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Town’s church is stuck at 12

IT’S permanently noon – or midnight – in The Home of Time as Greenwich council refuses to repair this town centre clock stuck at 12.

The Royal Borough has withdrawn funding to keep church clocks ticking here – even though it markets the area around the world as the home of Greenwich Mean Time. The town centre clock at St John The Baptist Church, Eltham, stopped in March. But the council says it will not pay for repairs – said to be about £800 – or contribute to its future upkeep. It blames lack of money. But the council has just announced a £5m improvement scheme for Eltham town centre and a £14m cinema there. The move has been called “mean-spirited” by Turn to Page 7

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e’re not averse to the obvious gag here at The Greenwich Visitor…which is why we point out that the nine Greenpeace protesters arrested trying to do a high-wire walk over the Emirates AirLine made it one of the cable car’s busier days. Boom-boom. ltham-based Fans of cult film Withnail And I will be reassured that at least “even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.” But it seems there are other ways our council is saving err time and money. Noticed swathes of weeds growing in pavements and roadsides? Aren’t we a World Heritage Site... rather than a nature reserve?

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on 87.9 FM and online. Tune in! e enjoyed reading June Holland’s memories of VE Day in Blackheath (Pages 14&15). We should never forget the part played by heroes on the Home Front right here as well as our armed forces. he glass and steel swank of huge new apartment blocks filling up Greenwich is let down just a little by the dodgy new door (complete with catflap) at The River Gardens in Banning Street. We’re sure it’s not an ersatz makeover, but a temporary repair...

There’s a lot of work going on at What should we do today? Greenwich Market...are they You’ve picked up a Greenwich building the new hotel they were Visitor – good start. Next visit the talking about? Not any more! Tourist Information Centre at Greenwich Hospital, which owns Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark the site, won permission to build a Gardens (just next to the Cutty hotel but the recession changed all Sark). Get advice, buy tickets for that and it was cancelled. But they boats, tube, DLR, rail, buses and are refurbishing the roof and coaches, book tours, buy tickets for cobbles and putting a new smaller London attractions. You can also market in a yard next door. catch a new shuttle bus to There’s been a market the O2 there. Discover here since the 1300s. Greenwich next door is great for Is the Foot Tunnel children. working yet? WANT TO ADVERTISE? After a botched We heard £11.5million about a yacht HAVE A STORY? refurb, the race coming to 112-year-old Greenwich? Call Matt on 07731 645828 Greenwich tunnel T h e b i g Ta l l Matt@TheGreenwich reopened only for Ships race lifts to fail started here last repeatedly. A friends year and a smaller group FOGWOFT is Sail Royal Greenwich pushing Greenwich Council for event is planned next month. improvements. See 10 To Do – Page 4. I read that Greenwich is a World Is anyone using the cable car Heritage Site? Yes, it gained UN yet? Cheeky! The Emirates Air World Heritage Site status in the Line is amazing. Sadly it’s little 90s. Our buildings and history are use for getting about but it is a so amazing they’re UN-protected. fabulous, futuristic attraction we And it’s a Royal Borough? Yes. We love. TfL just need to tell more have 1,000 years of Royal links. people about it. You know where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were we are! born here and christened at St We watched the Olympics in Alfege Church. In fact Queen Greenwich. It’s a lot different Elizabeth played under the oak tree now. There was a 20,000-seater that bears her name in Greenwich stadium here in 2012. It was Park. Queen Elizabeth granted us controversial, but most agree the Games helped our global appeal. Royal Status in February 2012.


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Contact The Elderly TOO often I hear about “our ageing population” and the “plight of the forgotten million.”

Yet I don’t hear enough about the solution and praise of those who are working to tackle the problem. In fact figures show that over 20 million people across the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week (Volunteering England). Each month on a Sunday afternoon Contact the Elderly volunteers open up their homes so that older people who don’t have regular visits from friends or family can enjoy their company and friendship. Our own research shows us that the average Brit drink 17 cups of tea each week – that’s 876 cups each year. And as you get older you drink more... Fifty-eight per cent of us agree that a cuppa signals comfort and an opportunity to relax with 65% of all ages associating a cup of tea with relaxing. So you can see why a tea party can bridge the gap and provide comfort. Our charity has just celebrated its Golden Jubilee. I would like to raise a toast to its 7,500 volunteers for their commitment in tackling loneliness among older people for the last 50 years. We’re always looking for people who can host parties. And for people who can collect guests and drive them to the tea parties. The volunteers do a tremendous job in providing social contact, friendship and joy to some of the most lonely and vulnerable older people. Let’s thank all the dedicated and passionate volunteers in Greenwich and to encourage more people to join the ranks. Find out more about us or call our Freephone number 0800 716543. Katy Szita – Contact The Elderly

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THE curator of Woolwich’s Firepower museum Mark Smith has become a resident expert on TV’s Antiques Roadshow. Mark (inset) will be the show’s Arms and Armour specialist. He has written four books dealing with World War One and has led tours for the last twenty-seven years to the First World War Battlefields of France and Belgium. He is a member of the Western F r o n t Association, The Orders and Medals Research Society and a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. The BBC show is in its 37th year, and Mark said: “It is a great honour to join a show which itself part of British history.” Firepower is set to close next year – ending the museum’s 240 years in Woolwich. It will move to the Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire, where a new home for it will be built and will open in 2019. Sadly, the museum at the Royal Arsenal attracted too few visitors to continue. Greenwich Council has announced a new “Cultural Quarter” in the area.

PAINTED hall by numbers! PICTURE: Andrew Thompson

IT took James Thornhill 19 years to paint his baroque masterpiece on the ceiling of the Painted Hall in Greenwich – the Great British public did it in three days!

Visitors to the Old Royal Naval College helped complete Europe’s biggest Painting By Numbers – gradually filling in one of 7,500 shapes on a giant 2.5m canvas. The work of art marked Thornhill’s (inset) 340th anniversary and a new campaign to raise money to continue restoring the work. ORNC Director of Conservation Will Palin said: “This celebration comes at a crucial time for the ORNC as we kick off the next phase in our conservation work which will enable millions of people to continue to enjoy The Painted Hall for years to come. “It took Thornhill more than 19 years – our own version took just three days! We hope it has brought people closer to his masterpiece.” Phase two of the Painted Hall conservation project, which is already under way, will conserve the remaining 3,700 square metres of the Hall. The ORNC has raised £400,000 of its £500,000 target to match funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The college, designed as Royal palaces by Sir Christoper Wren, became the Royal Hospital for Seamen in 1694. It was the Royal Navy’s training base from 1869 until it left in 1997 and a charity was formed to conserve the site for the public. It is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Donate to the restoration fund by calling 020 8269 4742. Or join the Friends group ORNC Angels. Info:

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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s best events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on Page 18

TIDELINE ART The redoubtable Made In Greenwich gallery hosts artist Nicola White’s ever-intriguing works made from the jettisoned pieces of wood, glass and pottery - among others that she forages on regular beachcombing expeditions along the Thames at low tide. A must for all mudlarkers. Aug 1-13

Thousands enjoy legends at TOWERING: Fans on opening night. Picture: CLIVE REFFELL

ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO This new musical version of Carlo Collodi’s much-loved fairytale about the lonely wood-carver Geppetto who creates a telescopic-nosed puppet who longs to be a human boy gets its British premiere at Greenwich Theatre after enchanting audiences in the United States. Aug 5-23

JIMMY CLIFF Ska and reggae legend Cliff exploded on to the British music scene in 1969 with Wonderful World, Beautiful People and has since become one of Jamaica’s most celebrated cultural exports thanks to songs like Many Rivers To Cross - which he’ll doubtless perform during a gig at Indig02. Aug 7

CHARLTON ATHLETIC The Addicks launch the 2015-16 season for their home supporters at the Valley with a Championship clash against newlyrelegated capital rivals QPR. The southeast Londoners will be looking to improve on their sometimes nervy 12th place finish in the last campaign. Aug 8

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IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Oscar Wilde’s brilliant satire on Victorian values is as relevant today as when it was first staged 120 years ago and the intimate surroundings of the London Theatre in New Cross is the perfect venue for such a bitterly bitchy but hilarious chamber piece. Highly recommended. Aug 8-14

FUN AT THE FARM If your little darlings are going mad with boredom during the summer break, take them to the Woodlands Farm Trust and let them have a go at orienteering, ponddipping and felt-making, try their hand at being a farmer and even search the woods for the elusive Gruffalo. Aug 11-27

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA The otherworldly vision that is Severndroog Castle is a wonderful backdrop for Shakespeare’s early - possibly first - play, a curious story about love and unfaithfulness with a cheerful dose of cross-dressing and clowning (and an excellent dog) amid the work’s gloomier motifs. Aug 13

366 DAYS OF KINDNESS Bernadette Russell comes to the Albany to tell how a chance encounter at a post office in Deptford after riots that swept London in 2011 inspired her to perform one act of kindness a day throughout the following (leap) year. It’s a story guaranteed to lift anyone’s spirits. Aug 18

DYSON, EDDINGTON & EINSTEIN Astronomer Tom Kerss takes the stand at the Royal Observatory to reveal how it helped English scientists Frank Dyson and Arthur Eddington travel to Africa to observe a 1919 solar eclipse which led to the pair confirming Einstein’s mind-boggling Theory of General Relativity. Aug 27

SAIL GREENWICH The Tall Ships return to the royal borough and you can go aboard selected vessels and take a trip from the Royal Arsenal through the Thames Barrier, pass the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark and head west around the bend towards the city and Canary Wharf. Unmissable. Aug 29

“IT’S great to be in Greenwich,” announces Sir Tom Jones. “Has anyone got the time?” They certainly have!

