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HUNDREDS of trees in Greenwich Park are dying – and replacing them will change it for ever.

Diseases – and even the P a r k ’s w i l d l i f e – a r e destroying the trees, including the row of Chestnuts which form the magnificent Blackheath Avenue (inset) at its heart. Many will have to be replanted using different species over the next decades so that diseases like Bleeding Canker will not kill them too. The news has emerged as part of The Royal Parks’ Greenwich Park Revealed project, launched last month in The Greenwich Visitor. It includes a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund money to pay for changes and to help it tell people about the Park’s past, improve their experience now and help prepare it face future challenges. It is asking Park users – including residents AND visitors – to give their own suggestions.

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A NEW Community Garden transformed by volunteers from a derelict patch of ground into a peaceful green space has been ordered to close by Greenwich Council because they are “trespassing.”

The space at the bottom of Royal Hill was “overgrown with weeds and litter and had “a history of intruders and crime against local businesses,” say the gardeners. They spent seven months creating a herbaceous border, donating and planting shrubs and wild flower beds, and building a nature reserve and vegetable garden. The group’s Tony Othen said: “The site has gone from a barren, polluted and socially hostile environment to a cleaner, productive habitat supporting flora, fauna and wildlife

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T’S Panto Horse Race time in Greenwich, and our preview last month sparked a priceless memory for former policeman Terry Suttle. “At about 8am on Christmas Day in 1975 I was driving a marked police car with another PC and our Sergeant. I headed off in the direction of Avery Hill where I turned slowly into Fairoak Drive when what should come trotting over to us but a pantomime horse. The ‘front’ of the horse engaged us in conversation and it was clear that alcohol was present in some shape or form but the ‘rear’ end remained silent throughout. There was not another soul about and after wishing the horse a happy Christmas we resumed our patrol until about 10am when we returned to the police station for a cup of tea. After the Sergeant got out I said to my colleague: ‘When he goes into the canteen he’s bound to tell everyone about the

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fact, I had noticed this some months ago, so raised the issue with my local Councillor. It did improve in West Greenwich for a while (I can’t comment on other areas in Greenwich), but it seems to have gone backwards again, not helped by the autumn leaf fall. Not a good look, particularly for our tourists!” What do you think? Send us your thoughts and your photos. id you read our story in October that OnBlackheath headliners James were stranded here by traffic? We know the feeling. Twice in November we were trapped in huge panto horse so deny all operation (Why We’re here, below). Andrew Pollard. Here’s to another jams caused by concerts at the O2. It’ll great run for Peter Pan. And to many knowledge of it!’ Which is what Spreading joy is a great way to be fun with two tunnels and an Ikea... more performances from Andrew happened. We had him over a raise funds. Help if you can. ravo, as they say, to Eltham Arts, here in Greenwich. treat that Christmas with cries of, ast year, Greenwich Theatre the community group which has ‘Take more water with it’. Luckily e wondered aloud last time if sold out 71 of 75 just held its second succesful he had a sense of humour.” our side streets were getting Winter Arts Festival. Members work performances of its grubbier as Greenwich Council e were moved by the story fabulous annual panto. Much of hard to united artists in Eltham, and to concentrates on main routes...and that, we are sure, is down to of Debbie Rocke, whose get their work seen by the public, we’ve had some backing. Reader friends are trying to raise the reputation of its genius enriching both groups. And for no money for her to have a vital Valerie Byford says: “You’re right! In financial reward. We applaud you! writer, director and Dame,

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ENJOY family fun here this Christmas as you help give a desperately ill mum of three a lifesaving operation. Friends of Debbie Rocke are trying to raise £60,000 for her to travel to Spain for treatment for connective tissue disorder Elhers Danlos Syndrome which threatens her life. Debbie has lived with the condition all her life but it worsened in 2009 when she began suffering chronic pain. In 2013 it got worse again. Last February Debbie was struck on the top of her head by the boot of a car. Because her body is unable to heal she is now in constant pain, has vision problems, memory Debbie in 2009 and today problems, tremors. Today Debbie suffers frequent dislocations, cannot heal properly after operations and, worst of all, her neck is crushing her brain stem and a vital artery. Treatment is not available in the UK. But a surgeon in Barcelona, Spain – Vicenc Gilete – has agreed to perform the £60,000 operation. We are holding a fundraising Christmas Coffee Morning at Mycenae House in Westcombe Park on Wednesday December 21 (9.30-1) with cake – lots of it – face painting for kids and family activities. Despite all these issues, Debbie is fiercely independent, robust and incredibly mentally strong and still laughs and jokes. We know she hides a lot of her pain and discomfort. Please help us to help our wonderful friend.

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OUR VERDICT ON ANDREW POLLARD’S 11TH GREENWICH PANTO ! WHACKn ER Silver:

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Christmas Windows on display LOOK out for a unique tradition here every night this month as a new window lights up to celebrate Christmas. Advent Windows – organised by historic St Alfege Church – sees 24 displays revealed at venues across the town centre, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. Windows being decorated include the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Railway Station, schools, pubs, businesses and homes. Now in its tenth year, the living Advent finishes with the unveiling of a nativity scene outside St Alfege Church before its Christmas Eve service. Windows will stay on display until January 2. The theme for 2016 is The Promised Time – a nod to the hope of a better future. For a map of this year’s locations – or for more information about the project – visit www.advent windows.com. You can also follow the project on Twitter or Instagram @adventwindows.

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P ETER P an h as flo w n into G r e e n w i c h f o r t h i s y e a r ’s pantomime at Greenwich Theatre and it is a glorious sight to behold.

Greenwich Theatre’s panto is a traditional one in every sense: Lovely songs? Check. Unforgettable dame? Check. Happy ending? Check. Corny jokes? Check. He’s behind you! Check. But this Peter Pan doesn’t just meet the usual panto expectations – it exceeds them, writes MAUREEN STAPLETON. The dame – played by Andrew Pollard for the eleventh time – isn’t just unforgettable, but mesmerizing. The jokes come fast and loose, referencing everything from Brexit to the latest Internet meme. The songs are creative mash-ups of current pop hits and older songs, sure to please multiple generations. Of course there’s a happy ending, but in this version (spoiler alert) even Captain Hook finds love in the most unlikely of places. Andrew Pollard, the director, writer and star dame of the Greenwich Theatre panto for the last 11 years – in other words, the mastermind – again does not disappoint in this annual offering that is a beloved Christmas ritual for many families. He prances, he dances, he sings, he jokes and he flies in the show: Pollard can do no wrong. Peter Pan’s story has been given a modern upgrade for this show. Wendy (Louise Young) lives in present day

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monochromatic London, but she still voice to match. This is Spargo’s has her great-great-grandmother’s fourth Greenwich panto, having bell, which rings to warn her of played the wolf last year in Red trouble in Neverland. Riding Hood‚ Spargo clearly is at Once Wendy and her friends arrive home on the Greenwich stage and there (via a Thames Clipper, natch), with Pollard – they play off each Peter Pan (Rory Maguire) is still other to great effect. there, because of course he The two-hour show is packed never grew up. with musical and visual treats, Tinkerbell (Krystal featuring no less than 15 Dockery) is still musical numbers and nine there too, but she’s amazing costumes for a sassy, athletic Greenwich Theatre, Long Joan Silver – each fairy who argues one more amazing than Crooms Hill with Peter and the last. Musical runs her own director Steve farm. This is a Markwick, who is Till Sunday d e f i n i t e returning for his improvement on the eleventh Greenwich January 8 anodyne original who panto, is a master at was sweet and boring. combining new and old songs Captain Hook (Anthony to create unforgettable mashups. Spargo), who commandeers the Cutty One brilliant musical medley used Sark to take him to Neverland, is still every fish pun available as applied to the baddie you know and love, but he songs: We Are Anchovy, Like a comes with a Mick Jagger strut and a Sturgeon, Cod Only Knows, Shake

