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The 200-year-old listed building, on the Thames Path in East Greenwich, is next to a planned cruise liner terminal and new apartment blocks. Developers Barratt Homes have revealed they want to use Enderby House as a bar and restaurant – and it is understood they want a pub chain to run it. But the Enderby Group says it is “an extraordinary site with an extraordinary past.” And they say it needs an “extraordinary plan for the future”. It proposes that it becomes an educational and meeting space with a gallery, telling the story of the subsea cable industry which began there, making the internet possible, as well as many other significant industries of the Greenwich peninsula. It says: “The interior of the house should be carefully refurbished. In particular work on The Octagon Room,
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COMMUNITY Gardeners facing closure of the derelict site they have turned in to a wonderful green space are preparing to object to planning permission for it to be built over. They hope the plan for the site in Royal Hill, Greenwich – a smaller version of an application rejected in 2014 – will again be turned down. But they say that if the scheme does go ahead it should be smaller and include another Community Garden. Tony Othen, one of the organisers, said: “Given that we
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he National Maritime Museum’s Emma Hamilton exhibition has seen a revision in thinking on her role in the life of Nelson, her lover and our nation’s greatest naval hero. Last month we brought you the verdict of their great great great great graddaughter Lily Stile (inset), who gave it her seal of approval. The couple’s descendants will be back in Greenwich this month for the Immortal Memory service in Nelson’s honour in the College of the Old Royal Naval College on Sunday January 15. Coincidentally, it is also the anniversary of Emma’s death in Calais in 1815. Genevieve St George of the Nelson Society tells us: “Emma was not at Nelson’s funeral in St Paul’s Catherdal in 1806, but
The Greenwich Visitor’s admirable social diary, brought to you by the spirit of Horatio Nelson Lily and other descendants will be at The Immortal Memory. It will be especially poignant”. ongratulations on some very quick thinking by organisers of a Santa at The Bridge event
before Christmas. A serious fire at a home on Shooters Hill Road scuppered a planned appearance by a fire engine art the eleventh hour. “Mrs Claus had to think on her feet,” we’re informed, “and Santa and his eight elves arrived at East Greenwich Pleasaunce in a stylish red convertible instead.” That’s the spirit!
reenwich Council has been awarded “Cleaner Air Borough status” by the Greater London Authority. East Greenwich Residents’ Association – which represents those closest to a new cruise liner terminal and a proposed second road tunnel next to the Blackwall Tunnel – says: “What next? A post-humous award to Peter Rachman for services to housing?” Ouch!
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Last time I came it was just Greenwich. Why is it alerts and a new interactive movement management Royal now? We have 1,000 years of Royal links – system is being trialled. Will the new system work? Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born here and We’ll have to wait and see. Tell us your thoughts too christened at St Alfege Church. Their palace – email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com Placentia was here. In fact Queen Elizabeth Is anyone using the cable car yet? played under the oak that bears her Cheek! The Emirates Air Line isn’t name in Greenwich Park, one of much use for getting about (the London’s eight Royal Parks. Queen itor is h ic w respected 853blog.com has n e re Elizabeth granted us Royal Status reported that it has zero in February 2012 to mark those commuters) and often shuts in links. high winds – but is a futuristic I read that Greenwich is a World attraction we love. Heritage Site? Yes, it won World We’re visiting. What should we Heritage Site status in the 90s and do today? You’ve picked up a in one of only 29 in the UK. It Greenwich Visitor – good start. means our treasures are so good, Next visit the Tourist Information they’re protected by the United Centre. It’s award-winning staff has Nations. just relocated from Pepys House into the Greenwich Market is famous isn’t it? Yes, Discover Greenwich centre next door at the it’s one of the oldest in London – There’s been a market here since the 1300s – and in April, the Duke Old Royal Naval College. Get advice, buy tickets for of York officially unveiled a major renovation. A new boats, tube, DLR, rail, buses and coaches, book tours, smaller Pavilion Market caters for street food fans buy tickets for London attractions. while the main one concentrates on arts, crafts, Are museums free? Yes – except the Fan Museum, designer-makers and collectibles. which has no public funding but is a world-leading Is the Foot Tunnel working yet? There was a rather collection of fans. And the Wernher Collection of art badly handled £11.5m refurb in 2012, but problems at Ranger’s House, run by English Heritage. There persist in the 114-year-old tunnel...including relations are some paid for shows at the National Maritime betweenpedestrians and cyclists. A friends group Museum. You’ll need to pay to stand on the Meridian Fogwoft has pushed the Council for improvements. Line inside the Royal Observatory too. And it’s 20p Lifts are said to be working better and online lift to use the loos in Greenwich Park!
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e love Peter Kent’s unique drawings of Greenwich and the Thames. Peter, now 83, works from a gallery with river views in Greenwich. Don’t miss a retrospective of his life’s work this month at the Greenwich Gallery in Peyton Place. utty Sark Gardens – the paved area around our famous ship – is still a thorny issue. Greenwich Council spent £2.4million building it before spending more to remove a hazardous water feature. Reader Alison Fisher tell us: “As it was a council debacle it’s been white-washed. The waste is absolutely appalling.” She points out another “design disaster”, in Plumstead High Street, where new cycle lanes are “absolutely unusable as pedestrians do not distinguish them from the pavement, making it impossible for cyclists to use them effectively. How much money has been wasted on the poorly designed project?” Tell us your views: email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com
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site of early meetings of the Geographical Society, and also The Royal Society should be under taken with particular respect.” The outside area would become Pender Plaza – a triangular space with cafe, views of the historic cableloading jetty, the Thames Path and the river itself. The group says: “In all these proposals the aim is to link the parts of the space around Enderby House both to the House and to each other in a way that is sociable and carries strongly the memory of the significant activities which have taken place on and around this site.” It says the space should be named Pender Plaza after after Sir John Pender, the first chairman of Telcon – the Greenwich-based Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company – from 1864 to 1868. And it is asking developers Barratt to let it liaise with its architects. Before the first undersea cables – made here in Greenwich at a factory where Alcatel now stands – were laid it took up to 18 days for news from America to reach Britain. Suddenly people could communicate in seconds. Quickly, other subsea cables were laid on the seabed to join up the world’s telegraph networks. In the 20th century the world’s phone networks were connected, leading to today’s internet. The Cruise Liner terminal project is hugely controversial because the developers have not included an on-shore power plant for ships mooring there. Instead they will have to burn diesel to power the ship. Campaigners say that will be like 700 lorries an hour running their engines and adding to pollution here.
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school of ceroc! THE Strictly champion has been crowned…now’s YOUR chance to dance. Teacher and national judge Steve Thomas is bringing Ceroc to Greenwich – and he says you can get fit as well as make friends and have fun. Greenwich-born Steve was a DJ before taking part in a class and ”never looking back. I’m really excited to be bringing Ceroc to my backyard after so many years teaching and judging all over the world.” “Anyone can learn while enjoying the fantastic music in a friendly environment. Even if you have two left feet, you’ll pick up the basics very quickly. It’s fun, sociable, and a terrific weekly exercise in disguise.” It’s a fusion of many dance styles, influenced by Latin and contemporary jive moves, and danced to Greenwich West music from Pop and Community Centre in Funk to Latin American and Rock n Roll. Greenwich High Road “Our classes are as far away from formal and boring classes as you Weekly from Tues can get and its proved a Jan 3 8pm huge success. There’s no need to bring a partner and total beginners are always welcome.” Steve’s Ceroc classes start at Greenwich West Community Centre on January 3, with classes for beginners at 8pm, intermediates at 9pm and freestyle dancing from 9.30 to 11pm. Classes cost £9 per night plus a £2 life membership fee. And there’s even licensed bar.