The Voice himself is bringing the five-night Greenwich Music Time festival to a close. It’s a national institution’s second show in a national institution – the stunning surroundings of Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College. Sir Tom, 75, walked on stage casually and did a double take, as if surprised to see a packed crowd waiting for him. A nice, humble touch. Trim and slim in a dark suit, he launched into a blistering but perfectly pitched version of John Lee Hooker’s Burning Hell. It showed in an instant that not only – after 50 years of hits – his voice is quite possibly in its finest shape ever. The boyo from the Valleys (who later confides that he’s actually only a quarter Welsh!) has vocal chords like super-powered precision instrument. A surgeon this good could perform brain surgery with a pneumatic drill. Huge rock and roll and blues numbers like Mama Told Me got the full voltage, delivered with a real Deep South feel – and not the deep south of Wales. It’s like being in a Breaking Bad soundtrack. Gritty, dirty, dangerous, hot. But then along comes a ballad. Hank Williams’s Why Don’t You Love Me, for example, and Elvis Presley Blues. And I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – sung with power, precision, passion and more than a little pain. “I was 27 when I sang that,” he told us. “Imagine singing it at 37… 47… 57… No, No! I’m not 77 yet.” It’s a gentle way or reminding us how remarkable it is that a septuagenarian can still sing this well after half a century of punishing those precious pipes. At one point he emitted a rich, deep bass that begged for an opera should be written for him. “I’ll try to do everything tonight,” he said. And he pretty much did. Some of his standards were reloaded – a swinging big band version of Sex Bomb; a Mariachi take on Deliliah; a samba-tinged It’s Not Unusual (which was unusual). Once the fans recognised the song they were on their feet, dancing, swaying (and getting the lyrics wrong). Only Green, Green Grass of Home was delivered as expected. Didn’t It Rain helped keep the storm clouds at bay, at least until a gentle precipitation at the very end. Sir Tom, legendary ladies man, still likes to remind us that he knows what women want: You can Leave Your Hat On came with a dollop of hot sauce. “Let’s slow it down now,” he said, “I like to slow it down nowadays. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Ooer. But as far as I could see, not one pair of knickers was thrown on stage (The trick now is to get a selfie with Sir Tom in the background. Not an easy feat). Sir Tom’s clever partnerships, reinventions and sheer stamina means he’s still singing the southern blues and gospel he loved in the 80s when he was more out of fashion than a flared jean. Minor niggles? Some of those boogie-woogie big-band jams became a little tedious, but then he has to let his talented band let rip, I guess. And a three-song encore including Thunderball (reminding us he’s done a Bondtheme and might be up for another) and Kiss should have ended with What’s New Pussycat. But maybe he’s right.. always leave them panting for more. Following the Gipsy Kings’ flamenco-party, ex-Kink Ray Davies’ London-infused alt-rock, and super smooth soul-funk of George Benson, Sir Tom was the perfect choice to bring the second Greenwich Music Time to a supercharged close. Encore! SIMON CLARK

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BEAMING: Gipsy Kings opened the festival. Pic: CLIVE REFFELL

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second Greenwich Music Time August Late Opening Every Thursday in August, open until 20.00

Spend an eveing with the ORNC this summer for a selection of charcater performances in the Painted Hall, guided walks and you’ll even get to enjoy a game of skittles in our Victorian Skittle Alley (27 Aug only). Visit for more info.

SUNSET: Ray Davies brings Waterloo to Greenwich

Family Art Week


Tue 18 - Fri 21 August, 13.00 15.00

Be inspired by the amazing art work around the Old Royal Naval College, and try some different painting and printing techniques to create your own work of art to take home. Drop-in, free, most suitable for children aged 5yrs+ but all welcome.

Treasures of the Thames: Family

Archaeology Workshop

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TOWERING: Canary Wharf skyline and river frames the stage

Learn how to sort and identify archaeological objects on the foreshore of the River Thames in this handson session led by Thames Explorer Trust. Please bring Wellington boots/suitable footwear. £8 per adult, £6 per child. Suitable for ages 7+. Booking required. To book call 020 8269 4799.

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Inspiration at Charlton House

CHILDREN can discover the amazing history of Charlton House this summer during crafts and activities. Youngsters can “create their own masterpieces” while exploring the secrets of the Jacobean building, built in 1612. Sessions run every Tuesday until August 25 from 10am-12 and 2-4pm. They cost £1.50 per child – just turn up. Kayleigh Edun, of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to find out more about the house and explore its past.”

Help martial arts kids move A MARTIAL arts group is asking you to help it move to a larger, family-friendly home so it can offer world class tuition. Pyramid Martial Arts Centre is using crowdfunding to move to Under 1 Roof in Greenwich – with facilities including a nursery, theatre, music spaces and a soft play area. Owner Jamie Wood says the HQ will attract a wider audience and help children learn “key skills that that will carry with them and use in every aspect of their lives.”

Vote against Silvertown

PLANS for a new tunnel under the Thames at Greenwich have been opposed by councillors in Hackney.

They supported a motion calling for the £1billion scheme to be scrapped because it could increase traffic and air pollution. The tunnel – proposed by Mayor Boris Johnson (inset) and Transport for London – and backed by Greenwich Council, would see the new tunnel emerge close to th e B lack w all Tu n n el, increasing traffic on the North Greenwich peninsula. Campaigners say it would would increase capacity for traffic from Kent into east London – particularly lorries, which are banned from the northbound Blackwall Tunnel. Labour mayoral contender Christian Wolmar has called the scheme as “a deadly disaster.” Lewisham and Southwark Councils have also expressed concerns. Campaigners say a walking and cycling tunnel to Canary Wharf would boost regeneration without a tunnel. No to Silvertown Tunnel chair Nikki Coates said: “We hope other councils and London’s mayoral candidates will sit up and see that this poorly thoughtthrough scheme will do damage right across our city. “The next mayor must cancel the Silvertown Tunnel.”

light work LIGHT is the link for a summer exhibition by two renowned Greenwich artists this summer. Ann Hilary’s paintings and prints (above) explore the effect of light on the material world, with its suggestions of mood and atmosphere. And Wayne Foskett, know for his pinhole photography, is using the light sensitive properties of plants by producing Anthotype photographs directly on to leaves (right) and Cyanotypes – prints on ordinary paper. The artists’ work is on show at the Made In Greenwich gallery in Creek Road from August 14 to 31 (except August 17 and 24) from 11am to 5.30pm. You can meet the artists on Sunday August 23.



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Wednesday Workshops for Crafty Kids Every Wednesday in August Make pompoms, your own jewellery, try decoupage or balloon modelling. Face painting fun, storytelling, hula-hooping and dancing. Visit Greenwich Market and meet the best arts, craft and designer makers. Delicious street food from our new Food Court off Durnford Street.

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Do you know the story of the Greenwich Observatory ball?

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TIMELESS: Observatory in the 1800s

THE 600,000 visitors to the Royal Observatory each year have no idea that sometimes in Greenwich time stands still...

That doesn’t mean that they are frozen to the spot as the earth stops, like in some Hollywood movie, writes TONY CLARKE. But it does happen very occasionally to the “world’s first public time signal” – that big red ball on top of Flamsteed’s House in the heart of Greenwich Park. Every day, come rain or shine, the Time Ball rises up its mast at exactly 12.55 and on the stroke of 1pm drops 2m – telling all who can see it the see it the accurate time. Except, that is, in extremely stormy weather, when the mechanism is switched off...and time waits. Then “Visible time stops,’’ says Royal Observatory Curator Dr Louise Devoy. “But thankfully the earth is still turning.’’ In fact the red aluminium sphere – and a wood and canvas forerunner – has operated like clockwork, since it was erected in 1833 when Greenwich was a heaving maritime centre packed with working docks. “It was to provide a time signal visible for mariners on the Thames, so they could check chronometers before they set off,’’ says Louise. “They’d want it to be as accurate as possible to get their position as accurate as possible.’’ The original concept – devised in 1818 by Captain Robert Wauchope – was operated by a chain and pulley system. One person lifted the ball, another pulled the trigger at precisely the correct time. By the 1850s it was controlled by a Shepherd Master Clock which sent an impulse for the big one o’clock drop. By the 1960s an electric motor was installed and today it is activated by a radio signal from Cumbria. Over the years it’s been struck by lightning and even blew over in a gale in 1855. But is still stands the test of time. “It is part of our heritage,’’ says Louise. “And it is a nice public spectacle.’’

