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ave you seen the Emma Hamilton exhibition at the National Maritime Museum yet? Last month we brought you the verdict of her great great great great granddaughter Lily Stile, who is delighted that Nelson’s other half is finally getting the credit she deserves for her achievements. This month Lily was back for the Immortal Memory – the annual toast to her heroic ancestor Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and lay in state at the Painted Hall. Emma is pictured at the Admirals House with Mayor

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maverick comic and Greenwich legend Malcolm Hardee died. Hardee (inset) – the godfather of alternative stand-up –launched the (in)famous Tunnel Club and, later, Up The Creek here. The comedy cabaret club in Creek Road is still going strong, has a new entrance, bar and eating area and is open during the day. Make the most of a great Greenwich institution. And raise a glass to Malcolm while you’re there. lans by fomer Inc Group owner Frank Dowling to demolish Trident Hall, behind his Trafalgar Tavern, and build a hotel instead have caused consternation here in the past. The demise of much of his bar and restaurant empire appeared to have ended his dream. This month revised proposals go back on show during a public consultation. You can see them at the Trafalgar Tavern on February 7, 8 and 9 (4-8pm each day). Go along and let us know what you think...

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 respected 853blog.com has reenwich isitor 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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From Page 1 been proposed. It is also close to the site of a new cruise liner terminal, where ships will be moored without an onshore power supply and will burn diesel instead. Richard Rands, of Ikea, Richard Rands, of Ikea, said: “We want to create a unique and exciting space that will act as a place to meet, learn, share and shop – enhancing the ways we engage with our customers and the community.” But one resident – dionshorts – told an online forum: “We need to mobilise. Charlton, Blackheath, Shooters Hill, Woolwich, Kidbrooke and Eltham will be trapped by traffic at weekends with the Blackwall Tunnel tailbacks reaching new levels of hell.” East Greenwich Residents Association was among groups that met Ikea in January. It said that – “despite traffic being raised as perhaps the No1 concern amongst local members” – Ikea told them “the travel plan had been approved and only appearance, scale and landscaping were up for discussion.” Ikea said they planned to re-use materials from the old site and that the eco Park behind Sainsbury’s would be replaced with a smaller but “less isolated” one. It also said a rooftop garden and pavilion would be available for people to enjoy. What do you think? Email Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com

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A PUBLIC meeting to discuss worrying air pollution levels takes place this month. Greenwich Momentum says speakers at the meeting – at The Forum on Trafalgar Road on Tuesday 28 February (7pm) – will outline how the proposed Cruise Liner Terminal at Enderby Wharf, the Silvertown Tunnel and the new Ikea store risk increasing traffic emissions. Info: greenwichmomentum@gmail.com

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scaffolD royal naval college IT’S never easy having the builders in... and the magnificent Old Royal Naval College is no exception. The historic Painted Hall – where Nelson’s body lay in state after his death at Trafalgar in 1805 – is being prepared for another round of c o n s e r v a t i o n . A f t e r a b r e a k fo r

Christmas work is said to be “rocketing ahead.” The scaffolding gives it the air of an art installation in this striking picture by the College’s Tom Ryley. From April 1, visitors will be able to go on scaffold tours to see the work up close. Tickets go on sale on February 17. Info: ornc.org

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Little Mix – X Factor winners and chart record breakers – will star at Greenwich Music Time, in the grounds of the historic Old Royal Naval College, this summer. The outdoor concert series – now in its fourth year – kicks off with two shows by British pop icon Sir Cliff Richard on July 1 and 2. Little Mix – whose hits include Shout Out to My Ex, Black Magic, Hair and Wings – will play here on Friday July 7 during a 13-venue summer tour. Their new album Glory Days, which went straight to No1 on the official album charts. It was the fastest-selling album in the UK since Destiny’s Child’s Survivor in 2001. Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, LeighAnne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson are the only group ever to win the X Factor, back

Old Royal Naval College’s riverside location into an atmospheric 5000-capacity open-air music venue. Performers in previous years include S i r To m J o n e s , J o o l s H o l l a n d , Goldfrapp, Jamie Cullum, Ray Davis, David Gray and Seal. Sir Cliff, 76, has sold more than 250million records worldwide – including 14 UK No1 singles – since his WINNERS: Little Mix first hit Move It in 1958. ich enw Gre C, ORN i n 2 0 11 . S i n c e t h e n He is the third-toptown centre they’ve broken records selling artist in UK set by the Pussycat Dolls Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and and even the Spice Girls. Elvis Presley. The band are no July 1-7 This year’s event runs from strangers to south east July 1 to 7 with more headliners London – they filmed the video to be confirmed. for 2014 hit Salute in an Tikets and info www. underground bunker in Woolwich. Greenwich Music Time transforms the greenwichmusictime.co.uk

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Parks chief Grossman on future NEW Royal Parks chairman Loyd Grossman talks about the future of the organisation in Greenwich this 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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DI Graves v Demons GREENWICH novellist Will Jackson launches his latest supernatural crime thriller next month. Demons is the first in a new series set in London. Detective Inspector Daniel Graves hunts a killer who has left a victim in a London park. When another body turns up it appears Graves may be at fault. But a third body convinces people that a demon is to blame. Will – who writes as WD Jackson – says: “Grounding this new series in places I’ve lived in and know so well has lets me to show a different side to the tourism-heavy London many people know. I can make them all the more creepy and scary for readers.” Will, 33, has sold more than 14,000 copies of his novels Loose Ends, Red Light and Slasher. Demons is available as an ebook from Amazon and Kobo for £2.49 and is available to pre-order now.

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COMMUNITY GARDENERS ON THEIR CAMPAIGN TO They turned a derelict wasteground into a garden for all to enjoy...until Greenwich Council ordered them out for “trespass”. Jonathan Mantle, Co-founder of the Royal Hill Community Garden, explains what the space means to him, and why the group is working to find a compromise

WHEN my brother and I first lived in Greenwich in 1982, we had no idea about lots of things.

I still don’t know much about gardening...but I’ve learned a lot about people

We had no idea that I would have bestselling books and he would win an Oscar. We had no idea that one day there would be a Docklands Light Railway. I had no idea that one day I would return, not only to live here again, but work with the Greenwich Gallery and co-found a Community Garden on waste land next door. Gardening? You must be kidding. Fast forward 34 years and it’s a Saturday morning in April 2016. I’m standing in the derelict police car park next to the Gallery on Royal Hill. There are dubious traces, toxic items, syringes, we’ve had lots of burglaries and I’m angry. Not at the police, or even whoever is responsible for this mess, but myself. I’m angry because it wasn’t my idea – it was Tony Othen’s. To build a garden. Tony runs the Greenwich Gallery, the Linear House creative hub, and lives upstairs with his wife Helen. He’s a distinguished photographer and an inspira ti ona l figure tireles s in the community. But he doesn’t know anything about gardening. Neither do I. So when he looks out the window and sees me fiddling about with bricks and a couple of old planters he puts up a notice to the effect that we are building a garden, and is anybody interested in helping clean up the site? A day later, the first donations arrive. Plants, pots, a rake. God! What are we going to do? Donations come in thick and fast, great and small, many of them anonymously. We buy a pick axe and start to dig. It’s hard work, the ground consists of builder’s infill 60 feet deep over an old railway line. Rumour has it that the tunnel submerged beneath the top end of the land houses an old railway carriage. Maybe there are even passengers! The workforce soon e x p a n d s t o m e , To n y, Kevin and James. Kevin’s a professional groundworker who likes digging holes and is peerless at laying slabs. James is a motorcycle policeman. This is a garden that runs on blood, sweat and beers. We meet Patrick and Sheila, a retired chef and a former investment banker. We meet Ted and Michele, landscape and architecture students at Greenwich University. Michael and Veronica and Becky who live above the shops. Karen Woolven’s flower shop, who give us plants and tree cuttings – we build them a composter. We meet Ray, the retired paramedic and Buddhist, who sows wild flowers. Incredibly, with a free load of turf, we even build a lawn. The garden is growing in this harsh terrain. We bring in topsoil from wherever we can get it. We meet people from the Prior Street allotments, the Ashburnham neighbourhood garden, the Greenwich