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Your Halibut and Rock Lobster. Since Pollard took over the panto, Greenwich has excelled at finding a young talented cast, rather than calling in soap actors past their prime. This year is no different, with the very strong supporting cast ensuring things never got boring. Special mention must be made of the dabbing Smee (Sackie Osakonor) and JamesPaul McAllister who wears multiple hats and costumes in the three roles he plays – Ethel Merman, Percy the Parakeet and the High Priestess. The wonderful thing about Peter Panis how multiple generations can thoroughly enjoy the same performance. My sons were crying with laughter over the nod to the viral sensation Pen Pineapple Apple Pen song, while the adults laughed when Neverland was called “The land after Brexit.” Greenwich Theatre itself received an upgrade in 2016 when it was closed for three months for a major refurbishment project. Many of the works are behind the scenes but you’ll definitely appreciate the new renovated lobby and refreshment area, which is also a studio theatre. My verdict: Peter Pan is Pantastic! Go, and bring your whole family with you. No-one will leave disappointed. Peter Pan: A New Adventure is on at Greenwich Theatre on Crooms Hill till Sunday January 8. Info and tickets www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk or call 020 8858 7755.

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

THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE The fun-filled and sometimes death-defying adventures of a snail with wanderlust who hitches a ride on a globetrotting humpback whale makes ideal family entertainment this Christmas. Hurry to the Albany and enjoy this production by acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories. Dec 5-31

RUDE HEALTH Trinity Laban composition students will have the run of King Charles Court at the heart of the Old Royal Naval College to premiere their latest creations in this experimental festival of new music and cutting-edge performance. Don’t miss this chance to see the stars of tomorrow today. Dec 5, 8, 9

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Global Fusion Music and Arts team up again with folkies Morrigan at Charlton House for an annual winter celebration. Expect pitch-perfect four-part harmonies and an occasional blast of a shawm as the quartet lead the festivities with Yuletide favourites like the Boar’s Head Carol. Dec 9

CHRISTMAS CABARET Greenwich Dance has put all-girl troupe Figs In Wigs centre stage as curators and compéres for a barnstorming blend of dance, comedy, music and performance at Borough Hall. There’s an afternoon show for all ages and a later one with added sauce for anyone over 16. Dec 10

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Need a break from December’s relentless fantasy? There’s no better way to keep your feet firmly - though muddily - on the ground than with a splash through the shallows of Deptford Creek with a watchful and well-informed Creekside Discovery Centre guide. An unforgettable experience. Dec 10

PANTO HORSE RACE Now a fixture in our calendar, the 7th annual charity dash from Devonport Horse to the Prince of Greenwich - by way of six other pubs - draws huge crowds from across London and media coverage from around the world. In the words of the race’s organisers: May the horse be with you! Dec 11

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Squeeze frontman and local legend Glenn returns to Blackheath Halls on his UK tour. No doubt the Woolwichborn rocker will perform songs from his well-received solo albums and there’ll be huge cheers for timeless classics like Cool For Cats and Up The Junction. Dec 11

MUERTE ACCIDENTAL DE UN ANARQUISTA One of the many things that makes London Theatre in New Cross so great is the diversity of its programming, as this Spanish-language production of Dario Fo’s astounding play Accidental Death Of An Anarchist proves in spades. Bravo, Harry and Larissa (and Abba the dog). Dec 17, 18

JOHN LENEHAN Fabulous idea, this. The traditional weekly Sunday morning recital at Blackheath Halls is given over to pianist John accompanying two silent film classics - Edison’s pioneering 1905 short The Night Before Christmas and Laurel & Hardy’s sublime 1929 comedy Big Business. Don’t miss it. Dec 18

LIVE CANON Brilliant and important poetry performance ensemble return to Greenwich Theatre for a festive fundraiser which will feature them reciting seasonal verses by the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti and Thomas Hardy while we quaff mulled wine and scoff mince pies. Dec 19

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and adding value to the community.” He said people using the Garden have also boosted business on Royal Hill. But Greenwich Council visited the Garden in October and wrote: “Your intention to make the site more pleasant is acknowledged, however the area being Council land is subject to on-going consideration to optimise its use. “As you may be aware, the Council wishes to secure planning consent for residential purposes on the site. It would be appreciated if you start to make arrangements to remove your items which currently form a part of the trespass on the land.” The Royal Hill Community Garden group – which hopes it could run the space in a Community Asset Transfer – has started a petition at www. you.38degrees.org.uk/ petitions/save-the-royal-hillcommunity-garden Gallery owner Tony said: “We do not consider ourselves ‘guerrilla gardeners’ or trespassers. We are residents, professionals, parents with families, and council tax payers. “Greenwich suffers from a lack of public space apart from the Park. There is precedent for collaboration between local residents and the council. “We accept that the council has a statutory duty to maximise value from its unused land but we suggest that this value is not simply economic. “Making this a Community Asset would preserve the community’s involvement in the site whilst encouraging the community to take responsibility for its upkeep.” What do you think? Have you used the Garden? Email Matt@ TheGreenwichVisitor.com

FAMILY AFFAIR: Lily Style and her daughter Sophie at Maritime Museum in Greenwich for launch of show about their descendent Emma Hamilton, the love of Nelson’s life (above)

Diaries out for... Christmas 2018! JUST when you’re trying to work out which show to take the kids to over the festive break, the Albany has announced its programme for Christmas next year – and the year after. The Deptford theatre is teaming up with ARC Stockton on Teesside to stage Tutti Frutti’s production of The Ugly Duckling in December 2017 and Nearly There Yet/Proteus’s take on Pinocchio the following year. The titles aim to cash in on the Albany’s fine record of hosting child-friendly Christmas shows, such as this year’s The Snail And The Whale which runs from December 4 to January 1. Albany chief executive Gavin Barlow said the new shows “provide exciting, original and excellent work for families.”

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Says Nelson love’s great great great great granddaughter THE National Maritime Museum’s new exhibition about Emma Hamilton is a spectacular triumph. And it’s not just me who says it – so does her great great great great granddaughter Lily Style.