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a local. One Eltham resident told us: “The clock has not only kept residents on time, but is the centre of our Remembrance Day commemorations. The council has had the responsibility to maintain this clock as a civic amenity, but we understand now it’s decided not to do this as it will cost £800 to repair. “As the council has just spent

£20,000 on their Mayor-making evening, there are a lot of people who think they should stump up the £800 for Eltham.” A spokesman for Greenwich Council said: “The Royal Borough’s responsibility at the site is related to the maintenance of the churchyard under the statutory measures contained in the Local Government Act 1972, section 215. “Although the council has

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previously undertaken maintenance of the clock, this was not as a result of a responsibility to do so. “In light of current budget pressures, a decision was taken in 2013 that it would no longer be appropriate for the council to undertake maintenance for which we are not responsible.” Tell us what you think. Email

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Flag day for 12 green spaces TWELVE parks here have won national Green Flag Awards for their “high quality”. Inspectors from Keep Britain Tidy scored them on attractiveness, cleanliness, local involvement, heritage and sustainability. The parks were Avery Hill Park, Charlton Park, East Greenwich Pleasaunce, Eaglesfield Park, Eltham Park North & South, Fairy Hill Park, Horn Park, Maryon Park, Sutcliffe Park, The Tarn, Well Hall Pleasaunce, and Blackheath.

Sunny’s Sheep rustles up cash GREENWICH artist Sunny Wa r r i n g t o n ’s f i v e - f o o t sculpture of Shaun The Sheep is raising money for sick children. The sculpture of the kids’ character – decorated with Swarovski crystals and bees and named Bee-dazzled! – is part of Shaun In The City, a charity sculpture trail in Bristol. One of 50 sculptures on the trail, it will be auctioned this autumn for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal to help the Bristol Children’s Hospital. Info: www.shauninthecity.

REVIEWS: community opera YOU’D think, wouldn’t you, that the combination of a sublime score by Mozart and the Greek tragedy of Idomeneo – with implacable gods, human sacrifice, a murderous king, doomed love triangle and killer plague – would be unbeatable. You’d be wrong.

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How do I know? Because I had the good fortune to be in the audience for Blackheath Halls’ annual community opera which, as usual, brought together the prodigious talents of professional singers, Trinity Laban music students and local residents and schoolchildren. And it was these latter two categories that raised what would have been a magnificent evening into a truly transcendent experience. Let me declare straight away that the pros – Mark Wilde as Idomeneo, STRONG CASE: Sam Furness as his son, Show referenced Rebecca Bottone as the contemporary crises Trojan princess Ilia and Kirstin Sharpin as her manipulative love rival Electra – were brilliant. the massed voices of the chorus and the So, too, were the 40-piece orchestra, conducted youngsters from local schools (Mulgrave by Nicholas Jenkins. primary in Woowich and Charlton Park Academy And the modern-dress staging by director when I saw it) that really made this a night to James Hurley and his lighting designer Ben remember. Opera in the ultra-grand surroundings Pickersgill cleverly referenced contemporary of Covent Garden or La Scala can feel remote crises such as the Mediterranean boat refugees and exclusive. In the round in Blackheath Halls, and the continuing shame of slavery to give this the performers only feet away from the audience epic production up-to-date relevance. But it was and every blemish in plain view, the work took


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on an almost visceral quality that not only enhanced a bona fide masterpiece but also entranced those lucky enough to see it. If you’ve never been to this community opera I urge you to book a seat for next year. That will be the 10th anniversary of this splendid project – which should make a great night even greater. MILES HEDLEY More Reviews - Page 18

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New Centre do view remember the old days? has opened THE Greenwch Centre – with a new library, pool, fitness centre and health surgery – has officially opened. The centre, on the site of the old district hospital at the bottom of Vanbrugh Hill, is run by GLL. Partnership manager Garry Parker said: “It’s a fantastic new facility for the community and a great place to work for the staff.” The Library has already become the third busiest in the borough. It is open twice as long as the old East Greenwich library it replaces, with more books and 48 computers and a children’s area with tablet computers. Olympian Zoe Adams and Paralympian Andy Barrow helped launch the new gym. An adult and community learning facility, run by Twin Group, provides courses for residents, international students, individuals and groups.

THE view from Greenwich Park has drawn admirers for centuries. But nothing stays the same...and we like to remind you of how rapid change is. Reader G Wright spotted it on TV recently in 1951 movie Pool Of London (left) - about a sailor caught up in a robbery. Not a skyscraper in sight! Half a century later in 2002 (right) toddler Shauna Clark Fitzpatrick strikes a pose against the growing mass of Canary Wharf. Shauna points out she is now 15 and her dad no longer chooses clothes for her...Point taken! Send us a photo. Email:


That’s Wintertainment! QUIZ nights, bell ringing, Halloween celebrations, music, art exhibitions, poetry, parades, creative competitions, talks, theatre, a beer festival, crafts, educational classes and open mic nights...

Details of Eltham’s Winter arts festival

Will anywhere be more creative than Eltham this Passey Place on Saturday October 31 between 11winter? The three-week Eltham Arts Winter 3pm, where various activities will take place to Festival takes place at various locations over kick-off the festival off. We hope the the the town, writes Amy Duffin. huge number of fun events over the The idea was born out of the arts’ following weeks will bring Eltham’s organisation’s annual conference in creative community together. October 2014, where delegates An end of festival party will take developed five big ideas for the place at The White Hart pub on future of the arts in Eltham. November 22, where everyone is One was a Winter Festival, which welcome to celebrate this vibrant will begin with an opening event at and creative community. A full

programme for the Eltham Arts Winter Festival will be revealed soon at our website www. and on Twitter @ElthamArts and at If you’d like to be involved or know more about the group’s activities in general, email The Greenwich Visitor will also carry details in the run-up the event, as well as publishing special guide editions. If you’re running an event and would like to advertise it – or if you’d like to support the Festival – book an ad. Email Matt@ Eltham Arts has already organised events including short story, poetry and postcard competitions, live music, talks, tweetups, conferences and quizzes. Life in Eltham - See Page 16

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Our readers show Greenwich to the world TERMINAL: How it will look

Liner terminal: Fight goes on PLANNING permission for a cruise liner terminal at Greenwich has been granted – despite objections from residents groups and air quality campaigners. They worry that the terminal at Enderby Wharf will add to pollution – especially if ships use their diesel engines to power generators. There will also be new housing on the site, as well as public space. The permission must now be approved by the Mayor of London. Greenwich Council insisted the original scheme had been improved and that “the impact on air quality of any new development will be fully monitored.” But Ian Blore, chairman of the East Greenwich Residents Association said: “At a meeting of the Planning Board packed with over 100 members of the public, a call – backed by every public speaker – to defer a decision to better consider air pollution and traffic impacts and the costs of onshore power supply was defeated by six votes to five. The Board Chairman was one of the minority. The decision to approve was then carried 6 to 3 with 2 abstentions. He said EGRA would not give up and insisted: “Greenwich does deserve the best and it is not getting it.”



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WE love Greenwich...but we bend.” Philippa added: “We pounce s May 17 Independence Day. Writer or have learning difficulties. As well love telling the world about it on The Visitor it when it appears in Eva says: “I’m wearing the national as packing a Greenwich Visitor, of Sainsbury’s. It’s a ‘proper’ local costume – there is a huge celebration course, Tony, adds: “I take two even more! Philippa Phillips and Phil Jones help spread the word in Iceland. Philippa says: “We spent nine days touring, drove 1,200 miles and took 1 , 0 0 0 p i c t u r e s . I t ’s t h e m o s t extraordinary country, with amazing geological features round every

publication rather than those dreadful magazines. We particularly like the restaurant reviews written by someone who actually knows about food. Keep up the good work.” Will do! Eva Garnes took us back home to Bergen, Norway, for the country’

Photography stars on show THE finest space pictures of 2015 go on show here next month. The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition opens at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park on September 18. This year there were 2700 entries from 60 countries. Winners will be announced the day before the exhibition begins.



with parades, tivolis and food stalls everywhere. And the Greenwich Visitor came along for all of it.” Tony Hornby took us to Kenya, where he was in Baba Dogo helping the IDAY-Kenya charity help children who are homeless, disabled

suitcases of clothes, books, pens pencils – I’m always looking for sponsors to help pay school fees. “The latest is Brighton Acheche, who needs £20 a month or he has to walk two hours each way to school.” Can you help? Info:

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Victory In SEVENTY years ago next month, VJ Day finally brought World War Two to an end. But celebrations had already begun in May. For one young girl in Blackheath it was a party she would never forget APRIL 6 1945 was my ninth birthday…but a month later came the party that I would never forget. May 8 1945 was VE Day – Victory in Europe.

