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eaders of a certain age will recall that Blue Peter loved a Time Capsule. One of them ws buried near to the Millennium Dome – now the O2 – during construction in 1998. The capsule, containing Tellytubby figures, a 1998 World Cup football, an image celebrating the Northern Ireland peace agreement, roller blade wheels and (some might say appropriately) an asthma inhaler. It was to be unearthed in 2050, when the next generation would smile at our olde worlde ways. Guess what? The capsule has been unearthed 33 years early by builders preparing for the huge new developments there. The O2 said it had been looking for the capsule to rebury it where it could be found without, presumably, demolishing Knight Dragon’s new £1billion Peninsula Place development (see P6). Sadly the capsule was damaged. “We’re going to

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area and pedestrianise it. Is the plan raised again? Let’s hope not. Traders in Greenwich know it needs people to pass through and see what it has to offer. The council did not respond to our enquiry before we went to press.

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it’s THE GREAT BARRIER RELIEF THIS awe-inspring picture captures the power of the River Thames...and the strength of the Thames Barrier that protects us from it. The aerial photo was taken by the National Police Air Service from one of their helicopters which regularly patrols the skies. The 520m-wide barrier at Woolwich has 10 steel gates each weighing over 3,300 tonnes. It was completed in 1984 and protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges. Some say the Barrier will need to be replaced soon as gloabl warming increases. We’re just relieved we’ve got this one! The Barrier is tested every month. There is a visitor centre where you can find out more and watch the test close up – on Thursday March 2 (9.25am-11.55am) and Wednesday April 12 (8.40am-11.10am). Info: www. g o v . u k / guidance/ t h e thamesbarrier

WEDDING photographer Paul Allen loved performing in amateur dramatics at the Bob Hope Theatre – before a massive stroke changed his life forever and left him with locked-in syndrome. Nearly five years later, his only movement is in his left eye and he communicates with his wife Liz by blinking in code. Next month his friends are holding a fund-raising concert at the theatre. Friend Keith Payne said: “We hope to raise money towards building a path for his wheelchair around his back garden.” The show – Paul’s Path – is at the Bob Hope Theatre in Wythfield Road on Sunday April 9. Tickets are £11.50 and are available from the theatre box office on 0208 850 3702 or bobhope theatre.co.uk

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CAMPAIGNERS working to stop the Royal Hill Community Garden being built on say they have proof the land is hazardous to development anyway.

They commissioned surveyors who found the ground – on an old 6m deep railway cutting – back-filled with concrete, wood, tiles, asbestos, tyres and even vegetation. The report by Field Surveyors Ltd says drilling and piling there there could result in “several centimetres of lateral movement” to neighbouring buildings. It warns that development would “be injurious primarily to properties” affecting “future suitability for potential investors.” It concludes: “I find the current land-use better suited to purpose for this location.” Community Garden spokesman Jonathan Mantle said: “Any developer would have to indemnify neighbouring residents and shops against the cost of repairing structural damage caused by the degree of piling necessary. It is a further damning indictment of this inappropriate proposal.” The Garden sprang up last year after residents began clearing the derelict spot and planting shrubs and flower beds. But in October Greenwich Council told them to leave because they were “trespassing”. A planning application will be heard this month. The group hopes to keep the area as a community asset. Info: www.facebook.

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JON CULSHAW Not only is he one of our best and most popular impressionists, he’s also an avid astronomy buff who knows his stuff and knows how to deliver it in a way that’s accessible, insightful, enthusiastic and hugely entertaining. Don’t miss his Guide To The Night Sky at the Royal Observatory. March 7

EMPRESS/SHAMAN The love affair between the London Theatre in New Cross and Russian drama continues apace with two one-act pieces, the first about Ivan the Terrible’s wife and the second focusing on the fickle nature of fate and reversals of fortune. For added realism, both are performed in Russian. March 7-12

JON SHENOY The reedsman, composer and arranger plays Oliver’s as part of a UK tour with his Draw By Four bandmates Sam Dunn (guitar), organist Will Bartlett and drummer Chris Draper to promote latest album Framework which encapsulates the eye-popping range of Shenoy’s musical influences. March 8

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ST PATRICK’S DAY Ceílí It’s that time of the year again, so break out your dancing shoes and hot-foot it to Borough Hall for music, movement and merriment with live band Threepenny Bit and an expert caller to take you through your paces during a non-stop programme of traditional and original Irish tunes. March 11

KATHRYN TICKELL Speaking of traditional music, check out this award-winning fiddler and Northumbrian piper, whose fans and collaborators include such luminaries as The Chieftains and fellow Geordie Sting. You can see her at Mycenae House when she’s joined by accordionist and clog-dancer Amy Thatcher. March 14

COMPANY CHAMELEON A double bill at Laban theatre opens with Words Unspoken – six dancers work together in perfect and mesmerising synchronisation. Part Two is Witness, an unflinching exploration of how people deal with mental illness in loved ones. Challenging, yes, but also so relevant. March 16&17

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This sounds absolutely delicious. St Michael’s in Blackheath is hosting an evening in which 1940s-style radio plays are reimagined, the atmosphere being enhanced with what the organisers describe as “vintage” fish and chips. The fun will raise funds for the church’s restoration appeal. March 25

EMILY PORTMAN Brilliant singer-songwriter whose latest album Coracle earned rave reviews comes to Blackheath Halls with a band including vibes and electric harp among instruments more usually associated with folk such as pedalsteel guitar and assorted percussion. A must for lovers of all music. March 26

CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Bertolt Brecht’s epic political parable about a peasant girl who rescues a rich couple’s baby and ends up becoming a better mother than the tot’s real mum is brought to Greenwich Theatre by ever-innovative Lazarus theatre company. With an original score, this is a cultural must. March 28-April 1