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Park Rose Garden and the garden on the other side of the Park. We meet Kerrie, who landscapes for a living. Terrifyingly, these people actually know about gardening. We meet salvage ace Dave. Dancer Mary Kate and her young family, for whom we build a planter which they fill with heathers and bulbs. We meet Julia and her Schnauzer. We meet Jane and Howard. Greenwich being Greenwich we have visitors from all over the world. We have new species of bird and mammal. We have Courgette Quarterly, an in-house journal edited by an unknown person or persons called Muckraker, in which we are savagely lampooned and an eight-year-old girl interviews a woodlouse. We build a planter for her 14-year-old brother, who wants to grow vegetables as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. Fast forward three months. We decide to have a summer party to thank everyone. We might get 30 people. We build a covered sound stage. We dig a fire pit. The incomparably quirky Morden Arms in Brand

Street donates beer. Rivington restaurant donates sausages. The Fish Shop donates ice. We have 150 people, lots of free food and drink, barbecues and four hours of live music. The party goes on into the night. Something’s happening here. It’s called a community. And it didn’t exist before. Greenwich Council gets in touch: You are Trespassing. Leave and take all the plants with you. We’re not trespassing – we live here. We can’t take the plants away, we don’t know who gave them to us. That would be theft. By this time the Garden has grown in scale to cover the whole site and embrace not just gardening but children, young mothers, the local primary school, isolated older people, food and nutritional education, people with mental health issues, homeless people and historians of the railways. And we’ve done it all in nine months without a budget. We occasionally encounter the mean side of people: “It takes more than a few plants and pots to make a garden,” declares a lady of a certain age. “This place looks more like a builder’s yard every day,” says another. I hand them the pick axe. The Garden is what people do in it. They make their excuses and go. We acquire Lee, a self-styled “green witch” and appoint her the Garden’s spiritual guardian. We host


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HELP MAKE POINT LOOK SHARP AGAIN

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SAVE PRECIOUS GREEN SPACE

DO you know The Point? In the north west Point. We have pledges for around 30 per corner of Blackheath, the green space has cent of the likely costs. New railings and a superb views towards the City of London. new handrail beside the steps up from It’s the place where you can see St Maidenstone Hill are planned. Some Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Victoria denser shrubbery may be removed. Part of Tower, the arch of Wembley Stadium, the area at the viewpoint will be relaid with Canary Wharf, and east London. Yorkstone. The Point is surrounded by trees – plane, Two new seats will enable people to sycamore and holly – shrubs and wild study the view in comfort or monitor their roses. As part of the Council’s Plant 2000 dogs as they exercise on The Point. A new trees in 2000 campaign, two copses of plinth will point out the landmarks and whips were planted by members of the explain sites of historic London that would Greenwich Society, writes TONY BUTLER. have been seen in earlier times. The new The whole area is a haven for birds – arrangements will make it a lot easier to blue, great and coal tits, jays, magpies and keep The Point tidy and free from rubbish. tawny owls – as well as the inevitable grey But we hope none of its calm will be lost! squirrels and foxes, whose calls at mating The Greenwich Society would like to times chill the heart. have your views on the proposals now, and But this rural oasis, just six miles from any other suggestions you may have for the centre of London, needs some tender making this gem sparkle even more. loving care. The railings are old and bent, Please send them to the Society’s Tim and the sign identifying landmarks is Barnes tpbarnes@btinternet.com or years out of date. Some of the Blackheath Joint Working Party trees are now so tall that they member To n y B u t l e r obscure the views. The anthonybutler06@ G r e e n w i c h S o c i e t y, btinternet.com encouraged by the Royal There’s a meeting on Supermap C6/7 Borough of Greenwich, Monday 6 February which is responsible for (7.30pm) to discuss the looking after the Point, is details at the home of Tim . pm 7.30 6 Mon Feb raising funds to renovate Barnes The White House, The White House, at the top of Crooms Hill. the western end of the

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the Greenwich Dance Agency and South East London Sustainable Energy’s portable solar electricity generator. The balloons they inflate and release into a rainy, grey sky seem to sum up our fragile hopes and dreams. The Council refuses to modify its stance. The proposed development scheme for the site is effectively the one that was thrown out a few years ago. Monolithic three-storey houses unaffordable by those who need houses: Car parking and turning space for four large vehicles. We step up our social media, recruit the press and TV. The frost on the Buddha in the herbaceous border sums it up: Gloom, even despondency. We’re British. It’s time to dig deep. We have 2,000 supporter signatures, hundreds of followers on Facebook, on 38 Degrees, on Twitter. We have Gala and Sapphire’s mural. We’re not going anywhere any time soon. The Council invite us in to discuss “a temporary position”. We repeat our position, that we want a solution that benefits everyone. We are not against development, we are against bad development. We suggest the

potential value of the land is more than just commercial, it takes a multiplicity of forms, including a garden. Who knows what will happen? It’s not yet spring, but the first green shoots are already showing. Greenwich is a special place. I wake to the sound of seagulls and the bells of St Alfege. The first thing I do most mornings is walk round to the Garden, feed the birds and enjoy head space before the coming busy day. When I go away on business, pretty much the first thing I do when I come back is visit the Garden. It’s what our neighbours and visitors and friends have been doing for nearly a year now. We believe they should be able to go on doing so. And when I leave the Garden, I always look back in case I don’t see it again. Oh, and I still don’t know much about gardening, although I’m proud of the row of olive trees which to my mind recreates the Appian Way. But I’ve made a lot of new friends and learned a lot about what people can do when they get together. Follow at www.facebook.com/royalhillcommunitygarden and on Twitter @royalhillgarden

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A SUPER HAPPY STORY How do you write a play about depression without it being, well, depressing? Jon Brittain’s new work, which makes its UK debut in Greenwich Theatre’s intimate studio space, rejects easy stereotypes to tell a fully-rounded and a truthful tale that is sad and upbeat in equal measure. Feb 7-11

OUT AT SEA This family-friendly celebration of all things nautical at the National Maritime Museum features singalongs with the London Gay Men’s Chorus, chinwags with pirates, tales of explorers and mermaids and lots of seathemed toys as part of a nationwide festival of LGBT history. Feb 11

SMASHFEST Imagine a supervolcano is bubbling away under Lewisham and is on the point of blowing its top? Could you survive the huge eruption? And if so, what would you do amid the carnage caused by the blast? Brilliant half-term entertainment for kids and funloving adults at the Albany. Feb 13-17

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COLAB Annual festival at Trinity Laban provides one of the most eclectic and enjoyable events of the cultural year, taking in music (of every kind) and dance and in a series of studentled programmes at the Old Royal Naval College, Blackheath Halls, Laban and St Alfege. Don’t miss it. Feb 13-24