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Campaigners from No to Silvertown Tunnel are offering to pay for simple kits which you tie to a lamppost and leave for a month before taking down, sealing and sending to a laboratory. Scientists then analyse nitrogen dioxide levels inside the kit and return the results – adding to the picture of pollution here. The group – which is against proposals for a £1billion second tunnel next to the Blackwall Tunnel at
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North Greenwich – is carrying out its third study here since 2013. The funding is in memory of campaigner Terry Grant, who died in July, and the money comes from donations at his funeral. No to Silvertown Tunnel chair Anne Robbins said: “Terry was a committed campaigner who helped us get attention with our pollution studies. Now we hope to honour his
memory by helping others draw attention to the pollution that blights their own communities.” Funding is available to residents’ associations, groups of neighbours or school projects. If you’re interested email firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline of where you would study, and why, plus contact details. The campaigners fear the tunnel – backed by Greenwich Council and
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, despite his promise to review the plan before his election – will add to dangerous levels of pollution. It insists: “For decades, studies have shown that building new roads attracts new cars. The jams that blight the nortbound Blackwall Tunnel now will return in time, and existing southbound queues will only get worse. This congestion brings
pollution, which kills. In 2008, pollution was responsible for 150 deaths in Greenwich borough alone. “We’ve conducted three separate pollution studies on both sides of the Thames, uncovering horrifying levels of pollution on routes that face more traffic as a result of the Silvertown Tunnel. Something must be done, but expecting the four-lane A2 and A102 to handle more traffic isn’t it.” The group has submitted evidence to the Planning Inspectorate’s public hearing which will publish its recommendations in April for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to make a final decision.
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Miles Hedley’s pick of this month’s best events. Our unique 3-month listings begin on Page 15
JACK & THE BEANSTALK There have been plenty to choose from already but if you and your family need another festive fix of panto, the Bob Hope Theatre is staging this old favourite about magic beans - hurrah! - and a man-eating giant - boooo! - over three weekends. Oh, yes they are! Jan 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN Bertold Brecht’s pioneering political parable about a prostitute’s refusal to be browbeaten as she tries against all odds to rise above the corruption and exploitation that surrounds her gets a welcome revival at the London Theatre New Cross in a new adaptation by Larissa Turkina. Jan 10-15
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AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP The Roan Theatre Company is marking its 90th birthday with a production at Mycenae House of Shelagh Stephenson’s much-lauded and fascinating play about the ethics of genetic engineering which takes its name from a famous 18th century painting by Joseph Wright of Derby. Jan 11-14
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SAM HAYDEN The acclaimed composer’s latest work for solo piano, called Becomings, had its world premiere in New York in the autumn and will now be performed at Blackheath Halls by virtuoso Jose Menor. It’s a homecoming for Hayden - he’s Reader in Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Jan 11
GAZING AT A DISTANT STAR Greenwich Theatre’s Studio stages the world premiere of a play about loss and the cost it exacts on those left behind as seen through the lives of three apparently unconnected people. Sian Rowland’s piece promises to be searing, hard-hitting and deeply human in equal measure. Jan 13-29
FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS At the same time as the studio is star-gazing, Greenwich Theatre’s main auditorium presents Adrian Berry’s smash-hit drama about a youngster obsessed with David Bowie. The show features a tour-de-force turn by Alex Walton - with a bit of help from Rob Newman as the voice of Bowie. Jan 14, 15
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A NEW book celebrates London’s Brutalist architecture…author Simon Phipps reveals some unexpected classics right there in Greenwich BRUTALISM has forced itself onto the urban agenda once again… despite years of derision from self-appointed expert critics like Prince Charles and Transport Minister John Hayes, Minister of State for Transport, who calls it “aesthetically worthless, simply because it is ugly.” Now examples are becoming listed buildings. Some of this excited interest is steeped in idealised nostalgia but for the most part there seems to be a newfound genuine willingness to re-appraise Brutalism. But beyond the well known – like Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower and Lasdun’s National Theatre – it’s worth exploring
Cutty Sark takes her name from a character in Robert Burns’ masterpiece Tam O’Shanter so where better to celebrate the annual commemoration of Scotland’s literary giant than the great tea-clipper. Don your kilt, tuck into some haggis and whisky and come aboard for a rip-roaring ceilidh. Jan 21
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The feted choreographer and dance teacher spent many years working as a movement therapist, an experience that revealed uncertainties common to us all and inspired Free Falling, a double bill of new work to be unveiled at Laban theatre. It’s a brilliant way to get 2017 off to a flying start. Jan 26
PRIMO LEVI POEMS Film actor Allan Corduner (Vera Drake, TopsyTurvy) will read works by the Italian writer who survived the horrors of Auschwitz in this Global Fusion Music and Arts Holocaust Memorial Week event at Charlton House. There will also be a tribute to Leonard Cohen by Ben Steele. Jan 28
WE RAISE OUR HANDS... The Albany presents the story of two gay black friends who open their own club in 1980s’ London to escape the racism and homophobia that plagues the capital only to come face to face with the growing menace of Aids. Moving yet uplifting - and with a thunderous soundtrack. Jan 31-Feb 11
the terrain of the obscure. Here one finds the weft and warp of the creatively dramatic and ambitious canvas of Brutalism so determinedly crafted by the welfare state in the post-war years. Developments of wonderfully characteristic excellence such as the Trafalgar Estate, Greenwich, designed by James Gowan and built between 1965-68. Heavily reminiscent of the cubistic designs of early Dutch modernist JJP Oud, this dark red brick development wraps enigmatically around its inner courtyard, just about surviving the retro-addition of a ludicrous pitched roof. On seeing the breadth and range of design and creativity spread across the capital, it becomes apparent that the mostly neglected post-war legacy is innovative architecture of necessary social
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controversial architecture purpose built on a scale that shames the paltry social housing output of today. Sad to say, much is disfigured by neglect and in turn “regeneration” – for which, read demolition. For buildings which survive the depredations and humiliations of the badly profiled uPVC window, or just the degrading accretions of sheer neglect, the enduring aesthetic qualities of expressed form, truth to materials and a memorability of image still hold true. There are four more such estates across Greenwich – ranging from the wellmaintained and popular but unlisted Vanbrugh Park Estate, b u i l t f o r Greenwich Metropolitan Borough between 1961–65 by Chamberlin Powell and Bon (of Barbican renown), to the sadly neglected Morris Walk, in Prospect
Vale, Woolwich, which is now scheduled for demolition. The sophisticated massing of Pellipar Gardens sits quietly and confidently in the back streets of Woolwich, whilst Thamesmead is a vast and hard-edged futuristic new town (and yes I know that The Trafalgar Estate in part of Thamesmead isn’t Greenwich was built in the: actually in Greenwich!). a 50s. b 60s. c 70s. m For the most part, these developments quietly continue email matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.co the job for which they were The winner will be drawn from intended by the welfare state correct answers on while still retaining a glimmer of Fri Jan 21 2017. the optimism and hope for the future that originally informed their design.
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play your part! the story know Park can tell residents and visitors can improve WE love Greenwich Park...and we play of its fabulous past. How ithow they can you do too. Now is your chance to help their experience now. And your part in its past, present and future. up help prepare it for future challenges. to The Greenwich Visitor has teamed A public meeting takes place this month cy for explain how with The Royals Parks agen for hear ideas. In this edition we Graham Greenwich Park Revealed – a campaign for the you can help, and Park Manager a multi-million pound Lottery grant your Dear tells why the project is so crucial. historic green space. We want to know Past, Present, Future – Pages 4&5 ideas and thoughts on how the 590-year-old
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hero who died in battle of quebec JAMES Wolfe was born in Westerham, Kent, in January 1727. When he was nine years old his family moved to Macartney House, in Greenwich Park. Greenwich was a famous naval centre, but he grew up in his father’s footsteps and joined the Army, fighting in Europe, facing the Jacobites in Scotland and playing a major part in the Seven Years War with France. He found fame for his death in victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec in Canada in 1759, where he led an amphibious assault by 4,400 men, who scaled cliffs and surprised the French. But he was shot three times and died that day (above). Victory led to ultimate defeat of the French in Canada. Wolfe is buried at St Alfege Church in Greenwich. The statue was donated by the Canadian Government and unveiled in 1930 by the Marquis de Montcalm, a descendant of Wolfe’s opponent at the battle, who also died. It was a striking new addition to the Park and added a new focal point to the formal 17th Century landscape.