Seduction & Celebrity gives a comprehensive overview of the woman who is often dismissed as merely Nelson’s mistress but was in fact a global superstar long before the naval hero appeared in her life, writes MILES HEDLEY. In a classic rags-to-riches story, she rose from poverty to become the model and muse for some of Britain’s greatest artists, pioneered a new form of theatre, was a confidante of royalty and played a vital role in some of Europe’s most significant political manoeuvring. And this collection of paintings, letters, books, documents, costumes, jewellery and possessions sets out to give Emma her rightful place in history as a key figure of her times. It’s a task in which it succeeds magnificently. Lily – who visited the exhibition with her daughter Sophie, five, older brother David, their cousins Mary Arthur and Raglan Tribe and Mary’s children Owain and Rebecca – agreed: “It’s a wonderful show and it’s lovely to be given a positive view of Emma at last after 200 years of her being ignored or disparaged.” More than 250 items are on display in the Sammy Ofer Wing gallery. They trace Emma’s life from her birth in 1765 in Cheshire, where her father was an impoverished blacksmith, through her move to London as a 12-year-old to be a servant. By 14 she had been lured into prostitution. But she escaped after winning the heart of a young nobleman and began to weave her spell among the upper classes. The real turning point, though, was when she met the artist George Romney, who obsessively painted portraits of her and established Emma, still in her teens, as one of Europe’s best-known and most sought-

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after models. Many of those portraits – along with works by Thomas Lawrence and Joshua Reynolds – can be seen in the show. In her 20s Emma went to Naples where she married Sir William Hamilton, Britain’s naval envoy there. She pioneered a new theatrical form she called Attitudes, mime shows which brought to life famous works of art and which caused a sensation among aristocrats. A film-loop at the museum recreates Attitudes and was the favourite exhibit of Sophie, Emma’s five-greats granddaughter. Lily said: “She thought it was brilliant.” The

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show reveals Emma’s close links to Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Sicily, her important role in attempts to thwart Napolean’s plan to rule Europe and her fateful meeting with Nelson. The rest, as they say, is history and the exhibition offers a marvellous overview of the romance that scandalised and entranced in equal measure. The affair between two of the most famous people of their time inevitably attracted satire and it’s to the credit of lead curator Quintin Colville that the display includes savage yet magnificent caricatures by James Gillray. The show, which was opened by broadcast legend Joan Bakewell and runs till next April, ends on a dark note as Emma sinks into penury and despair after Nelson was killed at Trafalgar in 1805. She died destitute ten years later – but their daughter Horatia went on to marry a clergyman and establish a line that comes down to David, Lily, Sophie, Raglan, Mary, Owain and Rebecca today. Earlier this year, Lily founded the Emma Hamilton Society with the intention of offering redress to her famous – and infamous – relative. She acted after finding out she had a brother who had been given up for adoption as a baby when their mum was an art student. That brother is David, who contacted her out of the blue having traced his birth mother and discovered his ancestors included Nelson and Emma. Lily, who lives in Devon, said: “His enthusiasm was the catalyst for me setting up the society. I’m so pleased we did and I’m so pleased this exhibition supports our view of Emma. I can’t wait to visit it again. www.emmahamiltonsociety.co.uk

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MYCENAE Soup – the dining and pitching charity night – raised £1,287 for a great cause. More than 130 diners heard appeals for funding by six charities – MumsAid, Kairos Rehabilitation, Greenwich Mencap, Return to Work, Her Centre, and MOT for Over 65s. Diners voted to give the proceeds to Greenwich Mencap’s innovative pilot project Support for Siblings. It helps siblings of children with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum conditions. Greenwich Mayor Olu Babatola presented the cheque. Food was by Masons Catering and The Catering PA with music by pianist Peter Munden and guitarist Stephen Brayne. Team vicar Reverand Tim Yeager was MC. Mycenae House manager Mark JohnsonBrown said: “It was another stunningly successful evening. The search is already on for next year’s Soup projects – get in touch.” STILL need to get in the Christmas spirit? Mycenae Choral Christmas – A Celebration in Song is on Wednesday December 21. “It’s free and we hope to raise the roof with song and music,” says Mark Johnson-Brown. “If that isn’t enough we’re also providing Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. Come along, bring your friends and family and celebrate with us!” Info: www.mycenaehouse.co.uk

COSMO star of market night RISING star Cosmo Pyke is making an appearance on home soil to celebrate Christmas at Greenwich Market. Cosmo, 18 (inset), is gaining a reputation for his “spacey, beautiful, and lazy” lo-fi songs about everyday life in south east London. The former Brit School student performs at the Market’s special Late Night Opening event on Wednesday December 7. The Market – which f e a t u r e s d e s i g n e rmaker stalls and shops – is open every day this month (10-5.30) except for Christmas Day. Father Christmas and his elf will be at the Market this month on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23 (12-5pm). Visits are £4 per child and each receives a bag of goodies. Info: www.greenwichmarketlondon.com


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Roan’s 90th birthday treat THE John Roan Theatre Company celebrates its 90th birthday this year with an intriguing show – An Experiment with an Air Pump. “The show has interesting themes,” says chairman Graham Johnson. “The painting of the same name by Joseph Wright inspired Shelagh Stephenson to create the work which includes mystery, humour and thoughtprovoking ideas about cloning and genetic engineering.” Roan Theatre Company originates from the John Roan Boys and Girls Grammar Schools and first performed in 1927. The show is at Mycenae House from January 11 to 14 (7.45. Tickets £10.)

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The good news is that even in urban Greenwich (where Henry VIII’s former hunting ground Greenwich Park would no longer welcome your bow and arrow) there is a perfect place, writes JAKE BACON. Archery Fit boasts London’s biggest indoor range nside I meet owners, husband and wife Roman Godkin and Kate Zalyubovskaya (above left). Kate, 2003 Russian National Champion, wanted a place to practice after moving to London. When she couldn’t find one they opened their own, just off Greenwich High Road and next to the Premier Inn hotel. The centre has two Archery World Championship-sized ranges so it’s perfect for those looking Merryweather Place, to de-stress or shoot as part of a Greenwich. SE10 8LR fitness regime, as well as future competitors. “We are the only dedicated indoor archery club in the capital Open every to be open 365 days a year – day including bank holidays – 12 hours on most days.” says Roman. “We offer everything any archer needs – two 18m ranges, one extendable to 30m, all bow types for training; storage and much more.” New archers receive training until they are skilled enough to shoot on their own. Kids and adults can have 90-minute lessons for £15 and £25, respectively. Independent shooters pay £10. “It’ll take a few years to repay the loans we started with,” says Roman, “but we’re lucky enough to be combining our hobbies and expertise in a family business, making new friends on the way.” Info: www.archeryfit.com

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LEADING architects, planners and developers have voted the shining new Greenwich Market one of the best places in Britain. It was runner-up in the 2017 U r b a n i s m Aw a r d s , w h i c h recognises the best urban environments. The Market has had a major refurbishment – including a new glass roof, cleaned cobbles, a new food court area and striking public art. Judges said: “The Market management promotes the new space as not only a market but a community centre.” Wi n n e r w a s t h e Vi k i n g Triangle in Waterford, Ireland.