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here was this amazing tree in the woods by our playground when I was a kid. We called it The Bun Tree and it was evil. On the trunk was a round, brown “bun”. If you touched the bun the branches swept down and caught you. There was no escape... We never actually saw it catch a child, but we all threw sticks at The Bun that we were too scared to touch. Today I know that it was actually a fungus called Ganoderma, which often infects Beech trees. Our game today would be classed as “natural play”. It’s fashionable these days to bring nature into the playground. It’s what we have been doing in Greenwich Park. ver the last four years the playground has been refurbished. The old worn equipment has been replaced with new more challenging pieces that have greater play value and a natural wood finish that sits better in a heritage park. The use of plant material and willow sculptures has softened the hard edges of the playground and made a more creative space to play in. There is one more phase of refurbishment to come. This is aimed at younger children and will include bespoke equipment that integrates children with disabilities. Funding for this will be included in the Greenwich Park Revealed Heritage Lottery Fund bid. ince last June we have installed people counters in the playground to find out just how many people are using it. We always knew it was popular but in nine months the playground has hosted over 300,000 visits. That’s a big number and one that will only increase as the population of London continues to rise. Greenwich Park Revealed is considering the future demands on the Park – one of which will be need for more play space for children. One suggestion is to create informal natural play space for younger children in the Flower Garden, at the opposite end of the Park from the playground. This area, with the deer, ducks, flower beds and no dogs, is already very popular with young families. Last August we trialled a small catering kiosk here and it was overwhelmingly supported by visitors. Improving the facilities in the Flower Garden with accessible toilets, baby change facilities some informal natural play features, like the wooden sheep sculptures and willow tunnel in the playground are some of the ideas we are taking out to visitors at our open days in the Park to find out what you think. etting the balance right in different areas of the Park is one of our biggest challenges. More visitors puts pressure on facilities and the wildlife that lives in it. With careful management we can achieve the right balance but we need your help. Please visit one of our open days or sign up to receive the Greenwich Park Revealed newsletter.

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LAKE-ING WE’RE famous for our maritime history – and not just on the Thames. Did you know 14,000 of us go boating in Greenwich Park every year?

The lake at the North of the Park was built in the 1930s at the same time as the children’s playground n e x t t o i t , w r i t e s G eorgina Rogerson, of The Royal Parks. A 2015 study showed that eleven family boats and 50 smaller ones are hired every day during boating season, totalling an impressive 14,400 sailors each year. The study also discovered that the lake is a real locals’ secret. Around 85 per cent of those who enjoy it live here – particularly young families also using the playground. But this historic community asset is in a poor state of repair. Its concrete basin is full of cracks, and, despite recent restorations, it continues to leak badly. It is only open for seven months – from April to October – so it can’t be enjoyed for a large portion of the year. And during the winter months

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Tiata Fahozdi, the country’s leading African theatre company, take to the stage at the Albany to present Arinze Kene’s hard-hitting tale about what it takes to make someone snap under the weight of injustices meted out to minority groups living in multi-cultural Britain in the 21st century. March 6-11

Help 1000s of families enjoy boats in Park all year round when it is closed, water is drained from the lake, and the unattractive basin exposed. Dogs can’t enjoy their usual swimming spot. But more seriously it also affects the biodiversity of Greenwich Park, denying wildlife a valuable wetland habitat. But as part of as part of Greenwich Park Revealed – a multi-million pound plan to revitalise one of the world’s most historic parks – we are looking at ways to make the boating lake a place people can enjoy all year round. The Greenwich Park team’s ambition is to make the lake

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ANY Questions host Jonathan Dimbleby is bringing a band of walkers through Greenwich to raise money for cancer care in London. The BBC host brings Dimbleby Cancer Care’s Walk50 around the great sights of the capital – including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, The Mall, the British Museum, Tower of London, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. The walk is on Friday June 9 and registration closes on May 10, but if you apply before March 10 there’s an early bird discount. In three year the walk has raised £160,000. Jonathan said: “The first time I found it daunting and then realised it was very rewarding. Great people and wonderful exercise, since then it’s been a no brainer.” Money raised provides future funding for the Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services at Guy’s Cancer Centre. Info: www.dimblebycancercare.org/events

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HERE HERR HERE WITHNAIL and I star Paul McGann will star in Greenwich this Spring as a terrifying Nazi general in Gabriel. It’s the story of a widow and mother who does whatever it takes to keep her daughters safe on German-occupied Guernsey in 1943. Belinda Lang – famous for her role as a mum in TV sitcom 2 Point 4 Kids – is Jeanne, the mother who must decide to repel or accept Gen Von Punfz’s romantic advances. When a young man with no memory is washed up on the shore it sparks a life or death drama. Gabriel is at Greenwich Theatre from May 8-13. Info: www. greenwichtheatre.org.uk

BACK CONTROL for improving Greenwich Park at any time online at www.royalparks.org.uk/ greenwichparkrevealed. 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 increasing educational Thursday March 9 experiences. Vanbrugh Park Gate PRESENT: Improving existing and improve its Sunday March 12 buildings and protecting natural setting within Near Pavilion Café features. the Park. With FUTURE: Making it more (10-4) proposals now sustainable and planting diseasebeing drawn up for resistant trees while making it easier for Greenwich Park Revealed people, including those with disabilities, – which could attract millions of pounds to use the Park. of investment from Heritage Lottery Our stories have revealed how 400 of Fund and Big Lottery Fund – the team its historic trees could die because of wants to hear your ideas. diseases, the toll of visitor numbers on More Open Days when you can meet the area near the staue of General Wolfe the team are planned, including two this and plans to let more people know about month – on March 9 at Vanbrugh Park deer which have lived in The Park since Gate and on March 12 on Great Cross Henry VIII’s days. Avenue near the Pavilion Café (10am Email your thoughts about the Park and 4pm). You can also share your ideas to Matt@TheGreenwichVisitor.com DRY LAND: Boating lake

point WELL MADE A PLAN to improve The Point – the green space with inspiring views of London – received support at a meeting here last month. Residents have already co-ordinated a clearup by Greenwich Council and the cutting back of of some overgrown trees to improving the view, and two new benches have been put in to replace dilapidated ones. A new Portland Stone plinth – echoing St Paul’s cathedral in the distance – is planned, as well as repaving around the viewing area, new hand rails and a new orientation board, with the old one left to show the huge changes on our skyline. Campaigner Tony Butler said: “A good number of local people attended our meeting and there was general support for the proposals.” The group hopes that £16,000 of funding so far will be added to by a grant from environmental company Veoila’s charity fund this month.