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HE watches out across one of London’s viewing spot has led to visitors spilling onto most iconic views and is admired by the grass, causing wear that requires regular millions of locals and tourists – but grass repairs. Many visitors also take a short cut up the General Wolfe is under threat. The sheer number of people visiting him is taking its toll on the wonderful landscape he stands in. More than 4million people a year visit Greenwich Park and the area around Wolfe’s statue is the most popular part, attracting 2million of them. It is yards from the world famous Royal Observatory – where the Eastern and Western hemispheres are marked by the Meridian Line and where all time is measured from – and the view of London’s vista and the rising line of skyscrapers is a huge draw too. But space in front of the statue is limited, and the huge demand for a
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slope in front of the statue, causing an ugly erosion scar visible now from across the river. It means The Royal Parks – which manages the Park – must re-seed and fence the slope every year to prevent the erosion from blighting the historic landscape. It’s just one of many challenges, and The Royal Parks is asking for your help. Greenwich Park Revealed – launched in November’s Greenwich Visitor – is YOUR chance to come up with solutions to this and other issues. The project has three strands: PAST: Better viewing points, uncovering historical features and adding more educational experiences. PRESENT: Improving existing buildings
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The views from Greenwich Park are amazing. My mum and dad took us there so often when I was small and I loved it. This is me (below) in 2003 – Shauna Clark Fitzpatrick
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wolfe ParkLife GROWING BACK: Allotments in Greenwich Park behind Queen’s House in 1945
Greenwich Park and protecting natural features like flowerbeds and trees. FUTURE: Making it more sustainable by using borehole water and planting disease-resistant trees while making it easier for people, including those with disabilities, to discover and use the Park. Last month we told how disease is killing up to 400 trees which will have to be replaced with different sepecies which will change its look and atmosphere. A public meeting was held at West Greenwich Library in November, 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 @GreenwichVisitr
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n E.M Forster’s A Room With a View George announces: “My father says that there is only one perfect view - the view of the sky straight over our head” Apparently this quote comes from Dante’s Inferno. It’s a great quote, but I think that perhaps if George’s father or Dante himself had ever visited Greenwich Park they might have thought that the statue of General Wolfe had pretty near the perfect view from his pedestal beside the Royal Observatory. t’s a view which General Wolfe has enjoyed since he was installed in 1930, but how things have changed in the intervening 86 years. Surprisingly the population of London was higher in the 1930s until very recently following a period of decline in the 1960s and 1970s. The Park was busy too in those days but back then most of the visitors were Londoners. Today 40 per cent of our visitors are overseas tourists, so Wolfe now hears a myriad of languages as well as English. uring World War II the enforced blackout would have given Wolfe a perfect view of the stars overhead, and a ringside seat to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. In August of 1944 the blitz nearly did in Wolfe when a flying bomb hit the Royal Observatory. The shrapnel damage to Wolfe’s plinth is still visible today. Perhaps the Londoners tending their vegetable plots on the field below kept him amused. n the 1930s, West India docks on the Isle of Dogs were still handling a lot of freight and Wolfe would have enjoyed the sight of shipping on the Thames. The port industry declined in the 1960s with the last docks closing by 1980. Wolfe has seen the development of a new financial centre at Canary Wharf including the UK’s then tallest building – One Canada Square – completed in 1991. It changed his view forever and more high-rise development continues. n 2012 Greater London Authority published the London View Management Framework which designated 13 protected views from parks and open spaces in London. One of these is the view General Wolfe enjoys looking west to St Paul’s Cathedral. No new development is allowed to block this view although the UK’s new tallest building, The Shard, has appeared close by. urning his gaze to the east, General Wolfe has seen also the redevelopment of Greenwich Peninsula, with the Dome erected for the millennium celebrations and the arrival and departure of the London 2012 Olympics to Greenwich Park. ne thing Wolfe probably wouldn’t miss is the pigeons that perch on his tricorn hat and leave their calling card, but I expect there is one beautiful bird he does miss – Concorde flew over his head daily from 1976 to 2003. It’s strange to think that in life General James Wolfe only lived 32 years, but his statue has stood in Greenwich Park for 86 years. He’s seen the landscape of London change completely in that time. What will it look like in another 86 years’ time?
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‘dirty’ terminal £183K legal COST GREENWICH Council has spent £183,450 on legal costs to defend “their decision to plant a dirty cruise port in London that will burn 700 litres of diesel an hour” say campaigners. The cost of a Judicial Review – gained through a Freedom of Information request – was revealed by the East Greenwich Residents Association. Chairman Ian Blore says it shows “just how much of taxpayers money the council is willing to spend to defend the morally indefensible.” Developers have not included an onshore power supply for ships mooring at the terminal. Instead they will burn their own fuel to power electricity on board. The controversial Cruise Terminal was featured on BBC Radio 4’s environmental investigation Costing The Earth in November with residents and experts discussing the deal. Greenwich Council declined to take part. A month later, Greenwich was awarded Cleaner Air Borough status by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as recognition of their efforts to clean up the poor air quality in the
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Borough. EGRA said: “It could be seen as a deliberate attempt to give the Royal Borough of Greenwich some positive media coverage that offsets the growing levels of discontent expressed by local residents. “We will continue to campaign for the right to clean air in Greenwich, and in particular our campaign to ensure a clean cruise liner terminal for all London residents will go on.” The group says it is also appealing the High Court’s decision in September to allow the terminal, based on errors of law in the judgement by Mr Justice Collins.
MAYOR TO REVIEW POWER STATION LICENCE PLANS for Greenwich Power Station to begin generating again have been put on hold for a review by new London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Transport for London’s wants the station to provide power for the London Underground, with waste heat also powering 20,000 nearby homes. But an announcement on the Environment Agency’s website last month said the move will “allow time for a review of the
project to ensure it aligns with the priorities of the new Mayoral administration.” Campaigners say it will add to pollution and must be considered alongside the impact of a planned new cruise liner terminal, a second road tunnel and a new Ikea store. Ian Blore, of EGRA, said: “Residents may have been given a Christmas present. Whether this is permanent or temporary we do not know.”
ELTHAM’S Bob Hope Theatre is CRACKERJACK: Early rehearsals undergoing a huge refurb as it Pictures: heads for its 75th anniversary… Robert Piwko but the must-see shows go on! photography This month it presents Jack and the Beanstalk – a traditional panto with “singing, dancing, live music, glamour and glitz, goodies, baddies, boys playing girls and girls playing boys, silliness, innuendo, audience participation, a scary giant and a dancing cow… but with a few modern twists.” And all for a tenner or less! Bob Hope chair Jennifer Sims directs her first panto after five hit shows at the theatre, working with choreographer Kirsty Davide and Musical Director Lawrence Michaelowksi. Jennifer says: “It’s technically demanding and we’re working hard on unusual and spectacular settings and effects courtesy of our backstage team led by Anne Basley and Bob Hope Theatre, wonderful costumes hfield Rd, Eltham Wyt by Jacky Webb and her team.” “We are getting a lot Weekends until of bookings from January 22 people who have tried the professional shows and find them too expensive. Our tickets are £10 and £8 concessions, so we’re an affordable option for families.” Info: www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk
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TWO historic ships have been given new homes at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Knocker White and Varlet will join other vessels including a Thames lighter and a lightship at the creative arts centre on the Isle of Dogs, where they will be restored, put on display and be part of future river festivals. Eric Reynolds, of Trinity Buoy Wharf, said “We’re very pleased to be able to add to the p r e s e r v a t i o n o f L o n d o n ’s maritime heritage.” Varlet is a Jubilee Class Tug built in 1937 and worked in West India and Royal Docks. Knocker White was built in 1924.
Roan group to stage Air show
THE John Roan Theatre Company celebrates its 90th birthday this year with an intriguing show – An Experiment with an Air Pump. Chairman Graham Johnson. said: “The painting of the same name by Joseph Wright inspired Shelagh Stephenson to create a work which includes mystery, humour and ideas about cloning and genetic engineering.” Roan Theatre Company originates from the John Roan 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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WE’RE thinking of starting a new edition...in Tobago! Readers Rod and Chris Blackbourne sent us this photo from their holiday there and we’re mighty tempted to take on the local Newsday paper. Only joking! We love Greenwich. Rod and Chris, from Bungay, Suffolk, found us on a previous break here...how many holidays can one couple have?! Send us YOUR photo of the GV somewhere Send us a photo. Email: exotic.
