The Lady Of The Lake Rerun from New York Met. Picturehouse. Noon PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 1 MUSIC Kirsty McLean, Daniele Nastri Soprano recital. Old Royal Naval Coll chapel 1.05 MUSIC Spandau Ballet O2 FILM/BALLET Swan Lake From Covent Garden Picturehouse 7.15 DANCE Live at Trinity Laban Part of Lewisham Live! festival Laban Th 7.30 DRAMA Black Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Barnum Churchill Th 7.30 PLAY Just Greenwich Th 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood DRAMA Weimar Kabarett & Joy Division London Th 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s

Wednesday 18

CHARITY Brian Murphy & Linda Regan Meet husband & wife TV stars. Clarendon Hotel 11am MUSICAL Barnum Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 COMPETITION National Th Connections Craft Ware Th Co. Greenwich Th 6 PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 7 JAZZ Jane Parker Trio Jazz At The Row Clarendon 8 MUSIC Spandau Ballet O2 DRAMA Black Albany 7.30 LITERATURE Helen Castor: Joan Of Arc Blackheath Halls 8 DRAMA Weimar Kabarett & Joy Division London Th 8 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Just Greenwich Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 19

LECTURE Marine Diseases Prof Beth Okamura NMM 11-1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Eusebius Quartet Blackheath Halls 1.10 LECTURE WRNS 1917-19 NMM 2 MUSICAL Barnum Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 FAMILY Curator’s Tour Cutty Sark 3 COMPETITION National Th Connections Woolwich Polytechnic School 6, Thomas Tallis School 8 Greenwich Th PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 7 LECTURE Stories In Stars NMM 7 DANCE Hagit Yakira...In The Middle With You Laban 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton DRAMA Weimar Kabarett & Joy Division London Th 8 HUMOUR Laughing Boy Comedy Club Blackheath Halls 8 QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s

Friday 20

MUSIC Idlir Shyti Cello recital Charlton House 1 MUSIC Yuko Yagishita, Pablo Alvarez Delgado Piano recital Old Royal Naval Coll chapel 1.05 COMPETITION National Theatre Connections John Roan School 6, Knole Academy 8 Greenwich Theatre TALENT X Factor Live O2 PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 7 MUSICAL Barnum Churchill Th 7.30 COMEDY Mycenae House Comedy Club AndrewO’Neill, Cerys Nelmes & Co 8pm TALK The Tooth, The Whole Tooth & Nothing But The Tooth Blackheath Scientific Society hear from dentist Dr Dharaka Nathan. Mycenae House 7.45 MUSIC Corduroy Brooklyn Bowl DRAMA Weimar Kabarett & Joy Division London Th 8

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The Albany: Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG. 020 8692 4446 Amersham Arms: 388 New Cross Rd SE14 6TY. 020 8469 1499 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. 020 8852 0234 Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ. 020 8463 0100. Bob Hope Theatre: Wythfield Rd SE9 5TG. 020 8850 3702. The Centre: New Eltham Methodist Ch, Footscray Rd. Charlton House: Charlton Rd SE7 8RP. 020 8856 3951 Churchill Theatre: High St, Bromley BR1 1HA. 0844 871 7620 Clarendon Hotel: Montpelier Row SE3 0RW. 020 8318 4321. The Duke: 125 Creek Rd SE8 3BU. 020 8469 8260 The Eltham Centre: 2 Archery Road SE9 1HA. 020 8921 4344 Eltham Palace: Court Yard SE9 5QE. 020 8294 2548. The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 0208 853 5212. The Green Pea: 92 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9UW. 020 8858 9319 Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. 020 8293 9741 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. 020 8858 7755. Greenwich Playhouse: Currently closed. Laban Theatre: Creekside SE8 3DZ. 020 8463 0100 London Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. 020 8694 1888. The Lord Hood: 300 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 1836 Morden College: 19 St Germans Place SE3 0PD Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE 020 8858 1749 National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 0045 02, Indig02, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 8560202 The Old Bakehouse: Bennett Park, Blackheath SE3 9LA Old Royal Naval College: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8858 3693 Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. Severndroog Castle: Off Shooters Hill SE18 3RT. The Star And Garter: 60 Old Woolwich Rd SE10 9NY. 020 8305 1144 Steinberg Studio: Westcombe Park SE10. Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. 020 8463 0100. Up The Creek: 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581. Woodlands Farm Trust: 331 Shooters Hill Rd, Welling DA16 3RP 020 8319 8900