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permanent, ending the concrete eyesore blighting the Park’s north-east corner. The concrete basin would be relined to help plug the leaks, and the lake would be filled with water from the Park’s borehole, ending the current reliance on mains tap water and making it far more sustainable. Other ideas being considered include: Installing a floating boathouse accessed by a drawbridge; Offering traditional rowing boats for hire; Planting new wetland species including reeds and flowering bog iris to help enhance the biodiversity of the lake

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Age 65 or over? Are you feeling sad, anxious or having sleep problems? If you’re 65 or over, live in the borough of Greenwich or registered with a Greenwich GP, our Time-To-Talk Talking Therapies could help if any of the following applies to you:

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Rippingly good 40s Radio Hour for church fund STIFF upper lips at the ready... The Fitzrovia Radio Hour “blends comedy, homage and satire to create a heady theatrical cocktail” and it’s in Blackheath this month. The original 1940s-style radio plays are performed by a cast of three, complete with sound effects, dinner jackets and it’s all “Rippingly good fun,” says Blackheath Society spokesman John Bartram. The hour-long shows will raise money for the St Michael’s Church restoration appeal. The evening starts with a fish and chip supper from Vintage Fish, homemade desserts and a licensed cash bar. Doors open at 7pm in the Church Hall in Blackheath Park, SE3. Tickets cost £20 and are available on 07752 303133.

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THIS is the vast futuristic threetowered skyscraper that will be the centrepiece of the new £8.4billion Greenwich Peninsula.

Peninsula Place – by Spanish/ Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava – has homes, hotels and offices in each of its towers. The 1.4million sq ft building will include a replacement tube and bus station, a winter garden, theatre, cinema, bars, shops and a well-being hub and a new “land bridge” to the Thames. Around it apartment blocks will provide 15,720 new homes, a

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film studio, design district, schools, offices and public spaces. Developers Knight Dragon say the dramatic new building “signals the intent and ambition for this whole new district.” The firm’s Sammy Lee said: “My ambition is for Greenwich Peninsula to be a unique cultural destination for Londoners and visitors to this global city. Calatrava’s contribution will ensure that the

stop the Pensinula Place going ahead. It insists “North Greenwich Interchange is a superb example of very late-20th-century transport infrastructure and is of exceptional architectural, historic and engineering interest.” Some suggest the structure should be moved elsewhere on the development. Another pre-Millennium building treasure – the eco Sainsbury’s store at Peartree Way – was demolished despite a similar campaign. A new Ikea store will replace it next year.

UK’s biggest regeneration project fulfils its potential to become just that.” The plans were revealed at a launch in Greenwich last month. But The Twentieth Century Society has begun a campaign to protect the award-winning Foster + Partnersdesigned bus station. It says the transport interchange – with a bat wing-shaped roof – should be Grade Two listed, which could Tell us your thoughts: Email Matt TheGreenwichVisitor.com


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Until Saturday April 2 DIGITAL Photography students show their work here this month… with the whole range of artistic and technical styles. 2016 – A Retrospective is at the Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich until Saturday April 2. Organiser Colin Mackenzie says:

“We’re students attending Adult Community Learning advanced digital photography courses at London South East Colleges. “The show draws on students’ work for projects throughout last year.” Entry is Free and the show is open daily from 10-5.

RUNNERS Kath Alden and Nadene Hilt are taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for a cause close to their hearts. They are running for BRACE – which funds research into Alzheimer’s. “My partner’s mother suffered from Alzheimer’s and passed away last year.” says Kath. “The race falls on the first anniversary of her passing. It’s

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Nadene’s first London Marathon but I ran last year. I did it in 4 hours 51 minutes – I’d like to beat that even if its by a minute.” They are holding a charity ceilidh at the Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich, on Thursday March 30 (7-12). “We have a great venue and London’s top band Licence To Ceilidh,” says Kath. “It’ll be a great night.” Tickets are £15. Call 07833 302514 or email charityceilidh@outlook.com.

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Refusal of leave to appeal “exhausts any path in the British courts to secure a better cruise port for London,” says the East Greenwich Residents Association. It means ships mooring at the new

terminal at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich will burn the equivalent of 700 litres of diesel per hour to generate power on board – the equivalent of 688 lorries idling all day. EGRA was arguing for a shore-side electricity supply. Spokesman Ian Blore said: “At a time when diesel fumes have been identified as a major lethal health hazard it is ridiculous to allow an unmitigated development that relies on burning so much diesel. We thank

all those who backed our crowd-funding of the legal campaign. The decision does not mean that pollution from cruise liners is going away. It means that as far as the courts are concerned Greenwich Council acted lawfully in granting permission to a polluting activity.” He said there was a chance the group may now start a petition to the European Parliament after recent warnings about air pollution in the UK.

C E L E B R AT E F a i r t r a d e Fortnight at two special events here with Global Fusion Music and Arts. T h e r e a r e c h i l d r e n ’s activities during the day and Ghanaian music and food in the evening at Charlton House on Sunday March 5. The events – funded by Greenwich Council which is a Fairtrade borough – have been running here since 2006 to encourage people to buy Fairtrade products in supermarkets and shops Info: globalfusionarts.co.uk

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CAMPAIGNERS against a new cruise liner terminal approved by Greenwich Council even though it has no onshore power supply have lost their bid to appeal against their High Court defeat.

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STUDENTS from Greenwich went to Italy for an insight into the world of global logistics. The team from GSM London visited freight company Arcese Group’s Ford warehouse in Bologna as part of a wider curriculum initiative. “This type of trip exposes them to career traits that companies are looking for,” said Baba Sheba, head of GSM’s Energy and Procurement department. “Arcese want to make the visits a regular feature.” GSM London – formerly Greenwich School of Management – has around 7,000 students studying for a range of business degrees.