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ALLIES BACK BARRACKS
THE Ministry of Defence has been urged NOT to close historic Woolwich Barracks – by politicians from all parties in Greenwich. The MoD announced the closure of the 241-year-old Royal Artillery base – and 90 others – as part of a plan to save around £1billion a year. The buildings were Grade Two listed in 1973 and are likely to be redeveloped as homes if the planned closure goes ahead in 2023. But Greenwich councillors have agreed to
HISTORY: Barracks in 19th Century
lobby Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to reverse the decision. Council Leader Denise Hyland said: “The Barracks have a long and respected connection with our
borough and we value their continued presence here. “I was proud to be part of a Motion that crossed political divide and we stood united in our mission to lobby at the highest level to keep the Army in Wo o l w i c h a t t h e h e a r t o f o u r community.” Opposition Leader Matt Hartley, said: “I am pleased that councillors from both parties supported the Motion on the Barracks, which are such a crucial part of our local heritage and community.” Last
year the Royal Artillery’s Firepower museum in Woolwich closed, to be relocated to Wiltshire. The regiment’s presence will be marked instead by a smaller permanent exhibition at the Greenwich Heritage Centre nearby. The Royal Artillery left in 2007 and the barracks are now home to the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, whose horses can be seen being ridden across the Heath and around streets here.
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e love to meet visitors to Eltham! Our Winter Festival brought people from a wide area to enjoy events and learn more about our heritage and creativity in this historic part of south east London. What more can we all do in 2017 to bring people together through the arts in Eltham and keep SE9 vibrant? Let’s make a New Year Resolution! Go to at least three local shows in Eltham. We have great performance spaces in the Bob Hope Theatre, churches, schools and other venues for concerts and plays. But we don’t just need actors and musicians as part of our Eltham Arts network – we need an audience! Go along and have a night out. here’s a Local Tourist Day in Eltham on April 2 – but why not make this a regular event for all the family? Eltham Palace and Severndroog Castle both have family events at different times of the year, and you can visit the parks and woods at any time. The Green Chain Walk goes through Eltham and following the green signs you can imagine you are in remote countryside rather than suburban London, It’s free to walk the paths and see the changing seasons. Invite friends and family to join in. ourism is important to Royal Greenwich and there is an organisation Visit Greenwich which aims to “promote Greenwich and the surrounding area as a visitor destination and a place to stay.”It’s great news that that have now produced a leaflet about Eltham and we hope they will encourage tourists to enjoy what is on offer here. With our heritage buildings, parks, High Street makeover, lots of restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops, Eltham is becoming a tourist destination, as a recent article in the Londonsist highlighted. ave you booked y o u r Panto treat yet? This SEASONAL: Winter songs CD month 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... t’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. t Eltham Arts we have plans for 2017 for projects and events to bring the community together through the arts. Do get in touch if you have ideas or events you would like to share with us. Be part of our Eltham Arts Network and be creative !
ust next to the Maze Hill gate of Greenwich Park is a beautiful iron gate...and behind it is unique and historic Queen’s Orchard. Though closed to the public in winter months, it is tended by a team of volunteers and park staff. I started helping a couple of years back and knew very little about growing fruit and vegetables. Some of my discoveries were surprising. Ever heard of Phytophotdermatitis (PPD)? Nor had I until this summer when a few volunteers erupted with blisters and burning red areas. The culprit was rapidly idetified: Parsnip sap and sun, although this chemical reaction can be caused by carrots, parsley and citrus too. The budding parsnips were quickly uprooted but the leeks are doing well and are free of leek rust and moths. ishmonger Julian Pryke, based in Circus Street, has launched a range of fishy things with quite a fanfare. Passers-by were handed free oysters and bubbly as well as being able to try out the new range including Mediterranean fish soup, shop-smoked salmon and various fish pâtés. ver thought of becoming vegan? Probably the best time to try it is January. Google Veganuary for updates. ecipe of the month: Olga Pie. Ingredients: 500g chopped Spinach; 3 eggs, beaten; 170g cottage cheese (you might as well make it low fat); 2 slices bread, dipped in water and then squeezed out; 20g grated Parmesan cheese. Directions: Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. steam the spinach, add salt and squeeze out water, let it cool. In a bowl add other ingredients, mix it all up, add the cooled spinach. Press lightly into bottom of 9-inch pie pan (use nonstick pan or coat well with no-stick vegetable spray). Bake approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
solange berchEmin Solange Berchemin, writer and blogger, is from Lyon, French capital of food, and has lived here since 1993. Send food news to firstname.lastname@example.org. R e a d h e r b l o g a t www. pebblesoup.co.uk
IS CHIPPY REALLY LONDON’S
ChipAdvisor’s MY grandmother had a saying: “Girl, never mix your tea towels with your bath towels.” There’s an English phrase that’s similar: Don’t compare apples with oranges.
Which is why I was intrigued when I heard that a Greenwich fish bar – The Golden Chippy – had been voted No1 restaurant in London on TripAdvisor. That’s first out of 17, 372 places to eat. Quite a claim! S o i t ’s b e t t e r t h a n m y favourites, Momo or Le Club Gascon? I refer you to my grandmother’s tea towels and bath towels. But, if so many people are raving about The Golden Chippy, then I would be failing in my duty to you, my readers, if I didn’t pay a visit. So I did... Established more than a decade ago, owner Mr Kanizi, it’s brught red and gold front is impressive and really stands out on the Greenwich High Road. Yo u c a n ’ t m i s s i t . . . a s TripAdvisor fans have made it clear! Don’t expect crisp white linen. There are just a few tables inside – and more outside under a canopy – with plastic tablecloths (they were Christmas-themed when I went). The place was buzzing. Friendly banter was exchanged and everyone was made welcome. A family of four asked touristy questions about Covent Garden and St Paul’s; a couple from China
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looked slightly puzzled but were clearly enjoying the novelty and trying various treats. We ordered two portions of cod and chips with mushy peas and a couple of beers and, once the friendly staff had done everything they possibly could to please us, got to work incognito. Our dinner arrived with extra garnish, a fabulous herb and tomato salsa. I’ve seen
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bigger portions but that’s not really the point. The cod flaked easily under the fork and really did melt in my mouth. It’s honey-coloured batter was light and crunchy with a hint of grease, just as it should be. The chips were neither crunchy nor floury but very good nevertheless. Tartar sauce was a commercial brand and the mayo bottle made a satisfying sputter. My partner joined in the review with a confident, “the mushy peas are nice.” You really can’t say fairer than that! The cost? £26 for two was a little more than I expected. And being fanatic about fishing practices, I would have liked to see a sustainable alternative to cod and haddock on the menu. And a slice of lemon would have been great. I’m pleased The Golden Chippy has been named London’s No1. There are some fabulous high end places in London that surely are better restaurants. But these are definitely seriously good Fish and Chips. The best in London? Quite possibly...And, I’m sure my grandmother would understand.
ome restaurants are successful for a while. And then some restaurants nail it. So a big Greenwich Curry Club congratulations to Curry Asia in Woolwich, which this year celebrates its 55th birthday. The curry world was a very different place in 1962 (Chicken Tikka Masala had not even been invented!) so anywhere that has been serving up curries for so long deserves some respect. Celebratory biryani anyone? And talking of spice longevity, come on down Spice of Life in Lewisham, which has now been currying for 30 years. Keep on cooking guys. And with a nod to next year, it would be amiss of me not mention the Curry Tandoori Royal, a takeaway in Woolwich Road that next year clocks up its third decade in the business. Sadly, one of the other curry long-termers in the area appears to have gone to see the burnt popadom in the sky, as reports suggest Khan’s in Blackheath has closed. lum Tree Café, near Sainsbury’s in the High Street, has long been a trailblazer when it comes to supporting pop-up spice ventures. Saigon Streat serves up Vietnamese food at the venue on Friday and Saturday nights (email@example.com) and Delish has been offering Thai food on Sundays, with Pak Thai and the Thai Green Curry favourites at £8 each. Sadly there is talk that Sundays may be coming to an end (although a switch to Thursdays is a possibility). What, no Thai? Please say it ain’t so Mr Plum Tree. Check delishthai on Facebook for updates. f you head north from India you will hit Nepal, a country best known for a rather large mountain and some fierce fighting men with very large knives. The Gurkha’s Inn in Colomb Street, long a Curry Club favourite, is named after these men, of course. I’m also pleased to say they also serve a beer called Khukuri, the name of the long, curved knives. More importantly, along with other curry house favourites, they serve excellent Nepalese specialities. So skip the Onion Bhajees and Chicken Madras and try the Momos (delicious soft dumplings filled with meat or veg) and follow up with a Khasi Khutta, a rich and tender lamb dish. Should you need a further excuse to delve into Nepalese food then elsewhere on these pages you’ll see the Gurkha’s Inn is offering all you lovely readers a 20 per cent discount on eat in and collection food from Mondays to Thursdays. oriander, near Westcombe Park station, is another long-standing Curry Club favourite and there are a couple of days when you can get absolute bargains in this classy restaurant. Tuesdays is banquet day: Get a starter, main, side and rice/nan for just £11.50 (with a £2 supplement for seafood dishes). Sundays is buffet day (although all food is cooked fresh and not kept in those giant warmers) and popadoms, a mixed starter, main, side, rice and nan are on offer for £10.50 (£7.50 for children). ven the Curry Club’s grumpiest members, who avoid Greenwich Market when it’s busy, can’t avoid sneaking in the back for some food from the Desi Indian stall. With snacks (three Potato and Onion Bhajees) starting from £1 and hearty mains like Lamb Rogan Josh and Chana Masala for £6 and £5 respectively, including rice, Desi’s is now so popular it’s no wonder owners Anu and Bemal are now operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (from 10am to 4.30pm).