THORNY QUESTIONS Helen Thorn of acclaimed comedy duo The Scummy Mummies is first to acknowledge she’s on the hefty side. But she’s happy – even though people tell her she shouldn’t be. She’ll explain why in an upclose and personal gig at the upclose and personal London Theatre in New Cross. Feb 15

TRACING GESTURES The latest Compass Commission from the Greenwich Dance/Trinity Laban Partnership brings us this site-specific work by choreographer Stephanie Schober which will require the audience at Borough Hall to follow the action through its many and varied spaces. Can’t wait. Feb 17 & 18

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New play by Benoit D Chavez, staged by Global Fusion Music and Arts at Mycenae House, focuses on three young prisoners whose pasts, dominated by gang violence and emotional deprivation, are revealed during group therapy sessions. Is redemption possible – or even wanted? Feb 17

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Chabrier’s quirky operetta about a nervous teenage bridegroom seeking wedding night advice from his tipsy tutor before the honeymoon is a great choice in the week of Valentine’s to mark the reopening of Severndroog Castle, which was built as a monument to love. Feb 19

LIZZIE Greenwich Theatre stages the UK premiere of the hit rock musical about Lizzie Borden, who hacked her parents to death with an axe in New England in 1893 and was immortalised in one of the more gruesome rhymes which still delight children in playgrounds everywhere. Feb 22-Mar 12

JOE CULPEPPER The South London-based singer returns to Oliver’s to launch his latest record Tortoise, an eight-track EP created in conjunction with such luminaries as superstar producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse) and Muse bassist Morgan Nicholls. Promises to be a heck of a night. Feb 23

POP UP: Tunnel may be used to get close up with the herd

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ed Help Park make most of its historic herd DID you know Greenwich has a magnificent herd of deer...and that they’ve roamed our Park for centuries?

REDS ROCK: WHERE, DEER?:Saxifrage Peter Pan They’re hard to see from viewing space

WHY I LOVE OUR PARK

I love going to Greenwich Park. It brings back memories of being small and going with my parents. I’m hoping it’ll snow so I can go sledging down the hills again – Emily Hill

Our Greenwich Park Revealed campaign – where you suggest solutions to make it better for visitors today and future generations – is in its third month now. And one of the top responses so far is that the herd of red and fallow deer are not getting the attention they deserve... Although Richmond is the Royal Park best know for deer, Greenwich’s link goes back further, writes Georgina Rogerson. In Tudor times Greenwich Palace became Henry VIII’s preferred residence and the Park his favoured recreation ground. He is believed to have introduced deer here in 1510, and the Park was used as a Royal chase for riding and hunting. The Park remained popular with Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I, both born in Greenwich Palace. Elizabeth is believed to have played in the tree known today as Queen Elizabeth’s Oak. Deer roamed freely in the Park until the 1920s, when pressure of increasing visitors and motor traffic led to them being enclosed at weekends. Then they were moved permanently to The Wilderness, an area in the south east corner enclosed by a high fence, as they are capable of jumping up to eight feet. Today six Fallow Deer and 11 Red Deer live in Greenwich Park. It is believed that the herd may be directly descended from Henry VIII’s. Unlike wild deer, ours are fed throughout the year with deer nuts, and, when putting on weight during October and November, enjoy additional root and green vegetables. They can be admired from special viewpoints, but these are limited and tucked away, so very few visitors are aware that the deer are even there. How can we help more people enjoy the deer? Ideas received so far in Greenwich Park Revealed include : Installing trails to the deer. Reducing bedding so the deer can be seen across the Park.

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•Improving information boards to tell the herd’s historic story. •Installing a glass viewing tunnel through the deer enclosure or high walk over it •Allowing the herd to roam freely around the Park again. Share your ideas on the deer – and any other suggestions – at an online suggestion box at www.royalparks.org.uk. 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 and protecting natural features. FUTURE: Making it more sustainable by using borehole water and planting diseaseresistant trees while making it easier for people, including those with disabilities, to discover and use the Park. 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

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ebruary is the month of love! Well with Valentine’s day on February 14 there is a bit of romance about and hopefully you all have plans to spend time with loved ones and have a special time. It may be cold out outside, but lots of the Eltham pubs are warm and cosy. The White Hart, at the bottom of Eltham High Street, always gives a warm welcome and has the best local carvery in the area. There is also a new American Diner – Legends – in the High Street. We’ve tested it already and con confirm it does great food and has lovely staff. hinking about food, remember our Winter Festival Song Challenge? Singer/songwriters were challenged to write songs with a culinary theme, which were then performed at the White Hart at our fantastic Finale event at the end of November. Who would have thought that food, cooking and eating could be the inspiration for such a wonderful range of songs! This month we are planning another great recording session, so watch out for another Eltham Arts CD. econgnise any of this lot? Eltham Library is hosting a display of cartoons and caricatures by local Eltham artist Silu, who is originally from Romania. Silu (pictured below, with Miriam Storey of Eltham Library), does caricatures – like this one of our Eltham Arts committee – for events, so ask him to come along. It’s unique. He’ll even do a caricature of your pet if you send him a photo!

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THERE must be a higher concentration of historic attractions in our borough than anywhere else in the capital – or even beyond.

Lady in the high Castle

Just look at the evidence. There’s the Old Royal Naval College and Painted Hall, Eltham Palace, Charlton House, the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House, the Cutty Sark, to name only a few, writes MILES HEDLEY. But perhaps the most unusual of them all is Severndroog Castle, standing at the top of Shooters Hill in the middle of beautiful Oxleas Woods and with the best views in London. The oddest part of the castle is, of course, its name, which is an anglicised version of a fortress near Mumbai which was captured by Sir William James in 1755 when he was a commodore with the East India Company. He made his fortune in India and bought himself an estate that included parts of Shooters Hill. His wife built the castle after his death in 1784. It is not a folly because it has a purpose – it was built as a usable, as well as loving, memorial to Sir William. But it’s a total oddball in the roster of British castles. It had no defensive purpose. And although Lady James used it to entertain, the hexagonal tower was completely unsuitable as an aristocratic residence because it has only three modest reception rooms and narrow, lung-bustingly steep spiral staircase. As a result, it fell out of favour with the family after her death. And what followed was 200 years of neglect and slow decay, although it’s been publicly-owned since 1922, was listed in 1954 and was open to the public into the 1980s when it was closed on safety grounds. Around the Millennium a plan emerged to sell it off to a property developer. But the decision sparked an outcry among people w h o l o v e d O x l e a s Wo o d s ’ s t r a n g e monument and had happy memories of long-ago visits. And in 2003 a group of activists formed the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust in 2003 with a mission statement to save the castle for the nation. What followed was a fund-raising and publicity campaign that led to a £800,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and Severndroog was magnificently restored. It reopened to the public in 2014 and attracted more than 20,000 visitors in those first two years. Now the plan is to make the castle pay for itself rather than rely on handouts, says heritage manager Dr Laura Allan. The 63ft tower is licensed for marriages – and there can be fewer more memorable venues in Britain where you can tie the knot. TRIBUTE: Music recitals are sometimes held in one Lady James and of the salons, which are the perfect intimate husband Sir William settings for baroque chamber pieces. The castle hosted a production of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well in the grounds in the summer, creating a magical world that is ideal for performing the Bard’s great works. There is a terrific little cafe on the ground floor Shooters Hill, of the tower, which don SE18 3RT Lon offers welcome respite to anyone who has tackled the 86 steps to F u n d m o n e y f o r wonderful that the castle has been the top of the tower. Reopens Sunday another year or so but brought back to life and is attracting so And, of course, there is February 12 after that we need to be many visitors. The goodwill of the local the viewing platform itself. community is amazing.” self-sufficient. At 432ft above sea-level it The castle reopens after its winter “We want more visitors and offers the very finest view of break on February 12. we want to expand the number of central London and the six counties that To mark the event – and Valentine’s surround it. On a really clear day, you money-generating events we host such – it is hosting two performances by as marriages, concerts and familycan see Windsor Castle 30-odd miles Clockwork Opera of Emmanuel friendly entertainments. away as the crow flies. Chabrier’s suitably romantic one-act “But that requires more staff – which Unsurprisingly, it’s proved a big hit piece An Incomplete Education on the with visitors. But they have to be in turn costs more. It’s a bit of a Catch 19th. supervised and Laura relies on a 22 situation. For normal opening hours and other “We always need more volunteers, details go to www.severndroogcastle. devoted team of volunteers to show them around and answer their questions. too, because they are the life-blood of org.uk She said: “We have Heritage Lottery this place. But despite the struggles, it’s