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Help mum find Kerryce HAVE you seen missing Kerryce Waite? Do you know where she might be? Kerryce’s mum Jean Waite says her family misses her so much. “Her life was good,” says Jean. “She had a lot of friends. She enjoyed her life She can’t have just disappeared off the face of the planet. Somebody must know something.” Kerryce – last seen on

WHEN Greenwich hair saloon The Curious Comb moved to a new sleek glass and steel venue it was a chance to update its famously quirky image. But how? Owner Selena Pang was inspired by her father’s traditional laundry business – and also saw a way of helping the environment. Now the salon in Hazel Lane at Greenwich Square – a finalist at the British Hairdressing Awards Salon of the Year in 2016 – is decorated with... washing machines! “We upcycled the drums and use it as our reception area,” says Selena. “It was a good way to reuse something and do something good for the environment. They were intended for washing clothes but what’s stopping it from being used as a sturdy desk to take clients’ bookings? “We’re a small, independent businesses and wanted the interiors to not feel too polished or mainstream. We are really proud of the space and we intend to upcycle as much as possible as it makes us happy living in a nostalgically beautiful environment.” Info: thecuriouscomb.co.uk

February 1 2015 – is now 38. She has connections with Tottenham and the West Midlands, but may now be in Greenwich. Her disappearance was out of character, says Jean: “I would obviously like to find her and ask if anybody has s e e n h e r. S h e i s a d a u g h t e r, a granddaughter, a sister. She was loved

by all of us and we miss her so much.” Charity Missing People is helping the search. Ian Roullier said: “Kerryce, if you are reading this, please call or text us in confidence to let us know you are ok. We can’t trace your call.” If you’ve seen Kerryce, please call or text Missing People anonymously on 116 000 or email 116000@missingpeople.

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THE story of maritime Greenwich is inextricably linked to the East End – once the port hub of an empire and the home to communities from all around the world drawn by its trading routes.

Your East End is a free family festival this month celebrating the diversity of the area and its rich and unique history. Award winning actor Sir Museum of London Derek Jacobi (below) will Docklands E14 4AL give an exclusive reading of The Heartstone Odyssey – a magical story about young Sat March 18 & woman Chandra’s quest to find the enchanted Heartstone Sun March 19 – brought to London 200 years ago. There are Bengali food lessons, Chinese calligraphy and traditional African music as well as Cockney sing-a-longs, crafts from local designer makers and a pop-up story station to share your memories of the East End. The festival, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March, is at the Museum of London Docklands – a converted Georgian sugar warehouse at West India Quay. The Museum last month launched a new exhibiton: Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail. Finds from the £15bn construction of the new rail line include stone age flints found at North Wo o l w i c h , B r o n z e A g e t o o l s f r o m Plumstead, medieval ice-skates made from bone, Roman horseshoes and the skeletons of plague victims. It runs till September 3. Info: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ museum-london-docklands

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John’s potted history IT’S 52 years since John Rivers began his first job as Lecturer in English and Liberal Studies at Woolwich Day College. As an impoverished young teacher he lodged above a pawnbroker’s on Blackheath Hill and caught the bus through Greenwich every day, writes RICH SYLVESTER. Over the years he taught English to everyone from pregnant schoolgirls to university students via sceptical engineering technicians and Greek peasants needing basic English to emigrate. Today he works as a potter in Derbyshire, digging up his own local clay and firing his work in a kiln he built himself. “Potting is a great life” he says, “artistic, physical, problem-solving – and every finished piece is untouchably unique. “I try to make something for everyone – from goblets, dinner sets and pendants to commemorative commissions including large wall pieces, which are my response to the magnificent images the Hubble Eye is sending us of deep space.” The astronomical link is not too surprising – his uncle was Assistant Astronomer Royal in the 1940s, masterminding the huge job of moving the Observatory away from the smog of Greenwich to be reassembled in Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex. Next month John returns for an exhibition of his work at Christchurch Forum in Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, on April 1 (115). It’s a chance to meet a unique artist and to snap up a bargain – his prices are still the same as in Derbyshire, he assures me! Info: www. riddingspottery.co.uk

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The Tall Ships 2017 celebration will see vessels – many crewed by youngsters on the trip of a lifetime – moor here for four days over the Easter weekend. Residents and visitors get the chance to see the ships up close, to watch them sail past the backdrop of our historic buildings and even sail up the Thames aboard one. The ships are gathering here for the start of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta – a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race organised by Sail Training International. They will leave Greenwich for the finish line in Quebec via Sines in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston. More than 30 ships will moor along the riverfront here and you can use piers to go aboard. Bigger ships moored in deeper water will be accessible by shuttle boats which will ferry people to them. There are two onshore festival villages – one in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich and one in Greenwich town centre – with live music, historical re-enactments, street entertainers, children’s activities, traditional funfair rides, Street food stalls and bars and fireworks. Enjoy!

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Three-mast steel-built schooner built in 1990 by Feab Marstrandsverken in Sweden. 44m long, she has 675sqm of sail. She was owned by the Hennessey Cognac Company – there’s even a Stateroom on board – and was built to recreate the first cargo of Cognac carried by sailing ship from France to Shanghai in China in 1872. Now run by a sail training charity with room for up to 25 people on board. Follow @classicsailing

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KIDS can join in the Tall Ships fun at Greenwich Market. It’s holding two days of ocean-going action on Friday April 14 and Saturday 15, promising “arty anchors, nautical knots, map-making and puzzles for pirates and mermaids and lots of chocolate!“ Info: greenwichmarket london.com

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HERE are some of the fabulous ships you can see on the Thames here next month. More than 30 historic vessels will be here from April 12-16 before they depart in a Parade of Sail and cruise to Devon for the first race in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships series – a dash down to Sines in Portugal. Some have been restored from wrecks to give young people the experiecne of a lifetime– others have been hand-built to sail the ocean. But they’re all magnificent! Look out for our guide to the Festival in next month’s Greenwich Visitor.