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Treasures of Crossrail dig BALL ABOARD: Tudor bowling ball and Roman horse shoes – hipposandals
Fabulous artefacts dug up during the £15bn Crossrail project linking are to go on show at the Museum of London Docklands next month. Archaeologists working on the 60mile east-west train link between Abbey Wood and Reading unearthed more than 10,000 man-made items dating back 8,000 years, writes MILES HEDLEY. They include stone age flints found at North Woolwich, Bronze Age tools from Plumstead, medieval ice-skates made from bone, Roman horseshoes and the skeletons of plague victims. About 250 of the best items will be included in the free exhibition, which runs from February 13 to September 3 at the museum in the shadow of Canary Wharf. Crossrail archaeology chief Jay Carver said: “It brings together some of our oldest and oddest finds and helps us bring the story of 8,000 years of London’s hidden history to light. It also offers a glimpse of what the future holds for this great city.” Info: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum -london-docklands
Singers win Opera place
TWO young singers have won a place in the prestigious Royal Opera House (ROH) Youth Company. Eleven-year-olds Elena Harley and Jude Smith are both members of the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir. A spokesman for Trinity Laban said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the young children, both from Greenwich, who are some of the most gifted and talented young singers in the Borough. Elena said: “So many good things have happened since I joined the RGBHYC but I never thought I would get in to the ROH Youth Company. “All the other children were really talented and it was very inspiring. I can’t wait to find out what ACHIEVERS: Elena & Jude the first project will be.” Jude said: “When I joined RGBHYC I didn’t want to stand out and the idea of getting to the Youth Company sounded too good to be true. My confidence has improved this year and I’m really looking forward to learning new music and experiencing being part of the Company.” The Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir was launched in November 2015 for children to learn classical repertoire as well as musicianship. It is for Royal Indian Cuisine Greenwich Borough’s gifted and talented young singers, working in collaboration with the Royal Greenwich Music Hub to recruit singers. Info: www.trinitylaban.ac.uk
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miles hedley REVIEWS EARLY MUSIC FERSTIVAL
Early learning experience in Blackheath
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WANT to find out if someone’s really into the music of Shakespeare’s day? Ask them the difference between a curtal and a dulcian. A true expert will know they’re one and the same thing – a 16th century bassoon. If that whets your appetite to learn more, you would have loved the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival which ran over three days in and around Blackheath Halls. I can now tell the difference between a cittern and a gittern, I know my gaita grileira from my zampogna and I can brag that a brass instrument that looks like a doubled-up saxophone but sounds like a tuba is called an ophicleide. And thanks to the 70 exhibitors displaying their wares at the festival, I even know that a double-reed wind instrument that looks suspiciously like a pepper-mill is called (honestly!) a rackett. But the best part of this annual celebration was that I could listen to professional musicians playing compositions written when these ancient instruments were state of the art. There were recitals at St Michael and All Angels on the Cator estate, All Saints on GREENWICH DANCE – fun palaces the common and St Margaret’s in Lee. MORE than 500 people – many of them youngsters were also displays and dance workshops and, for anyAmong the highlights for me were – swarmed through Borough Hall for Greenwich one feeling particularly energetic, the chance to try Ensemble Odyssée, dazzling Trinity Laban Dance’s contribution to Fun Palaces, an annual nation- lindy-hopping with jitterbug expert Temujin Gill. guitarist Jonathan Parkin with counterwide festival celebrating arts in the community. tenor Adrien Mastrosimone, His Majestys Visitors were full of praise for the event. And The day-long event started with families creating a Sagbutts and Cornetts and the quintet Piva, Greenwich Dance executive director Amanda Davey city from cardboard boxes in the main hall before kids whose tribute to Shakespeare on the 400th said afterwards: “We were thrilled to host Fun Palaces went off to enjoy free classes in hiphop dance, knitting anniversary of his death was a masterclass and badge-making and watch a solar-powered machine because this has always been a place where the comin how to play shawms, curtals, recorders, fill the area outside with thousands of bubbles. There munity can gather and have fun.” bagpipes, violin, percussion and hurdygurdy, sing comic songs and leave 200 people feeling thoroughly entertained. My favourite concerts from the three days, though, were by Blondel and by the European Union Baroque Orchestra. Blondel is made up of Emily Baines, Elizabeth Gutteridge, Belinda Paul and Arngeir Hauksson who, using shawms, recorders, bagpipes, gittern, fiddle and drum, gave us songs – including the Agincourt Carol – from the era of Henry V which were interspersed by actor Anthony Taylor reading extracts from Shakespeare, Holinshed and Esmond. It was magnificently done. And the EU Baroque Orchestra brought the festival to a suitably inspiring end with a concert at St Margaret’s that featured WASSAILS: teatro vivo/global fusion music by Handel and his London-based contemporaries Galliard, Babell, Sammartini YOU wait all year for a wassail and then, like a Christmas. Director Sophie Austin ended the show and Geminiani. London bus, two come along at once. But it was with a truly moving singalong of Cohen’s magnificent It also featured an emotionmore than worth the wait even though one Hallelujah and a barnstorming version of A Fairytale charged pro-European speech was unashamedly rooted in 2016 and the Of New York. by its Danish director Lars By contrast, Global Fusion Music and Art’s wassail other wouldn’t have been out of place at Charlton House the following evening was far more Ulrik Mortensen which was in 1616. given a rousing reception historically sound thanks to acapella singing and inThe first – by Teatro Vivo at Creekside struments such as crumhorns, recorders, a viola da by the audience. Discovery Centre – was poignant as well gamba and cornamuses. This was the first time Read Miles Hedley’s as contemporary because it paid tribute Under the auspices of The Friends’ Musick, the the festival hasn’t been to the musical giants who have died during Mock Tudor Band and Morrigan, we were given a held at Greenwich’s Old arts blog on the year: David Bowie, Prince, Leonard selection of tunes from the 15th to 19th centuries inRoyal Naval College, hedintheclouds. Cohen and, only 24 hours before the event, cluding Here We Go A-Wassailing, Henry VIII’s Green which is currently undergowordpress.com Greg Lake. ing a major revamp. On the Grow’th The Holly, the amazing O Nachbar Roland Actor/guitarist Mark Stevenson appeared as by Samuel Scheidt, the Sussex Sugar Wassail, The whole, the move was a success both emcee and Prince alongside bassist Steve Boar’s Head Carol, Drive The Cold Winter Away, The – although heating problems at All Cohen as Cohen and harmonica ace Hugh Barnett as Gower Wassail, Veni Coronaberis, The Sans Day Carol Saints and the need to queue outside in the Bowie. With the help of the Catford Sound choir and and The Malpas Wassail. cold and rain at St Michael’s and All Saints usherettes Noemi Gunea and Kas Darley, they led us undoubtedly took the edge off some of the The evening ended with everyone joining in with though a stirring repertoire of old and new Christmas Morrigan for The Holly And The Ivy and We Wish recitals. For the record, gitterns and citterns are songs. You A Merry Christmas. predecessors to the guitar while the gaita The trad tunes included such lovely carols as O The two winter celebrations could hardly have been and zampogna are bagpipes from, respecCome All Ye Faithful and Hark The Herald Angels more different in content. But they were both equally tively, Spain and Italy. Sing. The modern ones featured Bowie’s Starman, joyful in spirit – and equally enjoyable. A perfect way Prince’s Purple Rain and Lake’s I Believe In Father to greet Christmas, in fact.