MARKETS Greenwich Market: 10-5.30. Sat and Sun: Arts & crafts, food, fresh produce. Wed: Food, fresh produce, homewares. Thurs: food, antiques & collectables, crafts. Fri: Food, arts & crafts, antiques & collectibles Clocktower Market: 166 Greenwich High Rd. Sat, Sun 10-4. 50 quirky stalls specialising in vintage, retro and antiques. 07940 914204 Blackheath Farmers’ Market: Blackheath Station, 10-2 every Sun. EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY Royal Observatory: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year. Till July 19 Fan Museum: Waterloo: Life & Times. Till May 10. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 Old Royal Naval College: In Essence: Focus Finder Photography Group exhibition. Till Mar 29. Blackheath Halls: Maxine Badger art exhibition Mar 5-Apr 1. Lee Green Open Studios art exhibition. Apr 7-30. Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. Nat Maritime Museum: Guiding Lights. Till Jan 2016. Queen’s House: War Artists At Sea. Till Mar 31. Daily 10-5. Greenwich Gallery/The Cave: Linear House, Peyton Place SE10 8RS Paul McPherson Gallery: 77 Lassell St SE10 9PJ. Ben Oakley Gallery: 9 Turnpin La SE10 9JA The Forum: Disabled drop-ins, mums’ groups, kids’ classes, advice. Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 020 8853 5212 Jazz Open Mic Nights: Mondays (exc Bank Hols) Mycenae House SE3, 8.30 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. 020 8854 2452 West Greenwich Library: Irene Butcher art till Mar 28. 146 G’wich High Rd WALKS Greenwich Guided Walks: Local experts. Walks daily at 12.15 and 2.15 from the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre. £8, £7 cons. Greenwich Tour Guides Association 07575772298 Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. FAMILY ACTIVITIES National Maritime Museum: Explore Saturdays. Free. Performance and storytelling for over-5s from noon. Discover Sundays. Free. Activities for families from 11.30am. Play Tuesdays. Free. For under-5s from 10.30

COMEDY Matt Richardson, Dan Schreiber, Ryan Cull, Kae Kurd Up The Creek JAZZ Francesco Lo Castro Oliver’s

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MUSIC Matthew Drinkwater Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Barnum Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 KIDS There’s A Monster In My Piano Blackheath Halls 3 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Reading. The Valley 3 TALENT X Factor Live O2 COMPETITION National Th Connections Montage Th Arts 7, South London Youth Group 8.45. Greenwich Th MUSIC Tragedy Brooklyn Bowl DRAMA Weimar Kabarett & Joy Division London Th 8 COMEDY Charlie Baker, James Loveridge, Jen Brister, Mawaan Rizwan, Phil Nicol Up The Creek

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FAMILY Spring Equinox Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10am FAMILY Disco Kids: Pirates Party Albany 2 KIDS Easter Egg Hunt The Bridge, East Greenwich Pleasaunce 2.30-4.30 PERFORMANCE Rove Albany 5 DRAMA Weimar Kabarett & Joy Division London Th 5 MUSIC Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox IndigO2 COMPETITION National Th Connections BRIT MT Collective 6. Greenwich Th MUSIC The Who O2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Blackheath Halls Orch Blackheath Halls 7.30