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DON’T MISS BIG PARADE ONE of the highlights of the Festival will be the Parade of Sail on Sunday April 16. Ships are expected to sail through the Thames Barrier between 5pm and 6pm on their way back to the English Channel. And the perfect place to watch is the aweinspiring Thames Barrier. The Visitor Centre – which has a café and information area – is keeping its doors open till 7pm. And there are Tall Ships-inspired events across the weekend. Info: www. gov.uk/guidance/the-thamesbarrier or call 0208 305 4188

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hy do people want to write? It seems lots of people in Eltham want to. A meeting for writers and would-be writers in Eltham Library attracted around 60 people to listen to hints about becoming a published author. I can remember as a child creating my own magazines, handwritten in coloured crayons with balloons on the cover and drawings of flowers and trees decorating pages of short stories and quizzes. My repertoire expanded to diary writing, poetry, feature writing, a local history book and now even writing a monthly column, but never a novel! hat is why I always admire anyone who has the skill, imagination and determination to complete a whole novel and to go through the stages from idea to actually see that book for sale. Making that transition from one type of writing to novel writing is Eltham author Lee Stuart Evans, who has recently published his first novel, Words Best Sung. No stranger to writing professionally as a comedy writer for TV and Radio, he had also been researching a novel based in the 1960s and calling on family memories for details. You can buy a copy locally at Bookshop on The Heath in Blackheath Viilage and Halcyon Books in Lee High Road With such local interest in writing, Eltham Library is exploring the possibility of some workshops – watch this space for details. emember the Winter Festival Song Challenge? We invited local singer/songwriters to write songs with a culinary theme. Fifteen original and different songs have now been recorded and an album – A Plateful of Songs – is being produced. We are sure you will find it tasty. We have such great local talent! e are also planning an exciting new project called WALL. This will be multimedia project and everyone can to join in. It is aimed to be an opportunity for members of our community, individuals, schools and groups to join in with a project which encourages imaginative and creative thinking. More on our website. s the weather warms up, July doesn’t seem far away now, which is great news – it will be Eltham Music Month this year. With events planned in Passey Place, Eltham High Street, parks, clubs, pubs and Eltham Palace there will be so much going on this Summer. I can’t wait!

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YOU might be surprised to know that here in urban south east London we have a great working farm. And this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Woodlands Farm Trust, at Shooters Hill, is 36-hectares of farming history. There’s been a farm on the site since 1750. And right now they’re getting ready for lambing. That’s the helping process, when farmers assist ewes and make sure lambs suckle. This year the Farm is holding a Lambing Open Day – on April 9 (11-4) – when you can see a working farm close up. Farming, of course, is not just about cooing at the lovely creatures. There’s a serious side. Between August and November the lambs will have grown to about 40kgs, when it’s time for them to be taken to slaughter. You can buy meat from Woodlands Farm Trust , as well as plenty of other goodies. It’s well known for its eggs, honey and Woodlands Farm chutneys. Trust, DA16 3RP You need to preorder their lamb, pork and beef. The supply is seasonal and alerts are Lambing Open Day sent by email. April 9 (11-4) Contact them at admin@ the woodlandsfarmtrust.org or call 020 8319 8900.

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WITH changing shopping habits and business rate rises, some say the traditional British High Street will soon be obsolete. Already one in seven shops is boarded up. But – and this is a big but – the number of coffee shops has shot up 30 per cent since 2013. So what is going on? People are spending more on eating out. In turn eating out has become an inclusive experience with restaurants and cafes more open to families – unlike pubs and bars. There is also a higher demand for food and drinks on the go and, coffee-shops have become social places with Wi-Fi accessibility. It’s also true to say that the quality of coffee on offer has risen hugely. Servng coffee in some outlets has become an artform. I have my own favourites But this column is all about you. So here are some of your own favourites. They have one thing in common, their uniqueness. West Greenwich: The Plumtree Cafe on Greenwich High Road doesn’t need any introduction. It’s an institution with its indoors tree-house and open from 7.30 for copious breakfasts. The Red Door on Turnpin Lane is a quirky cafe, shop and gallery with delicious hand made vegan cakes, Monmouth coffee, locally baked bread during the day and evenings music and tribute nights. East Greenwich: The new friendly Foodies on Vanbrugh Hill, opposite the Greenwich Centre, is a little gem. Quality vegan and gluten free cakes, a culinary achievement, are great (after a fitness session, though!). A place to put your feet up and relax. Blackheath: The Village has its fair share of coffee shops but only the Tea Hut on the heath is open 24/7 – bring your own chair though. Blackheath Standard: Moca in Old Dover Road gets your vote with its custard pies and intense cups of espresso. Cakes at Mara are highly recommended. Woolwich: The award-winning Cornerstone Café at Royal Arsenal is a classic coffee


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er column is always a pleasure to read, so when my Greenwich Visitor food writing colleage Solange Berchemin said in a recent column that the curry she had from Kasturi in Charlton was one of the best she had tasted, I took notice. The Curry Club had a mammoth Christmas curry here when it was the Viceroy so we clearly needed to check the new incarnation. After a couple of warm-up drinks in the friendly White Swan we skipped the starters and headed straight for the mains. I’m currently on a Vindaloo rush and the chicken one was spot on – well spiced and a decent amount of vinegar. The Lal Maas didn’t explode in heat as we expected but it disappeared nonetheless, along with a Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani and Mashq-e-Tanjan (that’s the chicken version). Considering there was a bottle of red wine and a few Cobras littering the table, the final tally of under £20 a head was exceptional for this quality. alking value we have to mention Darjeeling in Lewisham. Headed by everfriendly Mr Kazi, the food is fresh, service warm and the prices very, very affordable (a Chicken Curry is just £3.95). Indeed, one member has already nominated it for an end-of-year award. We normally tuck into prawn and meat dishes at Darjeeling but with a veggie in our midst on a recent visit we got to try an array of vegetable dishes too – Vegetable Jalfrezi stood out. What else can I recommend? I’d recommend you try this gem. he Saffron Club in Blackheath not only has one of the coolest names, it also has a superb selection of seafood dishes. Punjabi Fish and Chips, a twist on the British classic, has Ajwain seeds used with the gram flour for the batter and a yoghurt dip. There’s even peas. Spicy I wonder? Other fishy delights are the Mixed Seafood Curry with tiger prawns, salmon, fish and mussels in a Goan sauce, and Bulsari Salmon, a brochette of fresh salmon with onion and pepper. esidents of Blackheath are, of course, blessed with plenty of good restaurants, and it’s always nice to visit the classy Everest Inn. Beautiful décor and smooth service underpin the excellent food. It’s hard to resist the Lamb Momos when there’s a Nepalese kitchen. So I didn’t. They were as tasty as ever and complemented by the Beetroot Paneer – a superb pairing, with the beetroot’s slight crunch adding something extra to the cheese, as well as adding a glorious dash of colour to the plate. ou can’t walk through Greenwich Market without pausing to take in the wonderful smell of food, with some excellent stalls to choose from. When you’re looking for something a bit spicy head to the Thai Kitchen, at the market on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, which offers Beef Masaman Curry, Chicken Thai Green Curry and Pork Panang Curry.