Wish it could be wassail every day
Hear Loyd vision for our Park
NEW Royal Parks chairman Loyd Grossman talks about the future of the organisation in Greenwich next month. He is guest at the Friends of Greenwich Park annual lecture on Thursday February 9 (7.30 for 8pm). Loyd – journalist, broadcaster and food critic – has served on the boards of English Heritage and the Museums and Galleries Commission and is Chairman of the Heritage Alliance. He will discuss his vision of the new combined Royal Parks, – a merger of the two agencies that manage and fund it. Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine. Call 020 8853 2150, send a cheque to Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, SE10 9LT, or pay on the door.
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From Page 1 have demonstrated the enthusiastic reception of a Community Garden, there is a case for a compromise… with at least half the site as a community garden.” MP Matthew Pennycook – who unveiled a mural at the Garden last summer – said: “I admire what has been achieved. Residents have transformed a piece of land that has more often than not lain derelict into an oasis in the midst of Greenwich’s inner-city bustle.” He said residents had always known that it would be a temporary construction, but said the Council’s request that the site be vacated immediately “was premature and unreasonable. I am confident a more amicable way through can be found.” He hopes a temporary licence can be issued and that long-term there would be an outcome that “benefits the local community.” What do you think? Have you used the Garden? Email Matt&TheGreenwichVisitor.com
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FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Horatia’s Story National Maritime Museum 12, 1, 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CLUBBING Z Uncut DJ EZ IndigO2 10
FAMILY Christmas Trail Cutty Sark 10-5 KIDS Meet James Robson Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY You’ve Been Framed National Maritime Museum 11.30, 1.30 KIDS Horatia’s Story National Maritime Museum 12, 1, 3 PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Theatre 2, 5 FOOTBALL Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers. The Valley 3 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
LECTURE Elizabeth I in Art Queen’s Ho 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 7 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms
PANTO Peter Pan Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 MUSIC Breakwater Brooklyn Bowl PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Residential House Party Pegwell Bay Hotel, Ramsgate. 01689 875683. Till Sun Jan 8 COMEDY Jess Fostekew, Dylan Gott, David Tsonos, Jeff Innocent Up The Creek
JAZZ Jazz Mafia Up The Creek. 1-3.30. Free 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: O20 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 COMEDY Sally Anne-Hayward, Joe Bor, Joe Rowntree, Jeff Innocent Up The Creek
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MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY The Collector Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 JAZZ Open Mic/Performance Enhancement Colfeian Grounds, Eltham Rd, Lee. 8. Free
UNDRESSING ANTIQUES TV expert Mark Hill at Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society on Thursday January 26 St Mary’s Church Hall
PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 7.30 TALK Dr Monica Marinescu Blackheath Scientific Society. Mycenae House 7.45 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 COMEDY David Morgan, Alistair Williams, Stefano Paulino Up The Creek PLAY The Collector Greenwich Theatre 8
Saturday 21 COMEDY Impractical Jokers O2
MUSIC Folk & Blues Bob Hope Theatre 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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
FILM/PLAY The Tempest From the RSC. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms MUSIC Sam Hayden Piano recital. Blackheath Halls 7.30 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
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
PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 7.30 PANTO Calamity Dame N Eltham Community Productions, The Centre 7.30. Tickets: O20 8851 9881 www.necp.org.uk 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 COMEDY Quincy, Tom Toal, Gavin Webster Up The Creek PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8
BOOK SALE Bakehouse Bookshop 10-5 JAZZ Jazz Mafia Up The Creek 1-3.30. Free PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2, 5 PANTO Calamity Dame N Eltham Community Productions, The Centre 2.30, 7.30. Tickets: O20 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 Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 COMEDY David Ward, Funmbi, Rudi Lickwood, Gavin Webster Up The Creek PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8
PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2 JAZZ Jazz in the Afternoon Clarendon Hotel Blackheath 4 -7. Free 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 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8
PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FILM/PLAY No Man’s Land National Theatre link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon LECTURE Exploring Mercury Royal Observatory 5.15 WORKSHOP Buying A Telescope Royal Observatory 7 TALK Stewart Ash Greenwich Industrial History Society. Old Bakehouse 7.30 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY The Collector Greenwich Theatre 8 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY The Collector Greenwich Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
JAZZ Jazz Mafia Up The Creek 1-3.30. Free 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 5.55 MUSIC Avenged Sevenfold O2 PARTY Burns’ Night Cutty Sark 7 PLAY The Collector Greenwich Theatre 8 COMEDY Rich Wilson, Jonny Awsum, Matt Green, Stefano Paulino Up The Creek PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8
PANTO Jack & The Beanstalk Bob Hope Th 2 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 2 FILM/BALLET The Sleeping Beauty Bolshoi link-up. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 JAZZ Jazz in the Afternoon Clarendon Hotel Blackheath 4 -7. Free TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Avenged Sevenfold O2 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8
PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
January 2017 Page 15 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
GONGS National TV Awards O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 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 JAZZ Jazz Supper Mermaid Inn, Rye. 7-10.30. £25/£10 PERFORMANCE Spillikin Greenwich Th 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Chill Pill Albany 7.30 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8
MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Bakehouse, noon PERFORMANCE Spillikin Greenwich Th 7.30 MUSIC Burns’ Night Global Fusion Music & Arts’ event, Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 COMEDY Michael Legge, Rory O’Hanlon, Julian Deane, Alistair Barrie Up The Creek PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 DANCE Silent Disco Cutty Sark 8.30
JAZZ Jazz Mafia Up The Creek 1-3.30. Free PERFORMANCE Spillikin Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FILM The Day The Earth Stood Still Royal Observatory 6.15 MUSIC The Felice Brothers Brooklyn Bowl ARROWS Legends Of Darts Masters IndigO2
FILM/OPERA Romeo & Juliet From NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon
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Albany, Deptford Lounge: Douglas Way SE8 4AG. O20 8692 4446 thealbany.org.uk Bakehouse Theatre: Age Exchange, Blackheath Village SE3 9LA. O20 8318 9105 Blackheath Conservatoire: 19-21 Lee Rd SE3 9RQ. O20 8852 O234 conservatoire.org.uk Blackheath Halls: 23 Lee Road SE3 9RQ. O20 8463 0100. blackheathhalls.com Bob Hope Theatre: Wythfield Rd SE9 5TG. O20 8850 37O2. bobhopetheatre.co.uk The Centre: New Eltham Methodist Ch, Footscray Rd. newelthammethodist.org.uk Charlton House: Charlton Rd SE7 8RP. O20 8856 3951 Churchill Theatre: High St, Bromley BR1 1HA. 0844 871 7620 Clarendon Hotel: Montpelier Row SE3 0RW. O20 8318 4321. clarendonhotel.com Creekside Discovery Centre: Creekside SE8 O208 692 9922 creeksidecentre.org.uk The Duke: 125 Creek Rd SE8 3BU. O20 8469 8260 The Eltham Centre: 2 Archery Road SE9 1HA. O20 8921 4344 Eltham Palace: Court Yard SE9 5QE. O20 8294 2548. english-heritage.org.uk The Forum: Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. O208 853 5212. firstname.lastname@example.org Greenwich Communications Centre: 164 Trafalgar Rd SE10 9TZ. O20 8269 2103 Greenwich Dance: Borough Hall SE10 8RE. O20 8293 9741 greenwichdance.org.uk Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 4DX Greenwich Theatre: Crooms Hill SE10 8ES. O20 8858 7755. greenwichtheatre.org.uk Greenwich West Community Centre: 141 Greenwich High Rd SE10 8JA Laban Theatre: Creekside SE8 3DZ. O20 8463 0100 www.trinitylaban.ac.uk London Theatre: 443 New Cross Rd SE14 6TA. O20 8694 1888. thelondontheatre.com Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10 9SW madeingreenwich.co.uk Mycenae House: 90 Mycenae Rd SE3 7SE O20 8858 1749 mycenaehouse.co.uk National Maritime Museum: Romney Rd, SE10 9BJ O20 8858 0045 www.nmm.ac.uk O2, IndigO2, Building 6, Brooklyn Bowl: 0844 856O2O2 www.theo2.co.uk Old Royal Naval Coll, Discover: SE10 9LW. O20 8269 4799 oldroyalnavalcollege.org Oliver’s: 9 Nevada St SE10 9JL. O20 8858 3693 www.oliversjazzbar.co.uk Pelton Arms: 23-5 Pelton Street SE10 9PQ O20 8858 0572. peltonarms.com Prince Of Greenwich: 72 Royal Hill SE10 8RT O20 8692 6089 St Alfege: Greenwich Church St. O20 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. O20 8305 1144 Steinberg Studio: 137 Vanbrugh Hill SE10 9HP. steinbergduo.com Tramshed Theatre: 51-53 Woolwich New Rd SE18 6ES. O20 8854 1316 glypt.co.uk Trinity Laban: King Charles Court SE10 9JF. O20 8463 0100. trinitylaban.ac.uk Up The Creek (UTC): 3O2 Creek Rd SE10 9SW. O20 8858 4581. up-the-creek.com Woodlands Farm Trust: 331 Shooters Hill Rd, Welling DA16 3RP O20 8319 8900 thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org.uk