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MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10am MUSIC Adele Paxton Soprano recital. Blackheath Halls 1.10 MUSIC Meantime Jazz Blackheath Halls 7 PLAY And Then There Were None Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC The Who O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Semerano, Kenneth O’Neill, Giulio Potenza, Jenna Sung Peacock Rm, King Charles Ct 1, 4pm. Info: MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Ensemble St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE History Of Textiles Blackheath Decorative And Fine Arts Society St Mary’s church hall 2.30 PLAY And Then There Were None Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton FILM/PLAY A View From The Bridge National Th Live. Picturehouse 7 LIGHT OPERA Pincess Ida Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Usher O2 DRAMA The School For Scandal London Th 8 JAZZ Nicholas Meier Oliver’s QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9

Friday 27

MUSIC Puzzle Piece Opera Charlton House 1 MUSIC Minerva Piano Trio Blackheath Halls 1.10 MUSIC Gen Li Piano recital Blackheath Halls 6 MUSIC Trinity Laban Schubert Festival Jenna Sung, piano. Peacock Rm, King Charles Ct 7. Details: PERFORMANCE From The Front To The Back Borough Hall 7.45 MUSIC Sila IndigO2 PLAY And Then There Were None Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC The Blockheads Brooklyn Bowl LIGHT OPERA Pincess Ida Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban String Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 DRAMA The School For Scandal London Th 8 COMEDY Dan Atkinson, Masud Milas, Saban Kazim Up The Creek BLUES Delta Ladies Oliver’s

Saturday 28

VOLUNTEER Drop-In Greenwich Pk Wildlife Centre 1-3 MUSIC Palomino Quartet St Alfege 1.05 LIGHT OPERA Pincess Ida Greenwich Th 2, 6

PLAY And Then There Were None Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 DANCE Children’s Creative Classes Laban Th 3, 4.30 MUSIC Nicki Minaj O2 MUSIC Blackheath Centre For Singing St Alfege 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban String Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 DRAMA The School For Scandal London Th 8 MUSIC Cocoon London Building 6 COMEDY James Redmond, Jason Patterson, Francis Foster, Jake Lambert Up The Creek JAZZ Yuki Oliver’s

Sunday 29

MUSIC Benjamin Baker Violin recital. Blackheath Halls 11am DRAMA The School For Scandal London Th 5 MUSIC Steinberg Duo Steinberg Studio 6 COMPETITION National Th Connections BRIT MT Collective 6. Greenwich Th TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Chas & Dave Churchill 7.30

Monday 30

FAMILY Out Of This World Royal Observatory 10am MUSIC Meantime Jazz Blackheath Halls 7 MUSIC The Hollies Churchill Th 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Tuesday 31

FAMILY Out Of This World Royal Observatory 10am KIDS Sailing Ships Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY Yeh Shen Greenwich Th 2 MUSIC Lionel Richie O2 CHILDREN’S OPERA Brundibar Blackheath Halls 6 MUSIC Joe Longthorne Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Arnaud Guichard Oliver’s

Wednesday April 1

KIDS Sailing Ships Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 CHILDREN’S OPERA Brundibar Blackheath Halls 2, 6

Tuesday 24

MUSIC Trinity Laban Schubert Festival Pianists Fei Ren, Edgar Cardoso, Emma Walker, Raya Humphries, Marzia Hudajarova, Natasha Kovalenko. Peacock Rm, King Charles Ct 1, 4, 7 Details: FILM/PLAY Behind The Beautiful Forevers National Th Encore. Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC Trinity Laban Brass Ens ORNCchapel 1.05 MUSIC Train O2 DANCE Co Motion Laban 7 PLAY And Then There Were None Churchill Th 7.30 DRAMA The School For Scandal London Th 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Giorgos Pafitis Oliver’s