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Spellbinding CoLaboration CoLab/Thomas Bowes PUSHING the envelope is at the heart of Trinity Laban’s ethos and it was given free rein again this year during the annual fortnight of music and dance that is CoLab. The festival, enjoying its seventh outing, attracts some of the world’s finest artists who travel to the conservatoire’s campus in the Old Royal Naval College to mentor, teach and collaborate with both students and staff. And the results are invariably spellbinding. This year was no different, with extraordinary events such as a musical version of the classic British film comedy The Ladykillers, dance creations overseen by superstar choreographers like Theo Clinkard, vaudeville evenings and genre-crossing works performed by young performers from across the globe. The finale, held in the Laban building, included a work inspired by Marco Ferreri’s 1973 cult gross-out film La Grande Bouffe, a performance of Nino Roti’s theme for Fellini’s classic La Strada, a promenade based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and an after-party at legendary Deptford music venue The Duke. The spirit of adventure of CoLab 2017 was epitomised by Sei Solo, an astonishing recital of JS Bach’s violin sonatas by internationally acclaimed player Thomas Bowes. The programme was punctuated with pieces inspired by Bach’s masterworks which had been written by Trinity composition students and played by student violinists Asma Ben Miriem, Isabella Fleming, Helena Moore, Borys Myszkowski and Melisande Yavuz, guitarist Jonathan Parkin, harpist Imogen Garnett and pianist Jialin Feng. Bowes’ performance was wonderful and perfectly captured the heartbreaking beauty of the sonatas and partitas Bach created in the aftermath of his wife’s death. But in an inspired move, he and his composer wife Eleanor Alberga, who had jointly mentored the project, separated the pieces with compositions by students Fintan O’Hare and Callum Stephens. O’Hare wrote Afterimage and, best of all, Unwind, which took a melodic figure from the G minor sonata and developed it in a simple but lovely arrangement for guitar, harp and violin. Stephens in turn gave us two interludes, one for five violins and one for the full ensemble. Both showed great sensitivity, artistic maturity and terrific potential. It was exactly the sort of concert that makes CoLab not

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IT’S hard to imagine I’ll see four better singers this year than the quartet who made up the cast of smash hit rock musical Lizzie, which had its UK premiere at Greenwich Theatre.

relief into the gory goings-on, beaming and singing with mischievous glee as she surveyed the stage spattered with the victims’ bloodsoaked brains. A live six-piece band – keyboardist Martin Bjorg Gamst was nothing short of sensa- Bergman Konge, guitarists Steffen Schakinger tional in the title role of Lizzie Borden who and Jens Kokholm, bassist Allan Nagel, drumhacked to death her abusive father and wicked mer Lars Daugaard and cellist Jess Cox – were just as barnstorming as the singers, leading stepmother in New England at the them through a thunderous score that end of the 19th century. Her voice included such stand-out tunes as simply supercharged the songs Gotta Get Out Of Here, and tunes of Steven CheslikShattercane And Velvet Grass, DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt WTF Now, Lizzie and 13 Days and Tim Maner and had a sellRead Miles Hedley’s In Taunton. out audience whooping and on arts blog And as if that were not enough, hollering with joy. hedintheclouds. the mood of gothic darkness was Eden Espinosa was electric wordpress.com enhanced even further by Martin as her sister Emma, especially Jensen’s lighting and the set designed when they were singing closeby Jens Frausing and Anders D Jensen. harmony duets, while Bleu Woodward added real emotion as her neighbour and lover Director Victoria Bussert’s production was pretty much as good as it gets – and the audiAlice. And Jodie Jacobs as the Borden family ence gave a huge standing ovation. maid Bridget brilliantly injected some light Lizzie is at Greenwich until March 12.

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PIGMENT OF THE IMAGINATION TRACING GESTURES

THERE were any number of reasons to rave about Stephanie Schober’s new work Tracing Gestures – the extraordinary choreography, the site-specific staging for the Borough Hall premiere, the skill of the four dancers, the clever set using huge sheets of paper to divide the auditorium into four discrete areas between which we, the audience, could move as the mood took us. But what made this so much more intense was that it was done in silence, the soundtrack replaced by the performers replicating their movements with wax crayons on the paper to create mainly monochrome patterns of slashes and swirls that were eerily reminiscent of the spirit paintings of the pioneering abstract artist Hilma af Klint, images which were in turn projected in negative on to screens above the dancefloor to underline

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the cyclical and adaptive nature of experience and existence. In a further brilliant touch, acutely angled lighting by Jackie Shemesh created silhouettes that looked like Anthony Gormley Event Horizon figures shadowing dancers Richard Court, Owen Ridley-DeMonick, Jack Sergison and Stephen Moynihan as they explored the setting designed by visual artist Juan Guerra. By the end the dancers were so caked with pigment they had become crayons themselves as they traced every gesture and step on the floor. It could, I suppose, have been all too literal in lesser hands. But thanks to the vision of Schober and her team, this was an artistic tour de force – and the latest triumph in the Greenwich Dance/ Trinity Laban Partnership’s ongoing Compass Commissions series.