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THE Arts Council has given £270,000 to help make Woolwich “London’s next Cultural Destination. It will see the launch of arts events to mark the opening of Crossrail next year “to increase tourism and encourage local pride.” Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland said: “This will c e m e n t Wo o l w i c h ’s transformation into a 21st Century cultural destination while delivering new skills and jobs, creative industries, increased tourism and economic regeneration.”

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FORMER prisoners are being helped to “overcome mental health issues and build a positive life after release.” Through The Gate – run by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust – help them avoid reoffending by setting up housing, benefits and medical access pre-release. Oxleas is holding Open Days this month to hear how residents think it could improve: In Greenwich (Memrorial Hospital) on February 1, Bromley (Bromley Parish Church) on February 8 and Bexley (Boathouse, Danson Park) on February 28. Info: www.oxleas.nhs.uk

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A church has stood on the spot in Greenwich town centre for more than 1,000 years. Alison has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Greenwich to look into its past and its place in our heritage. As well as studying the building itself she will use gravestones, burial vaults, church archives and the public burial ground to focus on three key points: Nicholas Hawksmoor’s creation of the modern building in the early 1700s. The development of an “overflow”

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church St Mary’s in 1825. The restoration of St Alfege by Sir Albert Richardson after air raid damage in 1941 during World War Two. Alison, who lives in Greenwich and is a post-graduate student at the University, said: “The position of St Alfege Church within the social framework of this area is central to understanding the development of Greenwich, and I’m keen to delve into its complex history. The memorials and

surviving church records will help me to examine its rich and varied role at key moments over two and a half centuries.” The research ties in with the church’s Heart of Greenwich, Place and People project – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund – to “open up the church’s hidden spaces and rich heritage for all.” Rev Chris Moody said: “We are delighted Alison has been given this chance to do this fascinating research.” St Alfege is holding an open day on Sunday February 12 (12-3) for people to give their views on the project, with crypt tours and a photography exhibition. Info: www.st-alfege.org


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Running wild at Marathon GYM owner Louie Langley is running the London Marathon as a Wi l d l i f e Wa r r i o r t o h e l p endangered animals in Africa. Louie, from New Eltham, is running the world famous race – which starts in Greenwich Park – for the first time and hopes to earn £1200 for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. He has raised money for animal charities in the past, but said: “Being an avid animal lover myself, it seemed a perfect match to raise money for DSWF and to spread awareness of the amazing work that the charity does.” DSWF was founded in 1984 by wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd CBE and works to fight wildlife crime. Info: www.davidshepherd.org

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LOOKING for a new book to read to the children? Swap your old ones for something different at London Children’s Book Swap. Organised by the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, the free event at Charlton House on Saturday February 11 features family activities. If you have books to donate contact Learning and Participation Officer Kayleigh Edun at kayleigh@rght.org.uk or call 020 8854 2452.

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any chances on his marital happiness. A few weeks after choosing his first orphan, Day visited the Foundling Hospital’s London headquarters and choose a second – an 11-year-old girl with blond hair and blue eyes. Originally left at the orphanage gates in 1758, she too had been baptised – Ann Grig – but was baptised again by charity officials as Dorcas Car. Covering his tracks Day renamed them both: Ann Kingston became Sabrina and Dorcas Car became Lucretia. Then he smuggled them to France to begin their education. It did not take Day long to pick his preferred pupil. After six months he returned to England and apprenticed Lucretia to a milliner then took a house in Lichfield, a genteel city in the Midlands, to begin educating Sabrina in earnest. Here Day became a

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IT’S won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical..now Spring Awakening is coming to Eltham. Performed by students from Glenlyn Academy, The Brit School and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance the show explore the trials and tribulations of growing up. Director Ben Briscoe says it’s is an “electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that has already exhilarated audiences across the world.” The show is produced by the same creative team at Glenlyn Academy that brought Ghost the Musical, A Chorus Line, Fame and Bad Girls the Musical to the Bob Hope Theatre and runs from Wednesday February 8 till Saturday 11. Info and tickets from www.bobhopetheatre. co.uk or 020 8850 3702.

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BEAN GREAT: Jack and the Beanstalk at Eltham. Pictures: Robert Piwko Photography

EVERY year since 1947 Eltham has enjoyed booing, hissing and cheering at pantos.

Grandparents who came in the 1950s now take their grandchildren. And their squeals of laughter were evidence that Jack and The Beanstalk at the Bob Hope Theatre was yet another classic in a long, long line of them. Directed by Jennifer Sims – her first panto after masterminding six previous plays here – it was another top-rate show and a fabulous traditional panto with the comforting familiarity we all love. Principal Boy Jack, played by Louise Hawkins, made a perfect hero together with his love interest Jill (Erin Clancy). Yes, they had been up the hill... much to the disapproval of the Jill’s father, the Mayor of Mottingham (Andy Noakes). There was humour in sackfuls with Wayne Morgan-Williams playing simple Simon Trotter in his colourful yellow costume interacting well with the audience and providing fun and affection. Graham Johnson played the lovely Dottie, mother of Jack and Simon, with splendid costumes and sparkling humour. Patricia the Cow (Peter Stonnel and Louisa Dodd) were loved. Every panto needs a touch of evil – Maud Mauditious (Jackie Mitchell) and Pongus Pooh (Callum Lyons) drew lots of boos but, of course, got their comeuppance. With an ensemble of great dancers who doubled as villagers, witches, henchmen and fairies the show ran smoothly and a good pace throughout. Riana Morrison-Kirnon, who is Head Girl at All the Arts Theatre School, clearly has an excellent future ahead as talented dancer and actor. Choreographer Kirsty Davide planned routines that were excellent, with colourful costumes and brilliantly effective lighting. Musical Director Lawrence Michalowski also deserves huge praise. Tghis was a lovely family show for all ages. The Bob Hope Theatre company in Eltham may be amdram but it invariably scales professional heights. Gaynor Wingham