Wednesday 25

MUSIC Balwyn High School Concert ORNC chapel 11.30 MUSIC Free Concert Age Exchange SE3 9LA. Noon ART Curator’s Tour of Unseen exhibition Queen’s House 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Schubert Festival Pianists Lan Hu, Minyoung Bae, Gen Li. Peacock Rm, King Charles Ct 1, 4, 7 Details: LECTURE Portrait Of A Scottish Fishing Community NMM 2 JAZZ Missbee Duo Jazz At The Row Clarendon 8 MUSIC Paloma Faith O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Live At The Halls Part of Lewisham Live! festival Blackheath Halls 7 PLAY And Then There Were None Churchill Th 7.30 LIGHT OPERA Pincess Ida Greenwich Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 26

LECTURE Deforestation by filmmaker Jessica Rinland NMM 11-1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Schubert Festival Pianists Giulia

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WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton FILM/BALLET Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny From Covent Garden Picturehouse 7.15 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 2

KIDS Peek-a-Boo Portholes Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians St Alfege 1.05 FAMILY Venus Watch Royal Observatory 1, 1.40, 2.20, 3 CHILDREN’S OPERA Brundibar Blackheath Halls 6 MUSIC Dr Hook IndigO2 KIDS Cutty Sark Sleepover Ages 7-11. Cutty Sark 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9 MUSIC UKF Building Six

Friday 3

KIDS Easter Egg Hunt Cutty Sark 10-4 FAMILY Easter Fun Day Easter egg hunt, woodland trail Severndroog Castle KIDS The Sooty Show Churchill Th 11am, 2.30 FAMILY Venus Watch Royal Observatory 1, 1.40, 2.20, 3 MUSIC Turn It Loose! Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC Sir John Holt Tribute IndigO2 BARN DANCE Global Fusion shindig. Charlton House 7 JAZZ The Stephen Melowski Group Oliver’s

Saturday 4

KIDS Easter Egg Hunt Cutty Sark 10-4 KIDS Storm Shakers Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY Meet Albert Einstein Royal Observatory 12, 1, 2, 3 MUSIC Nelly IndigO2 MUSIC The Simon & Garfunkel Story Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC McBusted O2 MUSIC Kisstory Building Six

Sunday 5

KIDS Easter Egg Hunt Cutty Sark 10-4 KIDS Storm Shakers

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Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FAMILY Meet Albert Einstein Royal Observatory 12, 1, 2, 3 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 HUMOUR Grumpy Old Women: 50 Shades Of Beige Churchill 7.30 MUSIC McBusted O2

Monday 6

KIDS Easter Egg Hunt Cutty Sark 10-4 FAMILY Out Of This World Royal Observatory 10am-12.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30


St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Paul Simon, Sting O2 FILM/PLAY The Hard Problem National Th Live Picturehouse 7 DANCE Taiko Meantime & Chieko Kojima Laban 7.30 DANCE Matthew Bourne: The Car Man Churchill Th 7.30 MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 DRAMA Backseat Driving London Th 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton HUMOUR Laughing Boy Comedy Club Blackheath Halls 8 QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9

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Tuesday 7

FAMILY Out Of This World Royal Observatory 10am-12.30 KIDS Peek-a-Boo Portholes Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 FILM/PLAY A View From The Bridge National Th Encore Picturehouse. Noon FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Fulham. The Valley 7.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