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 Greenwich Vintage Market: 8am-6 Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun. Moonlight market 8am-10 last Friday of the month 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. lfm.org EXHIBITIONS/CRAFTS/COMMUNITY Royal Observatory: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year. rmg.co.uk Fan Museum: 12 Crooms Hill. O20 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: ornc.org Stephen Lawrence Gallery: 10 Stockwell St SE10 9BD. O2O2 8331 8260 Blackheath Halls: blackheathhalls.com Age Exchange: Carers’ group Mon, knitters Thurs, preschool rhyme-time Fri. Old Bakehouse, Bennett Pk SE3 9LA. age-exchange.org.uk. Nat Maritime Museum: Emma Hamilton: Seduction And Celebrity. Till Apr 17. rmg.co.uk Made In Greenwich: 324 Creek Rd SE10. madeingreenwich.co.uk O20 8293 9823 Blackheath Bowling Club: Practice every Thus 2.30 nr Ranger’s House The Forum: Disabled drop-ins, mums’ groups, kids’ classes, advice. Trafalgar Rd SE10 9EQ. O20 8853 5212 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. O20 8854 2452 WALKS Greenwich Guided Walks: Local experts. Walks daily at 12.15 and 2.15 from the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre. £8, £7 cons. Greenwich Tour Guides Association 07575772298 email@example.com Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. firstname.lastname@example.org Dotmaker: Alternative guided walks. dotmakertours.co.uk 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
MUSIC Drake O2 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 COMEDY Windsor, Mo Gilligan, Ola, George Egg Up The Creek PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8
JAZZ Jazz in the Afternoon Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath 4-7. Free PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 5 MUSIC Black Sabbath O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PLAY Gazing At A Distant Star Greenwich Theatre Studio 8
MUSIC Drake O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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 PLAY They Built It. No One Came Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Fleetwood The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Ampthill Well Hall 3 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 MUSIC Drake O2 PLAY They Built It. No One Came Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8
FILM/BALLET Swan Lake From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 MUSIC Drake O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PERFORMANCE The Vanishing Man Greenwich Theatre 7.30 LIVE SCREENING Superbowl Brooklyn Bowl
TALK Outing The Past National Maritime Museum 6 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC Drake O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY They Built It. No One Came Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
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 They Built It. No One Came Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8
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 They Built It. No One Came Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8
FAMILY Chinese New Year Celebrations
LECTURE Think Space Royal Observatory 5.15 PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY A Super Happy Story Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
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 PLAY A Super Happy Story Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 PLAY Spring Awakening Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 LECTURE Loyd Grossman Friends of Greenwich Park, King William Building ORNC 7.30 PLAY A Super Happy Story Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 PLAY Spring Awakening Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
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DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8
PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Theatre 7.30 BURLESQUE Dreamboys IndigO2 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC The Rite Of Spring Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY A Super Happy Story Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 PLAY Spring Awakening Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8
FAMILY Out At Sea Festival National Maritime Museum 11-4 KIDS Thumbelina Blackheath Halls 1pm, 3 PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 PLAY Spring Awakening Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 DANCE Strictly Live O2 PLAY A Super Happy Story Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 MUSIC The Great American Songbook Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 PLAY Fit London Theatre 8
FAMILY Grand Reopening Severndroog Castle back after winter closure MUSIC The Swing Commanders Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.30 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 5 KIDS Heaven Eyes Greenwich Theatre 5 DANCE Strictly Live O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
KIDS Street Dance & Theatre Albany 10-3 FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS A Mermaid’s Tale National Maritime Museum 11.30, 1.30 FAMILY STEAMFest Cutty Sark 11.30-3.45 KIDS Heaven Eyes Greenwich Theatre 2, 6 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
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KIDS Street Dance & Theatre Albany 10-3 FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS A Mermaid’s Tale National Maritime Museum 11.30, 1.30 FAMILY STEAMFest Cutty Sark 11.30-3.45 KIDS Wow! Said The Owl Greenwich Theatre 12, 2.30 ASTRONOMY A Valentine’s Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 ROMANCE Emma Hamilton Late: Seduction National Maritime Museum 6.30-10
MUSIC Drake O2 DANCE New Choreography Now Laban 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
KIDS Street Dance & Theatre Albany 10-3 FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show Greenwich Theatre 11, 3 KIDS Bedazzled NMM 11.30, 1.30 FAMILY STEAMFest Cutty Sark 11.30-3.45 KIDS Tactile Tales ORNC 1.15, 2.15, 3.15 MUSIC Drake O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Ave SE7. Details: 07867 627987 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10-Noon FAMILY STEAMFest Cutty Sark 11.30-3.45 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FAMILY Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur Greenwich Theatre 2, 5 FILM/PLAY Saint Joan From the NT. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 DANCE Stephanie Schober: Tracing Gestures Borough Hall 7.45 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Ave SE7. Details: 07867 627987 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8
FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10-Noon FAMILY STEAMFest Cutty Sark 11.30-3.45 MUSIC Colab: Thomas Bowes Old Royal Naval College chapel 1.05 KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 3 MUSIC/DANCE Colab: A Life In The Week Different The Same Laban 7 PLAY Probation Global Fusion Music & Arts’ event, Mycenae House 7.30 TALK Blackheath Scientific Society Mycenae House 7.45 DANCE Stephanie Schober: Tracing Gestures Borough Hall 7.45 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Ave SE7. Details: 07867 627987
KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 11.30, 2.30 FAMILY STEAMFest Cutty Sark 11.30-3.45 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Oxford Utd The Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Rosslyn Pk Well Hall 3 COMBAT CW80 IndigO2
MUSIC Grateful Dead Tribute Brooklyn Bowl DANCE Stephanie Schober: Tracing Gestures Borough Hall 7.45 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Ave SE7. Details: 07867 627987
FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 11.30, 2.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Jacob Sartorius IndigO2
March WADE IN THE WATER Low-Tide Walk at Creekside Discovery Centre Sun March 19
GONGS Brit Awards O2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Alexandra Epps: John Singer Sargent Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8
MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital Bakehouse, noon MUSIC/DANCE Colab: Italian Night Laban 6.30 COMEDY Jack Whitehall O2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30
KIDS Ugly Duckling Blackheath Halls 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton v Bury The Valley 3 FILM/OPERA Rusalka From the NY Met. Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 TALENT X Factor Live O2 MUSIC Thomas Anders IndigO2 FILM Starship Troopers Royal Observatory 6.15 MUSIC sound is sound is sound Albany 8
KIDS The Colour Of Me Albany 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
PERFORMANCE Guangzhou Art Troupe National Maritime Museum 2 LECTURE Think Space Royal Observatory 5.15 ACTIVISM Truth To The Power Café Albany 6.30 FILM/BALLET The Sleeping Beauty From Covent Gdn. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE A Place Called Happiness Albany 7.30 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
Wednesday March 1
ACTIVISM Truth To The Power Café Albany 6.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE Celebration, Florida Albany 7.30 MUSIC Kaiser Chiefs O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 ACTIVISM Truth To The Power Café Albany 6.30
FILM/PLAY Hedda Gabler From the NT Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
DANCE Lewisham Live! Laban 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s TALK Andrew Turner Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
FILM/BALLET A Contemporary Evening From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE Celebration, Florida Albany 7.30 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8
MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 TRIBUTE Absolute Bowie Brooklyn Bowl PERFORMANCE Celebration, Florida Albany 7.30 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8
MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 ASTRONOMY An Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory from 5.25 BOXING David Haye v Tony Bellew O2 MUSIC Tragedy Brooklyn Bowl PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8 MUSIC Jazz Jamaica Albany 8
KIDS Tom Thumb Albany 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 5 MUSIC Gusttavo Lima IndigO2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7
PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC The Weekend O2 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 RUGBY Blackheath v Darlington Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Walsall The Valley 3 FILM/OPERA La Traviata From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.55 PLAY African Women Global Fusion Music & Arts’ event, Mycenae House 7.30 MUSIC C2C Festival O2 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 PARTY St Patrick’s Day Ceílí Borough Hall 7.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Children’s Hour Bob Hope Theatre 7.45
KIDS Sky In The Pie Albany 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC C2C Festival O2 DANCE UDance 2017 Laban 7.30
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
FILM/OPERA La Traviata From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC Koray Avci IndigO2 TALK Jane Grant Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FOOTBALL Charlton v Bradford The Valley 7.45 MUSIC Kathryn Tickell Mycenae House 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered Thief Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC The Weekend O2 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Thursday 16 PLAY The Children’s Hour Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered Thief Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Thursday 9 DANCE Company Chameleon Laban 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC CMA Songwriters IndigO2 Friday 17 FILM/PLAY Hedda Gabler From the NT MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered PLAY The Children’s Hour Thief Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 DANCE Company Chameleon Laban 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 TALK Dr Christopher Mazur Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 Friday 10 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 Saturday 18 MUSIC C2C Festival O2 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Thief Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC 80s’ Invasion Tour IndigO2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Sinfonia Strings/ Sunday 19 Shapeshifter Blackheath Halls 7.30 FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery PLAY The Children’s Hour Centre 11 Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 SHOWCASE Love To Dance Albany 2, 6
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MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Imogen Corrigan: Islamic Art & Architecture Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 SPOKEN WORD Chill Pill Albany 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8
MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY The Shadows Loom And The Sun Is Black Albany 7.30 DANCE/DINE The Supper Room: Wendy Houston Borough Hall 7.30 MUSIC The Wailers IndigO2 PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC/DANCE St Patrick’s Day Global Fusion Music & Arts’ event, Mycenae House 7.30 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8
FILM/OPERA Idomeneo From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon FOOTBALL Charlton v MK Dons The Valley 3 PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Craig David O2 FILM/TRIBUTE The Big Lebowski Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC White Lily & Night Rider IndigO2 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8
KIDS Jurassic Jive Albany 2-5 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Craig David O2
PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s
MUSIC The Mavericks IndigO2 PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s
PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 1.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton Arms PLAY Our Carnal Hearts Albany 7.30 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s
MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 MUSIC Olly Murs O2 PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Our Carnal Hearts Albany 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton Arms 8 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8
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CRAFTSMAN: Peter Kent’s work captures Maritime Greenwich
PAINTER, draughtsman, chronicler, river watcher, local institution…for over 50 years Peter Kent has been synonymous with the River Thames and Greenwich, where he chronicles history and change with his wonderful topographical images. Peter’s work – created in his riverside studio – is highly-prized and in many collections. And this month there is a retrospective of his work, at the Greenwich Gallery. “His spontaneity, vibrancy and formidable technique have led to comparisons with Paul Hogarth and Hugh Casson,” says Gallery owner Tony Othen, “but he is very much his own man: ‘Life is about people and places,” he says, ‘and I happen to love both.’ This retrospective is fitting tribute to an artist who at 83 is always looking forward and as productive as ever.” The show runs till January 30 Mon-Fri 9.30-5.30; Sat-Sun 124. Info: www.thegreenwichgallery.com
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rom an early age I knew what I wanted to do in life. At eight years old I was given my first camera by my dad, and was instantly hooked. I was born in Glasgow but then my dad decided to uproot us all to western Canada, a bit traumatic at the time perhaps but it gave me access to all that great wilderness and wildlife. I used to get lost for days in the mountains with just my dog, a few provisions and some camera gear. uring the early 1980s I worked in Central America as a stringer for a number of picture agencies. I never went to photo school, but El Salvador and the people I worked with were my photo school. After bumping around the world and its hotspots I ended up back in the UK working as a freelance photographer and writer, primarily for national newspapers, magazines, book publishers and stock picture libraries. en years ago I moved to Greenwich and now wouldn’t live anywhere else in the capital. My partner and I live close to Greenwich Park – in my opinion one of the top five city parks in the world– which was a lifesaver when our son came along. If not for those quiet sanity-saving pathways and the outstanding views
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across London I might have gone a bit loony while learning to be a dad. I love Greenwich and all its little environs. As a photographer I am always looking for a new angle on the borough and because I live here it’s easy to continually go back to places when the light is just right. ome of my favourite spots are the views from Greenwich Park and Severndroog Castle. The Thames Barrier is fantastic, as are the little streets of Greenwich town centre, often with the masts of the Cutty Sark just visible. In winter, with the afternoon sun low on the horizon, Charlton House is magical. With so much photographic fodder, it’s no wonder I use it as the backdrop for my personalised photography courses (www. dougmckinlay.com/courses). ut it’s not all about photography. Greenwich has great pubs, The Cutty Sark, The Union and The Mitre, and a fantastic mix of restaurants, including Sticks ‘n’ Sushi and The Rivington Grill. The Plumtree Café does the best coffee and breakfast and my newest discovery is the Pho Street Vietnamese café on King William Walk. I’m a bit of an amateur Pho connoisseur and this place hits the mark.
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HAITI: Old woman smoking a pipe in Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake
AFGHANISTAN: Children play on wrecked Russian T-34 battle tank along the Bamiyan Valley Road
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misterious greenwich THE mist descended as 2016 turned in to 2017...and regular contributor Mike Purdy captured this glorious Greenwich scene on his regular walks. The Royal Observatory is lit by the sunset above Greenwich Park. You can juts make out the historic Time Ball on Send us a photo. Email: top of the Observatory. Once it told matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com dock and shipyard workers when it
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unday. Have had a most fine Christmas and did eat six chickens, two goose, four legs of mutton and two cheeses with five bottles of port and eight of Burgundy. However my wife complains that I am grown fat, and that she is tired of stitching my split waistcoat and sewing on my burst buttons. She remarks on my recent trouble in standing up, though I aver it is because chairs are so d**ned low these days. She says I must attend some devil’s practice she calls Weightwatchers. onday. I sat in a circle with other well-proportioned gentlefolk while a most coarse woman told us we wanted self-esteem. I said to her that I am His Majesty’s Naval Secretary and that the entire Fleet is paid to hold me in esteem so that I do not have the work of doing it myself. She then did ask me if I used scales. “What do you take me for, woman,” I cried, “a fish?” I then had to stand on a small platform which was exceedingly unsteady and she did tell me to look down and read numbers which appeared below me. I replied that no person of quality is able to look down and see their feet. This woman then did order me to eat
no more cheese or cream, beef, mutton or ale so I denounced her as a French spy trying to starve us into surrender. he did tell me that I need to lift weights to which I replied that putting my wig on each morning and taking it off in the evening is surely exercise enough.She then said everyone should try swimming. “That proves you are a spy,” I cried, “about to sink our ships!” The tribe of women must be set against me as my wife also did tell me to go to the pool, so thither I went with my cane and best jacket and loudly railed against the people swimming as being fit for Bedlam. A rude fellow did tell me not to walk dressed round the pool and I told him that surely this was the exercise that people speak of. After my arguments with him and the woman at Weightwatchers I did need to consume six pork chops and a bottle of port to recover. uesday. Mrs Pepys complained that, rather than losing weight, I have put more on. In fury I stepped on to the scales and threw off my wig. “Can’t you see, madam,” I cried, “that I have just lost ten pounds?”
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