MINOR FLAWS...BUT AIDS PLAY IS IMPORTANT NEW PIECE THERE have been many stageworks over the years about the impact of the Aids epidemic on the gay community in the 1980s but We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary is the first I recall about black homosexuals. This new play by Daniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty, which made its debut at the Albany, followed DJ Michael (Jahvel Hall) and lighting ace Joseph (Oseloka Obi) as they looked for love, friendship, solace and security in London’s burgeoning dance clubs as all the while the threat of AIDS towered over them. But this was no exercise in doom-laden bleakness. The writers suffused

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we raise our hands in the sanctuary their protagonists with a never-say-die determination to enjoy the moment, a philosophy encapsulated by the play’s best character, a drag queen called Brandi with a taste for pink faux fur culottes. Brandi, brilliantly performed by Carl Mullaney, gets all the funniest and most poignant lines which serve to give the work real soul. There was also fine support from Dean Graham as priapic but ultimately tragic club-owner Paul. And in a neat touch, the writers introduced a sort of Greek chorus in

the form of dancers Jordan Acadia and Shawn Willis, whose sinuous, intimate choreography (by Mina Adoo) added an extra lair of depth to the play. Two minor gripes: The music, which should have had the packed house dancing in their seats, felt oddly muted. And the writing didn’t quite capture the almost apocalyptic feeling that gripped the world when Aids was first identified. That said, this was a fine production of a fine – and important – new piece. Fulvio and Moriarty, who also produced and directed, deserve all the plaudits that will surely come.

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MUSIC Zezé de Camargo & Luciano Indig02 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Seprawa Global Fusion Music & Arts Fair Trade event, Charlton House 7.30. Free but tickets only 020 8858 9497 or info@globalfusionarts.co.uk Monday 6 MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 BOXING Floyd Mayweather Indig02 LECTURE Let’s Set A Date NMM 7.15 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC Sternberg Duo Blackheath Halls 7.30 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s 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 MUSIC Zezé de Camargo & Luciano Indig02 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter DOUBLE BILL Empress & Shaman In Russian. London Theatre 8 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 DOUBLE BILL Empress & Shaman London Th 8 JAZZ Jon Shenoy Oliver’s Thursday 9 TALK Exhibiting Emma NMM 11.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Harps St Alfege 1.05 TOTS Bach To Baby Mycenae House 4 PLAY Good Dog Albany 7.30 MUSIC CMA Songwriters Indig02 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 DOUBLE BILL Empress & Shaman London Th 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30 Friday 10 MUSIC Junior Guildhall Scholars Charlton Hs 1 MUSIC Michael Lafferty Baritone. 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 MUSIC Jazz Night Mycenae House 8 DOUBLE BILL Empress & Shaman London Th 8 COMEDY Tom Allen, Tez Ilyas, Jimmy James Jones, Sarah Keyworth Up The Creek JAZZ Stephen Street Quartet Oliver’s Saturday 11 BOOK SALE Age Exchange 10-4 KIDS Ahoy, Captain! Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FAMILY Women Making Waves NMM 12-3 KIDS Rapunzel & The Tower Of Doom

Blackheath Halls 12, 3 TEA DANCE Borough Hall 2 TALK Stuart Robinson Woolwich & Distict Antiquarian Society, Charlton House 2.15 KIDS Pop! A Magical Comedy Show Mycenae House 3 RUGBY Blackheath v Darlington Well Hall 3 FOOTBALL Charlton v Walsall The Valley 3 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 DOUBLE BILL Empress & Shaman London Th 8 MUSIC Demon Barbers XL Blackheath Halls 8 JAZZ Ofer Landsberg Trio Oliver’s COMEDY Maff Brown, Tez Ilyas, Pete Firman, Phil Nichol Up The Creek 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 MUSIC Audrey Lumsden Prince of Greenwich 2 MUSICAL Lizzie Greenwich Theatre 4 DOUBLE BILL Empress & Shaman In Russian. London Theatre 5 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC C2C Festival O2 DANCE UDance 2017 Laban 7.30 Monday 13 MUSIC APPRECIATION Matthew Taylor Blackheath Halls 10 MUSIC Razvan Suma, Rebeca Omordia Blackheath Halls 1.10 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 14 FAMILY Discover Crossrail. Story of Royal Docks and how Victorian engineering is being brought back to life. Custom House 11. £25. Book: museumoflondon.org.uk 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 The Valley 7.45 MUSIC Kathryn Tickell Mycenae House 8 JAZZ Malcolm Earle-Smith Oliver’s 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 TALK Georgian London’s Fallen Women NMM 11.30 MUSIC Trinity Laban Percussion St Alfege 1.05 PLAYS Stomping Ground Albany 7 ART The Attitudes Drawing Salon NMM 7

March 2017 Page 19 SHOW Diary Of A Houslow Girl Woolwich Tramshed 7 MUSIC 80s’ Invasion Tour Indig02 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 Dec & Lajdorf Charlton House 1 TALK Dr David Wilson Bakehouse 1 MUSIC Nathan Durasamy, Francesco Rocco, Lois Nicoll ORNC chapel 1.05 BLOOMS Blackheath Flower-Arranging Society Mycenae House 2 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 COMEDY Imran Yusuf, Rhys James, Sunil Partel, Damian Kingsley Up The Creek JAZZ Stefan Melowski Oliver’s Saturday 18 KIDS 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 MUSIC In Flanders Fields. World premiere of a war cantata by Gareth Treseder. Eltham Choral Society. Holy Trinity Church, Eltham. 7.30. Tickets £10 (£12 on door) Book elthamchoral.org.uk or call 020 8850 3532. MUSIC 80s’ Invasion Tour Indig02 COMEDY Quincy, Imran Yusuf, Simon Bligh, Roger Monkhouse Up The Creek JAZZ Improfives Oliver’s 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 Monday 20 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 LECTURE Think Space Royal Observatory 5.15 FILM John Pilger’s The Coming War In China Blackheath & Greenwich UN Association, Old Bakehouse 7 DANCE Lewisham Live! Laban 7.30 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Blackheath Halls 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Maaike Siegerist Oliver’s Wednesday 22 PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Thursday 23 TALK Final Years Of Emma Hamilton NMM 11.30 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 Icarus Club Pelton 8 JAZZ Beats In The Bar Oliver’s 8.30 Friday 24 VOLUNTEER Dig-In Greenwich Park 9.30 FAMILY Discover Crossrail. Docklands 11. ¬£25. Book: museumoflondon.org.uk MUSIC Royal Academy Of Music Harps Charlton House 1 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 Houstoun Borough Hall 7.30 MUSIC The Wailers Indig02 CHARITY Red Nose Day Building Six PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC/DANCE St Patrick’s Day Global Fusion Music & Arts event, Mycenae House 7.30 COMEDY Barry Ferns, Russell Hicks, Rob