FAMILY Venus Watch Royal Observatory 1, 1.40, 2.20, 3 MUSIC Simply The Best: Tina Turner Tribute Albany 7.30 Wednesday 8 MUSIC Sheila E Brooklyn Bowl KIDS Wet Weather Sailors MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton COMEDY Romesh Ranganathan, MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 Suzi Ruffell Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Saturday 11 FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30 BOOK SALE Friends Of Age Exchange SE3 9LA. 10am-6 Thursday 9 KIDS The Cat In The Hat FILM Logan’s Run Churchill Th 11am, 1, 3 Royal Observatory 10am-12.30 FAMILY Meet Albert Einstein KIDS Dr Seuss Make And Do Royal Observatory 12, 1, 2, 3 Churchill Th 11am KIDS Alan In Wonderland KIDS Wet Weather Sailors Blackheath Halls 3 Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 RUGBY Blackheath v Ealing FAMILY Venus Watch Royal Rectory Field 3 Observatory 1, 1.40, 2.20, 3 MUSIC Riot Jazz Albany 7.30 KIDS The Cat In The Hat DANCE Our Mighty Groove Churchill Th 1, 3 Borough Hall 7, 9 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 7 Sunday 12 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton FAMILY Meet Albert Einstein Royal Observatory 12, 1, 2, 3 QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9 MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 5 Friday 10 TALENT Something for Sunday KIDS Dr Seuss Make And Do Vanbrugh 7 Churchill Th 11am KIDS The Cat In The Hat Monday 13 Churchill Th 1, 3 MUSIC Blaze Ensemble MUSIC Hawksmoor Wind Blackheath Halls 1.10 WWE Raw/Smackdown O2 Ensemble Charlton House 1

MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30

Tuesday 14

TALK Rich Sylvester Greenwich Industrial History Society: Land for Development 1840-2015 Old Bakehouse 7.30 WWE Raw/Smackdown O2 MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 DRAMA Backseat Driving London Th 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 15

KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4pm TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 2 MUSIC Paul Simon, Sting O2 TALK David Rea Blackheath Scientific Soc hear about bees Mycenae House 7.45 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 TALK Dr Alastair Niven: Judging The Man Booker Prize Blackheath Halls 8 DRAMA Backseat Driving London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 16

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital

MUSIC Kristiina Rokashevich Piano. Blackheath Halls 1.10 COMEDY Wong Tze Wah IndigO2 MUSICAL Spamalot Churchill 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30

Tuesday 21

FILM/PLAY The Hard Problem National Th Encore. Picturehouse. Noon MUSICAL Spamalot Churchill 7.30 PERFORMANCE Chewing The Fat Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

March 2015 Page 21 For Walking Like An Egyptian Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Spamalot Churchill 7.30 FAMILY Don Q Greenwich Th 7.30 DANCE BA2 Show Laban 7.30 MUSICAL The Pajama Game The Centre, New Eltham 7.30

Saturday 25

MUSIC Trinity Laban String Quartet Festival Artists include Quatuor Prima Vista, Piatti Qt, Benyounes Qt, Carducci Qt, Wihan Qt at ORNC, St Alfege, NMM. Info: FAMILY Don Q Wednesday 22 Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 ART Curator’s Tour of Unseen MUSICAL Spamalot Churchill Friday 17 exhibition Queen’s House 1 Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Bo Lyu Piano recital KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4 RUGBY Blackheath v Fylde Charlton House 1 MUSICAL Spamalot Churchill 7.30 Rectory Field 3 PLAY This Other Island PERFORMANCE Chewing The KIDS The Worm That Squirmed Albany 7.30 Fat Albany 7.30 Blackheath Halls 3 MUSIC SO-UK: Centrepoint WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton FILM/OPERA Cavalleria Sessions IndigO2 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Rusticana Live from NY Met. DANCE Matthew Bourne: The Picturehouse 5.30 FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30 Car Man Churchill Th 7.30 MUSICAL The Pajama Game TALK Mark Gallant: Restoration Thursday 23 The Centre, New Eltham 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital & Ecology Of The River Cray St Alfege 1.05 Sunday 26 Blackheath Scientific Society MUSICAL Spamalot Churchill BIRDWATCHING Dawn Chorus Mycenae House 7.45 Walk Woodlands Farm 5.30am MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 Theatre 2.30, 7.30 LECTURE Arts in the Cycle of RUN London Marathon DRAMA Backseat Driving Crime Blackheath Decorative Starts Greenwich Park 9.30 London Th 8 and Fine Arts Society. St Mary’s MUSIC Steinberg Duo Saturday 18 Church Hall, SE3. 2.30 Steinberg Studio 6 CONFERENCE Harrison Decoded FAMILY Don Q Greenwich Th 7.30 DANCE U.Dance London NMM 10.30-4.30 £45 PERFORMANCE The Lady’s Not Regional Platform. Laban 7 MUSIC Kim Reilly Flute recital For Walking Like An Egyptian TALENT Something for Sunday St Alfege 1.05 Albany 7.30 Vanbrugh 7 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 MUSICAL The Pajama Game MUSIC Russell Watson DANCE Matthew Bourne: The The Centre, New Eltham 7.30 Churchill Th 7.30 Car Man Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 DANCE BA2 Show Laban 7.30 Monday 27 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton WORKSHOP Family History v Leeds. The Valley 3 QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9 Caird Library, National Maritime COMEDY Wahala IndigO2 Friday 24 Museum 11-noon COMEDY Russell Peters O2 MUSIC Olga Stezhko Piano MUSICAL Thrill Me Greenwich Th 8 MUSIC Trinity Laban String Quartet Festival Artists include recital. Blackheath Halls 1.10 DRAMA Backseat Driving Quatuor Prima Vista, Piatti Qt, PLAY The History Boys London Th 8 Benyounes Qt, Carducci Qt, Churchill Th 7.30 Sunday 19 Wihan Qt at ORNC, St Alfege, PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 FAMILY Young Shoots Walk NMM. Info: Woodlands Farm Trust 10am MUSIC Royal College Of Music KIDS Shh...bang Albany 1, 3 Students Charlton House 1 FILM/BALLET Ivan The Terrible MUSIC John Kirkpatrick Global From Bolshoi. Picturehouse 4 Fusion St George’s Day gig TALENT Something for Sunday Charlton House 7 PERFORMANCE The Lady’s Not Vanbrugh 7 Continued on Page 22