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’ve always been a nut for conkers. It’s not just that I enjoyed throwing sticks up into the tree was my mates as a kid, trying to dislodge the spiky treasures, or that great proud parent moment when my eight-yearold son won the school conker championship by beating a teacher in the final! No I love conkers because the Horse Chestnut tree is the finest ornamental hardy flowering tree in the British Isles. There is simply nothing to compare with a mature Horse Chestnut in full bloom. he Greenwich Park avenue of nearly 300 trees lining the route from Blackheath Gate to Wolfe statue dates from the 1950s – it’s a little younger than many people think. Some years the flowering coincides with the start of the London Marathon and you couldn’t get a better celebration of flower and human spirit. There is a problem though and it is quite heartbreaking. In 2000 the Forestry Commission identified four cases of a disease of Horse Chestnut called Bleeding Canker. By 2007 nearly half of all trees inspected were found to be infected. This is borne out by our own surveys in Greenwich Park where the incidence of the disease has increased rapidly. leeding Canker is caused by a bacterium. In spring and autumn it becomes visible as a sticky black gum exuding from the bark. Eventually the bark splits revealing dead wood tissue and the branch dies. Our experience within the Royal Parks has been that infected trees may live between ten to 15 years but eventually they succumb to the disease and die. There is no known effective treatment for the disease and there are no known resistant varieties. t the moment, the future of the Horse Chestnut as a tree in the British landscape looks bleak and a mature tree may become as rare a sight in the future as a mature Elm. Each year we are losing upwards of a dozen trees in the Park and have taken the decision to no longer replant, as young trees are just as likely to be infected. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find supplies of young Horse Chestnut trees as many nurseries no longer stock them. hat does this mean for Greenwich Park? Well that is something that Greenwich Park Revealed – which was launched in The Greenwich Visitor last month – will be looking at. How, and with which tree, we replant the Horse Chestnuts as they die, is something that we are looking into and will be discussed with Park visitors. or now, I’ll enjoy the magnificent Horse Chestnut tree and challenge my colleagues to an annual game of conkers.

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story Park can tell residents and visitors the improve of its fabulous past. How it can they can their experience now. And how help prepare it for future challenges. to A public meeting takes place this month how hear ideas. In this edition we explain you can help, and Park Manager Graham Dear tells why the project is so crucial. Past, Present, Future – Pages 4&5

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AROUND 400 trees in Greenwich Park could die over the next 20 years because of serious diseases and pests.

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Conker trees could almost be entirely wiped out from the historic Park because of the Bleeding Canker disease decimating the nation’s Horse Chestnuts. Other trees – such as the Hornbeam, Oak and Beech – are also being severely damaged, by the grey squirrel. Every Spring and Summer the rodents strip bark from trunks Heritage Lottery Fund money to tell the story and branches of trees which have stood o f t h e P a r k ’s 6 0 0 - y e a r p a s t , m a k e in the Park for up to four decades. improvements for today’s visitors and The trees become weak, decayed prepare it for future challenges. and deformed, and in worst The project will look at how cases completely die. the Park’s tree population could A report being prepared be saved for future generations, for The Royal Parks, which and visitors are being asked s ark yalp ero Follow @th manages Greenwich Park, what they want from the Park. and @GreenwichVisitr estimates that more than Greenwich Park has more gs hta 400 could be lost over the and look for has than 3,000 trees, many of next 10 to 20 years. #GreenwichParkRevealed which form the clear avenues as The figure has emerged as #GreenwichPark set out in the original tree part of the Greenwich Park planting design of 1660. Among Revealed project – launched in the more notable avenue species are last month’s Greenwich Visitor – Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Lime, which aims to win up to £5million of Plane, Beech, Turkey Oak and Hornbeam.

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During the early 2000s, nearly 300 trees were planted, but since then the overall health of the tree population in Greenwich Park has changed dramatically because of severe damage caused by wildlife and tree diseases. The Royal Parks’ Arboricultural Manager Ian Rodger said: “Sadly, the state of hundreds of trees in Greenwich Park is not unique and it’s something we’re seeing right across the country. If it isn’t diseases killing off some of these magnificent trees then it’s pests such as squirrels. “While we take a proactive approach to checking our trees regularly for any signs of disease or decay to maintain public safety, it’s inevitable we will have to remove some if they become a danger. We hope in the future we


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classic landscape ARTIST S have been inspire d by Greenw ich Park throughout history – from JMW Turner’s dramatic 1809 landscape (main picture) to this wonderful piece by contemporary artist John Bangs. “It’s of Henry Moore’s Knife Edge sculpture in the Park,” says John, who regularly shows with Greenwich Open Studios and at the Made In Greenwich gallery in Creek Road. Send us your paintings of the Park...

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MAY BE THING OF THE PAST can maintain a high proportion of native species but we also pride ourselves on having a rich history of rare and unusual trees which are managed effectively to maintain diversity and add interest.” The Royal Parks is asking Park users to help shape its future by joining the Greenwich Park Revealed campaign which has three strands: PAST: Better viewing points, uncovering historical features and adding more educational experiences. PRESENT: Improving existing buildings and protecting natural features like flowerbeds and trees. Tell us what YOU think. Email FUTURE: Making it more sustainable by using Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com borehole water and or Tweet @GreenwichVisitr planting disease-resistant trees while making it easier for people, including those with disabilities, to discover and use Greenwich Park. And they want YOU – residents and visitors – to help. A public meeting was held at West Greenwich Library last month, where members of the public discussed issues including biodiversity and wildlife then worked in small work groups . You can also share your views at an online suggestion box at www. royalparks.org.uk. Tell us what you love about Greenwich Park and what you would improve. Do you have special memories of the Park? Email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com or you can tell us your views on Twitter THREATS: Grey Squirrel and (inset) Bleeding Canker disease @GreenwichVisitr

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Dancing in the street M AY O R o f G r e e n w i c h O l u Babatola opened the Festival in front of big crowds at Passey Place in Eltham town centre. Live music and guest appearances including young stars of Hulviz’s panto Peter Pan entertained the crowds.

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MUSIC played a major part in the Winter Festival – including a stunning opera performance. An Evening of Love and Betrayal by the Covent Garden Voices, including Eltham resident Elizabeth Key. The well-chosen programme of muchloved opera arias and ensembles made for a glamorous evening at the Eltham Park Baptist Church. Their moving performance (not without humour: “This one’s also known as the football song, they quipped before Nessun Dorma) earned them a standing ovation, as well as gifts of champagne and flowers! Classical music continued with the Eltham Choral Society at the Eltham Park Methodist Church and also in Organ Pops – an organ recital at the Holy Trinity Church which captivated concertgoers with works by J S Bach, Herbert Howells and Louis Vierne.

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Festival was 2 YOU came up trumps again – the bigger, it.” The fun began on October 29 with opening better, second Eltham Arts Winter Festival day music and arts in Passey Place and ended at the White Hart pub on November 20. has been hailed a triumph! Over 23 days, a whopping 150 arts events brought local artistic talent together to entertain, enthral and enchant audiences all over the SE9 area, writes REEVA CHARLES. Festival-goers of all ages and tastes were treated to an inspiring array of art exhibitions, live music, theatre, walks and talks at a variety of historic and new venues, co-ordinated by community group Eltham Arts. Chair Gaynor Wingham said: “The Festival has been remarkable. We were bowled over by the community’s fantastic support. Eltham has so much creative talent to offer and I am so pleased about Eltham Arts’ success in promoting

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There were fascinating author talks – Anne O’Brien spoke about her novel The Queen’s Choice, partly set in Eltham Palace, and Eltham author Wendy Moore discussed her fascinating Georgian-era true story book How to Create A Perfect Wife. There were old favourites such as crafts for kids and adults at libraries, art in galleries including SE9 Container Gallery and Gerald Moore Gallery, and open houses plus live music at pubs like the White Hart and clubs including FolkMob and Eltham Jazz Club. Eltham painters from 100 years ago were welcomed back to Eltham Library where

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HOOK OUT! THE Bob Hope Theatre continued to thrill audiences with two hit festival productions – Eldorado’s spot-on version of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers and a charming version of Peter Pan by the Hulviz Amateur Musical Society. Clare Smith said: “The shows

went really well and were very well attended.” Live music and Roald Dahl-themed street performers (left) joined hundreds of excited primary school children and onlookers for the annual Eltham Lights Up Lantern Parade when the town centre Christmas lights were turned on.