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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 Museum of London Docklands West India Quay, E14 4AL 020 7001 9844 museumoflondon.org.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-6pm 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: Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year, till June 25. rmg.co.uk Fan Museum: Biblical Fans, till May 21. Closed Mondays. 12 Crooms Hill. 020 8305 1441 fan-museum.org.uk Old Royal Naval College: 2016: A Retrospective. Digital photography. ornc.org Stephen Lawrence Gallery: Material Legacies, till Mar 25. 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. National Maritime Museum: Emma Hamilton: Seduction And Celebrity. Till Apr 17. rmg.co.uk Museum of London Docklands Discover Crossrail. Till Sept 3 West India Quay, London E14 4AL 020 7001 9844 museumoflondon.org.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

Deering Up The Creek JAZZ Maciek Pysz Oliver’s Saturday 25 KIDS Meet Nannie The Witch Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 FILM/OPERA Idomeneo From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse. Noon FAMILY Drop-In Wildlife Centre, Greenwich Park 1-4 FOOTBALL Charlton v MK Dons The Valley 3 DANCE IIIest UK Qualifier Borough Hall 4 PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 FILM Guardians of The Galaxy (2014) Royal Observatory 6.15 MUSIC Craig David O2 CHARITY The Fitzrovia Radio Hour Brand new 1940s-style radio plays. Fundraiser for St Michael’s Church, Blackheath Park, SE3. 7pm. Tickets £20. 07752 303133 FILM/TRIBUTE The Big Lebowski Brooklyn Bowl PLAY Parade Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC White Lily & Night Rider Indig02 COMEDY David Ward, Junior Simpson, Chris Kent, Rob Deering Up The Creek JAZZ Wild Card Oliver’s Sunday 26 WALK Inigo Jones And The Building Of Greenwich From NMM 11, 2 KIDS Meet Jock Willis Cutty Sark 11, 12, 1.30, 2.30 KIDS Jurassic Jive Albany 2-5 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 FILM/OPERA Idomeneo From NY Met Greenwich Picturehouse, noon 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 Malcolm Earle-Smith Oliver’s Wednesday 29

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KIDS The Elves & The Shoemaker Albany 1, 3 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 5 MUSIC Omarion & Bobby V Indig02 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 Th 2, 7 PUB QUIZ Vanbrugh 8.30 Tuesday 4 KIDS The Insect Circus Albany 11, 2 KIDS The Explorer Greenwich Th studio 1, 4 FAMILY Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest Greenwich Theatre 2 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 FAMILY Tactile Tales Old Royal Naval Coll 1.15 MAGIC Morgan & West Greenwich Theatre 2 for kids, 7 for adults MUSICAL Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Bob Hope Theatre 7.45 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 8 Thursday 6 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 BOOK SALE Age Exchange 10-4 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 The 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 PLAY Death By Decree London Theatre 5 MUSIC Soul Explosion Indig02 CONCERT Paul’s Path Fundraiser for Paul Allen. Bob Hope Theatre Eltham. 7.30. Tickets £11.50 0208 850 3702 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 Monday 10 TALL SHIPS Archive Tour, Afternoon Tea Cutty Sark 12.30-4 JAZZ Ladies Night Oliver’s Tuesday 11 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter TALK Julie Ricketts: St George’s Garrison Church Greenwich Industrial History Society, Old Bakehouse 7.30 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 7.30 DOUBLE BILL The Pick-Up/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8 JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 12 KIDS Guess How Much I Love You Greenwich Theatre 11, 1.30, 4 FAMILY Tactile Tales Old Royal Naval Coll 1.15 PERFORMANCE Fire In The Machine Albany 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton DOUBLE BILL The Pick-Up/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8 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 FAMILY Eloise & The Curse Of The Golden Whisk Greenwich Theatre 7 DOUBLE BILL The Pick-Up/Nikola & The Wishing Stone London Theatre 8 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 Friday 14 FAMILY Tall Ships Cutty Sark, all day FAMILY Ships Easter Extravaganza. Seafaring fun. Greenwich Market KIDS Chester Tuffnut Greenwich Th studio 11, 1, 3 FAMILY Eloise & The Curse Of The Golden Whisk Greenwich Theatre 11, 2


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March 2017 Page 21 Sunday 7 TALENT Something For Sunday Vanbrugh 7 MUSIC Carla’s Dreams Indig02 PLAY The Six-Sided Man Greenwich Theatre 8 Monday 8 WRESTLING WWE Raw O2 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Theatre 7.30 Tuesday 9 ART Scenes from Post-War London 19461960: Early Paintings of Terry Scales. West Greenwich Library Till June 10. Library hours WRESTLING WWE Smackdown O2 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC English folk Star & Garter JAZZ Corrie & Co Oliver’s Wednesday 10 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30 WOOLLIES Knitting club Pelton PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre Connections: Extremism Albany 7.30 JAZZ Jam session Oliver’s Thursday 11 MUSIC Trinity Laban recital St Alfege 1.05 PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre Connections: #Yolo/Zero For The Young Dudes Albany 7.30 MUSIC John Mayer O2 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC Icarus Club Pelton 8 Friday 12 MUSIC Trinity Laban Recital ORNC chapel 1.05 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Theatre 7.30 MUSIC John Mayer O2 HISTORY David Starkey: Henry VIII Blackheath Halls 7.30 PLAY FESTIVAL National Theatre Connections: The School Film/Zero For The Young Dudes Albany 7.30 Saturday 13 BOOK SALE Age Exchange 10-4 TALK Jim Marrett: Lesnes Abbey Woolwich & District Antiquarian Soc, Charlton House 2.15 PLAY Gabriel Greenwich Theatre 2.30, 7.30

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