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Everyone was very, very happy. My mother and baby brother and I were specially happy because we were in our own home at last with my dad and my dog Peter at No 7 Hassendean Road. We had been living in Devon for almost a year after a V1 rocket had fallen at the bottom of our road. The enormous blast from the rocket had blown the glass out of every window, blown the doors off the hinges, and even lifted the roof so the tiles fell off. Tiny splinters of CHILDHOOD: glass were embedded in everything. June outside No 7 Our furniture and toys were smashed Hassendean Road and there was no water. We were in the air raid shelter in the garden that night, or we might have all been killed. My friend Sheila lived at the end of the street where the rocket dropped and her house was totally demolished. They were in the air raid shelter which buried under a huge pile of rubble when the houses collapsed. It took the rescue services two days to dig the family out, but they recovered. After the rocket fell, we had no home except the shelter. This was a pit dug in the garden, with a strong metal roof bent in an arch shape to fit. On top of the roof was about 18 inches of earth as extra protection from falling debris. The shelter was meant to protect us from all but a direct hit.                   It was just big enough for four small bunk beds, two on either side with a small space in the middle to stand up. pretty things to wear. The sun shone, Just a door, no windows, no light or t h e r e w e r e f l a g s a n d b u n t i n g heating. It was very cold in winter everywhere and big banners saying when we took hot water bottles and WELCOME HOME to our troops. sometimes a small oil stove to keep Everyone was smiling and laughing warm. Torches, candles and an oil and our parents not minding too much lamp gave a dim light. You could just what we did. We ran round the streets about see to read or draw. We couldn’t in and out of houses, people gave us take a radio as they were large and food and drinks and there was great excitement everywhere. heavy then, and had to be plugged in. By evening people began to build But mainly the enemy raids came during the night. Then, my father bonfires in the roads. There was a would take me from my nice warm great deal of wood from houses bed, wrap me in my mother’s green demolished by bombs and the smashed dressing gown and carry me down to furniture inside. People brought out the shelter. My mum would carry my chairs and tables and food and drink. baby brother, and we would all try to Somebody had a wind-up gramophone get some sleep with the sound of the and records but it wasn’t very loud. Then, six men went into Joan Carr’s bombs falling outside, until the All Clear siren sounded telling us enemy house and carried her piano into the street. Joan was a brilliant pianist, and planes had gone…for now. VE Day brought this nightly ordeal leader of her own dance band. Later to an end. And, like the rest of the she was my piano teacher. She played by the light of  the  bonfires until nation, it was time to celebrate... My cousin Pam called for me to go almost dawn, and everyone – old out and play. Old Mrs Baker, who people and children and even my dog lived opposite, came out and invited us Peter – danced and sang the night into her house. We had never been away deliriously, ecstatically happy there before. She showed us a huge (Peter didn’t actually sing, but he tried trunk full of wonderful dressing up to dance). At midnight Pam and I gave clothes. She got out two long white our beautiful dresses back to Mrs. dresses for us. She said mine was Baker and we never saw them again. Cinderella’s and she gave Pam a But we were allowed to stay up until special hat and shield, like Britannia our parents went to bed. Then we all had the soundest sleep on our coins. Magically, they fitted perfectly. Everything seemed magical and happiest dreams for a long time. ln that day. She told us to bring them our own beds. Peace had come. back by midnight...I really was June Holland Cinders! We went out into the street in Did you know June (nee Lane) back then? She’d love to those beautiful dresses. Clothes wer hear from you: email rationed, so we didn’t often have

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Blackheath CELEBRATION: June in nurse’s outfit (bottom right) at Victory party for kids outside her home in Blackheath

TODAY: June (right) and (main picture) Hassendean Road

DO you remember the day East Greenwich Pleasaunce was blitzed? Did your parents or grandparents tell you about it? Seventy-five years ago next month, the second of two bombs landed there during the huge aerial bombardment of East London by the German Luftwaffe. And a special event is planned to mark the occasion. Blitz in The Pleasaunce – suggested by resident Neil Sharman – will be held at Pistachio’s cafe in the historic park on Sunday October 18. Blitzwalkers tour guide Steve Hunnisett will talk about the air raids, sharing archive pictures and props from the era. But Steve and Neil are also searching for residents with a family connection or even their own memories of the event to come along and share their experience. Do you have photographs from the time? Do you know exactly where the bombs on the Pleasaunce fell? And was the park ever used as part of the Dig for Victory campaign to reduce food imports? If you can help, contact Steve via Twitter @Blitzwalker or his website or pass information directly to Lizzie Cooper at the cafe. Steve will also be marking our part in the the Battle of Britain and the Blitz with a guided walk on Sunday September 6, starting at 11am at All Saints Church, Blackheath, and finishing at St Alfege Church in Greenwich.

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ince exploring the creative life in Eltham I have found a number of potters and ceramicists making all sorts of items from the ‘useful’ to the wonderfully bizarre. Karen Upton, Eltham resident and GP, enjoyed pottery at school and later went to adult education classes then parent and child classes with her son. She became interested in sculpture with an inspirational teacher and now has her own kiln and studio. She says she likes to tell a story with her work and tends toward naive cartoon like figures. She told me: “My interest is in real female forms and an antidote to air brushing of beautiful young women. So bingo wings are in, as they’ve been under represented until now!’ imani Weir recently won first prize in our Eltham Postcard competition, with a delightful postcard of aspects of our heritage . She is also one of our Eltham ceramicists. Born in London of Sri Lankan parents, she studied at Goldsmiths University and then Camberwell College, specialising in ceramics and drawing. She is a currently a teacher. Himani said that she always made objects out of clay from being a child and knew that was what she wanted to do. any of Himani’s creations are a wonderful mix of the satirical and bizarre. She said she was inspired by 18c satirists such as Hogarth for a series of ceramics (inset above). She has created sculptures which are about vanity and greed and said she enjoys exploring aspects of class and excess. She exhibits locally and nationally, so do try to see her work. She has a website and you can contact her on weir135@btinternet ltham Arts Winter Festival plans are going well, with the programme filling up with great events. There will bestudent so much going on between Halloween and WINNER: discount Himani Weir November 22 in Eltham! Mon-fri Look out for news on our twitter feed and our website. We are delighted that the Greenwich Visitor will publish a pull-out section in October and November for the Eltham Arts Winter Festival. There are great rates for groups and businesses to advertise and help us tell everyone what’s on ancd where. Call Matt Clark on 07731 645828 or contact me. Keep in touch!





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DID you know that the typical British dinner table plays host to meals from up to six different countries every week?

Simply the best? Better than all the roast?

Thank heavens there’s one day left for the Greatest meal in Britain – the Sunday Roast. So what are my ingredients for a great Sunday roast? First of all...a chef. On a rest day why would I want to slave in a kitchen over a stove when I could be in a pub or restaurant with an expert trying to impress me? In a pub there should be great selection of ales to accompany the food. In a restaurant I’ll be looking for wines to complement the flavours on offer. And, of course, wherever I dine, there must be great, fresh ingredients. You’d think it would be easy to find such a place. Plenty of them claim they’re the best. But in truth it’s not. Too many bring in the food and drink from cardboard-box-land. A roast is made elsewhere and just warmed up. So The Greenwich Visitor has thrown down the gauntlet. The challenge is on. We’re going to find the Best of the Roast offerings around here. One place that boasts of roasts to die for is The Greenwich Tavern. The historic but laid back pub is in a fabulous position opposite the gates of Greenwich Park. You can sit in the comfortable interior and drink in the scenery along with your excellently-kept ales. It has been revamped, tastefully, by owner Hiren Patel. There are plenty of window seats. (And it’s certainly busy – so busy, in fact, that we had to try their roast on a Monday! But without the crowds we had more of a chance to concentrate on the food. No bad thing.) As well as the cool atmosphere and great position, one of my favourite things about The Greenwich Tavern are the portions. They’re hearty – not scary. They’re not trying to impress you with bulk...making it cheap and piling it high. The amounts work. The gravy too, is good. Maybe not my gravy from heaven but very tasty, with a hint of thyme. When it comes to vegetables, let’s face it, most of us are interested only in the crispy potatoes. (This may come from the fact that more food crimes have been committed

in the name of the Sunday veggies than almost any other dish. Hint to contenders: These need to be spot on!) Back to the spuds – The Greenwich Tavern’s are crispy, golden shells, full of earthy, fluffy, steaming goodness, piled high. I can see that a key battleground for competitors will be the Yorkshire pudding. They’re such a staple but come in so many different shapes and sizes that they can make a big difference in terms of style and texture. These are really good. Are yours better? So Greenwich publicans and restaurant owners are you ready to face the challenge? Our readers are certainly waiting for the answer: Which Greenwich venue will be named Best of the Roast? Email me at for details and to find out entry terms, cost and conditions. And let battle commence!