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VOLUNTEER Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 FILM/OPERA Cavalleria Rusticana Rerun from NY Met. Picturehouse. Noon PLAY The History Boys Churchill Th 7.30 DRAMA Titus Andronicus Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 29

MUSIC Free Concert Age Exchange SE3 9LA. Noon KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 DRAMA Titus Andronicus Greenwich Th 7.30 PLAY The History Boys Churchill Th 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 30

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The History Boys Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 TALK Sunspots Poet Simon Barraclough, film-maker Jack Wake-Walker, astrophysicist/ TV presenter Lucie Green Royal Observatory 7 DRAMA Titus Andronicus Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9

Friday May 1

MUSIC Claire Bournez Soprano recital. Charlton House 1 MUSIC The Vamps O2 MUSIC East 17 IndigO2 DRAMA Titus Andronicus Greenwich Th 7.30 PLAY The History Boys Churchill Th 7.30


FILM/BALLET La Fille Mal Gardée From Covent Garden Picturehouse 7.15 PLAY Hacktivists Churchill Th 8 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 6

MUSIC Olly Murs O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Yamato Drummers Of Japan Churchill Th 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 7

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Olly Murs O2 DRAMA Shooting With Light Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC That’ll Be The Day Churchill Th 7.30

Friday 8

MUSIC Royal Greenwich Brass Band Charlton House 1 DRAMA Shooting With Light Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC A Night Of Dirty Dancing Churchill Th 7.30

Saturday 9

BOOK SALE Friends Of Age Exchange SE3 9LA. 10am-6 MUSIC Jewel Tones, Suzanne Newman St Alfege 1.05 KIDS Rumpelstiltskin Blackheath Halls 3 MUSIC Lee Nelson IndigO2 DRAMA Shooting With Light Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSICAL Sex In Suburbia Churchill Th 7.30

Friday 22

SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 5, 8.30 MUSIC Mark Knopfler O2 PLAY Three Knights And A Welshman London Th 8

Saturday 23

PERFORMANCE The Singing Hypnotist Albany 8

MUSIC Alex Hughes Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Omar Albany 7.30 MUSIC The Chicago Blues Brothers Churchill Th 7.30 PLAY Three Knights And A Welshman London Th 8