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good to miss! visitors enjoyed the Greenwich Heritage Centre’s collection of rarely-exhibited paintings by early 20th Century artists. Food is creative too, and it played a big part. Welcome new offerings at the fun Festival included a celebration of all things Indian for Diwali at a buzzing Taste of India event in New Eltham, some novel food events with Age UK. There were Foraging walks with Kevin Godby, a Photo Walk with Greenwich Get Active and Historical Tours of the 101-year old Progress Estate, the Avery Hill Mansion House and local churches. Railway Children writer Edith Nesbit was celebrated in a literary walk reading extracts from her books and poetry around her old Eltham haunts. The Festival wrapped up with a

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joyous finale party at the White Hart where singer-songwriters met the Song Challenge to write and perform songs with a culinary theme – there were funny songs about turnips and how I Couldn’t Eat A Horse. And more mellow offerings about Grandma’s Kitchen. Eltham Arts Winter Festival certainly kept its promise to showcase local creativity. Many visitors commented on their surprise at discovering the breadth of artistic activity in the area. The Festival is over, but the good news is that there’s still plenty of creativity to carry on enjoying in Eltham. You can discover more about our vibrant artistic and cultural life by visiting www.elthamarts.org. Read Gaynor Wingham’s Life In Eltham column – Page 16

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THE FIRST Eltham Arts Awards were presented at the Festival finale. MP Clive Efford presented an award – commissioned from local glassmaker Jean Bright – to Andrew Downie, Head of Art at St Thomas More School, home of the SE9 Container Gallery, Made from shipping containers, it was praised for student shows and community projects, “providing wider artistic perspectives to local people.” Denise Scott Macdonald, Royal Greenwich Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Wellbeing, presented an award to Paula Bellamy and Miriam Storey, Manager and Assistant Manager, representing the “exemplary” team at Eltham Centre Library. Eltham Arts’ John Wingham presented an award to Alex Meyers, for the White Hart Public House and Carvery in Eltham High Street, cited as “an excellent example of how local businesses and the arts can work together.”

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BOTIS Seva is a brilliant choreographer perhaps best-known for hip-hop creations such as In No Form which wowed Laban theatre in July. Last month he returned to the venue with something inspired by an altogether more ancient tradition - martial arts. Woman Of Sun was an exceptional piece of work, bursting with intricacy, grace, artistry and sheer, breathtaking physicality. It was also a homage to some of Seva’s favourite kung-fu icons, with fabulous nods to Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, the mischievous hero Monkey in the classical Chinese story The Journey To The West, Ang Lee’s balletically beautiful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and any of the witty, bravura films of Jackie Chan. Seva’s vision was wonderfully brought to life by dancers Victoria Shulungu, Shangomola Edunjobi, Ezra Owen, Joshua Nash, Jordan Douglas, Christina Dion, Angelica Brewster, Ayten Goksan and Anmol Kaur, whose sinuous agility and coordination was extraordinary. And the whole production was given added layers of mood, Read Miles Hedley’s meaning and emotion by Anthony Hateley’s arts blog on  THE RESIDENTS lighting, which acted hedintheclouds. A PLAY built around Einstein’s gravitaalmost as scenery, and wordpress.com tional wave theory, packed with allusions to an amazing soundtrack by Torben Lars Sylvest, an Kafka, Ibsen and Leskov and boasting a hefty electronica score drenched dose of New Cross history could have been a prewith evocative Asian touches tentious calamity. But in the hands of Teatro Vivo, such as Japanese taiko drums and, best The Residents was a triumph of immersive, intelliof all, throat-singers from Tuva on the gent, involving and out-and-out entertaining theatre. Mongolian border. The idea behind the play is that just as energy from Woman Of Sun was the first of a new round of Compass Commissions for the a black-hole collision on the other side of the universe Trinity Laban/Greenwich Dance billions of years ago can still be detected – a key Partnership. Stephanie Schober follows in element of the theory of relativity – so the energy of February with Tom Roden and Anna our homes’ previous inhabitants can be felt down the Williams rounding off the season later. But ages. they are all truly up against it if they hope The Residents, written by Teatro Vivo and Michael to eclipse Seva’s amazing opener. Wagg, cast its audience as house-buyers and invited them in groups of 20 to be shown round a New Cross Bach’s St John Passion property by an on-the-edge estate agent Amelia Spoke (Debbie Korley). Our viewing was repeatedly interrupted by a string of ghostly couples from the area’s past when New Cross was by turns medieval farmland, a haven of

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Passion goes Bach to basics

A 70-strong chorus of adults and children joined eight solo singers and a baroque orchestra to fill Blackheath Halls with some of the most exquisite music ever written as English Touring Opera staged Bach’s St John Passion in association with Trinity Laban. The sell-out concert was presented with one eye – and one ear – firmly fixed on authenticity, which meant the score was performed by 12 musicians (the Old Street Band) using instruments from Bach’s time, including a lute, an oboe da caccia and a viola da gamba. But marvellous though their playing was, it was the singers who made this such a memorable occasion. Their massed ranks, faultlessly marshalled by conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny from a central dias in this in-theround staging, featured Trinity students, Blackheath Goes Gospel stalwarts and members of the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Choir. The ensemble’s artistry was never displayed better than in the heartbreakingly beautiful Rest In Peace chorus, the oratorio’s penultimate section, which left me and many of my fellow watchers wiping tears from our eyes. Finally, honourable mention must be made of the soloists - the talent of tenors John-Colyn Gyeantey and Nick Pritchard, basses George Humphreys and Andrew Slater, soprano Susanna Fairbairn and mezzo Martha Jones added a touch of stardust to an already a magical occasion.

Victorian gentility, a post-war urban dump and finally the multicultural hub it is today. In this imaginative and taut production, director Sophie Austin added radio soundbites and recordings of local people’s memories to the historical vignettes which merged and parted ceaselessly to create a kind of narrative kaleidoscope. And there were some neat sound effects by Eleanor Isherwood and a couple of terrific plot twists to keep levels of spookiness high. But the crowning glory of the piece for me were Mark Stevenson and Kas Darley who played all of the spectral couples, often switching from one to the other with barely a pause for breath, let alone time for a costume-change. Theirs were tour de force performances. Teatro Vivo have always had the knack of taking theatre into new realms – think of their magnificent Hunters Grimm production for the Albany two years ago – but it’s hard to envisage how they will better The Residents.

LUNAR SHADOWS

Dance for art’s sake DANCE, like abstract art, can convey multiple messages simultaneously with its infinite variety of movement and nuance. It can also, like abstract art, be enjoyed simply for its purity of form. This sprang to mind at Borough Hall as I watched the premiere of Lunar Shadows, the latest creation of choreographer/dancer Quang Kien Van, who was born in Vietnam of Chinese parents. The story, which grew out of his acclaimed pieces Patient 319 and Lunar Orbits, is partautobiography and part-fiction as it follows the odyssey of one of the so-called boat people from the terrors of the South China Sea to asylum in the sanctuary of Peckham. But here the creation darkens as the protagonist finds himself in another sort of asylum after mysteriously ending up in the USA in thrall to a kind of religious psychosis. It’s a journey that Quang and his troupe Laura Lorenzi, Rachele Rapisardi and Daniel Phung, who seem to represent aspects of his personality, brought brilliantly to life in Greenwich Dance’s art deco auditorium. Backed by a thunderous and often witty score by Philip Feeney, the performers explored some of the great universal themes of humanity - displacement, community, sanity, love, our place in the cosmos. But they also dazzled us with an hour-long kaleidoscope of form, creating sinuous patterns of dance, light and sound that enraptured the senses and made the experience transcendent even when the deeper meaning of the narrative proved elusive which is exactly how art should function.