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rom August 10-16 it’s National Afternoon Tea Week. At the Greenwich Visitor we like the Fan Museum’s classy afternoon tea in the Orangery. Three light cakes and a choice of teas for £7 per person plus entry to the museum, it’s a real treat. Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich. ea and coffee fans have pointed us in the direction of the pop-up Plumstead Pantry which serves great locally-sourced drinks, snacks and bites. Check out their opening time as it’s mostly from 4pm except at weekends. Mine’s a coffee and a brownie! Plumstead Pantry 16 Warwick Terrace, Plumstead. n the subject of brownies...I did something I swore I’d never do and participated in a “cook-off” organised by Great British Chefs and Celebrity Cruises. Cooking in a professional kitchen on a cruise ship definitely qualifies as out of my comfort zone. Baking 2lbs of brownies with a camera at your side and an interviewer commenting on every move (including dashing to the oven with a tray of dough missing its flour) was intimidating. But it all came good in the end, Your GV food editor is now also officially Cook Like Celebrity 2015 winner. ood reason, therefore, to celebrate in style. Champagne + Fromage shop. The newly opened bistro style near Greenwich Market is the owners third venture after Brixton and Covent Garden. Staff are knowledgeable and passionate. Rustic furniture inside and al fresco. Finest Champagne and Plateau de fromages. What’s not to like? Champagne + Fromage, 34 Church Street Greenwich. ove a gin and tonic? Then this summer head for Rivington in Greenwich when anytime is Gin O’clock. South east London-based Beefeater gin has commissioned designer/maker Alberta Jones to create The Greenwich GinTime Terrace, with Beefeater planters and box hedges, floral climbers and colourful illustrations. The Terrace is open until September 6. £10 entry includes a cocktail and entertainment. Rivington, 178 Greenwich High Road. nd last but not least, summer is a great time to celebrate on the river. City Cruises have added a new option to their successful offer of three-hour river dinner cruises from Greenwich, spicing things up with topnotch curries evening and a special offer 25% discount, making the Thames experience a very reasonable £36.75 Book on 020 77 400 400.



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IT’s so lovely to welcome so many Chinese visitors into Greenwich. Their number has been steadily rising 07802 743324 over the past few years. But I wonder how many of them – and how many of us – realise that it could be said that the relationship between Britain and China started right here in Greenwich nearly 138 years ago? The notable academic Yan Fu was probably the @GVisitours greatest enlightenment thinker in Chinese history and was one of the first Chinese people to study in Britain. After graduating with high honours in China, he spent five years at sea before coming to Greenwich to study in 1877, with fellow international students at what was then The Royal Naval College. During the two years he was in Greenwich he deepened his knowledge and understanding of western culture. On his return home he took his ideas with him, bringing western social and political thought into China. His argument was that China would benefit from a better understanding of Western ideologies and so create better relations WINNER: with the West. He argued Himani Weir that East and West could l e a r n f r o m e a c h o t h e r, leading to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Yan Fu is celebrated for his translations – including Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations – and critiqued the ideas of Darwin and others, offering his own interpretations. Later he became the first Principle of Peking University and, although he died in 1921, his ideas are still widely discussed in China and his contribution to modern Chinese history is still acknowledged and respected. Let me know if you have a Greenwich connection you’d like me to explore in my column. Contact me if you’d like to learn more about Greenwich on one of my tours. Don’t forget this month we’re offering half price tickets for groups of four people or more. Book online using the code GV082015 when you pay. Our advert is on the back page of this paper. As well as being interesting I can promise Greenwich Visitours are fun too. See you soon! Email: Follow: @GVisitours Call: 07802 743324






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Greenwich radio launch A NEW radio station dedicated to Greenwich launches next month – Maritime Radio will be available on 87.9FM, online and on mobiles. Broadcasters include station founder Duncan Martin on the Breakfast Show, Paul Andrews with the DriveTime afternoon show and Matthew Jackson hosting a weekend Early Breakfast Show. Hotelier and Greenwich Show TV host Robert Gray has a weekly show about happenings in the Royal Borough. And there’s a show devoted to Charlton Athletic news on Sunday evenings, a Night Owls phone-in and local news each day. The station will broadcast 24 hours a day from studios in Greenwich between August 29 and 25 September. Info: www.maritimeradio. london

Independent photo show INDEPENDENT photographers hold their 8th Greenwich Annuale this month, showcasing street photos, environment, manipulated images and graphic/advertising images. Each photographer has a single image on display, back dup by six images on screen at the show in the Greenwich Gallery. The show runs from August 3 to 16 with a critics’ evening on August 13 led by photographers Mandy Williams and Mike Seaborne. Membership of the group is open to all photographers, from amateurs to professionals.

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Kay centre of Medea frenzy IT’S been barely a year since the London Theatre in New Cross last hosted the great Greek tragedy Medea and on that occasion Asha Reid was sensational in the title role. The rest of the cast were pretty damned terrific too. The latest production of Euripides’ 2,500-year-old masterpiece, directed by Grace Smith, featured Amanda Lara Kay as Medea and, like Reid before her, she was brilliant as she played out her character’s descent into psychopathically murderous revenge against her cheating husband Jason. But the overall production lacked the emotional depth of its predecessor. JT Hiltunen as Jason was often difficult to understand – although his outpouring of furious grief at the climax was spot-on – and the chorus of Gilly Daniels, Rachel Dobell and Valentina Pakou felt somehow detached from the drama, thus undermining their crucial role as a kind of group conscience for Medea. Of the fringe characters, only James Byron as the tutor tricked into abetting murder seemed to be fully engaged in the emotional maelstrom created by Medea’s nightmarish machinations. Despite the problems, however, this was an evening to relish – but mainly because of Kay. MILES HEDLEY


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Drum & bass masterclass

Drummers and bassists get a pretty raw deal in popular culture, the former routinely libelled as mere hangers-on and the latter dismissed as failed guitarists. Yet the reality is no band can exist without them –and the best of them are as much virtuosos as any other musician. There was no better example of this than the appearance of legendary drummer John Marshall and 24 33 74 2 80 07 bass maestro Dave Green at Trinity Laban’s annual k Page Bac See Inside Out Jazz Festival. LINDA CUNNINGHAM The two veterans first spent an afternoon 07802 743324 demonstrating their prodigious skills to students in an Linda@GreenwichVisitours.comentertaining workshop at the conservatoire before playing a memorable set at nearby Oliver’s Bar, where they were joined by Trinity trio Martin Speake @GVisitours (alto), Mark Lockheart (tenor) and pianist Simon Purcell for a masterclass in improvised brilliance. Marshall – whose CV includes stints with Soft Machine, John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce and Nucleus A NEW play set in Blackheath – was in fabulous form, delicately feathering his kit by writer Adrian Drew has a with brushes in a lovely lyrical version of the jazz celebrity rehearsed reading standard Body And Soul before becoming almost here next month. brutal and he powered through the highlight of the Actors Susannah Harker, gig, a storming version of the Charlie Parker classic Nigel Barber and Michael Wee. Idris play the leads in this And Green, who has played with everyone from “emotional rollercoaster” You Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins to Humphrey Bring Me Joy. Lyttleton, kept the rhythm section beautifully It deals with a complex grounded as Messrs Speake, Lockheart and Purcell relationship between a married extemporised inimitable solos. middle-aged scriptwriter and a Marshall and Green are widely acclaimed as two of young student film-maker. Britain’s finest jazz musicians. Their exhibition of Adrian says: “It does not pull its punches in portraying virtuosity at Oliver’s showed exactly why. emotional turmoil!” The show MILES HEDLEY is on Sunday October 18 (7pm) at Greenwich Theatre.

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Saturday August 1

KIDS Pirates Takeover Cutty Sark 11.30-4 ART Greenwich Uncovered. Tideline Art pop-up at Made In Greenwich.Till August 12. GARDEN PARTY Vanbrugh Tavern Barbecue. Music from Fallen Heroes and Rob & Phil. MUSIC Jane Gamble Organ and piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 3, 7.30 COMEDY Katherine Ryan, Harriet Kemsley Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, Cutty Sark 7.45 MUSIC Maxi Priest Brooklyn Bowl PLAY Private Fears In Public Places London Theatre 8 MUSIC Kisstory Building Six COMEDY Jon Newton, Jason Patterson, Mark Dolan, Gavin Webster Up The Creek JAZZ John Martin Oliver’s

Sunday 2

MUSIC Baroque Concert Severndroog Castle 11am KIDS Pirates Takeover Cutty Sark 11.30-4 MUSIC South London Jazz Orch Greenwich Park bandstand 3 PLAY Private Fears In Public Places London Theatre 5 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Tom Glover, Luke Honnoraty Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, Cutty Sark 7.45

Wednesday 5

FAMILY The People’s Tower Albany 11am, 2.30 KIDS Baby-Friendly Gallery Tour NMM 11 FAMILY MiniBeast Hunt Greenwich Park 1-3 Details: KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC George Malcolm Morden JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 6