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urry is nothing without a lovely sauce...even better when it’s made in Greenwich. Meet three talented sauce-makers based right here: Baj Sandhu (Baj’s Blazin’ Hot Sauce), Cathy Williams (Cathy’s Hot Lips) and Mark Duwe (Full Moon Hot Sauce). Taste ‘em, buy ‘em, stock ‘em... Describe your sauce in three words: Baj: Hot, tasty, wholesome. Cathy: Hot, hot and hot or better still, hot, fiery and tasty. Mark: Spicy, smoky, fruity. When was it created? Baj: By my dad 25 years ago. Friends and family loved it so we started selling in Greenwich Market in 2014. Cathy: 15 years ago when I couldn’t really find anything in the shops and before things really took off with hot sauces. The recipe is all my own and I don’t use any preservatives so it’s a natural, handmade product. Mark: In 2014 after finding my chilli tolerance had vanished. I tried in vain for a hot sauce that I liked to build it back up so I tried making my own. Full Moon was born. Friends asked for bottles so I started selling it. All the sauces (except honey) are vegan-friendly and ingredients are locally sourced and/or organic/Fair Trade wherever possible. On a scale of 1-10 (hottest) how hot is your sauce? Baj: I would give it a 5. But I was born with a green chilli in my mouth! Cathy: 10+! Mark: 7. If your sauce was a film star who would it be? Baj: Tom Hardy. Versatile, local and tasty. Cathy: Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot. Mark: I’d have to say Jack Nicholson. Your sauce is ideal for curry lovers because... Baj: It’s got the kick a curry lover wants and the core ingredients to help make a great curry from scratch. Cathy: All the stress and hassle is taken out of making your own and it can be used as a condiment or added to your cooking. Mark: You can use it as

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DAN’S CURRY CORNER a base/marinade for curry or a dip for anything. Where can you buy it? Baj: Greenwich Market (most Sundays) www.bajsblazin. com, at the East Dulwich shop or online at Hop Burns & Black plus at Apple n’ Orange branches. Cathy: Local fairs in Greenwich but mainly via cathyshotlips@ hotmail.co.uk or Facebook: Cathy’s Hot Lips. Free delivery if you live in the Greenwich borough and I can also post to anywhere in the UK and Europe (yes, my Hot Lips have reached other shores!). Mark: The Scullery and Sparkes butchers in Blackheath Standard, and online from the Very Green Grocer. What are the other sauces in your range? Baj: Mum’s Mango (sweet and fiery) and Smokin’ Sister (smoky and deep). Cathy: A mean Mustard Marinade made with coarse grain mustard, Dijon mustard and secret ingredients. It’s great as a marinade for lamb, chicken, vegetables, and pork. Mark: Full Moon (hot, smoky and a hint of chocolate), Cold Moon (hot, slightly smoky and hints of coffee), Scullery Moon (mild, fruity and slightly smoky), Honey Moon (Grove Park honey infused with scotch bonnets), and for a limited time Snow Moon (cranberry sauce with chilli). There was also Strawberry Moon last year (limited edition strawberry and champagne hot sauce). What is the price of your sauce(s)? Baj: £5 each for a large bottle or £3 for a mini. Cathy: Still a recession busting £4 a jar. Mark: £4.50 for the sauces and £7.50 for the honey.

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Tony has already raised £200,000 for Bojangles – an informal, fine dining Modern British restaurant with Scandinavian and European influences. He tells me he’s lined up the venue, perfected his business plan and has a team in place. Now he’s is aiming to raise another £150,000 on Kickstarter – the crowdfunding platform – for equipment to make his dream come true this May “Having spent all this time cooking in temporary kitchens, I wanted to make it official and settle down,” Tony tells me. “We’ll offer a five-course taster menu at lunch, and seven courses at dinner, along with a small a la carte menu. “The menu will be reasonably priced, balancing fine dining cuisine with informal and relaxed service. It will change monthly and be developed by our four senior chefs. I have a great team to work with me, including another MasterChef contestant, and a restaurant manager well known in the village. “Alongside the food, we'll be offering live jazz, blues, soul and funk,” says Tony. “We want to keep things local and create a collaborative feel, we will be using meat from John Charles Butchers, vegetables from Village Fruit and Veg, our amazing farmers market and artwork from local artist Liam Brazier. There will also be lots of opportunities to host events in the

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Starter with a real Kick! village and I’m already involved with the two food festivals and hope to do something at the market soon”. To n y t e l l s m e h o w t h e crowdfunding works: “There’s a one month window to raise money by this route and if we don’t hit our target of £150.000 we get nothing, so there’s a lot at stake. In return for donations, we're offering meals at the restaurant and our largest gift is

the private hire of the whole venue with a three course meal included. If someone is interested in investing in the project to a larger extent, I’m happy to discuss terms and can talk them through the project. Email me at tony@welldressedplates.com.” Check Tony’s project online at www.kickstarter.com Isn’t that a new and exciting venture? I can’t wait to review.

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HERE’S a new kid on the block – Honest Burgers is coming to Greenwich in March. There’s plenty of competition, but the indie chain has a good reputation... and its fries come Rosemary salted. Nice! e’re sad to see the end of Greenwich institution: the Curry Royal takeaway in Woolwich Road has closed after at least three decades. A couple of doors away The Duchess pub – once better known as the Ship & Billet, then Frog & Radiator – is also closed. The area opposite Greenwich Square looks rather sad now. id you know that in the Queen’s Orchard in Greenwich Park there are apple tree varieties dating back to 1500? No kidding! Autumn Pearmain is one. Calville Blanc d’Hiver is another from 1598. A couple of years back, I tasted one of the two fruits yielded by Ribstone Pippin (1707). The apple, which is a parent of Cox’s Orange, was so bitter that it was almost inedible. It just goes to show how sugar has transformed our palate. Greenwich Park Manager Graham Dear will not mind me telling you that last winter, he tried to propagate mistletoe. Apparently, this can be done with any kind of apple tree. We waited and waited but no mistletoe appeared...there is always next year. ant to avoid Valentine’s Night crowds? check out Making Love in the Queen’s House – a Prosecco tea & talk from 2pm in one of Britain’s most romantic buildings. Tickets are £25pp.

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PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 MUSIC Drake O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Tallis & The Tides Of Love Cutty Sark 7.30 PLAY They Built It. No One Came Greenwich Theatre Studio 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 2

WHAT’S ON

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians 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 8 JAZZ Axel Kaner Lidstrom Oliver’s

Friday 3

MUSIC Trinity Laban Guitars ORNC chapel 1.05 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 MUSIC Bad Pandas Pelton 8 COMEDY Chris Mayo, Elliott Steel, Lateef Lovejoy, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Luna Cohen Band Oliver’s

Saturday Feb 4

FAMILY Chinese New Year Celebrations Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 MUSIC Junior Trinity ORNC chapel 1.05 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 FOOTBALL Charlton Ath v Fleetwood 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 MUSIC Vanbrugh Ensemble Cherubini, Mozart, Beethoven. St Margaret’s, Lee 7.30. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com 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 MUSIC Hi Fi Sneakers Pelton 8 COMEDY Kate Lucas, Erich McElroy, Andrew Maxwell Up The Creek MUSIC The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain Blackheath Halls 8 PLAY Macbeth London Theatre 8 JAZZ Tom Harrison Band Oliver’s

Sunday 5

NATURE Birdwatching For Beginners

February REOPENING: Severndroog Castle opens on Sunday February 12 after its winter break

Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 9am MUSIC The Austen Trio Blackheath Halls 3 FILM/BALLET Swan Lake From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 MUSIC The Oakland Brothers Pelton 6 MUSIC Drake O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 PERFORMANCE The Vanishing Man Greenwich Theatre 7.30 LIVE SCREENING Superbowl Brooklyn Bowl

Monday 6

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 TALK Outing The Past NMM 6 PLAY We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary Albany 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 7

MUSIC Drew Steanson, Catherine Lee, Harry O’Keefe, ORNC chapel 1.05 LECTURE Think Space Royal Observatory 5.15 WRITING Writing Matters Wendy Moore, David K Roberts, Joanna Sterling. Eltham Centre Library 7-8.30 PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 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

Wednesday 8

PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Th 1.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton 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 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY A Super Happy Story Greenwich Theatre Studio 7.30 PLAY Spring Awakening Bob Hope Theatre 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 MUSIC Trulosound Pelton 8 COMEDY Kevin McCarthy, Kae Kurd, Erich McElroy Up The Creek PLAY Fit London Theatre 8 JAZZ Louise Balkwill Sextet Oliver’s

Sunday 12

DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 9

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Musicians 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 DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30

Friday 10

MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps ORNC chapel 1.05 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 COMEDY Chris Martin, Jon Pearson, Michael Odewale, Ian Stone Up The Creek DOUBLE BILL Nikola & The Wishing Stone/Joy Division London Theatre 8 DANCE Time Out Silent Disco Cutty Sark 8.30 JAZZ Charity Night Oliver’s

Saturday 11

BOOK SALE Age Exchance 10-4 FAMILY Children’s Book Swap Charlton House KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Out At Sea Festival NMM 11-4 KIDS The Princess And The Frog Mycenae House 1, 3 KIDS Thumbelina Blackheath Halls 1, 3 PLAY Frankenstein Greenwich Th 2.30, 7.30 PLAY Spring Awakening Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45

FAMILY Severndroog Reopening Severndroog Castle is back after winter closure KIDS Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 OPEN DAY St Alfege Church: Heart of Greenwich, Place and People. Have your say. Photo exhibition. Crypt tours. 12-3 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 MUSIC Marilyn Gentle, Dave Burrluck Pelton 6 DANCE Strictly Live O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 13

FAMILY Smashfest Volcanic half-term fun. Albany and Deptford Lounge. Times vary FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Bedazzled NMM 11.30, 1.30 KIDS A Mermaid’s Tale NMM 11.30, 1.30 KIDS Heaven Eyes Greenwich Theatre 2, 6 COLAB Different The Same Laban 6.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 14

FAMILY Smashfest Volcanic half-term fun. Albany and Deptford Lounge. Times vary FAMILY Out Of This World: Mars Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS A Mermaid’s Tale NMM 11.30, 1.30 KIDS Wow! Said The Owl Greenwich Theatre 12, 2.30 MUSIC Bellot Ensemble ORNC chapel 1.05 ROMANCE Afternoon Tea Queen’s House 2-4.30 ASTRONOMY A Valentine’s Evening With The Stars Royal Observatory, from 5.25 ROMANCE Emma Hamilton Late: Seduction NMM 6.30-10 MUSIC Drake O2 DANCE New Choreography Now Laban 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 15

FAMILY Smashfest Volcanic half-term fun. Albany and Deptford Lounge. Times vary 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

KIDS Tactile Tales ORNC 1.15, 2.15, 3.15 KIDS Print Yourself A Picture The Woodlands Farm Trust 1 MUSIC Drake O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSIC Jette Parker Young Artists Blackheath Halls 7.30 COMEDY Thorny Questions London Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Ave SE7. Details: 07867 627987 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 16

FAMILY Smashfest Volcanic half-term fun. Albany and Deptford Lounge. Times vary KIDS Trail Then And Now Woodlands Farm Trust 10-1 FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Bedazzled NMM 11.30, 1.30 COLAB 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 8 JAZZ Dan Harding Quartet Oliver’s

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FAMILY Smashfest Volcanic half-term fun. Albany and Deptford Lounge. Times vary FAMILY Holiday To Space Royal Observatory 10-Noon KIDS Get Wild In The Woods The Woodlands Farm Trust 11-4 KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 COLAB Thomas Bowes Violinist. ORNC chapel 1.05 KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 3 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 MUSIC The Rockets Pelton 8 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Av SE7. Call 07867 627987 COMEDY Tom Ward, Twayna Mayne, Archie Maddocks, Adam Bloom Up The Creek

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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 National Maritime Museum: 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 Steinberg Studio: 137 Vanbrugh Hill SE10 9HP. steinbergduo.com 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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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-10pm 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. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: A Great And Noble Design, exhibition about Painted Hall at Discover Greenwich daily till Feb 19. ornc.org Stephen Lawrence Gallery: My Granddad’s Car, by Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri. Till Feb 10. The Gallery, 10 Stockwell St SE10 9BD. 0202 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 020 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. 020 8853 5212 Greenwich Heritage Centre: Artillery Square SE18 4DX. 020 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 guides@greenwichtours.co.uk Rich Sylvester: Guide, historian, storyteller. 07833 538143. richs@onetel.com 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

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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 Valley 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Rosslyn Pk Well Hall 3 COMBAT CW80 Indig02 MUSIC Grateful Dead Tribute Brooklyn Bowl DANCE Stephanie Schober: Tracing Gestures Borough Hall 7.45 MUSIC Punk Night Pelton 8 PLAY The Memory Of Water Alexandra Players, 8 Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Ave SE7. Details: 07867 627987 COMEDY Tom Deacon, Dane Baptiste, Luke Toulson, Adam Bloom Up The Creek JAZZ Nick Meiers Quartet Oliver’s

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March

Sunday 5

MUSIC Trio Isimsiz Blackheath Halls 11 FAMILY Women Making Waves Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 KIDS Tom Thumb Albany 1, 3 VALUATION Eric Knowles Blackheath Halls 2.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 5 MUSIC Gusttavo Lima Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

WADE IN THE WATER Low-Tide Walk at Creekside Discovery Centre Sun March 19

Monday 6

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 BOXING Floyd Mayweather Indig02 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC Sternberg Duo Blackheath Halls 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Sunday 19

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Discovery Centre 11 MUSIC Guildhall Cantata Ensemble Blackheath Halls 11 KIDS Don’t Dribble On The Dragon Greenwich Theatre 11.30, 2.30 OPERETTA An Incomplete Education Severndroog Castle 4.20, 7 MUSIC Ryk Mead Blues Pelton 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Jacob Sartorius Indig02

Monday 20

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ New Orleans Special Oliver’s

Tuesday 21

MUSIC Duo Fantasia ORNC chapel 1.05 TALK Andrew Turner Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 22

GONGS Brit Awards O2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton TALK Richard Grierson Annual Architecture Lecture Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 23

COLAB 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 8 JAZZ Joel Culpepper: Album Launch Oliver’s

Friday 24

COLAB Trinity Laban Recital Bakehouse, noon COLAB Italian Night Laban 6.30 COMEDY Jack Whitehall O2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 COMEDY Barry Castagnola, Paul McMullen, Gavin Webster Up The Creek MUSIC The Feel Good Band Pelton 8 JAZZ Peter Jones Quartet Oliver’s