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total eclipse of the art

THIS is the dazzling image that won the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Yu Jun won the £10,000 top prize for the photo of Baily’s Beads – usually hidden to the nake eye – into one shot during a total solar eclipse in Luwuk, Indonesia. Judge and

Royal Observatory Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula said: “It’s even more impressive when you realise it shows the progress of a solar eclipse compressed into a single frame with consummate skill.” See the images at the Royal Observatory until June 28 2017 (10-5. Closed Dec 24-26).

street fans to animal magic

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The Fan Museum ends its 25th year with Biblical Fans, from January till May, features 80 examples including the stories of Adam and Town and Country, writes JAKE BACON. An eclectic collection of more than 50 fans Eve, Moses and Abraham sacrificing Isaac. highlighted our environment from the 1700s to From May to September All Creatures 1990s with amazing depictions of stately Great and Small shows “sometimes houses, parks and busy city squares. humorous, sometimes curious, fans One that stood out for me was The decorated with animal subjects” Eiffel Tower. And a section on from early 1700s to today American Fixed Fans, imported Crooms Hill, including Adolph Thomasse’s from Spain and Italy, were used ich enw distinctive, anthropomorphic cats Gre regularly by Americans during and dogs – still favourites with hot summers and church collectors. Then an innovative gatherings. They caught my eye Street Fans unites traditional fanOpen daily because of their peculiar shape they making and urban street art. RUN, look like table tennis bats! Endless the Artist, Otto Schade, With its regular changing exhibitions, Levalet, Nathan Bowen and Guy Denning it is certainly not a museum to see just once and team up with leading fan maker Sylvain Le tick off the bucket list. Truly impressive. Guen to design and create one-of-a-kind folding Town and Country ends on December 31. fans which go on display that winter. The www.thefanmuseum.org.uk SBS advert 130mm x 116mm:Layout 1 22/11/16 Info: 13:36 Page 1 museum – in a 1721 Georgian building in

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he Eltham Arts Winter Festival is over! It was a great success and now life gets back to “normal” in Eltham. The High Street roadworks are clearing, leaving us with wonderful wide pavements and new trees and everyone is getting ready for Christmas. ur new Eltham Cinema is well underway, with demolition of the old Co-op building going on behind the hoardings. We do worry, however that the cinema operators Vue Entertainments seem to think they are building a nightclub with their application for alcohol and music licence late into the early hours. But this is a suburban residential area and there have been dozens of objections from residents and groups, the police and even some council departments. We’re relieved that the application has now been withdrawn and are very hopeful for a much more sensible version.

s Greenwich becomes busier and more vibrant so does the food scene. One successful newcomer is the Intercontinental Hotel, which already has two AA Rosettes. Chef Tomas Lidakevicius says: ”We won’t be resting on our laurels” and promises “spellbinding tastes and an unforgettable culinary journey for our guests.” Yum... ongratulations to the Golden Chippy on Greenwich High Road – named Best Restaurant in London on TripAdvisor. It only seats 12. Sometimes less is more! ake a wish…Rivington welcomes back its Christmas Wish Tree this month. From Saturday December 3 youngsters can write their wish on a card, hang it on the tree and it might just come true! Don’t forget two kids per adult eat free from noon till 7pm from Monday to Saturday. Want to party on New Year’s Eve? Parties of up to 10 people can book at the restaurant – part of the renowned Caprice Group – for £55 each, including a G&T and set menu choice including Cornish lobster bisque or 32 day aged Hereford ribeye. The Champagne molten chocolate pudding sounds worth going out for…Call 020 8293 9270. ave you heard of the Queen’s Orchard in Greenwich Park by Maze Hill gate? It is a gorgeous place where volunteers tend heritage fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. Did you know it has a very rare medlar tree? I’ve been volunteering in the Orchard from the day I started editing these pages – I thought following the growing seasons will give me a better understanding of what I was talking about. It did. And more. From next year I’ll be sharing my Orchard diary. I dig so you can read! re parsnips on your Christmas menu? Here is a tip: peel and grate them. Place in the oven with a good dose of half milk/ half cream. Season, top with grated cheese and oven bake at 200C till soft and golden. Melt in the mouth... ith this, let me wish you a very happy festive season, it’s been lovely to write the GV food pages throughout the year. See you in 2017...

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he first phase of the Bob Hope Theatre redevelopment project (above) is now complete with a lovely new foyer. Shows have restarted, and two Festival productions – The Ladykillers by Eldorado and Peter Pan by Hulviz– were a success. They are fundraising for the next stage of the work and all donations would be gratefully received. Unlike others, to date Bob Hope Theatre has never received council funding, so come on Royal Greenwich think about giving them a grant! It’s a fantastic community resource. Find out how you can help at www. bobhopetheatre.co.uk t is Panto Time again and it’s time to book a post-Christmas family treat. In January Bob Hope Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk. New Eltham Community Productions do Calamity Dame. In February The Priory Players perform Sinbad the Sailor. Any more? Let me know... arol Concerts are a wonderful part of Christmas in Eltham with a number around the area. The Friends of The Tarn host a Christmas Singalon on Sunday December 7. We will be having a fun Festive Singalong at the White Hart on December 15. It’s also the perfect season to listen to our fine Aspects of Winter album (inset) too. Performed and produced by local artists, it captures the spirit of this special time of the year. Contact me to buy a copy or get one at the White Hart pub. It’s only £8. ishing everyone a peaceful and creative Christmas and New Year! What will 2017 bring to us all in Eltham?

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It was seen as a rags to riches story. And I can vouch for that. Because Clare is my mum, writes ALEX MORRALL. I saw her face when she received standard reject letter after standard reject letter. I heard her disappointment after an asked to meet her in London and then suddenly ceased to communicate – the wasted train ticket had cost a fortune to a single mother earning money by teaching voilin in our council house. And I remember the sadness when an agent fell sick before placing the novel. But I also remember the elation when Tindal Street offered to publish 2,000 copies of Astonishing Splashes of Colour. We were thrilled! The royalties for 2,000 books wouldn’t reach £2,000, but what a great outcome for a hobby. It was only when I was at work bantering with my boss about who was the most literary as he looked online at the Booker shortlist that I came over to his desk, peered at the computer and saw my mum’s name at the bottom of the page. It led to a rather complicated series of phone calls to where she was on holiday at her own mother’s house with the mobile turned off. “I think you’ve been

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KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Doodlebug Oliver’s

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KIDS Santa’s Grotto Age Exchange Blackheath. Part of Village Day. 10-12.30, 1-3.30 BOOK SALE Bakehouse Bookshop 10-5 WORKSHOP Board Games Bakehouse Th 11-2 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Christmas Crafts Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSICAL THEATRE The Clockmaker’s Daughter Laban 2.30, 7.30 RUGBY Blackheath v Macclesfield Well Hall 3 KIDS Jack Frost Blackheath Halls 3 FAMILY Festive Singalong Blackheath Halls 5.30 PERFORMANCE The Residents Albany 3.30, 6.30, 8.30 FILM The Martian Royal Observatory 6.30 PARTY Jingle Bell Ball 02 arena MUSIC Christmas C2C Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC The Dualers IndigO2 PLAY Charley’s Aunt London Theatre 8 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Ben Norris, Carl Donnelly, Adam Bloom Up The Creek MUSIC Yolanda Eyama Oliver’s