Thursday 14

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL South Pacific Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 7.30 QUIZ NIGHT Star & Garter 9

Friday 15

SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 5, 8.30 COMEDY Guldur Guldur IndigO2 MUSICAL South Pacific Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC Emily Smith Blackheath Halls Folk Festival 8

Saturday 16

MUSICAL South Pacific Churchill Th 2.30, 7.30 SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Kantanti St Alfege 7 MUSIC Altan Blackheath Halls Folk Festival 8 PERFORMANCE The Singing Hypnotist Albany 8

Sunday 17

MUSIC The Big Jig Blackheath Halls Folk Festival 11am till late KIDS Disco Kids: Down On The Farm Albany 2-5 SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 6 MUSIC S Club 7 O2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 18

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PLAY Three Knights And A Welshman London Th 5 SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 6 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Think Floyd Churchill Th 7.30

Monday 25

KIDS The Cat In The Hat Greenwich Th 1, 3 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30

Tuesday 26

KIDS The Cat In The Hat Greenwich Th 11am, 1 CLAIRVOYANCE Psychic Sally Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood

Wednesday 27

KIDS The Cat In The Hat Greenwich Th 11am, 1 MUSIC Fleetwood Mac O2 MAGIC Jamie Allan Churchill Th 7.30 LITERATURE Ken Follett: Edge Of Eternity Blackheath Halls 8

Thursday 28

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 KIDS Little Howard’s Big Show Sunday 10 Greenwich Th 2 FAMILY Birdwatching Walk Tuesday 19 LECTURE Kandinsky Blackheath Woodlands Farm Trust 9.30am Saturday 2 PLAY Mess Albany 1, 7.30 Decorative & Fine Arts Society FAMILY Charity Fun Run FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th 7.30 St Mary’s Church Hall SE3 2.30 Blackheath Common. Details: v Bournemouth. The Valley 12.15 PLAY Three Knights And A MUSIC James Arthur IndigO2 MUSIC The Vamps O2 MUSIC Fleetwood Mac O2 KIDS The Journey Home Albany 1, 3 Welshman London Th 8 MUSIC Charley Pride IndigO2 MUSIC The Carpenters Story BASKETBALL BBL Play-Off Finals O2 Wednesday 20 PLAY The History Boys TALENT Something for Sunday MUSIC The Sixteen ORNC chapel Churchill Th 7.30 Churchill Th 7.30 Vanbrugh 7 1.05 Friday 29 DRAMA Titus Andronicus PLAY Mess Albany 7.30 Monday 11 BURLESQUE The Dreamboys Greenwich Th 7.30 SHOW Avenue Q PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Churchill Th 7.30 Sunday 3 Greenwich Th 7.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s KIDS Rapenzel Albany 1, 3 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Saturday 30 Tuesday 12 MUSIC Ursula Arnold TEA Dance Blackheath Halls 2 PLAY Three Knights And A St Alfege 1.05 TALENT Something for Sunday SHOW Avenue Q Greenwich Th Welshman London Th 8 7.30 KIDS A Real Mermaid’s Tale Vanbrugh 7 Thursday 21 MUSICAL South Pacific Blackheath Halls 3 MUSIC Olly Murs O2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Churchill Th 7.30 MUSIC The Illegal Eagles DANCE Pasha Kovalev Churchill St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood Churchill Th 7.30 Th 7.30 DANCE Phoenix Dance Th MUSIC The Manfreds Wednesday 13 Churchill Th 7.30 Monday 4 Blackheath Halls 8 SHOW Avenue Q SHOW Avenue Q MUSIC Olly Murs O2 Greenwich Th 7.30 Greenwich Th 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Sunday 31 HUMOUR Laughing Boy Comedy MUSIC Steinberg Duo MUSIC Boyz II Men IndigO2 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s Club Blackheath Halls 8 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Steinberg Studio 6 Tuesday 5 PLAY Three Knights And A MUSICAL South Pacific TALENT Something for Sunday MUSIC Olly Murs O2 Churchill Th 7.30 Welshman London Th 8 Vanbrugh 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