FAMILY Pond Explorers Greenwich Park 1-3 Details: MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 BOWLS Blackheath Bowls Club Members’ Practice Sessions 2.30, Chesterfield Walk near Rangers House SE10 8QX KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 FILM THX-1138 (1971) Royal Observatory 7 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

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FAMILY The People’s Tower Albany 11am, 2.30 KIDS All Hands On Deck Cutty Sark Noon-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Monday 3 Greenwich Theatre 3 PHOTOGRAPHY 8th Greenwich MUSIC Soul Tubes Annuale London Independent Brooklyn Bowl Photography Greenwich CHARITY Talent Show Satellite Group, Greenwich Global Fusion Music And Arts Gallery till August 16 (M-F 9.30- event, Charlton House 7 5.30; S/S 1-5 MUSIC Jimmy Cliff IndigO2 PHOTOGRAPHY 8th Greenwich MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Annuale London Independent Theatre 7.30 Photography. Greenwich COMEDY Otiz Cannelloni, Sean Gallery, Peyton Place until Aug Percival, Alistair Williams, Holly 16 (M-F 9.30-5.30; S-S 1-5 Walsh Up The Creek JAZZ Vlad Quartet Oliver’s THEATRE West End Summer School Greenwich West Saturday 8 Community Centre FAMILY The People’s Tower Albany 10am MUSIC Backbeat Soundsystem FANS Community Open Day Brooklyn Bowl The Fan Museum 11am-5 COMEDY Elvis McGonagall, Rob KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Auton Michael Edwards Studio Greenwich Theatre. Noon Theatre, Cutty Sark 7.45 TOUR Lights, Camera, Action! PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 ORNC 2.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic Tuesday 4 v QPR. The Valley 3 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood MUSIC Sisters Of Reggae IndigO2 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 MUSIC Less Than Jake JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s Brooklyn Bowl

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MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 3, 7.30 MUSIC Less Than Jake Brooklyn Bowl PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest London Theatre 8 COMEDY Otiz Cannelloni, Sean Percival, Peter White, Andy Askins Up The Creek MUSIC Funkaphelia Oliver’s

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FAMILY The People’s Tower Albany 11am KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre. Noon, 3 MUSIC Greenwich Concert Band Greenwich Park bandstand 3 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest London Theatre 5 FILM/OPERA Rape Of Lucretia From Glyndebourne Picturehouse 6 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Monday 10

THEATRE West End Summer School Greenwich West Community Centre PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 11

KIDS Orienteering Woodlands Farm Trust 10-2. £1 per child FAMILY Moths & Mammals Greenwich Park 10-12.30 Details: KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest London Theatre 8 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 12

KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest London Theatre 8 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 13

KIDS Pond-dipping Woodlands Farm Trust 10, 11, 1, 2. £1 per child MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 BOWLS Blackheath Bowls Club Members’ Practice Sessions

Foreshore event, bring wellies. ORNC 10.30 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre. Noon FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Hull City. The Valley 3 COMEDY Wahala: Jamaica v West Africa IndigO2 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 3, 7.30 COMEDY Chris Mayo, Robert White, Adam Bloom UTC

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KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre. Noon, 3 MUSIC Silver Ghosts Greenwich Park bandstand 3 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Shakespeare at Severndroog Castle on August 13

2.30, Chesterfield Walk near Rangers House SE10 8QX KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSIC Alborosie & Shengen Clan IndigO2 MUSIC Old Dirty Brasstards Brooklyn Bowl THEATRE Shakespeare In The Garden Pilot Inn 7.30 PLAY Two Gentlemen Of Verona Severndroog Castle 7.30 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Buffy Sainte-Marie Brooklyn Bowl PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 14

FAMILY Shakespeare For Kids Severndroog Castle 10.30am KIDS All Hands On Deck Cutty Sark Noon-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 THEATRE Shakespeare In The Garden Pilot Inn 7.30 PLAY The Importance Of Being Earnest London Theatre 8 COMEDY Dave Ward, Ellie Jane Taylor Up The Creek JAZZ Eric Ford Oliver’s

Saturday 15

KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre. Noon TALK Art & Architecture ORNC 2.30 MUSIC AR Rahman O2 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 3, 7.30 COMEDY Dave Ward, Nick Dixon, Holly Walsh, Phil Butler UTC JAZZ Daniel Casimir Oliver’s

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KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre. Noon, 3 MUSIC London Gay Symphonic Winds Greenwich Park bandstand 3 MUSIC Aloha From Hawaii IndigO2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Monday 17

THEATRE West End Summer School Greenwich West Community Centre PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 18

KIDS Felt-making Woodlands Farm Trust 10-2. £2 per child KIDS Story Ship Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE 366 Days Of Kindness The Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 19

KIDS Be A Farmer For A Day Woodlands Farm Trust 10-12 and 2-4. £3 per child KIDS Story Ship Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 20

KIDS Sea Chests Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 BOWLS Blackheath Bowls Club Members’ Practice Sessions 2.30, Chesterfield Walk near Rangers House SE10 8QX KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 NATURE Bat Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

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ʻLight Mattersʼ August 14 - 31 Ann Hillary and Wayne Foskett Meet the artists, Sunday 12 - 5, August 23 020 8293 9823 324 Creek Road Greenwich SE10 9SW opposite DLR Cutty Sark, open 11- 5.30 Tuesday to Sunday

KIDS All Hands On Deck Cutty Sark Noon-4 TALK Tony Lord A Child Evacuee In The War. £5 (Age Ex members free) Bakehouse Theatre 1 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSICAL Tommy Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Barry Castagnola, Dan Nightingale, Kae Kurd, Adam Bloom Up The Creek

Saturday 22

FAMILY Treasures Of The Thames

Monday 24

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 25

KIDS The Gingerbread Man Greenwich Theatre 11am, 2 KIDS Gruffalo Day Woodlands Farm Trust 10am, 1. £1 a child KIDS Sea Chests Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TALK Art & Architecture ORNC 2.30 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 26

KIDS Dragonfly Day Woodlands Farm Trust 11-3. £2 per child KIDS Where In The World? Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Toddler Time Cutty Sark 2-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 FILM/PLAY Othello From Royal Shakespeare Company Picturehouse 7 WOOLLIES

Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s FILM QUIZ The Green Pea 8.30

Thursday 27

SAILS Tall Ships ORNC & Greenwich Riverfront KIDS Pond-dipping Woodlands Farm Trust 10, 11, 1, 2. £1 per child KIDS Where In The World? Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 BOWLS Blackheath Bowls Club Members’ Practice Sessions 2.30, Chesterfield Walk near Rangers House SE10 8QX KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 TALK Dyson, Eddington and Einstein Royal Observatory 7 WORKSHOP Taoist Tai-Chi Greenwich West Community Centre 7. Free MUSIC American Football Brooklyn Bowl NATURE Bat Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 28

KIDS All Hands On Deck Cutty Sark Noon-4 KIDS Adventures Of Pinocchio Greenwich Theatre 3 COMEDY Jeff Innocent, Maff Brown, Jimmy James, Angus Dunican, Josh Howie UTC JAZZ ASQ Oliver’s

Saturday 29

MUSIC Evelyn Champagne King, Omar, Leroy Burgess IndigO2 COMEDY Michael Legge, Paul Myrehaug, Joe Bor, Josh Howie Up The Creek JAZZ Philippe Monteiro Oliver’s

Sunday 30

MUSIC Southwark Concert Band Greenwich Park bandstand 3 MUSIC Bollywood Showdown O2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

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Monday 31

MUSIC Love Me Tender Churchill Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday Sept 1

WORKSHOP Maritime Family History Caird Library, NMM 11-noon FILM/PLAY Othello From Royal Shakespeare Co. Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC English folk Lord Hood PLAY The Talented Mr Ripley Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 2

KIDS Baby-Friendly Gallery Tour NMM 11 ART Cristiana Angelini At The Water’s Edge. Till Sep 29 (M-F 10-5) MUSIC Nazareth Brooklyn Bowl WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY The Talented Mr Ripley Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 3

MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Beaux’ Stratagem From National Theatre Picturehouse 7 PLAY The Talented Mr Ripley Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

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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 Bakehouse Theatre: Age Exchange, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA. 020 8318 9105 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 West Community Centre: 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8JA 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 Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: 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: 137 Vanbrugh Hill SE10 9HP. Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. 020 8463 0100. Up The Creek (UTC): 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. Tues, 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: Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, from Sept 18. Fan Museum: Fans Of The Belle Epoque till Sept 2, then Made In China Sept 5-Dec 31. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 Old Royal Naval College: 6 Artists, 6 Schools art show till Sept 7. Blackheath Halls: Cristiana Angelini: At The Water’s Edge art exhibition till Sept 29. 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. Made In Greenwich: Nicola White till Aug 13, Ann Hilary & Wayne Foskett Aug 14-31. 324 Creek Rd SE10 9SW 020 8293 9823 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 The Albany: 366 Days Of Kindness exhibition. Deptford Lounge WALKS Greenwich Visitours: Linda Cunningham. £15 for 90mins U16s free. 1st tour 11.30am. 07802 743234. 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