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FAMILY Xmas Fair Woodlands Farm Trust 11-3 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Christmas Crafts Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 KIDS Annie Jr Bob Hope Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY Christmas Singalong The Tarn, Court Road, Mottingham 1.30-3.30 FREE

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KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Save The Children Xmas Concert ORNC chapel 7 MUSIC Red Hot Chilli Peppers O2 MUSIC Rude Health King Charles Court, ORNC 7 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 PERFORMANCE Beating Dreams London Theatre 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 6

KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Strings ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Red Hot Chilli Peppers O2 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter MUSIC Cabaret Playroom Albany 7.30 PERFORMANCE Beating Dreams London Th 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 7

PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Ratpack Night Clarendon 7 MUSIC Trinity Laban Jazz Choir & Ensemble Blackheath Halls 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PERFORMANCE Beating Dreams London Th 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 10, 2 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Trinity Laban Sinfonia Strings St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Rude Health King Charles Court, ORNC 7 MUSIC Biffy Clyro O2 WASSAIL With Teatro Vivo Creekside Discovery Centre 7. Free but ticketed MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra Blackheath Halls 7.30 COMEDY Inel Tomlinson, Kate Lucas, Johnny Cochrane, Dane Baptiste Up The Creek MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms JAZZ Tim Weardon Oliver’s

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KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Antonio Oyarzabal Piano recital. Charlton House 1 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25

MUSIC Frankly Sinatra IndigO2 MUSIC Rude Health King Charles Court ORNC 7 MUSIC Peachy Beat’s Rock And Roll The Prince of Greenwich 7.30 MUSIC Greenwich/Bexley Community Hospice Carols ORNC chapel 7.45 WASSAIL Celebrate with GFMA Charlton Ho 7.30 MUSIC Big Girls Don’t Cry Frankie Valli tribute IndigO2 MUSIC Richard Ashcroft O2 JAZZ Christmas Special Mycenae House COMEDY Ninia Benjamin, Alistair Barrie, Roger Monkhouse, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek JAZZ Maciek Psyz Oliver’s

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MUSIC Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Carols At The Castle Severndroog Castle: £7/£5 includes tour. 1 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 1.30 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 KIDS A Christmas Carol Blackheath Halls 3 PERFORMANCE Baba Yaga (in Russian) London Theatre 2, 6 DANCE Xmas Cabaret Borough Hall 3.30, 7.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 FILM/OPERA L’Amour de Loin From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 MUSIC Christmas Concert ORNC chapel 7 MUSIC Motown Magic IndigO2 FAMILY A Christmas Carol Tramshed 7 MUSIC Madness O2 MUSIC Every Time I Die Brooklyn Bowl DISCO Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir Cutty Sark 8 COMEDY Ninia Benjamin, Alistair Barrie, Roger Monkhouse, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek JAZZ David Angol Oliver’s

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KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 MUSIC Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 CHARITY London Pantomime Horse Race King William Walk to Royal Hill, from 11. Afterparty at Prince of Greenwich from 2.30 www.pantohorserace.org PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY A Christmas Carol Tramshed 2, 5.30 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Status Quo O2 JAZZ New Orleans Massive Oliver’s MUSIC Glenn Tilbrook Blackheath Halls 8

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Albany, Deptford Lounge: Douglas Way SE8 4AG. 020 8692 4446 thealbany.org.uk Bakehouse Theatre: Age Exchange, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA. 020 8318 9105 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. 020 8852 0234 conservatoire.org.uk Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ. 020 8463 0100. blackheathhalls.com Bob Hope Theatre: Wythfield Rd SE9 5TG. 020 8850 3702. bobhopetheatre.co.uk The Centre: New Eltham Methodist Ch, Footscray Rd. newelthammethodist.org.uk 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. clarendonhotel.com Creekside Discovery Centre: Creekside SE8 0208 692 9922 creeksidecentre.org.uk 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. english-heritage.org.uk The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. 0208 853 5212. office@forumatgreenwich.org Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. 020 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. 020 8293 9741 greenwichdance.org.uk Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. 020 8858 7755. greenwichtheatre.org.uk Greenwich West Community Centre: 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8JA Laban Theatre: Creekside SE8 3DZ. 020 8463 0100 www.trinitylaban.ac.uk London Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. 020 8694 1888. thelondontheatre.com Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10 9SW madeingreenwich.co.uk Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE 020 8858 1749 mycenaehouse.co.uk NMM: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ 020 8858 0045 www.nmm.ac.uk 02, Indig02, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 8560202 www.theo2.co.uk Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: SE10 9LW. 020 8269 4799 oldroyalnavalcollege.org Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. 020 8858 3693 www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ 020 8858 0572. peltonarms.com Prince Of Greenwich: 72 Royal Hill SE10 8RT 020 8692 6089 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. 020 8853 0687. st-alfege.org Severndroog Castle: Off Shooters Hill SE18 3RT. severndroogcastle.org.uk The Star And Garter: 60 Old Woolwich Rd SE10 9NY. 020 8305 1144 Tramshed Theatre: 51-53 Woolwich New Rd SE18 6ES. 020 8854 1316 glypt.co.uk Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. 020 8463 0100. trinitylaban.ac.uk Up The Creek (UTC): 302 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. 020 8858 4581. up-the-creek.com Woodlands Farm Trust: 331 Shooters Hill Rd, Welling DA16 3RP 020 8319 8900 thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org.uk

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FAMILY Snowflake Crowns and Pomanders Severndroog Castle 10.30 MUSIC Meet Jock Willis Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 MUSIC/FILM John Lenehan Pianist accompanies Edison and Laurel & Hardy silent movies. Blackheath Halls 11 FAMILY Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. Greenwich Market. 12-5. £4 DANCE The Nutcracker Mycenae Ho 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY A Christmas Carol Tramshed 2, 5.30 FILM/BALLET The Nutcracker From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 MUSIC Red Hot Chilli Peppers O2 TALENT Something for Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CAMPAIGN No Silvertown Tunnel Christmas drinks meeting Woolwich Equitable pub 7.30 MUSIC The Darkness IndigO2 JAZZ Simone James Oliver’s

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KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 DANCE The Nutcracker Mycenae Ho 1, 3 MUSIC Lana Trotovsek, Boris Bizjak, Masumi Yamamoto Violin, flute, harpsichord. Blackheath Halls 1.10 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 7 MUSIC The Game IndigO2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 20

KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 DANCE The Nutcracker Mycenae Ho 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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APPEAL Christmas Coffee Morning Raise money for lifesaving operation for Debbie Rock Mycenae House 9.30-1 FAMILY Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. Greenwich Market. 12-5. £4 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 POETRY/MUSIC Solstice Shorts Made In Greenwich 6 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

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FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 MUSIC Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY You’ve Been Framed NMM 11.30, 1.30 FAMILY Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. Greenwich Market. 12-5. £4 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 2.30, 6.30 MUSIC Tina T Clarendon 7 MUSIC Yellowcard Brooklyn Bowl FAMILY A Christmas Carol Tramshed 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms JAZZ Nick Anderson Oliver’s