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riginally I moved to London from Leicester to work as a singer when I was a teenager . I did various music projects, sang in bands and then somehow that led to me grotesquely impersonating pop stars. I created different characters but Tina T’urner Tea Lady was the one that stood out so I created a singing based comedy act around her ( I just imagined what Tina Turner might do when she retired and came up with this parallel universe where she makes “simply the best” cuppa in town. he hour-long Tina T’urner Tea Lady show I created was a sell0-out at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and I also performed at Bestival and Latitude Festival. The act won Best Newcomer at The London Cabaret Awards and I am now a regular on the UK comedy, cabaret and festival circuit travelling all over the country with my wheelie suitcase. erforming at Up The Creek for the Sunday Special 10th anniversary party earlier this month was fabulous. It is a great venue and it was a very special night. It was amazing to be in a line-up with Adam Hills, Rich Hall and Russell Howard. The audience were very kind and I could walk home after. ast Decembr I moved to Greenwich from Canary Wharf. I have friends here and when a place became available in Maze Hill I went for it. I feel really spoilt. It still feels like London but there’s room to breathe. I love being near the river and Greenwich Park and everyone has been very welcoming. When our hot water stopped working the guys at the gym across the road let us use the showers there. eap’s Sausages is good for a veggie breakfast and I also like Goddard’s Pie and Mash. I wasn’t feeling well a while back and the staff at Goddards were so friendly. I have never managed to eat one of their double pies though. That would be too much. friend recently had a 40th at The Trafalgar Tavern and that is a fabulous place. Oh the views! Further afield over in Hither Green I like You Don’t Bring Me Flowers vintage cafe which is owned by a friend. It’s a beautiful shop and they do a good pot of tea.




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The Blog of Samuel Pepys he weather being clement, did go for a morning stroll and espied two n a most high mood, I snatched some pamphlets from his hand and people, each wearing a round blue badge, knocking upon a door. There Iknocked upon the next door. To the lady who answered I said‚ “Vote for T being no reply, they did knock upon the next door, whereupon I took it that this marvellous party. We will cut the price of port-wine and cheese and we either they were mighty popular and had a friend in every house or were selling eels. Being hungry, did up and ask them for their wares, thinking that their badges, a most jarring fashion, are mayhap these days the sign of the eel-mongers. ne of them said that they sought support for their party in an election for Parliament, whereupon I upbraided him for a thorn in the side of the crown, a knave, and a puritan. “We are not these things,” he cried, “we are for the hard-working families.” “Then that proves you are puritans!” I said. “No, we have been improving the economy and raising employment.” “You lie,” I cried, “the king hath not given me a job for years. And with cheese today three sovereigns for a piece too small to fill a tooth cavity, we are starving!” “Our aim is to bring down prices,” he said. “Including port-wine?” I asked. “We will most certainly peg inflation,” he said. “Your language may be Dutch,” I cried, “but your aims are those of honourable Englishmen!”


will train an army of stout fellows to hammer the French and to peg inflation” She shut the door on me, but un-deterred I went to bang on the next; whereupon the coxcomb with the badge did churlishly snatch the pamphlets back from me and tell me to be off. In a great affront I knocked on the first lady’s door again, and said that I had mistaken the honourableness of the party, that they were indeed puritans, would not lower the price of cheese, favoured the French, and furthermore had no eels. t that moment down the other end of the road came another group of people with red badges. The lady shouted “Not more of them!” and slammed the door; down the street I did hear the sound of locks being turned. The churlish fellow with the badge scowled at me and took his group of parliamentary rogues down to the next street. I straightened my cravat: it had been a fractious morning but the weather remained fine and there was still time to take a jug of ale.



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