Friday 4

MUSIC Lee Fields & The Expressions Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC Level 42 IndigO2 PLAY The Talented Mr Ripley Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Saturday 5

CULTURE Doughnut: The Outer London Festival A celebration of all things suburban. ORNC KIDS Sailor Games Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PLAY The Talented Mr Ripley Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Level 42 IndigO2 BIKERS Night Of The Jumps O2 COMEDY Ninia Benjamin, Iain Stirling, Maff Brown, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek

Sunday 6

MUSIC Alice Russell Brooklyn Bowl TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 7

HERITAGE Greenwich Park History Group Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Pk 11am PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 8

FILM/PLAY Beaux’ Stratagem From National Theatre Picturehouse. Noon COMEDY Avenue Q Churchill Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood DRAMA Romeo And Juliet Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 9

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton DRAMA Romeo And Juliet Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Avenue Q Churchill Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 10

MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM Westworld (1973) Royal Observatory 7 COMEDY Avenue Q Churchill Theatre 7.30 DRAMA Romeo And Juliet Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 11

COMEDY Avenue Q Churchill Theatre 5, 8.30 MUSIC Born In The USA Celebration Brooklyn Bowl DRAMA Romeo And Juliet Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Saturday 12

BOOK SALE Bakehouse Bookshop Age Exchange SE3 9LA 10-4 WALK Huguenots In Greenwich 10.30. SHOW Art & Photography Exhibition & Sale. Part of Progress Estate’s Centenary celebrations. St. Mary’s Community Centre, Eltham High Street SE9 1BY. 11-6. VISUAL ARTS Talk About Art launch. Pre-Raphaelites. Tues/ Thurs/Fri 1-2; Sat 10.30-4.30 till Oct 23. St Margaret’s Church nave, Lee. MUSIC Laefer Quartet St Alfege 1.05 DRAMA Romeo And Juliet Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMEDY Avenue Q Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Rotherham. The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Cinderford Rectory Field 3 MUSIC Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, Jack Savoretti OnBlackheath Festival COMEDY Joel Dommett, Henry Paker, Diane Spencer, Andy Askins Up The Creek MUSIC Something’s Gonna Happen Albany 7.30

September Festival of Britain in 1951: Learn about its design in Blackheath on September 24

Festival NMM TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSICAL That’ll Be The Day Churchill Theatre 7.30

Monday 21

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 22

FILM/BALLET Romeo & Juliet From Covent Garden Picturehouse 7.15 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

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Sunday 13

FAMILY Mr Tiger Goes Wild Albany 1, 3 MUSIC Madness, Kelis, Laura Mvula OnBlackheath Festival TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 14

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 15

FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield. The Valley 7.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood MUSICAL Puttin’ On The Ritz Churchill Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 16

COMEDY Greenwich Comedy Festival NMM MUSICAL Puttin’ On The Ritz Churchill Theatre 7.30 PLAY How To Be A Hero Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 17

MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Puttin’ On The Ritz Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FAMILY Curator’s Tour Cutty Sark 3 COMEDY Mark Watson, Felicity

Ward, Ivo Graham Greenwich Comedy Festival NMM MUSIC Musiq Soulchild IndigO2 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 18

TALK Anna Somerset St Christopher’s Hospice £5 (Age Ex members free) Bakehouse Theatre 1 COMEDY Greenwich Comedy Festival NMM FILM/CELEBRATION Battle Of Britain At 75 Live from Biggin Hill Picturehouse MUSIC Grime Live IndigO2 MUSIC International Day Of Peace Global Fusion concert Charlton House 7.30 MUSICAL Puttin’ On The Ritz Churchill Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Inel Tomlinson, Henry Ginsberg, Joz Norris, Andy Storey, Prince Abdi UTC

Saturday 19

VISIT Dalai Lama O2 MUSICAL Puttin’ On The Ritz Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMEDY Greenwich Comedy Festival NMM MUSIC Pankaj Udhas IndigO2

Sunday 20

FAMILY Autumn Equinox Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10am FAMILY Autumn Festival Severndroog Castle 10.30am FAMILY Disco Kids: Mini Heroes Albany 2 COMEDY Greenwich Comedy

WALK Tall Ships & Tropical Diseases With cultural historian Richard Barnett ORNC 10am WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 24

VISIT In the Footsteps of the Tudors Outing to Penshurst Place & Hever Castle. MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 LECTURE Design At Festival Of Britain Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society event. St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Park SE3 at 2.30 TALK Huguenots In Greenwich Rev Chris Moody, St Alfege 2.30 MUSIC One Direction O2 FILM/ PLAY Coriolanus From National Theatre. Picturehouse 7 MUSIC Nicola Conte Brooklyn Bowl TALK Understanding Our Star Royal Observatory 7 PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 HUMOUR Laughing Boy Comedy Club Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 25

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital Bakehouse Theatre 12-1 MUSIC Cancer Research UK Concert Alison Moncrieff-Kelly (cello) and Esther Cavett (piano) St Alfege 6 MUSIC One Direction O2 FILM Ghostbusters East Greenwich Pleasaunce 7.30 PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30

Saturday 26

WALK Tall Ships & Tropical Diseases With cultural historian Richard Barnett ORNC 10am RUGBY Blackheath v Darlington Rectory Field 3 MUSIC Cancer Research UK concert St Alfege 6 PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 FILM ET East Greenwich Pleasaunce 7.30 COMEDY Rob Beckett Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC One Direction O2 PARTY Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row SE10 from 7.30. Info: COMEDY Dominic Frisby, Marlon Davis, Iain Stirling, Jeff Innocent Up The Creek

Sunday 27

TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 28

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 29

MUSIC One Direction O2 PLAY Woman Of No Importance London Theatre 8 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

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WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 PLAY Woman Of No Importance London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s LITERATURE Patricia Dunker: Sophie And The Sibyl Blackheath Halls 8

Thursday October 1

MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC The Counterfeit Stones Churchill Theatre 7.30 PLAY Woman Of No Importance London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 2

VARIETY Music Hall Matinee Churchill Theatre 2.30 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC Perfect IndigO2 PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 PLAY Woman Of No Importance London Theatre 8

Saturday 3

MUSIC Ben Socrates Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Fulham. The Valley 3 PERFORMANCE No More Worries Albany 7.30 MUSIC Kelly Price, Jon B IndigO2 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSICAL Vampires Rock: Ghost Train Churchill Theatre 7.30 PLAY Woman Of No Importance London Theatre 8 COMEDY Jen Brister, Erich McElroy, Stu Goldsmith Up The Creek

Sunday 4

PLAY Woman Of No Importance London Theatre 5 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC Salim-Sulaiman IndigO2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 5

FILM/OPERA The Marriage Of Figaro From Covent Garden Picturehouse 6.45 MUSICAL Dreamboats & Miniskirts Churchill Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 6

MUSICAL Dreamboats & Miniskirts Churchill Theatre 7.30 DRAMA The Great Gatsby Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s

Wednesday 7

DRAMA The Great Gatsby Greenwich Theatre 1.30, 7.30 MUSIC David Gest’s I’ve Had The Time Of My Life Tour IndigO2 MUSICAL Dreamboats & Miniskirts Churchill Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 8

MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Lord Hood 1-3.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Dreamboats & Miniskirts Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 DRAMA The Great Gatsby Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton

Friday 9

DRAMA The Great Gatsby Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Barenaked Ladies IndigO2 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSICAL Dreamboats & Miniskirts Churchill Theatre 7.30

October SQUUEZE: Glenn Tilibrook & Co in hometown gig at IndigO2 on October 17

Saturday 24

MUSIC Sandra Landini Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 PLAY The Full Monty Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Brentford. The Valley 3 MUSIC Hothouse Flowers Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC sound is sound is sound Albany 7.30 TRIBUTE Thank You For The Music Blackheath Halls 8 COMEDY Chris Mayo, Robert White, Mark Dolan, Rob Deering Up The Creek

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Our small, friendly club is looking for new members – new or experienced. Situated next to Ranger’s House on the Heath, we only play friendly matches and have a weekly practice every Thursday at 2.30pm. Come along or phone Ray Jenkins on 0208 858 7125 for more info.