Saturday 25

KIDS Meet Jock Willis Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Pancake Races Greenwich Market from noon FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-3 KIDS Ugly Duckling Blackheath Halls 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 FOOTBALL Charlton v Bury Valley 3 KIDS Soundhoppers Albany 3, 4.30 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 Project 5 Pelton 8 COMEDY Barry Castagnola, Ben Norris, Ian Moore, Gavin Webster Up The Creek MUSIC sound is sound is sound Albany 8 CLUBBING Breakin Science Building Six 10

Sunday 26

KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS The Colour Of Me Albany 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 MUSIC Dennis Greaves Blues Jam Pelton 6 MUSIC The Blackheath Halls Orchestra Blackheath Halls 6.30 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 27

MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 MUSIC Viv McLean Piano Blackheath Halls 1.10 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30

Thursday 2

JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 28

FAMILY Pancake Races Greenwich Market. Noon MUSIC Charlotte Osborn Soprano recital. ORNC chapel 1.05 PERFORMANCE Guangzhou Art Troupe NMM 2 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 LECTURE Think Space Royal Observatory 5.15 FILM/BALLET The Sleeping Beauty From Covent Gdn. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 CAMPAIGN East Greenwich air pollution threats The Forum, Trafalgar Road 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

MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE Celebration, Florida Albany 7.30 MUSIC Kaiser Chiefs O2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton TALK Boris Rumney Blackheath Halls 8 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

MUSIC Sinfonia Wind St Alfege 1.05 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PERFORMANCE Celebration, Florida Albany 7.30 PLAY Dracula London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8

Friday 3

MUSIC Trinity Laban Pianists 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

Saturday 4

FAMILY Women Making Waves Cutty Sark 11.30, 2 TOUR Benjamin West & The Royal Hospital ORNC, noon 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 MUSIC Guys & Dolls Concert Blackheath Halls 7.30 DISCO Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! Greenwich Tavern 7.30 Info: 07967 163247 MUSIC Trading With Craig Folk evening. St Margaret’s, Lee 7.30

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Tuesday 7

MUSIC Trinity Laban Flute Ensemble ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC The Weeknd O2 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 8

MUSIC The Weeknd O2 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Children’s Hour Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 9

MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC CMA Songwriters Indig02 FILM/PLAY Hedda Gabler From the NT Greenwich Picturehouse 7 TALK Jon Culshaw: A Guide To The Night Sky Royal Observatory 7 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY The Children’s Hour Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30

Friday 10

MUSIC Michael Lafferty Baritone recital. ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC C2C Festival O2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Sinfonia Strings/ Shapeshifter Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY The Children’s Hour Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 8

Saturday 11

BOOK SALE Age Exchance 10-4 KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Rapunzel & The Tower Of Doom Blackheath Halls 12, 3 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 RUGBY Blackheath v Darlington Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Walsall 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 MUSIC Demon Barbers XL Blackheath Halls 8

Sunday 12

NATURE Birdwatching For Beginners Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park 9am KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Sky In The Pie Albany 1, 3 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 PLAY The Good Person Of Szechwan London Theatre 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC C2C Festival O2 DANCE UDance 2017 Laban 7.30

Monday 13

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Tuesday 14

FILM/OPERA La Traviata From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC Duo Furioso ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Koray Avci Indig02 MUSIC Lewisham Live! Blackheath Halls 7 TALK Jane Grant Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 PERFORMANCE When The Eye Has Gone Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FOOTBALL Charlton v Bradford Valley 7.45 MUSIC Kathryn Tickell Mycenae House 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

April

KIDS The Explorer Greenwich Th studio 1, 4 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 5

KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope 7.45 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE At Greenwich Theatre till Saturday April 1

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Wednesday 15

PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered Thief Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 16

MUSIC Trinity Laban Percussion St Alfege 1.05 PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 ART The Attitudes Drawing Salon NMM 7 SHOW Diary Of A Houslow Girl Woolwich Tramshed 7 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered Thief Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Company Chameleon Laban 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30

Friday 17

MUSIC Nathan Durasamy, Francesco Rocco, Lois Nicoll ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 MUSIC United Colours Of Jungle Indig02 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered Thief Greenwich Theatre 7.30 DANCE Company Chameleon Laban 7.30 TALK Dr Christopher Mazur Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 DANCE This Is Us Borough Hall 7.45

Saturday 18

KIDS Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 PLAY Raffles: The Mystery Of The Murdered Thief Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 DANCE This Is Us Borough Hall 5.30 BOXING Super Series Indig02 MUSIC Junior Trinity Blackheath Halls 7 COMBAT UFC Fight Night O2 MUSIC 80s’ Invasion Tour Indig02

Sunday 19

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 11 KIDS Meet Jock Willis Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 SHOWCASE Love To Dance Albany 2, 6 FILM/BALLET A Contemporary Evening From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 3 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CABARET Kitty Kelly’s Music Hall Greenwich Theatre 7.30

MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30

Friday 24

MUSIC Schumann Series 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 Indig02 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

Saturday 25

KIDS Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FILM/OPERA Idomeneo From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon FOOTBALL Charlton v MK Dons Valley 3 DANCE IIIest UK Qualifier Borough Hall 4 PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Craig David O2 FILM/TRIBUTE The Big Lebowski Brooklyn Bowl MUSIC White Lily & Night Rider Indig02 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8

Sunday 26

DANCE Fresh Talent Laban 7.30 MUSIC Chas & Dave Blackheath Halls 8 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8

Saturday April 1

KIDS A Real Alien Adventure Blackheath Halls 1, 3 PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 RUGBY Blackheath v Moseley Well Hall 3 DANCE Children’s Classes Show Laban 3, 4.30 MUSIC Olly Murs O2 DANCE/MUSIC Move, Shake, Mango Albany 7.30 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8

Sunday 2

FAMILY Bird Walk Woodlands Farm 10 KIDS The Elves & The Shoemaker Albany 1, 3 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 CABARET Dillie Keane Greenwich Theatre 7.30

Monday 3

KIDS The Explorer Greenwich Th studio 1, 4 MUSIC Blaze Ensemble Blackheath Halls 1.10 FAMILY Wojtek: The Happy Warrior Greenwich Theatre 2, 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

WALK Inigo Jones And The Building Of Greenwich From NMM 11, 2 Tuesday 4 KIDS Meet Jock Willis Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 KIDS Jurassic Jive Albany 2-5 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 5 MUSIC Yilmaz Erdogan Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Craig David O2 MUSIC Emily Portman & The Coracle Band Blackheath Halls 8

Monday 27

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 28

KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 FILM/PLAY Twelfth Night From the National Theatre. Greenwich Picturehouse 7 PLAY The Thing That Came From Over There! Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8

Friday 7

KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY The Thing That Came From Over There! Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8

Saturday 8

KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 OPERA Paws & Padlocks Blackheath Halls 2, 6 MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 FOOTBALL Charlton v Southend Valley 3 GYMNASTICS World Cup O2 PLAY The Thing That Came From Over There! Greenwich Theatre 7.30 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8

Sunday 9

FAMILY Lambing Day Woodlands Farm 11-4 KIDS Sammy And The Snow Leopard Greenwich Theatre studio 1.30, 4.30 OPERA Paws & Padlocks Blackheath Halls 2, 6 FILM/BALLET A Hero Of Our Time From the Bolshoi. Greenwich Picturehouse 4 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 6 MUSIC Soul Explosion Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 10

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 11

MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 12

KIDS Guess How Much I Love You Greenwich Theatre 11, 1.30, 4 FILM/BALLET Jewels From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 13

FAMILY The Tall Ships Cutty Sark, all day MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 2.30, 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8