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FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 10.30, 1 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 MUSIC Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Change Your Attitude NMM 11.30, 2 FAMILY Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. Greenwich Market. 12-5. £4 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY A Christmas Carol Tramshed 7 MUSIC Go West, Nik Kershaw IndigO2 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Adam Bloom, Rich Wilson, Ian Stone Up The Creek JAZZ Alex Hitchcock Oliver’s

Saturday 24

FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 10.30, 2.30 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY A Christmas Carol Tramshed 1, 4.30 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Adam Bloom, Rich

Wilson, Ian Stone Up The Creek BLUES Steve Morrison Band Oliver’s

Sunday 25

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Monday 26

PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 2.30, 6.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 27

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 2.30, 6.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter MUSIC GFMA Evening Mycenae House 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

January UNDRESSING ANTIQUES TV expert Mark Hill at Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society on Thursday January 26 St Mary’s Church Hall

Wednesday 28

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 FAMILY You’ve Been Framed NMM 11.30, 1.30 FAMILY Xmas Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 2.30, 6.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 29

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Xmas Big Build Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms JAZZ Nick Anderson Oliver’s

Friday 30

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 FAMILY Disney On Ice: Frozen O2 10.30, 2.30, 6.30 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 KIDS Ahoy Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 MUSIC Ghana Festival IndigO2 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 7.30

Royal Observatory from 5.25 MUSIC Breakwater Brooklyn Bowl PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Theatre 7.30

Saturday 7

PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2, 5 PANTO Calamity Dame N Eltham Community Productions, The Centre 2.30, 7.30. Tickets: 020 8851 9881 www.necp.org.uk RUGBY Blackheath v Fylde Well Hall 3 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 FILM/OPERA Nabucco From NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 COMEDY Impractical Jokers O2

Sunday 8

PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 1, 5 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Impractical Jokers O2

Monday 9

MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 10

FILM/OPERA Nabucco From NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon

WORKSHOP Buying A Telescope Royal Observatory 7 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 11

FILM/PLAY The Tempest From the RSC. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY An Experiment With An Air Pump Mycenae House 7.45 Tickets and info: www.theroantheatrecompany.com PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 12

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 BASKETBALL Global Games O2 PLAY An Experiment With An Air Pump Mycenae House 7.45 Tickets and info: www.theroantheatrecompany.com MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8

Friday 13

PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 7.30 PANTO Calamity Dame N Eltham Community Productions, The Centre 7.30.

Saturday 31

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 11, 3 KIDS The Snail & The Whale Albany 11, 2 MUSIC Meet Jock Willis Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2, 5 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Adam Bloom, Jeff Innocent Up The Creek CLUBBING Kisstory Party Building Six 9 PARTY Night In New York Brooklyn Bowl 9 JAZZ New Year party Oliver’s CLUBBING The Wolf Of Wall Street Party IndigO2 from 9.30

Sunday January 1

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 2

FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY You’ve Been Framed NMM 11.30, 1.30 KIDS Horatia’s Story NMM 12, 1, 3 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers. The Valley 3 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 3

MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 4

PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 5

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms

Friday 6

PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars

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Saturday 14

BOOK SALE Bakehouse Bookshop 10-5 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2, 5 PANTO Calamity Dame N Eltham Community Productions, The Centre 2.30, 7.30. Tickets: 020 8851 9881 www.necp.org.uk FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Millwall. The Valley 3 TRIBUTE The Doors Brooklyn Bowl PLAY An Experiment With An Air Pump Mycenae House 7.45 Tickets and info: www.theroantheatrecompany.com COMEDY Impractical Jokers O2 PERFORMANCE From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads Greenwich Theatre 8 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Th 8

Sunday 15

PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 COMEDY Impractical Jokers O2 PERFORMANCE From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads Greenwich Theatre 8

Monday 16

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 17

FILM/PLAY No Man’s Land National Theatre link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon WORKSHOP Buying A Telescope Royal Obs 7 TALK Stewart Ash Greenwich Industrial History Society. Old Bakehouse 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 18

WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 19

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 20

PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 7.30

TALK Dr Monica Marinescu Blackheath Scientific Society. Mycenae House 7.45

Saturday 21

PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2, 5 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Scunthorpe. The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Hull Ionians Well Hall 3 FILM/OPERA Romeo & Juliet NY Met link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55pm MUSIC Avenged Sevenfold O2

Sunday 22

PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2 FILM/BALLET The Sleeping Beauty Bolshoi link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Avenged Sevenfold O2

Monday 23

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 24

FILM/OPERA Romeo & Juliet From NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 30

MUSIC Drake O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 31

MUSIC Black Sabbath O2 FILM/OPERA Il Trovatore From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Weds February 1

PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC Drake O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 2

Thursday 26

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY The Tempest From the NT. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC Drake O2 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 27

ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 TRIBUTE Bob Marley’s 70th Brooklyn Bowl PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8

Saturday 28

FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Fleetwood Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Ampthill Well Hall 3

Wednesday 25

GONGS National TV Awards O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Mark Hill: Undressing Antiques Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8

Friday 3

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Bakehouse, noon PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8

Saturday 4

MUSIC The Felice Brothers Brooklyn Bowl ARROWS Legends Of Darts Masters IndigO2 MUSIC Drake O2 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8

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Monday 6

PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 8

PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Th 1.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms FILM/BALLET Woolf Works From Covent Gdn. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 MUSIC Green Day O2 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s ADVERTS

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Thursday 9

DANCE Stephanie Schober: Tracing Gestures Borough Hall 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8

Friday 17

KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 3 TALK Maria-Magdalena Titirici Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 DANCE Stephanie Schober: Tracing Gestures Borough Hall 7.45

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Saturday 18

KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 11.30, 2.30 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Oxford Utd The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Rosslyn Pk Well Hall 3 MUSIC Grateful Dead Tribute Brooklyn Bowl

Sunday 19

KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 11.30, 2.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 20

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Tuesday 21

TALK Andrew Turner Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old MUSIC Trinity Laban Bakehouse 7.30 recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Frankenstein JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s AND ARE READ EVERY DAY. Greenwich Theatre CALL MATT CLARK ON Wednesday 22 7.30 07802 743324 GONGS Brit Awards O2 PLAY We Raise Our MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Hands In The Sanctuary WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms Albany 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 Thursday 23 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Alexandra Epps: John Singer Sargent Friday 10 Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Theatre 7.30 St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 BURLESQUE Dreamboys IndigO2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 Albany 7.30 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Friday 24 Division London Theatre 8 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Bakehouse, Blackheath, noon Saturday 11 COMEDY Jack Whitehall O2 KIDS Thumbelina Blackheath Halls 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 DANCE Strictly Live O2 Saturday 25 MUSIC The Great American Songbook KIDS Ugly Duckling Blackheath Halls 1, 3 Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary FOOTBALL Charlton v Bury The Valley 3 Albany 7.30 FILM/OPERA Rusalka From the NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 Sunday 12 FAMILY Grand Reopening Severndroog Castle TALENT X Factor Live O2 MUSIC Thomas Anders IndigO2 back after winter closure MUSIC The Swing Commanders Sunday 26 Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Division London Theatre 5pm Monday 27 DANCE Strictly Live O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Monday 13

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Tuesday 14

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Tuesday 28

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