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Saturday 10

BOOK SALE Bakehouse Bookshop Age Exchange 10-4 MUSIC Kristiina Rokashevich Piano recital. St Alfege 1.05 DRAMA The Great Gatsby Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSICAL Dreamboats & Miniskirts Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 COMEDY Michael McIntyre O2 MUSIC Belinda Carlisle IndigO2 COMEDY Michael Legge, Jon Newton Up The Creek

MUSIC A$AP Rocky & Wiz Khalifa O2 arena CELEBRATION Trafalgar Night Dinner ORNC MUSIC Thomas Tallis Society St Alfege 7 MUSIC Squeeze IndigO2 COMEDY Windsor, Imran Yusuf, Milo McCabe, Dave Fulton UTC

FAMILY Mid-Autumn Walk Woodlands Farm Trust 10am PLAY It’s A Wonderful Life Churchill Theatre 4 MUSIC Hothouse Flowers Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC U2 O2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 26

KIDS The King Of Tiny Things Greenwich Theatre. Noon, 3 Sunday 18 MUSIC Hothouse Flowers FILM/PLAY Hamlet From National Brooklyn Bowl Theatre Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC U2 O2 FAMILY The Mighty Prince MUSIC Paul Potts Churchill 7.30 Albany 1, 3 Sunday 11 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ KIDS Rosie’s Magic Horse FAMILY Snow Child Albany 1, 3 Ladies Night Oliver’s Greenwich Theatre 2 FILM/BALLET Giselle Link-up to THEATRE You Bring Me Joy by Tuesday 27 the Bolshoi. Picturehouse 4 DANCE A 21st Century Tea TALENT Something for Sunday Adrian Drew Rehearesed redading with Susannah Harker, Dance Albany 1 Vanbrugh 7 Nigel Barber, Michael Idris. KIDS The Snow Dragon MUSIC Whitney: Queen Of The Greenwich Theatre 7. Greenwich Theatre 2 Night Churchill Theatre 7.30 TALENT Something for Sunday MUSIC The Sensational 6Os Monday 12 Vanbrugh 7 Experience Churchill Th 7.30 FILM/OPERA The Marriage Of Monday 19 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 Figaro From Covent Garden PLAY The Full Monty MUSIC English folk Lord Hood Picturehouse. Noon Churchill Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Wednesday 28 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s KIDS The Snow Dragon Tuesday 13 Tuesday 20 Greenwich Theatre 11am, 2 KIDS Hetty Feather FILM/PLAY Hamlet MUSIC Jackson Live Churchill Theatre 7 From the National Theatre Churchill Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Lord Hood Picturehouse. Noon WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 PLAY The Full Monty JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s Churchill Theatre 7.30 Thursday 29 Wednesday 14 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic KIDS Hetty Feather Churchill KIDS The Snow Dragon v Preston. The Valley 7.45 Theatre 10.30, 5 Greenwich Theatre 11am, 2 COMEDY Open Mic Morden 8.45 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC English folk Lord Hood FAMILY Bedtime Stories JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Albany 11am, 2 JAZZ Corrie Dick Oliver’s MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Thursday 15 Wednesday 21 Lord Hood 1-3.30 KIDS Hetty Feather PLAY The Full Monty MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Churchill Theatre 10.30am Churchill Theatre 7.30 FAMILY 16 Singers Albany 11.30, 2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch TALK David Starkey: Magna JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Lord Hood 1-3.30 Carta Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Thursday 22 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital MUSIC U2 O2 FILM/PLAY Hamlet St Alfege 1.05 OPERA Tosca Churchill Theatre 7.30 From the National Theatre FILM/PLAY Hamlet MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Picturehouse. Noon From the National Theatre MUSIC Jazz with Brunch Bunch Friday 30 Picturehouse 7 Lord Hood 1-3.30 FAMILY Bedtime Stories MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Albany 11am, 2 Friday 16 St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Free lunchtime concert FAMILY 16 Singers Albany 11.30,2 PLAY The Full Monty by Trinity Laban students Age TALK Cryptography: From Churchill Theatre 2.30, 7.30 Exchange Bakehouse Theatre Black Art to Popular Science LECTURE The Art Of Mrs SE3 9LA 12-1 Fred Piper. Bakehouse Theatre Beeton Blackheath Decorative MUSIC U2 O2 SE3 9LA 1 £5 (AE Friends free) & Fine Arts Society event. PLAY Hatched: What Is KIDS Hetty Feather St Mary’s Church Hall, Cresswell Happiness? Albany 7 Churchill Theatre 7 Park SE3 at 2.30 MUSIC Black History Month HUMOUR Laughing Boy Comedy MUSIC Mercury: Ultimate Queen Tribute Churchill Theatre 7.30 Concert Global Fusion event, Club Blackheath Halls 8 CULTURE World Music Charlton House 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Conference Global Fusion COMEDY Jeremy Hardy Friday 23 event, Charlton House 7.30 Blackheath Halls 8 MUSIC Hayseed Dixie Brooklyn PERFORMANCE Boris & Sergey’s Saturday 17 Bowl Astonishing Freakatorium KIDS Hetty Feather Churchill PLAY The Full Monty Greenwich Theatre 8 Theatre 11am, 3 Churchill Theatre 7.30 Saturday 31 RUGBY Blackheath v Wharfedale CABARET Bites: Remix KIDS Milkshake Live Churchill 1 Rectory Field 3 Albany 7.30 MUSIC Yu-Wei Hu Flute recital St Alfege 1.05 HALLOWEEN Twisted Circus IndigO2 PERFORMANCE Boris & Sergey’s We’re the only publication reaching people every day here in Astonishing Freakatorium Greenwich. We need more distributors to give more papers to Greenwich Theatre 8 more people. Work is outdoors, part-time and flexible. Call COMEDY Rich Wilson, John Hastings, Simon Bligh, Roger 07731 645828 or email Monkhouse Up The Creek


1pm Friday 21 August – Bakehouse Theatre SE3 9LA ADMISSION: £5 at the door (FREE for Friends of Age Exchange)

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t could have been one of the worst jobs in the gardens but it actually I enjoyed it...Mind you, I was much younger when I started my horticultural career in Oxford Botanic Garden. The job was picking off the dead leaves from the water-lily pond. The formal ornamental pond in question was about 8m round with a raised stone edge. It was planted up with six varieties of water-lily which bloomed spectacularly. The plants produce new flowers and leaves continuously all summer, but each leaf only lasts a few weeks before it yellows and dies. These look unsightly and the whole display looks much better if they are removed. Easier said than done. oing the job properly meant placing an extendable ladder across the pond, crawling along the rungs and laying face down with your arm in the water up to the elbow as you remove dead leaves as far down as possible. The bonus is that on a hot day it’s nice and cool but mainly because water-lilies have the most exquisite sweet scent of any plant I can recall. I can still smell it now although I haven’t sniffed a bloom for years. hen it came to planting up the ornamental round pond in the Queens Orchard in Greenwich Park I knew we would have to plant water-lilies just like the ones at the Oxford Botanic Gardens. If you visit the Orchard now you will be rewarded with a sight of two expanding clumps of the yellow water-lily (Nymphae Marliacea Chromatella) and the white blooms of Nymphae Tuberosa Richardsonii. round the margins of the pond, providing a resting place for damselflies and dragonflies, other water plants are also flowering well, including a spectacular clump of the purple iris (Iris Louisiana Black Gamecock). This has established really well and has dozens of blooms. Nearby are elegant pinkish white blooms of the Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus) and charming red candelabra blooms of the Primrose (Primula bulleyana). t’s hard to believe that this pond – so full of life and flower – is only three years old. Not all of the plantings have been a success though. The ornamental, Bowles Golden Sedge, has had to be removed. It seeded everywhere and grew not only in the pond but all over the golden gravel footpaths too. If you find yourself in Greenwich Park with time to spare one Sunday afternoon rest a while on the benches around the Queens Orchard lily pond, relax and let the world go by, its one of the best spots in the Park.



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The Blog of Samuel Pepys M U S B y wife today did say she wished for a dog, wanting, as she said, a companion: I telling her that she had me, who could talk to her, she saying that was a point in the dog’s favour. Thought fit to remind her of how the dogs in the Palace were so profligate with their waste that the King’s visitors were fearful to tread, she replying that this was what made the court so precise with their dancing. She said that one could train a pug and as I, much vexed, left the room she muttered that it was more than she could do with me. o to the parke to refresh my brain. Did see a man walking with a terrier and holding a small shovell who placed a bag within a box which stood by the path. Mighty curious that this box may be a place for messages, knowing that the park is a place for making trysts, so thought that this packet may be from the man to une belle femme. So to the box and opened the bag and looked within. Put in a stound by what I found. This is a most curious age when the mess of dogs should be thought valuable enough to pick up in a shovell and wrap as a gift. While I examined the other bags did hear a cough behind me: two women stood

holding bags. Maybe they were there to send messages to their beaux. I walked away carefully. pon seeing another box I realised that the bags may be to keep the cittie clean, and that this is why the fine fashion of men’s high heels is no longer la mode. I then did have a most excellent idea, that the need to have someone following my wife’s dog with a bag meant I could argue for a maid. So to a shop to buy a shovell, it being a most large shovell, good for several dogs. Maybe I could press her for two maids. ut at home my wife said she no longer wished a dog, stroking a shiny silver hand-machine saying that this was her new pet. I cried that the shovell was now of no use, to which she replied, by no means, I could go and dig the garden. So back to the parke in a toss, where I straight stepped into a dog mess. The shovellers may be fewer than I thought, which made me happy as high heels may come back in fashion. Shall to the Strand tomorrow for a pair of galloshios. I think red shall be this year’s colour.

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