Friday 14

FAMILY The Tall Ships Cutty Sark, all day KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Theatre studio 11, 1, 3 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 DANCE Diversity O2 CELEBRATION The Sailors’ Ball Cutty Sark 7.15

Saturday 15

FAMILY The Tall Ships Cutty Sark, all day KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Theatre studio 11, 1, 3 CELEBRATION Beer, Beef & Boats Cutty Sark 7 COMEDY Wahala Indig02

Sunday 16

FAMILY The Tall Ships Cutty Sark, all day KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Theatre studio 11, 1, 3 BASKETBALL Original Harlem Globetrotters O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Sila Indig02

Monday 17

KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Th studio 11, 1, 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Gillingham Valley 3 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 18

MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter

February 2017 Page 21 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Theatre studio 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 19

PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Theatre 2.30 MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 PLAY Romeo & Juliet Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Theatre studio 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 20

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY Romeo & Juliet Greenwich Theatre 2.30 DANCE Rosie Kay Company Laban 7.30 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Theatre studio 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Theatre 8

Friday 21

MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Romeo & Juliet Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 BOXING Met Police Championships Indig02 PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 TALK Prof Alvaro Mata Blackheath Scientific Society, Mycenae House 7.45 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Theatre studio 8 PLAY Hit Chicks London Theatre 8

Saturday 22

TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 PLAY Jack The Ripper Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 RUGBY Blackheath v Plymouth Well Hall 3 FILM/OPERA Eugen Onegin From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse 5.15 MUSIC Real Thing, Heatwave, Odyssey Indig02 PLAY Twelfth Night Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Bruno Mars O2 PLAY Hit Chicks London Theatre 8 PLAY Melancholy Greenwich Theatre studio 8

Sunday 23

FAMILY Bird Walk Woodlands Farm 5.30am KIDS The Very Hungry Caterpillar Greenwich Theatre 1, 4 KIDS Pat-A-Cake Baby Albany 1, 3 PLAY Hit Chicks London Theatre 5 OPERA Gala Night Blackheath Halls 6.30 MUSIC Frankie Valli O2 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7

Monday 24

PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 25

FILM/OPERA Eugen Onegin From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse, noon MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PERFORMANCE The Band Albany 7.30 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

MUSIC Schumann Series ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC The Mavericks Indig02 PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

Wednesday 26

PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 1.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Our Carnal Hearts Albany 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 TALK Dr Geri Parlby: From Magic Lantern To MGM Blackheath Decorative & Fine Arts Society, St Mary’s Church Hall 2.30 PLAY Hysteria Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Hysteria Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC 80s’ Disco Legends Indig02 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Theatre 7.45

PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

MUSIC Trinity Laban Saxophone Choir St Alfege 1.05 FILM/OPERA Madama Butterfly From Covent Garden. Greenwich Picturehouse 7.15 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 8 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30

MUSIC Trinity Laban Chamber Choir 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 Trinity Laban Chamber Music ORNC chapel 1.05 MUSIC Iyad Sughayer Piano recital Blackheath Halls 11 MUSIC Olly Murs O2 PLAY The Caucasian Chalk Circle Greenwich Theatre 7.30

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MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 FILM/PLAY Hedda Gabler From the NT Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon MUSIC Drake O2 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s

Tuesday 21

MUSIC Isabella Fleming, Melisande Yavuz, Laura Gioffi ORNC chapel 1.05 TEA DANCE Blackheath Halls 1.30 DANCE Lewisham Live! Laban 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter FILM John Pilger’s The Coming War in China Blackheath & Greenwich United Nations Association Old Bakehouse Blackheath 7-9.30 PLAY Talents & Admirers London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s

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Friday 31

FILM/PLAY Julius Caesar From the RSC Greenwich Picturehouse 5.15 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PERFORMANCE The Band Albany 7.30 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 TALK Francis Spufford Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s

Thursday 27

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Saturday 29

FAMILY Low-Tide Walk Creekside Centre 10.30 DANCE Anna Williams, Tom Roden Borough Hall 1, 3.30 KIDS Pied Piper Blackheath Halls 1, 3 PLAY Hysteria Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 MUSICAL Legally Blonde Bob Hope Theatre 2.30, 7.45 RUGBY Blackheath v Hartpury Coll Well Hall 3 MUSIC The Budapest Cafe Orchestra Blackheath Halls 8

Sunday 30

MUSIC Naufal Mukumi Piano recital Blackheath Halls 11 FOOTBALL Charlton v Swindon Valley 12 KIDS Ulla’s Odyssey Greenwich Theatre 1, 6 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh7


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Suite spell of success TRINTY LABAN: SIDE BY SIDE TRINITY Laban’s Side-BySide series has been running for the past three years. Students are coached by experienced orchestral professionals in the preparatory sectional rehearsals and play side-by-side with their mentors – in this case from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This performance of the Nutcracker was not the complete Ballet nor was it the short Concert suite. It was, instead, a programme featuring several of the movements from the Concert Suite as well as four of the fantastic symphonic scenes from Act 1. One of the many highlights

of the performance was the No.7 scene from Act 1 which encompassed rapturous, fullbodied percussion with a surprising, climatic gunshot from percussionist Craig Lutton depicting the exhilarating battle between the toy soldiers and the mice leading to Clara’s vanquishing of the Mouse King. George managed to blend the symphonic quality of the score with a true sense of his own choreography creating a visual feel from the orchestra, always keeping the ballet’s scenario firmly in view. Lucy Rose Murphy lucyrosemurphypiano@gmail.com

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uesday. Today I was walking abroad and a man did approach to offer me employment. I asked him which Royal Board sought me, but he said that he had “a new attraction” and requested that I stand outside the door in my full attire. I was about to refuse the task as unfit for a gentleman when he said that the pay was £5 per hour. With such a sum I could afford a house in Bloomsbury within a six-month so I accepted. ednesday. Upon reaching the address I saw a sign above: “Saucy London. A Museum of Low Life.” I heard the sounds of the clinking of glasses and talking of women within. Outside was a wench wearing a low bodice, ringlets, face patches and silk petticoat. I did congratulate her on being up to the minute in fashion. “Naturally – I’m Nell Gwynn!” she said. “Madam, if you are Nell Gwynn, then I am Oliver Cromwell,” I replied. She thrust a sheaf of papers into my hand and told me to hand them to passers-by. From downstairs I now did hear the sound of toasts being made, of flirtatious chuckles and then moans. I have vainly been seeking the King to find employment with him for months, and now

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I knew where he may be. I pushed past the wench and went inside. Was astonished that the sounds and voices came from seemingly nowhere and about the room were moving pictures of scenes of taverns and disreputable places which, when I tried to enter, I walked into the wall. I was nursing my bruise when my employer me told me most rudely to get back to the doorway and “bring the punters in.” “Sir, we are not near a river,” I cried. utside the wench was talking into one of those infernal speaking machines which people carry. “My agent tells me I’ve got a telly job tomorrow,” she told me, “stuff this for a lark.” This was language worthy of Mrs Gwynn. I think perhaps her rehearsals had been of good use. ater the fellow demanded why I had not sent more people downstairs. I did tell him that all the men I did address were wigless, with shirts hanging loose over their breeches, so I did assume they had just come out of an establishment such as this one. So I am now sent home with half a day’s pay: fifteen pounds and twelve shillings, which is more than the King paid me in a fortnight. I shall seek more doors to stand by.

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